The Big Wedding Planning Podcast

The Big Wedding Planning Podcast

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#117 Polyamory & Wedding Planning, Part 2 of 2
Dec 12 • 40 min
More unique content from Michelle with Cass-Lara-Tony, a poly-family, and the luminous Dr. Magdalena Fosse, clinical psychologist (one of our all-time favorite contributors!). What happens when two people get legally married, but have a third partner in…
#116 Polyamory & Wedding Planning, Part 1 of 2
Dec 5 • 72 min
Michelle does a prelude to this week’s episode because it is a little (a lot) different than our usual fare. “Polyamory” is defined in Urban Dictionary as The practice, state or ability to have more than one sexual loving relationship at the same time,…
#115 You Ask, We Answer - 12. Fixed!
Nov 28 • 77 min
#115 You Ask, We Answer - 12
Nov 28 • 77 min
Another end of the month, another YAWA! Yes, the name is growing on Christy. This month, we are answering more listener questions and as always - some of them have to do with family. Specifically, the sometimes sensitive topic of honoring step-parents,…
#114 Brunch Weddings
Nov 21 • 52 min
So many of you have emailed and asked us questions regarding brunch weddings. Timelines, logistics, menu, layout, micro-events…pros, cons, lessons learned. We’re sharing it all with you in this episode, including some incredibly detailed insight from a…
#113 Celestial Self-Care With wedwell
Nov 14 • 62 min
We have guests on the show today! Lilia is the co-founder of wedwell. She created this platform to help challenge the wedding industry to bring more self care and wellness practices to this important time in someone's life. Ashley is a tarot reader on…
#112 Consignment Gowns With Our Story Bridal
Nov 7 • 44 min
What happens to your expensive, designer wedding dress after your wedding? Where can you buy a gorgeous ‘pre-owned’ dress in great shape, for a great price and STILL have a fabulous shopping experience? We’re talking to the owners of Our Story Bridal - a…
#111 You Ask, We Answer - 11
Oct 31 • 42 min
Monthly installment - YAWA! We’re doing 5 listener questions this time! Should a wedding planner include a timeline in her contract? How soon is too soon to send out Save-the-Dates?? We got you. Big Takeaways We LOVE getting listener emails with…
#110 Christy & Michelle Reunited
Oct 24 • 42 min
You guys! A miracle has occurred. Christy and Michelle were able to see each other! In person! For hours! Drinks were drunk! Laughs were had! And most importantly, photos were taken. Because if a reunion for the ages takes place and photos aren’t taken,…
#109 - City Weddings With Tionna Van Gundy of Wedicity
Oct 17 • 55 min
Tionna Van Gundy is a Chicago-based wedding and event planner. The owner of Wedicity, Wedding & Event Detailing she has been in the events and hospitality industry for over 12 years. Originally from Columbus, Ohio, where she became a certified wedding…
#108 - Wedding Planner Debrief
Oct 10 • 58 min
We are at the tail end of our busiest season, and we need to talk about it! We haven’t had time to just shoot the shit lately on the podcast, so that’s what we’re doing on this one. Except with some jotted down notes and a basic outline in mind. Because…
#107 Brooklyn Wedding Designer Michelle Edgemont
Oct 3 • 58 min
Michelle Edgemont is an event designer. And a florist. But not a planner. She can do florals for your wedding, and she can design your wedding, but she won’t design your wedding with another florist. Confused? Don’t be! Not every wedding planning process…
#106 You Ask, We Answer - 10
Sep 26 • 51 min
Monthly installment - YAWA! This week we’re talking more about families…this time, it’s the overbearing, well-intentioned parents that get the attention. And more info about non-traditional receptions, helpful signage and honoring deceased loved ones at…
#105 Venue Visits - How To With Lynsie Blau
Sep 19 • 58 min
Lynsie Blau joins Christy on this episode to break down VENUE basics for us. Site visits, vibes, and contracts…all important! Picking your wedding venue is one of the biggest and arguably most important decisions you will make during wedding planning.…
#104 Prenups, Matrimony Law and Divorce. Oh My! - Alyssa Rower
Sep 12 • 41 min
Alyssa Rower is a divorce attorney and practices matrimonial law in NYC. She’s fierce, she’s forthcoming and she is teaching us about the legal and financial elements of marriage that we aren’t total know-it-alls about! How refreshing. Alyssa has been…
#103 Unapologetic. Inspiring. Steph Grant. LGBT Photographer
Sep 5 • 58 min
This is the story of photographer Steph Grant, told - sometimes chaotically - by Steph Grant. We had so much fun talking to Steph! She is a dear friend of Christy’s and we are sure you are going to fall in love with her. She is passionate, driven,…
#102 You Ask, We Answer - 9
Aug 29 • 49 min
YAWA time! You ask, we answer. We have voicemails, reviews and lots of questions to answer this week - plus a special ANNOUNCEMENT! Also, we had some technical difficulties, so these notes are very abbreviated…you’ll have to listen for all the gems! Big…
#101 Proposal Sensation! DeAndre & Stu
Aug 22 • 63 min
DeAndre planned, choreographed and executed an amazing LipDub surprise proposal for his boyfriend Stuart and we are HERE for it! (A little late, admittedly, but here nonetheless.) Before you read these notes - make sure you watch the proposal video…
#100 We Made it to 100!
Aug 15 • 60 min
Christy and Michelle look back on the past 100 episodes and celebrate the milestones! We’re reading reviews, listener engagement, future plans, hearing from a few special guests and rolling out our consulting services officially! Big Takeaways We know the…
#99 Destination Wedding Retrospective - Trisha & Sutton
Aug 8 • 69 min
Trisha (from Episode 67!) got married to Sutton this summer in New Orleans. They rented out a venue for the weekend and hosted guests from all over the country for 3 nights of hot, sexy, boozy, NOLA fun. They’re on the podcast telling us what they learned…
#98 Official Officiant Tells All - Honeybreak
Aug 1 • 43 min
Our guest today is Mirelle Eid of Honeybreak Officiants. We’re so stoked to have a pro in the house for this! We’ve talked a lot about writing your own ceremony script, and having friends as officiants…this is a trend, for sure. But if you want to hire an…
#97 You Ask, We Answer - 8
Jul 25 • 49 min
YAWA time! You ask, we answer. We’re tackling a few questions this week! Keep ‘em coming, yall! And don’t forget to leave us a review on iTunes as well. We appreciate you! Big Takeaways Christy has mono. Michelle has an endless supply of optimistic…
#96 Bridechilla + TBWPP = LOVE
Jul 18 • 40 min
The Big Wedding Planning Podcast is our baby. We are following in the footsteps of awesome podcasters all over the world…namely the wedding podcast “Bridechilla” - the illustrious, premier wedding podcast. Host and producer Aleisha McCormack is gracious…
#95 At-Home Weddings. How To
Jul 11 • 48 min
Planning your wedding in your childhood home? Your grandparents’ farm? A private estate owned by your elusive, rich aunt who loves gazebos? Great! As wedding planners, we love the ‘built in sentimentality’ of a venue that means something to our clients.…
#94 10(ish) Things Wedding Planners Want Clients To Know
Jul 4 • 58 min
We’re getting personal on this one! We’re wedding planners. You know that, right? But what do we WEDDING PLANNERS really think about our clients? What do we wish you knew? What drives us crazy?! We’re gonna tell you. Buckle up. Big Takeaways 10(ish)…
#93 You Ask, We Answer - 7
Jun 27 • 38 min
The end of the month…time to pay your rent, bitches! And also, time for another monthly installation of our ever-popular YOU ASK WE ANSWER! This month we are dealing with an MOB that doesn’t want to sign contracts, BIG ol’ Jewish weddings, and wedding…
#92 What Straight Couples Can Learn From Gay Weddings
Jun 20 • 55 min
It’s PRIDE month and we’re so stoked to talk more about gay weddings in this episode! Big Takeaways First things first - Congratulations Michelle! She’s an Auntie! Baby Viviana Michelle was born just one day before we recorded this episode. Mama and baby…
#91 Print Materials & Miss Design Berry
Jun 13 • 57 min
First of all - chiropractors should not fully grab your butt cheeks when they are working on you. We want to make that clear. Now - paper products! If you’re planning a wedding, you will have to deal with some of this, most likely. It’s one thing that…
#90 Wedding Adventures with The Hearnes
Jun 6 • 66 min
Michelle interviews adventure wedding photographers Abbi and Callen Hearnes. They live in their van full time and they shoot everywhere - most often at Yosemite and Moab. Their photos are OFF THE HOOK. And yes, we still think that saying is relevant. Big…
#89 You Ask, We Answer - 6
May 30 • 48 min
YAWA time! You ask, we answer. We’re talking about the importance of a month-of planner, the difference between a day-of coordinator and a venue manager, and what to do when one partner’s family is complicated and small, and the other partner’s family is…
#88 Anomalie Starts A Custom Dress Revolution
May 23 • 55 min
Anomalie brings more transparency, customization and value to wedding dress shopping by partnering with the world's top factories and selling direct to brides. You can create your own wedding dress with a designer that walks you through the process…and…
#87 The Royal Wedding BONUS EPISODE!!!
May 21 • 29 min
We've recorded a BONUS episode this week because Prince Harry and American actress Meghan Markle just got married! If you haven’t been living under a rock, this is something you’ve heard a little about! The wedding was on Saturday, May 19, 2018, and we…
#86 Feminism & Weddings - Questioning Traditions
May 16 • 65 min
We are STOKED to have feminist artist, author and former Bride, Katrina Majkut on the podcast. She wrote the book ‘The Adventures and Discoveries of a Feminist Bride’ and it is awesome. Eye opening! Christy devoured it and Michelle has some ‘aha moments’…
#85 Live At The Pony Bridal Hair Event
May 9 • 58 min
This week, it’s all about HAIR and we went to the professionals for this one. Have you thought about your wedding day hairstyle? Listen in as Michelle attends a Higher Education Event for Hair Stylists called “First Looks and The Business of Bridal” put…
#84 Sexy Engagement Sessions with Ashley Paige
May 2 • 56 min
You know those gorgeous, magazine-cover-worthy, sexy, cinematic engagement photos you see online - the ones with the beautiful couple frolicking in the ocean as the sun sets behind them casting a golden glow over their gorgeous, entangled bodies?…
#83 You Ask, We Answer - 5
Apr 25 • 63 min
It’s time for another #YAWA! This week, we are tackling 3 listener emails (and they’re all multi-question emails) regarding wedding day timelines, photographer’s plan B’s, ‘friends’ you don’t want to invite anymore, how to schedule formal photos for a…
#82 Financial Planning And Your Wedding
Apr 18 • 58 min
If you have listened to the podcast for a while, you know we talk about money A LOT. We have an entire episode dedicated to the budget breakdown and we discuss money/fees/costs/value with wedding industry pros we have on. We generally encourage you, our…
#81 Welcome Bags And Welcome Claire!
Apr 11 • 58 min
We are pleased to introduce you to our new Jr. BFF…our social media assistant…or unofficial intern…Claire! We’re quizzing Claire on wedding trivia today, AND talking about Welcome Bags. What are Welcome Bags anyway? We’ll tell ya. We put the ask out for…
#80 Amanda & Erick Plan Their Wedding **Correct Version**
Apr 4 • 66 min
Amanda has been listening for the last 7 months while planning her wedding. One weekend, she roped Erick in on a road trip…he's hooked! Our guests for this episode are real engaged couple, Amanda Faile and Erick Tjarks. Amanda has a blog (link below) and…
#79 You Ask, We Answer - 4
Mar 28 • 48 min
This month’s questions run the gamut! We’re talking about parents, rings, and welcome bags. We delve into the pros, cons, and what-ifs and we dish out some compassionate advice regarding potentially emotional decisions. We think we’re doing right by our…
#78 Marijuana is Making It’s Way Into Weddings
Mar 21 • 44 min
As legal use & consumption of marijuana becomes a reality for some of the United States, the business of pot intersects with the business of weddings and we’re here to find out how and why! We’re talking to an expert on cannabis weddings, and how couples…
#77 Funfetti Cake & Games With Lauren Kitchens
Mar 14 • 66 min
Funfetti, Metallic Icing, Dolly Parton’s Tattoos and no more naked cakes?!! Lauren Kitchens is back and she is talking 2018 Cake trends and how to work collaboratively with creative vendors. Michelle felt really left out the first time we had Lauren on…
#76 Real Couple Ashley & Blake - Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy
Mar 7 • 64 min
Ashley & Blake were truly the most relaxed, joyful, smile-y couple from start to finish on their wedding day and while we know that some of that is just the kind of people they are, we can’t help but think that some of their day-of attitude was also by…
#75 You Ask, We Answer # 3
Feb 28 • 51 min
We have decided that we’re going to do a ‘You Ask, We Answer’ every month. Last Wednesday of the month - tune in and we’ll be answering your questions. In detail! With chutzpah! So, keep sending us your questions, your problems and your issues related to…
#74 Listener, Bride - Guest!
Feb 21 • 53 min
Allyson is a Canadian bride & TBWPP listener, who initially reached out to us almost a year ago with a couple specific questions she’d run into planning her wedding. Several emails later, Allyson had her dream wedding and then she gifted us with the BEST…
#73 Fashion & Styling with BTS Event Management
Feb 14 • 63 min
Michelle and Christy are awesome wedding planners. Fact. But one thing that we don’t usually do with clients is outfit the wedding party or dress the bride from head to toe. So we called in some experts - Trista and Alex from BTS Management based in…
#72 I AM BRIDE with author Laura Willcox
Feb 7 • 54 min
We laugh a lot in this one as we talk with author Laura Willcox about her book, I Am Bride. Laura is a hilarious comedienne, actress, and tv writer. She has appeared on FX's You're The Worst, Comedy Central’s Inside Amy Schumer, MTV's Hey Girl, and UCB’s…
#71 Wedding Insurance & Why You Need It
Jan 31 • 41 min
Wedding Insurance is VERY important, but not discussed enough or thought about when planning a wedding. Todd Shasha, a Spokesperson for Travelers Insurance, walks us through the ins and outs of wedding insurance. We talk about what it is, why you need it,…
#70 You Ask, We Answer - AGAIN. Angry Moms, Possible Scams, Alcoholics At The Reception
Jan 24 • 49 min
Angry Moms, Possible Scams, Alcoholics At The Reception. We are answering listener questions as well as sharing some stories on this one. Big Takeaways As we often say on the podcast, keep it cool, people! Perspective. Stay grounded. Don’t get crazy.…
#69 - Happy Engagement!
Jan 17 • 31 min
We’re back in 2018 and so excited about all the awesome topics we’re going to tackle and the phenomenal guests we have on deck! Let’s have a quickie and catch-up! *Big Takeaways * Here’s our news, in a nutshell: Michelle (Allure Consulting) moved to the…
#68 Catering, Venues & Bacon! Beth Albright
Jan 10 • 62 min
We’re picking brains around here and this week, we’re lucky to have taken an hour of Beth Albright’s busy day. She is the Director of Development for a catering company in Dallas, TX - Food Glorious Food. She works directly with couples planning their…
#67 The Second Time Around
Jan 3 • 64 min
Second time’s a charm! Our dear friend, Trisha Dean, shares her experience as she is in the middle of planning a big wedding. It’s her second big wedding to plan, and Michelle was her wedding planner for the first one! Trisha tells us all about planning a…
#66 Sex Therapy with Dr. Magdalena Fosse
Dec 27, 2017 • 41 min
Ooh Lala…We are heading into uncharted wedding podcast territory with this one and we are SO EXCITED! In this episode, we talk about sex, baby! A healthy sex life is very important to a healthy relationship. Dr. Magdalena Fosse helps us define ‘healthy’,…
#65 Relationship Therapy with Dr. Magdalena Fosse
Dec 20, 2017 • 50 min
Learn how you and your partner can set the groundwork for a healthy, happy marriage while you are planning your wedding! As wedding planners, we delve into the logistics of wedding planning. Obviously. We work with people in the middle of a stressful,…
#64 Fall In Love With Your Wedding Photographer - Trish Dove
Dec 13, 2017 • 63 min
Trish Dove, owner of Beatbox Studios in DFW, is a wedding photographer. She is full of tips and tricks for awesome photo sessions, and she’s sharing them on the podcast! Also, the very best thing about Trish is how she immediately connects with couples,…
#63 Set-up & Breakdown
Dec 6, 2017 • 46 min
This is an educational episode! We are zooming in on two specifics parts of the wedding day timeline - the set-up and the breakdown. How much time do you need to allocate for these parts of the day? What exactly happens during set-up anyway? Can’t we…
#62 Fan Fave - Fancy Fake Cake - Lauren Kitchens (repeat of #14)
Nov 29, 2017 • 52 min
One of our most popular episodes! We are busy wedding planners preparing for some awesome future shows. In the meantime…You're going to LOVE this one! You are going to LOVE cake celebrity Lauren Kitchens! If you heard our Pilot episode and the mention of…
#61 Yoga Bride - Lauren Star
Nov 22, 2017 • 50 min
Michelle welcomes her dear friend and yoga teacher to the podcast today - don’t call her a guru! Lauren Star practices meditation, mindfulness and yoga - and she thought that wedding planning was going to be a breezy dream. Well, it wasn’t! What?? It was…
#60 It’s Our Anniversary!
Nov 15, 2017 • 48 min
It’s our anniversary! We are SO STOKED to celebrate this one year mark with you, our dear listeners. We’ve had such a great time doing this podcast and we’re so f*%king proud of our first year. Can we just pat ourselves on the back a little? Sure, we can!…
#59 You Ask, We Answer
Nov 8, 2017 • 57 min
Big Takeaways We’ve received a lot of feedback and questions from our dear listeners lately, and we want to address everything! This episode covers a recap from our emotional episode with Lauren (The Happiest Sad Day, link below) and Michelle and Christy…
#58 The Happiest Sad Day
Nov 1, 2017 • 57 min
For some people, wedding planning happens to coincide with a devastating life crisis. We listen to a bride tell her story of the loss of her mother and grief during her wedding planning. Wedding planning can be stressful. We talk about that all the time…
#57 A Wedding Day Story
Oct 25, 2017 • 46 min
Michelle manages the impossible on this one when she takes her microphone along on a wedding day. Listen in as Michelle, Stephanie & Ryan tell the story of the wedding on the ACTUAL wedding day. Hearing the perspectives not only of the Bride and Groom,…
#56 Wedding Crashers & Natural Disasters
Oct 18, 2017 • 40 min
Michelle deals with a ‘first’ in her illustrious wedding planning career, and we round it out with some great, applicable advice about what to do if your wedding is affected by crazy weather and potentially dangerous conditions. A skateboarding accident…
#55 Quick Focus! How To Write A Ceremony Script
Oct 11, 2017 • 10 min
Lots of couples are opting to have a friend or relative be their wedding officiant. You may have to draft the bulk of the script yourself, as a couple. if you have a friend who graciously accepted your request to legally marry you, you can’t expect this…
#54 Quick Focus! The Guest Book
Oct 4, 2017 • 11 min
What is a guest book? Is it necessary? Is it something our parents had at their wedding that we want too, or is it old fashioned and uncool? Listen to this short episode and find out! A guest book is traditional, easy, decorative, personal…and in our…
#53 Big Ideas, Little Budget
Sep 27, 2017 • 42 min
A listener with a 10K Budget that was shot down by a wedding planner / Michelle tells you all about a wedding she worked last weekend / Yoga and morning routines. Before we jump into an awesome listener’s question about how to make the most of her small…
#52 Just Married! Real Couple Andrea & Dre
Sep 20, 2017 • 59 min
We’re so stoked to have newlyweds on the podcast! You may remember Dre from our awesome ‘Groom Interrupted’ episode #40 (link below). He talked about what wedding planning was like from a groom’s perspective and gushed about how in love he is with his…
#51 Catch Up & Playing Officiant
Sep 13, 2017 • 45 min
It’s a smorgasbord of topics and we think you’re gonna love it! Sometimes your lovely hosts just need to catch up. Travel horror stories, anniversaries, first days of school, cool mom tips, and…wedding planner stuff. We are girlfriends, after all. So, we…
#50 Rent My Wedding
Sep 6, 2017 • 47 min
Rentals are a huge part of the wedding industry. Most weddings need at least some rentals, and some weddings require a TON of rentals. Linens, tableware, furniture, lighting. You may have a wedding venue that provides the basics, or you may need to…
#49 WeddingWire’s Anne Chertoff Part 2
Aug 30, 2017 • 51 min
Because 3 wedding experts are better than 2! This episode is rapid fire, Q&A Style! We are so happy to have Anne Chertoff of WeddingWire back in the recording studio (haha) and since this is a sequel, we are following up with Anne. We are talking about…
#48 Fitbit In Da House!
Aug 23, 2017 • 45 min
Fitbit's Managing Editor is here to talk to us about staying healthy, grounded and mindful as you plan your wedding! BUT…First things first - quick announcement! We were just featured on Brides.com as a Top 5 BEST podcasts for brides! Woohoo! Check it…
#47 Wedding Withdrawals
Aug 16, 2017 • 52 min
Wedding planning is not for the faint of heart. It’s WORK! But one things for sure. Once the wedding is over, you’ll feel differently. Maybe even a little sad. Perhaps releived? Lost? Depressed? It’s the wedding slump. We are here for you. Group Hug! Big…
#46 How To DJ Your Own Wedding
Aug 9, 2017 • 55 min
Brandon Stiles is on the show today! He reached out to us months ago to pitch his book and course, “How to DJ Your Own Wedding”. Brandon is a professional DJ and bandleader with Uptown Down Entertainment, out of Atlanta. He has a cool accent and he’s a…
#45 WeddingWire Trends Expert Anne Chertoff
Aug 2, 2017 • 51 min
We’re veering from our typical show structure and topics to delve into TRENDS today. And since we don’t do this very often, we wanted to do it right - with an expert. Anne Chertoff is the Trends Expert (that’s her job title!) at WeddingWire - the premier…
#44 On Being Considerate
Jul 26, 2017 • 28 min
Here at The Big Wedding Planning Podcast, we want to take a little step back. A deep breath. And talk about perspective. We know wedding planning is fun and all encompassing and, at times, very stressful. We talk about weddings on the podcast and we hope…
#43 Thanks But No Thanks
Jul 19, 2017 • 28 min
Breaking up is hard to do! In this episode, we are talking about etiquette and how to let a vendor know you will not be working with them. Perhaps you want to go in another direction and hire someone else, or if you want to fire a vendor AFTER signing a…
#42 Quick Focus! How To Write A Toast
Jul 14, 2017 • 5 min
A bonus Quick Focus episode! Who gives a toast? Typically, two ‘honored attendants’ give a toast during dinner. (The Best Man, and the Maid of Honor, for example.) A parents or relative may give a Welcome Toast before dinner starts, and a lot of times, we…
#41 A Sister’s Toast
Jul 12, 2017 • 32 min
We talk about every element of wedding planning on this podcast, and we try to break things down so that the information we are sharing is useful and accessible. We share our personal experiences, our opinions (so many opinions), and our best advice after…
#40 Groom Interrupted
Jul 5, 2017 • 44 min
Speaking of Manly Bands — I have a MANLY groom with me here now for today’s episode Groom Interrupted! Andreas is a ‘typical’ groom - totally excited about his wedding, but not as involved in the planning as his bride-to-be, Andrea. (Yes, Andreas and…
#39 The Serial Bridesmaid
Jun 28, 2017 • 30 min
Special Guest today - Mia! Mia is Christy’s cousin and at 25 years old, she has been a bridesmaid in 7 weddings in last 2 years (and a guest to plenty more). We’re talking today about the role of ‘Bridesmaid’ and how this experienced ‘maid feels about all…
#38 Wedding Fatigue
Jun 21, 2017 • 50 min
Is wedding planning this stressful for all couples?! Short answer: Yes, yes it is. Listen, planning a huge party is a big endeavor. Layered into that, is a LOT of money, a LOT of emotions and some crazy expectations. Family. Emotions. History. It can feel…
#37 Rehearsals do NOT suck!
Jun 14, 2017 • 39 min
The rehearsal. Necessary? Yes! Fun? Totally! Well, maybe more necessary than fun, but hear us out. There are lots of reasons why a rehearsal is important, and it’s not just to run through the actual ceremony ‘script’. You need to do that, in some way, at…
#36 Lessons (Planners) Learned
Jun 7, 2017 • 41 min
Ah! May was such a whirlwind for us, and this is our ‘retrospective’ episode on the start of wedding season, the craziness, and the wedding lessons learned. So far… Big Takeaways May is the beginning of WEDDING SEASON in most of the country, and industry…
#35 Rentals Guru - Kathy Newby
May 31, 2017 • 53 min
Kathy Newby is an Event Specialist at Abbey Party Rentals in the San Francisco Bay Area. Kathy and Michelle started working together on events almost 2 decades ago! Kathy got her degree from the ‘school of hard knocks’ - moved around a lot, has a ton of…
#34 Unofficial Officiant
May 24, 2017 • 41 min
More and more couples are choosing someone very special in their lives to officiate their wedding ceremony. We want to tell you about those very special people out there and how that all works. Officiating weddings when you’re not really an officiant? How…
#33 Quick Focus! Bar Service
May 17, 2017 • 10 min
When will you need beverage service / bar at your wedding? Cocktail Reception. Most weddings will have a cocktail reception directly after the ceremony and that typically lasts 1 hour. Dinner. Champagne and wine during dinner, but some couples chose to…
#32 The Master’s Class
May 10, 2017 • 21 min
Joyce Scardina Becker is a leader in the West Coast wedding industry. She has owned Events of Distinction, a high-end event planning company, for over 20 years. She is the founder and instructor of the only University accredited Wedding Planner…
#31 The Final Details
May 3, 2017 • 46 min
Michelle and Christy are wedding planners. Part of being a wedding planner is carrying around a very VERY important clipboard. This clipboard has very important documents on it. A timeline, floorplans, contact list, ceremony layout, and the final details…
#30 Booty Shoot! Miss Chloe
Apr 26, 2017 • 34 min
Boudoir shoots…what are they? Who does them? Why?? In this episode, Michelle goes ‘behind the scenes’ and hangs out with photographer Michelle Walker and bride Chloe as Chloe bares all (or most) for a sexy, fun boudoir shoot. Chloe shares why she is doing…
#29 Quick Focus! Tipping Your Vendors
Apr 19, 2017 • 10 min
This episode is our first of the QUICK FOCUS SERIES. Short episodes where Michelle and Christy focus on small but important parts of the wedding and give you just the info you need to know in 10 minutes or less! The nuts and bolts - just the facts - the…
#28 Matt & Amanda - Part 2 - A Real Engaged Couple
Apr 12, 2017 • 65 min
Amanda Lund and Matt Gourley are getting married! They’ve been planning their wedding and they have a lot of awesome advice! They are getting married in a few short weeks and they’re checking in with us at this point in the process…Amanda just had her…
#27 Two Michelles In A Bar Talk Photography
Apr 5, 2017 • 41 min
Michelle Walker made it easy on us for this episode - she came with a detailed outline of what she wanted to talk about. A top 10. Yay! Here are her most important tips for your wedding planning: Top 10 Things Wedding Photographers Want to Say to Clients…
#26 We Love You Guys!
Mar 29, 2017 • 42 min
We’ve been doing a lot of interviews and heavy informative stuff on the podcast lately, so we needed to circle back to the fun we have doing this show together as co-hosts! Not that interviews aren’t fun - because they definitely are, but we miss each…
#25 (Don’t) Drop The Mic! DJ Advice from Denon & Doyle
Mar 22, 2017 • 39 min
In the San Francisco Bay Area, you won’t find a shortage when looking for a wedding DJ, but one company looms large on the wedding horizon - Denon and Doyle. In this interview, Michelle talks to owner Sue Doyle, manager and DJ Mark Haggerty and DJ and…
#24 Make-up Talk with Becca Ashmon
Mar 15, 2017 • 66 min
Becca Ashmon is one of Christy’s go-to makeup artists in Dallas/Fort Worth. In this episode, Christy interviews her and they talk about how Becca got into the industry, why being a makeup artist (MUA) is not for the faint of heart, how personality…
#23 Floral Queen! Nancy Liu Chin
Mar 8, 2017 • 49 min
Big Takeaways Michelle nails another awesome interview! This time, she channels Jerry Seinfeld - driving around town with Nancy, interviewing her for the podcast while they wander the East Bay streets. Nancy Liu Chin is a big time florist in the SF Bay…
#22 Funny Stories
Mar 1, 2017 • 50 min
In this episode, we reminisce about some of the funny/awkward/crazy stories from weddings we have done. Between the two of us, we have about 20 years of weddings under our belts. Remember - sometimes it isn’t funny during or right afterward, but in a…
#21 Catching Up!
Feb 22, 2017 • 56 min
Michelle is sick and Christy has a fat lip - but we will carry on! It’s been awhile since our podcast has gotten back to it’s roots…so to speak. We have been dissecting the WEDDING DAY TIMELINE, in our recent 3 piece mini-series, and Michelle recently…
#20 The Wedding Day Timeline Part 3 of 3
Feb 15, 2017 • 41 min
Big Takeaways Logistics…Contract review…Vendor policies! This part is, admittedly, not the most fun part of wedding planning. Which is why it’s a feat that Christy and Michelle managed to make talking about it FUN. Or at least we tried. This is part 3 of…
#19 From Child Refugee to Pioneer Entrepreneur - Maria Chang
Feb 8, 2017 • 64 min
Big Takeaways THE AMERICAN DREAM! Maria Chang came to the USA back in 1986, as an 11 year old child refugee from Nicaragua. Maria has been a professional make-up artist for over 20 years. This is a bit of a departure from our normal show, but it was too…
#18 Wedding Day Timeline Part 2 of 3
Feb 1, 2017 • 39 min
Big Takeaways Special dances, toasts, thoughtfully selected song choices… Do you want to toss a bouquet? Should that be done before or after the cake cutting? Let’s figure this out! In Part 1, it was the frame and now, in this episode, we start to add…
#17 The Wedding Day Timeline - Part 1 of 3
Jan 25, 2017 • 26 min
Big Takeaways Spreadsheets. Live them, love them. Don’t fight them! We break down our basic techniques for drafting your initial wedding day timeline - the rows, the columns, the hints and tricks. Rome wasn’t built in a day, people! The Wedding Day…
#16 Catering
Jan 18, 2017 • 31 min
The way to a wedding guest’s heart is through their stomach. The reception typically makes up 50-60% of your overall wedding budget. Let’s talk about how that money gets spent on food! Big Take Aways What are some different ways to cater your wedding? We…
#15 Maid of DIS-Honor
Jan 11, 2017 • 41 min
When wedding planners put down the clipboard and join the wedding party! Christy is moonlighting as MAID OF HONOR for her best friend and it’s weird to be on the other side of things. In this episode, Michelle and Christy talk MOH duties, dresses, and…
#14 Fancy Fake Cake
Jan 4, 2017 • 48 min
You are going to LOVE cake celebrity Lauren Kitchens! If you heard our Pilot episode and the mention of "fake" wedding cakes, you're going to want to listen to this one. Lauren is the owner of Fancy Cakes by Lauren, in Dallas Texas. Lauren has been…
#13 Cheers To Wedding Toasts!
Dec 28, 2016 • 36 min
So….who is supposed to give a toast at your wedding? What are the rules? Are there rules? In this episode, Christy and Michelle discuss the toasts, which by the way is Christy’s very favorite part of a wedding. #maketoastsgreatagain Big Takeaways…
#12 Your Presence is our Present
Dec 21, 2016 • 38 min
"Let’s talk about gifts, baby - Let’s talk about you and me - Let’s talk about all the good things…Salt n Pepa? Anyone? Ok. In this episode, Christy and Michelle talk about the wedding registry. Where to register, how to register, what’s new in the world…
#11 Can My Kids Come To Your Wedding?
Dec 14, 2016 • 31 min
Michelle and Christy tackle kids on this episode. Not literally, of course. We seldom actually tackle kids, but if you end up having a bunch of kids at your wedding and they ruin everything, you may want to tackle a couple of them. On the flip side, kids…
#10 Don’t Get Crazy!
Dec 7, 2016 • 37 min
Wedding Planning can be a stressful, unenjoyable, expectation-crushing, soul sucking experience that drives you to the absolute brink of relationship death! But it doesn’t have to be this way. In this episode, we debunk the stress-myth and share our vast…
#9 The Wedding Planner
Nov 30, 2016 • 47 min
It can get confusing. Wedding Planner, Wedding Consultant, Day Of Coordination, Month Of Coordination, the venue has a coordinator, we don’t blame you for being confused. In this episode, we discuss and explain in depth all of the terms and services so…
#8 Real Couple Q&A
Nov 23, 2016 • 43 min
You’ve got questions, we’ve got answers! This is our first episode featuring questions about weddings from our current and former clients, and our friends planning weddings. Keep ‘em coming! We love answering YOUR questions. Big Take Aways Bridesmaids –…
#7 Gay Weddings with Guest Bernadette Smith
Nov 16, 2016 • 59 min
We are HUGE proponents of Marriage Equality and have been allies to the LGBTQ community long before the SCOTUS landmark decision in 2015. We are thrilled to interview our friend and mentor, Bernadette Smith in this episode! Big Take Aways Bernadette Smith…
#6 Matt and Amanda - Part 1 - A Real Engaged Couple
Nov 6, 2016 • 51 min
This is Part 1 of our multi-episode series with engaged couple Matt Gourley and Amanda Lund. We play the Newlywed Game and get to know our bride and groom – super fun! Matt and Amanda share their insight about wedding planning and podcasts and Disneyland.…
#5 The Guest List
Nov 5, 2016 • 45 min
In this episode, we dive into the GUEST LIST. Do you need to cut the Guest List? How? How many guests is too much? Should you let mom create her own list? How to narrow down who is getting invited to your wedding and how to organize it. This is a tricky…
#4 Budget - How Much?
Nov 4, 2016 • 33 min
You’re engaged. You know you want a wedding. How much does a wedding cost? How do you figure it out? We school you on how to create your wedding budget. Big Take Aways Michelle and Christy have a special formula to figure out the budget: Geographic…
#3 Firsts
Nov 2, 2016 • 59 min
In this episode, we discuss the FIRST things couples experience when planning a wedding. We share the lessons learned by real couples, and we offer our guidance & advice for navigating this exciting, often anxiety-inducing time. This episode features lots…
#1 About our show - Real Quick!
Nov 1, 2016 • 1 min
Hello world. A quick intro from Michelle about who we are, why we are doing a show about wedding planning and why you should listen. Get In Touch Let us know if you have questions you need answered on the show or want to share your own wedding planning…
#2 Pilot. Let’s Get Engaged.
Nov 1, 2016 • 29 min
Welcome! In this episode, you will get to know your hosts, Michelle Martinez & Christy Matthews. Michelle & Christy chat, laugh and lay out exactly what their experience is and why you should be listening to this show. BIG TAKE AWAYS Who are we? Michelle…