Event Planner Michael Russo Planned His Own Wedding While Filming New Show ‘Mikie Saves The Date!’

by Ivy Jacobson
Mikie Russo from FYI's Mikie Saves the Date

One of our favorite celebrity wedding planners (and recent newlywed) Michael Russo is ready to plan a few more weddings on his new show that premieres tonight! FYI's new series, “Mikie Saves the Date," follows Michael as he creates gorgeous, personalized weddings for his clients, no matter the budget. With celebrity clients such as Kevin Jonas, Joey Fatone and Beverley Mitchell already under his belt, he definitely knows how to create a beautiful wedding day — while planning his own black-and-white themed wedding at the same time!

Michael gave The Knot the exclusive scoop on what we can look forward to on the show — and one wedding trend for 2015 that he's already over!

The Knot: What are couples looked for in terms of personalizing their wedding?

Michael Russo: This is something I see every day. Couples always come to me and want something different and unique. Different and unique to them is them doing it for the first time, so I tailor their requests to them as a couple. For the show, I personalized an escort card table with vintage frames mounted on a mirror for one couple, and for another, we did something cool with hang tags as escort cards.

TK: What's your favorite part of the wedding planning process?

MR: Unifying what the bride and groom want. It's the essence of the show — giving the couple a polished version of what they want after bringing their visions together.

TK: So what's the most stressful?

MR: Making the couple see each other's vision! One groom was highly allergic to the idea of sequins, but I presented it in a way where it looked amazing.

TK: What will surprise us the most on the show?

MR: A lot of the grooms had a much clearer vision for the wedding than the bride, and were very detailed about what they wanted the ceremony and reception to look like. They didn't even give it a second thought. Women today are more career-oriented, which is amazing, and now the fairy tale sometimes takes a back seat.

But I think the strongest message across the show is that there's something so relatable to all weddings in general. I was able to take my own advice, since I was planning my own wedding along with the brides and grooms. While navigating through all of the tricky situations, there were lots of smiles and laughter.

TK: How did you manage to plan your own wedding while planning so many others?

MR: When I first started planning my wedding, I treated it as another event with no emotional connection. I was just making decisions with what worked well for the venue. But then I stopped and started to really enjoy the process for myself. There was a tiny bit of pressure raise the bar, but you have to plan the wedding for yourself.

TK: What are your current favorite wedding trends?

MR: Monochromatic looks amazing, but I have to say, I'm feeling color right now. White and creams with pops of color.

TK: Are you in or out on marsala, Pantone's official color of 2015?

MR: Over it already.

TK: What's your advice for a couple trying to DIY/personalize their wedding?

MR: Regardless of whether they spend $500 or $5 million, their wedding should be reflective of them as a couple. What do they want for their wedding? It kind of happens organically. When you try and force something, you can tell it's not the route you should be going. Have a game plan. But the biggest tip is don't get wrapped up in the craziness — it's your wedding! Set a budget and stick to it.

Watch a sneak peek of the first episode below, and watch Mikie Saves the Date tonight, January 13, at 10 p.m. EST!

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