Hosted by wedding business coach Faye Cornhill, The Wedding Business Podcast is here to motivate, energise and inspire you to grow a wildly profitable and successful wedding business. Each season Faye will share interviews with members of her community, how-to episodes to navigate you to success, Q&A episodes to answer all of your questions and meditations to help you find a place of business calm.
44. How to be resilient in life & business when things go wrong with cake designer, Anna Lewis
Joining me today is the brilliant and talented Anna Lewis who, after 20 years in a successful marketing career, took the leap to follow her love for weddings and baking to launch her business - creating stunning luxury cakes for weddings and special occasions.
When the Pandemic hit in 2020, Anna used the downtime to hone her craft making a dummy a cake every single day and getting really focused on building her online presence.
In the year that followed Anna and her family sadly suffered multiple losses and she found herself in a really difficult place.
Anna’s story of how she lifted herself up from this challenging time is truly inspirational, finding strength and peace through baking and channelling her creativity.
The last few years have been testing for everyone and Anna’s story of resilience demonstrates how doing one thing each day, or each week, that moves your business forward compounds over time and has a positive impact.
Today we also dispel the myth of overnight success, Anna tells me how one of her cakes went viral and her brilliant tip for seeing how far a business has evolved from their old Instagram posts!
You can find Anna’s beautiful cakes on her website: www.annalewiscakes.com and connect with her on Instagram @annalewiscakedesign
My free 5-day Bootcamp, The Wedding Business Bootcamp, kicks off today and it’s not too late to join us!
So if you want to learn exactly what you need to do in your wedding business to ensure you book the clients you want this year, then grab your spot for The Wedding Business Bootcamp now.
I cant wait to see you there!
43. Starting a Wedding Business During a Pandemic with Paula Heron Phillips
I’m so happy to be welcoming Paula Heron Phillips to the podcast this week, founder of Singing Waiters in the UK and France.
If you’re a member of The Wedding Business Club you’ll know Paula as a joyful, supportive and fun member of our community, and her business reflects her unique personality perfectly.
With 20 years of experience in event planning, Paula struck out on her own in 2019 finding incredible success in launching Singing Waiters in France where she plants professional singers at weddings and events who deliver surprise performances that really get the party started.
Of course, we all know what came next in 2020 and to say Paula launched her business at a tricky time would be an understatement, so today we discuss how she navigated the pandemic and, despite the odds, how she fell back in love with running her wedding business.
Paula is a brilliant example of someone who has found their niche and created a business that lights them up, which is truly inspiring to see. Her passion and joy for the wedding industry shine through in today’s episode!
You can find more information about Singing Waiters in the UK & France at www.singingwaitersintheuk.co.uk & www.singingwaitersinfrance.com
Connect with Paula on Instagram @singingwaitersintheuk & @singingwaitersfrance
And don’t forget, my free 5-day Bootcamp, The Wedding Business Bootcamp, is kicking off next week, on the 24th Jan.
So if you want to learn exactly what you need to do in your wedding business to ensure you book the clients you want this year, then save your space for The Wedding Business Bootcamp now.
I cant wait to see you there!
42. The importance of running an authentic wedding business, with Joanna Southwell
I know the word ‘authentic’ gets overused, especially on social media and it starts to lose meaning. To me, being authentic means being true to yourself and being transparent, which my guest today is through and through.
With Joanna Southwell, what you see is what you get and that truly is her superpower.
Having started out in the industry over 7 years ago with her wedding boutique, Jo now runs multiple wedding businesses, mentoring bridal brands and founding the brilliant blog, The Wedding Hood.
Joanna is a big believer that being yourself is the best way to run your business and I couldn’t agree more, but it isn’t always easy and it takes practice.
In today’s episode, Joanna shares how she stays true to herself, and why being authentic is not only important for you but is so important for your clients and your future clients too.
And don’t forget, my free 5-day Bootcamp,The Wedding Business Bootcamp, kicks off 24th Jan so if you want to learn exactly what you need to do now to make 2022 profitable, come and join us. I cant wait to see you there!
You can connect with Joanna on Instagram @joanna_southwell and read more about her services at www.joannasouthwell.com
Save your space for The Wedding Business Bootcamp now!
41. The importance of strong relationships in the wedding industry with Harpist, Harriet Flather
A very warm welcome back to The Wedding Business podcast! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas break and are feeling ready for a prosperous 2022.
Before we get into today's episode I have a very exciting invitation for you because The Wedding Business Bootcamp is back!
This is a free 5-day Bootcamp for wedding business owners where you can learn my 4 step strategy that every wedding business should know so that you can stop the panic, stop the overwhelm and stop the sleepless nights.
We kick things off on 24th Jan 2022, so if you’re looking for a way to focus, have some fun (remember that?!) and flourish - come and join us and walk away with a plan to make 2022 work for you.
You can save your space for The Wedding Business Bootcamp now!
My first guest of the new year is Harpist supremo and a much-valued member of The Wedding Business Club, Harriet Flather.
Having joined The Wedding Business Club in Jan 2020 I’ve been lucky enough to witness some of the friendships Harriet has struck up within the club, and in today’s episode, we discuss the importance of making connections and how key building relationships can be in this industry.
Harriet has some brilliant do’s and don'ts when it comes to connecting with suppliers and couples, how she finds common ground with new people, and how those extra touches can go a long way to building trust with new clients.
We’ll also take a look at how Harriet learnt to play the harp and built a career as a professional musician, how she has launched a second business and what she absolutely loves about working in the wedding industry.
We really could have chatted all day, so I hope you enjoy this one and can take away some top tips for building strong working relationships.
You can connect with Harriet on Instagram @harrietflathermusician and find all her services at www.harrietflather.co.uk and @i_do_social/
See you again next week!
40. Finding the right direction for your business with Wedding Florist, Kate Spicer
When it comes to building your wedding business it’s so key to find what works for you.
Finding the way of working that lights you up, knowing your dream clients, and knowing the direction you want to take can all add up to building a successful business.
My guest today is the brilliant Kate Spicer, who has really nailed down the direction she wants to take for her business and having started out saying yes to every enquiry, she now knows having more time and space means her creativity can flourish and choosing to work with a limited number of couples each year has been a real game-changer.
Of course, this hasn’t happened overnight for Kate, so in today’s episode, she shares her journey to becoming a florist and mentor, and how she found the power in saying no.
If you’re looking to change direction in your business, Kate has some really valuable advice to share, as well as her tips for anyone starting out in the wedding industry.
I hope you enjoy today's episode, come and let me know on Instagram share it with a friend, or if you have 2 minutes please do leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts.
You can connect with Kate on Instagram @kateaveryflowers and see more of her work at www.kateaveryflowers.co.uk
39. Starting a business during a pandemic & how to focus on your wellbeing with Celebrant Meg Senior
Today I am delighted to be joined by club member and all-around fantastic human Meg Senior, whose work as a Celebrant delivers personal, meaningful, heartfelt ceremonies that illuminate every celebration.
Craving a career change at the start of the Pandemic, Meg started out looking for “a happy job” and through some exploration landed on training to be an accredited Humanist Celebrant.
I’ve had the pleasure of witnessing Meg at work and let me tell you, her energy and passion is truly infectious and I genuinely believe she was put on this planet to be a Celebrant.
In this episode, Meg share’s her experience of starting a business at a time when our industry was in lockdown, as well as how she prioritises her wellbeing with some daily practices that keep her cup topped up so she can give her best to her couples.
If you struggle to put your wellbeing first while running your business, Meg has some great advice to feel replenished ready for the year ahead.
You can connect with Meg on Instagram @megseniorceremonies and find all of her brilliant services at www.megsenior.com
If you enjoy the show I'd love for you to share a review on Apple Podcasts, or come and DM me on Instagram @fayecornhill and let me know which of Meg’s top tips you are going to try for yourself!
Word nerds unite!!
This start to Season 2 is exactly what I needed to launch September! A lifelong grammar and writing nerd, Jen’s enthusiam for producing just the right sentiment for each of her clients resonates so strongly with me! And I also found my kick to join the wedding industry as a result of our own wedding :) Great takeaway from this episode: “stay in your own lane” and don’t let anyone else’s apparent overnight success as shown on their IG feed derail your own progress and goals. Thank you both!