Celebrity wedding planner sued for no-show

Reported by ninemsn staff
Monday, January 30, 2012
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Hector Santana, Nicole Vaughan (Tutera
Hector Santana, Nicole Vaughan (Tutera's event coordinator), Wendylee Perez and David Tutera in happier times.

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A New York couple are suing a celebrity wedding planner for 'ditching' them at the altar on their big day.

David Tutera, star of the reality TV show My Fair Wedding, was hired by the couple for $US15,000 ($AU14,145) to plan their wedding in the Dominican Republic in November 2010.

The pricetag was to include "anything and everything that is needed to make the wedding happen".

But Hector Santana and Wendylee Perez allege Tutera broke his vow and ruined their dream wedding by tripling the cost and leaving them without invitations, a cake, flowers and a DJ.


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Describing Tutera's actions as "arrogant and heartless", the jilted couple's lawsuit claims he did not inform them until they were already in the Dominican Republic that he would not show up.

"The wedding was not what we expected. He didn't appear. We trusted him so much," the bride's mother Ercilla Perez told New York Daily News.

The couple also claim their planner two-timed them by filming his reality show when he should have been planning their wedding.

Tutera, who counts Elton John and Jennifer Lopez among his celebrity clients, has claimed he was visiting a sick relative in hospital.

Santana and Perez are seeking damages for being "harmed personally and financially".

But the couple have been accused of having unrealistic expectations given the average cost of a wedding in the USA is $23,000.

"To think you could have a wedding in the Dominican Republic planned by David Tutera for $13,000 less than that seems either incredibly naive or purposefully out to lunch," wedding and special events planner Marcy Blum told MSNBC.

Tutera has been sued before by a Boston bride over a $300,000 wedding in Singapore, with the case settled out of court.

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