Wedding Industry Insider Podcast

WII 075: Eddie Babbage and Brooke Richie-Babbage Reveal Their Most Valuable Lessons as Entrepreneurs

You know that Timeline Genius saves you time and easily creates professional, personalized timelines. But did you know the story of how Timeline Genius became the company it is today? If you’re a wedding planner, whether you’re just starting out or have years of experience, we think you’ll want to hear this interview.

So, we invite you to tune in for our very special 75th podcast episode with Eddie Babbage and Brooke Richie-Babbage!

Eddie is the Founder of Timeline Genius, a software company that’s 100% dedicated to making it easy to create customized wedding timelines. A graduate of both Duke and Harvard Law School, Eddie is a serial entrepreneur and former lawyer. Inspired by conversations with hundreds of planners, he created the Timeline Genius software to streamline the process of creating personalized timelines.

Brooke is a strategic coach and executive consultant for nonprofit leaders around the country. With degrees from Yale, Harvard, and Harvard Law School, Brooke’s experience includes starting her own nonprofit and supporting Timeline Genius. She also hosts the Nonprofit Mastermind Podcast.

In this episode, Eddie and Brooke talk about the foundation and mission of Timeline Genius. In particular, they share about their experience as entrepreneurs and why Timeline Genius is, above all, smart with heart.

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WII 074: Laurie Arons Discusses the Importance of Loving What You Do and Taking Risks

What do you think is the most important factor in a wedding planner’s success? This week’s guest, whose clientele includes Sofia Coppola, Vanessa Getty, and Christy Turlington, says it all comes down to her love for bringing people together and creating once-in-a-lifetime moments.

So, be sure to tune in, because this episode is one you don’t want to miss!

Laurie Arons is the Founder of Laurie Arons Special Events, a full-service event planning company based in California. With over 25 years of industry experience, Laurie is also an educator who designs and hosts an annual destination Wedding Planner Masterclass.  Additionally, she is recognized in three premier lists of top wedding planners: Vogue, Martha Stewart Weddings, and Harper’s Bazaar. In similar fashion, her work is featured in countless publications, including W, Vogue, Martha Stewart Weddings, C Weddings, People, Glamour, Town & Country Weddings, Geraldine Magazine and InStyle Weddings.

In this episode, Laurie talks about how her love of wedding planning motivates everything else, including launching her company and tackling the design challenges that have made her a leader in the wedding industry.

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WII 073: Leah Weinberg Gets Candid About the Emotional Cost of Wedding Planning

Know the feeling of taking the blame, as a wedding planner, for something that wasn’t really your fault? Wondering how to combat the emotional overwhelm that’s sometimes par for the course? 

If so, then be sure to tune in for this podcast episode!

Leah Weinberg is the Owner and Creative Director of Color Pop Events. A former commercial real estate attorney, Leah has quickly become a wedding planning industry leader. She has been recognized in BizBash’s Top 500 Event Pros in the US as well as “25 Young Event Pros to Watch” by Special Events Magazine. She is also the author of The Wedding Roller Coaster, and her planning tips have been featured in publications such as Vogue, The New York Times, CNBC, and People.

In this episode, Leah talks about the emotional territory of wedding planning – for both couples and planners – and explains ways to navigate it. Additionally, she breaks down how to maximize the value of producing your own styled shoots.

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WII 072: Tasha Bracken Challenges You to Invest in the Brand That You Want to Build

Feel like you’ve ramped up your business too quickly? Or like you’ve given so much you’re burned-out?

If so, then be sure to listen to this podcast episode!

Tasha Bracken is the Owner and Principle Event Producer at Tasha Bracken Events and the Founder of Protégé Collaborative for Planners. She has almost two decades of experience in event planning, and her work has been featured in numerous publications such as Style Me Pretty and Carats & Cake. With a background in PR and Marketing, Tasha is an industry expert in producing weddings as well as nonprofit galas. She has also won the NACE Boston chapter award Wedding of the Year five times.

In this episode, Tasha talks about the way that she rebranded her business and refreshed her love of event production.

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WII 071: Chanda Daniels Encourages You to Be Brave Enough to Be Yourself

Caught in the trap of trying to please everyone? Wondering how to attract the type of clients that you want?

If so, then be sure to listen to this podcast episode!

Chanda Daniels is the Owner and Executive Designer of A Monique Affair, one of the leading event planning companies in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is also the Founder and Creative Director of Chanda Daniels Planning + Design, which specializes in highly customized, same-sex weddings. An industry leader in producing weddings for the LGBTQ+ community, Chanda is certified LGBTQ+ inclusive through Equally Wed Pro. With over 20 years of design experience, her work has appeared in numerous publications, such as Equally Wed, H&H Weddings, Martha Stewart Weddings, The Knot, and Carats & Cake. Additionally, she has been recognized by Harper’s Bazaar, Martha Stewart Weddings, and Brides as one of the top wedding planners in the world.

In this episode, Chanda talks about why it’s important to go after what you want, even if other people think it won’t work. Specifically, she explains how being yourself is the best way to find your path and measure your success.

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WII 070: Jennifer Zabinski Shares the Secret to Being Relentless in Your Event Planning

Wanna know a secret to being confident about your creative solutions – especially the daring ones?

If so, then be sure to listen to this podcast episode!

Jennifer Zabinski is the founder and president of JZ Events, a full-service event planning firm. With a degree from Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration, she has over 20 years of experience in creating events at top venues in California and New York, as well as around the world. Additionally, in response to the challenges of COVID-19, she recently co-founded Celebration Home, a curated and immersive home dining experience. She is also named by both Harper’s Bazaar and Martha Stewart Weddings as one of the world’s top wedding planners.

In this episode, Jennifer talks about how knowing an event from start to finish builds the confidence that lets you be relentless about your creative vision.

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WII 069: Chenai Bukutu Explains the Value of Dedicating Yourself to Your Own Vision

Think your event planning business is too young to stand out? Wondering what you should do in order to achieve what you want for your business?

If so, then be sure to listen to this podcast episode!

Chenai Bukutu is the founder and owner of ByChenai Events, a boutique agency that produces luxury events in the UK and beyond. While working a corporate day job, Chenai launched her business in 2017, and she was eventually able to put all her focus into event planning. Since then, she has been featured in numerous wedding publications, and she has already been named by Harper’s Bazaar as one of the world’s top wedding planners.

In this episode, Chenai talks about the mentality and business acumen that she brings to event planning. Specifically, she explains why it’s crucial to set intentions about the planner you want to be and the business you want to have.

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WII 068: Jes Gordon Reveals How She Produces Events That Truly Reflect the Client

Are you looking for inspiration in your event planning? Do you strive to create weddings that authentically capture your clients?

Curious to learn how the rock star of event planning tackles these issues?

If so, then be sure to listen to this podcast episode!

Jes Gordon is the owner and Creative Director of jesGORDON/properFUN, an award-winning, full-service event production and management company that is based in NYC. Named by Harper’s Bazaar as one of the top wedding planners in the world, she has over 30 years of experience in producing weddings, corporate events, experiential activations, product launches, and more. She is also a mentor and an author.

In this episode, Jes gives her honest take on how searching for ongoing inspiration fuels her passion and her success. Specifically, she talks about why it’s so important to make each event all about the client.

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WII 067: Brooke Keegan Shares Her Success Secrets Plus the Pricing Model That Changes Everything

Wish you could learn success secrets and tips from one of the best wedding planners in the industry?

If so, then this podcast episode is your chance!

Brooke Keegan is the owner and Creative Director of Brooke Keegan Special Events, a full-service design studio specializing in destination weddings and multi-day events. Additionally, she is the owner of Aster & Park, a wedding and event planning service that provides partial, coordination, and full packages. With over 17 years of industry experience, she has been recognized by both Harper’s Bazaar and Brides Magazine as one of the world’s top wedding planners.

In this episode, Brooke talks about the habits that led to her success in producing top-notch events for world-class clients.  In particular, she shares key tips about the transformative shift she made from flat rates to percentage model pricing.

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