Episode 350 ARUN BABLANI – Creating Luxurious South Asian Weddings

“Keep doing what you are doing, but work extremely hard at it. You have to work from the heart.” Listen as Andy and his guests, Arun Bablani, discuss at what age his interest in event planning became clear and his decision to make it his career. They also talk about what motivated him to start his own company, his courage and his belief that anything worth having doesn’t come easy, and when he began to specializ in South Asian weddings, plus much more on this episode of The Wedding Biz.

Arun is the founder of Vivaah Weddings, a premier wedding planning, and management company operating globally for destination weddings with offices in the UAE. They specialize in South Asian weddings in the form of Indian, Pakistani, Srilankan, and Bangladeshi weddings. Vivaah Weddings was rated the best wedding planning and management company in the Middle East by Brides Awards 2020, the Best Wedding Planner 2020 global wedding category at the International Wedding Awards, Best Wedding Planners 2020 Best Wedding Concept and Destinations wedding category at the Belief Weddings Awards, and the prestigious WOW Awards Middle East 2019 under the category of Wedding Celebrations of the Year.

Listen as Arun shares what he believes has to align in order to have a successful business, when he decided to specialize in South Asian weddings, and what he feels sets him apart from other planners who produce and manage South Asian weddings. Arun talks about a wedding he planned and designed at Disneyland Paris and all the intricacies that went into the event.

Arun shares how he integrates the creative side of his company with the business side, the most difficult aspect of what he does, and how he stays relevant with the constant change in technology. Arun talks about some weddings he has designed with unique challenges, from creating level ground out of a mountain to designing a full-on wedding for six people with no holds barred.

Have you heard about the brand new show on The Wedding Biz Network, Stop and Smell the Roses with Preston Bailey? Listen as Preston shares the secrets, tools, and technologies behind his extraordinary ability to create a theatrical environment out of any space. Also, don’t forget about Sean Low’s podcast The Business of Being Creative, where Sean discusses the power of being niched, pricing strategies, metrics of success, and so much more. You can find both shows on The Wedding Biz Network.

 

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Show Highlights:

[01:46] Welcome to the show, Arun!

[02:23] Arun shares the age he became interested in event planning and when he decided this was what he wanted to do as a career.

[05:04] How long ago did you start your own company?

[06:58] Arun shares what he believes are the biggest things that have to align to become successful.

[08:16] He had no experience with South Asian weddings, but a friend asked him to plan his wedding, which led him to specialize in South Asian weddings.

[10:50] What sets you apart from other planners that produce and manage South Asian weddings?

[13:00] Arun discusses his process from the first meeting with the client through to the event.

[15:36] Managing families along with the bride and groom are his forte.

[17:17] Arun shares an example of a wedding he did at Disneyland Paris and how he managed all the different moving pieces.

[22:47] Do you see many interracial marriages and does it make it more complex to plan and design?

[25:10] Arun speaks about how he integrates his company’s creative side with the business side.

[28:07] With the pandemic he had to lay people off, but since weddings have started back up, he believes he will be able to get fully staffed again soon.

[29:04] What is the most difficult aspect of what you do?

[31:45] Arun discusses staying relevant to the constant change of technology we are all facing.

[33:27] Arun shares some examples of weddings he designed that were challenging.

[35:41] Arun speaks about another fun instance he had with a Dubai wedding for six people where cost was not an issue.

[38:36] Arun gives one piece of advice he would give a young planner that would like to reach the level he is at.

[40:04] Thank you for being on the show!

 

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Find Arun:

Vivaah Weddings

@weddingsbyvivaah

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Videos

Jas & Roma

Prerna & Shaun

Varun & Anisha (Disneyland Paris)

 

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Episode 349 DANA BOWLING – Finding Your Voice on Clubhouse and Being a Great Moderator

I met Dana on Clubhouse and was really impressed by the ease and style with which she conducts herself as a moderator and speaker in various rooms. She is completely comfortable in her skin and exudes an inviting confidence.

Dana Bowling is a business and motivational coach helping women gain confidence, take action, and show up & stand out on Instagram and Clubhouse. As a former Casting Director in LA, Dana has discovered talent for Disney, Nickelodeon, ABC, MTV, FOX and more. A mom to two young energetic boys, she truly understands what it’s like to build a business and show up consistently while balancing #momlife.

Her energy & vulnerability are contagious and you can always trust Dana to keep things real, making her the best biz bestie you’ll ever have. She is the host of the AMP It Up Podcast where she inspires women with tangible, actionable advice on how to show up, stand out, and start their businesses.

On Instagram @thisisdanabowling, you can find her coming in hot with Instagram & Reels tips and giving you daily motivation to succeed in both life and business. And when she’s not on Instagram, she is moderating on Clubhouse where she has gained over 5k followers in two months sharing advice and tips.

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Episode 348 JEN VAZQUEZ AND MORGAN CHILDS – Getting Familiar with Clubhouse

What do you know about Clubhouse? Listen as Andy and his guests, Jen Vazquez and Morgan Childs, discuss the basics of Clubhouse, what it is, why we should care about it and how we can best use it for our businesses, plus much more on this episode of The Wedding Biz.

Jen is a Marketing Strategist specializing in Pinterest and a destination wedding and branding photographer. Morgan founded Moana Events and Bella Destination Events and then created another element by adding Modern Elopement. Morgan has been called the elopement expert by Destination I Do Magazine. 

Listen as Jen and Morgan share how they view Clubhouse, the rooms and clubs inside, and more. They also compare Clubhouse to other platforms. And they share how Clubhouse can be used in the event industry to grow businesses. Since there is no DM feature on Clubhouse, you must link it to your Instagram account to get the full benefits of the platform.

Andy, Jen, and Morgan discuss how important your profile on Clubhouse is and share some tips on the best way to create it to reach the most people. A great tip is to use the same profile picture in Clubhouse that you use on Instagram, so when someone clicks over, they can see that they are in the right place.

Jen and Morgan both talk about what they see happening in the future with Clubhouse and invite you to contact them if you would like to find out more about it. They both believe you should get in now, reserve your username, and check out the rooms and clubs that might interest you.

 

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Show Highlights:

[02:28] Welcome to the show, Jen and Morgan!

[03:21] Jen says that to her Clubhouse is like a podcast live, but you can ask questions.

[04:07] Morgan describes it as an audio app where you can enter a room and participate in conversation with other people.

[06:37] When you come to Clubhouse and first go into the rooms, it can feel a little overwhelming because of the different ways it is being used.

[08:00] Clubhouse sees a weekly average usage of about 6 million people.

[10:35] Andy shares that Clubhouse is now his favorite platform.

[11:46] Jen speaks about what she believes makes Clubhouse different from any other social media platform.

[13:10] Morgan talks about who in the wedding and event industry benefits from using Clubhouse.

[14:10] Jen feels like it’s an “add-on” rather than an “instead of” in-person event, and believes that post-Covid, it will keep growing.

[16:02] How can we in the event industry use Clubhouse to grow our businesses?

[18:56] Jen says to approach it from a building the relationship standpoint and keep it personal and authentic.

[19:55] Morgan shares that Clubhouse does not have any DM features; you have to link it to your Instagram account.

[21:27] Jen discusses the difference between Clubs and Rooms in Clubhouse.

[23:08] Jen shares about the large wedding club she is involved in called The Wedding Pros Club.

[24:16] Morgan started the Elopement Wedding Pro Club.

[24:36] Andy’s club is The Wedding Biz.

[26:26] Jen talks about starting your own club and still being involved with other people’s clubs as well.

[29:35] Morgan discusses the importance of creating your Clubhouse profile and shares some tips on making it more appealing.

[31:45] Andy shares that the first three lines of your profile are what most people see.

[32:29] You can only change your user name once.

[35:05] Another helpful tip is to use your profile image on your Instagram, so when they click, they can tell they are in the right spot. 

[35:51] Jen shares what she believes will happen with Clubhouse in the future.

[37:09] Morgan talks about the opportunities she sees in the future for Clubhouse.

[39:54] Jen is hearing a lot of talk by event producers about making Clubhouse an extension of an event for people who can’t get to actual events.

[41:49] Dive in and start by listening in a room that has personal interest for you.

[42:30] Jen invites any and all listeners to contact her or Morgan if you are interested in learning more about Clubhouse.

[43:35] Morgan says to go on and search for Clubs that might interest you.

[46:22] Thank you both for being on the show!

 

RESOURCES

 

Find Morgan:

Modern Elopement

Moana Bella

Morgan Childs Episode 310 on The Wedding Biz

@morganmchilds

Instagram 

Clubhouse 

 

Find Jen:

Jen Vazquez Photography

Jen Vazquez Marketing Strategist

@jenvazquezphotography

Facebook | Twitter

@jenvazquezcoach

Facebook | Instagram

Clubhouse

 

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Title Sponsor: This episode is sponsored by PartySlate – the first website designed specifically for event professionals and venues!

 

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Episode 347 Matt Porteous/Photographer – Following Our Hearts Post-Covid

Matt is an award-winning photographer who has gained a world-class reputation for his exquisite documentary style photography. He is considered the Royal Photographer for his work with the Cambridges. Matt also helps change-makers make a difference and shoots on behalf of Ocean Culture Life, a global community of storytellers, photographers, filmmakers, and environmentalists whose lives have been shaped by the sea.

Andy and Matt talk about how the experience of the pandemic has helped them to seek out what’s really meaningful, for each of them, and to explore how they will reset themselves as life begins to come back to what it will be post-Covid.

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Episode 346 ROUNDTABLE WITH CARRIE GOLDBERG, RISHI PATEL, CHRISTINA MATTEUCCI, AND AUGUSTA COLE

“We’ve all just lived a year of uncertainty.” Listen as Andy, and his roundtable guests Rishi Patel the CEO of HMR Designs, Carrie Goldberg the Travel and Weddings Director at Harper’s Bazaar, Christina Matteucci the Executive Director of David Beahm Destinations, and Augusta Cole primary Planner and Designer with Augusta Cole Weddings and Events discuss what they have learned from going through the Covid pandemic and how it’s changed them personally and with their businesses. They also talk about how they have applied what they’ve learned and what events might look like post-Covid, plus much more on this episode of The Wedding Biz.

Christina shares how the pandemic affected her personally, what she learned from it and how much stronger she feels. Carrie speaks about all that she has learned. Augusta talks about the changes she went through including the relocation of her business, and Rishi discusses the silver linings he found as a product of the pandemic.

Listen as Rishi speaks about what he thinks will be different in events post-pandemic. Christina hopes the pandemic makes people rethink what is important when planning and designing a wedding and that event professionals will give themselves grace instead of perfectionism. Carrie believes that imperfection is the new perfection and the vision will be more authentic to the bride. And Augusta talks about the rules that were broken in 2020 and how the typical functions of an event had to be rewritten.

It looks like things might be more normal around summertime and definitely by the fall. Listen to hear what each guest is looking forward to! 

Have you heard about the brand new show on The Wedding Biz Network, Stop and Smell the Roses with Preston Bailey? Listen as Preston shares the secrets, tools, and technologies behind his extraordinary ability to create a theatrical environment out of any space. Also, don’t forget about Sean Low’s podcast The Business of Being Creative, where Sean discusses the power of being niched, pricing strategies, metrics of success, and so much more. You can find both shows on The Wedding Biz Network.

 

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Show Highlights:

[03:03] Welcome back to the show, Rishi, Carrie, Christina, and Augusta!

[03:40] Christina shares how the pandemic affected her personally and what she has learned from it.

[05:35] Christina, do you feel you are stronger after coming through this event?

[06:30] Carrie speaks about what she has learned from the experience.

[08:31] Augusta discusses what she learned and the changes she went through last year.

[10:26] Rishi talks about the silver linings as a product of the pandemic, the time it gave him back personally, and the toll it took professionally.

[13:37] Empathy, patience, and smarts are three keywords for 2020.

[15:20] Carrie says that creatives thrive in structure and it’s nice to see what happens when creatives are put in a box.

[18:10] Christina talks about getting off the hamster wheel and taking time to reimagine and restructure the experience they are giving to their clients.

[20:03] The pandemic opened a new door for Christina to coach other people in the industry.

[22:32] Rishi shares what he thinks will look different in events post-pandemic.

[23:55] Christina believes that event professionals are perfectionists, and she hopes the pandemic is making people rethink what is important when planning events.

[25:32] Carrie says imperfection is the new perfection and the vision will be more authentic to the bride.

[26:54] Augusta talks about the rules being broken and the typical functions of an event being rewritten.

[29:26] Andy shares that he and his fiance are having a destination wedding where they live in Maryland so people can connect more.

[31:46] Augusta is inspired and ready to get back to normal, but she doesn’t want to forget what she has learned.

[32:19] Carrie is excited to put everything she has learned over the past year into practice. 

[32:55] Rishi is wary of saying when getting back to normal will happen, but he is ready to travel again with his family.

[34:11] Christina hasn’t seen her mother in over a year, and she can’t wait to go home and spend tender moments with family.

[36:08] Thank you all for being on the show!

 

RESOURCES

 

Find Rishi:

HMR Designs

Rishi Patel Episode 143 on The Wedding Biz

@hmrdesigns

Instagram | LinkedIn | Pinterest

 

Find Carrie:

Carrie Goldberg

Carrie Goldberg Episode 186 on The Wedding Biz

Carrie Goldberg Episode 285 on The Wedding Biz

Email 

@carrielauren

Instagram | Twitter

@harperbazaarus

Instagram

Harper’s Bazaar

 

Find Christina:

Christina Matteucci Episode 188 on The Wedding Biz

Christina on David Beahm’s Website

@TeucciMama

Instagram

@christina_matteucci

LinkedIn

 

Find Augusta:

Augusta Cole

@augustacole

Instagram | Twitter

 

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