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The Big Wedding Planning Podcast

Michelle Martinez & Christy Matthews

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2 fun-loving, wildly experienced Wedding Consultants share their deepest, darkest secrets to help you plan your wedding. You'll learn a lot. Laugh even more. And most importantly get the inside scoop on how to make the most of your big day. Inclusivity is of the utmost importance to us, so this podcast is for EVERYONE. This is not your traditional wedding blog. Trust us. You can't make this stuff up. Email us your questions and we will answer! thebigweddingplanningpodcast@gmail.com If you lo ...
 
Justin Jacques from Indie Wedding DJ interviews amazing vendors in a search for hidden secrets from wedding industry insiders. Interviews include venue managers, photographers, cinematographers, florists, jewelers, wedding planners, wedding dress stylists, wedding invitation designers and many others who work in the industry. We discuss things like how to find the best vendors, how to ensure that your vendors do their best work with you, and how to really enjoy the process of planning a wedd ...
 
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You just got engaged! Naturally you’re thrilled to share the exciting news with everyone you know, but wait...who should you tell first, and in what order? Then there’s the overload of thoughts spinning inside of your head with the checklist of what to do next. On today’s show Christy connects with two beautiful brides to be, Ashley and Mallory. Th…
 
When David's Bridal reached out to Christy and Michelle about being on the podcast - it was excitement all around! David's Bridal is an iconic brand that has been around longer than any other company of its kind. Though they are best known for the sale of wedding gowns and bridesmaid dresses, you're in for a treat as you learn about the many other …
 
When you’re planning a wedding, the most special people in your life come forward to center stage as those who you want to include in the event. But how do you choose who will be part of your wedding party without hurt feelings? How do you navigate the logistics of who should do what? Are there requirements you need to meet like with an even number…
 
It’s September and this month is our extra SPECIAL Photography Edition of YAWA! You Ask, THEY Answer! To help us answer all the big photography questions we are joined by delightful wedding photographers, and co-hosts of Don’t Take This Personally Podcast, Kami Oliavarria and Gabriel “Gabe” Conover. Ideas for Unique First Looks: Make them make sens…
 
Live music gives weddings big energy and meets the moment by elevating everything. It has the power to impact your guests in a way they will enjoy and experience a variety of emotions with. When Stephen and Kevin got married they knew live music would be a huge part of their wedding day. For this reason they decided to include a cello trio, a 16 pi…
 
When you’re planning to spend the rest of your life with someone, it can feel quite challenging to bring two very different people together and have them work towards one common path. Sprinkle in multi-cultural and interfaith differences and you can quickly see how planning a wedding to meet these various needs might make you feel like you’re on a …
 
If you’re like Christy and Michelle, you’ve been dreaming of your wedding day since you were a kid.....NOT! No doubt however, you’ve heard the myths of something blue, something borrowed, and no one else wearing white except the bride. On today’s episode we’re talking to Wedding Editorial Stylist Leona Morelock. She's helping us break down the myth…
 
Kelly Bron Johnson is an Autistic and Hard of Hearing self-advocate, author, and founder of Completely Inclusive, which is a consultancy helping businesses transform their company culture to be inclusive and accessible to ALL. She lives in Montreal, QC, Canada with her husband and two boys. Her passion is to help people, and make all things easier …
 
On the last Wednesday of every month, Christy & Michelle answer listener questions live on the show - YAWA! This month we're answering questions about: engagement parties, a ceremony planner, a bride with fibromyalgia and eloping in France! We're able to produce this podcast because of YOUR support. If you want to learn more, check out our Patreon …
 
Christy and Michelle head down to San Diego’s Intercontinental Hotel to coordinate April and Aljon’s wedding. The Bride and Groom give us behind-the-scenes coverage into their special day, filled with rich Filipino traditions, while Michelle & Christy offer tips and tricks to setting up for a wedding and lots of overall great advice. While Christy …
 
Wedding planning takes a turn when the happiest day of your life involves adult children, step children, blended families and a previous spouse who isn’t on the best of terms with the family. Do weddings really bring families closer together? Or do they just force the tough stuff we bury deep down inside of us to rise to the surface? On today’s epi…
 
The dinner party is back! Our guest, Nathalie Cadet-James throws the most amazing dinner parties and you are going to love hearing Nathalie & Christy talk about the most effective ways to give your guests all the "feels" at your next dinner party. Nathalie Cadet-James is a Former Attorney turned planner and started Luxe Fete, an event planning and …
 
On the last Wednesday of every month, Christy & Michelle answer listener questions live on the show - YAWA! This month we're answering questions about: How to include special people into the wedding / How to have a rehearsal at an alternate location / Family-style dinner / Not hiring a DJ and using playlists instead / Alternative ways of honoring i…
 
Karlie & Josh got engaged a month before the United States shut down due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Despite the challenges and uncertainty, they were married in May of 2021. Karlie is an avid listener of The Big Wedding Planning Podcast AND a user of The Big Wedding Planning Master Class. With our help (yeah, we love hearing that!), Karlie was able …
 
Irina Vishnevskaya, from Alle Travel, joins us again to talk about traveling (especially with honeymoons) mid-pandemic. She shares tips on traveling abroad, how to find out restrictions in other locations, and more. While traveling is different right now, it doesn’t mean it can’t happen. It’s all about adjusting expectations, and having grace for t…
 
Our guests are Shia and Shashank Gupta, the sister and brother team behind Nazranaa, the biggest Indian bridal boutique in the country. They design and offer South Asian Wedding Wardrobes, and are sharing all you need to know. From figuring out what to wear during all the wedding festivities to navigating expectations of parents Shia & Shashank are…
 
On the last Wednesday of every month, Christy & Michelle answer listener questions live on the show - YAWA! This month we're answering questions about Catering Compromises, Sibling Issues, Airbnb Weddings, Listener Comments on Our Recent Episode with Linsday, and more! Question #1: Compromising on catering and dealing with a sibling issue The first…
 
Kirsten and Margie talk to Christy all about their experience wedding planning as a Queer couple during the Pandemic. They share replanning their wedding multiple times, marriage equality, and more. Things get edgy on this one, so buckle up and enjoy! Kirstin is a creative living and desperately trying to thrive in Los Angeles, the land of creative…
 
Combining faiths and religious traditions into a ceremony can be both beautiful and confusing. Our guest, Rabbi Block is the master of dual and even multi-faith ceremonies. And of course, being that he is a Rabbi, we are getting some great insight into Jewish ceremonies as well. Rabbi Kenneth Block began his rabbinical career in 1974 as the Rabbi o…
 
Some people start planning before they are officially engaged. It really does happen a lot more than you might think. Our guest this week is Lindsey Leardi. Lindsey has been a listener of the podcast for several months. She is not engaged yet, but she knows it's coming. She has started planning her wedding and we wanted to know more. Oh, and we hav…
 
Georgia Clark joins us to talk about her new rom-com novel, It Had To Be You, set in the world of wedding planning in NYC. She also shares tips and fun stories of her own wedding planning experience. Big Takeaways During her research for the book and her own wedding, Georgia dug into where traditions come from. For instance, she found out that the …
 
On the last Wednesday of every month, Christy & Michelle answer listener questions live on the show - YAWA! This month we're answering questions about: Destination wedding logistics / Hybrid wedding invitations / Food for a multi-cultural wedding / Surprise pregnancy while wedding planning / who to share wedding excitement with when nobody you're a…
 
In this episode, we're calling bullsh#t on the wedding being "all about the bride". A wedding is the union of 2 people. Let's pay attention and pamper each them...equally! The dedicated groomsmen coordinator concept began to develop as founder Cameron Fontaine decided to elevate the experience of his groom clients. While working as the Made-To-Meas…
 
Gone are the days of calling that big tux rental place. Gone are the days of seeing your Groomsmen wearing that ill-fitting suit. Gone are the days of spending hundreds of dollars on renting a tux or suit that's been worn by a hundred people before you...yuck. Enter SuitShop! SuitShop (formerly The Groomsman Suit) is changing the old, archaic way o…
 
Hosts of the new unscripted Netflix show, “Marriage or Mortgage,” Sarah Miller and Nichole Holmes are our guests on this one! Sarah Miller is a wedding planner and Nichole Holmes works in real estate. The show centers around trying to convince a client to either choose the house or choose the wedding. Also on this episode, have the pleasure of inte…
 
Finally, governments are starting to pay attention to the Live Events Industry. We are getting more defined guidance on how we can safely hold wedding celebrations. It can be hard to navigate through this constantly changing information. We hope this episode will give you some tips on how to navigate both gathering info in the county your wedding w…
 
On the last Wednesday of every month, Christy & Michelle answer listener questions live on the show - YAWA! This month we're answering questions about: Sending thank you notes early. Floor Plans & flow of events. Starting over with wedding plans cause things are getting too complicated. Saying no to parents about an after-party. FMIL wants a separa…
 
Today we talk about some easy ways to make your wedding more sustainable / Green. Remember it is not all or nothing, do what you can! Our guest is Sarah Baillie is a sustainable wedding expert who educates soon-to-wed couples on how to plan the unique wedding of their dreams while embracing their eco-conscious values. Sarah also oversees SoKind, an…
 
Jamie Lee is a stand-up comedian, actor, and established television writer/producer whom Elle Magazine recently named one of the top comedians to watch. In December 2016, Lee released her debut book Weddiculous (Harper Collins), which quickly rose to #1 on Bustle.com’s list of best wedding books. The book was adapted as an upcoming series, The Wedd…
 
Wedfuly is at the helm of disrupting the wedding industry, removing financial, geographical, and health barriers — allowing anyone, anywhere to get married with all their loved ones in attendance. We are joined today by two couples who got married using Wedfuly, and Caroline Creidenberg - Founder and CEO. Wedfuly started in 2017 with a mission to u…
 
On the last Wednesday of every month, we answer wedding planning questions from our listeners. This month, we are talking about Masks, Furniture Rental, Transportation, uneven wedding party, invitation etiquette, and racist family members. Question #1: Furniture Rental & Transportation Fiancé and her are getting married in Northern California. Regu…
 
We are so happy to have had Mr. David Tutera as our guest this week. With 35 years, planning events, David is sharing a plethora of valuable tips and fun stories. Not only is this a great interview, but 5 lucky listeners, planning their own weddings were able to ask David their own questions. So much amazingness happening on this one! David Tutera,…
 
Jenny married Robin on March 17, 2018. Listen as Jenny tells Christy & Michelle all about it. From their fun & crazy first date to a $100K wedding that they loved so much and do not regret a penny spent. Jenny Block began her career in words teaching college English in Virginia. Before too long, she found herself writing articles and books about ev…
 
If you and your partner were able to take a personality type indicator test, you would learn a lot about each. You would also, approach wedding planning differently. Actually, you would likely approach your relationship differently. Christy & Michelle took the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator assessment and were quite surprised by some of the results gi…
 
On the last Wednesday of every month, we answer wedding planning questions from our listeners. This month, you will hear voicemails of two listeners and 2 emails. From Groomsmen that have been at battle for 12 years to a poem a listener is offering gifting you to use to tell all of your friends that although you've chosen not to have a wedding part…
 
You have been asking for an episode like this for a while and we finally did it! This is EVERYTHING you need to know when going wedding dress shopping. Who to bring, who NOT to bring. How to choose a boutique. What to expect from a sales person at the boutique and and how everyone’s experience is deeply personal and unique. Our guest Maya Holihan h…
 
Jaz and Rodney are back! They originally joined us to talk about "Wedding Planning While Black in Episode #204 and today they share the retrospective of their magical wedding that took place in October 2020. After a constantly changing and shifting planning process, they finally wed in Palm Springs with their family. Making a much smaller and much …
 
What if your wedding was designed using a holistic approach focused on people and not things? How could you make sure that everyone at your wedding will feel like their presence is an integral part of the celebration? Listen in as Michelle interview's Experiential Designer, Julie Comfort, and learn how to do all this and more. As a destination wedd…
 
On the last Wednesday of every month, we answer wedding planning questions from our listeners. These are always chock full of information that EVERYONE can benefit from. We have so much fun and we love our listeners for reaching out and interacting with us! ANNOUNCEMENT! We are getting ready to release The Big Wedding Planning Master Class very soo…
 
Chaya and Morgan join today to talk about how the ‘biggest, queerest wedding of the year’ surprised even the two brides. Theirs was a 2020, wedding that happened during the Pandemic which as you can guess turned into something totally different than what was planned. Like way different! Like 10,0000 people watching the live stream on Facebook, kind…
 
Alright, listen up people! If you are not taking care of yourself, you are NOT going to successfully be able to take care of anything or anyone else in your life. Michelle has known Coach Brien Shamp for a few years now and believes wholeheartedly in his message and mission. We are thrilled to bring this episode to you NOW especially when current e…
 
Lawrence and Michael, founders of BlackGayWeddings.com, are pillars in the wedding community when it comes to showcasing previously unseen examples of love and marriage. They join us today to share their own wedding, tips for your big day, and all about Black Gay Weddings. As CEO of Broughton Media Group LLC, Lawrence has over 35 years of graphic d…
 
On the last Wednesday of every month, we answer wedding planning questions from our listeners. This month, the theme is FAMILY DRAMA. OH and 1 of our listeners wrote in with a Wedding Day retrospective too. These are always chock full of information that EVERYONE can benefit from. We have so much fun and we love our listeners for reaching out. Ques…
 
Megan Breukelman, a Brooklyn Wedding Photographer, has had a hell of a year! Like so many of you, her clients have had to change their plans. Listen in as Megan tells Michelle and Christy her lessons learned and how couples can work with their photographer now as they reschedule and change their wedding plans. Megan works together with her husband …
 
Ashleigh and Toniah, hosts of the Hue I Do podcast, join us today on a special crossover episode about completely re-planning a wedding in COVID times, representation in podcasting, and more. Big Takeaways Ashleigh worked with a videographer who was able to pivot and help them host a streaming wedding. Many vendors have found ways to make your day …
 
Ron Porter is the wine and spirits director for Andy’s Local Market which is compromised of three stores in Marin County. He is a certified sommelier and has been in the retail wine and food business for 45 years. For 10 years, he has had his own business in San Francisco which featured wine and food gift basket delivery. Big Takeaways Estimates ar…
 
Lindsay and Cory Jones, Woman Getting Married co-hosts, and real-life married couple, join us today to share about their wedding, their podcast, their website, and their hot tips for wedding venues and planning within your budget. Big Takeaways Within the Woman Getting Married website, you can view venue reviews listed by location. They are also ad…
 
On the last Wednesday of every month, we answer wedding planning questions from our listeners. These are always chock full of information that EVERYONE can benefit from. We have so much fun and we love our listeners for reaching out. Instagram Question #1: I have a really good relationship with my fiancé’s mom and I’ve done some wedding dress shopp…
 
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