How Do You Know You’re Ready To Plan Luxury Events?


Preston Bailey, Preston Bailey's Blog, Kathy Romero, Kismis Ink Photography, Photo of Kathy Romero by Ksimis Ink Photography on Preston Bailey's Blog

Dear Readers:

This week, I would like to address a question that was posted by an industry planner. She asked to know how I knew that I was ready to plan larger-scale luxury weddings and wanted to understand how she would be able to do the same.

If you are ready to hear about the metamorphosis of a planner, well, this post is for you.

As we evolve within our respective roles in the industry, we are continually setting goals while aiming to reach new heights. That, of course, enables us to provide our clients with the types of services that add incalculable value to their lives. Creative professionals tend to be wired to always want more and to use their unique gifts to make others happy. It’s no secret that, as a whole, we are dreamers. Because of this fact, we tend to always be thinking about the next big thing. As much as we love to say that we are brave, many of us are so afraid of failure that we continue to stick to what we know and work within the boundaries we have become comfortable working in.

I am here to tell you that it’s time to snap out of it! 

If you need a little push, here are some of the things that helped me make that leap:

Always see yourself where you want to end up, regardless of where you are right now. You have to start somewhere.

Every time you find yourself having to make hard decisions, ask yourself: What is the worst that can happen? Notice that whatever the worst is, there will always be an alternative.

As much as I admire my fellow industry peeps, I sincerely avoid trying to emulate what they do professionally. Find your diamond. We all have one.

Believe that there is room for another brilliant idea and that you are able to come up with it.

Avoid bad mouthing or criticizing what others do; instead, praise your competition for a job well done.

Challenge yourself. Don’t settle for just being good at what you do. Consider every wedding you work on an opportunity to polish your craft.

Avoid setting goals that are not measurable. If you can’t evaluate your process, you will never be able to move on to the next level.

Identify your fears in order of magnitude and face the biggest one first. Trust me, everything after that will be as easy as pie.

Remember that David’s strength came from how he saw himself Vs. how he saw Goliath.

With a happy heart,


Kathy Romero is the Director of Wedding Planning For Preston Bailey Designs. She shares her thoughts and advice on Preston’s Blog every Thursday.

(Photo Courtesy of Kismis Ink)