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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.

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.

Location:

United States

Description:

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.

Language:

English

Contact:

3016465151


Episodes

Episode 389 ELIZABETH SOLARU: From Biomedicine to Crafting World-Class Cakes

11/15/2021
Andy welcomes Elizabeth Solaru to this episode of The Wedding Biz! Elizabeth is the founder of Elizabeth's Cake Emporium and Luxury Business Emporium and creates the most opulent and decadent handcrafted cakes using the finest ingredients! With clients that include British, European, and Middle Eastern royalty; international celebrities; and high net worth individuals, Elizabeth's creations have been featured in many prestigious national and international publications! She has even appeared...

Duration:00:37:13

Episode 388 SARA RUSSELL: Wedding Sparrow the Award-Winning Wedding Blog and Shifting Priorities Following COVID

11/8/2021
Sara Russell joins Andy in this episode to discuss Wedding Sparrow, the immensely popular wedding blog of which she is founder and editor. Wedding Sparrow has well over 300,000 followers on Instagram alone and has won multiple awards! It is a premier wedding resource and inspirational blog for couples all over the world, and it specializes in featuring film, photography, and fine art weddings. In the past decade, Wedding Sparrow has grown from a blog run by only one person to an...

Duration:00:25:59

Episode 387 REVISIT: Eddie Zaratsian - Experiential Events to Delight the Senses

11/1/2021
If you’ve never had the joy of working with a designer who absolutely lives to utterly delight their client, then you will find this interview with today’s guest, Eddie Zaratsian a breath a fresh air. Eddie’s abundant energy and passion for creating a feast for the senses, allows him to reflect the very essence of his clients in an unimaginable way. Eddie Zaratsian is the Owner of Eddie Zaratsian Lifestyle and Design. Eddie was born in Armenia and came to the US when he was 5 years old. He...

Duration:01:01:50

Episode 386 EMILY REIFEL: Talking Weddings with the “Empress Em of Events” at The Plaza, NYC

10/25/2021
Joining Andy in this episode of The Wedding Biz is Emily Reifel, Social Events Director at CPS Events at The Plaza in New York City! In this wide ranging interview, Emily tackles a lot of different topics such as where her passion for events comes from, how she broke into the industry, what her relationship is like with her clients and with planners, what she looks for in creative partners, her view on how important entertainment is for weddings, how she stays relevant, and so much...

Duration:00:33:30

Episode 385 CHIOMA ADURE NWOGU-JOHNSON: Humility and Accountability in a Multicultural World

10/18/2021
Andy is so happy to bring Chioma Adure Nwogu-Johnson to this episode of The Wedding Biz! Chioma is the creative director of Dure Events, a full service wedding and event planning company based in Houston, Texas. Chioma has planned events across the United States, Saint Lucia, Puerto Rico, Mexico, South Africa, Dubai, Paris, and more! She has also been featured on platforms such as CNN, Ebony Magazine, Essence Magazines, Bridal Bliss, and many more! Chioma walks us through her story, such as...

Duration:00:39:39

Episode 384 EMILY CAMPBELL: Planning and Designing Events with an Anthropological Perspective

10/11/2021
Emily Campbell, founder and executive director of Go Bella Events based in Colorado, joins Andy in this episode of The Wedding Biz to discuss her career! Over the course of over twenty years, Emily has created celebrations in over forty countries and on five continents from Africa, Asia, Europe, Central Europe, and the Caribbean! Emily is also the co-founder and executive director of Engage Foundation and is also a member of The Knot's Best of Weddings Hall of Fame. Her work has been...

Duration:00:36:39

Episode 383 REVISIT: Mindy Weiss - Setting the Standard

10/4/2021
Mindy Weiss is a force in the high-end wedding and event planning business. Since her early beginnings, she has delighted celebrity and non-celebrity clients alike with her ability to build meaningful relationships every step of the way. On this episode, Mindy shares her wealth of knowledge about what it’s like to maintain an A-List clientele. But while there certainly are additional factors to consider when planning luxury events for celebrities, Mindy’s insights from years of experience...

Duration:01:07:58

Episode 382 EVA CLARK: Anticipating Needs and Evoking Senses

9/27/2021
Eva Clark is the award-winning owner and creative director of Eva Clark Events. She joins Andy in this episode of The Wedding Biz to discuss various aspects of her business and her life. She touches upon her business and how she found her love for weddings and especially travel, her newfound status as a destination planner, and so much more! Eva Clark Events plans and designs, specializing in luxury destination weddings. Named one of Atlanta's women of power and influence in 2016 and one of...

Duration:00:44:39

Episode 381 LAURYN PRATTES: Staying Relevant in a Saturated Market

9/20/2021
Joining Andy today is a good friend of his, Lauryn Prattes of Lauryn Prattes Events. Lauryn is one of the top planners in the country as per Martha Stewart Weddings' assessment, and she has also been recognized by numerous other publications as being one of the top planners in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Andy is not only a friend of Lauryn's but has also worked with her and her team, so he can speak to their high level of professionalism, commitment, and creativity! Lauryn and...

Duration:00:40:22

Episode 380 COLIN COWIE: The Gold Standard: Giving Your Customers What They Didn’t Know They Wanted

9/13/2021
Having had celebrity clients such as Oprah Winfrey, Jennifer Lopez, Ryan Seacrest, Kim Kardashian, Lil Wayne, Nicole Kidman, and Demi Moore, this episode's returning guest has enjoyed quite the career so far. Colin Cowie has also had many corporate clients such as Dom Pérignon, Warner Brothers, CBS, Whitney Museum of American Art, Architectural Digest, and so many more! Colin is also a published author, having written books such as Dinner After Dark: Sexy, Sumptuous Supper Soirees, Colin...

Duration:00:37:37

Episode 379 JACK EZON: Bespoke Travel & A Risk-Taking Entrepreneur

8/30/2021
Andy chats today with Jack Ezon, C.E.O. and managing partner of EMBARK Beyond! EMBARK Beyond is a luxury lifestyle partnership that specializes in bespoke travel experiences, and they have the ability to access royal palaces, private homes, luxury yachts, global landmarks, and so much more! Negotiating hotel, air, and other components related to travel, EMBARK Beyond acts as a full concierge service in order to develop the perfect itinerary! Jack talks about some of the things that he and...

Duration:00:35:09

Episode 378 REVISIT: MINDY RICE of MINDY RICE DESIGN - Creating Feelings Instead of Just Events

8/23/2021
When we think about wedding and event floral designs, our imagination is often limited to bouquets and centerpieces. Today, I am talking to one of the premier event designers in the world. She sees flowers and foliage as a way to create lasting memories of events your guests will never forget. Mindy Rice, of Mindy Rice Design, is a native Californian with a creative lineage. Growing up, Mindy was taught how to think like a designer. Never feeling confined by the “rules” wedding floral...

Duration:00:44:54

Episode 377 SUNNA YASSIN & MOLLIE JONES-HENNES: Staying Relevant in an Everchanging Industry

8/16/2021
Andy hopes that you will tune in to this episode of The Wedding Biz as he talks with Sunna Yassin and Mollie Jones-Hennes of Bash Please. Named top planners by Brides, Harper’s BAZAAR, and Martha Stewart Weddings, they are a full service creative event production company with studios out of Los Angeles and San Francisco. They are here to talk about what it takes to create an enjoyable and successful partnership, their social media strategy, their pricing philosophy, how they manage the...

Duration:00:36:23

Episode 376 REVISIT: THE TRAVEL SIBLINGS - Experiential Destination Travel

8/9/2021
When you think of experiencing personalized and experiential destination weddings, you most likely need to be thinking of Harlan and Kara, The Travel Siblings. This duo has been designing private and intimate events and luxury travel experiences around the globe for years through their affiliation with the Elite Division of Travel Leaders - Tzell Travel Group and were recently recognized by Conde Nast as the "Best Agents for Destination Weddings". The pair found their love for travel when...

Duration:00:54:34

Episode 375 DAVE CALZARETTA: Fighting the Fear of Missing Out and Making Your Own Luck

8/2/2021
Listen in to Andy's conversation with Dave Calzaretta, the founder and president of Magnificent Events & Entertainment! Magnificent Events & Entertainment was founded in 2000 and has since established an impeccable reputation out of Chicago, Illinois (and also now Scottsdale, Arizona), and it is considered an international booking and event expert company. Dave always had a love for music, especially after fostering a unique friendship with The Temptations at a young age, but he majored in...

Duration:00:39:25

Episode 374 REVISIT: MICHELLE RAGO - Weddings Around the Globe

7/26/2021
Michelle Rago has always had wanderlust flowing through her veins. It’s what has inspired her to build her massively successful career as a wedding and event destination producer and expert. She’s now one of the most sought-after destination event planners in the world, in large part because of her vision, relationship building skills, and meticulous attention to every possible detail. Her love for travel and experiencing new cultures came from a study abroad trip in Greece when she was just...

Duration:00:52:05

Episode 373 JULIE NOVACK: Optimizing Your Digital Footprint

7/19/2021
Join Andy in this episode as he chats with Julie Novack, C.E.O. and co-founder of PartySlate, a photo-rich website (that, in fact, just recently hit a million photos) where leading event professionals share their work, build their brand, and drive leads. Before founding Party Slate, Julie held executive positions at top-tier digital agencies such as Razorfish, Vibes, and Agency.com. With over twenty years of digital marketing experience, Julie has helped some of the biggest brands in the...

Duration:00:23:04

Episode 372 NSBWEP: The National Society of Black Wedding and Event Professionals

7/12/2021
NSBWEP stands for the National Society of Black Wedding and Event Professionals and was created in the summer of 2019. Since the inception of the association, they now have over 135+ Black-owned businesses that represent the industry from the East Coast to the West Coast to include the Caribbean. Membership is based on each business owner passing mandatory credentials and having an exemplary business performance. By the end of 2022, the association is on track to include 300+ businesses!...

Duration:00:19:22

Episode 371 REVISIT: CECI JOHNSON - Designing Stationery, Lifestyle and Business

6/30/2021
This episode features Ceci Johnson of Ceci New York. We have the privilege to listen to how Ceci built her business from the ground up. Ceci of New York is an artist and designer of not only invitations and stationery but art and branding materials as well. Ceci tells stories of her client’s life in her design of invitations and stationery, and about being in the business of happiness. Show Highlights: A little on Ceci’s background growing upSome lessons Ceci learned from her fatherHow...

Duration:01:00:03

Episode 370 MERYL SNOW: Selling Strategies and How They’ve Changed Within Today's Market

6/28/2021
Andy's friend Meryl Snow of Snowstorm Solutions returns in this episode of the podcast for a great conversation about selling strategies! Meryl is very well known in the event wedding catering space as the co-founder of Philly-based special event and catering industry Feastivities Events along with its subsidiaries OffShoots Decor and Philadelphia’s Picnic Company. A consultant, trainer, speaker, event producer, and designer, Meryl runs Think Tank workshops and travels around the United...

Duration:00:29:10