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The TO DOs BEFORE I DO Wedding Podcast is devoted to engaged couples from the exciting moment of saying "yes" to the unforgettable moment of saying "I Do.” I will be here to help you check items off your wedding to do lists by offering insight, tips and guidance throughout your planning process. This podcast will be carefully curated to educate and inspire couples. Each week, a new episode will be released where I’ll cover a different wedding topic and I’ll speak directly to you about specific planning tips and ideas. I will also interview industry professionals, brides and grooms-to-be, and married couples so they can share their insight and perspective on the wedding planning process with you. If you are engaged or even just dreaming of getting engaged, this wedding podcast is for you!

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The TO DOs BEFORE I DO Wedding Podcast is devoted to engaged couples from the exciting moment of saying "yes" to the unforgettable moment of saying "I Do.” I will be here to help you check items off your wedding to do lists by offering insight, tips and guidance throughout your planning process. This podcast will be carefully curated to educate and inspire couples. Each week, a new episode will be released where I’ll cover a different wedding topic and I’ll speak directly to you about specific planning tips and ideas. I will also interview industry professionals, brides and grooms-to-be, and married couples so they can share their insight and perspective on the wedding planning process with you. If you are engaged or even just dreaming of getting engaged, this wedding podcast is for you!

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Sounds great and gives excellent advice.

Get Ready for the Wedding

By Sgt. Storm - Jun 14 2015
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This is everything you ever wanted to know about getting married. Great resources for planning.

iTunes Ratings

81 Ratings
Average Ratings
77
3
1
0
0

Surprise

By DoOverlife - Aug 21 2015
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Sounds great and gives excellent advice.

Get Ready for the Wedding

By Sgt. Storm - Jun 14 2015
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This is everything you ever wanted to know about getting married. Great resources for planning.
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TO DOs BEFORE I DO Wedding Podcast

Latest release on Nov 15, 2015

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The TO DOs BEFORE I DO Wedding Podcast is devoted to engaged couples from the exciting moment of saying "yes" to the unforgettable moment of saying "I Do.” I will be here to help you check items off your wedding to do lists by offering insight, tips and guidance throughout your planning process. This podcast will be carefully curated to educate and inspire couples. Each week, a new episode will be released where I’ll cover a different wedding topic and I’ll speak directly to you about specific planning tips and ideas. I will also interview industry professionals, brides and grooms-to-be, and married couples so they can share their insight and perspective on the wedding planning process with you. If you are engaged or even just dreaming of getting engaged, this wedding podcast is for you!

Rank #1: 004: Five on Friday - My 5 favorite wedding Instagrams

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In addition to my weekly Sunday episodes, I’m going to release 2 more episodes a week! On Wednesdays, I’ll be answering your questions on my segment called “Wedding Wednesday Q&A”  and on Fridays, I’ll share my list of top 5 things wedding related that I’m currently loving on a segment called “Five on Friday.”   My first “Five on Friday” features my favorite wedding Instagrams! In no particular order:   @howheasked http://instagram.com/howheasked: They feature a new proposal story every day. You can use the #howheasked on your engagement picture that you post and it could be featured on their Instagram! @jasminestar http://instagram.com/jasminestar: Jasmine is an international wedding photographer based in Southern California.  She was voted Top 10 Wedding Photographers in the World - quite impressive! She posts pictures of her work and her photog skills are incredible. @weddingchicks http://instagram.com/weddingchicks: When you follow them, you’ll receive tons of wedding inspiration … perfect for any type of bride or groom. Their Instagram feed is full of gorgeous wedding details.   @kleinfeldbridal http://instagram.com/kleinfeldbridal: The famous New York bridal boutique has an Instagram account and it is just as fabulous as you would imagine it to be. They post pictures of their gowns and accessories, as well as behind the scenes pictures of the “Say Yes to the Dress” show. @smpweddings http://instagram.com/smpweddings: Style Me Pretty is a style savvy wedding resource devoted to the modern bride. This Instagram account is a true reflection of their wildly successful blog.  This feed is flooded with real weddings that are so beautifully detailed that they inspire me to want to get married again and again! And of course, don’t forget you can follow @todosbeforeido http://instagram.com/todosbeforeido on Instagram!

Feb 06 2015

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Rank #2: 079: Professional tips on creating your own seating chart featuring Kara Lamerato of Kara’s Vineyard Wedding

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In this episode, I’m sharing a recent interview I had with Kara Lamerato.  Kara is the Owner, Blogger & Product Designer of Kara’s Vineyard Wedding.  Over at Kara’s Vineyard Weddings, she blogs about DIY wedding projects and also sells custom wedding décor, specifically Place Card Holders made from hand-selected, vintage wine corks.  Wine and weddings -- two things I love and Kara has made a successful business out of it!  Based out of San Diego, CA, Kara has done custom work for over 1,500 weddings around the world!  Since Kara’s specialty is custom place card holders, in this episode, I pick her brain on seating assignments, the escort card table and seating charts.  I hope that you enjoy listening to this interview and that you’re able to gain some useful takeaways that you and your fiance can apply to your wedding planning!   www.todosbeforeido.com

Aug 09 2015

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Rank #3: 007: Five on Friday - 5 bridesmaid proposal ideas

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On today’s “Five on Friday,” I wanted to stick with talking to you more about your bridal party.  Being a bridesmaid can be a big time and financial commitment. To show your girls how much they mean to you and how much you appreciate them, here are 5 ideas to help you pop the question to your bridesmaids:   Gathering at your house Make them a bridesmaid kit A picture frame Edible gifts Jewelry

Feb 13 2015

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Rank #4: 056: How to be an efficient bride during your wedding week

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Over the last few episodes, I’ve been covering my “How to be an efficient bride” series with you and sharing tips on how you can be organized and achieve maximum productivity with minimal wasted effort or expenses.     In this episode, I’m covering another part of the “How to be an efficient bride” series and focusing how being efficient during the final week before your wedding.   Finalize the details   Create your packing lists   Create an itinerary / timeline and share it with your bridal party   Create a wedding contact sheet   Delegate a wedding contact person   Stay healthy   My biggest piece of advice is to just enjoy the whole process of wedding planning -remember the reason why all of this planning is taking place -it is because you are going to marry the love of your life!  Keeping that end goal in mind will definitely make your wedding planning experience that much sweeter and more enjoyable.  Especially when you hit that one week countdown, you’re in the home stretch of saying “I Do” and it’ll be just the beginning of the best new chapter in your lives together.

Jun 07 2015

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Rank #5: 011: Do you need a wedding planner? Interview with Lauren Cowgill of WED

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You’ll receive direct insight from a wedding professional to help you decide if you need to hire a wedding planner or day of coordinator. I’m so honored to have a successful and experienced wedding planner on this episode of the the podcast.  Lauren Windham Cowgill is the owner of Windham Event Design (WED for short - which is the perfect name for a wedding planning company)! She’ll share with you her advice and insight on the planning process.  And also provide you with some insider scoop on being a wedding planner.  

Feb 22 2015

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Rank #6: 038: Planning your wedding in 6 months or less featuring Karley Kiker of Hitched in a Hurry

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I’m super excited about this episode!  I had the opportunity to interview Karley Kiker, the author of the book Hitched in a Hurry: The ultimate how-to for a speedy “I do.”  Karley’s book is a guide for brides planning their weddings in six months or less. It is full of useful tips, charts, and organizational tools tailored to fit tighter timelinesand it also has interviews with real-life couples who’ve turned their short engagements into lifelong love affairs.   Karley was such a sweetheart to talk to and she shares some great wedding tips and advice to help you plan your wedding in shortened time frame.  Also, regardless if you’re having a speedy engagement or a longer one, her insight can benefit all couples who are planning their wedding and preparing for a lifetime of wedded bliss!   Hitched in a Hurry’s website: www.hitchedinahurrybook.com Book is available at:Barnes and Noble and Amazon Karley Kiker’s website:www.karleykiker.com   www.todosbeforeido.com

Apr 26 2015

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Rank #7: 042: Q&A - What not to forget 30 days before the wedding

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Question: What are some of the 30 day last minute to dos that people forget about?

May 06 2015

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Rank #8: 026: Wedding registry

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Today on the podcast, I’m talking about wedding registries.  In my “I’m Engaged, Now What?” series, I briefly touched on the this step, but because it is such an important part of your wedding planning process, I’m going to talk about it more in depth in this episode.   Setting up your wedding registry gives you and your fiance the chance to create the ultimate wish list for your home and new life together. What could easily be considered one of the most fun parts of planning a wedding sometimes ends up becoming stressful or overwhelming for couples.  I hope this episode helps de-stress this step in your wedding planning process. Include your fiance! Take your significant other’s wants and needs into consideration too. After all, you two are building a home and life together, so you want your future spouse to have a say in some of the wedding registry details. When you are determining which stores or sites to register at, it's always a good idea to inquire about a store's exchange/return policies. Also, when picking out your stores, find out if they have any perks or incentives for creating a registry at their store.  For example, at Bed Bath and  Beyond, Bloomingdales, Crate and Barrel and Pottery Barn, you get a 10 percent completion discount on items you registered for but didn't receive.   When it comes to picking out items for your own registry, don’t feel like you have to be limited to traditional registry lists. Register for items you and your fiance want and will actually use. When you start scanning items for your registry, be sure to register for items in a wide range of price points.  In addition, you and your fiance should try to have at least twice as many items on your list as guests at your wedding.  That will also allow for your guests to have more options when selecting a gift for you and your fiance.   Registering at two to four places is ideal because it gives your guests options, plus it is still a manageable number for you and your fiance. Once you register for your wedding, be sure to include your registry information on your wedding website so guests don’t have to second guess where to purchase your gifts.   Have fun with your fiance checking this item off your wedding to do list! www.todosbeforeido.com

Mar 29 2015

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Rank #9: 029: Strengthening your relationship with your fiance featuring PJ Dixon

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This episode isn’t focusing on the wedding details and planning process behind your big day.  Instead, it is focusing on the topic of strengthening your relationship with your fiance.  I’ve said it before and I’m going to say it again, you guys know that I love weddings and all of the details that go into making an event a special celebration. But what I love most about wedding planning is knowing the big picture…that vision that is developed from the beginning. It is ultimately the pledging and promising of forever between two people -- that’s what made me realize why I love weddings so much.   A lot of times, couples can get so caught up in all of the details and timelines during the wedding planning process, that they get lost in the excitement and commotion of the planning and sometimes lose sight of the big picture. I wholeheartedly believe your engagement should be savored and enjoyed.  Your engagement is also a time for you and your fiance to build upon your already strong relationship so you have a solid foundation when you say “I Do.”     On today’s episode of the podcast, I’m sharing a recent interview I had with PJ Dixon. After speaking to him, I knew I had to have him on the podcast because he has some incredible insight and advice to share about how couples can strengthen their relationship.   A little background on PJ - he is a motivational speaker and relationship and life coach who lives in Arizona.  Despite being diagnosed with a rare form of Muscular Dystrophy that was expected to take his life by the age of seven, he was encouraged to experience life to the fullest and do anything and everything he set his mind.  As a result of PJ’s positive attitude … he is still gracing the world with his presence, 38 years later!     Snow Skier, Skydiver, Former Wheelchair Athlete, 10th Degree Black Belt, Women's Self-Defense Instructor, International Traveler, Published Author, Motivational Speaker, and Self-Professed Advocate of Love!   PJ has been able to accomplish so much in his life and his story is truly inspiring.  But what is even more inspiring is the message he shares with couples.  Whether you are already married, engaged or hoping to engaged soon, PJ share the tools necessary to help strengthen your relationship with that someone special in your life.   www.todosbeforeido.com www.pjswisdom.com https://www.facebook.com/EngagedinOneYear

Apr 05 2015

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Rank #10: 064: Five on Friday - 5 ideas to personalize your wedding ceremony

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Wedding ceremonies are the reason why all of your friends and family come to celebrate you and your fiance!  They are there to watch you two exchange your vows and pledge a lifetime together.  Sometimes the wedding ceremony details get overlooked because let’s face it, when you’re planning your wedding, the reception details are more fun and exciting to work on.  You will most likely spend hours upon  hours obsessing over every detail of your wedding reception, and with good reason -- you want it to be  the party of a lifetime. But take a step back and remember that your ceremony calls for just as much planning too.  Your wedding ceremony should have just as much careful consideration as your reception. After all, that special moment when you and your fiance are pronounced husband and wife is the true highlight of your wedding! Depending on what type of ceremony you have, it could already be pre-written and very structured and you have to follow a certain timeline.  For Jeff and I, we got married in the Catholic Church, so our ceremony followed a specific format and we couldn’t deviate from it very much.  Or if you’re having a civil ceremony, you, your fiance and your officiant can work together to truly customize a ceremony format.  Regardless of what type of ceremony you’re having and where you’re having it, here are 5 ideas to help you add some individual flare to your ceremony. Share your love story 2. Express yourself 3. Explain traditions 4. Song selection 5. Make your guests feel included www.todosbeforeido.com

Jun 26 2015

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Rank #11: 006: Q&A - Can I have more bridesmaids than groomsmen?

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Question: I’m thinking about having 8 bridesmaids on my side, but my fiance only wants 4 groomsmen.  Will it throw off the ceremony processional and bridal party pictures if it is uneven? Or should my fiance and I have the same number of bridesmaids and groomsmen?

Feb 11 2015

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Rank #12: 014: Wedding officiants & wedding ceremonies - Featuring Kim Kirkley, named “The Officiant” by New York Magazine

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I’m sharing an interview I had with Kim Kirkley, a joyful Celebrant who is based in New York City.  As a joyful Celebrant, Kim shares her insight with you about wedding ceremonies and wedding officiants.   Declared “The Officiant” by New York Magazine, Kim has been featured by a multitude of media outlets including MSNBC, the New York Times and Four Weddings.  Kim is also a Nationally-Acclaimed wedding officiant/Life-Cycle Celebrant, TEDx Speaker, and author of 4 highly regarded books. On this episode, Kim answers questions about tailoring your ceremony to reflect you and your fiance’s relationship and what to look for when hiring your officiant. She also shares insight on what type of questions you should be asking your officiant and what couples can do to ensure to they don’t stress out when planning their wedding.     http://www.ourelegantceremony.com/   http://www.todosbeforeido.com/

Mar 01 2015

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Rank #13: 072: Q&A - How to avoid stress during wedding planning?

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Question: We all know planning your own wedding is hard but how do you get less stressed about it? www.todosbeforeido.com

Jul 15 2015

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Rank #14: 017: I’m Engaged, Now What? Steps 11-15 in your wedding planning process

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In this episode, I cover the third segment of the “I’m Engaged, Now What?” series.  This series has 15 steps and in this episode, I’ll cover steps 11-15.  In my previous episodes (episodes 002 and 005 of this podcast), I discussed the previous steps. 11. Select and send out your save the dates 12. Go wedding dress shopping 13. Insure your wedding ring 14. Research, meet and hire your wedding vendors 15. Get started on your wedding registry  

Mar 08 2015

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Rank #15: 080: Tipping your weddings vendors

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Question: “Can you help me determine all of the important vendors I need to tip and what amount is appropriate for each, but at the same time won't bust my budget?” www.todosbeforeido.com  

Aug 16 2015

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Rank #16: 044: How to be an efficient bride - Communicating with your vendors

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So today on the podcast, it is part 1 of my series: how to be an efficient bride.  I’ll be talking about communicating with your wedding vendors.   When Jeff and I got married, I was very organized when it came to planning our wedding and also handling correspondence with our wedding vendors.  I wanted to make sure that during any communication I had with our vendors, I was clear and concise with my questions or responses .. I felt like the more organized I was, the more it would save both Jeff and I and our wedding vendors’ time.  I absolutely loved all of the vendors that we worked with during our wedding planning process and one in particular, even joked around and nicknamed me a “professional bride!” This was even before the launch of the TO DOs BEFORE I DO Wedding Podcast!  I think she dubbed me a “professional bride” because not only did I love and enjoy all aspects of mine and Jeff’s wedding planning process, but I also was an efficient bride who knew how to get things done!

May 10 2015

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Rank #17: 016: Five on Friday - 5 ways to save money on food & beverage at your reception

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The cost of feeding your guests can and will quickly add up. Food and alcohol at your wedding reception can become the the greatest portion of your wedding budget.  And just like they are an important line item to look at in your budgeting spreadsheet, the food & beverage selections are a pretty big deal. Given the amount of money you will spend on this category alone, you should be concerned about the type, quantity and quality of what you and your guests will eat and drink.   So here are my 5 ways that you and your fiance can save money on your food and beverage at your wedding reception.     1. Stick with signature cocktails, instead of having a wide variety of top shelf liquor Since most reception sites charge for every bottle that is opened, even if it was for just one drink, you can consider offering a limited bar for your guests.  By scaling back on your options, this can help you cut down some costs and increase your savings!  I would recommend that you work with your venue’s beverage team to select a signature cocktail or two. Another option and idea for you to save some money when it comes to the f&b at your reception is to serve just beer and wine.   2. BYOB If you and your fiance can, try to choose a reception venue that will allow you to bring your own alcohol.  You can purchase alcohol a lot cheaper at warehouse stores such as Sam's Club, Costco, or BJ's than from a caterer.  Plus, most of those places I just listed allow you to return any unopened bottles!   3. Select less expensive food alternatives Higher end options can really take a hit on your budget.  Especially we you factor in the per person price and multiply that by the number of guests you’ll be inviting. Don’t be afraid to just ask your caterer for less expensive menu options and alternatives - they can work with you to create a menu that will impress your guests while not breaking the bank. 4. Shorten your cocktail hour to 45 minutes Contrary to the name, your cocktail hour doesn’t need to be a whole hour!  If you reduce the time to say 30-45 minutes, this not only cuts down the number of hors d’oeuvres that you serve during your cocktail hour, but this idea will also help you will save money on both the food and the bar.   5. Have a hidden sheet cake in the back One way to save some money on your food and beverage costs is to have a smaller wedding cake, maybe 1 or 2 tiers that will be on display for the cake cutting and then keep a larger sheet cake hidden in the back that will be cut and served to your guests.  

Mar 06 2015

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Rank #18: 067: Five on Friday - 5 ways to cut costs on your wedding invitations

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In this Five on Friday episode, I’m giving you 5 ways to cut costs on your wedding invitations because, let’s face it, we all pretty much want to save money where we can and we don’t want to break the bank when it comes to our wedding budget.  When it comes to wedding invitations, there are so many different options to select from -- you have to figure out the style you want, what type of fonts and colors to use, what enclosure cards to add to your invitation suite and what type of cardstock or paper you want to use.  The options are endless and can get overwhelming at times!  And then of course, couple that with having expensive taste and getting sticker shock when you see how much an invitation will cost then multiply that by how many actual invitations you need.  But don’t you worry - here are 5 tips on how you can cut some costs when it comes to your wedding invitations. 1. Use a local printer 2. Make the most of your space 3. Try partial customization 4. Skip the calligraphy 5. Use RSVP postcards or online RSVPs This episode of the TO DOs BEFORE I DO Wedding Podcast is brought to you by RapidLash.  RapidLash is a clinically-proven and dermatologist tested serum that helps improve the overall appearance and condition of your eyelashes and brows. After just 30 days of use, you’ll start to notice denser-looking, and healthier-appearing brows and lashes…. which will make your eyes pop, especially on your wedding day! You can visit Rapidlash.com to learn more about their amazing product line.   RapidLash is available at CVS, Ulta Beauty, Walgreens, Kohl’s, Bed Bath & Beyond, Drugstore.com, DuaneReade, Dermstore and other retailers.  To find a RapidLash retailer near you, visit: RapidLash Store Locator   To see the amazing before and after pictures from women who’ve used RapidLash products, visit: RapidLash Results

Jul 03 2015

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Rank #19: 041: “Say Yes to the Dress” Exclusive Interview

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I had the opportunity to interview a newlywed couple who will be featured on TLC’s hit show, Say Yes to the Dress!  The couple, Jevie and Michael Stegner, were such a delight to meet with and interview.  Jeff and I had the best time getting to know them and hearing about their shopping experience at Kleinfelds, the application process for Say Yes to the Dress and how the production crew filmed their wedding day.  I mentioned that they are newlyweds … and when I say newlyweds, I mean it!  During the time of our interview, Jevie and Michael just said “I Do” 6 days prior! Because their wedding was so fresh on their mind, they also shared their insight on the highs and lows of their wedding planning process and they provide engaged couples with advice on how to not get too stressed out and overwhelmed.     www.todosbeforeido.com

May 03 2015

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Rank #20: 013: Five on Friday - 5 free wedding apps to keep you organized

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We all know the world is overrun with technology, so why not use technology to your advantage when organizing and planning your wedding? So today’s Five on Friday, I’m going to share with you 5 free wedding apps you and your fiance can use to stay organized while planning for your big day.   Postablehttps://www.postable.com Postable makes pulling together a large group of addresses pretty painless. Postable will give you a link that you can email out to family and friends. People click it and add their contact information directly into your address book for you.   Avocado https://avocado.io/ It is a fun, private, and secure app for individual couples to stay connected.  The Avocado app offers a private chat setting for just you and your beau, which lets users send pictures, texts and videos in one secure place. It also allows users to share lists and calendars in one place.     Pinterest https://www.pinterest.com/todosbeforeido/ Well, because who hasn’t heard of Pinterest yet?  Pinterest is a key tool for brides to be because you can create different inspirational wedding boards for every category of your wedding design. Whether you're deliberating over dresses or collecting ideas for floral arrangements, you can keep scrolling through pictures that will inspire you.   Wedding Happy http://www.weddinghappy.com/ WeddingHappy provides a simple solution to keep track of your tasks and your vendors needed for planning your wedding.  The WeddingHappy app will help you easily check items off your wedding to do lists!   Wedding Party https://www.weddingpartyapp.com/   Your wedding guests can upload pictures to it during the ceremony, reception or any pre-wedding functions. What I find most helpful about this app is that you can also use the app to update guests before the big day about wedding news and upcoming events. This is perfect for setting up messaging groups - like your bridal party or parents and inlaws.    

Feb 27 2015

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085 - Celebrity Wedding Producer Brit Bertino

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I’m very happy to bring you this new episode.  I had the opportunity to interview Brit Bertino.  Brit was such a delight to talk to and she shares some great wedding tips and advice to help you plan your own wedding.  Brit is an Award Winning, Celebrity Wedding Producer who owns and manages a very successful wedding planning business called Simply Weddings Las Vegas.  She has been in the wedding business for many years now and during our interview, Brit shares her insight on what a day in the life of a wedding planner is like, tips on how to have a stress free planning process, ways to personalize your wedding reception and so much more!     www.todosbeforeido.com www.simplyweddingslv.com

Nov 15 2015

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084 - The Big Fat Indian Wedding Part 2

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In this episode of the podcast, I’m sharing part two of my Indian Wedding series with you.I had the opportunity to interview Preeti, one of the co-founders of TheBigFatIndianWedding.com.  They are a wedzine (wedding + magazine + online) which helps South Asian brides plan their wedding. From DIY to inspiration to cultural tidbits and real wedding features, Preeti and her team hope to help you make your wedding planning process easier.  I feel like there is so much to learn about the beauty and traditions of Indian weddings, so we’re bringing you a two part series!     In my previous episode, part one, we are gave the listeners a crash course on being a guest at an Indian wedding.  We talked about what to wear, what to expect and some basic do’s and don’ts. In this episode, I’m sharing the 2nd part of this series where I interview Preeti and we talk about planning an Indian Wedding.  Preeti talked about the different types of South Asian weddings, how to prioritize your budget, how to customize it to fit your personality and style and so much more!  I really enjoyed getting to know Preeti and talking to her about all things weddings!  

Oct 11 2015

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083 - The Big Fat Indian Wedding Part 1

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We’re talking about Indian weddings on the podcast!  I had the opportunity to interview Preeti, one of the co-founders of TheBigFatIndianWedding.com.  They are a wedzine which helps South Asian brides plan their wedding. In this episode, part one, we are giving the listeners a crash course on being a guest at an Indian wedding.  In my interview with Preeti, I picked her brain everything a guest should know - from what to wear, what to expect, the meaning behind some of the traditions and some basic etiquette for guests.   www.todosbeforeido.com www.thebigfatindianwedding.com

Sep 28 2015

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082: Hotel Wedding Room Blocks featuring Melanie Marconi of WhereWillTheyStay.com

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I had the opportunity to interview Melanie Marconi, one of the founders of a company that is helping make your life as a bride or groom to be, a little less stressful.  Her company is called WhereWillTheyStay.com and they make the process of researching, negotiating and securing your hotel room blocks for your wedding weekend as easy and efficient as possible so you can concentrate on the most important aspects of your milestone event.  During our interview, Melanie teaches me how to be a hospitality pro and we talk about things like what exactly a hotel room block is and why it's important to set one up for your wedding, the timeframe of setting them up, important factors to consider when looking for accommodations and how to make out of town guests feel welcome.   www.todosbeforeido.com   www.wherewilltheystay.com

Sep 13 2015

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081: Wedding trends with Rebecca Hochreiter and Megan Velez of DestinationWeddings.com

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In this episode of the podcast, I’m excited to share a recent interview I had with Rebecca Hochreiter and Megan Velez of Destination Weddings.  Planning a wedding in general can sometimes be overwhelming and stressful, let alone adding in the factor of planning from afar!  Over at DestinationWeddings.com, they help you relieve some of that stress because they are a full-service planning site that specialize in celebratory travel across the globe. They are providing brides and grooms the ultimate, one stop wedding planning experience  by combining the personal service and expertise of their Certified Destination Wedding Specialists to plan weddings all around the world.     During our interview, Megan and Rebecca talk about the latest trends in destination weddings, like the most popular countries couples travel to to say “I do” and the up and coming countries that are gaining more popularity.  We also talk about a destination wedding budget versus a traditional at-home wedding budget and discuss what couples can do to still add some of their own style and flare to their destination wedding and not have it seem so generic and cookie cutter-ish.  Jeff and I have been fortunate enough to attend a couple of our close friends destination weddings and as guests, we loved making a vacation out of it to celebrate our friends’ love and union.  If you’re considering a destination wedding, I hope that you find this episode helpful and you’re able to gain some useful takeaways!     www.destinationweddings.com Destination Weddings Trend Report

Aug 30 2015

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080: Tipping your weddings vendors

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Question: “Can you help me determine all of the important vendors I need to tip and what amount is appropriate for each, but at the same time won't bust my budget?” www.todosbeforeido.com  

Aug 16 2015

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079: Professional tips on creating your own seating chart featuring Kara Lamerato of Kara’s Vineyard Wedding

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In this episode, I’m sharing a recent interview I had with Kara Lamerato.  Kara is the Owner, Blogger & Product Designer of Kara’s Vineyard Wedding.  Over at Kara’s Vineyard Weddings, she blogs about DIY wedding projects and also sells custom wedding décor, specifically Place Card Holders made from hand-selected, vintage wine corks.  Wine and weddings -- two things I love and Kara has made a successful business out of it!  Based out of San Diego, CA, Kara has done custom work for over 1,500 weddings around the world!  Since Kara’s specialty is custom place card holders, in this episode, I pick her brain on seating assignments, the escort card table and seating charts.  I hope that you enjoy listening to this interview and that you’re able to gain some useful takeaways that you and your fiance can apply to your wedding planning!   www.todosbeforeido.com

Aug 09 2015

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078: Unplugged weddings

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Question: My Fiance and I would like to have an "unplugged wedding." For our wedding day,we really want to preserve the intimacy and have some control over what is shared to those who were not on our guest list. We would like to be able to be in charge of how and when we  share our photos on social media, on our own terms, in our own time. What suggestions can you offer in how to approach this so that this is clear to our guests without making them feel bad or like we are being too regimented or strict?    

Aug 02 2015

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077: Honeymoon registry featuring Jacqui Morgan of Wanderable

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In this episode of the podcast, I’m sharing a recent interview I had with Jacqui Morgan at Wanderable.  Wanderable is a free and customizable honeymoon registry and their mission is simple: make gift giving memorable..  Wanderable helps engaged couples fund their honeymoons by offering beautiful free honeymoon registries. Couples simply post items centered around their upcoming honeymoon, from hotel stays to couples massages to snorkeling expeditions, into their Wanderable registry and their friends and family gift the amount that they cost.  The gift of experiences and adventures will last you a lifetime!   What I love about Wanderable is that the site is super easy to navigate and it is also easy on the eyes!  Scrolling through all the destinations they feature on their site will give you a bad case of wanderlust!  During our interview, Jacqui and I talk about the top honeymoon destinations, how you can have an amazing yet affordable honeymoon and some important to dos when it comes to planning your own honeymoon.  They are doing some incredible things over at Wanderable to help couples create incredible travel memories!   I hope that you enjoy listening to this interview as much as I do and hope you’re able to gain some useful takeaways. www.wanderable.com   www.todosbeforeido.com

Jul 26 2015

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076: Five on Friday - 5 honeymoon planning tips

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Traveling typically has the potential for being stressful, even if that travel is to celebrate one of the greatest occasions in life!  So, for this Five on Friday, I’m sharing 5 honeymoon planning tips to keep you and your fiance happy during your honeymoon planning and even happier on your trip! 1. Determine a budget 2. Check the weather 3. Talk about the type of honeymoon you want with your fiance 4. Do your research 5. Consider a travel agent or concierge service www.todosbeforeido.com

Jul 24 2015

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075: Can I register for gifts if I elope?

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Question: Is it appropriate to register for gifts if we elope?   www.todosbeforeido.com

Jul 23 2015

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074: Outdoor summer wedding dos and don’ts

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As I am recording this episode of the podcast, it is 91 degrees F, but feels like 103 degrees in Florida!  It is brutally hot!  So this episode of the podcast is focusing on summer weddings and the major dos and don’ts of getting married outdoors.   Do try to beat the heat Do send out save the dates for a summer wedding Do take into consideration your ceremony time Do consider your wedding day attire Do make your guests feel comfortable Do not take a chance on the weather Do not leave your wedding cake in the sun Do not forget about the bugs www.todosbeforeido.com

Jul 19 2015

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073: Five on Friday - 5 elopement essentials to make your day special

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This Five on Friday is about elopements and the 5 essential things that brides and grooms can do to ensure it is special! 1. Dress the part 2. Hire a photographer 3. Have a first dance 4. Incorporate something personal into the ceremony 5. Send out an elopement announcement Remember, the whole reason to have a wedding in the first place is to get married and express your love for your significant other. When you elope you do just that.  At the end of the day all that really matters is that you and your new significant other are newlyweds. www.todosbeforeido.com

Jul 17 2015

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072: Q&A - How to avoid stress during wedding planning?

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Question: We all know planning your own wedding is hard but how do you get less stressed about it? www.todosbeforeido.com

Jul 15 2015

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071: Creating your wedding website featuring Vivian Hernandez of Wix

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In this episode of the podcast, I’m sharing a recent interview I had with Vivian Hernandez of Wix.  Over at Wix.com, they believe that creating a website should be made simple. When it comes to weddings, they have beautiful templates and options to help you get started on creating your very own wedding website. There are no creative limits, no coding experience necessary – just the complete freedom to express yourself through your website.  Vivian is the Marketing Communications Manager at Wix and she shares her insight with you on how to create a wedding website that is not only beautiful, but that’s informative, is a true reflection of your wedding style and that showcases your’s and your fiance’s love story.  She also dives in to some of her top tips for couples who are creating their own wedding website.   www.todosbeforeido.com

Jul 12 2015

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070: Five on Friday - Groomsman gift ideas

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In this episode, I rounded out 5 groomsman gift ideas that hopefully your groom-to-be would love to give his guys!   1. Shoes 2. Duffel bag 3. Tie and accessories gift sets 4. Subscription 5. An experience www.todosbeforeido.com

Jul 10 2015

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069: Q&A - How to have a $1,000 wedding budget?

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Question: What are some creative ways to have a wedding with a budget of $1,000?   www.todosbeforeido.com

Jul 08 2015

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068: Tips on designing your wedding invitations featuring Poppie Pack of Canva

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In this episode of the podcast, I’m sharing a recent interview I had with Poppie Pack.  She’s a Senior Designer + Social Media specialist at Canva.  Canva is an Amazingly Simple Graphic Design Software.  It gives you everything you need to easily turn ideas into stunning designs. Create designs for Web or print and Canva also specializes in paper goods for your wedding.  You can add a personal touch to your wedding invitation with a custom design in Canva!  During my talk with Poppie, I learned about the basic process of creating a wedding invitation from start to finish, the best ways to print digital invitations, how to have your personality and style shine through your wedding paper goods and so much more.  I hope that you enjoy this interview and you’re able to gain some useful design takeaways.   This episode of the TO DOs BEFORE I DO Wedding Podcast is brought to you by RapidLash.  RapidLash is a clinically-proven and dermatologist tested serum that helps improve the overall appearance and condition of your eyelashes and brows. After just 30 days of use, you’ll start to notice denser-looking, and healthier-appearing brows and lashes…. which will make your eyes pop, especially on your wedding day! You can visit Rapidlash.com to learn more about their amazing product line and also visit my website, todosbeforeido.com, where I’ll have direct links on where you can easily purchase RapidLash.   www.todosbeforeido.com

Jul 05 2015

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067: Five on Friday - 5 ways to cut costs on your wedding invitations

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In this Five on Friday episode, I’m giving you 5 ways to cut costs on your wedding invitations because, let’s face it, we all pretty much want to save money where we can and we don’t want to break the bank when it comes to our wedding budget.  When it comes to wedding invitations, there are so many different options to select from -- you have to figure out the style you want, what type of fonts and colors to use, what enclosure cards to add to your invitation suite and what type of cardstock or paper you want to use.  The options are endless and can get overwhelming at times!  And then of course, couple that with having expensive taste and getting sticker shock when you see how much an invitation will cost then multiply that by how many actual invitations you need.  But don’t you worry - here are 5 tips on how you can cut some costs when it comes to your wedding invitations. 1. Use a local printer 2. Make the most of your space 3. Try partial customization 4. Skip the calligraphy 5. Use RSVP postcards or online RSVPs This episode of the TO DOs BEFORE I DO Wedding Podcast is brought to you by RapidLash.  RapidLash is a clinically-proven and dermatologist tested serum that helps improve the overall appearance and condition of your eyelashes and brows. After just 30 days of use, you’ll start to notice denser-looking, and healthier-appearing brows and lashes…. which will make your eyes pop, especially on your wedding day! You can visit Rapidlash.com to learn more about their amazing product line.   RapidLash is available at CVS, Ulta Beauty, Walgreens, Kohl’s, Bed Bath & Beyond, Drugstore.com, DuaneReade, Dermstore and other retailers.  To find a RapidLash retailer near you, visit: RapidLash Store Locator   To see the amazing before and after pictures from women who’ve used RapidLash products, visit: RapidLash Results

Jul 03 2015

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066: Q&A - Should I buy my wedding gown on Etsy?

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Question: What are your thoughts on ordering a dress on Etsy versus actually buying a dress in store?   This episode of the TO DOs BEFORE I DO Wedding Podcast is brought to you by RapidLash.  RapidLash is a clinically-proven and dermatologist tested serum that helps improve the overall appearance and condition of your eyelashes and brows. After just 30 days of use, you’ll start to notice denser-looking, and healthier-appearing brows and lashes…. which will make your eyes pop, especially on your wedding day! You can visit Rapidlash.com to learn more about their amazing product line. www.todosbeforeido.com

Jul 01 2015

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Surprise

By DoOverlife - Aug 21 2015
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Sounds great and gives excellent advice.

Get Ready for the Wedding

By Sgt. Storm - Jun 14 2015
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This is everything you ever wanted to know about getting married. Great resources for planning.