65 episodes

Welcome to Wedded: The Wedding Planner Podcast. We are Tracy Taylor Ward and Shannon Leahy, wedding planners with a love for event design who work with clients all over the world. Tracy’s company, Tracy Taylor Ward Design, is based in NY and FL, and Shannon’s company, Shannon Leahy Events, is located in CA and MD. After a combined 20 years in the events industry, we’ve “wedded” our expertise to share with you everything we know about weddings and how to run a successful luxury event planning company. Whether you’re a wedding planner looking to elevate your client’s experience, or a bride or groom wondering how to hold a chic, seamless and exceptionally fun wedding, you’ve come to the right place! So grab your favorite pen and notebook, and take a seat. We can’t wait to help you level up your wedding!

Wedded: The Wedding Planner Podcast Tracy Taylor Ward and Shannon Leahy

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Welcome to Wedded: The Wedding Planner Podcast. We are Tracy Taylor Ward and Shannon Leahy, wedding planners with a love for event design who work with clients all over the world. Tracy’s company, Tracy Taylor Ward Design, is based in NY and FL, and Shannon’s company, Shannon Leahy Events, is located in CA and MD. After a combined 20 years in the events industry, we’ve “wedded” our expertise to share with you everything we know about weddings and how to run a successful luxury event planning company. Whether you’re a wedding planner looking to elevate your client’s experience, or a bride or groom wondering how to hold a chic, seamless and exceptionally fun wedding, you’ve come to the right place! So grab your favorite pen and notebook, and take a seat. We can’t wait to help you level up your wedding!

    Cheers to the Freakin’ (Wedding) Weekend — Everything You Need to Know about Planning a Weekend Wedding Experience

    Cheers to the Freakin’ (Wedding) Weekend — Everything You Need to Know about Planning a Weekend Wedding Experience

    Why have one day of celebrations when you can have many?! On this week’s episode we’re discussing full wedding weekends and their recent rise in popularity over the last few years–Tune in to hear our thoughts on these multi-day soirées, including tips for budgeting for numerous events, preventing guest burnout with too many activities, how to staff appropriately for such celebrations and so much more. PLUS: We talk through planner travel fees and whether it’s better to charge a set amount for travel up-front vs. sharing an estimate initially and requesting reimbursement down the road.

    Discussed in this Episode:
    Cedar Lakes Estate (https://www.cedarlakesestate.com/)

    Visit Our Website:
    https://www.WeddedPodcast.com

    Grab Our Freebies And Planning Tools:
    www.WeddedShop.com

    Email Us All Of Your Questions and Comments:
    Questions@WeddedPodcast.com

    Find Us On Social:
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/weddedpodcast

    Read About Our Hosts:

    Tracy Taylor Ward Design
    Website: https://www.TracyTaylorWard.com
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tracytaylorward

    Shannon Leahy Events
    Website: https://www.ShannonLeahy.com
    Instagram: https://instagram.com/shannonleahyevents

    • 21 min
    Please Be Seated: The Real Deal on Escort vs. Place Cards

    Please Be Seated: The Real Deal on Escort vs. Place Cards

    This week we’re diving deep into the details, discussing all things escort and place cards! Whether you’re wondering what the differences are between the two, when to incorporate each into your events or just want to know what our favorite escort card displays have been to-date you’ve come to the right place. Plus, we answer one listener’s question about budgeting and the benefits of discussing both all-in and per-person budgets when connecting with prospective clients.

    Discussed in this Episode:
    The Event Prep Hacks You Didn’t Know You Needed (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-event-prep-hacks-you-didnt-know-you-needed/id1551208110?i=1000525727873)
    Yonder (https://yonderdesign.com/)

    Visit Our Website:
    https://www.WeddedPodcast.com

    Grab Our Freebies And Planning Tools:
    www.WeddedShop.com

    Email Us All Of Your Questions and Comments:
    Questions@WeddedPodcast.com

    Find Us On Social:
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/weddedpodcast

    Read About Our Hosts:

    Tracy Taylor Ward Design
    Website: https://www.TracyTaylorWard.com
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tracytaylorward

    Shannon Leahy Events
    Website: https://www.ShannonLeahy.com
    Instagram: https://instagram.com/shannonleahyevents

    • 20 min
    How to Find & Book Your Perfect Beauty Team

    How to Find & Book Your Perfect Beauty Team

    We’re back and talking all things beauty! Whether you’re hiring your own hair and makeup team or looking for tips and tricks on vetting the right professionals for your clientele, we’re here to help. Listen in to hear why we think who you hire can make or break the entire wedding day vibe. Plus, we discuss how and when, as a planner, it’s appropriate (and potentially helpful) to share personal wedding planning experiences with clients.

    Visit Our Website:
    https://www.WeddedPodcast.com

    Grab Our Freebies And Planning Tools:
    www.WeddedShop.com

    Email Us All Of Your Questions and Comments:
    Questions@WeddedPodcast.com

    Find Us On Social:
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/weddedpodcast

    Read About Our Hosts:

    Tracy Taylor Ward Design
    Website: https://www.TracyTaylorWard.com
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tracytaylorward

    Shannon Leahy Events
    Website: https://www.ShannonLeahy.com
    Instagram: https://instagram.com/shannonleahyevents

    • 18 min
    Big News: Our Personal, Professional & Podcast Updates

    Big News: Our Personal, Professional & Podcast Updates

    Don’t worry—This isn’t goodbye, it’s just see you later! With events back in full swing, our lives have been a little bit busy. So while we LOVE connecting each week with all you wed heads, we’re taking a break to focus on our upcoming events, our families and, of course, more big plans for Wedded! Make sure you subscribe so you’ll be the first to know when we’re back and ready to answer all your wedding planning and questions.


    Discussed in this episode:

    Melissa Alt Cakes (https://www.melissaaltcakes.com/)

    Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin (https://www.dragonslovetacos.com)

    Wedded Tipping Guide (Coming Soon to WeddedShop.com)

    Budgeting Document (Coming Soon to WeddedShop.com)

    Shannon Leahy Events Fall Internship Openings (reach out to info@shannonleahy.com)

    Tracy Taylor Ward Design Fall Internship Openings (reach out to tracy@tracytaylorward.com)


    Visit Our Website:

    https://www.WeddedPodcast.com


    Grab Our Freebies And Planning Tools:

    www.WeddedShop.com


    Email Us All Of Your Questions and Comments:

    Questions@WeddedPodcast.com


    Find Us On Social:

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/weddedpodcast


    Read About Our Hosts:


    Tracy Taylor Ward Design

    Website: https://www.TracyTaylorWard.com

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tracytaylorward


    Shannon Leahy Events

    Website: https://www.ShannonLeahy.com

    Instagram: https://instagram.com/shannonleahyevents

    • 10 min
    The Ultimate Wedding Vendor Gratuity Guide

    The Ultimate Wedding Vendor Gratuity Guide

    To Tip or Not To Tip? This week, we answer this million dollar question, and so many more, as we discuss proper tipping etiquette and how to approach the topic of vendor gratuities with clients. PLUS: We share our tips (pun intended) for curating a unique and elevated gifting suite for wedding guests.

    Discussed in this episode:
    Tipping Guide Template (Coming soon to WeddedShop.com)

    • 20 min
    Everything You Absolutely Need to Know About Hosting a Micro-Wedding

    Everything You Absolutely Need to Know About Hosting a Micro-Wedding

    While COVID-19 popularized the micro-wedding concept, intimate events are nothing new, and, in our opinion, are here to stay! In this week’s episode we debunk common micro-wedding misconceptions and discuss the etiquette surrounding these smaller celebrations. Plus: We share our advice for handling clients who are challenging communicators (especially in the weeks leading up to their wedding).


    Discussed in this episode:

    Lake Tahoe (https://visitinglaketahoe.com)

    Bedford Post Inn (https://visitinglaketahoe.com)

    Presidio National Park (https://www.presidio.gov)

    Breaking Up with Clients Who Aren’t the Right Fit (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/wedded-the-wedding-planner-podcast/id1551208110?i=1000551999753)


    Visit Our Website:

    https://www.WeddedPodcast.com


    Grab Our Freebies And Planning Tools:

    www.WeddedShop.com


    Email Us All Of Your Questions and Comments:

    Questions@WeddedPodcast.com


    Find Us On Social:

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/weddedpodcast


    Read About Our Hosts:


    Tracy Taylor Ward Design

    Website: https://www.TracyTaylorWard.com

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tracytaylorward


    Shannon Leahy Events

    Website: https://www.ShannonLeahy.com

    Instagram: https://instagram.com/shannonleahyevents

    • 20 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
97 Ratings

97 Ratings

Designs by Daisy (Planner) ,

Very Helpful

I started listing to the Wedded podcast a couple months ago, and let me just say how much it has helped me grow my business and myself as a business owner. I was truly grateful for the design workbook and the monthly checklist that I purchased to make myself and my full planning clients stay more organized and help the planning process easier! Owning this business with only one assistant I definitely needed the extra help and purchasing these documents helped save so much time on my end. Listening to this podcast has been so informative in every areas, and Tracy and Shannon are so fun! They are truly inspiring and I look forward to listening to their every show!

tdsr$76 ,

Professional

Such a helpful podcast from the point of view of planners! I love that they lean into their west coast/east coast differences and even compare live on the podcast. They have a great, professional tone and aren’t condescending. I wish they posted more episodes more frequently and tackled other parts of the wedding planning process from the point of view of a bride.

alice review ,

Such an incredible, informative podcast on the wedding planning process!

This is the only podcast you need as a bride, aspiring planner or anyone interested in the industry! Shannon and Tracy are such open books and I look forward to every episode. As a wedding photographer, I have been to a lot of weddings, but I still learn something every time. I love “hanging out” with Shannon and Tracy for each episode and save them up like treasures to be enjoyed on long drives to weddings! Seriously, every episode is jam-packed with educational content. So many little insider tips and tricks and things that you would never think about if you don’t have the years of experience they do!

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