The Wedding Biz - Behind the Scenes of the Wedding Business
The Wedding Biz - Behind the Scenes of the Wedding Business
Andy Kushner
The Wedding Biz features business-transforming conversations with event industry icons. The only global platform of its kind to serve the business development needs of wedding and events professionals, Andy Kushner offers an inside look into the wedding world for industry experts and bridal couples.
Episode 309 REVISIT: DAVID MONN PART 2: Acumen in the Business of Events
In this episode of the Wedding Biz, Andy brings back David Monn for part 2 of their conversation. David's clients include social leaders from around the world. He is known for events like The Met’s Costume Institute Gala, and the 100th Anniversary of the Plaza Hotel, to name a few. He is also a contributing editor to Departures Magazine and has been featured in numerous luxury and lifestyle publications.  Listen as David breaks down how he planned the Met’s Gala, how he used the senses, time of year,
Nov 25
54 min
Episode 308 REVISIT: DAVID MONN PART 1: Aligning the Senses To Create The Ultimate Event
Join David Monn and Andy as they travel down memory lane to discover the events and steps that led David to develop a unique sense of design in the event industry. Join Andy and David as they travel down memory lane to discover the events and steps that led him to develop a unique sense of design in the event industry. David’s unique ability to align the senses to create the most effective event tapestry is what sets him apart from his fellow planners and designers. David’s fascinating career trajector
Nov 23
1 hr 15 min
Episode 307 A Conversation With DAVID BEAHM & CHRISTINA MATTEUCCI
"I believe there are no better problem solvers in the world than special event professionals." Andy is excited to have David Beahm and Christina Matteucci back on the show. David is a popular event designer based in New York City, working worldwide, and Christina is crucial to David's business as she is his Executive Director. Both have been on the show multiple times and are informative and enjoyable each and every time. "We are all on different ships in the same storm." David and Christina discuss how th
Nov 18
28 min
Episode 306 MONTE DURHAM - Service with Passion and Grace
“The biggest success for me with dealing with clients is that I have never forgotten that I am the hired help.” Andy has Monte Durham as his guest on this episode of The Wedding Biz with the audio portion of a video interview he conducted on Zoom for the WeddingMBA Conference that just occurred. Andy first interviewed Monte back in April on episode 250, and it’s a pleasure to have him back for a follow-up interview. Monte is a hugely successful fashion expert and one of the
Nov 16
29 min
Episode 305 THE NEXT LEVEL: ALEJANDRA POUPEL discusses ROB VAN HELDEN, Perfect Simplicity and Floral Design for Royalty
Andy's guest co-host today is Alejandra Poupel from Alejandra Poupel Events out of Paris, catering to an international clientele including Chinese, Middle Eastern, Russian and American, all of whom have different expectations based on their cultural perspective. Listen as they discuss Rob's idea of perfect simplicity, how he likes the natural beauty of flowers, and the royal events he has done, plus much more on this episode of The Next Level. Rob is the owner of Rob Van Helden Floral Design Limited, ou
Nov 11
18 min
Episode 304 ROB VAN HELDEN - Perfect Simplicity and Floral Design for Royalty
"I personally believe that flowers speak for themselves." Listen as Andy and his guest Rob Van Helden discuss ‘perfect simplicity' and what he means by that. Rob also talks about starting a business out of the back of a car with his sister Patrice and how through word of mouth they were able to grow, plus much more on this episode of The Wedding Biz. Rob is the owner of Rob Van Helden Floral Design Limited out of London. His previous clientele include Nelson Mandela, Jo
Nov 9
34 min
Episode 303 A Conversation With: CHRISTIAN OTH
On this episode of The Wedding Biz, Andy is having a conversation with Christian Oth. Listen as he discusses how he is dealing with the pandemic both personally and professionally, why he charges an upcharge for new contracts and a non-refundable percentage if a client postpones. Christian also shares what he is doing now, including his newest workshops Christian is an internationally renowned photographer. His experience in fashion, photojournalism, portraiture, advertising, and still life combines into
Nov 2
32 min
Episode 302 THE NEXT LEVEL: KIM WISELEY discusses JOY PROCTOR The Essence of Design
Andy's guest co-host today is Kim Wiseley, Founder and Creative Director of Flutter Magazine, and she recently created a new sister company called The Floral Pantry. Listen as they discuss Joy's outlook on how the design relates to the location, the inclusive proposal she gives her clients, plus much more on this episode of The Next Level. Today, Andy and Kim talk about Joy Proctor of Joy Proctor Design, a full-service design house. She has been named
Oct 28
17 min
Episode 301 JOY PROCTOR - The Essence of Design
"An event designer is the equivalent of an interior designer." Andy's guest on the show is Joy Proctor of Joy Proctor Design, a full-service design house. Listen as they discuss what led Joy to make that analogy, how her childhood influenced her career path, why she transitioned from a planner to a designer, plus so much more on this episode of The Wedding Biz. Joy considers herself a wedding designer and stylist and has been named amongst the top wedding planners in the world and a leader in the indu
Oct 26
44 min
Episode 300 NANCY SHAFFER - The Live Events Coalition, Board President & Director
Andy is bringing us a very important interview pertinent right now in the weddings and events industry. The Live Events Coalition is a volunteer-run nonprofit organization created in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and it's devastating impact on the live events industry to provide advocacy, resources, and a network that connects and supports businesses, contractors, and the general event industry workforce. It established a national Facebook group that wants to connect, share stories, opportunities, or ju
Oct 21
23 min
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