Featured on this episode of the Creative Empire podcast is Cassie Cherneski, a wedding planner and founder of Cultivate Retreat. First Cassie discusses how she does things a little differently and how that impacts her clientele. She talks about rebranding and her inspirations behind the project. Cassie offers a lot of advice in this episode for new wedding industry business owners, including to try to work for someone first before jumping in the business with both feet and how to price your services. She finishes the episode advising them to not be so concerned with appearances on social media. Instead, become an expert in your industry and build relationships with people.
- Why less inquiries can be a good thing
- How and why to do styled shoots
- What the 4 core values of the Cultivate Retreat are and who it’s for
- How to ask for feedback and why it’s important
- How to get out of a contract if it’s the right move to make
- Why social media isn’t the best indicator of how well someone’s business is doing
- Laura Foote’s episode
- Marjorie Preval
- Rue de Seine
- Alex Thornton
- Laura Anne Watson
- Sapphire Sessions
- Sean Low
- Engage! Summit
Cassie Cherneski has been planning and designing stylish events with her company Flaire Weddings since 2005. A 2004 Graduate of Liberty University, Cassie spent seven years teaching English and Drama in a public high school, where she helped inner city students learn to read critically, write persuasively, and perform passionately. Cassie added a boutique rental company, Jax Chair Boutique to her portfolio of companies in 2010, and left teaching to plan and design full time with Flaire Weddings in 2011. Cassie is also the founder and hostess of Cultivate Retreat, an annual gathering of creative wedding professionals that has sought to encourage, inspire and educate wedding professionals through stunning locations, thoughtful design, and a curated experience since 2012.
When not planning events, arranging beautiful blooms, or designing retreats, you can find Cassie with her husband and two children in their 1919 home in Jacksonville, Florida, working on her currently unfinished YA novel, planning for the future zombie apocalypse, or dreaming about her next trip to France.
Cassie’s Social Handles:
- Cultivate Retreat Website
- Cultivate Retreat Facebook
- Cultivate Retreat Instagram