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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!

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

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    • 5.0 • 88 Ratings

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!

    How to Break into the Luxury Wedding Market

    How to Break into the Luxury Wedding Market

    Hope you’re ready to celebrate—it’s our one-year anniversary episode! This week, we’re finally answering our most-asked question: how can planners break into the luxury market? We discuss how we define luxury, the different tiers of luxury weddings, how to use marketing strategies to appeal to the right clients, and what types of research you should invest in to get comfortable with the market. Plus, a listener asks how to communicate with a vendor when they’re doing something they shouldn’t.

    BONUS: Listen for an exclusive promo code to save 10% off our new Monthly Planning Checklist!

    Discussed in This Episode:
    Our NEW Monthly Planning Checklist (https://www.weddedshop.com/)
    Aman Resorts (https://www.aman.com/)
    Chef Thomas Keller (https://www.thomaskeller.com/biography)
    Rizzoli Books (https://www.thomaskeller.com/biography)
    Brunello Cuccinelli (https://shop.brunellocucinelli.com)
    Shira Savada Consulting (https://www.shiramisu.com/)
    Ideaction Consulting (https://www.ideactionconsulting.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

    • 23 min
    Everything COVID and Weddings: In Conversation With Alison Bryan Destinations

    Everything COVID and Weddings: In Conversation With Alison Bryan Destinations

    This week, we sat down with destination wedding planner extraordinaire, Alison Laesser-Keck, as she quarantines from Covid in Mexico post-wedding. How can you make your guests feel comfortable? Should you postpone your wedding? What kind of testing requirements should you implement? How do you communicate those requirements? Covid brings up tons of questions—and we’re answering them all. Plus: a listener asks how early is too early to start wedding planning.


    Discussed in This Episode:

    Alison Bryan Destinations (https://www.alison-bryan.com/)

    Allianz Travel Insurance (https://www.allianztravelinsurance.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

    • 26 min
    Avoid These Client Management Mistakes at All Costs

    Avoid These Client Management Mistakes at All Costs

    We’ve been around the wedding planning block. That means we’ve had lots of time to make lots of mistakes—and you get to learn from them! In this episode, we’re discussing our nine biggest client management faux pas. From not setting realistic expectations to failing to ask couples their preferred methods of communication, we’ll save you lots of time and frustration. Plus: a listener question about proposals vs. contracts.

    Discussed in This Episode:
    Our Episode on Boundaries (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/how-to-set-boundaries-as-a-wedding-planner/id1551208110?i=1000536268644)
    Client Planning Workbook (https://www.weddedshop.com/product-page/client-planning-workbook)

    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

    • 24 min
    Top 10 Tips for Creating Your Guest List

    Top 10 Tips for Creating Your Guest List

    Creating a guest list for your wedding can bring up some uncomfortable situations. That’s why we’ve rounded up our top ten questions to ask yourself (or your clients) when getting your list together. From family dynamics to coworker relationships and plus ones, consider us your trusted guides. Plus, a listener asks about how much to tip each vendor.


    Discussed in This Episode:

    Suggestion Guide for Creating Guest Lists:
    https://www.weddedshop.com/product-page/suggestion-guide-for-creating-guest-lists

    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
    Lounge Furniture: The Questions You Didn’t Know You Had

    Lounge Furniture: The Questions You Didn’t Know You Had

    Lounge furniture adds warmth and intimacy to your venue and makes guests feel at home. But how do you handle rental companies? How do you set it up? What do you think about when making selections? Why is renting better than buying? Consider it covered. Plus: a listener question about adjusting the wedding timeline when there’s no cocktail hour.


    Discussed in This Episode:

    Design Episode Part 1 (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/how-to-create-an-a-event-design-process/id1551208110?i=1000513411874)

    Design Episode Part 2 (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/how-to-create-an-a-design-process-part-two/id1551208110?i=1000524770593)

    NEW Design Workbook Kit and Venue Planning Master Kit (https://www.weddedshop.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
    9 Tips to Score Instant Referrals

    9 Tips to Score Instant Referrals

    From how to get (and give!) referrals to why they’re so important—and how to have that conversation with your couples—we’re here to help you boost your wedding business. Learn how to use social media to your advantage and write authentic emails. Plus, a listener asks us how to classify employees for tax purposes.


    Discussed in This Episode:

    Engage Summit (http://engagesummits.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

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
88 Ratings

88 Ratings

Some random personified person ,

Shannon and Tracy are my new virtual BFFs/Mentors!!

Thank you for the fun and super informative episodes - I look forward to them every week! Your tips and tools have given me so much confidence as a new wedding planner. I’ve used many of the resources on the wedded podcast website, and I appreciate how you have streamlined the process because it gives me such an advantage as I create my own processes with clients. Can’t thank you enough! Keep bringing us the goods, please!

CarolineWaters ,

only wedding podcast you need!!!

I found Wedded when I started commuting to school & needed something good to listen to on the drive but also with good information on the industry. I found this podcast & never listened to any other wedding podcast after! They are so easy to listen to while providing amazing insight & information to keep in mind. As an event management major, I love everything they have to say!! I seriously can’t get enough of this podcast!! I’ve listened to every episode at least 3 times, probably more since i found it. Shannon & Tracy, thank you for keeping this podcast up in your very busy lives, its just amazing & very very appreciated!

Missy2790 ,

So informative!

As a bride this podcast was SO helpful, giving all the tips and tricks and don’t-forgets that I really needed pre-wedding and as someone who is extremely interested in entering the events industry it’s been so informative to hear how to start and learn all about the process and client services. Thank you both!

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