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Wedding Planning Podcast

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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!

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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:

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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!
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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:

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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

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