The Wedding Biz – Episode 456 JENNIFER ZABINSKI: Running A Successful Business As A Destination Planner

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Andy welcomes Jennifer Zabinski of JZ Events back to the podcast for a follow-up interview after initially having been on the show back in episode 96! Jennifer is the founder and CEO of JZ Events and has been named by Vogue and Brides in their listings of the best wedding planners of the world. Martha Stewart Weddings and Harpers Bazaar has also named her a top planner, and JZ Events is a full-service event planning firm that has done work all over the world.

She is here in this episode to discuss her production of Serena Williams’ wedding, the business that she began during the COVID-19 pandemic (Destination Hampton), what she does to feel and stay grounded, how she prevents burnout, what she looks for in a designer, what about the future excites her, and so much more!

Andy is so grateful to Jennifer for coming back on the show to follow up and really hopes that you enjoy the conversation as much as he did having it. If you did enjoy the conversation, be sure to go back and listen to episode 96 if you haven’t already, and Andy would also appreciate 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.

[0:17] – Andy has signed up for a comedy class!

[2:09] – Today’s guest is returning guest Jennifer Zabinski of JZ Events!

[3:22] – How did the COVID-19 pandemic change Jennifer and her business?

[6:24] – Has Jennifer’s style changed as a result of the pandemic?

[8:09] – Jennifer explains how she approaches assembling a team.

[11:10] – Jennifer loves learning from other cultures.

[13:43] – Learn what Jennifer looks for in a designer.

[16:38] – Jennifer describes her process of having done Serena Williams’ wedding.

[18:43] – Does Jennifer feel more stress when doing a high-profile wedding?

[20:46] – Jennifer talks about how she stays grounded and inspired.

[22:58] – Why does Jennifer exercise early in the morning?

[24:32] – Jennifer feels that she has balance.

[27:54] – Jennifer is really excited about working in new locations.

[29:16] – Andy shares where Jennifer can be found online.

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