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Get ready to experience the NEW WAY to thrive throughout your engagement by embracing who you are, prioritizing what you value & ultimately designing an unforgettable wedding celebration!

Welcome to the ALIGNED WEDDING EFFECT, where we say “NO” to the $72 billion dollar wedding industry, and we say “YES” to a more joyful engagement season where your mindset, values & wedding strategy are all in perfect alignment with YOU.

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Wedding Planning Podcast Kara Lamerato

    • Education
    • 4.7 • 254 Ratings

Get ready to experience the NEW WAY to thrive throughout your engagement by embracing who you are, prioritizing what you value & ultimately designing an unforgettable wedding celebration!

Welcome to the ALIGNED WEDDING EFFECT, where we say “NO” to the $72 billion dollar wedding industry, and we say “YES” to a more joyful engagement season where your mindset, values & wedding strategy are all in perfect alignment with YOU.

Ready to get started?

    Prepping For Unforeseen Wedding Details & Scenarios

    Prepping For Unforeseen Wedding Details & Scenarios

    A fun piece of feedback I hear from you, especially after our wedding Q&A shows, is “wow, we never even would have thought of that!” 
    Today I 'm revealing a list of 12 wedding details that are really easy to overlook ... and being on top of them can literally change the course of your wedding day.  
    These little "aha moments" can stack up quickly and mean the difference from frantically skirting a bunch of mini disasters, to proactively being prepared for all the little hiccups and bumps that will naturally occur throughout the course of your wedding day.  
    Malcolm Gladwell is a Canadian author, journalist, and producer of one of my favorite Podcasts, Revisionist History.  In a recent episode he said, “It’s impossible to make a list of things that have not yet occurred to us” and I immediately knew I wanted to apply those wise words to your wedding plans. 
    Let’s roll through a dozen essential wedding details that may get overlooked in the planning phases - tune in for so much more!
    A special THANK YOU to today's show sponsors:
    Today's show is just the beginning of dozens of strategic recorded meetings that walk you through exactly how to plan your dream wedding, from start to finish.  Learn more and sign up for a totally FREE 3-DAY TRIAL trial by visiting www.wedpodcast.com/vault
    Take advantage of FREE honeymoon planning services for your all-inclusive, cruise, or exotic honeymoon AND get $50 off when you book!  Simply email susan@susanstravelservices.com to get started.
    Is your happiness suffering in these insanely stressful times?  Connect with your Better Help professional counselor today and save 10% off your first month.

    • 31 min
    Help! How Can We REIGN IN Our Wedding Planner?

    Help! How Can We REIGN IN Our Wedding Planner?

    "How can we reign in our wedding planner?  Our venue includes a coordinator for the rehearsal and wedding day, and initially I was pleasantly surprised by how accommodating and informative she is.  Since the initial relief and excitement of finding and booking the perfect venue, we’re starting to realize the huge task ahead of us in terms of booking EVERYTHING (the venue comes with nothing set up, so we need to choose tables, chairs, place settings, dance floor, bar, basically everything.) 
    At this point, I feel completely overwhelmed by her ideas & suggestions, and I’m starting to worry that the wedding she has envisioned for us does not line up with our vision OR our budget.  How do I reign in our wedding planner and rest easy knowing that we are on the same page?"
    There are so many layers to this question that we have a dedicated show to help answer it! 
    In my years of experience, it’s not just the wedding planners who need to reigned in ... often times it's also the moms, bridesmaids, aunts, cousins, and we’re going to cover all these scenarios in today’s episode.
    You'll also enjoy a sneak peek inside my digital wedding planning package with release of exclusive audio, "Creating Your Wedding Vision". This exercise alone is one of the most valuable wedding planning tools I have to helping you create a celebration that truly honors your priorities & values.
    Tune in for so much more!
    A special THANK YOU to today's show sponsors:
    Today's show is just the beginning of dozens of strategic recorded meetings that walk you through exactly how to plan your dream wedding!  Learn more and sign up for a totally FREE 3-DAY TRIAL by visiting www.wedpodcast.com/vault
    Check these guys out at Generation Tux and use promo code within today's episode for 10% off the entire groom’s party AND a free groom's tux w/ 5 paid party members. 
    Take advantage of FREE honeymoon planning services for your all-inclusive, cruise, or exotic honeymoon AND get $50 off when you book!  Simply email susan@susanstravelservices.com to get started.

    • 29 min
    "Suggesting" What Color Moms Should Wear, Rental Property Venues, Do We Need an MC | WEDDING Q&A

    "Suggesting" What Color Moms Should Wear, Rental Property Venues, Do We Need an MC | WEDDING Q&A

    This week I have a mailbox full of your wedding planning questions to answer, on everything from what the moms should wear, budgeting with $5000, using a rental property as a venue, and lots more popular topics that have come up in the past few weeks!
    Most of these questions come from members of my digital wedding planning package, where one of my favorite benefits of membership is a fast track VIP pass to submit your wedding questions & show topic requests ... literally any time you think of them.
    You have a standing invitation to join us and take advantage of this ALL NEW WAY to plan your dream wedding celebration, including a FREE 3-day trial when you visit wedpodcast.com/vault. 
    The digital format allows me to extend a full service planning experience for an incredibly affordable monthly subscription, plus there are no contracts, absolutely zero obligation and that FREE 3-DAY TRIAL when you sign up today at wedpodcast.com/vault
    A special thank you to today's show sponsors:
    Take advantage of FREE honeymoon planning services for your all-inclusive, cruise, or exotic honeymoon AND get $50 off when you book.  Simply email susan@susanstravelservices.com to get started!
    Is your happiness suffering during these insanely stressful times?  Connect with your Better Help professional counselor today and save 10% off your first month.

    • 40 min
    Eight Ways to SAVE $3,650 on Your Wedding

    Eight Ways to SAVE $3,650 on Your Wedding

    My goal this week on the Wedding Planning Podcast?  To save YOU $3,650 on your final wedding bill!
    We could literally talk for hours about all the pretty things you see on Pinterest & Instagram that do not HAVE to be a part of your wedding celebration.
    In the interest of time, I’ve chosen EIGHT wedding elements that I would suggest skipping - or scaling waaaaaaaaay back on.  I think you'll be shocked at how easy it is for us to save over $3,000 over the course of a 20 minute conversation!
    If your goal is a simple, beautiful, and affordable wedding - then the sky is the limit on the millions of wedding details you can leave out.  
     In my digital wedding planning package, couples are encouraged to make a detailed list of their priorities way early on in the engagement.  They can then use that rock-solid road map over & over again, to check in throughout their engagement and be sure that priorities & values are being honored with every single decision.
    Want to come behind the scenes for more in-depth guidance on setting an unshakable planning foundation that will bring you all the way through to your wedding day & beyond?  Now you can try my revolutionary digital wedding planning package FREE for 3 days!  
    NO CONTRACTS, A very small monthly subscription price that you’re 100% free to CANCEL ANYTIME, And a FREE 3-DAY TRIAL so you can even take a look around before committing! In essence?  You have absolutely NOTHING to lose, and everything to gain.  Get started today at www.wedpodcast.com/vault.
    I'll see you there!
    A special thank you to Susan's Travel Services for sponsoring today's episode.  Take advantage of FREE honeymoon planning services for your all-inclusive, cruise, or exotic honeymoon AND get $50 off when you book!  Simply email susan@susanstravelservices.com to get started.
    Other partner links mentioned in today's show:
    Wedding shoes on Amazon? Why not! Check out these beauties & more for a fraction of the price at a "wedding" retailer.
    Support a small business AND shop high quality, low priced wedding accessories on Etsy.
    Last word! A CLASSIC way to save? Purchase once-used decor & other wedding items from another couple on a resale site like Craigslist, Ebay, or Facebook Marketplace. 🙌🏼

    • 27 min
    Streamline + Simplify These Common Wedding Scenarios

    Streamline + Simplify These Common Wedding Scenarios

    STREAMLINE + SIMPLIFY has been a tagline for the WPP literally since I created the show way back in 2015.  (Look closely, it's even on our logo!)
    Not only are these two of my favorite words in the English language - that I try and live by in ALL aspects of my life - more specifically, they perfectly summarize my approach to wedding planning.  
    Every situation you’ll encounter throughout your engagement can be examined through the lens of simplicity and potentially scaled back or streamlined in some way that will make your life easier, more affordable, more relaxing, and overall, more enjoyable.  
    Often we find ourselves in the midst of a planning roadblock and the first instinct is to explore your options. 
    In the first example we’re going to talk about today - a couple who has family in 2 different places, many of whom don’t want to travel, you might consider … getting married in each place, what would that look like?  Getting married where we live?  Getting married on an island with just us? 
    In all the feelings and family dynamics and charged emotions that fly around throughout your engagement season, it’s sometimes easy to get lost in a million far-fetched options ... when the simplest, most streamlined option is left by the wayside.  
    On that note, today we’re going to explore some common wedding planning scenarios where things can escalate and become verrrrrrrrrry complicated, very quickly. 
    I’m going to do my best to point out some straightforward, simple solutions that I hope will make your engaged life EASIER, MORE AFFORDABLE, and put a stop to waking up in the middle of the night with your mind racing over how many passed appetizers there should be, how many people should be in your wedding party, and how much ice to buy for your welcome party. 
    Ready to get started?  Tune into the full show for so much more!
    Today's show is just the beginning of dozens of strategic recorded meetings that walk you through specific wedding planning milestones and show you exactly how to plan your dream wedding! Learn more and sign up for a totally free zero obligation 3-day trial by visiting www.wedpodcast.com/vault
    Thank you for supporting this week's show sponsors:
    Take advantage of FREE honeymoon planning services for your all-inclusive, cruise, or exotic honeymoon AND get $50 off when you book!  Simply email susan@susanstravelservices.com to get started. Enjoy all the fun & memories of a photo booth for a fraction of the price.  Details at Booth by Mail, & save 10% with promo code “WPP10".  Is your happiness suffering in these insanely stressful times?  Connect with your Better Help professional counselor today and save 10% off your first month.

    • 36 min
    Easy Tips for Creating Your WEDDING WEBSITE

    Easy Tips for Creating Your WEDDING WEBSITE

    Creating a simple, yet info-packed wedding website is the easiest, most hassle free way to easily share information with your wedding guests. 
    Today we’re having a deep dive convo on exactly how to create a killer wedding website.  We're covering what to include, what not to include, and lots of priceless details on how to leverage this incredible tool to MAKE YOUR LIFE EASIER over the coming months!
    Even if you’ve already got a wedding website up & running, I hope you’ll stick around for today’s conversation because I have lots of website elements to share that many couples miss, and I want you to be able to leverage your website to your FULL ADVANTAGE over the next few months ... making your life easier, and of course, your guests’ lives easier as well!
    A quick outline of what we're going to cover in today's meeting:
    Home Page Events Travel & Accommodations FAQ Page Your Story Wedding Party RSVP Details Links to your registry & don't miss my BONUS TIP for keeping in close contact with your wedding guests throughout the coming months! PS - A special thank you to today's show sponsors:
    Enjoy freshly sourced wedding website designs from an incredible community of independent artists & designers when you visit Minted Weddings!  FREE Minted wedding websites include all the tools you need to get started, and you’ll even receive a $50 credit towards your wedding stationary when you visit www.wedpodcast.com/minted.
    Enjoy all the fun & memories of a photo booth for a fraction of the price!  Details at Booth by Mail, & save 10% with promo code “WPP10". 
    Check these guys out at Generation Tux and use promo code within today's audio episode for 10% off the entire groom’s party AND a free groom's tux w/ 5 paid party members! 
    Take advantage of FREE honeymoon planning services for your all-inclusive, cruise, or exotic honeymoon AND get $50 off when you book!  Simply email susan@susanstravelservices.com to get started.

    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
254 Ratings

254 Ratings

tinydanseuse ,

Everything you need

Kara’s podcast covers all the things you wouldn’t think to ask or plan for your big day! We have laughed and loved every topic she brings up. This has been SO helpful in helping us plan our wedding, and inspiring with the confidence to do something that is true to us. Thank you Kara, for sharing all this invaluable info in one space!

terrik812 ,

Used to be good

My initial thoughts on this podcast were great. It was one host who gave ACTUAL wedding planning advice. It was political banter, it wasn’t guests non-stop pushing their own products, it was just good advice. My only gripe before was she made it clear that she didn’t like big weddings, which is totally fine, I just wrapped my head around the advice and adjusted to fit my wedding. Now, it sounds almost cult-like. She goes on and on about being “aligned” when really she’s just pushing her own disgruntled thoughts and feelings about the wedding industry on her listeners.

slm2308 ,

What is this 20 minute redundant ad??

I listen to a few of these sporadically and really enjoyed everything. I just listened to the episode for June 9, which was titled “the new way to plan your wedding” and labeled as being the first in a series about your alignment. It was the same exact message being repeated over and over and over again. I kept waiting for her to give me some kind a valuable information, but it was literally a 25 minute advertisement with the same music, and she’s just repeating herself over and over again as if she’s trying to convince me to pay her money for some secret magical trick.That was a huge waste of my time, annoying and obnoxious. I was really excited about finding a wedding podcast that’s just one person speaking in a straightforward way and not two people with endless banter or some other nonsense. This episode really threw me off though and made me question how much I want to take your advice.

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