(Closed) "My Fair Wedding"… is a free wedding worth this?

posted 5 years ago in Waiting
Post # 3
191 posts
Blushing bee

They use the same concept (minus wedding planner) for Don’t tell the bride it’s normally $25,000 (both US/Aus) and 12,000 pounds in the UK.  Except the groom has to pull it off. 

The weddings are real too and I’m so surprised at how the groom can at most times pull of the perfect wedding. 

I did watch a BBC show once were a group of people had 200 pounds and they had to do the whole reception.  It was actually pretty good.

Post # 4
14498 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

They are actual weddings.

Shoot, if David Tutera agreed to do my wedding, I would tell him to do whatever the heck he wanted to do and I would just show up.  Lordy, I would have loved to have had no stress, no cares, and pros doing everything for me. Yup, HEAVEN

Most of the problems with the show, IMO, is David trying to take the brides vision (which is usually totally F’ed up) and make it pretty.  With some of those visions I can totally understand why that is hard.

Post # 5
3420 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Now is this the same David T. who designs dresses for Mon Cheri? I absolutely love his dresses (SOOOOO MUCH) but I CAN’T stand that show! I think he is so demeaning to the brides and so insensitive. But the brides are to blame a bit too (since the ones i saw were mostly trashy ppl) I don’t want that kind of “style” for my big day. I don’t like ppl telling me my vision for my wedding is not good enough. But that is just me.

But is it the same guy?

Post # 6
410 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@Sapphire-Dreamer:  Yep same guy. He often uses his dresses on the show for the brides to wear.


I actually love this show. I don’t find him demeaning. Quite the opposite, I find most of the brides are demanding and/or have no idea what they’re doing. If he wanted to do my wedding, I’d jump at the chance. But I don’t think I’d like to be on tv and have thousands of viewers judging me. (That’s probably just a self-confidence thing, as I have almost none lol.)

Post # 7
817 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I agree!!! Every time I catch that show I end up saying to myself, “how is this better?” I only agree with half the stuff he does and it most of the time looks tacky.

Post # 8
6745 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2014

I love the show and I love David Tutera and I think his weddings are absolutely gorgeous and amazing.  He really thinks about all the details and 95% of the time incorporates the bride’s vision really well.  Personally, I think sometimes the brides’ visions are stupid, so I get where he comes from.  I remember there was one episode with a girl who wanted a goth wedding and she wanted everything black and he just couldn’t come to terms with that because he thought weddings should be white, but finally he understood where she was coming from and he really gave her a beautiful goth wedding.  I thought that was awesome that he didn’t push a white dress on her, even though that’s what he thought she should be wearing. 

Post # 9
2891 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 1996

I have mixed feelings about the show and his attitude. I think overall he does create beautiful weddings (even if they seem reeeeally similar) but I also think he trashes ideas that are unique and fun and can sometimes sort of railroad over perfectly reasonable concepts because HE thinks they are unacceptable or silly or “not for a wedding.” It makes me sad when he convinces brides that his ideas are better than theirs. (Unless they are. Ha!)

Post # 10
2359 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I don’t like the show simply because he always turns it in to the same generic type wedding.   I’d rather see a show with more creativity and DIY and more personalized, not just the way a wedding is “supposed” to be.  

Post # 11
662 posts
Busy bee

David was talking about the show and he said that when he started doing it he was surprised at the way the network only chose dramatic, ratings grabbing couples.  He thought he’d be doing it for normal couples.  That’s why when he gets a sweet bride he gets so excited.


My point is that you cannot blame him entirely for the show.  He signed up for it, yes, but it is the network that chooses which brides to feature and which themes to make him think through. 


I personally like the show but I wouldn’t want him to do my wedding.  His ideas are all so very “let’s just throw some money at it”.  His average wedding, he said, on the show, is in the ball park of 500 thousand dollars.   I am hoping to not go above 3 thousand, lol.

Post # 12
11752 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I would love nothing more than a David Tutera wedding.  My wedding is going to be very well put together and gorgeous, but he would just take it to an even higher level. I think David and I would get along great!

I cannot for the life of me think of a single DT wedding that has been “tacky” as a PP stated. If anything he takes tacky ideas and executes the bride’s tacky concept beautifully.

Post # 13
2448 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I think it’s lovely that he wants to help out but in general I think the idea of broadcasting your wedding on national television is incredibly tacky, unless you’re in the royal family.

Post # 14
8 posts
  • Wedding: November 2013

Everytime I watch that show I find myself so creeped out by him. First he is always all up in the brides personal space. And at the end he is so friggin smug and attention seeking, I mean really does he need to kiss every bride on the way down the isle?

Post # 15
868 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I love the show and I love David T! If I could have him plan my wedding without having a bunch of cameras around me, I would! But from what I’ve seen of his dresses, not sure if I’d pick them– then again I’ve never seen them in person. I just think he really has his sh*t togther and he would not forget anything.

But yeah, to answer the original question, it would not be worth it to A) not know what dress I’m wearing until the day of and B) have cameras in my face while I freak out! 

Post # 16
2497 posts
Buzzing bee

I actually like the old MFW episodes and HATE the “MFW: Unveiled” ones. Back then, the weddings were way more elaborate and the dresses were more spectacular. In Unveiled, he comes across as a diva and the weddings look a lot cheaper. I think it sucks that the brides now have to wear his line of dresses (which I hate) and sometimes even his line of gaudy Sears wedding rings (which I hate even more).

ETA: I do think some of the brides could stand to show a little more appreciation. Getting a FREE wedding means you’re not allowed to be a total B about everything. If you don’t want David to take over your wedding, then don’t sign up for the show!

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