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Wedding Planning Podcast

Get ready to experience the ALL NEW WAY to thrive throughout your engagement by embracing who you are, prioritizing what you value, and ultimately designing an unforgettable wedding celebration of your dreams! Welcome to the WEDDING PLANNING PODCAST, where we say “NO” to the $72 billion dollar wedding industry, and we say “YES” to a more joyful engagement season where your mindset, values & wedding strategy are all in perfect alignment with YOU. Ready to get started?
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Jun 1, 2022

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.  

Tune in 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, welcome party, rehearsal dinner, or any other party you host in the future. 

Be sure to bookmark it, and share this episode with a friend who's helping you plan!

Thousands of couples have planned simple, meaningful & affordable multi-event wedding celebrations, and you can do it too with , my all new digital wedding planning package specifically for couples who want an incredibly straightforward, complete guide to planning your multi-day wedding from start to finish … with absolutely zero guesswork!

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 a FREE SUIT OR TUXEDO RENTAL for the wedding couple with 5 paid wedding party members at

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May 25, 2022
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?

ALL NEW! >>> 

Thousands of couples have planned simple, meaningful & affordable multi-event wedding celebrations, and you can do it too with LONG WEDDING WEEKEND BY DESIGN, my all new digital wedding planning package specifically for couples who want an incredibly straightforward, complete guide to planning your multi-day wedding from start to finish … with absolutely zero guesswork!

 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!
  • Shop Etsy for one-of-a-kind wedding day details, personalized just for you >>>www.weddingplanningpodcast.co/etsy
  • FREE Wedding Websites designed by independent artists?  Yes please!  Get started building your wedding website today with Minted Weddings & take advantage of exclusive listener perks on save the dates, invitations & more. 
May 18, 2022

Today we're reviewing SIX important guidelines for working with your friends and/or family members who are offering their skills & talents for your 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.

ALL NEW! >>> Long Wedding Weekend by Design

If you’re someone who values quality time spent with the people you love, then you know that a multi-event wedding weekend is the best way to maximize your overall wedding experience and opportunity to truly connect with your guests.  

Don’t be that couple who stresses out for the entire reception, trying to say a 5 second hello to 200 wedding guests … only to feel disappointed and guilty at the end that there wasn’t time to even have one meaningful conversation.

Take your wedding celebration to the next level with LONG WEDDING WEEKEND BY DESIGN, my all new digital planning package that gives you access to an incredibly straightforward, complete guide to planning your multi-day wedding celebration from start to finish - WITH ABSOLUTELY ZERO GUESSWORK. 

Relax knowing that you’ll create hours of quality time and a lifetime of memories with all the people you love most over the course of your long wedding weekend.  Join us today when you visit www.longweddingweekend.com

Thank you to our valued partners who made today's show possible!

FREE Wedding Websites designed by independent artists?  Yes please!  Get started building your wedding website today with Minted Weddings & take advantage of exclusive listener perks on save the dates, invitations & more.  

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!

Shop Etsy for one-of-a-kind wedding day details, personalized just for you >>> www.weddingplanningpodcast.co/etsy

May 11, 2022

Hosting a multi-day, multi-event WEDDING WEEKEND is hands down the best way to host a UNIQUE and MEANINGFUL wedding celebration that’s full of opportunities to connect and spent QT with your closest loved ones.

Today on the Wedding Planning Podcast, we’re going to highlight 3 major mistakes that couples make when planning a long wedding weekend celebration, so that you can stay focused on what matters most - maximizing every single minute of face time with your loved ones, and creating unforgettable memories over the course of your wedding celebration.

Thousands of couples have planned simple, meaningful & affordable multi-event wedding celebrations, and you can do it too with LONG WEDDING WEEKEND BY DESIGN, my all new digital wedding planning package specifically for couples who want to MAXIMIZE the impact of their wedding celebration on the lives and relationships of their closest family & friends.

LONG WEDDING WEEKEND BY DESIGN is an incredibly straightforward, complete guide to planning your multi-day wedding from start to finish, with absolutely zero guesswork.

The first couples to register for this exciting new planning package will also enjoy some really exciting bonuses, including:

  • Access to private, small group calls
  • Long Wedding Weekend Q&A sessions
  • Live feedback + strategy meetings with me - because I want your input on exactly how to make this the perfect planning tool for YOU.

If you’re someone who values meaningful opportunities to spend time hanging out with your loved ones, then you know that in most cases, a traditional 4-6 hour wedding ceremony & reception format with 100 or more guests is simply not going to deliver on that.

One of the most common things you’ll hear newlywed couples say is how fast everything went by, how quickly the wedding day came & went, "it was like we blinked and everything was over."

Lots of very intentional couples like you have realized this. They're shifting their wedding planning focus away from just one wedding day, to increasing the opportunities for meaningful time spent together by planning a wedding celebration that allows for 2, 3, 4 or more days spent hanging out with friends & family.

I’ve seen over & over again how incredibly special extended wedding celebrations are, and the lasting impact that it makes on a group of family & friends.

Especially in today’s world, where many of us have been kept apart from the ones we love - why not make your wedding a magical reason for everyone to gather, reconnect, and relax together?

And not just for one short happy hour, or one sit down dinner, but for multiple coffee meetup’s, casual breakfasts, a welcome party, a day at the lake, happy hours, lunch dates. None of these things are fancy, or expensive, or difficult to plan - and they allow you & your guests to make the ultimate investment in one another - your undivided TIME.

I know the logistics can feel impossible to navigate, especially when you’re working a job, finishing school, finding time for your family, your friendships, and of course, your relationship. It’s a lot, and it can all feel totally overwhelming ... but it doesn’t have to be that way.

Thousands of couples have planned simple, meaningful & affordable multi-event wedding celebrations, and you can do it too with LONG WEDDING WEEKEND BY DESIGN, my all new digital wedding planning package specifically for couples who want to MAXIMIZE the impact of their wedding celebration on the lives and relationships of their closest family & friends.

LONG WEDDING WEEKEND BY DESIGN is an incredibly straightforward, complete guide to planning your multi-day wedding from start to finish, with absolutely zero guesswork.

I have detailed schedules, timelines, outlines, recommended tools and resources, rock solid budgeting advice, and creative + unique recommendations and workarounds to the most common challenges I’ve seen couples face time & time again.

The complete LONG WEDDING WEEKEND BY DESIGN planning package will be available on June 1st, in just a few short weeks.

In the meantime, you’re invited to take advantage of pre-sale pricing - aka HUGE SAVINGS - while I put the finishing touches on everything.

The first couples to register for this exciting new planning package will also enjoy some really exciting bonuses, including:

  • Access to private, small group calls
  • Long Wedding Weekend Q&A sessions
  • Live feedback + strategy meetings with me - because I want your input on exactly how to make this the perfect planning tool for YOU.

If you’re even considering extending your wedding celebration out over multiple days, please don’t get caught up thinking that multiple events means quadruple the stress, triple the time, or an impossibly huge budget.

Hosting a long wedding weekend doesn’t have to be overwhelming or expensive. LONG WEDDING WEEKEND BY DESIGN is an incredibly easy to follow formula that I’ve broken down into a 90 minute, step-by-step action plan, so that we can take your multi-event wedding celebration from idea to reality.

Hurry hurry, because presale pricing and those incredible bonuses expire May 18, in just a few short days!

I can’t wait to see you there ❤️

May 4, 2022

Today on the Wedding Planning Podcast, we’re doing an overview of universal questions and research tips that are designed to help you hire your dream team of WEDDING VENDORS. 

You’ll come away from today’s show ready to find the best product, at the best price, and from the vendor who you most naturally CLICK with.  

Whether it’s an officiant, a wedding planner, or a photographer, I created these checkpoints to save you precious time & energy, and to empower you to uncover the BEST DEALS. 

I’m going to share priceless wedding industry insights, so that you have a deep understanding of the wedding vendor landscape and the things that go into package pricing, seasonal discounts, advertising expenses, and so much more.

A WRITTEN RECAP of today's show is available to members of my digital wedding planning package, The VAULT.  Sign up for a totally free 3-day trial when you visit www.wedpodcast.com

A special THANK YOU to today's show sponsors for making this wedding planning strategy meeting possible!

Shop Etsy for one-of-a-kind wedding day details, personalized just for you >>> www.weddingplanningpodcast.co/etsy

Enjoy a FREE SUIT OR TUXEDO RENTAL for the wedding couple with 5 paid wedding party members at www.generationtux.com

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!

Today's show is just the beginning of dozens of strategic recorded meetings that walk you through the ALL NEW WAY to plan your dream wedding.  Sign up for a totally free 3-day trial of my revolutionary digital wedding planning package by visiting www.wedpodcast.com

Apr 27, 2022
Lots of engaged couples are working with a small wedding budget and feeling completely overwhelmed, so they turn to free wedding checklists and timelines to stay organized … thinking all these freebie resources are the key to pulling off an incredible wedding for not a lot of money.  

But, what most couples never realize is that mindlessly following all those free guides and checklists will lead to you ultimately spending money on a bunch of crap that’s not even that important to you.  Let me back up.  

Wedding programs are on your checklist.  I mean, doesn’t every wedding have to have a ceremony program?  And your mom chimes in about menus, and place cards, and invitations with 3 enclosures, and RSVP cards and save the dates … And you see 3 different deals on Instagram, Facebook, and in an email from that wedding website for free samples, 50% off your order, and beautiful all-in-one custom invitation suites that match every wedding theme perfectly!  

Aaaaaaaannnnnd all of the sudden you realize that you’ve spent $1000 on paper products that you could really care less about - all because they were on the checklist, they were on sale, and let’s be real, you didn’t want to disappoint your mom.  

Is following that free wedding checklist really a good idea?

Wouldn’t it have been much easier to press pause and acknowledge at the start that you don’t care about ceremony programs, and therefore you’re just going to skip them altogether?  Same with the other $900 worth of paper products?

And that example was something pretty small, like wedding programs - what happens when you book a $6,000 videographer because that’s what everyone does right, you have to have a videographer - {you’re totally gonna regret it if you don’t have the most important day of your life on film - there’s a little voice in the back of your head that knows you could come up with a workaround, that you don’t really need or care if you have a cinematic movie theatre quality film of your wedding …. But you’re gonna go with the flow, because you only get married once in theory and this is just what everyone does.}

And that credit card statement just keeps on growing, full of stuff that doesn’t really matter to you, but the checklist said so, so you did it.  Flowers.  A fancy cake.  Favors.  Expensive place settings and charger plates, and chair slip covers and table linens. 

Is this really where you want to be?  Feeling pressured & judged by a free wedding checklist?  

If you’re like me, and you want to keep things simple and affordable while at the same time pulling off an unforgettable wedding that’s FULL OF MEANING, then you know that driving yourself crazy trying to fulfill every single thing on that freebie wedding checklist isn’t the answer.  

Ready for the new way?  Tune in to today's full episode to learn exactly how to create your own PERSONALIZED wedding checklist that highlights ONLY your most important priorities ... and gain the freedom that comes when you say NO to everything else.

Today's show is just the beginning of dozens of strategic recorded meetings that walk you through specific wedding planning milestones and show you exactly how to plan your dream wedding! Learn more and sign up for a totally free zero obligation 3-day trial by visiting www.wedpodcast.com

So, what's on YOUR personalized wedding planning checklist, and what "traditional" wedding stuff did NOT make the cut?  Tag me on Instagram @weddingplanningpodcast & tell me all about it!

PS - A special thank you to today's show sponsors for making this episode possible:

SUSAN'S TRAVEL SERVICES | 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!

THE WEDDING PLANNING PODCAST VAULT | Thousands of engaged couples have discovered the unseen elements to a joyful, confident, and intentional engagement season, and you can do it too with my digital wedding planning package, The VAULT. Learn more & sign up for a totally free zero obligation 3-day trial when you visit www.wedpodcast.com

ETSY | There’s no place quite like Etsy for personalized wedding gifts & decor. Make your wedding celebration as unique as you with custom signs, invitations, favors & more. Filter endless beautiful options by price point, color, free shipping, delivery date, style & more when you visit weddingplanningpodcast.co/etsy

Apr 20, 2022

Being the "Overwhelmed Engaged Couple" is not a ton of fun.

They say things like, "wow, our whole wedding day FLEW BY and we barely had a chance to enjoy it."

This couple feels panic every time a new vendor quote comes in.

Overwhelmed every time they open their email or even think about all the items on their checklist.

Dread over finding out how much the next thing is going to cost.

Fear over being judged for what they choose - and don't choose - to include in their wedding celebration.

Ahem, I have a question 🙋🏼‍♀️ ... how is feeling overwhelmed & anxious about all that outside noise going to help YOU plan an unforgettable wedding experience that celebrates your marriage and your love in a once-in-a-lifetime event with all the people closest to you?

Your engagement season is too special to sit back & let it slip by in a cloud of overwhelm and frustration.

Right now, you have a choice.

You can continue down the rabbit hole of OVERWHELM - of “perfect weddings” on social media, a million wedding websites telling you to do a million different things, noisy chatrooms, crappy blogs, free checklists and timelines on Pinterest and DIY’ers on You Tube telling you how to plan your entire wedding for $100.00.

Honestly, that’s what most brides and grooms choose, and they stay stuck in a frenzy of anxiety & overwhelm all the way through the wedding day itself.

They miss a beautiful opportunity to connect with one another, to live their engagement season in lightness and joy, and love.

They say things like, "wow, our whole wedding day FLEW BY and we barely had a chance to enjoy it."

But YOU have a choice.

You can CHOOSE be the engaged couple who presses pause on all that noise, and gets your mindset and your values in alignment with the vision YOU have of your perfect wedding celebration .... so that you can create an engagement season AND a wedding celebration full of lightness, love and joy.

That sounds much better, right?

If that’s you, then tune in to today's show where I’m going to show you exactly how to EMBRACE who you are, PRIORITIZE what you value, and bring it all together in a life-changing wedding celebration for you & your loved ones.

It’s time to say “YES” to a more joyful engagement season, and I’m incredibly grateful to be a part of it 🙏.

Cheers to you,

Kara

PS - A special thank you to today's show sponsors for making this episode possible:

SUSAN'S TRAVEL SERVICES | 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!

THE WEDDING PLANNING PODCAST VAULT | Thousands of engaged couples have discovered the unseen elements to a joyful, confident, and intentional engagement season, and you can do it too with my digital wedding planning package, The VAULT. Learn more & sign up for a totally free zero obligation 3-day trial when you visit www.wedpodcast.com

ETSY | There’s no place quite like Etsy for personalized wedding gifts & decor. Make your wedding celebration as unique as you with custom signs, invitations, favors & more. Filter endless beautiful options by price point, color, free shipping, delivery date, style & more when you visit weddingplanningpodcast.co/etsy

Jan 16, 2022

Today's BONUS WEDDING Q&A show is designed to show you exactly how to have all the wedding things that are most important to you, regardless of how much money you actually have in the bank. 

Sounds pretty amazing, right???

Let's face it, you’re overwhelmed & struggling with your wedding budget if any one, two, or maybe even three of these sound familiar:

  • If you get a pit in your stomach even thinking about your wedding budget (let alone talking about it).   
  • If you’re constantly worried about how much everything is going to cost, and looking for ways to save as much money as possible - or, even worse, you’re sweeping the whole money convo under the rug, trying not to even think about it.
  • You’re wondering how on earth your wedding can live up to the pictures we’re bombarded with on social media and big wedding websites.
  • And if you’re drinking wine with your dog or your cat and in total despair because everything is way more expensive than you ever imagined it would be ...

... then you my friend are a walking case of budget stress and overwhelm, and we can’t have you going through life these next few months shouldering all of that!

This level of anxiety not only creates toxic stress in your daily life that’s bad for your physical health, but it’s also going to suck the fun out of your engagement - and it doesn’t have to be that way.  

Yes, weddings cost money, but by ignoring your financial situation you’re setting yourselves up to be that couple a year from now who went waaaayyyy over budget, who had to use wedding gift money to pay off credit cards, and who - although they might not admit it to anyone out loud - looks back and realizes that in hindsight, there’s a whole laundry list of things that were completely unnecessary.  (I have a story about this to share, coming up in one of our questions for today.)

Living in a place of overwhelm and judging yourself & your wedding decisions against staged photos and strangers on the internet isn’t serving anyone.

There are some very powerful shifts that I can offer to lift you up to a place where you confront your wedding budget head on - that’s the convo we had last week on Wednesday, in our Wedding Budget Workshop.  You have the hard conversations, you’ve seen in black and white how much money you’re working with, you commit to your priorities, and then it’s DONE.  

And that’s the point where you can move on to a more joyful place where choosing a photographer and a venue and a dress is FUN because you’re not constantly worried about how much it’s gonna cost.  You KNOW you have enough money to cover your top priorities, it doesn’t matter if it’s going to look like the wedding you saw on tik tok this morning.  

This is where you can confidently invest in your priorities, tune out and say NO to the stuff that’s not important to you, and you’re not even gonna recognize that girl who was alone and crying with her dog because everything is just too expensive and too overwhelming.

It’s time for a NEW WAY to create your dream wedding celebration, where YOU, your values, and your priorities are at the center of every single decision you make from now until your wedding day, & beyond.

So let’s say goodbye to unrealistic, staged images on Pinterest of weddings in the forest that cost $32,000 - in decorations alone. 

It’s time to tune out overhyped social media accounts that are pushing the $72 billion dollar wedding industry’s agenda.  

Here on the Wedding Planning Podcast, we say NO to the wedding industry’s priorities, and we say yes to a more fulfilled engagement season that starts with YOU.  

SUBMIT YOUR QUESTIONS!

What's on your mind?  Get your specific questions answered when you sign up for a FREE 3-DAY TRIAL of my revolutionary digital wedding planning package, The VAULT.  Details at www.wedpodcast.com

FREE ENGAGEMENT STARTER KIT BONUS SERIES

Redeem at allnew.wedding

There's an ALL NEW WAY to plan your dream wedding ...

... and you won't find it on any free wedding checklist or generic planning timeline.

In the FREE Engagement Starter Kit BONUS SERIES, we unlock exactly how to align your WEDDING PRIORITIES with your PLANNING STRATEGY, so that you can confidently design an unforgettable wedding celebration - minus the crushing stress & overwhelm felt by so many engaged couples.

SIGN UP TODAY for this incredibly valuable (totally free!) 4-day wedding planning workshop by visiting allnew.wedding

Jan 4, 2022

Join thousands of INTENTIONAL + JOYFUL engaged couples who know that the wedding celebration of their dreams is possible ... even if right now, planning an entire wedding feels a *little bit* overwhelming!

Be sure to hit FOLLOW wherever you listen, and each Wednesday you'll enjoy a FREE, down-to-earth, straight-to-the-point wedding planning "meeting" where we explore everything from:

  • Hidden TIME + MONEY + STRESS savers,
  • Decoding the complex process of researching + hiring your team of IDEAL VENDORS,
  • Identifying + incorporating your top VALUES into your celebration,
  • Muting the noise + remaining laser-focused on a SMART PLANNING STRATEGY, 
  • ENHANCING YOUR RELATIONSHIP with your partner, your family + your loved ones,
  • Monthly "Ask Anything" opportunities with your host, Kara
  • And so much MORE!

 

There's no chit chat, no co-hosts, no gabby guests, and no sponsors selling their services.  Just me, you, and your dream wedding celebration coming to life in the coming months!

 

FREE ENGAGEMENT STARTER KIT BONUS SERIES >>> redeem at allnew.wedding

There's an ALL NEW WAY to plan your dream wedding ...

... and you won't find it on any free wedding checklist or generic planning timeline.

In the FREE Engagement Starter Kit BONUS SERIES, we unlock exactly how to align your WEDDING PRIORITIES with your PLANNING STRATEGY, so that you can confidently design an unforgettable wedding celebration - minus the crushing stress & overwhelm felt by so many engaged couples.

SIGN UP TODAY for this incredibly valuable (totally free!) 4-day wedding planning workshop by visiting allnew.wedding

 

REVOLUTIONARY DIGITAL WEDDING PLANNING PACKAGE

There's an ALL NEW WAY to plan your dream wedding, minus the crushing stress, excess, and overwhelm felt by so many engaged couples.  For more information + FREE 3-DAY TRIAL, visit wedpodcast.com

There are absolutely no contracts, zero obligation, and you're free to cancel anytime - no questions asked.  I can't wait to see you there!  

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