The Big Wedding Planning Podcast

Episode Archive

Episode Archive

169 episodes of The Big Wedding Planning Podcast since the first episode, which aired on November 1st, 2016.

  • #168 Two Religions. One Ceremony

    November 6th, 2019  |  1 hr 9 mins
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    Rupal and Brian met on Tinder, had their first date at the Movies in the Park, and clicked right away. After three years, they decided to tie the knot in a beautiful, fusion wedding. Rupal was born in India, Brian in Baltimore, and they both live in St Louis now. They share their experience having a fusion wedding, Indian/Hindu and American/Christian (Lutheran).

  • #167 You Ask, We Answer - 24

    October 30th, 2019  |  54 mins 52 secs
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    It's that time of month! Here's You Ask, We Answer for October!

  • #166 Paloma & Cameron's Wedding Day

    October 23rd, 2019  |  41 mins 6 secs
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    In this episode, we visit the wedding of Paloma and Cameron. They were married in April 2019 in San Francisco, marking the first wedding of the season for Michelle. Paloma was a listener of the show, and decided to reach out and as a result, hired Michelle as her month-of coordinator. Michelle shares about how the day looked, how things were put together, and the beauty of Paloma and Cam’s love and union.

  • #165 The Stress Factor

    October 16th, 2019  |  46 mins 50 secs
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    That's right. We're talking about the "S" word! It comes with the territory of wedding planning, there's no denying it. Wedding planning get's stressful. Let's confront it head-on!

  • #164 Finding the "perfect" planner for you

    October 9th, 2019  |  1 hr 14 mins
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    For the past 12 years, Meredith Commender, CSEP (certified special events professional), has been the Owner, Lead Event Coordinator & Designer at Significant Events of Texas - an event coordination firm based in Dallas producing an average of 50 events each year including weddings, social events, corporate events, and charitable events. She is a regular speaker for various Event Industry organizations in North America as well as at Event Industry Conferences. Meredith joins Christy to speak about how to pick the perfect planner for your wedding.

  • #163 Newspaper Announcements

    October 2nd, 2019  |  1 hr 9 secs
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    Newspaper Wedding Announcements! Where did this idea for an episode come from? A listener share on our FB group - her wedding was announced in the New York Times - so iconic. Made me think of that Sex and the City episode where Charlotte is obsessed with getting her wedding (and perfect photo) in the NYT. It’s as old as newspapers themselves - these announcements and obituaries! And we’ve never talked about them as a part of wedding planning...or a thing people do! And it’s still a thing. So let’s learn about it! And in the second half of this episode - our listener Sheryl shares her experience and the process of getting her Texas wedding in the NYT.

  • #162 You Ask, We Answer - 23

    September 25th, 2019  |  58 mins 42 secs
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    End of September 2019 Peeps! You Asked and We Answered. xoxo -Christy & Michelle

  • #161 Registry With A Purpose

    September 18th, 2019  |  45 mins 33 secs
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    Beth Helmstetter Events is a full-service event design and production studio specializing in multi-day weddings and celebrations throughout the world. Beth’s discerning clients have hosted friends and family in some of the most beautiful places throughout the world including Italy, Paris, Bali, Philippines, Costa Rica, Mexico, Korea and all over the United States. With over 15+ years of experience, Beth Helmstetter and her team are sought after for creating memorable multi-day events that are filled with meaning. Beth Helmstetter Events has been graciously named as one of the best planners in the world by Harper’s BAZAAR, Martha Stewart Weddings, BRIDES and Travel & Leisure. In addition to being the CEO and Creative Director of Beth Helmstetter Events, Beth is the founder of The Good Beginning, a social enterprise and wedding registry service that connects couples with the opportunity to donate to charitable causes in lieu of or in addition to traditional wedding gifts. Beth and The Good Beginning have been featured in Forbes, Huffington Post, Entrepreneur Magazine, Vogue and More.

  • #160 Kids At Weddings

    September 11th, 2019  |  57 mins 26 secs
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    Mollie Yarsike is creator and owner of Black Tie Kids. After attending different networking events for young professionals, she realized the need for childcare at adult-focused events. Since it's inception in 2014, Black Tie Kids has worked over 120 weddings in Southern California alone.

  • #159 Activism & Weddings w/ Feminist Author Katrina Majkut

    September 4th, 2019  |  1 hr 5 mins
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    Appropriateness, values, and activism in weddings. Katrina Majkut, author of the book, The Adventures and Discoveries of a Feminist Bride; What No One Tells You Before You Say ‘I Do’, joins us this week. Katrina’s book is the only wedding book that explains where all our Western traditions come from and how they impact the people we love. It uses feminism, humor, and fun facts to help eradicate all the hidden sexism in wedding traditions and provides egalitarian options for all. Katrina is also a visual artist, who uses embroidery to reveal how other feminine traditions have affected women's lives, and exhibits around the US and lectures at colleges about activism, textile art and women's issues.

  • #158 You Ask, We Answer - 22

    August 28th, 2019  |  1 hr 1 min
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    You asked and we are answering. This is the 22nd YAWA to date!

  • #157 The Original Butt Sketch. A Unique Vendor

    August 21st, 2019  |  1 hr 10 mins
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    Today’s guest is the one and only, the original, the man, the myth, the legend - Krandel Lee Newton, of Dallas Texas. Krandel graciously joined Christy and her family for dinner recently and they talked and hung out for over 4 hours. Afterward, Christy’s parent’s said, “That was one of the most interesting and enjoyable guests we have ever had the pleasure of hosting! Thank you, Christy!” We think after this episode, you will share their sentiments. At least we hope you do!

  • #156 Post-Wedding Planning

    August 14th, 2019  |  1 hr 14 mins
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    Andrew and Rodger Jones were clients of Christy’s earlier this year. We met them in Boston at the TBWPP meet-up (episode #147) and have stayed great friends. They join us to talk about what happens after the wedding, once the ceremony is over, and the planner is gone.

  • #155 Indian and Fusion Weddings

    August 7th, 2019  |  1 hr 6 mins
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    Deval Parekh and Isha Gandhi are owners of iDev Event Company, LLC., a wedding planning company that specializes in South Asian and Fusion Weddings. They offer services such as wedding and event planning, Month and Day-of coordination, bridal and party henna, Mehndi, and live Bollywood singing and music. iDev specializes in ethnic weddings. Their motto is, “No matter what the event, never compromise on food, alcohol, and music.”

    Isha joins us to talk about her journey into becoming the expert in weddings and event planning that she is today and answers burning questions about Indian and Fusion weddings.

  • #154 You Ask, We Answer - 21

    July 31st, 2019  |  59 mins 8 secs
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    Today’s episode is a You Ask, We Answer, as is our end-of-month tradition.

  • #153 Race & Representation In The Wedding Industry

    July 24th, 2019  |  57 mins 29 secs
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    In this special episode, we have a talented wedding planner, Tamara Jones. After a very poignant email from listener, Felicia Reid, we hope to begin to address some of the glaring roadblocks and differences that appear as a person of color planning a wedding. As well as address ways that all of us can help increase inclusivity in the wedding world.