The Stars Inside: The Wedding Podcast

Valentina Ring

Real stories, honest advice, and heartfelt conversations aimed at mindfully bridging the gap between wedding vendors and engaged couples. Hosted by wedding and elopement planner Valentina from The Stars Inside, who promises to share with you inspirational interviews, solo shows, and that little bit of magic. @thestarsinside // thestarsinside.com

S1E23: Wedding Blog Submission Tips for Vendors and Couples, with Meghan Ely of OFD Consulting
04-02-2021
S1E23: Wedding Blog Submission Tips for Vendors and Couples, with Meghan Ely of OFD Consulting
Today I interview Meghan Ely from OFD Consulting, an award-winning publicist, speaker, and educator with over two decades of experience under her belt within the wedding industry. She very kindly puts on her PR and marketing hat to share her expertise about getting featured in blogs and magazines, both from the perspective of wedding suppliers and that of newlywed couples. We talk about what PR means for wedding business owners, and in particular what it means right now, during such challenging times. We dig into her advice for couples who are interested in having their wedding featured online, as well as her tips for wedding pros who want to use publications as a way of getting their work seen and attracting more couples their way. She talks to us about the most common mistakes she sees wedding pros making, and the key things to consider if you’re struggling to get your work accepted by your target publications. We also touch on why it’s still really important to include online features into the marketing strategy for your business, and how to do this positively and mindfully.  To find out more about her and her work, do head over to her Instagram profile, or over on the websites for OFD Consulting, Wedding Industry Speakers, and Submit My Wedding. If you would like to connect with me, you can always find me on Instagram, on my website, and directly in my inbox by emailing valentina@thestarsinside.com - I would love to hear from you!If you enjoyed this interview, make sure you subscribe so you don’t miss out on any upcoming episodes – and if you could leave me a rating and a review that would be hugely appreciated too!
S1E22: Connecting Vendors and Nearlyweds in 2021, with Samie from Bustld
21-01-2021
S1E22: Connecting Vendors and Nearlyweds in 2021, with Samie from Bustld
Today I interview Samie, co-founder of Bustld, which is a US-based online platform which connects wedding vendors to engaged couples. With her experience as a wedding planner and as co-creator of this matching platform, Samie is uniquely placed to talk to us about what she feels is at the heart of a successful relationship between couples and wedding vendors. She also does a lot of work to vet suppliers for her directory, so I really enjoyed asking her about how business owners can work on strengthening their brand and continuing to inspire trust in the couples they serve - and on the other side of that, how couples choose who is trustworthy and reliable. We discuss her top tips for couples currently planning their wedding and booking their dream team, and the lessons we can take away from 2020. We finish off by chatting about virtual weddings, which is something she offers through her Love Stream platform, and ways that these broadcasted wedding days can still feel joyful, personal and momentous for those couples who choose to go down this road. To find out more about her and her work, do head over to her gorgeous Instagram profile, or over on Bustld, LoveStream, and her podcast too. If you would like to connect with me, you can always find me on Instagram, on my website, and directly in my inbox by emailing valentina@thestarsinside.com - I would love to hear from you!If you enjoyed this interview, make sure you subscribe so you don’t miss out on any upcoming episodes – and if you could leave me a rating and a review that would be hugely appreciated too!
S1E19: Work-Life Balance and the Power of Intention, with Salsabil Morrison Photography
04-12-2020
S1E19: Work-Life Balance and the Power of Intention, with Salsabil Morrison Photography
In this episode, I interview Salsabil Morrison, photographer of weddings, people, and things – and all-round beautiful person. She is so humble, down to earth, and talented, and I’m so excited to share her interview with you. We talk about the beginnings of her passion for photography, what it was like to start and run a business while starting a family, and how she stays present in both professional and personal spheres, expending energy in a very intentional way. She talks through the journey that she goes on when working with a new engaged couple or client, and how she is able to tell their story in a really authentic way. We also talk about boundaries, about being vigilant with energy and attention, and some of the very important and unexpected life and work lessons she learned during this year. Finally, we touch on how to speak and listen on social media: and the importance of interacting with it with the intention of helping others, and protecting your space. To find out more about her and her work, do head over to her gorgeous Instagram profile, website, or her brand new workshops.If you would like to connect with me, you can always find me on Instagram, on my website, and directly in my inbox by emailing valentina@thestarsinside.com - I would love to hear from you!If you enjoyed this interview, make sure you subscribe so you don’t miss out on any upcoming episodes – and if you could leave me a rating and a review that would be hugely appreciated too!