Leah Weinberg

Owner and Creative Director, Color Pop Events

Leah Weinberg is the Owner & Creative Director of Color Pop Events — a New York City-based wedding planning company that focuses on the details and lives in the logistics. Now in her fifth year of business, Leah leverages skills like organization, attention to detail, and client service from her prior career as a commercial real estate attorney to excel at event production. Her colorful work and party planning tips have been published online and in print with Vogue, Glamour, Marie Claire, Martha Stewart Weddings, Martha Stewart Living, The Knot, Brides, Buzzfeed and more.

If you could go back in time and give yourself one piece of advice, what would it be?
I would definitely prepare myself for the emotional challenges of being a small business owner. Going in, I think most people understand the hard work that it’s going to take to create a successful business, but the emotional side is something I was completely unprepared for. I would tell my younger self that there are going to be so many highs and lows, and sometimes you’re going to experience those highs and lows in the same day. And that that’s totally normal and ok. I would also convey the importance of surrounding yourself with a group of peers who are in the same boat as you, so that you can love, support and teach one another throughout this whole ride.

Who’s your biggest inspiration and why?
Two of my biggest inspirations are Bethenny Frankel and Kelly Cutrone. I admire Bethenny for the empire she has built and the way she got there. She saw an opportunity to become a household name by joining the “Real Housewives” franchise, and then used that platform to launch her company. What she has created is really inspiring. Kelly Cutrone, who has also had her fair share of reality TV appearances, is the owner of a powerhouse fashion PR company called People’s Revolution. Not only do I admire Kelly for her business acumen and the successful company she has created, but I love her attitude towards life. She can be brash and brutally honest, but she never apologizes for who she is. I saw her speak last year and wrote down this quote from her because I thought it was so perfect: “An Hermes bracelet is not going to make you elegant. What’s going to make you elegant is compassion, good manners and understanding.”

If you could create a slogan for your life, what would it be?
Full credit goes to my website copywriter for this, but I think “Perfect planned. Flawlessly executed.” is a pretty great slogan for me.

How do you define your purpose & mission in life?
There’s a quote from PT Barnum that ran at the end of The Greatest Showman that really resonated with me: “The noblest art is that of making others happy.” People always ask why I like being a wedding planner, and the short answer is that I like to make people happy. I think those particular words perfectly capture what I strive for in life and business.

Describe a moment that could’ve broken you, but didn’t. How did you get past the struggle?
Very early on in my career, I had a wedding that was a less than wonderful experience (to put it nicely). It was the combination of a very challenging couple and me taking on too many day-of tasks outside of what my role as a planner should have been that made for a not so successful day. Afterwards, I seriously questioned whether I wanted to be a wedding planner. Fortunately, that wedding was preceded and followed by some incredible weddings working with some really amazing people. I forced myself to look back at that day, identify what mistakes I had made that day so I could learn from them, and then accept that that couple was just not going to be happy no matter how the day turned out. I had to acknowledge that there were certain things that day outside of my control and I also had to be forgiving of myself. Holding onto things like that doesn’t do you any good.