Wedding Industry Insider Podcast

WII 140 – How Lisa DiBenedetto Grew From Free Party Planning to 6-Figure Weddings

If you’re in the early stages of your wedding planning business, you may feel like you’re a long way off from planning luxury weddings and offering expert-level mentorships. 

But focusing on the right aspects of your business could get you closer to your goals than you think. 

This week on the Wedding Industry Insider Podcast, we’re talking to Lisa DiBenedetto all about how she grew from a no-charge party planning hobby to a thriving wedding planning business.

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WII 136 – Refining Your Foundation With Fallon Carter

You know a strong foundation is essential to running a successful wedding planning business. But when it’s time to refine or restructure, getting to the bottom of things can seem daunting. 

Fallon Carter of Fallon Carter Events is here to help! She’s joining this week’s Wedding Industry Insider to talk about the essential (and pretty simple!) process of refining the foundation of your business. 

The good news? It doesn’t have to be a big, sweeping project you tackle all at once. Instead, Fallon walks us through the seven key elements to focus on, and gives us a totally doable timeframe for achieving it!

Fallon is one of the earliest supporters of Timeline Genius, so she’s sharing some awesome ways that our program helps her provide the best service possible to clients (while protecting her time and energy). Plus, she’s sharing other programs she uses to streamline her processes and keep her business running smoothly.

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WII 129 – Finding Freedom by Budgeting with LoriAnn Kuntz

You didn’t start your wedding planning business because you wanted to balance books and calculate finances. But not having a firm grasp on your accounting can hinder your growth and cause a ton of unnecessary stress.

So you need to find a way to keep track of your business’s finances without it becoming your full-time job.

Today, LoriAnn Kuntz joins us on Wedding Industry Insider to talk all about money, budgeting, and financial planning in a way that’s exciting and easy to digest.

LoriAnn is the founder and CEO of Profit Priority, a bookkeeping and financial management service that helps creative entrepreneurs make better (and more confident) decisions and get back to the work they love.

After all, you became a wedding planner to serve couples, create experiences, and find freedom in your work. LoriAnn shows us how nailing down your business’s finances can allow you to do all that in a much more fulfilling way.

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WII 122: Diana Ganz on Her Approach to Growing a Successful Business

If you think your business isn’t big enough to create change, then catch the lessons from today’s guest. With her business partner, she disrupted an industry and brought in over 20  million dollars in revenue last year.

Diana Ganz is the Co-founder of SuitShop, the premiere destination for affordable, size-and gender-inclusive, and yours-to-keep suiting. A graduate of MIT’s Sloan School of Management, Diana teamed up with her childhood friend and fashion design guru Jeanne Foley to give couples a better option for their wedding attire. Launched as The Groomsman Suit in 2016, they rebranded as SuitShop to also include non-binary and women’s suits. Ultimately, SuitShop lets consumers purchase a quality, well-fitting suit for a price that’s less, or at least comparable, to the costs of traditional tux rentals. With virtual appointments as well as five showrooms, SuitShop is revolutionizing the purchase of suits and tuxedos for everyone. 

In this episode, Diana shares how SuitShop grew from an apartment launch to a multi-million dollar business. Specifically, she breaks down the business approach that has fueled SuitShop’s success.

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Is It Time to Branch Out? 5 Tips for Entering a New Market

When running an event business, diversifying your customer base can make a big difference in your bottom line. While it’s beneficial for many entrepreneurs to niche down, you may find more success by expanding your reach. For instance, if you specialize in wedding photography but want to maintain a steady income during slow seasons, branching out to family shoots, headshots, or brand photography can help.

However, entering a new market is not a one-and-done solution. Before you jump into rebranding mode, you’ll want to ensure you have the means to support this pivot in your business. From reviewing your finances to assessing your bandwidth, reflecting on your foundation will help you determine if entering a new market is the right move.

Review these five tips to clarify your next steps and prepare for a seamless transition in reaching a new audience.

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How to be a Great CMO for Your Business

Before we dive in, we have to talk about the elephant in the room. You know, the “running a wedding business is hard work because you’re pulled in 50 directions at any moment in time” one? 

Okay—I said it, and now we can move on. 

But here’s why that’s so important to acknowledge: it’s hard to objectively wear all the hats you do and be responsible for so many things when it comes to your business. Because the hat you wear as “wedding planner” for your couples is just as important as the “bookkeeper” hat you wear for your business. But swapping hats all the time is tricky—one of them is bound to fall off your head at some point!

And one of the hats that falls off for a lot of wedding pros is the CMO (Chief Marketing Officer) hat. But it’s a super important one to pick back up when you’ve figured out you’ve misplaced it. So it’s time to step into your role as CMO.

Read on to learn about the impact you can have on your business when you become its CMO.

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WII 119: Insights from Rob Farrow for Wedding Industry Professionals

Ready to embrace the spirit of collaboration and tech in the wed-space? Then tune in for success tips from this well-known wed-tech entrepreneur and industry expert!

Rob Farrow is the CEO of Aisle Plannerwhich he founded with his wife, Christina. For the past decade, they have grown Aisle Planner into an established industry leader. As an all-in-one platform, it is the software solution offering marketing, client, and planning + project management for event professionals. 

Rob himself was the former Global VP of Marketing for SurfTech, and he has over 20 years of experience in product development, marketing, communications, and all aspects of events management. 

In this episode, Rob talks about building a service-based company as well as how you can leverage the principles that guided Aisle Planner’s success.

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WII 112: Andrea Eppolito On How to Define Yourself as the Best for Your Ideal Client

When she decided to reposition her business, she scrapped everything that wasn’t what she wanted. Because she knew what she wanted it to become.

At first, the changes only brought in two clients, but she invested everything in them. Then, she used the photos and videos from those events to build her new portfolio, which ultimately landed 1M clients.

Today, as a highly-sought wedding planner and lifestyle expert, she provides a signature experience for select luxury weddings and events.

Andrea Eppolito is the owner of Andrea Eppolito Events, an award-winning event planning company based in Las Vegas, NV. Additionally, she is a leading industry speaker, educator, and coach. She is also the host of the podcast, “Andrea Eppolito | Celebrating Life, Luxury, & Above All Else Love.” Her work has been recognized in WEDLUXE, INSIDE Weddings, WEDLUXE, Grace Ormonde, Brides, ELLE, GLAMOUR, and Town & Country, among others.

In this episode, Andrea talks about presenting your business as the best choice for your ideal client and creating the experience that proves it. 

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WII 110: Add Online Wedding Rentals to Offer Your Clients More – with Marie Kubin

Do you love wedding décor? Or enjoy creating both the layout and the look of floor plans? If your answer is yes, then don’t miss this episode! Because today’s guest is all about rentals, especially in terms of what it means for your event planning business. 

Marie Kubin is the owner of Rent My Wedding, a nationwide wedding rental company. A former attorney, Marie launched Rent My Wedding in 2011 after struggling to find affordable, convenient, and easy décor items for her own wedding. Since then, Rent My Wedding has grown to offer packages including everything from lighting and uplighting to backdrops, photo booths, and more. Now the largest online event rental company in the U.S., it has also earned the most 5-star reviews in the event industry.

In this episode, Marie details how she started her business and shares practices that can help you grow yours. In particular, she offers an opportunity for you to stand out as a planner and earn additional income through Rent My Wedding.

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