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be excluded just because they didn’t live in New York City.


designer, and I always thought it would have been wonderful to have had someone show me the ropes. Instead, I made a lot of mistakes along the way and learned almost everything the hard way. For years, young people wrote to me asking how to get into the wedding and event business. It was clear there were a lot of young folks who had passion and drive but no direction. They didn’t know where to begin and wanted my advice and professional guidance. So, I partnered with The Wedding Planning Institute, and we created a course to answer all of their questions.


It was especially important to me that the course be accessible. That’s why it’s offered online and in colleges and universities across the U.S. I hear from people who live all over the world, and I wanted to create a course for everyone. I didn’t want anyone to


I have to say that the course is really starting to catch momentum, and it’s incredibly exciting to watch it grow. In fact, I just hired my first graduate of the program. For years, she was a dental assistant with event planning dreams and an eye for design. Then she took my course, graduated with high honors and is now interning with me and my team for three months to jump start her new career. Having her here is a daily reminder of why I wanted to create the course in the first place.


WED: Anything else new in the works?


PB: The response to the course has been so strong that I’m exploring a few exciting additions to the curriculum. Stay tuned!


See photos of Preston’s work throughout this article on WED’s pin board on Pinterest.


WED The Magazine


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