Episode 297 YARA ESTEPHAN – Planning And Designing In 3D Out Of Beirut

“I think my background in graphic design helps me because I focus a lot on the details of a wedding.” Andy’s guest on the show today is Yara Estephan, a wonderful planner and designer out of Beirut. Listen as they discuss Yara’s early interest in weddings, how she uses her graphic design background in her current work, some great stories about some major over-the-top and high-exposure weddings, and how she is handling the pandemic plus so much more on this episode of The Wedding Biz.

Yara shares her background and a story about planning a fake wedding for her five year old sister, when she was twelve, that guests actually showed up for. Yara believes that her graphic design background helps her when designing weddings because she can show a couple her vision in 3D.

Yara shares her process for planning and designing weddings, and describes some major weddings that she has created. She talks about how she comes up with the amazing designs she is known for and how the pandemic is affecting her business. Yara also speaks about how the small intimate weddings, that are trending, have affected her design concepts.

Yara discusses what she thinks will change in the event industry, once the pandemic is over, and some advice for young planners just starting. She is an eloquent speaker and can bring her designs to life with just her words. You don’t want to miss this episode.

Do you need some tips on handling stress during this crazy year? Andy has put together a list of the top ten tips for dealing with stress, which he has compiled from interviews with icons of the wedding and event industry. If you would like a copy, go to www.theweddingbiz.com/toptips.

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Show Highlights:

[02:09] Welcome to the show, Yara!

[02:40] Yara shares her background and how she planned her “first wedding” at age 12.

[04:10] Yara went to college for graphic design and then moved into event planning.

[05:37] Yara describes her signature details for weddings she plans.

[06:32] Listen, as Yara talks about creating with 3D wedding renditions and how virtual reality is being used.

[07:19] Yara speaks about her process from start to finish for weddings.

[08:45] She shares a story about a wedding she did for a social media influencer.

[11:02] Yara discusses a wedding she planned for the owners of a major ice cream brand in Lebanon.

[13:09] What are some countries people come from to do destination weddings in Lebanon?

[15:38] Yara shares how she comes up with ideas for the amazing designs she is known for.

[18:31] Listen, as Yara discusses how she is handling the pandemic professionally.

[20:03] How are the required small weddings changing your design concepts?

[20:47] Yara shares how she is adapting to the shutdown and how she is keeping her spirits up.

[23:37] Yara speaks about what she believes will happen in the event industry once the pandemic is over.

[25:08] She is strong on the creative side, and has managed the business side with some college knowledge.

[27:18] What does work-life balance look like for you?

[28:29] Yara shares some tips she would give to young planners that are just starting.

[29:18] Success for Yara is a balance between a good personal life and loving what you do.

[29:49] Thank you so much for being on the show!

 

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Episode 296 CEO of VOW To End Child Marriage

Every year, millions of couples celebrate their love by getting married and millions of their family and friends celebrate with them. In the U.S. alone, Americans spend $100 billion on weddings annually. Think invitations, wedding dresses, rings, venues, flowers, gift registries, honeymoons and more all on saying “I do.” But at a time when a child is married somewhere in the world every three seconds, who’s invested in making sure that girls can say, “I don’t” or “not yet”? Let’s work together to create a world in which every girl can decide if, when and whom to marry.

Clay Dunn is the Chief Executive Officer of VOW To End Child Marriage, a nonprofit that mobilizes the multi-billion dollar wedding industry in support of ending child marriage and empowering girls around the world to choose their own futures. Prior to VOW, Clay held roles with No Kid Hungry, National Geographic and the City of New York. Amongst other topics, Clay tells Andy about VOW Pro – a network of passionate wedding professionals helping to give girls a voice and a choice.

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Episode 295 A Conversation With: Rime Arodaky & Greg Finck

Listen, as Andy and his guests, Rime Arodaky and Greg Finck,discuss how the pandemic affected them personally and professionally, what they have been doing with their time and where they see the industry post-pandemic, plus so much more on this episode of The Wedding Biz.

Rime is a popular gown and dress designer out of Paris, and her company is considered a “Bridal House For Rebel Goddesses and inspired by women who are unapologetically themselves.” Greg runs the business side of Rime’s company, as General Manager, and is also a wonderfully gifted and admired photographer. 

Listen as Rime and Greg discuss how their businesses were flourishing before the shutdown and how they have kept communications up with clients during the pandemic.

Rime shares how the three ways she sells her bridal gowns have helped keep her company growing and has allowed them to maintain their twenty employees. 

Rime and Greg both believe that the trend with weddings for the next three to five years will be more understated, with couples pleasing themselves instead of worrying about what others want. They all agree that the shutdown, although painful financially, has been rewarding personally, pushing them to make decisions they have been putting off.

Do you need some tips on handling stress during this crazy year? Andy has put together a list of the top ten tips for dealing with stress, which he has compiled from interviews with icons of the wedding and event industry. If you would like a copy, go to www.theweddingbiz.com/toptips.

 

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Join Andy and help Vow to End Child Marriage, a nonprofit that empowers girls worldwide to say I don’t to child marriage. Become a member by going to www.Vowpro.org and donate.

 

Show Highlights:

[02:47] Welcome back to the show, Rime and Greg!

[03:21] Rime discusses her reaction to the pandemic shutdown.

[05:18] Greg speaks about how the pandemic affected them personally and professionally.

[07:32] Listen as Rime shares what was happening with her business before the shutdown and the challenge of getting her dresses delivered.

[09:19] Greg discusses the busy season he had scheduled before the shutdown and how his business is down to zero.

[11:33] Greg talks about keeping all of Rime’s twenty employees without furlough.

[13:01] Rime speaks about the three ways they have to sell her gowns.

[16:26] Listen as Rime and Greg discuss what they are doing with their time now.

[18:12] Rime shares that their day-to-day routine has changed little because they need to be there for their team.

[20:09] Rime speaks about having strategy meetings with their team and planning the future.

[21:01] Greg discusses the importance of communication with their team and clients.

[23:10] Andy shares how the pandemic has made him think about what he really wants to do with his life and reevaluate what’s important.

[25:09] Rime talks about what she believes will change in the bridal industry post-pandemic.

[26:40] Greg believes that people are rethinking their weddings and pleasing themselves.

[27:38] Thank you both for being on the show!

 

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