Bailey and Blum

Posted by on Jan 28, 2010 in Blog | 3 Comments

In honor of the fact that this evening is the SURE TO BE FABULOUS book launch for Preston Bailey’s Celebrations book, I thought I’d take the chance to spread the news to my professional, non-bride readers out there about a fantastic opportunity to really expand your horizons and broaden your career outlook: The Bailey & Blum mentoring weekend.

Preston Bailey and Marcy Blum are arguably the top of the top when it comes to event designers and event planners in the business.  In fact, they actually changed the game.  Before Jung Lee was barking orders or David Tutera was pigmaleon, Preston and Marcy were re-inventing, re-imagining and elevating the concept of what a wedding or social event could even be.

main-middle-imageWell, these two industry icons, friends and frequent collaborators are opening the doors of Preston’s studio for an intimate (40 person) mentoring weekend for wedding professionals.  Attendees will get to talk shop, see the ins and outs of what it’s like to really plan weddings on “the next level” and get advice about guiding your career and business in a personal intimate setting.  PLUS, you get to stay somewhere kind of swanky in New York, eat  some amazing food and…. well, there are a ton of surprises that they have in store that I’m certainly not privvy too.

Obviously, this kind of access and mentorship isn’t cheap- I mean, it’s Preston and Marcy- but it is AN INVESTMENT.

For a moment, I hope I can get on my soap box.  Lately, there seem to be a BOUNTY of previously unheard of, or totally green “wedding experts” charging an awful lot of money to attend academies or become “superstar wedding planners”… and I personally have been skeptical of what exactly, for all the money that they charge other planners/ designers/ professionals can they tell you about that a few great business books and a well spent weekend at Engage! couldn’t…

There actually ARE things that Preston & Marcy can tell you that NO ONE ELSE CAN.  I’ll be honest, I do personally know and love Marcy…. We’ve gotten to know her over the past year (once Mayra and I could stop being so nervous that we were in her presence and actually say something) and just in the time we’ve known her, I’ve become a better planner who values my talents and time more AND who thinks a little more out of the box than before.  We spent an amazing 2 hours at her office a few months ago where, upon leaving, I turned to Mayra and said “We plan weddings, she plans experiences”.  I only write about this weekend because I feel really confident that it will be transformational for those who attend!   Registration is live now….


  1. Dina Eisenberg
    January 28, 2010

    Thanks for sharing this. Preston Bailey is my ideal of sophistication and elegance in event planning. My greatest goal is to one day be on the same speaking faculty as Preston and Marcy. [Hint- Rebecca!]

    What seems to be missing in today’s emerging wedding professionals is a solid grasp of the business operations, not marketing, and the discipline and patience to claim a unique niche, don’t you think?

    I’d love to see someone who wasn’t trying to chase the luxury market who knew their niche and served them well. I’m all about helping emerging planners figure out what they want their business to be, besides a copy of someone else.

    Thanks for alerting me to the event. I’m happy to spread the word.

    Warmly, Dina

    Dina Eisenberg

  2. Lisa M
    February 2, 2010

    Great post…once again, especially in light of our conversation last week. I agree that with the onset of reality shows, everyone wants to be a wedding planner. Unfortuntately, many promise clients the sun and the moon and deliver the dirt. I have recently heard more horror stories from other Wedding Professionals about the pseudo wedding planners that grace their doorsteps on a regular basis. I have lost a few potential clients based on price only for the bride to call me after the wedding and tell me that it was a disaster. Someone recently did a 200+ guest wedding that was a high dollar event and didn’t even write an itinerary. Really? Experience is important! Furthering education is necessary! This is awesome!

  3. John
    May 4, 2011

    The Bailey Blum team have a unique skill set that is difficult to ‘replicate’ – take on board what they advise and adapt to enhance your own skill set

    JMF Disco
    Wedding DJ and Mobile Disco


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