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5 Questions with Preston Bailey

By Timothy R. Schulte Published: January 21, 2010

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Preston Bailey travels the world planning and executing lavish events, the most recent of which being the October 2009 wedding of Ivanka Trump. Fresh off creating a wedding and with the release of a new book, “Preston Bailey Celebrations” (Rizzoli, 2009), the party maestro gives brides a few style pointers for their big day.

Q: How can brides adapt your “Why Not?” mentality for planning and decorating without coming off like a Bridezilla?

A: The “Why Not” mentality is what makes a wedding exciting. However, in order not to become a Bridezilla, she needs to choose what is most important to her and invest all of the design and planning in that area. At times, the “Why Not” mentality could also be costly.

Q: You’re big on “dramatic statements.” What’s a simple, easy way to create a dramatic statement for a wedding?

A: The escort card table is a great place to create a dramatic statement – it’s the first thing the guest sees, and it is the moment they are most likely remember. A simple way is to assign a flower for each guest at the card table, just as I did for Ivanka Trump’s wedding, in which each guest had a gardenia in floating in water next to their names.

Q: What types of colors and flowers do you like for 2010?

A: I tend to pay a lot of attention to the fashion shows in Paris and New York; they usually work six months ahead of time, so it’s great inspiration.

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