The Wedding Biz – 384 EMILY CAMPBELL: Planning and Designing Events with an Anthropological Perspective

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Emily Campbell, founder and executive director of Go Bella Events based in Colorado, joins Andy in this episode of The Wedding Biz to discuss her career! Over the course of over twenty years, Emily has created celebrations in over forty countries and on five continents from Africa, Asia, Europe, Central Europe, and the Caribbean! Emily is also the co-founder and executive director of Engage Foundation and is also a member of The Knot’s Best of Weddings Hall of Fame. Her work has been featured by Martha Stewart, The Knot, Style Me Pretty, Rocky Mountain Bride, and more!

She dives into so many interesting topics such as her major in Anthropology and how that relates to what she does now in the events industry and how the complications of a benign tumor steered her away from a more traditional job in Anthropology and led her to where she is now. She and Andy also talk about how to find the right balance between being focused on a project while not seeming standoffish as well as how things have changed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Emily also touches upon her work with Engage Foundation and how it fulfills her.

Andy really appreciates Emily taking the time to come onto the podcast to share her story. Be sure to visit Emily’s website and social media handles, and until the next episode of The Wedding Biz, please be sure to share this interview with at least three good friends who might also benefit from it, and leave a review of the podcast wherever you listen!

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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Time Stamps

[0:48] – Andy reveals that this episode’s guest is Emily Campbell of Go Bella.

[2:15] – Emily discusses her love of studying people and how it relates to what she does.

[4:01] – We learn why Emily switched from Anthropology to events.

[6:23] – Emily reflects on what she would probably be doing now if her life had gone differently.

[7:43] – We discover what Emily considers her signature to be.

[10:00] – Emily describes how she gets to know her clients.

[12:38] – Emily talks about what it’s like to work around the natural beauty in Colorado.

[15:19] – We learn how Emily finds teams with the right skill sets.

[17:26] – The most stressful aspect of her job, Emily asserts, is the unknown.

[20:00] – Emily describes what her psyche is like during production setup.

[23:05] – Emily credits herself for being relaxed around her clients.

[24:03] – Emily reveals how she goes about making her team feel respected.

[26:45] – Andy and Emily have a conversation about expectations being reset because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

[28:56] – Emily observes a recent lack of editing in graphic design.

[30:08] – Emily makes a statement about her involvement with the Engage Foundation.

[33:12] – Emily addresses sustainability and its importance to her.

[34:41] – Emily enthuses over events that she has planned for 2022.

[35:48] – Andy gives us information about where Emily can be found online.

Find Emily:

Go Bella – Website
Go Bella Design & Planning – Facebook Page
Go Bella – Instagram Page

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Title Sponsor: This episode is sponsored by Kushner Entertainment & PartySlate.

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