The Wedding Biz – Episode 455 RISHI PATEL of HMR Designs: Lessons Learned, Inspiration, Life Balance, and More!

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Andy is so happy to welcome Rishi Patel of HMR Designs back to the show today, who was first on the show back in 2019. Rishi is the CEO of HMR Designs which is a premier event design and production firm based out of Chicago. Rishi has even been named one of the top wedding and event designers in the world by Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, Brides, and Martha Stewart Weddings and has also been recognized as top 40 under 40. Listen as he joins Andy today to discuss the wonderful success he has had over the last year or so and the lessons that he has learned since COVID struck in 2020.

Rishi also updates us on how he has been rallying his team together, what has been grounding and inspiring him, what excites him about the future, and so much more! Andy is so grateful to have had Rishi and his passion and enthusiasm back on the podcast! If you enjoy this conversation, Andy would love it if you would share this episode with a few people you know who might also enjoy it and would also be grateful if you were to subscribe to the podcast if you aren’t already so that you never miss a new episode! Be sure to also leave a top review wherever you listen because that really helps out the show and helps people find it!

This episode is sponsored by Zola, the fastest-growing wedding platform that connects today’s couples with the right planners and vendors. Zola gives wedding professionals more control, better exposure, and higher quality leads – all with competitive pricing and no annual commitment. Create your free listing at


Have you heard about Stop and Smell the Roses with Preston Bailey on The Wedding Biz Network? 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

[0:00] – The sponsor of this episode is Zola.

[1:29] – Andy has been listening to The Creative Act: A Way of Being by Rick Rubin.

[3:09] – Learn that today’s guest is returning guest Rishi Patel of HMR Designs.

[5:16] – How does Rishi handle not having much lead time?

[7:54] – Rishi is not doing planning but only design.

[11:05] – Rishi discusses his experience collaborating with Marcy Blum.

[12:42] – How does Rishi go about rallying his team together?

[17:01] – Rishi reveals how he stays grounded and inspired.

[20:00] – What is Rishi’s greatest struggle?

[24:37] – Rishi argues that a goal needs to be a challenge but also realistic.

[25:34] – Discover what Rishi feels makes him unique.

[27:42] – Rishi is really excited about some upcoming projects in Europe.

[29:44] – Andy reveals where Rishi can be reached online.



The Creative Act: A Way of Being by Rick Rubin

The Wedding Biz – Episode 422 REVISIT RISHI PATEL: CEO of HMR Designs


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HMR Designs – Website
HMR Designs – Facebook Page
HMR Designs – Instagram Page
Rishi’s Instagram Page


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