Wedding Industry Insider Podcast

WII 142 – Jessica Carrillo on Repelling Clients and Following Your Passion

Do you want to attract wedding clients that spark your creativity and fuel your passion? Then you need to be ready to repel clients too. 

That can be tough to accept, especially for planners who are trying to grow their business. But there’s no way you can be the right fit for every single couple. And when you book the right clients (and avoid the wrong ones!), you’ll find your business grows in ways that feed your soul and showcase your unique skills. 

Want proof? We’ve got it this week on the Wedding Industry Insider podcast! Eddie is sitting down with Jessica Carrillo of Art & Soul Events. Jessica specializes in expressive weddings with a nontraditional flair, so she’s got incredible insights into attracting unique, perfect-fit clients.

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WII 135 – Don Mamone’s Inspiring Journey to Authenticity

“Show up, shine bright, get loud, be clear, and take up massive space in your market.” 

How do you bring your identity to your business? 

Today we’re sharing an incredible interview with Don Mamone, an identity coach and photographer whose unique journey to authenticity is an inspiration to anyone who wants to shine bright as an entrepreneur. 

Don is sharing amazing advice about channeling your truest self and using that to elevate your business. You’ll love hearing about how they discovered and accepted their own identity and then became better at all aspects of life – from emailing business clients to raising their family. 

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WII 132 – Attracting Your Ideal Client with Emily Foster

Are you looking to rebrand or update your business in the year to come? If so, this week’s Wedding Industry Insider episode is for you. 

Web designer and brand strategist Emily Foster (owner of Emily Foster Creative) joins us to talk about elevating your website and brand, and what major mistakes to avoid. 

But she’s not letting us jump ahead. Before we can create a picture-perfect website and soul-stirring copy, we’ve got to complete one must-do task: identifying our ideal client. 

Luckily, Emily has excellent, actionable advice on how to do that. And you’ll be surprised how specific she gets as she guides you toward that one, perfect client (who will book your favorite package). 

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WII 124 – Branding (in 4 Simple Steps!) with Kaleigh Wiese

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“Your brand is your reputation. 

For some wedding planners, branding is one of the most fun parts of being a creative entrepreneur. But for others, it seems like a daunting, out-of-reach process.

No matter where you are with your branding, today’s episode is for you!

Kaleigh Wiese is a brand strategist who has worked with creative small businesses for 20 years. She aims to help entrepreneurs (especially those in the wedding industry) find and embrace their “innate uniqueness.” Her work has been featured in Huffington Post, New York Times, Fortune, and Martha Stewart Weddings; and she has been a featured guest at events and workshops across the country. 

Eddie and Kaleigh discuss the start-to-finish process for branding, including a four-step guide for establishing or fine-tuning your company image.

We’re really excited about this conversation, because while branding always comes up in our podcast, this is our first episode focusing entirely on this vital aspect of entrepreneurship. 

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WII 111: Brian Green Breaks Down How to Build Your Brand

If you want to build your brand, then you must get strategic about the messaging that you’re putting out in the universe. 

So get started now with key lessons from this episode’s esteemed guest!

Brian Green is the Chief Event Architect and Creative Visionary of By BrianGreen, which provides award-winning custom wedding and event planning services in the Atlanta area and around the globe. With over 20 years of international events experience, Brian previously served as a Diplomat for Barbados and holds both Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) and Certified in Meeting Management (CMM) certifications. His work is widely recognized and featured in countless industry-leading publications. Brian is also a Mentor for The Knot Wedding Wire (TKWW), which in 2022 named him a TKWW WeddingPro Educator. He currently serves as Chairman of the Board for the National Society of Black Wedding & Event Professionals and is working on his first book.

In this episode, Brian shares the first things that you must do to build your brand while you steal back your joy in running your business.

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How to Use Technology to Create a Better Brand Experience

Creating a better brand experience is at the forefront of most business operations. After all, clients who enjoy working with you are more likely to leave five-star reviews and send referrals your way. With the event industry continuously changing, it’s essential to stay on top of the experience you provide clients and use tools that will allow you to do so.

The one thing you need to stay ahead of the curve? Technology.

The COVID-19 pandemic led to an even greater shift into the digital world, with events taking place over Zoom and client communication remaining completely online. As a result, being tech-savvy is no longer a bonus for those looking to work with an event professional. Now, it’s a must-have.

Luckily, you can use technology to create an outstanding brand experience for your clients, from booking to onboarding.

Here are five ways your tech solutions will help you stand out.
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Certified Timeline Genius

Congratulations to our Certified Timeline Geniuses!

Did you know that you can become a Certified Timeline Genius? With Timeline Genius, you can become a certified expert at creating wedding day timelines!

In fact, we’re proud to show off the profiles and spotlight pages of our newest Certified Timeline Geniuses – right here! Just click on the links below to learn more about each wedding planning professional.

Congratulations to all our amazing planners who have recently become Certified Timeline Geniuses!

We applaud you for elevating both your timeline creation skills and the standards for our industry!

Are you ready to become a Certified Timeline Genius? Learn more here!  

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WII 097: Carissa Kruse Walks You Through Creating A Lead Generation Funnel

When you’re growing your business, it’s tempting to put ads in all the places you think you should. Facebook. Pinterest. Wedding websites. 

But before you direct people to your site, everything else needs to be fine-tuned. Or it’s money wasted.  

That’s why this episode will help you make sure you have the right foundation in place first.

Carissa Kruse is the founder of Weddings by Carue, a multi-state wedding business that offers couples a range of photography, videography, photo booth, and DJ services, as well as invitations. Notably, Weddings by Carue is the winner of WeddingWire’s Couples Choice Award and The Knot’s “Best of Weddings” for six consecutive years (2016-2021).  Carissa is also the owner of Carissa Kruse Weddings, which provides education, resources, and coaching for wedding pros and entrepreneurs in the wedding industry. Additionally, she is a sought-after industry speaker who has been featured in numerous publications, including COSMOPOLITAN, Forbes, The Knot, Rent My Wedding, and WeddingWire.

In this episode, Carissa shares the marketing tactics that you need to use in order to scale your business.  Specifically, she walks you through the steps to create a funnel that attracts the leads you want.

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