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An award winning wedding planning podcast hosted by expert planner-designer Kelly McWilliams. In each episode Kelly and her wedding professional co-host will help engaged couples navigate planning by weighing the pros and cons, "This vs That", of each decision they'll need to make from engagement to honeymoon and everything in between. Kelly is a 19 year veteran of the wedding industry and is a 2020 Martha Stewart Weddings Best in Class: The Top Wedding Planners and Event Designers. This vs That has been recognized as a top podcast by BRIDES.com and WeddingWire.com!

This vs That, Wedding Decisions with Kelly McWilliams Kelly A McWilliams

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An award winning wedding planning podcast hosted by expert planner-designer Kelly McWilliams. In each episode Kelly and her wedding professional co-host will help engaged couples navigate planning by weighing the pros and cons, "This vs That", of each decision they'll need to make from engagement to honeymoon and everything in between. Kelly is a 19 year veteran of the wedding industry and is a 2020 Martha Stewart Weddings Best in Class: The Top Wedding Planners and Event Designers. This vs That has been recognized as a top podcast by BRIDES.com and WeddingWire.com!

    This vs That: Hiring a solo vs multiple photographer teams

    This vs That: Hiring a solo vs multiple photographer teams

    You just don't know what you don't know.  This podcast is to make sure that you know so that you can ask ? with knowledge.
    Photographer Sarah Roshan and I uncover when its ok to have 1 photographer at your wedding and when it benefits you to have your photographer bring an associate (or 2), the differences between a photography assistant and an assistant photographer (yes, these are 2 VERY different jobs). The decision affects your gallery of images, your end cost & the timeline / flow of your day.
    Sarah Roshan is a wedding and elopement photographer specializing in romantic destination weddings for carefree couples. She is based in the gorgeous Colorado Rocky Mountains where she was born and raised. She is known for her adventurous spirit, gracious personality, and laid-back approach to the wedding day.  She currently serves at Director of Community Outreach on the International Board for WIPA, co-owns She Will Thrive (dedicated to empowering women through collaboration and conversation), and owns a local wedding co-op and networking group in Denver, Trulife Studios.

    Previous photography episodes to listen to:
    S 1 Ep 3: 1st Glance vs At the AltarS 1 Ep 19: Engagement vs Anniversary ShootS 2 Ep 8: Film vs Digital PhotographyS 2 Ep 6: Digital Images vs PrintsMy Wedding Spending Plan.  Here is the link . Make the most out of your wedding budget, most likely save you money & take out the stress of wedding spending. This multi page digital workbook shows you how to make a spending plan that keeps you in check and without money stress. Listen to this episode for more.

    Brought to you by 175 questions to know you are prepared for your wedding day. A wedding planning  workbook to ensure every detail has been planned & finalized. On sale now!

    Places to go - People to see:
    Kelly's Site: http://www.kellymcwilliams.com
    Kelly's Blog: https://www.kellymcwilliams.com/blog
    Instagram: @kellyamcwilliams @thisvsthatweddingpodcast
    Website: https://sarahroshan.com/ 
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sarahroshanphoto/ 
    Previous Episodes: https://thisvsthatweddingpodcast.buzzsprout.com/
    About Kelly:
    A vet of the wedding industry, Kelly knows how incredible a wedding can be. She creates  from scratch and believes every moment counts and every decision plays a part in what makes your event magnificent. She believes in making events beautiful AND fun.  Published & recognized locally, nationally and globally including Martha Stewart Top Wedding Planner, Brides magazine and WeddingWire's best podcast. Home is in SWFL with husband Kelly J , mom to Maddy & Emily and dogs Reau & Olive.

    Thank you to my rockstar Podcast Editor: Lance Panton 

    • 43 min
    This vs That: Film vs Digital Photography with Liz Banfield

    This vs That: Film vs Digital Photography with Liz Banfield

    Wait? What's this, a decision that you don't HAVE to make? Yep.  This is the one where its you can make it or skip it because chances are that you didn't even know that its a question you could ask.  However, because there really is something to be said for film photography, Liz Banfield and I wanted to make sure that you were knowledgeable about the differences between this classic format vs the digital that came onto the wedding scene in the early 2000's.

    I googled it for the sake of simplicity. That way you can skip right to the heart of perspective during this episode:
    "Digital photography replicates the process of traditional film photography, but it uses an electronic sensor, rather than film, to capture images. These digital photographs are stored on a memory card, and their resolution is measured in megapixels."

    A 20+ year veteran in the industry, photographer Liz Banfield pioneered the documentary style that has become standard in wedding day coverage. She is known for capturing authentic, genuine moments while making sure everyone has a great time doing it. Her cinematic style attracts sophisticated couples looking for highly personalized coverage of their weddings. Liz is recognized as one of the best photographers in the world according to Harper’s Bazaar, Martha Stewart Weddings, and BRIDES magazine.

    On Sale Now! My Wedding Spending Plan.  Here is the link . Create a plan to make the most out of your wedding budget, most likely save you money AND take out the stress of wedding spending.

    This episode is brought to you by 175 questions to know you are prepared for your wedding day. The ultimate Q&A wedding planning checklist. On sale now!

    Places to go and People to see:
    Website: http://www.kellymcwilliams.com
    Instagram: @kellyamcwilliams @thisvsthatweddingpodcast
    Website: https://www.lizbanfield.com/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lizbanfieldwed/
    Previous Podcast Episodes: https://thisvsthatweddingpodcast.buzzsprout.com/

    • 39 min
    This vs That: The Wedding Rollercoaster, Self vs Outside Funding

    This vs That: The Wedding Rollercoaster, Self vs Outside Funding

    Nope. Not the fun episode. But if you listen, absorb and take our tips - you'll find that you're going to have a FAR less stressful engagement and planning season.  The cool thing is that Leah just released her new book, "The Wedding Rollercoaster" and its a great companion to this episode. I posted a link below. The real deal is, that by taking the opportunity in the beginning to talk openly with your "team" (anyone who holds a stake in your wedding), you will avoid some of the stresses brought on surrounding wedding spending. The biggest factors when making the contribution decision:
    Who has controlGuilt (It's real and we recognize this)Final decision makersDoes having the wedding of your dreams weigh more than the potential stress of contributors In this episode we'll break down the benefits, pros and cons of paying for the wedding yourself or having contributors.  Oh, and in this episode there's a shout out to Kimberly of Hitched Events and her episode about having a short or long engagement. Click here to listen to this related episode.

    Here is the link to order The Wedding Rollercoaster  on kindle or paperback

    On Sale Now! My Wedding Spending Plan.  Here is the link . Create a plan to make the most out of your wedding budget, most likely save you money AND take out the stress of wedding spending.

    This episode is brought to you by 175 questions to know you are prepared for your wedding day. The ultimate Q&A wedding planning checklist. On sale now!

    Leah Weinberg is the Owner & Creative Director of Color Pop Events -- a New York City-based wedding planning company that lives in the logistics, providing an unmatched focus on event details for clients. 

    Celebrating seven years of business, Leah continues to leverage the organization skills, calm communication style, and ability to multi-task she initially developed as a commercial real estate lawyer in her previous career.

    Her colorful work and party planning tips have been published online and in print with Vogue, the New York Times, People, CNBC, Bravo, Martha Stewart, and The Knot, among others.

    Recently, Leah has been recognized as a 20 on the Rise winner by Honeybook and the Rising Tide Society, one of the 25 Young Event Pros to Watch by Special Events Magazine, and one of BizBash's Top 500 Event Pros in the US.

    A 2021 WeddingPro Educator with The Knot + WeddingWire, Leah travels throughout the country sharing insight with her peers regionally, as well as at national conferences such as ALT Summit, NACE Experience, and The Special Event.

    Places to go and People to see:
    Website: http://www.kellymcwilliams.com
    Instagram: @kellyamcwilliams @thisvsthatweddingpodcast
    Website: https://www.colorpopevents.com/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/colorpopevents/
    Previous Podcast Episodes: https://thisvsthatweddingpodcast.buzzsprout.com/

    • 40 min
    Bonus episode: What is "My Wedding Spending Plan Workbook"?

    Bonus episode: What is "My Wedding Spending Plan Workbook"?

    If you listened to Season 2 episode 5 about Budgets vs Spending Plans, you know that planning a wedding takes great financial planning too.
    I’m ecstatic to let you know that our newest resource, My Wedding Spending Plan Workbook is available for you in Pre-Sale!
    The workbook is comprised of 5 detailed worksheets that guide you through prioritization, research, spending plan, tracking and payments.

    The first step to creating your wedding spending plan is to prioritize which aspects of your wedding are the most important to you. 
    What do you care about the most? What is most important when remembering your wedding in 20 years?What do you want your guests to say about your wedding?What do you want your planning and wedding weekend experience to be like?Depending on where you live and even the date or time may change the costs of your wedding. It is best to research reasonable costs before booking any vendors. This will allow you to see what kind of budget you should prepare for. 

    If you've ever kept a budget for home or on a work project, you know that planning in advance is a very important step to staying on track. If you miss a line item, your entire budget can be thrown off. 
    Our sheet accounts for allocating your budget for the important items of the day and allows you to add in extras that may be specific to your wedding plans. 

    Once you've set your line item allowances, use this sheet to track quotes, actual costs and deposits made. You'll have confidence in seeing your dollars spent and what is remaining to pay.

    Finally, the payment sheet rounds out the workbook to make sure that you know where you money is going and to whom. 
    The line items allow for more detailed information on your payments in and out, including addresses, payment types, who is responsible for that payment, due dates, balances, gratuity and notes. 
    This  week we are launching our new product My Wedding Spending Plan. To get the My Spending Plan Workbook, at the PRE-SALE rate of $79 (the regular price will be $249), send us your email address before 11:59pm April 3rd, 2021.

    This episode is brought to you by 175 questions to know you are prepared for your wedding day. The ultimate Q&A wedding planning checklist. On sale now!


    Places to go and People to see:
    Website: http://www.kellymcwilliams.com
    Instagram: @kellyamcwilliams @thisvsthatweddingpodcast
    Previous Podcast Episodes: https://thisvsthatweddingpodcast.buzzsprout.com/

    • 6 min
    This vs That: Digital Images vs Printed Photos and Albums

    This vs That: Digital Images vs Printed Photos and Albums

    I can not tell you how strongly I feel about actually getting your wedding images printed.  After listening to this episode with Manda and I, I would bet that you will feel the same.  Here's the thing, yes.  You will 100% look at your wedding pictures on your phone (or stream them onto your tv) a thousand times. But there is a very different feeling and reaction that you will have when you see your favorite ones on your fridge, on your desk or framed on the wall in your home.  The best though?  When someone comes over and picks up your album from the coffee table and looks through it.  Trust me, they will.  Oh it is so good!

    This  week we are launching our new product My Wedding Spending Plan. To get the My Spending Plan Workbook, at the PRE-SALE rate of $79 (the regular price will be $249), send us your email address before 11:59pm April 3rd, 2021.

    This episode is brought to you by 175 questions to know you are prepared for your wedding day. The ultimate Q&A wedding planning checklist. On sale now!

    Did you listen to last weeks episode with Renee Sabo about wedding your wedding spending plan? It's a good one.  Here's a link to it.

    Manda Weaver is a hybrid Wedding and Editorial photographer based in the Mid-Atlantic. She has been creating iconic artwork for couples, designers, and artists for more than twelve years across the US, Europe, and the Caribbean. Manda's photography has been featured in Martha Stewart Weddings, Brides, and Forbes Magazine among others.

    Places to go and People to see:
    Website: http://www.kellymcwilliams.com
    Instagram: @kellyamcwilliams @thisvsthatweddingpodcast
    Website: Manda Weaver Wedding Photography
    Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/mandaweaver/
    Previous Podcast Episodes: https://thisvsthatweddingpodcast.buzzsprout.com/

    • 48 min
    This vs That: Wedding Budget vs Spending Plan with Renee Sabo

    This vs That: Wedding Budget vs Spending Plan with Renee Sabo

    You better listen to this episode.  Maybe listen twice.  I know, believe me I know - there isn't anything fun about talking about how much a wedding costs.  However you will be able to plan the rest of your wedding without the fear of going over budget or stressing out.
    I want you  to "Listen Linda" as Mateo explained to his mom about how not to burn your butt.

    In this episode Renee and I will hopefully help you to make the decision to start with a wedding spending plan vs flying by with a budget.  We'll explain how a budget can leave you in a constant state of compromise or worse, over budget and how implementing a spending plan can make your wedding planning less stressful and stretching your dollars.

    Next week we will be launching our new product My Wedding Spending Plan. To be informed on the sale of the pending plan, send us your email address.

    This episode is brought to you by 175 questions to know you are prepared for your wedding day. The ultimate Q&A wedding planning checklist. On sale now!

    Did you listen to last weeks episode with Saundra Hadley about wedding your wedding ceremony? It's a good one.  Here's a link to it.

    About Renee Sabo:
    Renée's lifelong love affair with weddings started out as a high school dream that quickly evolved as she pursued a career in the industry throughout college and beyond. From rentals to planning to catering, her diverse experience has touched every corner of the industry and has led to her role as a multifaceted thought leader for event professionals everywhere.

    Inspired to start her own business, Renée received her MBA with a focus in entrepreneurship and quickly put her degree to work when she launched Urban Soirée® in 2017. Today, her award-winning company delivers elevated and romantic celebrations through full-service wedding planning and design for couples on the East Coast and destinations worldwide. Renée’s success with Urban Soirée® has earned her and her company numerous accolades, including being named as the Best of Boston® 2020 – Best IRL Wedding Planner by Boston Magazine. She was also recognized as ILEA Boston’s Top Planner in 2019 and has ranked in WeddingWire’s Couples’ Choice Awards for three consecutive years since opening her doors.

    Places to go and People to see:
    Website: http://www.kellymcwilliams.com
    Instagram: @kellyamcwilliams @thisvsthatweddingpodcast
    Website: Urban Soiree
    Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/urban_soiree/
    Previous Podcast Episodes: https://thisvsthatweddingpodcast.buzzsprout.com/

    • 41 min

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