Become a Top Wedding Planner – “Phantom of the Opera” Theme on “My Fair Wedding”


On Sunday’s WEtv show, “My Fair Wedding,” celebrity wedding planner David Tutera was challenged with turning a bride’s vision of a “Phantom of the Opera” masquerade ball wedding theme into reality. She wanted a wedding in reds and golds that expressed the feeling of love. David found that her choices for attire, accessories and decor looked more like they were from a high school cast party than a wedding.

David, of course, gave the bride an over-the-top wedding that made her feel like a romantic heroine, her bridesmaids feel like they were dressed for an elegant night at the opera, and her guests feel like they were in the musical and a part of the wedding celebration.

Here are some other things he did, they might give you ideas for any weddings that you do with a similar theme:

The bride was given a St. Pucchi wedding gown (I did not see it on their website), two bridesmaids wore a black strapless dress

and the other three got gold dresses with black lace and sequins, all from Sung Boutique Los Angeles. (My thanks to them for their photos. You and your brides can “Like” them on Facebook, they sometimes offer savings to their fans.)

You may or may not be a part of the wedding gown decision, but if you are and the bride wants to duplicate the feeling of the “Phantom,” think in terms of dressing the party for an opulent ball.

He changed the venue from the bride’s backyard to the Taglyan Cultural Center which had the chandeliers that are a big part of the masquerade ball in the musical. The glass domed ceiling was also changed to a red lighting package to blend with the red/gold theme of the event.

You might not be able to change the color of the lighting of a ceiling if you plan a “Phantom” event but you can set the tables with gold candelabras, fill them with rose petals, real or silk, and, if you want, place a fallen chandelier on each table to remind guests of the chandelier that fell in the musical.

David always takes the bride’s vision and makes in bigger than she imagined. You may not have access to the funds and vendors that he does, but when the bride has a vision, use your knowledge and skills, and that of your vendor partners, to create something that will “wow” her that is within her budget.

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