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The King of Swank – Todd Fiscus

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October 4, 2015
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When it has to be  flamboyance and glitz of the extraordinary kind – look no further than Todd Fiscus,  the American modern wedding and events designer known as the ‘King of Swank’.  Based in Dallas, Texas, Todd revels in  pure chic and luxury-a-la-mode transcending to elegance, lushness, panache and quite simply a “walk into a wow factor” experience.  If this is your wedding defined, then cross over to Todd Fiscus now and set your dreams alight! 

Photography by Jerry Hayes

Photography by Jerry Hayes

Todd is one of the leading modern event designers of our time, bringing high-octane thrills and grandeur into one all-defining setting. Todd’s display comes to life with a toss of fairy dust, exquisite floral artistry accompanied by spectacular lighting that can only be envisioned and manifested by a designer who sees beyond the obvious. Todd’s designs will have you in a gasp, sigh and even shout out with leaps of joy that transcend the glee of long lost cheerleading days!  His natural wit, comedic antics and charismatic charm will have you entertained along the way too.  

Photography by Jerry Hayes

Photography by Jerry Hayes

Todd creates what he calls lush “life excursions” in locations ranging from Mexico to Maine.  His clientele list includes Audi, Tom Ford, Salvatore Ferragamo, Rosewood Hotels & Resorts, the Dallas Cowboys, amfAR, Neiman Marcus and Harry Winston.

Known for his stupendous talent in catapulting the most dazzling wedding venues into unforgettable fantasy lands, he transforms the modern to industrial, country to city and the multi-themed with shimmer and glamour; anything and everything are more than possible to be achieved and accomplished within his sensational repertoire of skills and experience.  Todd’s events team, within the company known as Todd Events (www.toddevents.com), furnishes detailed services that incorporate planning, design and décor – with the added notion that the sky is not even the limit when it comes to their vast knowledge and talent.  This highly artistic team are a dedicated and proficient group, fully committed to every detail of your nuptials, and clearly devoted to helping your wedding day become nothing less than a shinning star of opulence, with everything you had desired.

Photography by Sara Donaldson

Photography by Sara Donaldson                            

Given their portfolio and record on the advice and execution of important factors to consider on destination weddings and special events, Todd maintains an informative and helpful list of “do’s and don’ts” you should ponder to ensure your day becomes a fun-filled, lively and enduring one. You can be sure to rely on Todd’s uncanny expertise in helping you fully realise your visions and dreams.

There’s no doubt that Todd is a mastermind  and a dynamic talent who knows  of no boundaries. Tapping into his amazing skill set and being fortunate enough to venture into his vivacious path, is nothing short of playing with genius.  Your wedding dreams will not only be fully fulfilled as you desired, but most likely be taken to grand and sensational new heights.  Crème de la Bride would now like to delve into the ethereal works of the delightful and infamous Mr Todd Fiscus.

Photography by Sara Donaldson

Photography by Sara Donaldson

 

Thank you Todd for speaking to Crème de la Bride.

How did it all begin for you? How did you get started in this industry? I actually came to Dallas in the early 90’s. I wanted to be a garmache chef. Then I moved from food to hospitality sales, and then out of food sales I moved into floral design; and out of that moved into parties.

How long have you been in the wedding planning industry? I’ve been in the wedding industry since 1994.

So you’re based in Dallas, Texas; it all began in Dallas? Yes, we have an office in Dallas and we opened in Houston about a year and a half ago.

Were there any influences behind your work. Did you have any mentors? The first person I worked for, his name was Terry Inman. I think what he did for me was, he gave me an avenue to express things. He allowed me to play and make mistakes on his dollar. He was really great. I really appreciated all of his efforts and his ability. He thought I had talent and he let me kind of express myself. So I would say he was a mentor. From a design standpoint, I really follow art and architecture; I don’t really follow other florists, and I don’t get my inspiration from other floral designers. I kind of try to do my own thing.

Where have you travelled so far, do you mainly work in the United States and the Caribbean? No, we’ve done U.S., Mexico, and the Caribbean.

Would you be willing to visit the UK for a fabulous wedding? Are you kidding! You know my Dad was born in London, so I’ve always said one of these days I would love to. I just think it’s funny, because I’m not in New York or Los Angeles, so people don’t think about reaching out to us in Texas for projects in Italy or Spain, or the UK. Even though talent is everywhere, of course I would go, are you kidding?!

That’s why I wanted to approach you, because the UK needs to see this!  Would you like to share your client list with us?  We mostly work with the super wealthy, and sports players. Tony Romo, Mike Modano, Eli Manning.

What was your most memorable wedding to date? We did a wedding here in Ft. Worth, Texas for the Dillard family, and we had Bon Jovi as the band. It was large in a scale where everything we did was something new and challenging. I really liked the fact that there was that much challenge in it. It was funny, I was with a client today and they were like giving me their budget, and what they were comfortable spending, and they wouldn’t tell me a number and my response was: “You cannot spend enough money to scare me.” There is no way, unless you say I absolutely have zero threshold for dollar pain; you just need to go for it. That would be the only time I’d go, “Oohh, wow, now I’m a little nervous.”

I would say the Dillard’s, because it was fun; it was innovative. They were effusive with excitement and emotion.

What do you think sets you apart from others in your industry? I think what sets me apart as a designer is probably, I like to say I’m kind of a frustrated interior decorator, so I think I treat my space planning much more along the lines of an interior designer and I hate mechanics; like, in other words, I don’t like things to show, like fire extinguishers to show in tents. I don’t like the guest to experience the necessity of life. I like them to think the air conditioning is perfect because it’s blowing in from some magical person. So I like to not only design a pretty party, but I like to cover up the mechanics.  I think for me, I like to be able to for the space to be, relatively seamless and then put inside of it really beautiful product. I love creating transformational space, transform it into something completely different. Like in the UK for instance, you’ll have these gorgeous period architecture spaces that are beautiful and old and have great bones. Where we are may be in a ballroom with four walls and eight identically matching brandy chandeliers. I don’t get the same architecture so we have to create our own architecture.

What advice do you have for the “second time around bride?” Well, I think that “second bride”: I try never to use the words “second bride.” Whether you’re Elizabeth Taylor, or you’re doing it once or twice, because you never know what the circumstances were. The term “second bride” can feel like maybe the first one didn’t work, but what if something tragic happened? I’d say for anybody getting married I think a lot of times people who have had to run around the track, the second time in that instance works. I think that you know yourself better; you have a better understanding of who you are and what you’re trying to say. I think with weddings, if you have done it once and played by the rules, I think people like to be rule breaking in the second.  I think you should really look at it; they also say your circle of friends, as you get older, gets smaller. So, I think you eventually get to the point where you are just hyper focused on “I want to have a great night with great friends and that could be only 30 people or it could be 300, or it could be 3,000.” You know, everybody’s different.

What is one of the ideas for the most glamorous, off the wall, out of sight wedding scenes you can conjure up? One that you haven’t had the pleasure of making come alive yet? So, let’s say weird example, I would build on a giant barge to go down the Thames river, a dining room that copies the architecture on the outside of stain glass windows and you boarded it from one of the fairy points on the stem; and you would get in it and it would float down the river so that you could see the entire city; but it would be a fully floating ballroom. That would be bizarre and large scale and awe-inspiring aesthetically and an experience that no one else would ever see; and it would stop at key-note locations for views and then something would be coordinated to that view. Then it would end as you got off to a massive firework show.

What are some of the editorial profiles you have been showcased in? Elle Décor, Town & Country, Better Homes and Gardens, Wall Street Journal, Southern Living, Gourmet, Vanity Fair, The Robb Report, The London Times, InStyle Weddings, Western Interiors, Condé Nast Brides, Veranda, Texas Monthly.

What ideas predominately inspire you to bring something exquisite and fresh as you’re creating a wedding scene? Does it come instantaneously? I try to tell everybody, it’s really not my party, so I try to stay, I try to allow my host to express their vision. If someone came to me and they wanted a really lavish party, but they don’t like to wear high heels and they don’t like fancy food. They why are you throwing a lavish party even if that’s what you can afford. The party has to be an expression of who they are as people, or otherwise you feel like you just got dressed up and went somewhere else. It’s got to be relative, it’s got to speak to your relationship, and how did you fall in love, and what is it about you. It can’t just be Marie Antoinette’s winter fantasy; it’s got to be more than just gold or crystal or otherwise it’s just a lavishly done party that can read to be kind of gauche. You want it to be a reflection of the host. That’s the best compliment you can get if someone goes to a great part and they walk out and the bride’s name is Susan, and they go, “Oh my God, this looks just like Susan!” Like they did all the work themselves, it should be that good. If I’m working a room and people walk up and tell me it’s beautiful and I’m standing with the bride, I always look at her and go, “She picked everything out; she did a beautiful job” and the bride will look at me and be like, “Are you crazy?!” Well, you should take credit for it, because it’s your party.

Photography by Sara Donaldson

 Photography by Sara Donaldson

Would you like to share with the magazine and our audience, any exciting endeavours coming your way? It’s such a big year next year, I’m really kind of just focusing on keeping my boat right side up. So I’m really just focused on the jobs currently booked for 2016. I’ve had a lot of life changes: I got married, we bought a house, opened an office in Houston. So I kind of need to just sit and work. I don’t know about new endeavours right now, I’m kind of like enjoying the endeavour I’m in.

Well, we at Crème de la Bride so appreciate this interview. Thank you so much for taking the time out, I know you are super busy! Thank you, it was a pleasure to talk to you.

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Todd’s credentials/awards:

Named one of the Top Event Designers of 2013.

Top Innovator of 2012, by special event industry guru, Biz Bash.

Featured in the Wall Street Journal for his leading-edge work and leadership in the field.

Todd also speak to countless wedding and event industry events around the country every year.

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