Q &A: David Tutera on His Gown Designs

The celebrity wedding planner dishes on his first bridal collection.
Maureen Choi
David Tutera

How has your background as an events and lifestyle planner led you to your first bridal collection?

Over the 23 years I’ve been a wedding planner, I've learned the perfect gown is a major part of making the big day a dream come true. I saw an opportunity in the bridal fashion market, so I sought to give future brides exactly what I had watched others search for: variety, proper fit for their body type and fabulous style.

You’re known for transforming the less-than-ordinary into the extraordinary. How has this translated into your collection?

My new collection, inspired by the red carpet and worn on the white, ranges from traditional to modern to opulent to destination gowns—literally something for every brideto- be! From the overall concept to the smallest details, I wanted to transform traditional bridal fashion into celeb-worthy pieces that would give every bride that something extra.

What makes your designs unique?

My goal is to create beautiful, versatile gowns. My two-in-one convertible dresses, with detachable fl oor-length skirts, transform into fun, sassy reception dresses. I believe that brides should be stylish—but also savvy. This collection actually delivers couture designs with excellent quality at an affordable price point.

If you could design a gown for any style icon, past or present, who would it be?

Absolutely Jennifer Hudson! She is so talented and classy, with a fabulous personality, amazing strength and endless courage. That's the kind of woman who deserves to look just as fabulous on the outside as she is on the inside.

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From left: Tulle ball gown with diamond-encrusted belt and sweetheart satin bustier. Strapless A-line gown embellished with gold satin ribbon and pearl beading at the empire waist. Strapless lace gown with asymmetrical draping and satin flowers at the hip.

David's Tips

  • Make your wedding day extra special by paying attention to the details, personal touches and intimate moments.
  • Explore alternatives to bridal white—champagne, gold, tints of pink or pale green—that might better complement your hair and skin tones.
  • Try on multiple dress styles before choosing "the one." The cut, color and style of a gown should fl atter a bride in every way.