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Andy Kushner offers an inside look behind-the-scenes of the wedding and event world for both industry experts and bridal couples by featuring in-depth and transformative conversations with event industry icons. The Wedding Biz is also the only global platform of its kind to serve the business development needs of wedding and events professionals. As the host, Andy interviews the most prolific thought leaders and talent, taking you behind the curtain and revealing their personality, character, passions, and secrets to their success. Andy’s powerful, yet casual and comfortable interview style gives you access to the authentic story each of these incredible industry leaders has to share. The Wedding Biz podcast is your opportunity to really get to know the amazing personalities that endlessly elevate the world of weddings and special events.

The Wedding Biz - Behind the Scenes of the Wedding Business Andy Kushner

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    • 4.8 • 108 Ratings

Andy Kushner offers an inside look behind-the-scenes of the wedding and event world for both industry experts and bridal couples by featuring in-depth and transformative conversations with event industry icons. The Wedding Biz is also the only global platform of its kind to serve the business development needs of wedding and events professionals. As the host, Andy interviews the most prolific thought leaders and talent, taking you behind the curtain and revealing their personality, character, passions, and secrets to their success. Andy’s powerful, yet casual and comfortable interview style gives you access to the authentic story each of these incredible industry leaders has to share. The Wedding Biz podcast is your opportunity to really get to know the amazing personalities that endlessly elevate the world of weddings and special events.

    Episode 418 Jean-Pierre Uys: Photography, Storytelling, and Working Within the Chaos

    Episode 418 Jean-Pierre Uys: Photography, Storytelling, and Working Within the Chaos

    Joining Andy on today's episode of The Wedding Biz is Jean-Pierre Uys of Jean-Pierre Uys Photography! Based out of New York City, Jean-Pierre is an acclaimed wedding photographer, artist, and creative explorer. Having shot over 700 weddings, his images have been published in over seventy local and international magazines, and he even helped publish two hardcover wedding books. Jean-Pierre is also the recipient of numerous awards and accolades including but not limited to a Framed Awards nomination as one of the ten best wedding photographers in the world and Junebug Weddings' Best of the Best Wedding Images Around the World.
    Jean-Pierre talks about his childhood and education, revealing that he always had a love for visuals but originally more so videos as opposed to stills. He and Andy agree that creative entrepreneurship isn't something that they originally saw for their futures, especially not long-term, and Jean-Pierre reflects that he didn't originally think that he would be involved in photography for as long as he has been but that once you find something you're successful in, it tends to become your passion.
    We also learn about how Jean-Pierre tends to work with his clients and how he captures their essence and tells their stories. He walks us through his usual process with his clients and how they build that professional relationship. He also looks back at his time working in South Africa and how it was a bit different than how he works now out of New York City. Jean-Pierre also touches upon balancing the creative side of what he does with the business side of it, disclosing that he does not find running the business side of it challenging at all.
    Jean-Pierre, in addition, gives a couple of examples of his artistic and creative work outside of wedding photography, and he gives a couple of pieces of advice for anyone who wants to walk a similar path, emphasizing, for example, that photography should tell a linear story with a beginning, middle, and end. Andy has been wanting to interview Jean-Pierre ever since Colin Cowie mentioned working with him, so he is really appreciative of Jean-Pierre's time, especially since Jean-Pierre offers new ways to look at things, ways that Andy never had before.
    Be sure to check out Jean-Pierre's website and his social media pages on Instagram and Facebook, and as always, if you can think of at least three good friends who might really benefit from and enjoy this interview with Jean-Pierre Uys, be sure to share it with them! Andy would also really appreciate it if you were to subscribe to the podcast if you aren't already and to leave a top review wherever you listen! That really helps out the show and helps people find it!
    Have you heard about Stop and Smell the Roses with Preston Bailey on The Wedding Biz Network? Listen as Preston shares the secrets, tools, and technologies behind his extraordinary ability to create a theatrical environment out of any space. Also, don't forget about Sean Low's podcast The Business of Being Creative, where Sean discusses the power of being niched, pricing strategies, metrics of success, and so much more. You can find both shows on The Wedding Biz Network.
     
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    Time Stamps
    [0:34] – Today's guest is revealed to be Jean-Pierre Uys of Jean-Pierre Uys Photography.
    [1:46] – Jean-Pierre reflects on his childhood and where his love for photography comes from.
    [4:31] – Jean-Pierre reveals that he didn't realize that he would do this as long as he has.
    [7:01] – Jean-Pierre discusses wedding expos inspiring him when he was in college.
    [8:42] – Jean-Pierre talks about telling a story via photography.
    [11:55] – Jean-Pierre walks us through his usual process with clients.
    [13:36] – Jean-Pierre looks back at his time working in South Africa and how it differed there.
    [15:38] – Jean-Pierre points out why lighting is d

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    Episode 417 MICHELLE DEMAREE: “Miss Diamond Ring”

    Episode 417 MICHELLE DEMAREE: “Miss Diamond Ring”

    Andy's guest today is the founder and C.E.O. of Miss Diamond Ring, Michelle Demaree! Miss Diamond Ring is a Los Angeles-based diamond concierge service that offers its clientele a personalized boutique service as special as their love story. After honing her craft for more than ten years in the diamond industry and representing state-of-the-art brands such as Harry Winston, Tiffany & Co., and Van Cleef, Michelle has created her own signature process offering the highest level of bespoke ring-making for global clients seeking the best that is out there! Michelle herself is also known as “Miss Diamond Ring” and has been featured in many publications such as Forbes, People Magazine, The New York Times, Today, and Modern Luxury Weddings.
    Andy and Michelle discuss Michelle's tagline on her website and how Michelle believes that what she does should be making sparkly works of art that tell her clients' love stories. Michelle also reflects on her history and how she got into the diamond industry. She makes the point that sales are about connecting, not closing, likely a big part of the reason why, as she emphasizes, her job doesn't feel like work to her but rather like a passion project. There have, of course, been a few bumps in the road, however, and Michelle, for example, touches upon a few of the obstacles that she faced at first especially being a woman in an industry dominated primarily by men.
    Michelle also walks us through the typical process between her and her clients, emphasizing how important it is to her to learn the couple's love story, and she enthusiastically shares information about her Diamonds with Soul collection. Andy really appreciates Michelle's time on the show and how quickly she responded to him when he reached out to her! Be sure to also check out her website and her social media pages on Instagram and Pinterest, and don't forget to enter the code WEDDINGBIZ5 to get 5% off any purchase from Michelle's company!
    As always, if you can think of at least three good friends who might really benefit from and enjoy this interview with Michelle, be sure to share it with them! Andy would also be appreciative if you were to subscribe to the podcast if you aren't already and to leave a top review wherever you listen! That really helps out the show and helps people find it!
    Have you heard about Stop and Smell the Roses with Preston Bailey on The Wedding Biz Network? Listen as Preston shares the secrets, tools, and technologies behind his extraordinary ability to create a theatrical environment out of any space. Also, don't forget about Sean Low's podcast The Business of Being Creative, where Sean discusses the power of being niched, pricing strategies, metrics of success, and so much more. You can find both shows on The Wedding Biz Network.
     
    SUPPORTING THE WEDDING BIZ
    Become a patron and support Andy and the show! If you are so inspired, contribute!
     
    Time Stamps
    [0:37] – Andy reveals today's guest as Michelle Demaree of Miss Diamond Ring.
    [2:01] – Andy and Michelle talk about Michelle's tagline on her website.
    [3:00] – Michelle reflects on her childhood and where her love for diamonds comes from.
    [3:52] – Learn about Michelle's first serious career job.
    [6:18] – Andy shares a story involving his music company.
    [7:38] – Michelle discusses her time with Tiffany & Co. and Harry Winston.
    [8:35] – Michelle argues what sales are truly about.
    [9:44] – Discover how Michelle focused more attention on her daughter at one point.
    [12:41] – Michelle talks about how it felt to make the leap to entrepreneurship.
    [14:17] – Michelle explains what it was like being a female in a male-centric industry.
    [15:50] – Learn about Michelle's price ranges in her company.
    [18:12] – Michelle walks us through her usual process with clients.
    [20:21] – Michelle gives an example of a couple's love story being important to what she offered.
    [22:02] – Michelle reveals what is trending right

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    Episode 416 PRESTON BAILEY: Creativity as a Muscle and More!

    Episode 416 PRESTON BAILEY: Creativity as a Muscle and More!

    Joining Andy this week is returning guest (and host of another podcast as part of The Wedding Biz Network) Preston Bailey! Preston is the premier international event designer for a client roster that includes celebrities, royalty, CEOs, and athletes! He has had a number of art installations with showcases in New York City, Las Vegas, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Taiwan, and London! He is also a master educator and is the author of seven books, five of which have been bestsellers!
    Andy and Preston discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected a lot of people's work ethics and has also impacted supply, both problems that have made finding employees more difficult than before. Preston touches upon how and why he feels that he needs to work a little bit harder now than he used to, and he and Andy agree that creativity is like a muscle that needs to be consistently worked which is why they both have morning routines during which they do just that.
    Preston, at nearly seventy-three years old, also discusses his age and whether or not he plans to slow down any time soon, arguing that if you find your passion, then there is no reason to quit it and that, for a lot of people, their souls start to wither if and when they do. He and Andy also touch upon the importance of having alone time and recharging and also discuss connection and how virtual Zoom meetings create a blockade when it comes to truly connecting with people.
    Preston also talks about some of his goals and plans for the future, revealing that he plans to write another book in the future! He has been on the podcast a number of times, and his interviews are always so heartfelt. Andy, as always, appreciates his time and hopes that you enjoy this interview! Be sure to check out Preston's website and his social media pages on Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest, and, as always, if you can think of at least three good friends who might really benefit from and enjoy this conversation with Preston, be sure to share it with them! Andy would also be appreciative if you were to subscribe to the podcast if you aren't already and to leave a top review wherever you listen, especially since it really helps the show and helps people find it!
    Have you heard about Stop and Smell the Roses with Preston Bailey on The Wedding Biz Network? Listen as Preston shares the secrets, tools, and technologies behind his extraordinary ability to create a theatrical environment out of any space. Also, don't forget about Sean Low's podcast The Business of Being Creative, where Sean discusses the power of being niched, pricing strategies, metrics of success, and so much more. You can find both shows on The Wedding Biz Network.
     
    SUPPORTING THE WEDDING BIZ
    Become a patron and support Andy and the show! If you are so inspired, contribute!
     
    Time Stamps
    [0:40] – We learn that today's guest is returning guest Preston Bailey.
    [2:04] – Preston touches upon how things have changed since the pandemic has calmed a bit.
    [4:15] – Andy posits that creativity is a muscle that has to be worked.
    [6:34] – Andy explains what morning pages are and what their benefits are.
    [8:24] – Andy describes his morning routine.
    [10:00] – Preston talks about his morning routine.
    [12:15] – Preston points out a podcast that he loves.
    [14:13] – Preston discusses his age and whether or not he plans to stop any time soon.
    [17:10] – Andy and Preston discuss alone time.
    [20:12] – Preston argues that nature provides opportunities to center ourselves.
    [20:57] – Discover why Preston hates virtual meetings.
    [22:08] – Learn about Preston's goals for the future.
    [23:43] – Hear where to find Preston online.
     
    RESOURCES
    Preston's Previous Guest Spots on The Wedding Biz
    Michael Singer – The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself
    Gay Hendricks – The Big Leap: Conquer Your Hidden Fear and Take Life to the Next Level
    Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday Podcast
    Julia Cameron – The Artist’s Way Mor

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    Episode 415 REVISIT Julie Novack: PartySlate & Building A Venture-Capital Backed Business

    Episode 415 REVISIT Julie Novack: PartySlate & Building A Venture-Capital Backed Business

    There are many digital platforms that provide inspiration for designing and organizing events, however, PartySlate is an especially curated platform, using images, that offers such inspiration and connections to local professionals. Creating such a well-orchestrated and impactful company is no small feat, which is what makes building this creative source so impressive.
    Julie Novack is not only the mastermind and CEO behind PartySlate, but also has 20 years of marketing experience working for top tier digital agencies. Join us in this episode of The Wedding Biz with Andy Kushner to learn more about raising venture capital, building a digital platform, and how to expand and continue to stay relevant.  And check out The Next Level episode, releasing Wednesday, in which Andy and guest co-host Sean Low, of The Business Of Being Creative, discuss Julie’s interview.


    Show Highlights:
    How childhood passion carries over to current career Finding ways to get connected with local professionals and the best in the events industry How to turn your ideas into reality The importance of having mentors to hold you accountable The logistics of raising venture capital How Partyslate works How the company is monetized How to advertise for an online platform How to stay ahead of what’s next in technology What professionals need to make their work the most accessible Establishing strong relationships with your clients Taking advantage of the macro-shifts happening Managing a team and keeping your employees motivated Hiring people that are collaborative and invested Balancing your personal life and your business How to look into the future of a brand Striving for global expansion  
    Links:
    Website: www.partyslate.com
    Instagram: www.instagram.com/partyslate
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/partyslate
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7vBiL-EVCr_Xjbm5I-y9cg
     
    Sponsors
    Sponsor: OFD Consulting www.ofdconsulting.com  
    Sponsor: Kushner Entertainment www.kushnerentertainment.com

    • 45 min
    Episode 414 SEAN LOW: The Heart and Soul of the Wedding Industry

    Episode 414 SEAN LOW: The Heart and Soul of the Wedding Industry

    Sean Low of The Business of Being Creative joins Andy today to talk about his business and how it has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic over the last couple of years. The Business of Being Creative is a consulting firm that is focused on providing practical advice to those in the business of being creative! His client list includes the who's who of the wedding industry and design community, and he is also the host of a very informative podcast with The Wedding Biz network called The Business of Being Creative. Sean dives deep into how his approach has been impacted because of the pandemic, and he and Andy discuss how the heart and soul of the wedding business has gotten even deeper as a result of the pandemic. Sean also reveals and discusses some of the common themes that he has been noticing among his current clients and posits that business owners need to be sure that they have clarity about what qualifies as rational vs. irrational about the way that they run their businesses. He also encourages business leaders to come to terms with the fact that they're not going to be for everyone and that not all prospective clients are going to be for them, defining the decision for them to work with a client and vice versa as a radical choice. Sean also details the process that he goes through with his clients and describes the three different ways to hire him. Andy, as usual, had a blast sitting down to chat with Sean and appreciates his time! Be sure to check out Sean's website and his social media pages on Twitter and Instagram, and, as always, if you can think of at least three good friends who might benefit from and enjoy this episode, be sure to share it with them! Andy would also be appreciative if you were to subscribe to the podcast if you aren't already and to leave a top review wherever you listen, especially since it really helps the show and helps people find it!
    Have you heard about Stop and Smell the Roses with Preston Bailey on The Wedding Biz Network? Listen as Preston shares the secrets, tools, and technologies behind his extraordinary ability to create a theatrical environment out of any space. Also, don't forget about Sean Low's podcast The Business of Being Creative, where Sean discusses the power of being niched, pricing strategies, metrics of success, and so much more. You can find both shows on The Wedding Biz Network.
     
    SUPPORTING THE WEDDING BIZ
    Become a patron and support Andy and the show! If you are so inspired, contribute!
     
    Time Stamps
    [0:32] – Andy reveals that today's guest is Sean Low of The Business of Being Creative.
    [1:21] – Sean reflects on how he has changed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
    [4:14] – Sean touches upon the knowledge gained from being in the wedding industry.
    [5:35] – Andy offers insight into how the heart and soul of the industry have become deeper.
    [7:27] – Sean reveals how the pandemic caused him to assess why he does what he does.
    [8:21] – We learn about some common problems that industry leaders are currently having.
    [11:27] – Sean argues that you need to have clarity about what about your business is rational.
    [15:01] – Andy reflects on how he used to sell bands vs. how he does now.
    [16:39] – Sean states that he sees more and more bands charging design fees.
    [18:51] – Andy prompts Sean to discuss radical choice.
    [22:00] – Andy sums up what he means by radical choice.
    [22:45] – Hear Sean explain what he means by what he calls the bird story.
    [24:37] – Sean reveals how to go about hiring him.
    [27:44] – Andy shares Sean's contact information.
     
    RESOURCES
    Sean's Previous Guest Spots on The Wedding Biz  
    Find Sean:
    The Business of Being Creative LLC - Website
    The Business of Being Creative Podcast
    Email Sean: sean@thebusinessofbeingcreative.com
    Sean's Twitter Page
    Sean's Instagram Page
     
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    • 28 min
    Episode 413 LAURIE ARONS: Overcoming the Obstacles of a Challenging Year

    Episode 413 LAURIE ARONS: Overcoming the Obstacles of a Challenging Year

    Joining Andy today is returning guest Laurie Arons of Laurie Arons Special Events! Laurie founded her company in 1994 and has been featured in numerous magazine publications. She has also been listed in Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, and Martha Stewart Weddings as one of the top worldwide planners. Her clientele consists of noteworthy trendsetters like Sofia Coppola, Vanessa Getty, and Christy Turlington as well as prominent business moguls such as Gary Friedman, Frank Caufield, and Eddie DeBartolo. Laurie has also created and runs a successful wedding planner master class.
    Laurie, in this episode, reflects on the last couple of years and how the COVID-19 pandemic affected 2021 for her. Grateful for her team and how they overcame them, she details the struggles and reveals why she brought on very few new clients for 2022, taking on fewer clients but charging more. She also talks about how the hospitality industry in general was hit very hard because of the pandemic and how her goal remains to make people happy.
    Andy and Laurie also discuss how connections and methods of communication have changed because of the pandemic and whether they prefer virtual meetings or in-person meetings. Laurie also projects toward the future, revealing that she loves what she does and doesn't want to retire anytime soon unless her health requires her to do so. She touches upon her masterclasses and discusses her plans for the future, detailing an intimate class coming in November of this year.
    Andy has really enjoyed this real conversation with Laurie! Be sure to check Laurie out online, and as always, if you can think of at least three good friends who might benefit from and enjoy this episode, be sure to share it with them! Andy would also be appreciative if you were to subscribe to the podcast if you aren't already and to leave a top review wherever you listen to the podcast, especially since it really helps the show and helps people find it!
    Have you heard about Stop and Smell the Roses with Preston Bailey on The Wedding Biz Network? Listen as Preston shares the secrets, tools, and technologies behind his extraordinary ability to create a theatrical environment out of any space. Also, don't forget about Sean Low's podcast The Business of Being Creative, where Sean discusses the power of being niched, pricing strategies, metrics of success, and so much more. You can find both shows on The Wedding Biz Network.
     
    SUPPORTING THE WEDDING BIZ
    Become a patron and support Andy and the show! If you are so inspired, contribute!
     
    Time Stamps
    [0:38] – We learn that today's guest is Laurie Arons of Laurie Arons Special Events.
    [2:11] – Laurie reflects on what she has learned over the last couple of years.
    [5:11] – Laurie commends her team for overcoming last year's stressful challenges.
    [7:23] – Laurie reveals that she onboarded very few new clients for 2022.
    [10:09] – Most people, Laurie argues, don't have a realistic idea of how much a wedding costs.
    [10:36] – Discover whether or not Laurie is happier taking on fewer clients.
    [13:17] – Laurie learned from what happened last year.
    [15:33] – Laurie laments that the hospitality industry was hit very hard because of COVID.
    [18:07] – Andy shifts the conversation toward virtual meetings vs. in-person meetings.
    [19:15] – Laurie offers her insight into the positive aspects of virtual meetings.
    [21:53] – Learn about the possible future of Laurie's company.
    [23:20] – Andy gives us his thoughts about retirement.
    [25:25] – Laurie's job doesn't feel like work most of the time.
    [26:17] – Learn about Laurie's masterclasses!
    [28:29] – Andy shares Laurie's contact information.
     
    RESOURCES
    Laurie’s Previous Guest Spots on The Wedding Biz  
    Find Laurie:
    Laurie Arons Special Events - Website
    Laurie Arons Special Events’ Facebook Page
    Laurie’s Instagram Page
    Laurie’s Twitter Page



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Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
108 Ratings

108 Ratings

Suzanne Delawar ,

The Next Level!!

Andy is an amazing interviewer. The variety of conversations keeps you engaged every week. Being able to hear from some of the top influencers in our industry, leaves you feeling inspired and motivated to take your business to the next level.

TheWedding_AC ,

The industry’s finest!

It’s amazing to have the opportunity to listen to some of the industry’s finest talk about their work, life and craft. I think in this industry, it’s easy to keep our heads down and just stay busy but it’s SO good to come up for air sometimes and hear from other people in the community and to “get to know them” a bit. In short, this podcast is an incredible resource and I’m so thankful for it!

morganmoana ,

An Industry Standard

This podcast is a must-listen for wedding professionals. It is engaging and informative, giving you insight into the behind the scenes of the wedding industry in real time. Andy has conversations that make you feel like you are in the same room with the pros he interviews and it is so incredibly valuable!

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