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 141 – Including Mental Health in Your Business Plan With Shulamit Ber Levtov

Wedding Planner Mental Health

You likely have some kind of plan for your wedding planning business – a plan that involves regular reviews, in-the-moment strategies, and overall goals. But what about a mental health plan? 

After all, mental health is an inherent risk when you embark on entrepreneurship. So why shouldn’t it be a part of your business plan? 

This week on Wedding Industry Insider, we’re talking with Shulamit Ber Levtov, a licensed mental health professional who works with women business owners through her company, The Entrepreneur’s Therapist

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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 139 – An Advertising Plan That Pays Off with Mark Chapman

You’re eager for new clients (or at least the right clients) – so you’re ready to start paying for advertising. But seeing real results is way more complicated than throwing a few bucks toward social media ads. 

So how do you know if you’re ready to start advertising, and how do you make sure that your investment pays off? 

To get the best answers, we’re talking to Mark Chapman, president of The I Do Society. He’s a pro at online advertising, and he’s got great advice to make sure you don’t start advertising too soon (or do it the wrong way!).

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WII 138 – Timeline Genius Deep Dive with Brooke Bowenschulte

If you’ve listened to any episode of Wedding Industry Insider, you’ve heard us mention Timeline Genius. But what exactly is it? 

Here on our podcast, we get to talk with wedding pros and innovators who are improving the industry through their work and mindset. We love highlighting leaders in wedding planning, technology, and education every time we share an episode. 

And this week, we’re talking about the wedding software that started it all: Timeline Genius

Brooke Bowenschulte is the Business Development Manager at Timeline Genius, and she’s sitting down with Eddie to discuss the features and benefits of this beloved wedding planning software. 

Brooke is a certified wedding planner who knows Timeline Genius inside and out. Not only does she offer incredible insight in this episode, but she also offers free one-on-one demos for anyone who wants a personalized introduction to the software. So she knows how to talk to wedding planners about their everyday work and their most pressing needs!

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WII 137 – How to Use Data to Drive Growth with Shauna Smith

You’re putting a lot of energy into marketing your business and delivering an amazing service for couples. But how do you know if your efforts are resonating the way you want them to? 

Wedding planning is an emotionally driven career, requiring lots of creativity and passion. That often means pros miss out on an essential part of building success: data analytics

If analyzing data feels like a huge, impossible task, then this episode of Wedding Industry Insider Podcast is for you. We’re joined by Shauna Smith, Director of Business-to-Business Marketing for The Knot Worldwide, and she’s sharing fantastic advice for using data to scale and grow your 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 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 134 – Leah Weinberg on Contracts and Breaking Up With Clients

Your wedding planning business is taking off. You’re doing the work you love, grasping the business side of things, and finding some work/life balance. Then it all comes crashing down with one single client. 

If you haven’t had a problem client yet, you likely will encounter one soon. And it’s not that they are bad people, or even universally bad clients. They just aren’t a fit for how you do business. Now they’re bringing you down, giving you extra work, and chipping away at your profits. It’s time to break up with them. 

What is your exit plan?

On this week’s episode of Wedding Industry Insider, we’re talking with Leah Weinberg of the law firm Oduberg, which offers legal services for entrepreneurs in New York, Pennsylvania, Georgia, and Washington, D.C.

Leah is a real treasure for us because she is an experienced lawyer who also worked as a wedding planner for 10 years. So she’s able to give us practical advice for navigating contracts, dealing with difficult clients, and managing entrepreneurship. 

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