Preston Bailey Visits Australia For The Plan Your Perfect Day Event
Preston Bailey- the god of wedding installations and known for his over the top wedding and event floral displays, visited Australia for the week leading up to Valentines Day.
Preston spoke at the event ‘Plan Your Perfect Day’ at Dockside- Cockle Bay Sydney on 12th Feb, and impressed his guests with a 60 minute presentation about expanding your wedding business.
Many wedding industry professionals attended the event, and were ‘wowed’ by his creations, and expert pointers on building your wedding business.
Preston’s Top Tips For Expanding Your Business In The Wedding Industry Were:
1. Set yourself apart from others, and make sure you have a unique point of difference
2. Give incredible customer service ( he points out there is great service then there is exceptional service.)
3. Make a personal connection with the client, and present the WOW Factor!
Preston Shares His Past Wedding Disasters
He has had everything happen from vines catching on fire and the fire brigade being called in to close the wedding down, to floating candles and floral arrangements falling on people heads, to chair covers that were so slipery, guests couldnt sit on their seats!
Preston Baileys Past Celebrity Clients
Preston has been there and experience it all, to become a giant and well known celebrity wedding planner worldwide.
Some of his clients include: Opra Winfrey, Donald Trump, Uma Thurman, Donna Karan, Joan Rivers, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Anna Wintour, Lisa Minnelli, Jennifer Hudson, Royal Families from around the world.
How Much Does It Cost to Have Preston Style/ Theme Your Wedding?
Preston keep this top secret, but is rumoured to charge anywhere from $200,000-$400,000 and upwards towards a million for his out of this world floral designs and event design. Many of his clients are millionaries and billionaries, as he positions himself in the luxury- top-end of the market.
Common Mistakes Wedding Planners Make:
You have to plan for the unexpected. Let’s focus on one circumstance where this is always true: unless you have control over god or mother nature, you need a rain back-up plan for an outdoor event. You can’t even count the number of times I’ve heard, “It never rains in this month.”
For most rain back-up plans, this means having access to a tent that has flooring, air conditioning or heating, and a good drainage system. Recently, I did an event in the desert and we were told that it only rains 3 or 4 days a year. Well, as you might have guessed, it poured. (There is still a big debate about the truth of global warming on our planet. As an event designer basing my thoughts on my experience with the weather, there is no question in my mind that we are in trouble.)