Continuing Education a'la Preston Bailey {and his top 10 Event Must Haves} - 2 Chic Events & Design

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January 31, 2012

Continuing Education a’la Preston Bailey {and his top 10 Event Must Haves}

Three weeks ago, thanks to my wonderful friend Cho at The Wedding Planning Institute, I was beyond blessed with an opportunity of a lifetime – to attend the Wedding Faire and Symposium as a member of Preston Bailey’s team. Preston, to me, is THE industry leader when it comes to event design. His creations are awe inspiring and he, himself, even more beautiful ~ which explains his worldwide notoriety. After being greeted at the door by Preston with a big hug and hello {can you say chills up my spine…}, I spent the weekend attending sessions presented by Preston, Nikki Khan, Sasha Souza, Brian Rafanelli and Philippe Lee.

And Now, I’d like to share what I learned from Preston Bailey with you. The following are Preston’s “Top 10 Event Must Haves” that he shared with us. According to Preston {and I have to agree!}, these are the elements that each wedding should have to make it fabulous and wow your guests:


1.) A Dramatic Entrance: Wow your guests upon arrival.

2.) An Elaborately Decorated Aisle

3.) One Large Statement Piece {an ice sculpture, floral sculpture or structural piece}

4.) Exciting Bars and Cocktail Areas: There’s always a ton of guest activity in these areas

5.) An Amazing Escort Card Table {Amen! This is our favorite!}

6.) Unique Food Service {Preston once had soup served in turtle egg shells}

7.) Classic Tablescapes {even at a modern themed wedding, warm those tables up!}

8.) Table Details: Textures, variation and decor accents

9.) The Overall Room Decor: It should evoke feeling

10.) Fun After Parties {And be sure to feed them!}


I loved Preston’s 10 Must Haves! He also mentioned that your wedding should be a reflection of how you entertain in your own home. This will make guests feel the most comfortable and also create an event that is truly you!

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