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Preston Bailey's Fantasy Weddings Hardcover – November 9, 2004


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Bulfinch; 1st Ed. edition (November 9, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0821228692
  • ISBN-13: 978-0821228692
  • Product Dimensions: 12.3 x 10.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #171,992 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Fiancées who dream of fantastic flower displays spilling over their engagement parties, rehearsal dinners, wedding ceremonies and receptions will want to peek at the nine floral-packed weddings Bailey features in this book. Lavish color photographs are the main appeal here, with Bailey’s bland text doing little or nothing to add or detract from his over-the-top creations. Each chapter presents a specific wedding theme, including a "Hamptons Countryside Fantasy" with five-foot tall centerpieces, a "Tropical Latin Fantasy" with gigantic red rose sculptures that seem to have been borrowed from the Rose Bowl Parade, and an "American Royalty Fantasy" in gold and white, which actually took place in the Grand Ballroom of the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in Manhattan. Bailey’s fantastic designs recall the grandiose MGM studio productions of yesteryear, and he appears to delight in using flowers to construct architectural, decorative and religious objects: lamps, chandeliers, cornucopias, chuppahs, pillars, ribbons, place mats, paintings. In a final chapter, Bailey presents a few suggestions for creating some of these elaborate, time-consuming objects on your own. But those longing to be princess for a day (and who have the considerable funds it would take to realize one of Bailey’s fantasy weddings) may find it easier just to hire him. Photos.
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About the Author

Preston Bailey is regularly covered in major media outlets like the New York Times, In Style, Martha Stewart Living, CBS's Early Show, and the Oprah Winfrey Show. He has headed Preston Bailey Set & Entertainment Design in New York City for over 23 years. Bailey has a quarterly column in Elle Decor magazine, and is a much sought-after guest speaker. He was recently inducted into the BizBash Event Style Hall of Fame.

More About the Author

After thirty-two years in the event industry, Preston Bailey has made his mark as an artist, creating dramatic, one-of-a-kind spaces for events for people like Oprah Winfrey, Donald Trump, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Michael Douglas, Joan Rivers, and many celebrities and royal families around the globe. His company does work worldwide. He is the author of five successful design books, and he makes frequent TV appearances and speaks at conferences around the world. He is also an educator and has countless art installations in places like London, New York, France, Taiwan, and Jakarta.

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This is a beautiful book with great photos.
Sabene
This is a beautiful coffee table book for anyone who likes flowers or weddings or a book for someone always reaching for more in their floral profession.
C. Roy
Many people say Preston Bailey is over the top- and he is!
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By mwest on November 22, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Wow! What an incredibly beautiful book!!! While the decor and events pictures are way out of reach for "normal" people, the photography is absolutely stunning. It's also great for getting ideas for your own events, even if you can't afford the over-the-top stuff that's pictured. Overall, a gorgeous book that's going to be on my coffee table to enjoy for a LONG TIME!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 1, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Fantastic pictures - great visual stimulation

Not much how to infomation, but a good to help generate ideas.Preston Bailey's Design for Entertaining: Inspiration for Creating the Party of Your Dreams is recommended for a more information on how to achieve the look.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By C. Roy on April 20, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Preston Bailey never fails to astonish me with his imaginative, over the top work! The first time I saw another of his books, my jaw dropped. I'm a florist, and I look at many sources for inspiration. His work stands head and shoulders above any I have ever seen. This is a beautiful coffee table book for anyone who likes flowers or weddings or a book for someone always reaching for more in their floral profession. Of course he designs for clients with unlimited budgets, but I can dream!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dianna D. Delcambre on December 13, 2009
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absolutely overjoyed with this beautiful book!....applied suggested crystal tree for our vow renewal..everyone was in awe of its beauty...we believe mr. preston would have been proud!....and would also buy from sellers again..quick shipment.great condition!.wow again!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cas Rae on January 4, 2006
Format: Hardcover
If you're into over the top...then this is for you. I received it as an engagement gift and I just think that the work is beautiful & well done. I can't afford it, but that doesn't mean that Preston Baily isn't the master : )
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ms. A. J. Walker on September 30, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This book really shows some fantastic ideas for your wedding day.

It has a vast amount of projects represented by beautiful colour photographs.

It has given me a few ideas although I would say the weddings in the book cost a fortune and so you need to take the essence of the ideas and bring them down to an affordable level.

Also it really is a floral decoration book and although there is good use of lighting and candles ninety percent of the book is about flower decoration be it in a ''never seen before way''.

However it is very inspiring and beautiful and would also make a great coffee table book or present for a designer/florist.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sabene on August 4, 2010
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This is a beautiful book with great photos. It is in excellent condition too. Great ideas but as you probably know, Preston Bailey is very "Over-the-top" which there is nothing wrong with, just very expensive. This book gave me some wonderful "Knock-off" ideas however that will be very lovely.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Jepson on April 5, 2010
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Really enjoyed this book! So many ideas. Grateful that Preston Bailey doesn't mind showing his work to help people plan their own weddings.
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