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Dec 30, 2020

This week on the Wedding Planning Podcast, I’m sweeping the inbox clean for one final Wedding Q&A of 2020!

Tune in to this brand new episode of the Wedding Planning Podcast for answers to your top questions submitted via email & Instagram.  We’ll be covering:

  • How far is too far to travel between ceremony & reception?
  • DIY charcuterie tips for cocktail hour spread
  • Tips for planning our wedding in just 4 months?
  • Should we do a first look?
  • And so much more!

Newly engaged & wondering where to begin with your wedding plans?  Reveal the first THREE STEPS to simplifying the planning process, and ditch the paralyzing overwhelm felt by so many engaged couples!  Simply click here to claim your FREE Engagement Starter Kit >>> my gift to you ;)

Happy New Year from my heart to yours … I’m really looking forward to sharing a brand new year with you!

Cheers,
Kara

A special thank you to today’s show sponsors:

  • Would you LOVE to take advantage of FREE honeymoon planning services for your all-inclusive, cruise, or exotic honeymoon AND get $50 off when you book?  Simply email susan@susanstravelservices.com to get started!
  • Train your loved one to deliver your ceremony like a pro with the Unboring Officiant training package!  Listeners enjoy 50% off when you visit www.unboringofficiant.com/weddingplanningpodcast
  • Is your happiness suffering in these insanely stressful times?  Connect with your Better Help professional counselor today and save 10% off your first month.
Dec 23, 2020

This week's show is full of NINE of your wonderful wedding planning questions! 

We're going to cover:

  • Plus-size dress shopping tips,
  • Alcohol service rules at your venue,
  • Financial stress between your families,
  • Wedding timelines,
  • Wedding band shopping tips,
  • DIY project advice & transportation,
  • Creative ways to include Mom in the ceremony,
  • Why I would highly recommend renting a vacation property for pre-wedding prep & festivites!

Ever feel like talking about money and the wedding with your families makes you wanna find a cave and hide?  You're not alone!  Tune in for some easy ways to gracefully change the subject ;)

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

xo, Kara

A special thank you to today's show sponsors:

  • Would you LOVE to take advantage of FREE honeymoon planning services for your all-inclusive, cruise, or exotic honeymoon AND get $50 off when you book?  Simply email susan@susanstravelservices.com to get started!

  • Check these guys out at Generation Tux and use promo code "WEDPOD" for 10% off the entire groom’s party AND a free groom's tux w/ 5 paid party members.

  • Have you heard of Calm, the app designed to help you ease stress and get the best sleep of your life?  Listeners enjoy 40% off a Calm premium subscription when you visit www.calm.com/wedding

Nov 25, 2020

I have TEN easy wedding favor ideas to share with you today, and there's a little something for everyone!  Whether you've got your glue gun blazing and ready for some DIY-action, or you're looking to purchase pre-made favors for your big day, we're going to walk through some really creative & unique options for favor gifts to share with your wedding guests. 

Stay tuned for a segment of the show highlighting favor ideas sent in by YOU, the Wedding Planning Podcast listeners in the past week!

While wedding favors are totally optional, there are INFINITE ways to make them meaningful & fun - without spending a ton of money.   

If wedding favors are something you’ve considered writing off as a SAVE item - in other words, you’re gonna save the time & money and skip it altogether - I would encourage you to have a listen to these ideas, some of which can be done for $1 or less per guest.

I’m hard at work putting together all new shows for 2021, and I would love to learn a bit more about YOU! 

​To complete the 2020 WPP listener survey, simply click here or visit www.weddingplanningpodcast.co/survey

More notes from today's show -

  • We mention Etsy.com a few times in today's show, and holiday season is the perfect time for GREAT DEALS from sellers from around the world!  Try a search for "custom wedding favor tags", "seeded paper", "mini succulents", or any other wedding favor + DIY supply you can imagine!
  • For FREE custom labels & tags, try a google search for "free wedding favor tag template" 

As promised, a link to the article I highlighted 3 fun wedding favor ideas from ... and yes, there are 37 more! >>>  "40 Easy DIY Wedding Favor Project Ideas"

Past episodes I think you'll love:

  • "DIY Hand Dipped Pretzels" dated 6/19/19
  • "Wedding Side Hustles" dated 2/26/2020
  • "Tips for Hosting a Backyard Wedding" dated 7/22/2020
  • "Creative Wedding Money Savers Part I & II" dated 7/3/2020 + 7/10/2020

And of course, an extra special thank you to today's show sponsors!

Would you LOVE to take advantage of FREE honeymoon planning services for your all-inclusive, cruise, or exotic honeymoon AND get $50 off when you book?  Simply email susan@susanstravelservices.com to get started!

Check these guys out at Generation Tux and use promo code "WEDPOD" for 10% off the entire groom’s party AND a free groom's tux w/ 5 paid party members.

Do you feel like your happiness suffering in these insanely stressful times?  Connect with your Better Help professional counselor today and save 10% off your first month.

Nov 18, 2020

Dealing with challenging family situations is more or less inevitable at some point throughout the course of planning your wedding.  Today we’re going to power through a candid conversation on dealing with your most challenging family issues & relationship dynamics surrounding the wedding, as submitted this week on Instagram.

A quick warning that NONE of the topics or situations we’re reviewing today are easy, HOWEVER they are manageable when we tackle them head-on with confidence, tact, and compassion.

Throughout the course of today's all-new episode, we'll explore common wedding planning issues surrounding ...

  • Celebrating the holidays with both families,
  • COVID & politics,
  • Money,
  • Blended families,
  • Alcohol,
  • Estranged family & broken relationships,
  • Walking down the aisle,
  • And of course, good old RELIGION.

I’m hard at work putting together all new shows for 2021, and I would love to learn a bit more about YOU!  To complete a short 30-second listener survey, simply visit www.weddingplanningpodcast.co/survey.  I am so grateful for your time & support of the podcast!

Today's show is brought to you by our valued partners:

  • Have you heard of Calm, the app designed to help you ease stress and get the best sleep of your life?  Listeners enjoy 40% off a Calm premium subscription when you visit www.calm.com/wedding
  • Check these guys out at Generation Tux and use promo code "WEDPOD" for 10% off the entire groom’s party AND a free groom's tux w/ 5 paid party members.
  • Would you LOVE to take advantage of FREE honeymoon planning services for your all-inclusive, cruise, or exotic honeymoon AND get $50 off when you book?  Simply email susan@susanstravelservices.com to get started!
Nov 11, 2020

Today we have a collection of your top wedding planning questions & concerns from past months that I’ll be sharing in a straight-to-the point Wedding Q&A Show.

Today's featured questions include:

  • What's your suggested wedding planning timeline?
  • Including family members in the wedding planning process
  • What’s more cost effective - cupcakes or sheet cake?
  • Decor ideas for reception tables
  • Do we have to include vendors in the meal head count to our caterer?
  • Tips for choosing a color scheme and wedding theme?
  • Could choosing a “non-wedding” dress backfire in a bunch of hidden expenses?
  • Do we have to invite ALL the kids to the wedding?
  • Do babies and toddlers count for our total guest count?
  • Managing upsetting situations with family members
  • Should we assign seats for the ceremony?
  • Tips for choosing our photographer?
  • When should the “first dance” take place?
  • Is it bad to have a bridal shower & gift registry if we’re having a destination wedding?
  • Ideas for a creative unity ceremony? 

Links mentioned in today's show:

Are you ready to ditch the crushing wedding overwhelm & expense felt by so many engaged couples?  To sign up for a FREE 3-day trial of my revolutionary digital wedding planning package, simply click here.

Would you LOVE to take advantage of FREE honeymoon planning services for your all-inclusive, cruise, or exotic honeymoon AND get $50 off when you book?  Simply email susan@susanstravelservices.com to get started!

Do you ever feel like your happiness suffering in these insanely stressful times?  Connect with your Better Help professional counselor today and save 10% off your first month.

Train your loved one to deliver your ceremony like a pro with the Unboring Officiant training package!  Listeners enjoy 50% off when you visit: www.unboringofficiant.com/weddingplanningpodcast

Wedding Planning Timelines >>> www.weddingplanningpodcast.co/timeline

Grab a copy of my book! >>> Wedding Planning Essentials by Kara Lamerato

Nov 4, 2020

Self-care in the months before your wedding is a top priority!  Today we're going to review a 12-month beauty & health timeline for you to follow so that you look & feel your absolute BEST on your wedding day.

To be clear, this is NOT a show about fad diets, or "losing weight" for the wedding. 

Tune in for a detailed guide to:

  • Various beauty treatments to consider in the year before your wedding,
  • EASY and FREE ways to establish healthy habits,
  • Everything you need to know about hair & makeup trials,
  • Things to consider if doing your own hair & makeup,
  • A detailed 12-month timeline for exactly what should happen when, leading all the way up to your wedding day.

Please enjoy these special gifts from today's show sponsors!

Ready to ditch the crushing wedding overwhelm & expense felt by so many engaged couples?  To sign up for a FREE 3-day trial of my revolutionary digital wedding planning package, come visit me inside The VAULT.  There’s no promo code required, and I can’t wait to see you there! 

Enjoy FREE honeymoon planning services AND $50 off when you book with Susan's Travel Services!  Simply email susan@susanstravelservices.com to get started.

Check these guys out at Generation Tux and use promo code "WEDPOD" for 10% off the entire groom’s party AND a free groom's tux w/ 5 paid party members.

Couples are RAVING about the Unboring Officiant training package!  Guide your loved one to deliver your ceremony like a pro AND save 50% when you use this link.

Oct 21, 2020

This week on the Wedding Planning Podcast, we’re reviewing an ultimate guide to everything you need to know about shopping for & booking 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 today's show:

A helpful Pinterest board can be found here

$5 pashminas to keep your guests cozy (affiliate link)

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

Already found & booked the perfect spot? Please share today’s show with a friend who’s newly engaged & looking for some sound advice ;)

PS - Please enjoy these special offers from today's show sponsors!

  • Ready to ditch the crushing wedding overwhelm & expense felt by so many engaged couples?  To sign up for a FREE 3-day trial of my revolutionary digital wedding planning package, meet me inside The VAULT!
  • Email susan@susanstravelservices for FREE help planning the exotic honeymoon of your dreams, AND get $50 off your booking when you mention the WPP.
  • Enjoy all the fun & memories of a photo booth for a fraction of the price!  Details at Booth by Mail, & save 10% with promo code “WPP".
  • Do you feel like your happiness suffering in these insanely stressful times?  Connect with your Better Help professional counselor today and save 10% off your first month.
Sep 30, 2020

Today, please join me for a detailed review of some critical 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 fall or winter, 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:

A huge thank you to today’s show sponsors!

  • Save 10% on professional counseling services by visiting www.betterhelp.com/wedding with promo code “WEDDING”.
  • Check these guys out at Generation Tux and use promo code "WEDPOD" for 10% off the entire groom’s party AND a free groom's tux w/ 5 paid party members.

  • Enjoy all the fun & memories of a photo booth for a fraction of the price!  Details at Booth by Mail, & save 10% with promo code “WPP".  
  • Would you LOVE to take advantage of FREE honeymoon planning services for your all-inclusive, cruise, or exotic honeymoon AND get $50 off when you book?  Simply email susan@susanstravelservices.com to get started!

Sep 23, 2020

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

I hope you'll enjoy these special offers from today's show sponsors:

  • Enjoy all the fun & memories of a photo booth for a fraction of the price!  Details at Booth by Mail, & save 10% with promo code “WPP".
  • Get professional help planning your dream honeymoon for FREE when you email susan@susanstravelservices.com . Don't forget to mention the Wedding Planning Podcast for $50 off your booking!
  • Connect with your Better Help professional counselor and save 10% off your first month with discount code “WEDDING".
Sep 16, 2020

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.

A special thank you to today's show sponsors:

Aug 26, 2020

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 hefty 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!

  • Take advantage of FREE honeymoon planning services for your all-inclusive, cruise, or exotic honeymoon AND get $50 off when you book!  Simply email susan@susanstravelservices.com to get started.
  • Check these guys out at Generation Tux and use promo code "WEDPOD" for 10% off the entire groom’s party AND a free groom's tux w/ 5 paid party members.
  • Connect with your Better Help professional counselor and save 10% off your first month with discount code “WEDDING".
Aug 19, 2020

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

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

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

  • Get professional help planning your dream honeymoon for FREE when you email susan@susanstravelservices.com . Don't forget to mention the Wedding Planning Podcast for $50 off your booking!
  • Train your loved one to deliver your ceremony like a pro with the Unboring Officiant training package!  Listeners enjoy 50% off when you visit www.unboringofficiant.com/weddingplanningpodcast
  • Are you ready to ditch the crushing wedding overwhelm & expense felt by so many engaged couples?  To sign up for a FREE 3-day trial of my revolutionary digital wedding planning package, CLICK HERE.
Aug 12, 2020

What’s the wedding reception cocktail hour without … cocktails?

Today we’re walking through an ultimate guide to setting up your own bar for the wedding reception, rehearsal dinner, or any other event you host.

The savings in supplying your own beer, wine & liquor are really quite stunning.  IF your venue will allow you to bring in your own fave adult drinks, then please consider this a top priority!

And, as with all things we cover - if the thought of you personally planning, shopping & setting things up is completely overwhelming, then DELEGATE it to someone else!  The bar is a perfect item to hand over to your fiance, a friend or 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. 

TUNE IN for so much more!

My fave $7 OR LESS wines at Costco?  Matua sauvignon blanc and Toasted Head chardonnay. (Seasonal availability, but so many others to choose from at this price point!)

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

A special thank you to today's show sponsors:

  • Connect with your Better Help professional counselor and save 10% off your first month with discount code “WEDDING”.
  • Get professional help planning your dream honeymoon for FREE when you email susan@susanstravelservices.com . Don't forget to mention the Wedding Planning Podcast for $50 off your booking!
  • ON-DEMAND wedding planning services anytime, anywhere?  Yes, please!  To sign up for what one VAULT members calls “a breath of fresh air in the wedding industry” simply visit www.weddingplanningpodcast.co/vault
Aug 5, 2020

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!

Enjoy the full blog post:  www.weddingplanningpodcast.co/cheese

Discover endless cocktail hour inspiration!  https://www.pinterest.com/karasvinwedding/wedding-cocktail-hour/

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

Enjoy all the fun & memories of a photo booth for a fraction of the price!  Details at Booth by Mail, & save 10% with promo code “WPP". 

Would you LOVE to take advantage of FREE honeymoon planning services for your all-inclusive, cruise, or exotic honeymoon AND get $50 off when you book?  Simply email susan@susanstravelservices.com to get started!

Train your loved one to deliver your ceremony like a pro with the Unboring Officiant training package!  Listeners enjoy 50% off when you visit: www.unboringofficiant.com/weddingplanningpodcast

Jul 29, 2020

Welcome to a brand new Wedding Q&A show!  Today we're covering your wonderful questions on COVID wedding etiquette, choosing your wedding party, sending thank you notes, and so much more ...

I've been offline a bit more than usual this summer; tune in to find out why! ;)

As promised, links mentioned in today's show:

  • My summer has been full of mini-adventures around beautiful California with my fam in our vintage camper van >>> Follow along here! @sdvanhouse
  • Shop beautiful & affordable paper lanterns here.
  • Your guide to hosting virtual pre-wedding events, from our friends at A Practical Wedding

And of course, a special thank you to today's show sponsors:

Check these guys out at Generation Tux and use promo code "WEDPOD" for 10% off the entire groom’s party AND a free groom's tux w/ 5 paid party members.

Would you LOVE to take advantage of FREE honeymoon planning services for your all-inclusive, cruise, or exotic honeymoon AND get $50 off when you book?  Simply email susan@susanstravelservices.com to get started!

Enjoy all the fun & memories of a photo booth for a fraction of the price!  Details at Booth by Mail, & save 10% with promo code “WPP".

ON-DEMAND wedding planning services anytime, anywhere?  Yes, please!  To sign up for what one VAULT members calls “a breath of fresh air in the wedding industry” simply visit www.weddingplanningpodcast.co/vault

Jul 22, 2020

Small, intimate, backyard weddings have been steadily rising in popularity over the past years.  With the COVID pandemic crisis that struck in March of this year, the good old backyard has become the #1 choice of couples who still want to celebrate, but may not have access to traditional venue spaces. 

If you’re a long-time listener, you know how in love I am with a small, simple & intimate wedding celebration, so the backyard venue  has always been a favorite of mine. 

Today I’m sharing with you a show that was ironically conceived prior to the corona virus disaster of 2020, but the tips and red flags we cover are more relevant now than ever. 

Now of course if you’re listening in the summer of 2020 and planning a celebration for the coming months, you’ll need to be mindful of current COVID restrictions in your area, and public health advisories, which I don’t cover in details because they change by the hour, and vary greatly depending on where you live, and where you plan to celebrate.

This episode does NOT specifically address COVID-19.  If you have concerns about your wedding celebration and the corona virus, you’ll want to join us in the Wedding Plan B series which you can access for free by visiting www.weddingplanb.com

I hope you enjoy the show, and I hope you’ll share it with a friend who would love it too!

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There’s a really common misunderstanding in "wedding planning world" that doing things yourself is always a good way to save money. 

I get it - in some situations, you might have more time than money, and a cheap & easy DIY project makes perfect sense. 

I bet if you think back, you can remember a time when "doing it yourself" was NOT the answer.  We have to be careful in drawing the line between a few manageable, simple wedding projects that make perfect sense, and biting off more than you can chew. 

Otherwise, you risk finding yourself in a spot of pure overwhelm and chaos months into wedding planning, and I don't wish that upon anyone!!!

On today’s show, we’re going to explore 8 red flags to carefully consider when hosting your wedding at a residential property like a backyard or a rental home. 

Our conversation today is a perfect lesson in creating boundaries as you plan between what you can realistically handle yourself, what should be left to a paid professional, and how to rearrange your priorities if you're stuck feeling like the cheapest possible DIY route is your only option.  (spoiler alert - it's not!!!)

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

  • Connect with your Better Help professional counselor and save 10% off your first month with discount code WEDDING.
  • Enjoy 50% off your first Care/of order when you visit TakeCareOf.com and enter code WEDDING50
  • Enjoy all the fun & memories of a photo booth for a fraction of the price!  Details at Booth by Mail, & save 10% with promo code “WPP".  
  • *affiliate link* A top-notch handheld steamer like I mentioned in today's show can be found here.
Jul 15, 2020

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 if sharing on-air ;)

LINKS MENTIONED IN TODAY'S SHOW:

• My fave tissue paper supplier

Pinterest board full of inexpensive wedding decor ideas

And of course, a very special thank you to today’s show sponsors:

Enjoy all the fun & memories of a photo booth for a fraction of the price!  Details at Booth by Mail, & save 10% with promo code “WPP".

Would you LOVE to take advantage of FREE honeymoon planning services for your all-inclusive, cruise, or exotic honeymoon AND get $50 off when you book?  Simply email susan@susanstravelservices.com to get started!

Train your loved one to deliver your ceremony like a pro with the Unboring Officiant training package!  Listeners enjoy 50% off when you visit www.unboringofficiant.com/weddingplanningpodcast

ON-DEMAND wedding planning services anytime, anywhere?  Yes, please!  To sign up for what one VAULT members calls “a breath of fresh air in the wedding industry” simply visit www.weddingplanningpodcast.co/vault

Jul 10, 2020

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 of 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 sponsors:

  • Get professional help planning your dream honeymoon for FREE when you email susan@susanstravelservices.com. Don't forget to mention the Wedding Planning Podcast for $50 off your booking!
  • Connect with your Better Help professional counselor and save 10% off your first month with discount code “WEDDING".
  • Enjoy all the fun & memories of a photo booth for a fraction of the price!  Details at Booth by Mail, & save 10% with promo code "WPP".
Jul 3, 2020

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 sponsors:

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Jun 24, 2020

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

Newly engaged & wondering where to begin with your wedding plans?  Reveal the first THREE STEPS to simplifying the planning process, and ditch the paralyzing overwhelm felt by so many engaged couples!  Visit www.weddingplanningpodcast.co/learnmore to claim your FREE Engagement Starter Kit!

 

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

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Jun 17, 2020

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 for ways to celebrate, including a few sample COVID-friendly gatherings.

We also review a quick a history lesson on how this tradition started, some great listener questions & more!

PS - A special thank you to today's show sponsors:

>>> ON-DEMAND wedding planning services anytime, anywhere?  Yes, please!  To sign up for what one VAULT members calls “a breath of fresh air in the wedding industry” simply visit www.weddingplanningpodcast.co/vault

>>> Enjoy all the fun & memories of a photo booth for a fraction of the price!  Details at Booth by Mail, & save 10% with promo code "WPP".

>>> Get professional help planning your dream honeymoon for FREE when you email susan@susanstravelservices.com. Don't forget to mention the Wedding Planning Podcast for $50 off your booking!

 

Jun 3, 2020

This week on the Wedding Planning Podcast, we have a jam packed wedding Q&A show.  Tune in for answers to your top questions on summer wedding tips, saying NO to vendors & wedding party members, chasing down something that was promised for free, sidestepping family drama, and so much more!

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Enjoy all the fun & memories of a photo booth for a fraction of the price!  Details at Booth by Mail, & save 10% with promo code "WPP".

Save 15% site-wide on men's wedding bands from Alpine Rings and enjoy FREE 2-day shipping & exchanges!  

Would you LOVE to take advantage of FREE honeymoon planning services for your all-inclusive, cruise, or exotic honeymoon AND get $50 off when you book?  Simply email susan@susanstravelservices.com to get started!

May 27, 2020

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.

Another quick note >>> in our current state of social distancing, not every activity we review today will be available in every area, as of the air date of today’s show.  You’ll want to make adjustments accordingly based on your circumstances, and based on when you’re listening.  

Enjoy, all my best to you & yours! 

 

A special thank you to today's show sponsors:

ON-DEMAND wedding planning services anytime, anywhere?  Yes, please!  To sign up for what one VAULT members calls “a breath of fresh air in the wedding industry” simply visit www.weddingplanningpodcast.co/vault

Get professional help planning your dream honeymoon for FREE when you email susan@susanstravelservices.com. Don't forget to mention the Wedding Planning Podcast for $50 off your booking!

Check these guys out at Generation Tux and use promo code "WEDPOD" for 10% off the entire groom’s party AND a free groom's tux w/ 5 paid party members.

May 20, 2020

Your wedding dress questions, answered!

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

Newly engaged & wondering where to begin with your wedding plans?  Reveal the first THREE STEPS to simplifying the planning process, and ditch the paralyzing overwhelm felt by so many engaged couples!  Visit www.weddingplanningpodcast.co/learnmore to claim your FREE Engagement Starter Kit!

Worried about COVID-19 affecting your wedding plans?  Enjoy tons of free resources when you sign up for the totally free "Wedding Plan B" workshop brought to you by yours truly >>> www.weddingplanb.com

A huge thank you for supporting today's show sponsors:

  • Save 15% site-wide on men's wedding bands from and enjoy FREE 2-day shipping & exchanges!

 

  • Get professional help planning your dream honeymoon for FREE when you email susan@susanstravelservices.com . Don't forget to mention the Wedding Planning Podcast for $50 off your booking!

 

  • Connect with your Better Help professional counselor and save 10% off your first month with discount code “WEDDING".

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 ;)

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

xo, Kara

May 13, 2020

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

Full blog post for today's show:

www.weddingplanningpodcast.co/centerpiece

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In today's show, 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!

Newly engaged & wondering where to begin with your wedding plans?  Reveal the first THREE STEPS to simplifying the planning process, and ditch the paralyzing overwhelm felt by so many engaged couples!  Visit www.weddingplanningpodcast.co/learnmore to claim your FREE Engagement Starter Kit!

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

Save 15% site-wide on men's wedding bands from and enjoy FREE 2-day shipping & exchanges!

Get professional help planning your dream honeymoon for FREE when you email susan@susanstravelservices.com . Don't forget to mention the Wedding Planning Podcast for $50 off your booking!

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