Pets & Children


Many couples choose to include a beloved pet or young family member in their ceremony. This can be a great way to inject a bit of personality and fun into your wedding, but keep in mind that animals and small children can be unpredictable! If you decide to include these family members in your event, be sure to plan ahead so as to not add any unnecessary stress to the day. Try some of these tips for your event:

  • Make sure to pack everything the pet or child will need to be comfortable, happy, and safe all day. For your pet, this may include water, food, treats, a bed, toys, any medicines, a leash or carrier, and anything you will need to clean up after them. For children, be sure to pack snacks and drinks, toys, a change of clothes, and diapers (if necessary).
  • Designate someone, such as a family member or good friend, who is familiar with your pet to take care of them throughout the day. For young children, their parent is the obvious choice. However, if the child is yours, designate someone to be their “babysitter” for the day (especially during the ceremony).
  • Make a plan and rehearse it – bring your pet to the venue once or twice so that they can get used to the new sites and smells. Rehearse the walk down the aisle with both pets and children so that everyone knows what to do on the big day.
  • Test out any outfit you plan for your pet or child to wear so that they are comfortable in it and so that you know it will not become a hazard.
  • If you choose to incorporate your pet into your event, let any guests who might be allergic or afraid know that they will be present. Bring your pet to the vet prior to you wedding to make sure they are up to date on any shots or treatments.

Remember, no matter how much pre-planning you do, things may not always go exactly as you were envisioning it. But don’t let any mishaps get in the way of your otherwise perfect day!


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Carrot Zing

Carrot Zing

  • 2 oz. citrus rum
  • 2 oz. carrot-orange-apricot juice (available as a mix at gourmet stores)
  • Splash of fresh lime juice
  • Club soda
  • Baby carrot and horned melon, for garnish

Into a highball glass with ice, pour the rum and juices. Stir well and top with chilled club soda. Stir again and garnish with a baby carrot with stalk and a slice of horned melon.

 From Big Birthdays by David Tutera

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The New Season of David Tutera Unveiled

David Tutera Unveiled logo

I’m currently filming Season 6 of my show, which is no longer called My Fair Wedding: Unveiled but instead has been renamed David Tutera: Unveiled, or as I like to refer to it, David Tutera: UNLEASHED! You’ll see more of me–we’re filming in my home and you’ll be meeting my dog Lucy, my assistant Renee, my house manager Gaby, my good friend April, my driver (or should I say drivers?) and my new Event Coordinator (or should I say Event Coordinators?). It’s fun because I’ve become comfortable enough to just be me.

The process of what I do is always challenging–that will never change. However, you will see a lot more interaction between me and the people on my show that are celebrating events–from brides, to a sweet 17 party, to even a bat mitzvah–this is really what I do. I’ve always done weddings but I’ve also always done all types of celebrations which you will see this season. What I love is the interaction that happens between myself and my friends, including at my birthday party,David's 47th Birthday Cake

a baby shower and while my family is in town–so you’ll really see how I have to balance and juggle my entire life. I’m enjoying every second of it because it allows people to really see more of the real David Tutera versus the TV David Tutera.

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Mom and Dad Coming to Town

You would think after all these years that I wouldn’t be excited to see my mom and dad, but I do. Here I am, 47 years old, about to have a baby and I am anxiously awaiting my parents’ arrival. I live in LA, my parents live in New York and they’re headed out here for a little over a week and I am so looking forward to spending one-on-one time with them. Since I’ve moved to Los Angeles, I’ve found that my time with them is much more quality time because it’s concentrated time. I speak to my mom and dad every day-sometimes even multiples times a day to each of them. It’s fulfilling but it’s not as rewarding as knowing they will soon be here in my house, spending every day with me, coming to work with me, going to dinners, hanging out watching TV and going to movies. They are an integral part of my life and I love that even at the point I’m at in my career and in my personal life that I am just as excited today, knowing they’ll be here in eight days, as I would have been if I were 25 years younger. Can’t wait!

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