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A modern wedding podcast that discusses all things weddings. Each week you can expect advice, tips, current trends, planning guides, and insightful takeaways to help your wedding vision come to life! Join Caitlin, industry professionals, and your engaged peers as we navigate the wedding industry for you. I can't wait to connect with you, because YOU are setting the next big trend in weddings! Hosted by Caitlin Hartley, creator of the popular wedding blog, It Girl Weddings
 
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?
 
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Why do some engaged couple THRIVE … while most struggle through their wedding planning journey, languishing in a constant state of overwhelm? Why do a few sail through their engagement season incredibly fulfilled & 100% confident with their unique decisions, while so many engaged couples stay stuck in feelings of emptiness and anxiety over whether …
 
If you’re the type of couple who values connection and meaningful time spent with the people you love the most, then a 3-5 day DESTINATION WEDDING might be the perfect solution for you! Close your eyes and imagine a packed ballroom with blaring music, flashing lights, and going around to 30 different tables saying a quick hello to each one of your …
 
You’ve found the perfect wedding dress - congratulations!!! Today on the Wedding Planning Podcast, we’re doing a thorough review of all the "post-dress shopping" to-do items. Our conversation covers the dress alterations process in detail, including pricing, money-saving tips, a timeline for when to get started, and alternative options for having y…
 
There’s A LOT of conflicting information out there about tipping your wedding vendors, and I want you to forget all of it! In today’s episode, we’re going to walk through exactly how to decide who should get a tip, how much, and even some extra special additional ways of saying thank you. Today’s show is Wedding Planning Podcast classic, and we’re …
 
Welcome to a very special series of the Wedding Planning Podcast, where you can listen to this couples’ dream wedding celebration come to life - in real time! Today in Part IV, bride-to-be Kate has LOADS of priceless info to share, including: The incredibly meaningful details of a surprise engagement party, Tips for setting up a killer “DIY” style …
 
Coming up with a final guest list of exactly who gets a wedding invitation can be a daunting task, but not to worry - we're going to simplify the process in this week's brand new show! Join me at square one and walk through my stress-free, easy process for identifying exactly who will receive an invite ... and who you may want to leave OFF your lis…
 
Today we're hitting the road for a real-time wedding dress shopping adventure! Before we head into the store, we're going to hang out in the studio for a few minutes to review some of my top wedding dress shopping tips. You can find a full recap of today’s show in a blog post that’s at www.wedpodcast.com/dress. To start our shopping trip, let's ack…
 
Micro weddings are here to stay, and for good reason! Today we’re going to highlight some of the HUGE freedoms that come along with hosting a small & intimate wedding. I also have a guest bride Q&A segment to share where we cover some wonderful questions on working with wooden flowers, bridal makeup, crafting a simple gift registry, and so much mor…
 
Lots of engaged couples are working with a small wedding budget and feeling completely overwhelmed, so they turn to free wedding checklists and timelines to stay organized … thinking all these freebie resources are the key to pulling off an incredible wedding for not a lot of money. But, what most couples never realize is that mindlessly following …
 
Being the Overwhelmed Engaged Couple is not a ton of fun. This couple feels panic every time a new vendor quote comes in. Overwhelmed every time they open their email or even think about all the items on their checklist. Dread over finding out how much the next thing is going to cost. Fear over being judged for what they choose - and don't choose -…
 
Welcome to Part III of an exciting new bonus series from the Wedding Planning Podcast! I'm sharing a true "behind-the-scenes" look + listen at ongoing, live wedding planning strategy sessions with my engaged sister, Kate {follow her on Instagram @katelerickson}. Today in Part III, Kate & I are joined by our beautiful mom, Judie! The three of us get…
 
Wedding expenses adding up? Today we’re going to explore FIVE wedding "side hustles". Tune in and learn how to earn some extra cash to cover those mounting wedding costs ... and keep your credit cards in your wallet! A couple weeks back on Instagram stories, I asked if you would be willing to take on a side hustle to earn more money to invest in yo…
 
How to make your wedding more stress-free, photography trends, wedding timelines, mood boards, and the planning process with @missbreelea. People don't work with you because of what you do, they want to work with you because of why you do it! Plus she's offering listeners a discount! Stay Connected: Blog: www.itgirlweddings.com Instagram: instagram…
 
Today I'm thrilled to share a totally FREE resource designed to deliver unique wedding music & song ideas for your wedding day playlists right to your inbox! Matt is the creator of myweddingsongs.com, and he’s joining us to share his priceless advice to couples for crafting their perfect wedding day playlists - no professional DJ required. Even if …
 
Please, save yourself the stress & avoid these TEN wedding planning blind spots at all costs! FULL BLOG POST & links from today's episode available here: www.weddingplanningpodcast.co/blindspot Over the past 4 years of producing the Wedding Planning Podcast, one of my favorite pieces of feedback from you is some variation of, “WOW, I never would ha…
 
Welcome to PART II of a very special series of the Wedding Planning Podcast, where you can listen to this couples’ dream wedding celebration come to life - in real time! In this week's episode of the Wedding Planning Podcast, real life bride (& my sweet sister!) Kate dishes on: A very surprising method for discovering what you truly want, Exactly h…
 
How to plan the ultimate bachelorette party @shopstagandhen. The latest trends in bachelorette party products to themes, games, budget tips, decor, outfits, and much more! Plus she's offering a discount! Stay Connected: Blog: www.itgirlweddings.com Instagram: instagram.com/itgirlweddings Pinterest: pinterest.com/itgirlweddings Shop: itgirlweddings.…
 
Welcome to this week's all new Wedding Q&A episode, featuring your questions on ... What should we wear for our engagement photo shoot? Mixed feelings about accepting a wedding vendor freebie, Sidestepping hurt feelings, Is this a "slap in the face" to my bridesmaids? Skipping the cake and opting for a dessert bar, Affordable catering alternatives,…
 
Make your wedding more meaningful by writing your own wedding vows! Tips on writing them, the special intangible moments at your wedding and how to prepare for your marriage (not just your wedding)! Stay Connected: Blog: www.itgirlweddings.com Instagram: instagram.com/itgirlweddings Pinterest: pinterest.com/itgirlweddings Shop: itgirlweddings.com/s…
 
I think it's safe to say that running away to a beautiful beach in the tropics is on all of our minds right now! Today I have a very special guest joining us, friend of the show SUSAN GREEN from Susan’s Travel Services. Susan packs 26 years of travel planning experience, and today you’re invited to soak up Susan’s expertise on everything from: Hone…
 
How to get your best photos from posing for the camera to capturing proposals, engagement sessions, photography styles, and tips for your wedding day! And @jenfujphotography is offering listeners a discount! Stay Connected: Blog: www.itgirlweddings.com Instagram: instagram.com/itgirlweddings Pinterest: pinterest.com/itgirlweddings Shop: itgirlweddi…
 
Today I’m addressing your FAQ's about COVID and your 2021 wedding. Tune in for a candid & heartfelt convo on when weddings will be "normal" again, rescheduling etiquette, guest list juggling, post-wedding celebrations, and so much more! This show is obviously designed to address COVID from a wedding industry perspective, but I do want to say a hear…
 
All your wedding planning questions answered and the benefits of having a wedding planner. Plus a wedding planning portal to help you plan your own wedding! And @bubblesandbowtiesaspen is offering listeners a discount! Stay Connected: Blog: www.itgirlweddings.com Instagram: instagram.com/itgirlweddings Pinterest: pinterest.com/itgirlweddings Shop: …
 
Today’s show is Part One of an exciting new bonus series from the Wedding Planning Podcast! I'm sharing a true "behind-the-scenes" look + listen at ongoing, live wedding planning strategy sessions with my engaged sister, Kate. This special series is unlike any project I’ve ever done in 5 years of producing & hosting the Wedding Planning Podcast, an…
 
Wedding makeup tips and trends to help you achieve that bridal look and entertaining wedding stories. Plus @jfinkbeauty is offering listeners a discount! Stay Connected: Blog: www.itgirlweddings.com Instagram: instagram.com/itgirlweddings Pinterest: pinterest.com/itgirlweddings Shop: https://itgirlweddings.com/shop/ Registry: https://rstyle.me/+t1L…
 
Welcome to the very first Wedding Q&A of a brand new year! Today's show is jam-packed with your wonderful questions on: Invitation & Save the Date etiquette, Late-night music cutoff time, Asking vendors & guests for proof of COVID vaccination Upscale invitation ideas Jack & Jill party timeline, DIY catering, And whoa, so much more! To participate i…
 
What to ask a wedding florist with @ajrdesigns1, wedding floral trends, how to achieve Instagram worthy floral photos and helicopter weddings with @peaksandvows! Plus she's offering listeners a discount! Stay Connected: Blog: www.itgirlweddings.com Instagram: instagram.com/itgirlweddings Pinterest: pinterest.com/itgirlweddings Shop: https://itgirlw…
 
Getting engaged is a HUGE deal ... I mean, I literally can't think of a better reason to THROW A PARTY! Today on the Wedding Planning Podcast, we're exploring some memorable & fun ways to celebrate your engagement party. In this brand new episode, we review the "who, what, when & where" of hosting your engagement party. (The WHY is pretty obvious!)…
 
Wedding tips and ideas from wedding photographer and videographer husband and wife team @katherineandtyler who are newlyweds after their own COVID wedding! Plus they are offering listeners a discount! Stay Connected: Blog: www.itgirlweddings.com Instagram: instagram.com/itgirlweddings Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/itgirlweddings Shop: https:…
 
Today we’re going to review the Ultimate Engagement Checklist, packed with 12 super fun “must do’s” to launch into your wedding planning journey! I mention lots of links to more info and past show titles / dates in today’s convo, and I put together a complete wrap up of everything in this jam-packed post on our website. Want to automatically receiv…
 
Trends in bridal jewelry and styling with Stephanie from @zaxiebystephanietaylor plus a bridal jewelry SWEEPSTAKES that starts today! Later in the episode get a bridal workout and diet plan to get you looking and feeling hot before tying the knot! Shop Zaxie Stay Connected: Blog: www.itgirlweddings.com Instagram: instagram.com/itgirlweddings Pinter…
 
You want to host THE MOST meaningful, fun, unforgettable wedding that any of your friends & family have ever been to. Simple enough, right? Riiiiight. The trouble is, sometimes our "champagne dreams" really clash with our beer budget. Most couples don’t have a 6-figure wedding budget, can’t afford to hand over a blank checkbook to a full service ev…
 
A #CoronaBride is trying to plan her big fat Italian wedding during a pandemic. Hear her relatable story and get tips for planning your own wedding. Stay Connected: Blog: www.itgirlweddings.com Instagram: instagram.com/itgirlweddings Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/itgirlweddings Shop: https://itgirlweddings.com/shop/ Registry: Registry Blog P…
 
This week on the Wedding Planning Podcast, I’m sweeping the inbox clean for one final Wedding Q&A of 2020! Tune in to this brand new episode of the Wedding Planning Podcast for answers to your top questions submitted via email & Instagram. We’ll be covering: How far is too far to travel between ceremony & reception? DIY charcuterie tips for cocktai…
 
This week it’s all about dreaming of that beautiful getaway, special thanks to special guest Amanda with The Chica Travelista. Amanda is a travel agent and advisor who customizes the perfect getaway or event for her individual clients. She talks with Caitlin about tips for working with a travel agent, how to plan not just the perfect honeymoon but …
 
This week's show is full of NINE of your wonderful wedding planning questions! We're going to cover: Plus-size dress shopping tips, Alcohol service rules at your venue, Financial stress between your families, Wedding timelines, Wedding band shopping tips, DIY project advice & transportation, Creative ways to include Mom in the ceremony, Why I would…
 
This week’s guest is exactly what Caitlin looks for in a photographer, so she is delighted to welcome her to the show and to you. Marie is a new mother, photographer, and all-around expert when it comes to capturing the moments that will remind you forever of how special your wedding was. She joins Caitlin to talk about the importance of trusting y…
 
Finally, some silver linings in the wedding world! Today we’re going to reflect on 2020, but more importantly, let’s talk about where we’re headed in 2021 - and my friend, trust me when I say that there is finally some light at the end of the tunnel. It’s easy to look at 2020 and laser focus on all the disappointments, the frustration, and the stre…
 
Caitlin kicks off the episode this week sharing the story of how she went from the go-to girl for her friends when it came to weddings, to now having a popular blog and podcast on the subject. Then, she lays the first three steps to begin planning your dream day after you say “I do”, and a 30-Day Challenge to help you stay organized and ahead of th…
 
“I’m struggling with imaging how all of my wedding reception decorations will look together - flowers, signs, decorations, tables, etc. Any tips for making sure all my little decisions fit together in the end?” If you’re like most of us, you're not a full service wedding or event designer (and hiring one isn't in the budget!). So how can we trust t…
 
This week, we have Nicole from Savannah, Georgia, a super fun and knowledgeable one-stop shop for all things bridal. Nicole shares how she went from being a guest at her cousin’s wedding to eventually owning a bridal store, offering wedding planning, and now extending her capability to floral services. Caitlin and Nicole have a fun chat about the b…
 
You're newly engaged and BURSTING WITH EXCITEMENT about marrying the love of your life! You've got colors and themes to plan, venues to tour, cakes to taste, suits to choose, flowers to design ... all leading to the most unforgettable, unique, amazing wedding day celebration that your loved ones will talk about for years. Unfortunately, most couple…
 
This week, Caitlin is joined by the very talented photographer, Lindsay Varner of Lindsay Eileen Photography. She and her husband Nathan are a dynamic duo who have shot over 100 weddings together as a couple, providing both the nitty-gritty details and amazing candid shots for their clients. Lindsay talks with Caitlin about a few important details …
 
I have TEN easy wedding favor ideas to share with you today, and there's a little something for everyone! Whether you've got your glue gun blazing and ready for some DIY-action, or you're looking to purchase pre-made favors for your big day, we're going to walk through some really creative & unique options for favor gifts to share with your wedding…
 
Is it possible to pull off your dream wedding (or even a wedding at all?) during this crazy and confusing time of COVID-19? This week, Caitlin talks with bride Emily, who shares a relatable and refreshing story of recently getting married. This Corona Bride got through it with grace, gratitude, and only a few of the groomsmen splitting their pants.…
 
Dealing with challenging family situations is more or less inevitable at some point throughout the course of planning your wedding. Today we’re going to power through a candid conversation on dealing with your most challenging family issues & relationship dynamics surrounding the wedding, as submitted this week on Instagram. A quick warning that NO…
 
Today we have a collection of your top wedding planning questions & concerns from past months that I’ll be sharing in a straight-to-the point Wedding Q&A Show. Today's featured questions include: What's your suggested wedding planning timeline? Including family members in the wedding planning process What’s more cost effective - cupcakes or sheet c…
 
Self-care in the months before your wedding is a top priority! Today we're going to review a 12-month beauty & health timeline for you to follow so that you look & feel your absolute BEST on your wedding day. To be clear, this is NOT a show about fad diets, or "losing weight" for the wedding. Tune in for a detailed guide to: Various beauty treatmen…
 
Small, intimate weddings have been on the Wedding Planning Podcast trend report for 3 years in a row, and for good reason! I’ve always been a huge fan of a simple, scaled back celebration ... and in today’s climate, that’s never been more appropriate. Tune in to today's brand new episode for a complete "micro wedding" blueprint, designed to make pl…
 
This week on the Wedding Planning Podcast, we’re reviewing an ultimate guide to everything you need to know about shopping for & booking the perfect wedding venue! You’ll enjoy a thorough wedding venue Q&A, followed by a step-by-step, guided checklist that takes you from: The very beginning of your engagement, Through various tips for researching p…
 
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