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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 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 Sophia 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.
     
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    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.
     
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    Laurie’s Previous Guest Spots on The Wedding Biz  
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    Laurie Arons Special Events - Website
    Laurie Arons Special Events’ Facebook Page
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    Laurie’s Twitter Page



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    • 29 min
    Episode 412 KT MERRY: Implementing Adventure, Purpose, & Soul into Photography

    Episode 412 KT MERRY: Implementing Adventure, Purpose, & Soul into Photography

    Andy is joined today by KT Merry of KT Photography! KT has been recognized for her industry excellence by top media outlets such as Harper's Bazaar and Vogue, and she has built a thriving and very profitable business that allows her to also pursue her passion for conservation by using her art to protect the planet and its inhabitants who are most vulnerable. Over the past ten years, KT has evolved into a multidisciplinary creative with a highly profitable house of brands such as photographing luxury destination weddings and editorials around the world.
    KT shares how her love of photography developed and how she assisted some major fashion photographers. She discusses her ideal client and elaborates upon some of the quotes that she has on her website and identifies the why behind what she does, discussing her passion for protecting the planet and how she has married that with her passion for photography. She touches upon how she came upon photographing weddings, how she feels about digital over film, what her philosophy on lighting and composition style is, and what it's like having her husband Chad as her business partner and how they balance their professional lives with their personal lives.
    She describes her morning routine and how that helps keep her mental health in check, also describing two books from which she reads a page each day. She and Andy also discuss the various benefits of meditating such as being less reactive and not as impulsive, and, for any photographers who might be listening, KT reveals what gear she is currently using! Andy is so grateful for KT's time and had such a great time chatting with her! Be sure to check KT 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!
    ​​Are you looking to boost your sales or get more clients? Check out the Create Your Most Profitable Marketing Strategy course from marketing expert, Melissa Forziat. If you feel disorganized or overwhelmed with your marketing, if you feel like you’re leaving money on the table, or if you just want to get more word of mouth going for your business, this online course is perfect for you. Andy only works with sponsors whose work he has thoroughly checked out, so he knows that with Melissa's guidance, you will create your road map and answer questions like where to market your business, what systems to create, and how to follow-up with every client or potential client in your pipeline. As we all know, weddings are about relationships, and marketing your wedding business should be about relationships too.
    A course as detailed as this would usually be priced in the thousands, but to make it accessible to small businesses, Melissa is making it available for only $247. PLUS, as a listener of The Wedding Biz, you can use promo code WEDDINGBIZ to get 10% off, so if you are ready to go to the next level in your business, sign up for the course today!
    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
    [0:48] – Andy reveals that today's guest is KT Merry of KT Photography.
    [1:48] – Andy points to a specific quote from KT's website.
    [2:20] – KT elaborates upon

    • 37 min
    REVISIT: Brett Culp - Obstacle Or Opportunity

    REVISIT: Brett Culp - Obstacle Or Opportunity

    What does leadership mean to you? Leadership has many meanings, and everyone may have their own perspective on it. Today’s guest, Brett Culp,  has a wonderful point of view on leadership and has built an amazing foundation for his life.
    Brett had a very successful career as a videographer in the lux wedding market, for ten years,  until the recession of 2008 forced him to pivot. Now a filmmaker and keynote speaker, Brett Culp films is based out of Tampa FL.  He also is an author, and produces short films such as “How to stay positive when the world feels negative.” Brett has 3 main key elements he has come up with to live by, do great work, show it to lots of people, and be really nice. Join us today as we learn that people love to work with people they like.
     
    Show Highlights:
    How Brett built his foundation When Brett became passionate about film How Brett transitioned into a film career Having a large goal, and breaking it into smaller and achievable goals 3 key elements Brett came up with to foster success The story behind Brett transitioning his career Brett’s first documentary he filmed Not having to spend money on marketing Brett’s perspective on leadership and what it means to him Challenges weddings had and letting go of stress Mindfulness and why it is so important Brett is more of a flow person verse an intention person Being more comfortable with the mysteries of your life Going through cycles to transform into who you are today Resources:
    Brett Culp Website
    Facebook and Instagram: brettculpfilms
    Twitter: brettculp
    Overview of Brett’s work/career - https://vimeo.com/289128900
    Clip from one of Brett’s keynotes - https://vimeo.com/278802855
    Trailer for Brett’s new film, Look to the Sky: https://vimeo.com/risinghero/supermanisreal
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    On The Wedding Biz Network:  The Stylish Bride with Julie Sabatino
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    Sponsor: Kushner Entertainment Website
     

    • 44 min
    Episode 410 Heidi Thompson:

    Episode 410 Heidi Thompson:

    Today's guest, Heidi Thompson, has no shortage of hats that she wears! She is a wedding business and marketing strategist and is also a bestselling author, having published Clone Your Best Clients. She is also the founder of Evolve Your Wedding Business where she helps wedding professionals grow six-figure and multi-six-figure businesses without putting a ton of hours in! Heidi's business and marketing expertise has been featured on The Huffington Post, Wedding Business Magazine, Wedding Wire, and many more, and she is even an advisory board member for the UK Academy of Wedding and Event Planning and is also the creator and host of Book More Weddings Summit and Wedding Business CEO Summit!
    Heidi dives into what motivated her to get into marketing and the wedding industry and how she married those two passions together, how she goes about creating a marketing plan and the importance of doing research, how to create reasonable and realistic goals and how to measure those goals, how to stand out in a very saturated market, what she thinks about marketing and social media, and so much more!
    Andy, as he admits, is not an expert on marketing, so this conversation was helpful for him, and he hopes that it's informative for you as well! Be sure to check out Heidi and her business and to take advantage of the free two-week trial to her membership that she is offering! (To do that, go to The Wedding Business Collective's website and enter the code THEWEDDINGBIZ!) As always, if you can think of at least three good friends who might benefit from and enjoy this episode of The Wedding Biz, be sure to share it with them! Andy would also be appreciative if you were 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
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    Time Stamps
    [0:35] – Discover that today's guest is Heidi Thompson of Evolve Your Wedding Business.
    [1:56] – Heidi reveals how she got into marketing strategy.
    [3:59] – Heidi describes how she goes about creating a marketing plan.
    [6:26] – Heidi argues that planners generally don't spend enough time on research.
    [7:27] – Andy and Heidi discuss avatars.
    [8:53] – Heidi gives advice regarding measuring goals.
    [11:04] – Heidi reiterates that planners tend to gloss over research.
    [12:12] – Andy explains why he has sometimes failed to do research himself.
    [13:33] – Heidi advises on how to do research while also being original.
    [14:38] – Andy gives insight into deriving inspiration.
    [16:12] – Heidi touches upon what she teaches her clients about standing out.
    [17:54] – Heidi outlines the difference between branding and marketing.
    [19:17] – We hear more about identifying what we want to be known for.
    [20:45] – Heidi reveals that she teaches her method in very small pieces to make it digestible.
    [22:33] – We learn how to reexamine a plan.
    [25:34] – Heidi gives her opinion on social media.
    [28:30] – Heidi leaves us with some closing thoughts and offers a free trial to her membership.
    [29:29] – Andy shares Heidi's website and Instagram information.
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    • 30 min
    JENNIFER STEIN: Moving Forward and Lessons Learned from the COVID-19 Pandemic

    JENNIFER STEIN: Moving Forward and Lessons Learned from the COVID-19 Pandemic

    Andy's guest today is Jennifer Stein, co-founder and editor-in-chief of Destination I Do Magazine, a magazine that can be found on newsstands in all fifty states as well as twelve countries. The magazine can also be found online along with a daily blog, and Jennifer also has her own podcast. She has over two decades of experience in business and publishing, and she was even recognized as one of the top 35 entrepreneurs under 35 by Arizona Republic!
    Jennifer shares her thoughts on how the past two years of the COVID-19 pandemic have felt and how that time has changed her, how her business and domestic destination weddings in general have changed since the pandemic, and some of the staffing issues that have arisen because of it. She also discusses the anxiety that many of us feel around international events and what would happen if one were to get stuck in an international country due to a positive COVID test, and she and Andy talk about why travel protection is therefore important. Jennifer remains hopeful for the future, however, believing that we have already seen the worst of COVID and that we're nearing the end of it.
    Andy had such a good time catching up with Jennifer and hopes that you enjoy his conversation with her. If you can think of at least three good friends who might benefit from and enjoy this episode of The Wedding Biz, be sure to share it with them! Andy would also be appreciative if you were to leave a top review wherever you listen to the podcast, especially since it really helps the show!
    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
    [0:33] – Andy reveals that today's guest is Jennifer Stein of Destination I Do Magzine.
    [1:49] – Jennifer shares her opening thoughts on the COVID-19 pandemic.
    [2:51] – Jennifer reflects on how she has changed because of the pandemic.
    [5:47] – Andy and Jennifer discuss setting boundaries.
    [7:34] – Discover how Jennifer's perspective on her business has changed.
    [10:36] – Jennifer discusses how she is not reactionary.
    [13:00] – Jennifer reveals how domestic destination weddings are going now.
    [17:34] – Andy and Jennifer discuss some of the current supply and staffing issues.
    [19:57] – Jennifer offers a possible solution to the current challenges.
    [22:20] – Andy returns the conversation to international travel.
    [23:26] – Jennifer shares her feelings on the anxiety surrounding international travel.
    [26:27] – Jennifer offers some closing thoughts on the fear around international travel.
    [29:31] – Jennifer shares that she is hopeful about the future of COVID.
    [31:07] – Andy reveals where we can find Jennifer online.
     
    RESOURCES
    Flowers Are in Short Supply Around the World. Here’s How It Happened. - The New York Times
    The Wedding Biz Episode 400 DANIELA BRAGA: A Professional Model’s Dream Wedding

    Find Jennifer:
    Destination I Do - Website
    Destination I Do - Blog
    Destination I Do - Podcast
    Destination I Do - Facebook Page
    Destination I Do - Instagram Page
    Destination I Do - Twitter Page
    Destination I Do - Pinterest Page
     
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    • 32 min
    PAUL MORSE: From the White House to White Gowns

    PAUL MORSE: From the White House to White Gowns

    Today's guest spot goes to Paul Morse, who chats with Andy about his career as a professional photographer! Paul is of Paul Morse Studios based in New Orleans, and his talent and unique style have earned him the trust of presidents, world leaders, Fortune 500 companies, and numerous bridal couples. He enjoyed a successful photojournalism career with the Los Angeles Times and then served as a White House photographer documenting the lives of President George W. Bush and his family as well as President Barack Obama's inauguration ceremonies.
    Paul walks us through when he first realized that he had a pull toward photography and why he first got into it, touching upon his first few jobs. (Incredibly, even though he has had several jobs, he has always had a career in photography!) He reflects on his time with the Los Angeles Times, his position as Deputy Director of Photography at the White House, and how he came to be interested in wedding photography. He also touches upon his strengths as a photographer, how he tends to tackle challenges (using a specific example of a time when he used rain to his advantage), how he feels about film vs. digital, how he approaches things like framing and lighting, what his greatest challenge is, and so much more!
    Andy is so appreciative of Paul's time and had such a great time talking with him, and he hopes that you enjoy listening to the conversation! If you can think of at least three good friends who might benefit from and enjoy this chat with Paul, be sure to share it with them! Andy would also be appreciative if you were to leave a top review wherever you listen to the podcast!
    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
    [0:47] – We learn that today's guest is photographer Paul Morse.
    [2:03] – Paul reveals when he first felt a strong pull toward photography.
    [3:49] – Paul reflects on his transition after working for the Los Angeles Times.
    [4:50] – Discover how Paul came to be involved in wedding photography.
    [6:17] – Paul discusses G.W. Bush's presidency and what he learned photographing him.
    [8:13] – Paul touches upon the humanity that he captured in his presidential photography.
    [10:20] – Andy points to a specific photo of Paul's featuring four presidents joking together.
    [12:04] – Paul shares what he believes to be his strengths as a photographer.
    [13:34] – We hear about how Paul encourages vulnerability in his subjects.
    [16:30] – Paul reflects on a time that he used the rain to his advantage.
    [18:19] – Paul walks us through the initial process with his clients.
    [20:03] – We learn how Paul feels about film vs. digital.
    [22:20] – Paul discusses how he approaches things like framing and lighting.
    [23:47] – Paul shares his thoughts about the current social media age.
    [25:30] – Paul admits that he still struggles with insecurity.
    [28:08] – We discover what gear Paul uses now.
    [29:31] – Andy reveals where we can find Paul online.
     
    Find Paul:
    Paul’s Wedding Photography Website
    Paul’s Commercial Website
    Paul’s Instagram Page
     
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    Title Sponsor: This episode is sponsored by Kushner Entertainment and PartySlate.
     

    • 30 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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