Wedding Empires Podcast

Are you ready to elevate your wedding business to new heights? Look no further than the Wedding Empires Podcast, where industry insights meet entrepreneurial excellence. 

Hosted by Jac Bowie, serial entrepreneur, CEO of The Wedding Academy and Ben Connolly, award winning wedding photographer and educator, this podcast is your ultimate resource for navigating the competitive landscape of the wedding industry.

What sets Wedding Empires apart is its laser focus on serving the needs of wedding professionals like you. Whether you’re a seasoned veteran or just starting out, this podcast is your go-to resource for staying ahead of the curve.

What is the podcast about?

From branding and marketing to client acquisition and beyond, each episode is packed with practical tips, expert insights, and real-world success stories to fuel your journey to success.

But Wedding Empires isn’t just another podcast – it’s a community. Join thousands of like-minded wedding professionals from around the globe who tune in each week to learn, grow, and connect. 

With its engaging interviews, thought-provoking discussions, and actionable takeaways, Wedding Empires is more than just a podcast – it’s your roadmap to becoming a true wedding industry leader.

Jac Bowie


After 10 years as a theatre producer in Australia, I founded the international women’s network, Business in Heels, and the later, bespoke Australian wedding planning service, Darling Don’t Panic. With over 15 years under my belt, I’ve orchestrated over 500 events, each a testament to my love for creating experiences that resonate and linger.

My dedication to excellence in event styling and planning has not gone unnoticed. Honored as one of the top 15 wedding and event stylists in Australia and New Zealand by Truly Madly Deeply and listed among the top 20 wedding planners on Instagram by Hello May and featured across renowned platforms such as Wedded Wonderland and WedShed.

Ben Connolly

My name’s Ben Connolly, I’m a Queensland based, International Wedding Photographer, Speaker, Educator and Judge.

With a unique vision and ability to use creative lighting techniques to turn the ordinary into something extraordinary, I have risen to Master of Photography in Europe & USA. I’ve been named Asia Wedding Photographer of the Year 3 years in a row, International Cosmos Awards Top 5 and ProWed World Top 50 Wedding Photographers.

My passion extends further than just catching memories, I’m driven to give my couples a world class, creative and unique experience by thinking outside the normal to seek out magic, one off photographs to create albums and visual stories to captivate those who choose me to bring their unique visions to life. 

Get exclusive access with Wedding Empires Pro

Access to expert advice, training, tools, and templates, members can learn how to better market and sell their services and create stronger client relationships.

As a wedding business owner, you know all too well the struggles that come with the territory. From navigating the ever-changing trends to juggling multiple clients and deadlines, it’s easy to feel like you’re spinning your wheels with little to show for it.

This if your ticket to overcoming these challenges and taking your business to new heights. With our exclusive membership, you’ll gain access to a wealth of resources and support tailored specifically to the needs of wedding professionals like you.

Free Facebook Group

In addition to our paid Wedding Empires Pro community, we have a FREE Facebook Group where we simply discuss everything to do with the show and how to get started and to grow a wedding business. 

David Tutera

Leading Wedding & Entertaining Expert, David Tutera is hailed as an artistic visionary whose ability, uniquely creative talents and outstanding reputation have made him a tremendous success in the lifestyle arena. Tutera has created a name for himself by taking his passion for designing spectacular events and transforming it into a lifestyle.

He continuously exceeds the expected with an unmatched level of inspiration, imagination and innovation to create the latest trends in entertaining. Tutera’s grandfather, a successful florist, first noticed his grandson’s artistic ability at an early age and encouraged David to pursue his destiny. At age 19, with the sound advice of his grandfather and only one client, David opened his own event planning business.

Today, David Tutera presides over an award winning company built from experience, dedication and Tutera’s natural talent for transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary. His name has become synonymous with style, elegance, creativity and vision. David Tutera has a natural talent for transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary. His name has become synonymous with style, elegance, creativity and vision.

Honored by Life & Style Magazine as “Best Celebrity Wedding Planner,” David’s impressive client list includes Jewel, Star Jones’ wedding, Real Housewife Taylor Armstrong’s wedding, Los Angeles Clippers’ Chris Paul’s wedding, NY Giants Antonio Pierce’s wedding, Shannen Doherty’s wedding and events for Jennifer Lopez, Matthew McConaughey, Brandy and Ray J, Jenni “JWoww” Farley, Lil’ Kim, the Official Post Grammy Parties in New York City, Elton John, Barbara Walters, the Rolling Stones, Nancy Reagan, Prince Charles, The White House, private events for the Vice President, Kenneth Cole, Tommy Hilfiger, Susan Lucci, The John F. Kennedy Center, as well as countless film premieres and celebrity parties for royalty, politicians and socialites.

Tutera has also designed events for several charities including the Prevent Cancer Foundation, the Alzheimer’s Association, DIFFA (Design Industries Foundation Fighting Aids) and the Make-A-Wish Foundation. David has made guest appearances on Today, Extra!, Good Morning America, The View, CNN, The Rachael Ray Show, The Talk, Steve Harvey, Wendy Williams and many more. In addition People, USA Today, In Touch, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, In Style, Cosmopolitan, Redbook, Bridal Guide and Town & Country have all featured his work.

Tutera has also made special television appearances in the popular daytime soap, The Young & the Restless and TV Land’s The Exes. David lives in Los Angeles with his husband Joey, daughter Cielo and their rescue dog Lucy.