Become a Top Wedding Planner – Learn About Preston Bailey’s Humble Beginnings

 

Celebrity event designer Preston Bailey was on the season finale of Joan Rivers’ TV Land program “How’d You Get So Rich?” last night. Joan counts Preston as one of her dear friends and he calls Joan and Oprah his “angels.” Joan hired Preston to design her daughter’s “winter in Czarist Russia” wedding and he designed Oprah’s 5oth birthday celebration. Preston wrote about this in his April blog post.

Preston spoke of how he was born dirt poor in Panama in the house the size of a shoebox. His parents sent him to America when he was 19 years old. A close friend suggested he make money by doing weekly flowers for some of his clients. He didn’t know what he was doing in the beginning but loved it and began learning as much as he could.

Joan mentioned that Preston is now worth $10 million but still lives in the same small New York apartment he has rented for 30 years. His big extravagances are vacations, he spends about $1 million a year his trips.

By the way, the show mentioned that Preston does not take on weddings with a budget of less than $250,000.



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