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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 • 256 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?

    We Tried to Save Money ... and it Totally BACKFIRED.

    We Tried to Save Money ... and it Totally BACKFIRED.

    Today we’re going to chat about a handful of ways when trying to save money on your wedding can totally BACKFIRE. 
    BONUS >>> Come behind the scenes with me in a bonus episode, "Taking a Chance on a Rookie Wedding Vendor", when you sign up for a FREE 3-DAY TRIAL of my revolutionary digital wedding planning package, The VAULT.
    Aside of college educations, new homes and new cars, your wedding likely has one of the biggest price tags you’ve ever paid. You’re spending tens of thousands of dollars - of course you’re trying to save money when possible!
    You’re not out there researching the most expensive venue in your area, or trying to find ways to spend more money on your invitations.
    When a potential photographer or caterer gives you a quote for services, you probably don’t say “well that sounds OK, but do you have anything that costs more?”
    If you've been listening to the Wedding Planning Podcast for a while, I hope you know me well enough now to know that I’m NOT the wedding professional who’s going to tell you NEVER to try to cut this corner, or don’t DARE hire a friend to do x, y, z.
    I see this type of messaging a lot. If you do your own wedding day hair and makeup it will totally fail, and you should hire a professional to do it for you. If you skimp on a photographer, you will regret it for the rest of your life.
    If you have your cousin make your cake, it will probably be a complete disaster, you should really hire a professional for that. If you take your dress to a neighborhood tailor instead of the big box bridal store where you bought it, it’s going to end up in shreds and you’ll have no dress to wear.
    The trouble is, professional service providers in pretty much any industry have an agenda - to sell their product or service.
    And whether you hear from a wedding professional on a podcast, read their articles on a blog, or see their posts on Instagram, their position is probably that hiring a professional is THE BEST way to go. "After all", they say, "this is your wedding - you can’t afford to cut corners on the best day of your life."
    Well, for lots of this, I call BS. Sure, if you have a wedding budget in the 6-figures, then “hire a professional” is a great option for everything I just listed.
    But most of us DON’T have $100,000 to spend on our wedding, so making swaps and saves here and there is a necessary part of planning so that we don’t go thousands of dollars into debt - NEVER a good idea.
    Here’s a doozy for you - we hired our wedding photographer off craigslist for $500. True story.
    And I’m NOT here to tell you that it was a horrible idea that backfired and you should never trust any wedding photographer who hasn’t shot 500 weddings and costs less than $5000. That’s not me, not my style.
    BUT, I’m also not here to tell you that YOU should definitely hire a photographer off craigslist, and it will work out perfectly and there’s no risk involved and you can live happy ever after and sleep soundly knowing that you saved a couple thousand dollars!
    To be clear - there’s no right or wrong, one-size-fits all solution to the myriad of wedding decisions you have to make over the next few months.
    I’ll always encourage you to use your intuition, and use our weekly time together to review all the options you have available, and select what feels best for you and your unique situation.
    I feel so strongly about what we’re talking about today, and I really want to set things up right.
    The truth is, sometimes no matter how much research you do, or how many great reviews someone has, or how confident you feel that you’re making the right decision, things can just go wrong. You’ll probably have a wedding backfire, or two, or three over the course of getting everything lined up.
    This is part of life, and definitely a part of wedding planning. I wish I could wave a magical wand that would shield you against anything bad happening, but of course - that’s n

    • 44 min
    Do We Really NEED a Day-Of Wedding Coordinator?

    Do We Really NEED a Day-Of Wedding Coordinator?

    This week on the Wedding Planning Podcast, we're going to sort out some misconceptions and FAQ's about wedding planners and day of coordinators.
    BONUS >>> Join me inside my digital wedding planning package, The VAULT for a special bonus meeting on training a friend or family member to act as your Day Of Coordinator.  Sign up for your FREE 3-DAY TRIAL here!
    Our goal today is to get really clear on the difference between a wedding planner and a day-of coordinator, and to determine whether or not you really need to hire a professional to help you with your wedding plans.
    When I got married, I wasted a lot of time researching and interviewing planners before I realized that A.) I didn’t HAVE to hire anyone, and B.) John and I had all the tools we needed to plan OUR perfect wedding day.
    And side note, shocker - obviously, none of the wedding planners I interviewed ever mentioned to me, hey by the way, did you know that you could actually just do this on your own?  
    Thankfully I came around to that, but it took lots of wasted effort and stress to get there.
    Flash forward to today - I literally created the Wedding Planning Podcast so that any engaged couple could tune in and use the episodes and the tools we review in the weekly shows to plan their own wedding - no professional or pricey wedding planner required. 
    Spoiler alert before we even dive in - I definitely DO NOT think you have to spend thousands of dollars to hire a professional wedding planner! 
    Some alternatives?  Try checking out the sites we mentioned in today's show, including your local Craigslist postings, Thumbtack.com,  taskrabbit.com and fiverr.com
    I also know that there are countless wonderful wedding planning professionals out there, and for some couples it’s a really smart investment … and we’ll get into all of that that much more in today’s show.
    Blog post for today's show, AND free "Day Of" Checklist here!
    A special thank you for supporting our valued 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.
    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. 

    • 34 min
    DIY Invitations, Online Bridesmaid Dresses, Disagreeable Vendors & A Covid Update | Wedding Q&A

    DIY Invitations, Online Bridesmaid Dresses, Disagreeable Vendors & A Covid Update | Wedding Q&A

    This week's episode of the Wedding Planning Podcast is a collection of wedding questions & situations submitted by members of my digital wedding planning package​, The VAULT.​
    Membership includes the priceless benefit of submitting your wedding questions for feature on these monthly Q&A shows, and this week we're discussing in detail:
    DIY Invitations - is this really a good way to save money? (If you're interested in HIGHER quality, much MORE for your $$$ and VERY similar end-game pricing, I'd recommend Minted Weddings) Processional - order, traditions, substitutions (detailed article >>> Processional Order) Online bridesmaid dress shopping (including my very recent personal experience & recommendations >>> azazie.com), A brief COVID update, And last but certainly not least, managing disagreeable vendors.​
    Monthly membership to The VAULT also includes a weekly bonus “off the record” chat where we can connect behind-the-scenes, and go deeper into select wedding topics covered in the free weekly shows.
    The latest TWO featured OFF THE RECORD bonus shows are available to you for a sneak peek when you sign up for a free 3-day trial​ of The VAULT.
    There are zero contracts, no pre-payments or obligation, and you're free to cancel anytime ... although I certainly hope you'll recognize the value in this revolutionary, ALL NEW WAY to plan your dream wedding, and that we can continue the journey together!
    Cheers to you & your dream wedding celebration,
    Kara
    PS - Thank you for supporting this week's show sponsors:
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    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.

    • 34 min
    Kiss These Wedding "Etiquette" Guidelines & Rules Goodbye.

    Kiss These Wedding "Etiquette" Guidelines & Rules Goodbye.

    Are you drowning in wedding "etiquette" & "rules"? 
    Everyone has an opinion on invitation wording, cash bars, inviting kids, and what traditions absolutely SHOULD be included in the wedding day.
    Today, let’s take a step back, and reframe things ... starting with your WEDDING MINDSET.
    Where wedding planning can get overwhelming is when our expectations of what a wedding “should” look like conflict with our budget, our styles, and our personalities. 
    And of course, an added layer of difficulty arises when you and your partner come from different backgrounds, and one of you thinks paying $10,000 for a photographer is completely reasonable, and the other wants to spend $10,000 total on the entire wedding.
    But no matter where you’re from, I’m a firm believer in your wedding day being an expression and celebration of you & your partner.  At the end of the day, you’re making a really special commitment to one another, and looking to celebrate the occasion with your loved ones.  That’s it!
    With that said, let’s look at these “wedding etiquette rules” with a fresh set of eyes.  We're going to make a pledge to let go of what “everyone else is doing,” and open up the possibilities way beyond that.
    Please trust that you truly have the support from me to ditch what everyone else is doing, and craft your day, your way. 
    There's an ALL NEW WAY to plan your wedding, and I'm sharing a FREE 3-DAY TRIAL of my revolutionary digital wedding planning package so that you can see for yourself what one bride calls, "a breath of fresh air in the wedding industry."  See you there!
    >>> 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.

    • 31 min
    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

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
256 Ratings

256 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!

ttwo2 ,

I liked this a lot until the most recent episode

Will still listen, but I think today’s episode gave really distasteful advice. When the host said that having a cash bar at a wedding is not tacky, she really lost me. I am all for having a wedding you can actually afford and not go into debt over it, but if you can’t afford to provide any alcohol option for your guests, then you should have a dry wedding, significantly cut down your guest list, or elope. To have your guests pay for any portion of their evening, even if optional, IS tacky. I really hope people do not take that piece of advice she gave to heart.

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.

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