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So...now you're engaged and ready to plan your wedding. What next? Here we explore curated questions for inquiring couples from a variety of the wedding industries top professionals.

Now You're Engaged - A Wedding Show Kenny Hopkins & Julie Occhino

    • Arts
    • 5.0 • 18 Ratings

So...now you're engaged and ready to plan your wedding. What next? Here we explore curated questions for inquiring couples from a variety of the wedding industries top professionals.

    Why Ring Insurance Is a Must-Have On Your Pre-Wedding Checklist with Debi Lilly

    Why Ring Insurance Is a Must-Have On Your Pre-Wedding Checklist with Debi Lilly

    In this episode, we’re talking all things jewelry insurance! If you’d be crushed at the thought of losing your engagement or wedding rings then you need to hear this conversation with Debi Lilly, celebrity party planner and author. Debi shares a story that demonstrates why jewelry insurance is a necessity for couples. 
    For full show notes, resources, links: https://www.nowyoureengaged.com/season-two/why-ring-insurance-is-a-must-have-on-your-pre-wedding-checklist-with-debi-lilly
     
    EPISODE BREAKDOWN:
    2:13 How Debi got started in the wedding industry
    3:29 Why she is so passionate about jewelry insurance 
    6:20 Her details to-do list 
    8:37 Home insurance vs. jewelry insurance
    10:29 What jewelry insurance she recommends
    13:51 Her tips for keeping your rings safe and clean
    18:51 Ring trends for 2021
    25:31 Advice for keeping your rings nice for years to come
    27:30 Why you need a ring check-up

    • 30 min
    Thoughtful High-End Weddings with Hannah Mitchell of Elite Events

    Thoughtful High-End Weddings with Hannah Mitchell of Elite Events

    In this episode, we had a conversation with Hannah Mitchell, of Elite Seattle. Hannah and her mom Cindy specialize in designing thoughtful high-end weddings and events. She shares her process as a planner for luxury weddings and talks about the types of services they offer their clients. 
     
    For full show notes, resources, links: https://www.nowyoureengaged.com/season-two/thoughtful-high-end-weddings-with-hannah-mitchell-of-elite-events
     
    EPISODE BREAKDOWN:
    1:14 How Hannah and her mom got started in the wedding industry
    5:56 What services they specialize in
    9:35 How they navigate decor and design
    10:58 Her vetting process for working with new vendors
    13:05 How her company differs from other wedding planning companies
    18:45 Her favorite trends of 2021 and 2022
    22:23 The live stream trend
    24:13 COVID testing at weddings
    28:23 The importance of hiring experienced professionals
    39:34 Their plans for expansion into California

    • 42 min
    Plan Your Party Like a Pro with Founder of Partyslate, Julia Novack

    Plan Your Party Like a Pro with Founder of Partyslate, Julia Novack

    Need more inspiration for planning your wedding? In this episode, we’re joined by Julia Novack, founder of Partyslate. Partyslate is an inspiration platform that shares unique party ideas and the professionals who make them happen. Julia shares how she got her idea for starting Partyslate and how people typically use the platform when event planning.
     
    For full show notes, resources, links: https://www.nowyoureengaged.com/season-two/plan-your-party-like-a-pro-with-founder-of-partyslate-julia-novack
     
    EPISODE BREAKDOWN:
    1:36 How Julia got into the wedding industry
    6:29 What events Partyslate serves
    11:30 How they reduce the intimidation factor through their platform
    13:01 Why you should use FAQ pages
    14:59 What vendors they feature on their website
    18:40 What an idea slate is and how you can use that feature
    21:57 How Partyslate is different from other wedding blogs and publications
    26:07 How 2021 and 2022 is a recovery year
    31:08 How event “rules” and traditions will change
    36:01 How event professionals and venues can get onto Partyslate

    • 39 min
    Wedding Trends for 2021 with Wedding Planner and CEO of Marylen Exposito Events, Marylen Exposito

    Wedding Trends for 2021 with Wedding Planner and CEO of Marylen Exposito Events, Marylen Exposito

    Wedding trends come and go. In this episode, we’re joined by wedding planner Marylen Exposito of Marylen Exposito Events to talk all things wedding trends in 2021. We chat about how covid has changed the way weddings are done and what trends we really like that have emerged this year. 
    For full show notes, resources, links: https://www.nowyoureengaged.com/season-two/wedding-trends-for-2021-with-wedding-planner-and-ceo-of-marylen-exposito-events-marylen-exposito
     
    EPISODE BREAKDOWN:
    3:12 Entertainment as the main focus
    7:15 The micro wedding trend 
    9:13 The popularity of elopements
    15:05 Formal dining during weddings
    16:22 Weekday weddings
    19:34 Up and coming color trends
    21:25 Quality over quantity
    24:22 How wedding attendance will be in 2022
    35:08 Sustainability in weddings

    • 36 min
    The Blueprint to Rescheduling Your Wedding with Wedding Planner and CEO of Infinite Events, Erica Trombetti

    The Blueprint to Rescheduling Your Wedding with Wedding Planner and CEO of Infinite Events, Erica Trombetti

    2020 was the year of rescheduled weddings. It comes as no surprise that there was no guidebook on how to handle this and many vendors and couples were left scrambling trying to figure out how to move their big day. In this episode, Kenny and Julie had a conversation with wedding planner and CEO of Infinite Events, Erica Trombetti about the course she designed to help people reschedule their wedding day. 
     
    For full show notes, resources, links: https://www.nowyoureengaged.com/season-two/the-blueprint-to-rescheduling-your-wedding-with-wedding-planner-and-ceo-of-infinite-events-erica-trombetti



    EPISODE BREAKDOWN:
    1:08 How Erica got started in the wedding industry 
    3:39 Her experience of rescheduling 30+ weddings
    25:05 Changes that have happened during COVID in the wedding industry
    36:02 Her favorite wedding trend of 2021
    38:11 Services that she offers at Infinite Events

    • 39 min
    Get Wedding Fit for the Dress and Beyond with International Lifestyle and Wedding Fitness Coach Laila Alieh

    Get Wedding Fit for the Dress and Beyond with International Lifestyle and Wedding Fitness Coach Laila Alieh

    Are you ready to get in shape for your special day? In this episode, Kenny and Julie were joined by International Lifestyle and Wedding Fitness Coach, Laila Aleih to talk about getting fit for your wedding day. Laila gives advice on creating a sustainable, healthy way to “slim down for the gown”. She explores the areas you should focus on for health and the services she offers for brides (and non-brides).
     
    LINKS WE LOVE:
    Sweating for the Wedding Podcast
    Wedding Fit Forever Academy 
    Laila’s Website (Get a free strategy session by mentioning our podcast!)
    Wedding Wellness Retreat video
     
    EPISODE BREAKDOWN:
    1:52 How Laila got into the fitness industry
    8:22 Wearing her wedding dress every anniversary
    10:02 Pressures of the wedding industry to look “perfect”
    10:45 Three areas to focus on for health
    15:04 Her clients’ favorite services 
    23:01 What sets her apart from other health professionals
    26:06 Wedding wellness retreats
    28:24 How she helps non-brides
    36:51 How to get help from Laila
    43:18 Her process for the wedding week
    45:52 The key services she offers
    49:26 Recap 

    • 59 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
18 Ratings

18 Ratings

Bryannak ,

Definitely Recommend!

I LOVE this podcast! It’s a great listen even if you aren’t engaged like myself. Julie and Kenny vibe well together and bring fun and laughs to their listeners. They are both very knowledgeable about their industry and they give great tips and tricks to plan the most perfect day!

samkubik ,

I love this podcast!!

Kenny and Julie are absolutely hilarious and a great pair for this topic. They are informational and entertaining all at the same time!!! I can’t wait for the rest of season 2!!!!

courtney sim ,

Love it!

Kenny and Julie have a great on air presence! This show gives a great inside look on the wedding industry from 2 professionals! It is very informative and extremely in depth from the advice they give to the opinions of these 2 hosts. Thank you for giving your audience things to think about for their special day. Keep up the great work!

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