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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.

    JEANNIE YOUNG SAVAGE: From Hotel Management to Details Details

    JEANNIE YOUNG SAVAGE: From Hotel Management to Details Details

    Andy's guest today is Jeannie Young Savage, president of Details Details Weddings and Events. Details Details is a premier full-service event planning and design company which specializes in distinctive weddings, lavish events, and corporate functions. Prior to launching the company, nearly twenty years ago, Jeannie was the general manager of several full-service hotels including managing 200 employees and dealing with over forty vendors! Details Details has also been featured in numerous publications such as People Magazine, Martha Stewart Weddings, Inside Weddings, the Say Yes to the Dress television show, and more!
    Jeannie reflects on her younger years and when she developed a passion for crafting and designing. She also talks about her time as a general manager for hotels and what she learned from that experience especially as an Asian woman, how she became a mother right around the same time that she started her company, what her typical process is with clients, how she develops her creativity, what her pricing philosophy is like, how she approaches social media, what she hopes for in the future, and so much more!
    Andy really appreciates Jeannie for her time and really enjoyed talking with her! He hopes that you enjoy listening as much as he enjoyed conducting the interview and would appreciate it if you would share this interview with a few people you know who might also enjoy it! Andy would also really appreciate it if you were to subscribe to the podcast if you aren't already so that you immediately find out when new episodes drop and if you were to leave a top review wherever you listen! That really helps out the show and helps people find it!
     
    Since you're listening to this podcast, it's obvious that you want to find new ways to improve your wedding business. That's why I'm excited to tell you about the Book More Weddings Summit!
    During this online conference, which is free if you mention my name, you'll learn how to more easily book more weddings by hearing from over twenty industry experts including my past podcast guests, Heidi Thompson (host of this event) and Julie Novack (C.E.O. of PartySlate).
    Attract your dream clients, stand out from the competition, and make more money without working more hours by signing up for this online conference August 22-26, which, again, is free if you mention my name! Register for your free ticket at bookmoreweddingssummit.com/andy!

    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
    [0:29] – Today's episode is sponsored by Book More Weddings Summit!
    [1:18] – Andy reveals today's guest to be Jeannie Young Savage of Details Details.
    [2:17] – Jeannie reflects on when she developed a passion for this field.
    [3:53] – Jeannie talks about her time as general manager of hotels.
    [4:51] – Learn about Jeannie's experience as an Asian woman managing hotels.
    [7:37] – Jeannie discusses having become a mother when she started her company.
    [9:52] – Jeannie talks about why she lost the work/life balance at one point.
    [12:49] – Andy brings in his own experience with his music business.
    [14:06] – Jeannie walks us through her process with her clients.
    [16:22] – Discover how Jeannie gets the information that she needs from her clients.
    [17:04] – Jeannie touches upon how her creative process unfolds.
    [20:09] – Hear about some of the celebrity weddings that Jeannie has done.
    [22:59] – Jeannie reveals

    • 37 min
    REVISIT Rishi Patel: CEO of HMR Designs

    REVISIT Rishi Patel: CEO of HMR Designs

    Since you’re listening to this podcast, it’s obvious that you want to find new ways to improve your wedding business. That’s why I’m excited to tell you about the Book More Weddings Summit!
     
    During this online conference, which is free if you mention my name, you’ll learn how to more easily book more weddings by hearing from over 20 industry experts including my past podcast guests, Heidi Thompson, host of this event, and Julie Novack, CEO of PartySlate.
     
    Attract your dream clients, stand out from the competition, and make more money without working more hours and sign up for this online conference August 22nd-26th, which is free if you mention my name. Register for your free ticket at bookmoreweddingssummit.com/andy 




    “Luxury does not come without service. Service is luxury.” Today, CEO of HMR Designs, Rishi Patel, talks about how service and luxury work cohesively to create astonishing events and a mutually fulfilling experience for the client and their designers.

    In this episode, Andy and Rishi focus on establishing connections, finding your position in life and in your career, and how to showcase your work. Join this week’s lighthearted and educational conversation on The Wedding Biz for tips on how you can catapult your career.
     

    Show Highlights:
    What makes service a luxury Making the process a fulfilling and luxurious experience What manifested and directed Rishi to find his passion Finding yourself and being revitalized by traveling The eye-opening experiences and inspiration that accompanies traveling How networking can direct and impact the course of your career Using social media to grow and benefit your business Showcasing and marketing your work with social media Creating an environment that evokes gratification The art and benefit of using unconventional material What the general process of creating an event looks like The challenges of narrowing down taste Manifesting clients’ specific ideas to fulfill their vision Telling a story with every event How Rishi fast-tracked his position in the company The importance of having clear responsibilities in a company Understanding the components and logistics that go behind managing a business The importance of only committing to work that brings you fulfillment Setting boundaries between work and personal life Biggest changes within the event industry over recent years How social media has brought more transparency and exposure to the event industry Staying fresh and interesting Experiences that keep Rishi grounded in his work Following your heart and finding a way to make a living doing what you love
    HMR DESIGN LINKS
    Website: hmrdesigns.com
    Instagram: @hmrdesigns
    Rishi’s Instagram: @rishithedesigner
    Facebook: @hmrdesignschicago
    Twitter: @HMR_Designs



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    • 49 min
    STEPHANIE COLE: Making Big Changes and Going Solo

    STEPHANIE COLE: Making Big Changes and Going Solo

    Andy welcomes Stephanie Cole of Cole Drake Events to the podcast today! Stephanie is the founder and principal planner of Cole Drake Events, a luxury destination wedding planning company. They have been featured in Martha Stewart, Harper's Bazaar, and the New York Times. Stephanie and Andy talk about Stephanie's early influences, how she made the transition from having a business partner to running her business by herself, what her process tends to look like with clients, and what kinds of challenges she has faced and how she overcame them. She also shares an interesting story about her favorite wedding, discusses her pricing philosophy, and more.
    Stephanie identifies what her personal signature is, revealing how detail-oriented she is. She also reveals that one of the most difficult aspects of her job is having to say goodbye to some of her clients. Andy had such a great time interviewing Stephanie and especially enjoyed getting such a great snapshot of her business. He would appreciate it if you would share this interview with a few people you know who might also enjoy it! 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.
     
    SUPPORTING THE WEDDING BIZ
    Become a patron and support Andy and the show! If you are so inspired, contribute!
     
    Time Stamps
    [1:19] – Andy reveals today's guest as Stephanie Cole of Cole Drake Events!
    [2:28] – Stephanie talks about her mother being an inspiration to her.
    [5:48] – Stephanie reflects on when she started Cole Drake Events.
    [6:21] – Stephanie reveals what it was like to make the jump to entrepreneurship.
    [7:09] – Learn about how Stephanie used to have a partner in the business.
    [9:37] – Andy talks about how he started solo and then brought on a business partner.
    [11:35] – Stephanie identifies her personal style.
    [14:58] – Andy directs the conversation toward Stephanie's process with her clients.
    [17:31] – Stephanie gives an example of a process with a client.
    [20:00] – Discover what the hardest part of Stephanie's job is.
    [22:23] – Stephanie shares a story with us of a challenge that she had to overcome.
    [24:59] – Stephanie provides an example of one of her favorite weddings that she has done.
    [27:11] – Hear Stephanie talk about her pricing philosophy.
    [29:20] – Stephanie touches upon how she differentiates herself in the industry.
    [31:55] – Andy announces where we can find Stephanie online.
     
    RESOURCES
    The New York Times - “In Napa Valley, a Commitment to One Another, and to Showcasing Diversity”
    Martha Stewart - “A Plant-Filled Indian Wedding in Sonoma, California”
    Harper’s Bazaar - “The Top 23 Places for a Destination Wedding - According to the Experts”
     
    Find Stephanie:
    Cole Drake Events - Website
    Cole Drake Events – Instagram Page
    Cole Drake Events – Facebook Page
    Cole Drake Events – TikTok Page
    Cole Drake Events – Pinterest Page

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    Title Sponsor: This episode is sponsored by Kushner Entertainment.

    • 32 min
    JULIE NOVACK: Differentiating Your Brand and Dreaming Out Loud

    JULIE NOVACK: Differentiating Your Brand and Dreaming Out Loud

    Longtime and/or regular listeners of The Wedding Biz will likely remember today's guest as she is no stranger to the show! Returning to The Wedding Biz to once again chat with Andy about what she does is Julie Novack, C.E.O. and co-founder of PartySlate! Founded in 2016, PartySlate is an online resource full of photos that connects people who are planning events of all kinds with leading event planners, venues, and vendors. It is also a place where leading event professionals can share their work, build their brands, and drive leads. Before founding PartySlate, Julie held executive positions at top-tier digital agencies such as Razorfish, Vibes, and Agency.com, and with more than two decades of digital marketing experience, Julie has brought so much expertise into the events industry and has helped some of the biggest brands in the world!
    Julie discusses some of the positive outcomes of the COVID-19 pandemic, such as how so many people were so eager to collaborate and rebuild relationships that had been put on pause. She also offers her opinions on administration and virtual assistance, whether or not she believes a recession would negatively impact the events industry, why it's important to invest in your digital footprint and how to go about doing it, how to differentiate your brand, what trends that she is currently seeing in event design, and so much more!
    Julie never gives interviews that disappoint as they are always full of reflection, tips, and advice, and this one is certainly no exception! Be sure to click here to register for a free PartySlate profile as well as here to sign up for a free website or Instagram page review! As always, if you can think of at least three good friends who would benefit from and enjoy this interview with Julie, 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.
     
    SUPPORTING THE WEDDING BIZ
    Become a patron and support Andy and the show! If you are so inspired, contribute!
     
    Time Stamps
    [0:24] – Andy is excited about going to New York City!
    [0:48] – Today's guest is revealed to be Julie Novack of PartySlate!
    [2:15] – Discover when PartySlate got started.
    [3:04] – Julie reveals what it was like to return to work following the pandemic.
    [4:41] – Julie admits that administration isn't her strength.
    [5:53] – Julie discusses virtual assistance.
    [6:49] – Learn how Julie feels about the possibility of a recession on the horizon.
    [8:17] – We are advised to invest in our digital footprints.
    [9:27] – Andy encourages us to go back and listen to episode 373 of the podcast.
    [10:12] – Julie offers more specific advice on how to optimize our digital footprints.
    [13:16] – Andy and Julie talk about differentiating our brands.
    [14:53] – Discover whether or not COVID is still impacting attendance at events.
    [16:04] – Julie identifies current trends in event design.
    [17:45] – Julie has been thinking about PartySlate expanding globally.
    [19:39] – Hear what Julie offers in the way of coaching and consultation.
    [22:26] – Julie shares where we can find her online.
     
    RESOURCES
    The Wedding Biz – Episode 373 JULIE NOVACK: Optimizing Your Digital Footprint
    The Wedding Biz – Episode 415 REVISIT: Julie Novack - PartySlate & Building A Venture-Capital Backed Business
     
    Find Julie:
    julie@partyslat

    • 24 min
    Augusta Cole: Planning, Designing, and Staying One Step Ahead

    Augusta Cole: Planning, Designing, and Staying One Step Ahead

    Augusta Cole joins Andy in this episode of The Wedding Biz to talk about her career and how she always manages to stay one step ahead, discussing how she took the leap to start her own business, how she built her team, and more. Andy first met Augusta when she was working for Lynn Easton as Executive Director where she garnered a stellar reputation for her wide-ranging abilities. She has since started her own business - Augusta Cole Events based out of New York City and Charleston, South Carolina!
    Augusta has always, as she shares, had a love for this business. As a child, for example, she loved having birthday parties and always wanted to hand-deliver invitations on silver trays. She touches upon her education and what it was like for her to make the transition into entrepreneurship. Also discussed is her usual process with her clientele and how she does scheduled check-ins with them and goes about assuring them that she is one step ahead.
    Augusta also shares what her experience has been like doing virtual meetings as opposed to in-person meetings, what her first event (a very small wedding of only nine people) was like, how she handles challenges, how she goes about finding talent, why time management is her biggest struggle, how she balances her personal life with her business life, what would be most important for her to teach in a master class, and so much more!
    Andy had such a great time reconnecting with Augusta like this and appreciates her coming onto the show to chat! Be sure to check out Augusta's website as well as her Instagram page, and as always, if you can think of at least three good friends who might really benefit from and enjoy this interview with Augusta Cole, 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.
     
    SUPPORTING THE WEDDING BIZ
    Become a patron and support Andy and the show! If you are so inspired, contribute!
     
    Time Stamps
    [0:29] - Andy just got back from Tampa, Florida!
    [1:18] - Andy reveals today’s guest to be Augusta Cole of Augusta Cole Events.
    [2:38] - Augusta reflects on her childhood and what led her to this.
    [3:31] – Augusta reveals what she majored in at school.
    [5:57] – Hear about what Augusta's transition to entrepreneurship was like.
    [7:30] – Augusta explains why she moved to New York City.
    [9:23] – Augusta walks us through her usual process with her clients.
    [12:40] – Augusta discusses meeting in person vs. meeting virtually.
    [14:04] – Hear more details about August's first event, a small 9-person wedding.
    [16:33] – How does Augusta figure out what to plan for an event?
    [18:38] – Learn about how Augusta faces challenges.
    [19:29] – Augusta argues that planners need to be flexible and adaptable.
    [20:40] – Andy reflects on his struggle with staying calm.
    [22:11] – Augusta expresses gratitude for her team.
    [24:39] – Discover how Augusta goes about finding talent.
    [25:32] – Time management is what is most difficult for Augusta.
    [28:10] – How does Augusta balance her personal life with her business life?
    [30:15] – Augusta touches upon what she would primarily teach in a master class.
    [31:07] – We are encouraged to take advantage of what makes us unique.
    [32:42] - Learn where to find Augusta online.
     
    RESOURCES
    The Wedding Biz - Episode 346 ROUNDTABLE WITH CARRIE GOLDBE

    • 33 min
    Jean-Pierre Uys: Photography, Storytelling, and Working Within the Chaos

    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.
     
    SUPPORTING THE WEDDING BIZ
    Become a patron and support Andy and the show! If you are so inspired, contribute!
     
    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

    • 38 min

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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