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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 21 year veteran of the wedding industry and is a 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!

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

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    • 4.9 • 51 Ratings

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 21 year veteran of the wedding industry and is a 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!

    Wedding Planning Decision: Minimalist vs Maximalist Black Tie

    Wedding Planning Decision: Minimalist vs Maximalist Black Tie

    This week we (SW Florida) took a direct hit from Hurricane Ian.  Let me say that it was the scariest day of my life. But we made it.  Our local wedding community is strong and we will rebuild.  I had to wait to get internet back in order to be able to drop this episode and the next few will most likely be delayed.  Please stick with me though because we have so many good episodes to come.
    Are you at the point where you are determining what formality of wedding you'll be having? By formality I mean, White Tie, Black Tie, Black Tie invited or optional, Formal, Cocktail, Resort or Beach Casual, or Casual? In this episode Kristy and I will be explaining the differences in maximalist and minimalist black tie.  This topic is intriguing is because day in and day out couples steer away from Black Tie because they're concerned it will be too stuffy or over the top when in actuality it can be the exact opposite.
    KRISTY’S WORK, LIKE HER PERSONALITY, is at times difficult to pin down. Her brushstrokes can ebb and flow from highly detailed and meticulous to free-flowing and boundless, all the while remaining captivating and unmistakable. For the last 19 years, Kristy’s obsession with paint and paper has evolved into the innovative and wildly recognized brand, Momental Designs.  Kristy has transformed event stationery into a persuasive and compelling medium that garners global attention from media, celebrities and some of the world’s most creative individuals. Widely regarded as an industry tastemaker, Kristy’s styling, painting and stationery innovations have been featured in creative editorials and installations in some of the world’s most famed publications.  Kristy’s work has been credited in People Magazine, Good Morning America, New York Live, The Knot, Inside Weddings and Brides Magazines, Vanity Fair, Martha Stewart Weddings. She is also a 9-time author.
    Places to go - People to see:
    Kelly's Site: http://www.kellymcwilliams.com
    Kelly's Blog: https://www.kellymcwilliams.com/blog
    Instagram: @kellyamcwilliams
    Lance's Site & Insta: https://www.mydfwdj.com/ / https://www.instagram.com/mydfwdj/
    About Kelly:
    Hundreds of weddings and 21 years in the industry, Kelly knows how incredible a well planned wedding can be. She creates  from scratch & 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 & nationally While most of Kellys weddings take place in Naples, Sanibel or Captiva Island, she travels internationally for destination weddings abroad.  She's been recognized  as a  Martha Stewart Top Wedding Planner, Brides magazine and WeddingWire's best podcast. Home is in SW Florida with hubby Kelly J , mom to Maddy & Emily and dogs Reau & Olive.
    Thanks to our rockstar editor: Lance Panton
    With his professional start as a DJ at 17, Lance has possessed a love of music since birth. He's the owner and sole DJ for MY DFW DJ - Weddings & Events. A personalized DJ service focused on telling a couple's love story in music. No genre is too challenging
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    • 37 min
    Wedding Planning Decision: The ceremony processional, Standing vs Sitting

    Wedding Planning Decision: The ceremony processional, Standing vs Sitting

    You're definitely having a wedding ceremony so that means you have a few decisions to make while planning this part of your wedding day.  Once you've decided who's going to take part in the ceremony, you'll have to decide how you'll have them walk into your ceremony (the processional), where you'll want everyone to stand or sit.  Some wedding ceremonies will have traditions and protocols depending on culture, religion or venue (church or synagogue), but these days there are so many options you could consider and far less rules.  I hope that you love this episode and that it gives you some thought into making your wedding ceremony one that feels best to you.
    Brandee Gaar is a luxury Event Planner, Thought Leader, Educational Speaker and Host of The Wedding Pro CEO Podcast.  As a lifelong lover of all things events, Brandee spent 7 years as a corporate event planner with the prestigious Gaylord Hotels brand before opening her own event consulting firm.  Blush by Brandee Gaar and Eleven Events by Blush have quickly become known for their over the top events and high touch standard of customer service.

    Brandee is passionate about teaching wedding industry entrepreneurs her exact strategies in growing two 6-figure event businesses (while still being a present mom and wife!).  She provides expert tools for those who are ready to ditch the overwhelm and build the profitable business they’ve always dreamed of!

    Places to go - People to see:
    Kelly's Site: http://www.kellymcwilliams.com
    Kelly's Blog: https://www.kellymcwilliams.com/blog
    Instagram: @kellyamcwilliams @thisvsthatweddingpodcast
    Lance's Site & Insta: https://www.mydfwdj.com/ / https://www.instagram.com/mydfwdj/
    About Kelly:
    Hundreds of weddings and 21 years in the industry, Kelly knows how incredible a well planned wedding can be. She creates  from scratch & 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 & nationally While most of Kellys weddings take place in Naples, Sanibel or Captiva Island, she travels internationally for destination weddings abroad.  She's been recognized  as a  Martha Stewart Top Wedding Planner, Brides magazine and WeddingWire's best podcast. Home is in SW Florida with hubby Kelly J , mom to Maddy & Emily and dogs Reau & Olive.
    Thanks to our rockstar editor: Lance Panton
    With his professional start as a DJ at 17, Lance has possessed a love of music since birth. He's the owner and sole DJ for MY DFW DJ - Weddings & Events. A personalized DJ service focused on telling a couple's love story in music. No genre is too challenging to meet this goal. Lance is also the editor for the podcasts "This Week In Weddings".



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    • 42 min
    Wedding Planning Decision: Presenting vs Giving Away the Bride

    Wedding Planning Decision: Presenting vs Giving Away the Bride

    Get out your tissues because this one is going to have tears rolling down your face.  In this ceremony planning episode,  Greg and I discuss honoring the long standing tradition of the father of the bride giving his daughter to the groom versus presenting her to him.  Once we discussed why or why not, Greg offered the actual script he did for his daughters weddings that were, oh my gosh, beyond heartfelt.  I was BALLING! Oh but it gets better.  Greg also wrote a song for their father daughter dance as a surprise.  You'll get to hear it at the end of the episode. You can swipe Gregs script and browse the rest of the website for the full story and officiants script. You can listen to the song here.  Absolutely let us know if you plan on incorporating either - we'd love to know!
    Greg Stielstra is a husband, father of three, author of two business books, behavioral scientist, marketing guy, Packers fan, songwriter, and Nashville's worst guitarist. He worked as a wedding reception DJ for 27 years and has personally entertained at 1200 wedding receptions. He's also someone who believes fathers should NOT give their daughters away on their wedding day but should "present them for marriage" instead.
    Places to go - People to see:
    Kelly's Site: http://www.kellymcwilliams.com
    Kelly's Blog: https://www.kellymcwilliams.com/blog
    Instagram: @kellyamcwilliams @thisvsthatweddingpodcast
    Lance's Site & Insta: https://www.mydfwdj.com/ / https://www.instagram.com/mydfwdj/
    About Kelly:
    Hundreds of weddings and 21 years in the industry, Kelly knows how incredible a well planned wedding can be. She creates  from scratch & 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 & nationally While most of Kellys weddings take place in Naples, Sanibel or Captiva Island, she travels internationally for destination weddings abroad.  She's been recognized  as a  Martha Stewart Top Wedding Planner, Brides magazine and WeddingWire's best podcast. Home is in SW Florida with hubby Kelly J , mom to Maddy & Emily and dogs Reau & Olive.
    Thanks to our rockstar editor: Lance Panton
    With his professional start as a DJ at 17, Lance has possessed a love of music since birth. He's the owner and sole DJ for MY DFW DJ - Weddings & Events. A personalized DJ service focused on telling a couple's love story in music. No genre is too challenging to meet this goal. Lance is also the editor for the podcasts "This Week In Weddings".
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    • 29 min
    Wedding Planning Decision: Full Service Planner vs Day-of Coordinator

    Wedding Planning Decision: Full Service Planner vs Day-of Coordinator

    You and your fiance know that you need help on your wedding day and you've decided you do not want your family or friends to have to work at your wedding.  They are there to see you get married and you want them to enjoy your celebration .  Not all, but most wedding planning companies offer several types of services including day-of coordination (sometimes called Event Management) or full service planning with or without design.  In this episode we guide you through the tasks and responsibilities a coordinator is limited to versus the full scope of guidance and advocacy that a full service planner provides.
     
    About todays co-host : Kehrin Hassan is an international planner-designer who founded Jet Set Wed, a Wedding and Event Design company based in South West Florida’s Gulf Coast.  As a multi published designer, her extensive experience is not inhibited by her effortless understated and organic designs that last the test of time. Her talents lie in discovering a clients style and recreating it in a celebratory space in a way that is absolutely their own. In her over 15 years of event experience she has designed large scale International corporate events for a Fortune 500 company, assisted in executing celebrity weddings abroad as well as designed over 600 weddings and events from coast to coast.  She works closely with her equally talented husband, Jason Teeters of Jet Set State who builds entrepreneurs from the ground up and is the mom to her toddlers Marra & Kesh, named after the location in Morocco the two were married.

    Places to go - People to see:
    Kelly's Site: http://www.kellymcwilliams.com
    Kelly's Blog: https://www.kellymcwilliams.com/blog
    Instagram: @kellyamcwilliams @thisvsthatweddingpodcast
    Lance's Site & Insta: https://www.mydfwdj.com/ / https://www.instagram.com/mydfwdj/
    About Kelly:
    Hundreds of weddings and 21 years in the industry, Kelly knows how incredible a well planned wedding can be. She creates  from scratch & 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 & nationally recognized  including as a  Martha Stewart Top Wedding Planner, Brides magazine and WeddingWire's best podcast. Home is in SWFL with hubby Kelly J , mom to Maddy & Emily and dogs Reau & Olive.
    Thanks to our rockstar editor: Lance Panton
    With his professional start as a DJ at 17, Lance has possessed a love of music since birth. He's the owner and sole DJ for MY DFW DJ - Weddings & Events. A personalized DJ service focused on telling a couple's love story in music. No genre is too challenging to meet this goal. Lance is also the editor for the podcasts "This Week In Weddings".
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    • 1 hr 19 min
    Hiring a Pro vs DIY

    Hiring a Pro vs DIY

    Every decision you make for your wedding you'll have the opportunity to decide if you want to have a professionals help or if you want to tackle the task on your own. DIY you're potentially giving up guidance & advocacy with a service or the quality build of a product. However this doesn't mean that it can't or shouldn't be done. In this episode  Chanda & I discuss a litany of things you could do DIY or hire a pro for with the pros & cons and a few great stories.

    RECOGNIZED AS ONE OF THE NATION’S LEADING LGBTQ+ WEDDING EXPERTS, Chanda Daniels Planning + Design and founder of A Monique Affair, a leading event planning company in the San Francisco Bay area. A natural at designing and planning events, her years of design experience have established her as an expert in her field.  Combining her skills with her passion for creating events, she founded A Monique Affair and in 2018 founded Chanda Daniels, Planning + Design which focuses on refined fine art wedding weekends.
    Chanda believes in celebrating milestone events with class, style, and richness. Her weddings have been featured in Martha Stewart Weddings, Munaluchi Bride, The Knot, and Today’s Bride, and named Top Wedding Planner by Harper’s Bazaar, Martha Stewart Weddings & BRIDES.

    Places to go - People to see:
    Kelly's Site: http://www.kellymcwilliams.com
    Kelly's Blog: https://www.kellymcwilliams.com/blog
    Instagram: @kellyamcwilliams @thisvsthatweddingpodcast
    Lance's Site & Insta: https://www.mydfwdj.com/ / https://www.instagram.com/mydfwdj/
    About Kelly:
    21 years in the industry, Kelly knows how incredible a well planned wedding can be. She creates  from scratch & 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 & nationally recognized  including as a  Martha Stewart Top Wedding Planner, Brides magazine and WeddingWire's best podcast. Home is in SWFL with hubby Kelly J , mom to Maddy & Emily and dogs Reau & Olive.
    Thanks to our rockstar editor: Lance Panton
    With his professional start as a DJ at 17, Lance has possessed a love of music since birth. He's the owner and sole DJ for MY DFW DJ - Weddings & Events. A personalized DJ service focused on telling a couple's love story in music. No genre is too challenging to meet this goal. Lance is also the editor for the podcasts "This Week In Weddings".
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    • 49 min
    Wedding Planning Decision: Dress Shopping Alone vs With a Group

    Wedding Planning Decision: Dress Shopping Alone vs With a Group

    Did you go shopping for your wedding dress yet?  If you're in the process of going to find the dress of your dreams, this episode will hopefully help you to decide on whether you'd like to shop solo or with your bestie or all of your gang.   With great stories and tips from Kennedy, you're going to get the inside scoop on the pros and cons of shopping with your friends and family.
    About today's co-host: Kennedy, better known as Gown Eyed Girl, is a bridal influencer in her native city, Los Angeles. She started Gown Eyed Girl as a way to spotlight the diversity of the bridal industry as well as up and coming indie designers. She spends her days creating fun content like "Wedding Dresses inspired by Abba Songs" or "Wedding Dresses She'd Wear in a Period Piece" and other videos breaking down celebrity weddings and bridal history. You can find Kennedy on instagram and Tik Tok as @GownEyedGirl.

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    Places to go - People to see:
    Kelly's Site: http://www.kellymcwilliams.com
    Kelly's Blog: https://www.kellymcwilliams.com/blog
    Instagram: @kellyamcwilliams @thisvsthatweddingpodcast
    Lance's Website: https://www.mydfwdj.com/
    Lance's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mydfwdj/
    Listen to all the previous episodes: https://thisvsthatweddingpodcast.buzzsprout.com/
    About Kelly:
    21 years in the industry, Kelly knows how incredible a well planned wedding can be. She creates  from scratch & 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 & nationally recognized  including as a  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.

    Thanks to our rockstar editor: Lance Panton
    With his professional start as a DJ at 17, Lance has possessed a love of music since birth. is the owner and sole DJ for MY DFW DJ - Weddings & Events. A personalized DJ service focused on telling a couple's love story in music. No genre is too challenging to meet this goal. Lance is also the editor for the podcasts "This Week In Weddings". He also serves as the co-director of membership for The Dallas/Fort Worth chapter of The National Association of Catering & Events. When Lance is not behind the booth, he's in the kitchen fulfilling his passion for the culinary arts, creating meals for his wife.
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    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
51 Ratings

51 Ratings

Oh Niki ,

The best free wedding advice around!

10/10 Highly Recommend the This vs. That Podcast to anyone out there planning a wedding!
As a longtime planner in the industry, there’s no denying that Kelly McWilliams really knows her stuff BUT what makes this so fun and entertaining is that she invites other pros on to share their perspectives on so many important decisions that you need to make during the wedding planning process! The Libra in me is always debated decisions so I wish I had this type of podcast for everything in life!
As a previous guest and long time follower, I can tell you Kelly is equally as funny as she is knowledgeable! What a lighthearted way to help educate yourself whether you are engaged or perhaps in the industry yourself!

DJ Malike ,

This Podcast is essential 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥 !

How is this podcast free ? There are so many gems here. This should be required listening before planning any wedding. Kelly thank you for blessing the wedding industry with this podcast.

janiceelaine37 ,

Great conversations with wedding experts!

This is such a fun podcast, and I like engaged couples will get so much out of the conversations between Kelly and her guests.

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