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David Tutera Sued for Failing to Plan a Fair Wedding

David Tutera, the star of WE’s wedding Reality show My Fair Wedding, is being sued by disgruntled former clients. The former clients are coming forward and saying that he failed to deliver the desired services to the wedded couples.

Aside from his fame from the reality show, Tutera claims a long list of celebrity clientele. According to the New York Daily News, that list includes very big names like Jennifer Lopez and Elton John. You’d think with such a high rise list of clientele, he would work hard to deliver the greatest amount of quality possible to his clients. However, that’s not the story provided by a few of his clients. It seems that if you are not a big name, your wedding is not at the top of his list of priorities.

However, that doesn’t change the price tag for his services. Hector Santana and Wendylee Perez hired Tutera to plan their wedding. His expertise and planning abilities came at a price of $15,000. This couple was not featured on the television series, nor an A-list couple.

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According to the couple, Tutera explained that the hefty fee was supposed to cover “anything and everything that is needed to make the wedding happen.”

Well, the wedding happened, but it was nothing like they wanted. The dream of a perfect wedding quickly turned into a horrific nightmare. What was supposed to be a quaint, $10,000 wedding in the beautiful Dominican Republic quickly went out of control under the direct of Tutera.

The final tally for the wedding was $30,000. On top of those expenses, Tutera failed to provide the flowers, wedding cake, DJ, and even the invitations! As if that wasn’t bad enough, Tutera did not even come to the big day. They say that he claimed he had to go visit a sick relative in the hospital and could not attend their November 2010 wedding. Come to find out, Tutera had a taping for the reality show scheduled that day and he chose to attend that instead.

How detailed the contract is will determine the success or failure of the lawsuit for the disgruntled couple. If the contract does not explicitly state that Tutera would attend the event, provide the invitations, flowers, wedding cake and DJ, then Tutera may get off the hook with this lawsuit. However, if it does say those things, it may lead to a quiet settlement outside the courts.

That’s what happened in the previous lawsuit that My Fair Wedding faced. A bride claimed a lawsuit against the reality show for over $300,000. That was resolved outside of the courts. Will this end in a settlement as well? The answer lies in the details.

David Tutera Sued for Failing to Plan a Fair Wedding by

  • MyrthoC

    Leave and David T. alone.

  • MVG

    David Tutera is the best. People need to stop trying to get over. You pay what you get. The over the top dream weddings that David puts together are expected to be more than the 15,000 they gave him. This couple wanted Serlion when paying for ground beef.

  • Sonia R

    I’m sorry but anymore society will try to sue for practically anything…. I’m sure there is more to the story then what is actually being revealed…Be thankful you had any guidance from someone with so much talent.

  • jesse r

    I watch the show and i think that david isn’t all that great

  • Karla m

    @ jesse r you are just a hater just saying

  • Adriel M

    David Tutera is the one of the most caring people ever! he dedicates his life to making peoples dreams come true! how could you hate him!?!? I’m sure that the whole story is NOT being shared here for sure!

  • CLC

    Only David and the client knows what really happened. With that being said, we definitely live in a society where people try to get something for nothing. However, there are also disloyal business people out there who will give you nothing for something. Unless any of these commenters who in their dogmatic views for or against either party knows them personally, then it would be best to keep your negativites to yourselves. It is just unfair and unfortunate how we would give in to this type of unfair criticism without knowing the full issue.

  • Anonymous

    I love David Tutera making people dream come true keep up the good work,David have a reunion of the one that got married and see if they still together or divorce love you David Tutera

  • anonymous 2

    The show is one of my favorites, but seriously do you that say he is so wonderful know him? Or do you just watch him on the show and assume he is as adorable as he appears?
    Television is fake. Period.
    We don’t know these people, and what we see is contrived.
    I’m not saying he isn’t sweet and wonderful, I’m saying we don’t know the first thing about anyone on tv. Even the bios are made up!

  • Linda Myers

    I can’t believe what I am reading…

    Yes, some people today with sue for any reason. Just to see if they can get anything out of it. In my eyes $30,000 for a wedding with David Tutera is a steal, period. As for complaints from couples on the show! that is just plain crazy…These couples know exactly what the are getting into when David agrees to “REVISE” their wedding…

    That is what they signed on for and to sue anyway is wrong…

    Just my opinion…Just sayin

  • momofbron

    I have a very hard time believing this. David is extremely professional and I don’t believe he’d risk his reputation for any reason. It seems that this couple wanted a cheap wedding. $15K is nothing for a wedding these days, even the $30K they allegedly ended up spending, especially when you have a celebrity wedding planner. I feel that this is a case of 2 low lives wanting their money back plus, plus, plus.

  • amanda

    I’d be really pissed but then again I wouldn’t be so stupid to hire someone so busy to plan my wedding and expect his full on attention at all times..

  • L.A.

    David is the nicest sweetest person ever with a really big heart.

  • Alyetta

    Wow! These people are crazy. My wedding was 30K 18years ago and I did it alone. So really what the heck are they complaining about? Now David didn’t show well heres a question did an associate handle things in his absence?

    I’m sorry they thought 30k made them a big wig but, the fact that they didn’t check and make sure everything is on point well that is there own fault. Ultimately it’s your day why wouldn’t you call him or his staff and ask?

    Good Luck David theres haters everywhere!!!!
    Your true fans love and understand and will still be here when the dust settles!

  • Cindy Gomez

    David Tutera does what you want through what you tell him. The delusion is in your head if you think he can provide delusions. Leave him alone and and let him do what he does better then anyone. Rock on David!

  • ginger Q

    wow everyone wants to sued for everything and everything. I personally love your artistic ability and style . things happen cant make everyone happy. Those people just wants something big or nothing. you are still the best! hey i wish you could help me with my wedding stuff.. but only a dream hahaha.. well hope all is well i pray for you buddy. keep doing what you do best and let the big guy upstairs do the rest

  • Bridgett Pope

    I think that David is a wonderful wedding planner. There are people that want something for nothing and after they have enjoyed their day and realize that they have a big debt at the end, they tend to want to sue for something they never could afford from the beginning. I am a wedding planner and have experienced this. People want a million dollar wedding with a soup kitchen budget. People don’t realize that a wedding is from the heart, it can be elegant and simple without having going all out and knowing you can’t afford it. My advise would be, if you can’t afford it, keep it simple yet elegant. Don’t have a big wedding and later when reality sets in you realize that you are in deep debt and wondering how you are going to get our; well let’s sue the wedding planner because that is our only resort.

  • Anonymous

    David is Awesome! Screw those couple!

  • Anonymous

    David is an amazing person. I am sure that there is more to this story than what it is actually being said. There are so many out there trying to take advantage of Mr. Tutera. I would be blessed to have him as my wedding planner.

  • Linda Ream

    David T. and his reality show has to be the most fantastic TV of its kind. I laughed, I cried and I wish I could get married all over again as a “David Bride”! To sue him is a travesty! I’m sure there’s much more to this story. I love you, David!

  • nightdiva

    Hiring David’s services for 15,000.00 I’m sure didn’t mean they were getting a top of the line wedding. He probably provided the basics for them along with some direction and advice. I think these people expected all the perks of a TV wedding on a shoe string budget. David is fantastic at what he does a true artist. I love him!!!!

  • virgine seeburn

    hello me and my partner are getting married next year id love david T to do my wedding i think he is great .and i watch all he s shows .and you get what you pay for so pay up and shut up i live in london

  • Phyllis Hall, Owner of Hillcrest Guest House, St. John, US Virgin Islands

    I enjoy David’s show everytime and look forward to the transformations.

    People will sue for the least inconvience. Sorry you have to go thru this David, but keep up the great weddings!

  • Diana

    I love david’s show. He is the best. He helps so many people.Keep up the good work david.Screw all of them. I love you david.

  • Stormy

    I love David as well. David does what he do best that is why ppl call him. I dont believe he has an bad attitude he is just a sweet guy. If you watch his show you know how he his and he is a awesome awesome wedding planner. David if I could get married all over again I will call you and you will be my planner I love your work you ROCK!!!!

  • Carnegie

    You rock David what can I say I need to meet the one so I can have that dream wedding day that every girl has dreamed up sconce like the age of five. Ill keep dreaming great show!!!

  • carol

    i started watching davids my fair wedding a few months ago. i was hooked immediatly. your work is heavenly fantastic.i live in toronto, canada.
    it is on saturday on rogers cable channel 35
    from 11 am-5pm.i watch the whole 6 hours.
    no one beleives untrue nasty stories.
    good luck david
    we all love you david.

  • Tamara E.

    Yes, it’s true we don’t actually know the people we see on TV. But I do think that David Tutera is a wonderful person. He really seems to be. He is SO overly talented. I would be blessed to have had him plan my wedding, and to just get to know him. I also to agree with the many people whom have said that know one really knows the whole story. People lie just to get something for nothing. Morals have almost completely have gone out the window these days. Look at the woman whom sued McDonalds “for makeing her son fat”. When yet…WHO BOUGHT IT FOR HIM AND LET HIM EAT IT?! Then there was also a lawsuit to ,I believe McDonalds as well, because a customer spilt HOT coffee on themselves and got burnt! HELLO…coffee tends to be HOT! See what I mean. People are theives. David you’re great. Someone with his status would be REALLY stupid to pull something like the couple claims, and ruien their rep.

  • claudia

    david is all about the money!! I attended one of his wedding and I was not impress at all. The location was terrible in a filming studio. There where 120 guest and only 3 tables and about 10 chairs during the cocktail hour. The wedding was 2 hours late. There was no AC. The bar at the cocktail reception was a table drape with a shinny cloth and 3 plastic buckets full of drinks I felt as if I was at a back yard party. The reception did not have enough tables or chairs for all 120 guests. There were couches places randomly around the room with silverware on the end tables for people to grab and eat. This was not a great at all. Yes maybe be because it was one of weddings that he provides thru is wedding sweepstakes, but if I’m a famous wedding planner everything I do must be over the top because it has my name attached to it. Having plastic buckets to hold the drinks at one of my weddings or my seating arrangement not properly done were the grooms parents did not have a table is unacceptable. I could’v plan the wedding for this couple and make it look 100 better than what david did. I’m just saying!!

  • Jen Knighten

    I love David T. and his show, Unveiled is awesome! I can’t believe people would sue. I agree that there is probably more to this then they are saying. David seems like such a caring and nice person, you can’t really fake that. Love you David, forget those people.

  • Fairy Wedding Chic

    I work in the catering industry. We had given Mr. Tutera quite a large amount of food in trade in 2010. Obviously you know that the people chosen for the show are picked for a more drama type show. This is to enhance ratings and taking a woman’s dreamy wedding day and giving her something she could not have even considered on her own. I had never met him until the day we taped and thought it would be nice if mu boss and I could meet the man. I have always admired his work. Sadly, we were told not to call him David?
    My boss was completely floored as he was told to call DT “The Talent”? We both laughed as it seemed a bit odd. Sad to say, we have worked with the same vendors on our show and they too were told he specifically wanted to be called “The Talent”. I don’t understand much of the lawsuits, I don’t really care. I do know that the experience for our company was not one which is favorable.We won’t particpate in this show again. We were told that we would have proper advertisment. I think in the 5 hours that we were prepping with chef and then watching the show, we were lucky if it was a 1/2 of a second long. Claudia is completely on par with this. These shows are not real 100% you can tell bad editing. But lawsuits are real and it seems after googling just now, this is not the first. It’s sad because look how happy these girls are. Yet, is it genuine or made for T.V.? I hope this is all a lie, it’s an enjoyable show. Just Sayin…

  • jess

    I love David i watch his show all the time if i had the money i would have him plan my wedding he is caring and cares about the brides and what the brides want for their weddings.

  • Ruby V.

    After I read this story. I can’t believe what went wrong… But for me to say.. at this time every things are so expansiveness. $15-$30 of thousand dollars is nothing at all… I have never had one big dream wedding yet, but I read alots, I know it’s very difficult to plan a perfect wedding. If you really want a perfect wedding. Do it your own or find your own local wedding planner? Or Does your marriage going to be last to worth that much of money? If your marriage is going to be last, I think you don’t have to spend that much money for that perfect wedding. Just do a regular beautiful wedding is perfect enough.. Am I right? Or Am I wrong? For me, I like only a beautiful wedding for a real wedding and at least my marriage last forever…that all! What the big deal to spend all those $30Ks? Is it worthy or isn’t worthy? I want to know…

  • Genevieve

    This is so rude and unacceptable! The only time David Tutera comes is when you need help and are in need of help with your wedding and all u look is towards desparety. You should be lucky enough o even call yourself a david tutera bride! He does the best he can. And no matter how it looked, imagine his compared to how it would’ve been without him.

  • yazmine

    This reminds me how i quit my last job waitressing.
    a couple complaints to the floor manager about my service. Surprise to me because i had done nothing wrong. She complaint that I was being nicer to my other guest. Her party was particularly sad people. I did my job gave her graciously and correctly what she and her guest wanted. but I felt that she wanted me to love her and her family- and just didnt. terribly pathetic people.

  • Lenny

    I think they must have misunderstood something. I would understand that his personal fee alone would be 15K then another 15K to do the wedding itself. It would only make sense that the guy would want to get paid! I mean I have been to lavish wedding parties, 50K and up, and I honestly could not tell where the money had gone. Now, if they got a wedding for 30K and are still complaining, they must be nuts! If you wanted a small party, you should’ve done it yourself. 10K for a wedding, is nothing!

  • miimiiduck

    I had an opportunity to attend an event at the Kennedy Center that was done by David Tutera and his staff. He was in attendance that night. The ceremony was fantastic. The lighting, seating, the food all were excellent. And meeting David was an extra bonus. Apparently that night he was in human mode. not in celebrity super-star mode. He was polite, conversational, and very down to earth. Now this might have been an act but if it was he deserved an academy award. This lawsuit could be legitimate or it could be like alot of other. Totally unfounded and without merit. $15,000 for a destination wedding is unheard of. $30,000 is more in the realm of possibility. As the mother of 3 daughters all of whom had weddings of more than 125 guests, the average price was approx $40,000. The wedding planner that we used acted as an advisor and assistant to the bride. She made arrangements but left most of the decisions to the bride.

  • Angelica

    There is a difference from hiring David Tutera and getting CASTED for MY FAIR WEDDING if you get Casted on MY FAIR WEDDING Production with WEtv pay’s for everything and then your wedding is showed on WEtv’s My fair wedding and Davis Tutera plans and host. If you hire David Tutera you pay for everything. And come on weddings in Dominican Republic are not that expensive unless you are paying for everyones flight hotel and so on my cousin had a beautiful wedding in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic that included flowers seating, food and drinks and paid 8k for 30 guest and she did pay for hotel stay for all her guest. Now if she would have hired a Celebrity Wedding planner is going to coast you some money a normal wedding planner is around $2,000.00 that does not include anything they just help you PLAN you still have to pay for everything. So the couple got what they paid for if you don’t pay for flowers, food, Dj and so on you get nothing. I think it’s just another person trying to get something for nothing.

  • Angelica

    There is a difference from hiring David Tutera and getting CASTED for MY FAIR WEDDING if you get Casted on MY FAIR WEDDING Production with WEtv pay’s for everything and then your wedding is showed on WEtv’s My fair wedding and Davis Tutera plans and host. If you hire David Tutera you pay for everything. And come on weddings in Dominican Republic are not that expensive unless you are paying for everyones flight hotel and so on my cousin had a beautiful wedding in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic that included flowers seating, food and drinks and paid 8k for 20 guest and she did pay for hotel stay for all her guest. Now if she would have hired a Celebrity Wedding planner is going to coast you some money a normal wedding planner is around $2,000.00 that does not include anything they just help you PLAN you still have to pay for everything. So the couple got what they paid for if you don’t pay for flowers, food, Dj and so on you get nothing. I think it’s just another person trying to get something for nothing.

  • Kai

    David Tutera is the best everrrrrr. He is so sweet;even when those “broke” people who want him to plan their wedding come off so ungreatful. The brides don’t want to wear the dress he chooses. They want to drink beer from the bottle, etc. He is truly a gifted man.

  • O Kelly

    I do not believe he didn’t deliver what was expected of him. There has to be more to the story n which is not being presented. If the particular couple did not need professional help they would have never seeked the help of David Tutera. I mean lets be honest, who plans a wedding with no cake, flowers, nor invitations? I believe (although I could be wrong) that the couple is just trying to seek quick money, when instead they should be happy that their wedding was more than they could have presented to their guest and for themselves! I hope for David’s sake that the law suit be dismissed and he can move on to perfecting other wedding to more appreciative people.

  • MARY HELEN ZAMBRANO

    I luv David and I cry when I see the great things he does for the brides with the unsual ideas.

    The people that file lawsuits are disrespectful and just ungrapeful. Don’t ask for help from a professional, if you are not going to take the advise. Again, he is the professional.

    David you are great and I don’t think you should put up with these childish brides.

    David help the ones that appreciate you.

  • Deanna T. Rocha

    As far as I am concerned, some of the brides think that they are all that and then some. Well large news bullitin to them, NOT! David Tutera is a quite knowlegable and talented Wedding Planner with all of the qualities that can give a bride dreams that they can never dream of. So this couple that are/or have tried to sue David, should really check themselves out first! I believe, there is a contract that has to be signed before he takes on their wedding planning. If you don’t want to walk into the shoes of the contract, then take your sad self out and march another tune somewhere else and give that planner aggravation! David doesn’t need it! And furthermore, why he didn’t come to your wedding is quite obvious, I wouldn’t go either! Just saying!

  • Gerianne

    People rely on Daviss expertise and excellent taste. I cant believe that Snowey Black bithed about a $500,000 FREE wedding and embarrassed herself by walking out! Way to go trash your family and friends must still deny knowing you! Incidentally that was a lot of chcken that might have gone to feed many hungry people!

    Keep Rockin David!

  • Bryan

    ******

    Get it straight people, this wasn’t about the spoiled people that get a fantastic wedding and then complain that the flower color was burgundy instead of valentine red, it’s about someone that paid $15,000 for a service then didn’t get it!

    ******

    If that’s perfectly ok in your book…then I’ve got a $15,000 ferrari for sale…cash first, then I’ll deliver the car…

  • Chelsi

    OK people just because you see him on tv doesnt mean you know him! Many ppl act a in a way that will get them ratings. Do you really people would love him and watch the show if they showed him as an asshole? Or how he may talk to his vendors and staff NO. So dont think you truly know him just because you watch him every weeding for years on end, or have met him breifly at a meet and greet. Like everyone he can be very sweet, very ddiva like and very nasty.

  • Mary Ellen

    What a shame that people whould sue anyone trying to help someone live out there dream wedding. How UNGREATFUL people are these days. I am an older mother of a daughter who would LOVE for David to step in and give my daughter the wedding of her dreams some day.I dought that I live long enough to see my daughter get married let alone give her that dream wedding. I would be so greatful to have him do this for her in my name some day.I was raised in the day and time when you have respect for people and what the try to do for you and love them for there efforts and I have raised my daughter to do the same. We watch the show often together and feel bad for David and how people act on the show no RESPECT and only thinking of themselves. Right it is there wedding day but, be GREATFUL the show is trying to give you something you couldn’t afford in the first place!! Thanks David

  • Linda

    Love David Tutera! So does my 5 year old daughter!!!

  • Erin

    I think it’s crazy that they expected him to fly to another country for $5000. Yes, they handed him $15,000 total, but it sounds like they expected $10,000 of that to go towards the wedding. Who knows what their agreement was though.

  • Tricia McDonald

    My husband & I used David Tutera for our wedding planning while we were living in California. I would prefer not to mention what we spent on our ceremony & reception, but it was considerably more than 15k. We never met with the man or spoke to him. We worked with his staff who listened to what we were looking for & provided many options. It wasn’t like the tv show where it was a surprise. We were involved in every step. It was a beautiful day & I wouldn’t change a thing. I can’t comment on David as a person, but he has an entertaining tv show & seems to have a successful business.

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