Happily Ever After

On the eve of Californians' voting on Prop. 8, which would eliminate same-sex marriage, wedding planner David Tutera saves the day for straight couples on WE TV’s new series My Fair Wedding. Tutera is the out wedding planner behind star-studded soirees for stars including J. Lo, Al Gore, and Matthew McConaughey.

BY Dan Avery

October 27 2008 11:00 PM ET

 DAVID TUTERA X100 (WE TV) | ADVOCATE.COM

Who was the biggest Bridezilla? Every one of the brides had, let’s say, a
unique perspective. One acted like Marilyn Monroe all
the time. Full makeup, hair, clothes -- the works. And
she was a real pinup type covered with tattoos. She wanted
to do "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend." but in a
fire station with plastic plates. I finally got one
bride to not wear this giant dress with a ton of
tulle, but when I saw her go down the aisle, she was
wearing flip-flops.

Was there a common thread to the brides’ mistakes? They all shopped online. Some only did it online
without going into a single bridal shop or a florist.
One woman bought her dress on eBay and it came in a
garbage bag. Bayyina, from episode 6, told me she’d
never set foot inside the wedding venue before I went
with her to look at it. Don’t plan your wedding
online! Do the legwork.

I watched the first two episodes and some of the
bride’s choices were just mind-boggling, like the
Little Bo Peep dresses. How did you keep from just
running away in horror?
Once again it was a question of time. Three
weeks is nothing, so there was no time for me to throw
a fit. I just had to see what they had put together
and start coming up with alternatives right away. But there
were plenty of times I did feel like screaming.

Will we see a gay ceremony as part of My Fair Wedding? Not this season, but I’d love to do one
if we get renewed. I bet the grooms would be more
trouble than the brides we’ve had!

Speaking of gay weddings, there was a bit of a
scandal a while back about Disney not allowing same-sex
ceremonies at Disney World. Did that affect your
relationship with the company?
Honestly, it was mostly something generated by
the press. I had gone on TV to talk about the Disney
Couture Wedding packages I’ve designed. And
some people said they thought it was wrong for a gay man to
plan weddings at Disney World when gays
couldn’t have ceremonies there. So I talked
about it with Disney, and they had some internal discussions
and decided to approve same-sex celebrations at Disney
World. I was very happy that I had some small part in
changing that.

Does the wedding industry itself do enough to
acknowledge gay weddings and commitment ceremonies?
It’s changing slowly. Certainly in places
like New York and California, the industry is aware of
gays getting married, and even a separate industry is
emerging that caters specifically to gay couples. But it
should be a lot more and it should be nationwide. I mean,
it’s smart business -- our money is just as
good as straight people’s.

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