Behind The Veil

Behind The Veil

A an award winning podcast that goes Behind The Veil that provides insight into the world of weddings and events. From Mental Health and Wedding Planning to Vendor Meals - A Right or a Privilege, to singers on tour, and even a few famous people. There is nothing we won't tackle! Bringing in the worlds best vendors to provide true, honest, and real advice. The shows are always live, and always unedited.... so you never know what someone is going to let slip out! Host: Keith Willard - Owner of Keith Willard Events. Keith has over two decades of event planning including Director of Catering and Events for The Ritz-Carlton, The One Hotel, and Hyatt Regency. He is known for his no nonsense take of the event world. Knowledge is power and we can all make better choices when we have the facts. Co-Host: Marci Guttenberg - Owner of An Affair To Remember By Marci - Marci is also a long time veteran of the event world but ensures that we follow the proper etiquette!Co-Host: Brooke Logan Stoner- Brooke is the wild card of our trio. You never know what she is going to say. She keeps it honest and keeps it real!Winner of The Telly Award - Best Unscripted Online Series. Winner of the NACE One Award - Innovator of The Year


February 23, 2024 42 mins

Behind The Veil: Your Trending in 2024!

Weddings are usually the first place where the latest trend is going to make its appearance.  Our guest today is a source for truly what is trending and what you should be prepping for!

Our guest - Nicole Ettenhofer

About Nicole Ettenhofer

Nicole Ettenhofer is the VP of Growth & Strategy for George Street Photo & Video, a national wedding photo and video company based in Chicago, IL with ...

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Season is back with a vengeance!  So are the long hours that come with it.  From working with existing clients, to onboarding new clients, to finding clients at all... It can all become overwhelming.

Our guest today: Carissa Kruse / Carissa Cruse Weddings

Carissa is a wedding industry maven and a marketing and conversion strategist.  She works with overworked wedding professionals to increase their profitability a...

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January 31, 2024 46 mins

Writing, and then speaking, wedding vows can be a stressful experience.  What happens if you can't figure out how you feel, or fear speaking in front of an audience.  It is already a high stress day, and now add this to the whole experience.

Our guest today is Tanya Pushkine

Tanya Pushkine was born and raised in Brussels, Belgium to an American-born musical conductor and German/Belgian painter. Upon moving to the USA, she was so...

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AV is needed at every single wedding.  For most, they will reach out to a DJ or entertainment company when needing to book a sound system or music.  What should you know before you start reaching out? A little knowledge can save you big money!

Our Guest today: Damon Russell

Damon has been in the wedding industry since 2003 and likes to think that he is a pioneer. In 2007, wireless LED technology did not exist so he Macgyvered” LEDs t...

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This week we speak to the founder of Heritage Park Hospitality Group.  The company behind the management of some of the most sought after locations in the Florida Keys.

Doug Barrow is the founder of Heritage Park Hospitality Group, a full service boutique management and investment group with a vision for the future of hotel stays and travel. He has always shared an eye for detail and a passion for the hospitality industry, bringing ...

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Finding the right photographer is a daunting process.  Especially since they are going to be in your personal space on your wedding day.  What should you be asking, and how do you know if they are telling the truth?

Our guest: Bonnie Sindelar 

Bonnie lives in Nebraska and is the founder of two companies: Genesis Photography and Happily Ever Photo. She founded Genesis Photography 9 years ago, and while she's shot almost every por...

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When planning a wedding, couples and vendors, do not typically want to dive into legalities.  But in this day and age, it is more important than ever to protect yourself, as the couple and as the vendor.

Our guest today is both a successful planner and a lawyer!  Leah Weinberg is well known throughout the industry as a true event professional, but recently Leah has decided to go back to her roots in law practice.  Taking her vast ex...

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In the event industry, planners are always looking for what is new, now and next.  Except when it comes to technology.  For many, the tried and true way is better than trying to figure out how to work with new programs and software.  

Our guest today is Nora Shiels - the creator and co-owner of Rock Paper Coin.  RPC  is an online software system designed specifically for planners to help organize their proposals, invoices,...

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November 14, 2023 46 mins

As a wedding planner, sometimes it is really difficult to put in writing what we actually do.  From finding the venue, to hiring the vendors, and event a nod to being a physcologist, a good wedding planner can make it feel effortless...but a bad wedding planner can make it feel like a nightmare.  

So what make a good wedding planner, and what questions should you be asking to ensure you are working with a true pro?

Our guest this wee...

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Everyone has heard the term Master Of Ceremonies.  Visions of a Bob Barker on Price is Right may come to mind.  But what is a Masters of Ceremonies?  And as more and more weddings start redefining their own rules, do they really need one?

Our Guest: Artem Lomaz

Artem Lomaz: Wedding & Event MC. Artem Lomaz: Artem Lomaz has been continuously redefining the role of the wedding and event Master of Ceremonies. Whether accompanying a D...

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Having a conversation about budgets can be hugely stressful, especially when talking about budgets for a wedding.  So how do you do that while keeping the joy in planning?

Our Guest today is Rachel Durci

Rachel Durci is a Financial Wellness Coach and the Founder of Effortless Budgeting. She is passionate about supporting individuals and couples on reaching their financial goals through coaching, education and encouragement. Her missi...

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October 24, 2023 39 mins

Planning a Destination wedding?  

With Americans traveling overseas at record levels, so to are the weddings.  Our guest today has planned events all over the world and will give you insight into what it takes.

Our Guest: Susan Southerland

As president of Just Events! Group, Inc., Susan Southerland leads one of the most highly regarded teams in the event industry today. After graduating from the University of Florida in 1992 and start...

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Event Pros, and even couples, dream about getting their wedding published.  Either online or in-print.  Prestige, PR, Marketing, SEO’s - Being published covers them all.  But how?

Our guest today is Meghan Ely, considered by many to be the guru of PR for the wedding and event business.

OFD Consulting owner, Meghan Ely, combines in-the-trenches event experience with a love of wedding PR to empower her clients to take their businesses ...

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October 12, 2023 32 mins

For most couples getting married, the basics of hosting a wedding are pretty straight forward.  Venue, Catering, Florals, Music, Photography.

But then there are the rentals to think about.  What do people sit on, eat on, and drink with.  Then there are the linen, up lights, and furniture...

So what should you expect when looking at rentals?  How much?  What is your responsibility?  Should you even do it?


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Season is back! So are the long hours that come with it. From working with existing clients, to onboarding new clients, to finding clients at all, running a business can become overwhelming.

Our guest today makes it her business to help planners become more efficient and more profitable:

Carissa Kruse Weddings 

Wedding Industry Maven and a Marketing and Conversion Strategist. She works with overworked wedding profe...

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It has become the norm.  Every single couple toys with the idea of hiring a “day of” planner.  What does that actually mean?  And when is it the right match, and when is it not?

Gaetan Kaplan is the owner of Gaetana Events, a company that specializes in Day Of  events and so much more.  Originally Gaetan was the Director of Events for the Gallery of Amazing Things, considered one of South Florida's premier event spaces. After m...

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Etiquette has changed dramatically over the decades. It’s time to take a modern look at etiquette, especially at weddings and social events.

Our guest, Richie Freeman, is considered a Modern Day Renaissance Man - and we believe it thanks to a career that spans life as an author, illustrator, artist, etiquette expert/podcaster known as Modern Manners Guy, entrepreneur,screenwriter, cartoonist, and even a champion profession...

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September 12, 2023 33 mins

It's everywhere.  Climate change is wreaking havoc in the world and that is just what we are seeing on the news.  But behind the scenes, on farms and in oceans, there is a battle going on that will change the future of food as we know it.

This week we welcome Laura Ashley - Owner of Laura Ashley Catering.  

Laura Ashley Catering is a fully licensed and insured gourmet catering company. Laura Ashley Catering offers gourmet food, ...

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This week we welcome Alan Berg, Husband, Father, Son, Friend, Speaker, Author, Salesman, Marketer, Musician, Handyman, Consultant, and all-around nice guy. 

His experience as a past pubisher of two wedding magazines, the Vice President of Local Sales Operations and The Knot Market Intelligence, and now as a consultant for Wedding Pro, Alan has amassed a wide range of knowledge about the wedding industry as a whole. He is now sharing...

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This week we repeat one of the most controversial subjects we have ever covered.  Our panel discusses the topic of vendor meals.

Most couples don’t even know what a vendor meal, much less that they are typically required to provide one.  But where did this even come from?  Is it really that important for vendors to eat if they are only working for five hours?  And when do vendor meals become an obstacle for providing good service.


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