Meet the Planners :: Elizabeth BaileyFriday, March 13, 2009
Name: Elizabeth Bailey
Company Name: Elizabeth Bailey Weddings and Events
Number of Years in Business: 23
How did you get started in wedding planning?
Shortly after I got married, my family’s business in which I was employed was sold so I was looking for a new career. I had looked for a wedding planner to help me when I was engaged and there were no planners in my area. It wasn’t that I had any great interest in weddings, I simply figured there was a need to be met and I took a certification class in New York and “became” a wedding planner.
If you had to start over what one thing would you do differently?
I can’t think of anything I would have done differently. As it turns out, there were a lot of things I did in the early years of my business that were beneficial. For example, in order to stay busy, I went to work for an event florist as a second job. The florist did all the very high end Jewish weddings in town and I learned more in those couple of years than I could have ever imagined. I know more about Jewish weddings than most of my Jewish clients and I can name just about any flower. I also got the opportunity to work in every high end venue in town and got to know the staff there.
What's your favorite item in your emergency kit?
Although I reach for all types of pins the most, I love my tailor’s chalk and Hollywood Fashion tape.
What is the best piece of business advice you've ever received?
There are really three pieces of advice I live by:
1) Mind your own “business”.
2) Even if you are on the right track, you have to keep moving forward or you will get run over.
3) Work as if everything depends on you and pray as if everything depends on God.
Which two people (past or present) would you have as guests at a dinner party and why?
Thomas Jefferson would be my first choice as a dinner guest. In addition to being the 3rd president of the United States, he was a farmer, a governor, a vintner, a lawyer, an architect, an author, an inventor and the founder of the amazing University of Virginia. I would hope the dinner would be at Monticello!
My second choice for a dinner guest would be Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy. As first lady she was a symbol of fashion for women all over the world as she brought a French influence to the White House not only clothing, but in food (a French chef) and interior décor (with a French interior decorator). She was stylish and chic and one of the most influential women in fashion. When she was in her mid-forties (and twice widowed) she re-invented herself as a book editor. When she died I remember part of the statement her son John read to the media: “She did it her own way and on her own terms and we all feel lucky for that”. Her wedding dress and that of her daughter-in-law’s are probably the most famous wedding dresses in the world for their simplicity, elegance and sophistication.
What are your three favorite blogs besides thesmartplanner.com?
I totally stalk elementsofstyleblog.com and also love habituallychic.blogspot.com and tastefullyentertaining.blogspot.com. There are dozens of blogs on my Google Reader that I follow each day.