Wedding Planning Podcast

By Kara Lamerato

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Hi, I'm Kara & I believe that every engaged couple deserves the expertise of a professional wedding planner. Join me each week for straightforward advice designed to streamline & simplify your wedding plans!

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Wedding Q&A | Alternative Dress Ideas, Inviting Kids, Destination Wedding Etiquette & More!
40:12

Tune in for 8 wonderful wedding planning questions on all things from dresses, family conflict, children, destination wedding etiquette, and more!

Ever feel like your wedding plans have snowballed into a huge mess of overwhelm & anxiety?  You're not alone!  Tune in for an important lesson on keeping things in perspective -

To participate in future Q&A's, follow @weddingplanningpodcast on Instagram - I can't wait to hear from you!

WEDDING PLANNING ESSENTIALS | A Step by Step Guide to Planning Your Dream Wedding is available here.

A special thank you to today's show sponsors:

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Oct 16, 2019
Wedding Q&A | Unity Ceremony Ideas, Sample Wedding Planning Timelines, Choosing Vendors & More!
39:47

You've got a ton of wonderful wedding planning questions, and I've got answers! Today we're covering everything from wedding planning timelines, ceremony details, choosing specific vendors, wedding insurance, and so much more.

To get in on future wedding Q&A shows, follow @weddingplanningpodcast on Instagram and keep an eye on the "Stories" feature for weekly questions prompts.

Links mentioned in today's show:

  • To grab your copy of Wedding Planning Essentials | A Step by Step Guide to Planning Your Dream Wedding, click here.
  • Sample wedding planning timelines we discussed are here.
  • Your Complete Guide to Wedding Photography | blog post & episode links here.
  • Creative "unity ceremony" ideas can be found here.
  • A complete library of all past episodes of the Wedding Planning Podcast can be found here
  • Did you know that as a VAULT member, you can access all past AND future episodes ad-free, PLUS 12 bonus shows that guide you through your wedding plans from start to finish?  Sign up here!

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Oct 09, 2019
When Trying to Save Money on the Wedding BACKFIRES
49:18

Today we’re going to chat about when trying to save money on the wedding can totally BACKFIRE.  Yikes ... right?

Aside of college educations, new homes and new cars, your wedding likely has one of the biggest price tags you’ve ever paid.  You’re spending tens of thousands of dollars - of course you’re trying to save money! 

You’re not out there researching the most expensive venue in your area, or ways to spend more money on your invitations.  When a potential photographer or caterer gives you a quote for services, you probably don’t say “well that sounds OK, but do you have anything that costs more?”

If you've been listening for a while, I hope you know me well enough now to know that I’m NOT the wedding professional who’s going to tell you NEVER to try to cut this corner, or don’t DARE hire a friend to do x, y, z. 

I see this type of messaging a lot.  If you do your own wedding day hair and makeup it will totally fail, and you should hire a professional to do it for you.  If you skimp on a photographer, you will regret it for the rest of your life. 

If you have your cousin make your cake, it will probably be a complete disaster, you should really hire a professional for that.  If you take your dress to a neighborhood tailor instead of the big box bridal store where you bought it, it’s going to end up in shreds and you’ll have no dress to wear.

The trouble is, professional service providers in pretty much any industry have an agenda - to sell their product or service.

And whether you hear from a wedding professional on a podcast, read their articles on a blog, or see their posts on Instagram, their position is probably that hiring a professional is THE BEST way to go.  "After all", they say, "this is your wedding - you can’t afford to cut corners on the best day of your life."

Well, for lots of this, I call BS.  Sure, if you have a wedding budget in the 6-figures, then “hire a professional” is a great option for everything I just listed. 

But most of us DON’T have $100,000 to spend on our wedding, so making swaps and saves here and there is a necessary part of planning so that we don’t go thousands of dollars into debt - NEVER a good idea.

Here’s a doozy for you - we hired our wedding photographer off craigslist for $500.  True story. 

And I’m NOT here to tell you that it was a horrible idea that backfired and you should never trust any wedding photographer who hasn’t shot 500 weddings and costs less than $5000.  That’s not me, not my style.

BUT - and this is a big but - I’m also not here to tell you that YOU should definitely hire a photographer off craigslist, and it will work out perfectly and there’s no risk involved and you can live happy ever after and sleep soundly knowing that you saved a couple thousand dollars!

To be clear - there’s no right or wrong, one-size-fits all solution to the myriad of wedding decisions you have to make over the next few months. 

I’ll always encourage you to use your intuition, and use our weekly time together to review all the options you have available, and select what feels best for you and your unique situation. 

That was a long intro, because I really feel strongly about what we’re talking about today, and I really want to set things up right.

The truth is, sometimes no matter how much research you do, or how many great reviews someone has, or how confident you feel that you’re making the right decision, things can just go wrong.  You’ll probably have a wedding backfire, or two, or three over the course of getting everything lined up.

This is part of life, and definitely a part of wedding planning.  I wish I could wave a magical wand that would shield you against anything bad happening, but of course - that’s not realistic. 

Sooooo, the next best thing to that …

Let’s explore some common areas of wedding planning where couples to try to cut a corner, save some money, leave something out, and then sadly have it backfire in terms of lost money, lost time, lost sanity - and sometimes all three.

If you find yourselves at a cost-saving opportunity crossroads and you don’t know which way to turn, I have some smart questions to ask yourselves, and potential vendors, that I hope will guide you towards making the best decisions for you and your wedding day. 

So when you find yourself wondering, hmmmmm ... should we cut that corner?  What are the potential outcomes or pitfalls that might come of it?  Hopefully after today’s show, you’ll have some solid answers to some of the most common situations, so that you can make the best decision for you.

For one wedding, that might mean hiring a photographer off craigslist for $500.  For another couple, that will NEVER be an option that’s on the table.  And you know what?  Both sides are totally fine ;)

Full blog post available at www.weddingplanningpodcast.co/wedding-pitfall

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Oct 02, 2019
Do I Need a Wedding Day of Coordinator?
35:47

Today let’s sort out some misconceptions and frequently asked questions about wedding planners and day of coordinators.

Our goal is to get really clear on the difference between a wedding planner and a day-of coordinator, and to determine whether or not you really need to hire a professional to help you with your wedding plans.

When I got married, I thought you had to have a wedding planner.  I laugh looking back, because in my mind it was wedding law that to plan anything, you HAD to have a wedding planner. 

Like, I couldn’t even pick up the phone and call caterers for information and quotes, because you had to have your wedding planner do that.  So silly.  Things have come a long way, LOL! 

And not only silly, but a professional planner was completely out of our budget, and, as it turns out, totally unnecessary. 

I wasted a lot of time researching and interviewing planners before I realized that A.) I didn’t HAVE to hire anyone, and B.) John and I had all the tools we needed to plan OUR perfect wedding day.

And side note, shocker - obviously, none of the wedding planners I interviewed ever mentioned to me, hey by the way, did you know that you could actually just do this on your own?  Thankfully I came around to that, but it took lots of wasted effort and stress to get there.

So I will tell you - hey by the way, did you know that you could actually just do this on your own?

Flash forward to today - I literally created the Wedding Planning Podcast so that any engaged couple could tune in and use the episodes and the tools we review in the weekly shows to plan their own wedding - no professional or pricey wedding planner required. 

So spoiler alert before we even dive in - I definitely DO NOT think you have to spend thousands of dollars to hire a professional wedding planner! 

I also know that there are countless wonderful wedding planning professionals out there, and for some couples it’s a really smart investment … we’ll get into that much more in today’s show.

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Sep 25, 2019
Creating Your Wedding Website
33:31

Friend, this is the ultimate guide to creating your wedding website!  Today on the Wedding Planning Podcast, we're going to review:

  • Why to consider creating a wedding website,
  • When to get started putting one together,
  • Important info to include on your website,
  • And the technical requirements (spoiler alert - there are none!)

If you're newly engaged, then creating your wedding website is the perfect place to get started with your wedding plans!

Even if you've already got a wedding website up and running, I hope you'll find a creative idea or two in today's show to add to it.

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Sep 18, 2019
Wedding Q&A | Ex-Girlfriends, Sweetheart Tables, Wedding "NO's", & More!
17:20

Your wedding questions, answered in this special Monday bonus show!

Last week on Instagram I asked what wedding concerns are on your mind, and was flooded by a ton of your great questions, comments, and future show topic ideas.

A huge thank you to everyone who reached out - I absolutely love hearing from you and keep my door wide open.  Not-a-secret that I’m already married - I do this show 100% for YOU, so knowing exactly what you want to hear about is ALWAYS a top priority! 

 

PS - A couple of valuable resources from today's show ...

Sep 16, 2019
Courthouse, Cupcakes & Cocktails | 3 Unique Wedding Celebrations
31:22

Today we're going to explore 3 unique wedding celebrations that are guaranteed to keep your wedding plans simple & affordable!  Teaser - we're going to the courthouse, eating cupcakes, and drinking cocktails - what's not to love?

These offbeat wedding reception ideas are perfect for you if you're in the early stages of planning, and you're looking to keep things scaled-back, streamlined, and FUN - without months or years of planning headaches & drama.

I also have a handful of your amazing questions to share in a "rapid-fire" Q&A in the second half of the show.

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Sep 11, 2019
Wedding Q&A | Pregnant MOH's, Last Minute Advice, Backyard Reception Decor Ideas & More!
24:53

Your wedding questions, answered in this Monday bonus show!

Last week on Instagram I asked what wedding concerns are on your mind, and was flooded by a ton of your great questions, comments, and future show topic ideas.

A huge thank you to everyone who reached out - I absolutely love hearing from you and keep my door wide open.  Not-a-secret that I’m already married - I do this show 100% for YOU, so knowing exactly what you want to hear about is ALWAYS a top priority! 

To participate in weekly Q&A’s, all you need to do is follow @weddingplanningpodcast on Instagram, and keep an eye on the "stories” feature along the top row of the app. 

You can also always be in touch by good old-fashioned email as well by visiting wpp.co/contact.

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Sep 09, 2019
Your Wedding Seating Chart
44:22

Creating your wedding reception seating chart can become one of wedding planning’s biggest pains.  Between crazy family members, divorces, step-parents, hook-up’s gone wrong, introverts, extroverts and lots & lots of alcohol - your seating chart can quickly begin to feel like a jigsaw puzzle from hell.

This week on the Wedding Planning Podcast, we’re going to review some easy tips & tactics for designing your reception seating chart.  Simple stuff that will ease the pain, and take this task from dreaded to done!

Resources & links from today’s show:

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Email susan@susanstravelservices for FREE help planning the exotic honeymoon of your dreams, AND get $50 off your booking when you mention the WPP!

Sep 04, 2019
Wedding Venue Q&A + FREE Venue Shopping Checklist!
43:09

This week on the Wedding Planning Podcast, we’re reviewing an ultimate guide to everything you need to know about finding the perfect wedding venue.

You’ll enjoy a thorough wedding venue Q&A, followed by a step-by-step, guided checklist that takes you from:

  • The very beginning of your engagement,
  • Through various tips for researching potential venues,
  • Critical questions to ask and things to consider,
  • All the way through signing a contract with the venue you select.

Resources from the show:

A helpful Pinterest board can be found here

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If you’re newly engaged & early in the venue shopping phase, be sure to check out the complete blog post at www.weddingplanningpodcast.co/wv

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Aug 28, 2019
Your Rehearsal Dinner | The Ultimate Guide
30:34

You’ve done months (maybe even YEARS) of wedding planning & preparation, and the big day is finally almost here!

Last stop?  Rehearsal dinner.

This week we’re reviewing everything you need to know for planning & hosting this extra special night with your family & friends.

We cover everything from the ceremony rehearsal itself to practical tips for hosting your loved ones afterwards.

DETAILED BLOG POST HERE --> www.weddingplanningpodcast.co/rehearsal

Naturally, I have a ton of creative alternatives to taking 50 of your closest friends & family out to eat at a nice restaurant ($$$).  Beyond just saving money, we’ll also cover:

  • When to start planning (hint - it might be earlier than you think!)
  • Personality-packed options for location and food selection
  • Tips for keeping the night on pace and organized
  • And meaningful touches that will be remembered beyond the wedding day.

This topic is so dear to me - I remember our rehearsal dinner as one of the most special nights of my life.  We grilled chicken, steak & veggies with our friends & family on the property where we got married, had all the fave drinks flowing, and a curated list of our favorite songs turned way up.  We laughed, talked & celebrated long past sunset, and it was a magical night. 

I wish all the same for you!

xo, Kara

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Email susan@susanstravelservices for FREE help planning the exotic honeymoon of your dreams, AND get $50 off your booking when you mention the WPP.

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Aug 21, 2019
Affordable Wedding Decor Q&A
26:26

Today’s show is FULL of your questions on wedding day decorations and do it yourself wedding projects that you’re working on.

I’m sharing your questions from Instagram, and if you’d like to get in on future Q&A’s, all you need to do is follow @weddingplanningpodast on IG and keep an eye on the “Stories” feature along the top line where I share question prompts each week. 

You’re also always welcome to contact me directly with a DM, or by visiting wpp.co/contact

We're going to start with your questions about the wedding projects you're working on, and then in the second half of the show we’ll shift into specific questions about wedding day decorations.

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Aug 14, 2019
Affordable Wedding Centerpiece & Flowers
44:06

Great news - there are lots of workarounds to hiring a professional florist to create towering, elaborate centerpieces for your reception tables. 

Today we’re going to discuss lots of affordable wedding table decoration ideas.  We're also going to review some actionable tips for doing your own wedding day flower bouquets & boutonnieres.

It’ll take some extra work on your part, and you may need to simplify things a bit ... but if you’re looking for a spot to save a ton of money, creating fun table centerpieces on your own is a great place to start.

So exactly how can you create beautiful reception table decorations, for not a ton of money?  

We’re going to start with tips for incorporating flowers into your table decor, and move into some other beautiful centerpiece ideas that incorporate lots of creative materials OTHER than flowers. 

I'll also share some fun examples of complete table set up’s that you can do for less than $10 / table!

A very special thank you to today's show sponsors:

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Aug 07, 2019
Setting up a Beer & Wine Bar
21:16

What’s cocktail hour without … cocktails?  Today we’re walking through an ultimate guide to everything you need to know about setting up a beer and wine bar for the wedding reception, rehearsal dinner, or any other event you host.

The savings in supplying your own bar are really quite stunning.  If your venue will allow you to bring in your own beer, wine, and / or liquor, then I beg you to consider this a top priority. 

And, as with all the things we’re going to cover - if the thought of you personally handling it is completely overwhelming and out of the question, then delegate it to someone else!  The bar is a perfect item to hand over to your fiance, a friend or a family member.  

The first step is to decide what you’re going to serve.  You could choose to do beer & wine only, add in a signature cocktail or two, or go full-blown with beer, wine and liquor for mixed drinks. 

And naturally, I know that there are couples who will opt for no alcohol to be served at all, and of course what we’re discussing today applies to non-alcoholic selections as well. 

I like beer & wine only for a couple reasons - it’s simple.  Cutting out liquor, mixers, and the drink accessories like limes, cherries, umbrellas - not to mention the added work for your bartender - is the main benefit. 

Listen in for so much more!

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Easiest sangria recipe ever (serves 6): 1 bottle inexpensive sauvignon blanc or pinot grigio, 1/4 C peach schnapps, any fruit you like!  Strawberries, apples & grapes work well.

Drink calculator here

 

Jul 31, 2019
DIY Wedding Appetizers
42:11

The cost of food & drinks can be a huge source of frustration when planning your wedding.  I can’t tell you how many messages I get from couples who are utterly horrified by the per person fee for dinner & drinks - and rightfully so! 

Today we’re going to explore setting up your own appetizer spread, and I think you’ll be blown away by the savings.  Stay tuned for my detailed roadmap to menu planning, shopping, and setting it all up.

We'll review how much to buy, where to shop, and what you can expect the total price tag to be for TWO different sample menu options.

Even if you are using a more traditional caterer for the main meal, doing your own appetizer spread is a wonderful way to customize the offering, UP the quality, AND save a ton of money. 

Not allowed to bring outside food into your venue?  This process for setting up a beautiful appetizer spread is also perfect for your bridal shower, rehearsal dinner, or any other party you host in the future.  Bookmark it, and share it with a friend who's helping you plan!

I hope you love it!

To join me in a special video presentation all about the benefits of hosting a Cocktail Wedding Reception, sign up for your FREE "Wedding Hacker Expo" pass at www.weddinghackerexpo.com . 

This event is perfect for you if you're considering hosting an abbreviated cocktail wedding reception, versus a larger, more elaborate and more EXPENSIVE wedding!

A very special thank you to today's show sponsors:

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Jul 24, 2019
Wedding Q&A | Affordable Reception Decor Ideas, Guests' Dietary Concerns, Invitation "B" List & more!
35:28

Your wedding questions, answered!  Today we’re reviewing affordable wedding decoration ideas, juggling an invitation “B” List, managing guests’ dietary concerns, and more of your wonderful questions.

To get in on future Q&A’s, follow @weddingplanningpodcast on IG and shoot me a DM with what’s on your mind!  And please don’t be shy … I have an open door, I love to hear from you, and I promise to keep it anonymous when sharing on-air ;)

LINKS MENTIONED IN TODAY'S SHOW:

A very special thank you to today’s show sponsors:

Is there something that's interfering with your happiness or preventing you from achieving your goals?  Get 10% off your first month of professional counseling from Better Help.  Visit www.betterhelp.com/wedding & use promo code “WEDDING".

Get started with a free wedding website AND get a $50 registry credit when you visit www.zola.com/wpp.

Save your sanity w/ tuxedo rentals from www.generationtux.com/wedplanning.  Use promo code "WEDPLANNING" for 10% off the entire groom's party & FREE grooms rental with 5 paid party members!

Jul 17, 2019
Creative Wedding Money Savers | Part II
18:26

Today we’re going to review 5 MORE creative ways to save hundreds, if not thousands of dollars on your wedding.  I’m sharing FIVE on my favorite wedding money savers, from flowers, to venue, to decorations & more!

I thought it would be really fun and a huge *value bomb* to roll together TEN of my favorite money saving opportunities and share them in two detailed shows.  Last week we reviewed the first five, and this week in Part II, there are five more.

I’m 100% confident that we can trim at least $1000 off your wedding budget with these easy access money saving tips, and I can’t wait to hear the creative ways that YOU have found to keep costs in check - shoot me a DM on Instagram to share your money saving stories!  @weddingplanningpodcast

A special thank you to today's show sponsor, Noemie.  To save $75 on your wedding band, visit www.hellonoemie.com and use promo code "WEDDINGPLANNING".

 

Jul 10, 2019
Creative Wedding Money Savers | Part I
23:08

Today we’re going to review 5 creative ways to save hundreds, if not thousands of dollars on your wedding.  I’m sharing FIVE on my favorite wedding money savers, from food, to decorations, to your venue!

I thought it would be really fun and a huge *value bomb* to roll together TEN of my favorite money saving opportunities and share them in two detailed shows.  This week we’ll review the first five, and don’t go anywhere because next week in Part II, there are five more.

I’m 100% confident that we can trim at least $1000 off your wedding budget with these easy access money saving tips, and I can’t wait to hear the creative ways that YOU have found to keep costs in check - shoot me a DM on Instagram to share your money saving stories!  @weddingplanningpodcast

A special thank you to today's show sponsor, Generation Tux.  To save 10% on your wedding party tuxes, AND get a free tux for the groom with 5 paid party members, visit www.generationtux.com/wedplanning and use promo code "WEDPLANNING".

 

Jul 03, 2019
Last Minute Wedding Details
49:09

Join me for a detailed review of some last minute wedding details that you’ll want to stay on top of in the weeks & days leading up to your wedding day!

Even if your wedding is still months away, this show is perfect for you to proactively make notes about some of the things you can anticipate in those final weeks before the big day.

Thank you to everyone who sent in your questions on Instagram - I’m going to incorporate as many of those as possible into this first part of the show, and in the second half of today’s show, I’m going to share a personal story about the week before my own wedding.  It’s a cautionary tale for keeping your slate as blank as possible in those final days!

We’re also going to do a deep dive into creating your reception seating chart, which is a last minute task that can cause some huge headaches & stress.

If you have a wedding coming up this summer or fall, you’re starting to feel the heat on getting things wrapped up and organized, like your final RSVP’s, seating chart, final dress fitting, and a million other little details that snowball in those last few weeks.  

A detailed blog post / show recap of everything we reviewed can be found here.

Links to the Pinterest boards mentioned in today’s show:

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A huge thank you to today’s show sponsors:

To start your free wedding website and also get $50 off your registry on Zola, go to zola.com/wpp

Shop Noemie for beautiful options for wedding bands, at the highest quality & lowest price anywhere!  Visit www.hellonoemie.com and use promo code "WEDDING" for $75 off any wedding band

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Jun 26, 2019
DIY Wedding Favor Tutorial | Gourmet Hand Dipped Pretzel Sticks
32:58

Delicious & beautiful wedding favors for just $0.50 each???  Yes, please!

Today we're hitting the road for a quick shopping trip and meeting in my kitchen for a really fun, affordable & easy wedding DIY project.

At the end of today's show, you'll know exactly how to make professional-quality, hand dipped gourmet pretzel sticks to share with your wedding guests, at your bridal shower, or to tuck into thank you gift boxes.

Not a "DIY"-type?  Forward this episode to your friends & family who are helping you with the wedding - it's the PERFECT project to delegate!

For a detailed shopping list, step-by-step instructions, and lots of "how-to" videos, visit www.weddingplanningpodcast.co/pretzel

A very special thank you to today's show sponsors:

Grab your ticket to The Big Fake Wedding in a city near you!  Visit www.thebigfakewedding.com and use promo code "WEDDING" for $10 off your ticket.

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Jun 19, 2019
Wedding Q&A | What Should We Do First, Guest Dress Code, Invitations & More!
31:59

What's a good starting point for our wedding plans?  What should we do first?  What dress code would be best for our guests?  Mixed gender bridal party tips?  Invitations, transportation, "DIY" catering?

Today we're reviewing your wonderful wedding questions in a fun, casual & value-packed Q&A!

To submit your wedding questions & ideas for future shows, shoot me a DM on Instagram --> @weddingplanningpodcast

A very special thank you to today's show sponsors:

  • Design your own wedding newspaper, order FREE samples and enjoy 20% when you visit newspaperclub.com with promo code WEDDING
  • Enjoy FREE honeymoon travel planning services from Susan & her team at Susan's Travel Services!  Email susan@susanstravelservices.com and mention that you heard today's show for $50 off your booking.
Jun 12, 2019
Wedding Troubleshooting | Challenging Family Situations
46:42

I mentioned on Instagram last week that wedding troubleshooting is one of my super powers, and you really put me to the test with your questions on managing difficult family dynamics during your engagement. 

Today we’re going to power through a candid conversation on dealing with your most challenging family issues surrounding the wedding.

Managing your relationships with your family during your engagement can be incredibly challenging.  From misunderstandings & miscommunications with Mom, to dealing with estranged family members, choosing who to walk you down the aisle when you come from a complex blended family, who’s paying for what, who gets to invite who ... this list, as you can guess, goes on and on.

Well guess what - I have good news & bad news.

The good news is that when you get married, you assume an entire second family who will be there to love & support you in the years to come.

The bad news?  That second family comes with a whole new set of challenges & dynamics to navigate. 

Tune in to today's show for so much more!

A special thank you to today's show sponsors:

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Jun 05, 2019
Your Bridesmaids | Gifts, Dresses, Accessories & More!
30:15

Fun proposal ideas, what everyone will wear, and easy & affordable gift ideas!

​Today we’re going to flow through a detailed conversation about your bridesmaids, focusing on f​un bridesmaid proposal ideas, what everyone will wear, and some easy & affordable gift ideas!​

For a full shopping list & blog post on the bridesmaid gift boxes I mentioned in today's show, visit:

www.weddingplanningpodcast.co/bridesmaid-proposal-...

I open the show with a public service announcement about being sensitive towards your wedding party and their finances. You know everyone’s situation much better than I do, and as you move through your engagement, keep in the back of your mind that being a participant in a wedding comes with a price tag, sometimes a big one.

As the captain of this ship, it’s important to be sensitive to people’s financial situations when choosing dresses, jewelry, planning parties & trips, etc.  

Anyone who’s been in a wedding knows that all of those things add up really quickly, and you will definitely be a hero if you can be respectful of everyone’s wallet & credit cards!

And THEN we get to the fun stuff - creative proposal ideas, what to wear, where to shop, gifts, & more.  Tune in for so much more!


- An extra special thank you to today's show sponsors - 

Save $10 on your ticket to an upcoming Big Fake Wedding show with promo code "WEDDING".  Coming to you soon in Kansas City, Philadelphia, Detroit & Dallas!

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May 29, 2019
Tipping Your Wedding Vendors $$$
24:17

Confused about tipping your wedding vendors? 

Who gets a tip?  How much?  And when is it included in the bill?  We’re going to uncover the truth about wedding vendor tips, today on the Wedding Planning Podcast!

A huge thank you to today's show sponsor, Generation Tux!

Visit www.generationtux.com/wedplanning and use promo code WEDPLANNING for 10% off your wedding party

 

May 27, 2019
Wedding Vendors vs. "Friend-ors" | Guidelines for Working w/ Friends
33:14

You've got friends.  And you’ve got wedding vendors.  What happens when you mix the two?  You’ve got a "friend-or". 

Today we’re going to review SIX important guidelines for working with your friends and/or family members who are offering their talents for the wedding. 

Your cousin bakes cakes.  Your neighbor is a photographer.  Your co-worker plans weddings on the side.  Your roommate from college is a DJ.  So, should you rely on their services for your wedding?

Maybe.  There are some key questions to consider before committing to working with friends so that you’re not caught in an awkward, uncomfortable, or worse - friendship-ending situation - in the months down the road.

Your 5-star ratings & reviews are a huge booster to the show, and mean the world to me! 

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A special thank you to today's sponsors:

  • Save $75 off gorgeous weddings bands from hellonoemie.com with promo code WEDDING
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May 22, 2019
Wedding Q&A | Honeymoons, Money, Decor & More!
29:29

Your wedding planning questions, answered!

Join me in this valuable Wedding Planning Podcast BONUS episode to talk through 6 of your wedding questions, on everything from honeymoons, to decorations, to family & money.

Some important links & resources we reviewed in today's show ...

  • Visit our friends at www.generationtux.com and use promo code WEDPLANNING to save 10% off the entire party!  (pssst, & groom's tux is free with 5 paid party members)
  • FREE honeymoon planning is available from Susan & her team at Susan's Travel Services.  Email Susan to get started at susan@susanstravelservices.com
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May 20, 2019
Honeymoon Planning Essentials
27:16

Honeymoon planning can easily get lost in the shuffle of wedding planning (aka organizing A MILLION other things). 

Whether you're looking to spend days or weeks, a hundred dollars of $10,000, we're going to cover it all - 

Today I'm sharing some honeymoon planning essentials that you can use to get started designing the trip of a lifetime.  We’re going to review:

  • Creative AND affordable honeymoon ideas,
  • When to go on your honeymoon (right after the wedding vs. wait),
  • Clever ways to fund your honeymoon plans,
  • How much is "reasonable" to budget for your honeymoon,
  • And MORE of your amazing honeymoon / travel questions!

Create a honeymoon fund on your gift registry, AND get a totally free $50 credit when you sign up at www.zola.com/wpp

Looking for some FREE honeymoon travel guidance?  Contact Susan & her team of travel professionals by emailing susan@susanstravelservices.com

Mention the Wedding Planning Podcast for $50 off your honeymoon plans, AND get additional $50 credits for every friend & family member you refer who books!

Questions about today's episode, or your wedding plans in general?  Please be in touch by sending a DM on Instagram to @weddingplanningpodcast

Cheers to you!

xo Kara

 

May 15, 2019
Long Distance Wedding Planning + Q&A's
27:49

Planning a wedding, bridal shower, or bachelorette party in another city comes with some challenges.  Today we're walking through some ways to set yourself up for success if you're planning from a different city, state, or even country.

You also sent in some great questions this past week on wedding day dress code, bridal shower gifts, decor, & more that we'll review in the second half of the show.

GIVEAWAY!  Tune in for details on how you can claim a totally free Wedding Planning Podcast pink trucker hat, perfect for your beach bag & summer fun.

Join future Q&A's by following @weddingplanningpodcast on Instagram.  Keep an eye on my "Stories" for prompts to submit your wedding questions throughout the week ;)

Today's show is brought to you by our friends at: 

Newspaper Club - order free samples & save 20% (up to $100) with promo code "WEDDING" when you visit www.newspaperclub.com

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May 08, 2019
Wedding Planning with Your Fiance | Let's Get on the Same Page!
23:46

Today we're joined by a very special guest!  Join my husband John in a valuable conversation about ways to involve your fiance in the wedding plans.

We share ways we divided & conquered wedding planning tasks between the two of us, such as gifts, cakes, flowers, venue, music, & more.

John also shares insightful advice for communicating with your fiance from a guy's point of view - something we don't get a lot of on the show.

This is a great episode to share with your fiance, and I hope you enjoy our conversation!  

Cheers,
Kara

PS - Today's show is sponsored by our friends at www.indochino.comGet a sharp, custom suit made for just $379 with promo code "PLANNING".

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May 06, 2019
Wedding Etiquette Rules You Can Kiss GOODBYE
31:33

Are you drowning in wedding "etiquette" and "rules"? 

Everyone has an opinion on invitation wording, cash bars, inviting kids, and what traditions absolutely SHOULD be included in the wedding day.

Today, let’s take a step back, and reframe things.

I appreciate that you’re listening from all different backgrounds, regions, & cultures.  What is the norm in NYC may be entirely opposite in Charleston, and unheard of in Los Angeles. 

Part of the inspiration for today’s episode is my husband and I coming from two very different parts of the country, and our separate expectations of what should & shouldn’t happen at a wedding. 

Where he’s from, it’s totally normal to spend tens of thousands of dollars on a huge wedding for 300 of your closest family & friends.  The brides family pays.  It’s unheard of to have a cash bar, to not ride in a limo, and to not invite kids.

Where I’m from, pretty much everything opposite of that.  I have a really small family, and celebrating your reception in the basement of the church with no booze is pretty normal.

Where things get tricky is when our expectations of what a wedding “should” look like conflict with our budget, our styles, and our personalities. 

And of course, an added layer of difficulty arises when you and your partner come from different backgrounds, and one of you thinks paying $10,000 for a photographer is completely reasonable, and the other wants to spend $10,000 total on the entire wedding.

But no matter where you’re from, I’m a firm believer in your wedding day being an expression and celebration of you & your partner.  At the end of the day, you’re making a really special commitment to one another, and looking to celebrate the occasion with your loved ones.  That’s it!

With that said, let’s look at these “wedding etiquette rules” with a fresh set of eyes.  Forget what “everyone else is doing,” and open up the possibilities beyond that.

Please know, believe, and trust that you truly have the support from me to ditch what everyone else is doing, and craft your day, your way. 

No this doesn’t mean being blatantly rude or disagreeable to your family, or sneaking behind your partner to sabotage something that you know they really want. 

You will need to continuously deploy common sense, compromise and understanding throughout your engagement.  But these commonly held beliefs can by all means be reinvented. 

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May 01, 2019
Wedding Dress Q&A
34:30

Your wedding dress questions, answered!

From vintage dress shopping tips, to saving $$ on your alterations, to inviting your future mother-in-law - take full tour of everything you need to know before you hit the boutiques with your bridal posse and say YES to the dress.

To submit questions for future Q&A shows, follow @weddingplanningpodcast on Instagram, and keep an eye on the "stories" area - or simply shoot me a DM, I'd love to hear from you ;)

Today's show is sponsored by our dear friends at ZOLA.  Enjoy a $50 registry credit when you sign up at www.zola.com/wpp

And a huge thank you to the folks at www.hellonoemie.com - save $75 on stunning wedding bands with promo code "WEDDING".  

Cheers to finding the perfect dress, and I can't wait to chat again soon!

xo, Kara

Apr 24, 2019
Wedding Photography | Behind-the Scenes Part II
23:49

Come behind-the-scenes with Sasha Wasio, an incredibly talented wedding photographer in Part II of this special 2-part series of the Wedding Planning Podcast!

Today Sasha and I cover:

  • The importance of scheduling an engagement shoot
  • What to do if you need to "break up" with your wedding photographer
  • Things to consider when scheduling photos into your wedding day timeline
  • The logistics of doing a "first look" shoot on your wedding day
  • And lastly, Sasha explains exactly what happens behind the scenes after your wedding as your photographer gets the raw images ready for you (trust me, you'll understand right away why wedding photography is so expensive!)

A special thank you to today's show sponsor!

The Big Fake Wedding is the ultimate wedding experience: appearing in 30 cities across the country, you can be a guest at a perfectly planned “fake wedding” . 

You’ll see a carefully selected team of wedding vendors in action, meet them in person, AND experience all the fun of being a guest at an unforgettable wedding! 

Visit www.thebigfakewedding.com to grab tickets while they last & don’t forget to use promo code WEDDING to get $10 off.

For a complete Wedding Photography checklist / recap of this special series, visit www.weddingplanningpodcast.co/photo

And last but certainly not least, to learn more about working with Sasha and her husband Yaneck, stop by and say hello at www.wasiophotography.com

 

Apr 17, 2019
Wedding Photography | Behind-the-Scenes Part I
22:22

Come behind-the-scenes with Sasha Wasio, an incredibly talented professional wedding photographer in this special 2-part episode!

Sasha and I cover everything you need to know about hiring a wedding photographer in this candid, thorough & friendly conversation. 

Sasha shares her expertise on non-negotiable questions to ask potential photographers, keeping your expectations HIGH, the importance of scheduling an engagement shoot, and so much more.

We'll be back next week with Part II of our conversation.  We'll cover the "first look", scheduling your photos into your wedding day timeline, and exactly what happens behind the scenes AFTER your wedding day as your photographer gets the raw images ready for you.

A special thank you to today's show sponsors ...

Newspaper Club has been helping people print their own newspapers since 2009, and gives you a really fun alternative to traditional wedding stationary.  To order free samples AND get 20% off your your order, visit www.newspaperclub.com and use promo code WEDDING.

 

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For a complete Wedding Photography checklist from Sasha & I, visit www.weddingplanningpodcast.co/photo

 

Last but certainly not least, to learn more about working with Sasha and her husband Yaneck, stop by and say hello at www.wasiophotography.com

 

Apr 10, 2019
Tuxedos, Suits & More! Wedding Day Attire for the Groom & Groomsmen
22:06

Wedding day fashion for the groom & groomsmen goes way beyond the traditional tuxedo.  Today we're going to explore some of the more casual and creative attire options for the guys!

When I got married back in 2010, my recollection is that tuxedos were the standard fare.  It feels like men's wedding day fashion has gotten much more relaxed & casual - in a really good way - over the past few years.

Let’s take this opportunity to review some options, pricing & tips to save yourselves time, money and stress in the process of figuring out what the guys should wear on the wedding day.

Of course there are a zillion variations and creative spins to what we're discussing, so please feel free to use your imagination to suit (pardon the pun, see what I did there?) your personalities & tastes.

Today we’re exploring:

  • Traditional tuxedo rental tips,
  • Some pleasantly surprising information on custom suits,
  • And casual, playful menswear alternatives.

We'll also cover who pays for what, some great listener questions on suits, and so much more!

Get a premium, custom suit for just $379 when you visit www.indochino.com and use promo code "PLANNING"

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Join the @WeddingPlanningPodcast fun on Instagram!  

The blog post for today's show can be found at www.weddingplanningpodcast.co/groom

 

Apr 08, 2019
Bridal Shower & Wedding Showers | The Ultimate Guide
25:05

We’re a long ways away from the inception of the bridal shower, when women historically gathered to shower the bride with gifts for her new home. 

How you celebrate your shower is entirely up to you, and can go way outside the bounds of tradition - in today's episode, we're giving the old-school bridal shower some creative, modern twists.

I realize that in many cases you don’t plan your own shower, so please feel free to forward this episode along to anyone who's helping you with the wedding plans!

A special thank you to today's show sponsors:

 

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Wedding questions or stories to share?  Shoot me a DM on Instagram!  @weddingplanningpodcast

 

Apr 03, 2019
Managing Wedding Planning Overwhelm
28:08

The struggle is real.  Wedding planning can be really fun, really exciting, and ... REALLY overwhelming.

Today I have 3 strategies to share for conquering wedding planning overwhelm.  All the tools we cover are totally free, and I hope they will help you feel calm, cool & collected about your wedding day plans!

We reviewed ...

We round out the show with three of your questions about wedding planning on a tight timeline, cheap DIY favor ideas, and the etiquette of filling out your reception place cards.

Today's show is brought to you by our friends at The Big Fake Wedding.

Use promo code "WEDDING" to save $10 off your Big Fake Wedding ticket!  

The Big Fake Wedding is the ultimate wedding experience - appearing in 30 cities across the country, YOU can be a guest at a perfectly planned “fake wedding” . 

You’ll see wedding vendors in action, meet them in person, AND experience all the fun of being a guest at an unforgettable wedding!

Of course planning your wedding is important, but our friends at the Big Fake Wedding also believe in planning your marriage - this event is meant to be an emotional reminder of that...all while having drinks, food and dancing!

Mar 27, 2019
Wedding Reception Speeches & First Dance
37:59

Today's show is THE ultimate guide to wedding reception speeches!  Together we'll review:

  • Who gives a speech / toast at the reception?
  • Should we give direction about topic, tone, & length?
  • When should the speeches take place? 
  • In what order?
  • I’m worried about inappropriate content - what should we do?
  • How many speeches is too many?
  • What if someone has paralyzing stage fright & is terrified to speak?

And, there's MORE - stay tuned until the end of the show for a quick discussion on first dances.

For 3 of my favorite off-beat first dance songs, follow along on Instagram @weddingplanningpodcast

Meet up on Instagram & you'll also enjoy behind-the-scenes sneak peeks at new shows, bonus episode content, recaps, special offers & more!  

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Mar 20, 2019
Your Bachelorette Party
16:05

Your bachelorette party is a really fun wedding milestone, and there are endless ways to celebrate that don't involve questionable behavior & week-long hangovers.  (Although if that's what you're going for, I DON'T JUDGE!)

Tune in for some unique ideas on ways to celebrate, a history lesson on how this tradition started, listener questions & more!

Today's show is sponsored by our friends at Zola.  To get started with your FREE wedding website AND claim a $50 registry credit visit:

www.zola.com/wpp

Cheers until next time!

xo Kara

Mar 13, 2019
Wedding Q&A | Involving your FMIL, Hiring an Event Designer & More!
23:20

This week I’m going unscripted & answering FIVE of your wedding questions submitted via Instagram stories!  

I absolutely love hearing from you - to get in on the action for our next Wedding Planning Q&A, follow @weddingplanningpodcast on Instagram & check in regularly to submit your wedding questions, check out fun behind-the-scenes pics, be the first to know about listener perks & special offers, and so much more!

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Questions about today's show?  Tag me on IG or send a DM to @weddingplanningpodcast

Mar 06, 2019
Tips for Hosting a "Dry" Wedding
08:01

Today I’m sharing a snippet of a much longer conversation on wedding day food & drink that’s available in our paid member’s area, The Wedding Planning Podcast VAULT. 

For many families and friend groups where alcohol is an issue, some couples find it less stressful - and MUCH less expensive - to skip the beer, wine and cocktails altogether, & host a "dry" wedding. 

In these situations, no alcohol at the wedding means less drama, less cost, and less headaches - literally - for everyone.

To access the full premium show on Wedding Day Food & Drink, visit weddingplanningpodcast.co/vault

We spend 25 minutes together reviewing every single thing to keep in mind when planning out what to eat & drink on the big day ...

Not to mention, you also gain access to ALL past episodes related to catering, AND every other topic we've covered since the podcast began in 2016 - zero ad's, zero fluff, & on-demand access are yours to enjoy in The VAULT.

Thanks for being here with me today, and we'll talk again soon!

Cheers,
Kara

@weddingplanningpodcast

 

 

Feb 20, 2019
Wedding Invitations, Simplified!
20:40

We're reviewing my top wedding invitation & Save the Date tips in this really detailed, in-depth show.

Naturally, I'm going to encourage you to keep it simple - you probably guessed that, right? ;)

Beyond simplicity, we discuss everything from what goes inside the envelope, when to send your save the dates & invites, postage tips, price-points, and so much more!

A special thank you to today's show sponsor, ZOLA.  To browse ZOLA's beautiful collection of wedding Save the Date cards, invitations, AND claim a totally free $50 registry credit, visit:

www.zola.com/wpp

Full blog post on today's show can be found here:

www.weddingplanningpodcast.co/invite

Cheers until next time!

Kara

 

Feb 13, 2019
Wedding Ceremony & Your Officiant
17:54

Today we're giving your ceremony the time and attention it deserves, in a detailed show that covers everything from choosing your officiant, to writing vows, selecting ceremony traditions, and more.

Your wedding ceremony is a HUGE deal!  These 20 minutes or so are the WHY of the entire wedding, and yet the ceremony can get obscured by the million other things on your mind as you're frantically planning this wedding.

Be sure to stick around until the very end when I share a bonus tip to make your first kiss photo even more WOW-worthy!

Other notes & resources:

  • The book I mention, "Asked to Officiate" is available at www.askedtoofficiate.com , but here's a more direct link that was too long to read off in the show:

https://theamm.org/store/products/asked-to-officiate

  • Are you in the Southern California area, and looking for an officiant?  You can learn more about Bethel Nathan here.  Be sure to let her know that Kara sent you ;)

https://www.ceremoniesbybethel.com/

Questions about today's show or stories you'd like to share?  Come find me on Instagram!  @weddingplanningpodcast

Cheers until next time,

Kara 

 

Feb 06, 2019
Wedding Trends for 2019
23:06

Today we're reviewing 3 of my favorite, timeless wedding trends to keep in mind as you're planning the big day. 

No, we're not rehashing the same "2019 wedding trends" you'll see all over emails, the internet & social media in the coming months - these are my very own "Wedding Planning Podcast ORIGINAL Trends", and I hope you love them ;)

A special thank you to our show sponsor, Audible.  There's never been a better time to listen - sign up for your FREE trial at www.audible.com/wedding or text the word wedding to 500500.

(Yes, you get a book, for FREE!  I loved "Relationship Communication: 2 Manuscripts" by Rina Mcnally.  It's a great listen if you're looking for some informal pre-marital counseling / relationship building with your fiance.)

We covered a LOT of links & resources in today's 2019 Wedding Trends show, including:

Questions about today's show?  Please be in touch!  

www.weddingplanningpodcast.co/contact

Cheers until next time ;)

Kara 

Jan 30, 2019
Finding the Perfect Wedding Photographer
14:34

Today we'll explore a roadmap to hiring your perfect wedding photographer - where to look, questions to ask, and key negotiations to pose before signing a contract.

Really think about it - you're going to spend most of your wedding day with this person RIGHT BY YOUR SIDE, and finding someone who you're 100% comfortable with is SO IMPORTANT. 

Your photographer will probably see you in your underwear, will be inches away from your first kiss, and will tag along behind your every move for 12+ hours on the big day.  So yeah, make sure you really, really like this person!

I also share an often-overlooked element of wedding day photography - the 100's of priceless candid photos your GUESTS will snap on your big day!  Details about creating a candid photo gallery with Tacboard here:

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This wraps up our deep dive into hiring your wedding vendors ... don't forget to grab your "Wedding Vendor Checklists", a set of 5 guides you can use as you research and interview your wedding planner, florist, caterer, and photographer.  Claim your FREE Wedding Vendor Checklists here:

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Today's show is brought to you by our friends at Zola.  

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Cheers until next time!

Kara

Jan 27, 2019
Your Wedding Party | Choosing Bridesmaids & Groomsmen
17:14

Your bridesmaids and groomsmen play a really special role in your wedding plans, and of course on the wedding day. 

Let’s review the process of who to choose to do the honors, who NOT to choose, what their roles will be, and ways to manage any conflicts that may arise.

Premium episodes that aren't available anywhere else. On-demand wedding advice.  The VAULT is as close as we can get to sitting down face to face over coffees & taking a guided tour through your wedding plans, start to finish!

Sign up for the VAULT here:

www.weddingplanningpodcast.co/vault

Create your own unlimited online photo gallery that works via text message!  A live Tacboard gallery is something your guests will never forget - to get started collecting photos today, visit:

www.tacboard.com/wedding

Need a jump start - or RESET - on your wedding plans?  Our signature FREE Engagement Starter Kit is available here:

www.weddingplanningpodcast.co/learnmore

Cheers until next time!

xo Kara

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Behind-the-scenes fun!

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Jan 23, 2019
Unique Wedding Day Formats / Themes
15:35

Today we're taking a detailed look at FIVE unique wedding day formats / themes.  Even if you *think* you have your wedding day vision dialed in, you might fall in love with one of these creative options!

We all know & love the afternoon wedding ceremony followed by evening dinner & dancing reception.  But, maybe you're looking for something a bit more creative and "outside the box".

This show is perfect for you if you're newly engaged and still working out the details of your wedding day format, venue, and timeline.

Together we do an in-depth of review FIVE creative wedding days that go beyond dinner & dancing.

  • Sign up for a FREE wedding website & registry with ZOLA and get a $50 registry credit when you visit:

www.zola.com/wpp

  • For so much more on today's show, tune in to the full episode & visit the detailed blog post at:

www.weddingplanningpodcast.co/creative

  • Would you love 3 FREE BONUS shows on getting your wedding plans underway?  Sign up for your FREE Engagement Starter Kit here:

www.weddingplanningpodcast.co/learnmore

  • Questions about your own wedding?  You can always be in touch by visiting:

www.weddingplanningpodcast.co/contact

 

Cheers until next time!

xo Kara

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More fun!  Follow along on

Instagram @weddingplanningpodcast

 

Jan 16, 2019
Hiring Your Wedding Vendors | Keep it stress-free with these 3 tips!
16:47

Ready to start hiring your wedding vendors?  Don't get taken for a ride with spotty contracts, inflated pricing, and false promises.  Today I'm going to review a round-up of SMART questions you should be asking ALL of your wedding vendors before signing a contract.

Hiring wedding vendors like a photographer, planner, or caterer can feel very overwhelming - especially for those of us who aren't comfortable "wheeling & dealing" for bargains, so to speak.  

Today's show will unveil some truths about wedding professionals that I hope will make you feel more comfortable with the vendor hiring process.

To receive your totally free copy of FIVE Wedding Vendor Checklists to use throughout your wedding vendor research, visit:

www.weddingplanningpodcast.co/vendor

Today's show is sponsored by our friends at Zola.  Take the stress out of wedding planning with free wedding websites, your dream wedding registry, affordable save the dates and invitations, and easy-to-use planning tools!

To join over 500,000 couples who have used Zola, visit zola.com/wpp. 

Follow the Wedding Planning Podcast on Instagram for behind-the-scenes fun & additional resources!  @weddingplanningpodcast

Jan 09, 2019
Wedding Budget SPLURGE Items
15:00

What will you splurge on???

Setting (let alone sticking to) a wedding budget can be a stressful part of planning your special day.  You want everything to be perfect, but there's that pesky price tag, sometimes way outside the range of what you're aiming for.

Budget frets aside, today on the Wedding Planning Podcast, I'm going to take you through a FUN exercise - identifying what you want to SPLURGE on.  This will give you the clarity to put your money where it matters most.

  • For so much more, tune in to today's episode & visit the full blog post at:

www.weddingplanningpodcast.co/splurge

  • Details about creating a candid photo gallery with Tacboard here:

www.tacboard.com/wedding

  • Would you love 3 FREE BONUS shows on getting your wedding plans underway?  Sign up for your FREE Engagement Starter Kit! 

www.weddingplanningpodcast.co/learnmore

  • Questions about your own wedding?  You can always be in touch by visiting:

www.weddingplanningpodcast.co/contact

Cheers until next time!

xo Kara

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More fun!  Follow along on

Instagram @weddingplanningpodcast

 

Jan 09, 2019
Welcome to the Wedding Planning Podcast!
06:08

Congratulations on your engagement, and welcome to the Wedding Planning Podcast!

Visit www.weddingplanningpodcast.co/learnmore to sign up for your FREE Engagement Starter Kit video series, courtesy of the Wedding Planning Podcast!

Today's show is an episode all about the question I hear from so many newly engaged couples - what should we do first to start planning our wedding?  Where do we even begin?

Right here.

www.weddingplanningpodcast.co/learnmore

I designed a totally FREE Engagement Starter Kit to guide you through the first five steps to creating the wedding of your dreams.

In these quick & concise videos, we discuss the very most important things for you and your fiance to handle before moving on to cakes and flowers and dresses and bachelorette parties.

There are FIVE critical steps for you to address to get started in the wedding planning process, and I'll give you a little hint - almost all of them are co-dependent on the others.  This means that it's extra important for you to take the time to have a thoughtful discussion about each topic with your fiance.

The Wedding Planning Podcast is here to help you take the overwhelm and expense out of wedding planning.  I design each episode specifically to streamline and simplify the wedding planning process, because let’s face it - planning your wedding can be overwhelming, expensive, time consuming and stressful!

There is way too much information out there that makes you doubt your common sense judgement and second guess your decisions, and I want to be your voice of reason & your cheerleader through the process.

I know that not everyone has the budget to hire a dedicated wedding planner in the months leading up to the wedding, and I hope you will find our weekly meetings to be helpful and keep things in perspective as you plan away!

Exclusive podcast listener perks, promos, savings & more:

www.weddingplanningpodcast.co/perks

The full Wedding Planning Podcast episode library can be enjoyed at 

www.weddingplanningpodcast.co/podcast

Questions about the podcast or the Engagement Starter Kit?  I have an open door, and I love to hear from you!

www.weddingplanningpodcast.co/contact

Until next time, happy wedding planning!

Cheers,
Kara

@weddingplanningpodcast

 

Jan 02, 2019
Keeping Your Bridal Party SMALL
07:28

When it comes to weddings, I'm an advocate for MINIMALISM.  

Your bridal party is a shining example of how keeping things SMALL can make your wedding planning life a lot easier.

Today we're going to review ways to keep your group of bridesmaids tight.  In our listener example, the bride is looking to include her two very best friends on earth vs. 12 women from high school, college and beyond.

The tricky part?  How to share with those other friends that they will NOT be included in the wedding party.

The good news is that there are lots of really simple and meaningful ways to include your friends, minus the matching dresses!

Questions or stories to share about your own wedding?  Please be in touch!

www.weddingplanningpodcast.co/contact

To sign up for our totally free Engagement Starter Kit, visit:

www.weddingplanningpodcast.co/learnmore

You'll enjoy three bonus episodes of the podcast, designed to get your wedding plans off to a smooth start.

Cheers until next time!

xo Kara

Dec 19, 2018
Your Wedding Florist | Finding the Right Match
21:56

Enjoy a complete guide to finding the perfect wedding florist to design your wedding day centerpieces, arrangements & bouquets!

Today we're reviewing 3 detailed steps to finding your perfect wedding florist and / or event designer.   

For a VERY detailed checklist of everything we reviewed in today's show, visit:

www.weddingplanningpodcast.co/florist

Want in on 3 juicy secrets that the wedding industry is hiding from you?  Sign up for THREE free bonus shows of the Wedding Planning Podcast here!

www.weddingplanningpodcast.co/secret

 

Capture your wedding journey through the eyes of your loved ones! 

To save $15 your everlasting candid wedding photo gallery with Tacboard visit:

www.tacboard.com/wedding

Cheers until next time!

Kara

Dec 05, 2018
Wedding Catering | Important Considerations, Tastings, The Contract & More!
22:11

Today's show guides you through finding the perfect caterer for your wedding day.  We'll review a detailed list of questions and checkpoints to consider, from just beginning your research, to scheduling tastings, to signing a final contract - and more!

Also be sure to grab your FREE Wedding Vendors checklists!  Includes everything you need to know about hiring your Wedding Planner, Caterer, Florist, AND Photographer:

www.weddingplanningpodcast.co/vendor

And your FREE Engagement Starter Kit:

www.weddingplanningpodcast.co/learnmore

Capture your wedding journey through the eyes of your loved ones! 

To save $15 your everlasting candid wedding photo gallery with Tacboard visit:

www.tacboard.com/wedding

Cheers until next time!

Kara

Nov 28, 2018
Affordable Wedding Decoration Ideas
20:12

Today we explore affordable ways to decorate a LARGE wedding reception space.

In the first part of our conversation, I’m going to do an overview of two materials that I love - they are both affordable, and ideal for decorating a huge room.

In the second part of the show, I’ll cover some precise tips for determining how much materials you’ll need to decorate your wedding venue.  We review some easy ways to take measurements and create a blueprint before you go supply shopping. 

Links mentioned in today's show:

 

 

 

Cheers until next time!

Kara

 

Nov 26, 2018
Your Wedding Planner | Hiring Tips
16:04

Will you be hiring a wedding planner to help with the wedding day details?  Maybe you're wondering if you NEED a wedding planner?

In today's show we cover the basics of hiring a wedding planner, or wedding coordinator.  You'll learn:

  • What IS a wedding planner?
  • What levels of services are provided?
  • What should I look for when hiring a planner?

... and more!  I have a checklist of NINE key points for you to use when searching for the perfect wedding planner for your personality, your budget, and your wedding day needs.

For a FREE 5-part checklist on hiring all of your key wedding vendors, visit: www.weddingplanningpodcast.co/vendor

And to get in on those THREE wedding industry secrets I mentioned at the beginning & closing of today's show?  Visit: www.weddingplanningpodcast.co/secret

Lastly, if you have questions or stories to share about your wedding planning adventures, I'm always here and would love to hear from you - be in touch at www.weddingplanningpodcast.co/contact

Cheers to a beautiful holiday season!

xo, Kara

Nov 21, 2018
Cheap Wedding Decor | Shopping Seasonal Sales
07:07

It’s holiday sales season at the craft store, and I don’t want you to miss out!

Listen to today’s episode for my top tips on saving a ton of money on all of your wedding craft supplies. I have a recommendation for an app to download, and some helpful hints for getting started with a shopping list for all of the items you need to make your DIY wedding projects a success.

Not a crafty gal and delegating the DIY wedding projects to bridesmaids, moms and sisters?  Share this episode with them!

To sign up for our totally free "Engagement Starter Kit" visit:

www.weddingplanningpodcast.co/learnmore

In THREE bonus episodes of the Wedding Planning Podcast, I'll walk you through the first things to explore when getting your wedding plans underway.  These three "mini-meetings" will leave you feeling organized & stress-free, and I would love to see you there!

Cheers until next time,
Kara

Nov 07, 2018
$0.40 Wedding Favors | DIY Cake Pops
12:03

Join me on a shopping trip for a really fun & easy DIY wedding favor project - cake pops!

In today's show, I'll share a detailed list of ingredients & supplies, and walk you through exactly how to put everything together. 

I LOVE this project because it's cheap, easy, and fun - everything a DIY should be.  This gives you a perfect excuse to invite your mom, sisters, bridesmaids over, pop a couple bottles of wine, and ... eat cake pops!

Hint - put yourself in charge of quality control ;)

For a full recap of my online shopping list & detailed instructions, visit www.weddingplanningpodcast.co/favors

Today's show is sponsored by Tacboard.

Tacboard gives you a custom online photo gallery that your loved ones contribute photos to via text. 

Your wedding guests will take hundreds of candid photos on your wedding day ... and you probably won't ever get to see most of them! 

Don't let all of those priceless candid photos get lost in the never-ending cell phone photo roll. 

To learn more & save $15 on your online candid photo gallery with Tacboard, visit www.tacboard.com/wedding

Cheers until next time!

Kara

Oct 31, 2018
Large Wedding Budget Tips
18:54

Are you planning a large wedding and looking for some EASY ways to keep things affordable? 

Today I have a sample wedding to share - we’re going to review the guest list, food and drink, venue decorations, & MORE. 

The real life wedding example I’m going to share is a rather large wedding, 200 people - but the tips we’re going to review are definitely universal.  Whether you’re hosting 30 people or 250, this short list of things to take a close look at is sure to benefit you and your bottom line.

BE SURE to stick around until the end of the show, when I share my number one most important question you can ask every single wedding vendor you hire.  This simple approach to hiring your vendors is sure to save you hundreds, if not THOUSANDS of dollars.

LINKS MENTIONED:

For a written recap of today's show visit:

www.weddingplanningpodcast.co/large-wedding

Cheers until next time!

Kara

 

Oct 10, 2018
Earth-Friendly Wedding Ideas
19:32

Just a handful of small swaps & omissions from your wedding plans CAN AND WILL make a difference in the annual impact of weddings to our precious earth.

Today's show is brought to you by Tacboard.  For more information about creating an unlimited gallery of candid wedding journey photos, and to SAVE $15, visit:

www.tacboard.com/wedding

Tune in for some shocking statistics about the amount of waste produced by weddings each year.  I offer some really manageable, easy ways that you can help lessen the impact in terms of consumption and waste production.

Take a look at these 8 key areas of your wedding plans, and think of omissions, creative swaps, and small decisions that you can make to reuse, reduce, and recycle.

For a full recap of today's show, visit:

www.weddingplanningpodcast.co/green-wedding

Cheers until next time!
Kara

 

Sep 26, 2018
Your Rehearsal Dinner | Simple Planning Tips
27:45

Enjoy 3 unique ways to keep your rehearsal dinner simple, affordable, & full of meaning! 

The full "Rehearsal Dinner" blog post can be found here: www.weddingplanningpodcast.co/rehearsal

Save 30% on your wedding Save the Dates & Invitations when you shop zola.com/wpp!

Naturally when planning your wedding, most of the energy & attention is focused on the wedding day itself.

For today’s show, we’re going to completely forget about the wedding day.  Let's work on making the day before the wedding unforgettable!

Don’t worry, I’ll get to the dinner itself, but first we review some important things to remember about the actual ceremony rehearsal.  

We cover who should be there, who shouldn't be there, and the importance of giving your rehearsal day a LOT of attention - ideally, towards the beginning of your wedding planning.  

Next we dive into 3 of my favorite, affordable rehearsal dinner formats.  I designed each one especially for cost-effectiveness, meaningful & fun interaction with your closest loved ones, and ease of planning / execution.

We finish off the show with 3 wonderful listener questions, specifically about planning your rehearsal dinner.

I hope today's show will inspire you with some unique ideas about making your rehearsal dinner (and the entire day before the wedding) unforgettable!

Links mentioned in today's show:

  • Save 30% on your wedding Save the Dates and Invitations when you shop through Zola!  Visit www.zola.com/wpp to take advantage of the savings.
  • A full blog post / recap of today's show can be found at www.weddingplanningpodcast.co/rehearsal
  • And for help with that wedding rehearsal slideshow of your favorite candid photos collected from ALL of your loved ones, visit our friends at TacBoard.com/wedding

Cheers to you!
Kara

 

 

 

Sep 25, 2018
Wedding Day Roster | Who Does What?
24:37

Enjoy creative ways to include all of your loved ones in the wedding with minimal stress, and no hurt feelings!

Today's show is brought to you by Zola.  To save 30% on your wedding Save the Dates and invitations, visit: 

www.zola.com/wpp

Let's face it - everyone's family & friendship dynamics are very different, and traditional wedding roles don't always fit our reality. 

Today you'll learn creative ways that you can include ALL of your loved ones, with minimal stress and no hurt feelings.

We wrap up this jam-packed show with two valuable listener questions on handing out wedding day roles, and how to manage everyone's expectations of what they can contribute.

Follow the Wedding Planning Podcast on Instagram for behind-the-scenes tips & fun!

@weddingplanningpodcast

Cheers until next time,

Kara

 

Sep 19, 2018
Reserving Hotel Room Blocks
08:50

Today we're discussing how to go about reserving hotel room blocks for your out-of-town wedding guests.  

We review the benefits to your guests, who should consider reserving hotel room blocks, and key questions to ask the various hotel properties that you research and consider reserving rooms with.

LINKS MENTIONED in today's episode:

The wedding industry is keeping secrets, and I want to spill the beans!

Unlock key Wedding Industry Secrets that could be costing you thousands of dollars on your wedding plans in this totally free BONUS series from the Wedding Planning Podcast.  Sign up today and I'll send you three bonus episodes via email:

www.weddingplanningpodcast.co/secret

For helpful online information about the hotels in your area that accept room block reservations, check out:

www.skipper.com (changed to WeddingWire.com)

Also, explore these vacation home rental sites for some creative alternatives to hotel rooms:

www.airbnb.com

www.vrbo.com

For a detailed post on today's episode, visit:

www.weddingplanningpodcast.co/hotel-room-blocks

Cheers until next time!

Kara

Sep 12, 2018
Destination Wedding Planning Tips
13:43

Destination wedding planning calls for a very patient and organized approach.  Today I answer some excellent listener questions about planning the destination wedding of your dreams.

Enjoy a DETAILED blog post on today's show here:

www.weddingplanningpodcast.co/destination-wedding

Newly engaged, and just starting with your wedding plans?  (And maybe feeling a little overwhelmed with the process?)

Sign up today for our totally free Engagement Starter Kit!  In three BONUS SHOWS, we will walk through the very first steps to wedding planning success.  You can get started here (it's totally free!):

www.weddingplanningpodcast.co/learnmore

Cheers until next week!

Kara

 

Sep 05, 2018
AFTER the Wedding
33:47

A special bonus for you - TWO episodes in one!

Part I is After the Wedding Ceremony - a short list of things you simply must do after the wedding ceremony, and before you head to the reception.

Part II is After the Wedding - actionable tips for writing thank you notes, returning / exchanging gifts, changing your name, and more!

For a double checklist & summary of everything we talked about today, visit:

www.weddingplanningpodcast.co/after

Today’s show is brought to you by our friends at Zola, the wedding company that will do anything for love!

Zola is reinventing the wedding planning and registry experience to make the happiest moment in couples’ lives even happier. 

To create your free wedding website on Zola, visit zola.com/wpp.  

Members-only episodes available at:

www.weddingplanningpodcast.co/vault

Cheers until next time!

Kara

Aug 28, 2018
Wedding Industry Secrets, UNLOCKED.
02:53

The wedding industry is hiding some really juicy secrets, and it’s costing you A LOT of money as you plan your wedding. 

These well kept little secrets help make the wedding industry worth a stunning $72 billion dollars per year - and that’s in the US alone!

Come along with me and UNLOCK the truth behind THREE wedding industry secrets that could be costing you thousands of extra dollars on your wedding plans - everything from the vendors you hire, to the dress you choose, and beyond.

To sign up for FREE access to the Wedding Industry Secrets, UNLOCKED bonus series, visit:

www.weddingplanningpodcast.co/secret

I'll see you there!

Cheers,
Kara

Aug 02, 2018