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.

  • #25 (Don't) Drop The Mic! DJ Advice from Denon & Doyle

    March 22nd, 2017  |  39 mins 45 secs
    toasts, wedding consulting, wedding coordination, wedding design, wedding dj, wedding music, wedding planners, wedding planning, weddings

    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 office manager Mark Addison about their experiences ‘in the field’. They have an amazing team of professional DJ’s and include supplementary services like lighting, photo booths, AV and even childcare for events. Also - virtual reality! What?!

  • #24 Make-up Talk with Becca Ashmon

    March 15th, 2017  |  1 hr 6 mins
    make-up artist, wedding coordination, wedding make-up, wedding planning, wedding stylist, weddings

    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 absolutely matters, and what brides can do to find the perfect MUA for their wedding day. Also, Becca shares her favorite makeup brands, and we talk about the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, and drag queens because OF COURSE WE DO.

  • #23 Floral Queen! Nancy Liu Chin

    March 8th, 2017  |  49 mins 26 secs
    floral designers, nancy liu chin, wedding, wedding coordination, wedding flowers, wedding planner, wedding planning, wedding stories, wedding traditions, weddings

    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 Area, she has been in the biz for 15 years. She is sharing her wisdom, experience and passion for flowers and the wedding industry in this interview. Nancy made the conscious decision to find her path in the event design industry and landed on flowers. And thank goodness! Because we think her work is simply amazing. So is her work ethic, and her business sense and her personal style - so listen and enjoy!

  • #22 Funny Stories

    March 1st, 2017  |  50 mins 47 secs
    wedding, wedding coordination, wedding planner, wedding planning, wedding stories, wedding traditions, weddings

    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 year, it could be a hilarious story you tell at Thanksgiving! Having a sense of humor about life is imperative.

    We hope you enjoy listening to this episode - we sure did enjoy recording it!

  • #21 Catching Up!

    February 22nd, 2017  |  56 mins 11 secs
    toasts, wedding consulting, wedding coordination, wedding design, wedding planners, wedding planning, wedding speach, wedding toasts, weddings

    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 interviewed Maria Chang, which was inspirational and insightful. We’ve just been craving a lighter, chatty chat, and we needed to catch up with each other! So here is what we threw around in this episode.

  • #20 The Wedding Day Timeline Part 3 of 3

    February 15th, 2017  |  41 mins 38 secs
    toasts, wedding consulting, wedding coordination, wedding design, wedding planning, wedding speach, wedding timeline, wedding toasts, weddings

    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 3 - TIMELINES.

  • #19 From Child Refugee to Pioneer Entrepreneur - Maria Chang

    February 8th, 2017  |  1 hr 4 mins
    maria chang, pma, pmastyle, professional make-up, wedding hair, wedding make-up, weddings

    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.

  • #18 Wedding Day Timeline Part 2 of 3

    February 1st, 2017  |  39 mins 55 secs
    toasts, wedding consulting, wedding coordination, wedding design, wedding planning, wedding speach, wedding timeline, wedding toasts, weddings

    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!

  • #17 The Wedding Day Timeline - Part 1 of 3

    January 25th, 2017  |  26 mins 58 secs

    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 Timeline takes time...little by little, it all comes together....in a spreadsheet. :)

  • #16 Catering

    January 18th, 2017  |  31 mins 34 secs
    catering, guest list, wedding budget, wedding consulting, wedding coordination, wedding planning, weddings

    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!

  • #15 Maid of DIS-Honor

    January 11th, 2017  |  41 mins 45 secs

    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 standing up for your girl when you don’t live anywhere near her.

  • #14 Fancy Fake Cake

    January 4th, 2017  |  48 mins 37 secs
    dallas weddings, fancy cakes by lauren, lauren kitchens, wedding cakes, wedding planning, weddings

    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 featured on the Food Network several times and happens to be a dear friend of Christy's.

  • #13 Cheers To Wedding Toasts!

    December 28th, 2016  |  36 mins 37 secs
    toasts, wedding consulting, wedding coordination, wedding design, wedding planning, wedding speach, wedding toasts, weddings

    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

  • #12 Your Presence is our Present

    December 21st, 2016  |  38 mins 57 secs
    gift registry, wedding gift registry, wedding gifts, wedding planning, wedding registries, weddings

    "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 of wedding registries, our advice, our experiences and our favorite wedding gifts. Listen to this episode and learn all about wedding gifts, from couple, to guest, to planner.

  • #11 Can My Kids Come To Your Wedding?

    December 14th, 2016  |  31 mins 40 secs
    guest list, kids at weddings, wedding budget, wedding consulting, wedding coordination, wedding planning, weddings

    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 are awesome and may just take your big ‘ol family wedding from fun to AMAZING, so let’s dish about it...as we do!

  • #10 Don't Get Crazy!

    December 7th, 2016  |  37 mins 41 secs
    engagements, meditation, wedding consulting, wedding coordination, wedding design, wedding fears, wedding planning, wedding stress, weddings, yoga

    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 experience about how to keep your eye on the prize and your feet on the ground as you plan your wedding. Stay alert and stay alive, y’all. Shit just got real!