51 episodes

The Wedding Wisdom Podcast is a weekly interview-style audio discussion on the most efficient way to plan the perfect wedding. We will be talking to event coordinators, florists, photographers, musicians, videographers, dress designers, and anyone else who can "drop some knowledge" about all things weddings.

Wedding Wisdom Podcast w/ Doug Winters Doug Winters

    • Performing Arts
    • 4.9, 10 Ratings

The Wedding Wisdom Podcast is a weekly interview-style audio discussion on the most efficient way to plan the perfect wedding. We will be talking to event coordinators, florists, photographers, musicians, videographers, dress designers, and anyone else who can "drop some knowledge" about all things weddings.

    Ep. 53: Sylvia Weinstock

    Ep. 53: Sylvia Weinstock

    “I believe cake is food,” says Sylvia and her cakes live up to her claim, as she uses the best butter, freshest fruit and her own butter cream. “Absolutely everything is fresh” – Sylvia Weinstock

    Episode 53 features an extraordinary interview with the Grande Dame of the wedding industry, the fabulously upbeat, endlessly creative Sylvia Weinstock. Sit back and allow yourself to be treated to a delectable journey that follows her from her college days with her beloved Ben and her almost seventy year marriage and her start as a schoolteacher on Long Island who became the brilliant cake guru who found the ability and creativity to replicate a true-to-life Fabergé egg into gold and silver-leaf edible works of art.
    Sylvia is truly one of the original wedding innovators, as you’ll hear from the delectable range of topics covered in my episode with the legendary “Queen of Cakes” (as the New York Times called her), which runs from her thoughts about  “weddings as theater”  to the impact of changes in the economy,  “Tribeca in the early days, when marijuana grew on fire escapes,” the wonderful way she discovered her trademark big black round glasses to mothers of the brides and their “great expectations,” and the thrilling evolution of her world-famous business.
    Enjoy every delicious moment of my conversation with the one-in-a-million, beautiful, vivacious, artistic genius who is still fantastically energized by life and truly forever young as she revs up for an incredible milestone birthday.
    Here’s to you, Sylvia!

    Ep. 52: Norma Cohen Redux

    Ep. 52: Norma Cohen Redux

    Happy New Year! I can’t think of a better way to start off 2020 than with this delightful conversation with the extraordinary Norma Cohen, of Norma Cohen Productions. Incredibly passionate about what she does, Norma creates some of the most uniquely spectacular family celebrations everywhere from The Metropolitan Museum of Art to Puglia, Italy.
    “I always need a seed from each client,” says Norma and from that comes the most spectacular events. Every one of her parties bears a remarkable Norma Cohen trademark but each is also a reflection of her total commitment to making each party a uniquely personalized production, always keeping her client’s “vision” foremost in the execution of each event.
    I was completely fascinated by the passionate feelings of love and kinship she finds with both her colleagues and clients. She very poignantly says “My colleagues become friends, and my clients become family.”
    From the physical flow of the party to the paradox of Instagram, the power of the seated buffet and the importance of color and so much more, Norma’s fast-moving episode is a revelation, just as she is. Listen and enjoy.

     
     
     
     

    Ep 50: Laura Boulton

    Ep 50: Laura Boulton

    Episode 50 brings us to the beautiful suburbs of Connecticut and the lovely Fairfield home of extraordinary event planner Laura Boulton.  An insightful, dynamic, funny, creative and charming innovator with a delicious laugh,  Laura explores everything from the very close relationships she forges with wedding couples and their families, the trust she engenders in her clients and the highly personal commitment and dedication she shows them all the way to…a Master Class in “tablescape.”

    We talk about the logistical challenges of weddings at private residences, the sense of true community she builds with every project she takes on, the dynamics of the “First Look,”  the importance of clients letting go on the “day of” a wedding and so much more.
    This is an episode packed with details, inside intelligence and the unique point of view of an exceptional and incredibly highly sought-after talent, the one-and-only Laura Boulton. Join us to learn so much from a true legendary wedding and event pro and enjoy every moment!
    Thanks for listening. Let us know what you think.
    -Doug

    Ep. 49: Lisa Traina

    Ep. 49: Lisa Traina

    Episode 49 brings us to the lovely home of the delightful, effusive and charming wedding officiant Lisa Traina.  Perhaps more than anyone I’ve ever interviewed, Lisa really loves what she does…which is performing wedding ceremonies that are beautiful, joyous, sensitive, personal and deeply reflect the people she is joining in matrimony. I was truly touched by her passion and respect for her role as the officiant of a marriage and her thoughts on “getting to be with people at the happiest moment of their lives.”
    -Doug

    Ep. 48: Andrea Freeman

    Ep. 48: Andrea Freeman

    Episode 48 took me up to the gorgeous Hudson Valley to sit down with the charming and erudite Andrea Freeman, Founder and Principal designer for the New York City based event planning and production company Andrea Freeman Events.
    Andrea has created countless extraordinary celebrations around the globe for a diverse set of clients that have included private individuals, socialites, and red-carpet celebrities.
    I had the pleasure of sitting down with Andrea where she shared her deeply insightful thoughts about how to bring people together in a meaningful way, driven by her belief that there is a growing risk of losing real connection in our increasingly virtual world.  Her episode is optimistic, unexpectedly fresh and full of important moments.
    I hope you enjoy our conversation as much as I did.
    -Doug

    Ep. 47: Jules Miller

    Ep. 47: Jules Miller

    I had the most delightful afternoon the other day, when I sat down with the lovely and remarkable Jules Miller, founder and creative mastermind behind “The Revelry Cooperative.”
    As she will explain, her concept is to cultivate and create a group of extraordinary “raw spaces” that function as a thoroughly new and creative alternative to traditional hotel venues. These delicious and gorgeous blank canvasses (just awaiting transformation) are mostly located in ever-trending Brooklyn and Queens, and north of Manhattan in the idyllic, leafy Hudson Valley, whose popularity is as Jules put it, “on fire.”
    Jules’s passion for her work was immediately evident, inviting  and refreshing as she details what it takes to transform raw spaces into viable, magical and unforgettable venues for weddings and corporate parties. This lively, inspiring episode should be mandatory listening for all creative couples with a desire to “think outside the hotel” and explore every option before deciding on where to celebrate their love and marriage.
    Stay till the very end (the last minute!) to hear Jules’s fascinating (and justifiable!) defense of the joy and meaning of weddings specifically as discussed in the feminist blog Jezebel.com.
    What a joy to spend this time with Jules Miller. I hope you enjoy this episode as much as I did.
    –Doug

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
10 Ratings

10 Ratings

simple and fast syncing ,

Great insight with Industry Titans in the NYC event industry

Dough’s podcasts are great for anyone interested in events and the event industry in general. He hosts some mega stars and talks about how they started and has them share their visions with him. I was honored to be one of these people on his podcast and it was such a pleasure to be able to share things about my work and industry as a whole.

Melani Lust ,

Interesting Wedding Insight

Fun to listen to the "behind the scenes" of all the wedding pros, very insightful!

L'Bengelo ,

So interesting and great insight

Whether you’ve been to a wedding or been in a wedding, let alone planned a wedding, it’s a fun insight into who all the vendors are

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