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Hi, I'm Kara & I believe that every engaged couple deserves the expertise of a professional wedding planner. Join me each week for straightforward advice designed to streamline & simplify your wedding plans!

Wedding Planning Podcast Kara Lamerato

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    • 4.8, 216 Ratings

Hi, I'm Kara & I believe that every engaged couple deserves the expertise of a professional wedding planner. Join me each week for straightforward advice designed to streamline & simplify your wedding plans!

    COVID Wedding Etiquette, Long Engagement, Thank You's & More!

    COVID Wedding Etiquette, Long Engagement, Thank You's & More!

    Welcome to a brand new Wedding Q&A show!  Today we're covering your wonderful questions on COVID wedding etiquette, choosing your wedding party, sending thank you notes, and so much more ...
    I've been offline a bit more than usual this summer; tune in to find out why! ;)
    As promised, links mentioned in today's show:
    My summer has been full of mini-adventures around beautiful California with my fam in our vintage camper van >>> Follow along here! @sdvanhouse Shop beautiful & affordable paper lanterns here. Your guide to hosting virtual pre-wedding events, from our friends at A Practical Wedding And of course, a special thank you to today's show sponsors:
    Check these guys out at Generation Tux and use promo code "WEDPOD" for 10% off the entire groom’s party AND a free groom's tux w/ 5 paid party members.
    Would you LOVE to 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 “WPP".
    ON-DEMAND wedding planning services anytime, anywhere?  Yes, please!  To sign up for what one VAULT members calls “a breath of fresh air in the wedding industry” simply visit www.weddingplanningpodcast.co/vault

    • 43 min
    Smart Tips & Red Flags for Hosting Your Backyard Wedding

    Smart Tips & Red Flags for Hosting Your Backyard Wedding

    Small, intimate, backyard weddings have been steadily rising in popularity over the past years.  With the COVID pandemic crisis that struck in March of this year, the good old backyard has become the #1 choice of couples who still want to celebrate, but may not have access to traditional venue spaces. 
    If you’re a long-time listener, you know how in love I am with a small, simple & intimate wedding celebration, so the backyard venue  has always been a favorite of mine. 
    Today I’m sharing with you a show that was ironically conceived prior to the corona virus disaster of 2020, but the tips and red flags we cover are more relevant now than ever. 
    Now of course if you’re listening in the summer of 2020 and planning a celebration for the coming months, you’ll need to be mindful of current COVID restrictions in your area, and public health advisories, which I don’t cover in details because they change by the hour, and vary greatly depending on where you live, and where you plan to celebrate.
    This episode does NOT specifically address COVID-19.  If you have concerns about your wedding celebration and the corona virus, you’ll want to join us in the Wedding Plan B series which you can access for free by visiting www.weddingplanb.com
    I hope you enjoy the show, and I hope you’ll share it with a friend who would love it too!
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    There’s a really common misunderstanding in "wedding planning world" that doing things yourself is always a good way to save money. 
    I get it - in some situations, you might have more time than money, and a cheap & easy DIY project makes perfect sense. 
    I bet if you think back, you can remember a time when "doing it yourself" was NOT the answer.  We have to be careful in drawing the line between a few manageable, simple wedding projects that make perfect sense, and biting off more than you can chew. 
    Otherwise, you risk finding yourself in a spot of pure overwhelm and chaos months into wedding planning, and I don't wish that upon anyone!!!
    On today’s show, we’re going to explore 8 red flags to carefully consider when hosting your wedding at a residential property like a backyard or a rental home. 
    Our conversation today is a perfect lesson in creating boundaries as you plan between what you can realistically handle yourself, what should be left to a paid professional, and how to rearrange your priorities if you're stuck feeling like the cheapest possible DIY route is your only option.  (spoiler alert - it's not!!!)
    An extra special thank you to today's show sponsors:
    Connect with your Better Help professional counselor and save 10% off your first month with discount code WEDDING. Enjoy 50% off your first Care/of order when you visit TakeCareOf.com and enter code WEDDING50 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 “WPP".   *affiliate link* A top-notch handheld steamer like I mentioned in today's show can be found here.

    • 37 min
    Q&A | Affordable Wedding Reception Decor Ideas, Guests' Dietary Concerns, Invitation "B" List & more!

    Q&A | Affordable Wedding Reception Decor Ideas, Guests' Dietary Concerns, Invitation "B" List & more!

    Your wedding questions, answered!  Today we’re reviewing affordable wedding decoration ideas, juggling an invitation “B” List, managing guests’ dietary concerns, and more of your wonderful questions.
    To get in on future Q&A’s, follow @weddingplanningpodcast on IG and shoot me a DM with what’s on your mind!  And please don’t be shy … I have an open door, I love to hear from you, and I promise to keep it anonymous if sharing on-air ;)
    LINKS MENTIONED IN TODAY'S SHOW:
    • My fave tissue paper supplier
    • Pinterest board full of inexpensive wedding decor ideas
    And of course, a very special thank you to today’s show sponsors:
    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 “WPP".
    Would you LOVE to 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!
    Train your loved one to deliver your ceremony like a pro with the Unboring Officiant training package!  Listeners enjoy 50% off when you visit www.unboringofficiant.com/weddingplanningpodcast
    ON-DEMAND wedding planning services anytime, anywhere?  Yes, please!  To sign up for what one VAULT members calls “a breath of fresh air in the wedding industry” simply visit www.weddingplanningpodcast.co/vault

    • 35 min
    Creative Wedding Money Savers | Part II

    Creative Wedding Money Savers | Part II

    Today we’re going to review 5 MORE creative ways to save hundreds, if not thousands of dollars on your wedding.  I’m sharing FIVE on my favorite wedding money savers, from flowers, to venue, to decorations & more!

    I thought it would be really fun and a huge *value bomb* to roll together TEN of my favorite money saving opportunities and share them in two detailed shows.  Last week we reviewed the first five, and this week in Part II, there are five more.
    I’m 100% confident that we can trim at least $1000 off your wedding budget with these easy access money saving tips, and I can’t wait to hear the creative ways that YOU have found to keep costs in check - shoot me a DM on Instagram to share your money saving stories!  @weddingplanningpodcast
    A special thank you to today's show sponsors:
    Get professional help planning your dream honeymoon for FREE when you email susan@susanstravelservices.com. Don't forget to mention the Wedding Planning Podcast for $50 off your booking! Connect with your Better Help professional counselor and save 10% off your first month with discount code “WEDDING". 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 "WPP".

    • 20 min
    Creative Wedding Money Savers | Part I

    Creative Wedding Money Savers | Part I

    Today we’re going to review 5 creative ways to save hundreds, if not thousands of dollars on your wedding.  I’m sharing FIVE on my favorite wedding money savers, from food, to decorations, to your venue!

    I thought it would be really fun and a huge *value bomb* to roll together TEN of my favorite money saving opportunities and share them in two detailed shows.  This week we’ll review the first five, and don’t go anywhere because next week in Part II, there are five more.
    I’m 100% confident that we can trim at least $1000 off your wedding budget with these easy access money saving tips, and I can’t wait to hear the creative ways that YOU have found to keep costs in check - shoot me a DM on Instagram to share your money saving stories!  @weddingplanningpodcast
    A special thank you to today's show sponsors:
    ON-DEMAND wedding planning services anytime, anywhere?  Yes, please!  To take advantage of what one VAULT members calls “a breath of fresh air in the wedding industry” simply visit www.weddingplanningpodcast.co/vault 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 "WPP". Get professional help planning your dream honeymoon for FREE when you email susan@susanstravelservices.com. Don't forget to mention the Wedding Planning Podcast for $50 off your booking!  

    • 22 min
    Q&A | "DIY" Catering, Guest Dress Code, Invitations & More!

    Q&A | "DIY" Catering, Guest Dress Code, Invitations & More!

    What's a good starting point for our wedding plans?  What should we do first?  What dress code would be best for our guests?  Mixed gender bridal party tips?  Invitations, transportation, "DIY" catering?
    Today we're reviewing your wonderful wedding questions in a fun, casual & value-packed Q&A.
    To submit your wedding questions & ideas for future shows, shoot me a DM on Instagram --> @weddingplanningpodcast
    Newly engaged & wondering where to begin with your wedding plans?  Reveal the first THREE STEPS to simplifying the planning process, and ditch the paralyzing overwhelm felt by so many engaged couples!  Visit www.weddingplanningpodcast.co/learnmore to claim your FREE Engagement Starter Kit!
     
    A very special thank you to today's show sponsors:
    Check these guys out at Generation Tux and use promo code "WEDPOD" for 10% off the entire groom’s party AND a free groom's tux w/ 5 paid party members.
    Connect with your Better Help professional counselor and save 10% off your first month with discount code “WEDDING".
    Enjoy FREE honeymoon travel planning services from Susan & her team at Susan's Travel Services!  Email susan@susanstravelservices.com and mention that you heard today's show for $50 off your booking.

    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
216 Ratings

216 Ratings

Snazzdella ,

Helpful!

I find this podcast very helpful! Especially when it comes to easing my anxiety about what is and isn’t “required” for a wedding. The host definitely challenges you to do things your way and simplify to make the planning process easier. My only bit of constructive criticism would be around the how often she tells people to google something or search Pinterest for ideas when listeners specifically ask for her opinion on something. I think all of us listeners know how to do those two things. I like it better when an actual suggestion is made rather than just a redirection to google something.

KhaleesiKay ,

I cannot recommend this podcast enough!

Kara is so informative, understanding, and genuine. She offers so much valuable information, including how to save SO much money when planning your wedding. I’m so thankful I found this podcast!

DSAbuin ,

meh

I feel like the show doesn't really talk to men. Maybe its the host's communication style or maybe its my listening style.

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