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You are cordially invited to Your I Do Crew: a wedding planning podcast. Wedding officiant Atonn Smeltzer and wedding photographer Lindsay Rozelle share their best wedding tips, craziest wedding horror stories, and interview local and national experts on trends, traditions, and more! So here's to love, laughter and happily ever after. Cheers!ūü•ā Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/your-i-do-crew/support
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132: Happy Pride, Crew! While the wedding industry has come a long way in the past few years, for those in the LGBTQ+ community, it can still be a difficult task to find inclusive, affirming, and like-minded wedding planners and vendors. That's where Brittny Drye comes in. Brittny is the editor of Love Inc. Magazine, the leading equality-minded wedding blog and print publication, She is here to help and guide us in ways that LGBTQ+ couples can find the right wedding vendors for them, by knowing what to look out for, and where to look - as well as some of the questions that couples should be asking their vendors! Brittny Drye is the founder and editor-in-chief of Love Inc., the leading equality-minded wedding blog and print publication. Her inclusive efforts have been celebrated by the New York Times, Forbes, The Advocate, OUT Magazine, Refinery29, NY Daily News, Cosmopolitan, and more. She is a founding editor of the Aisle Society and a member of the 2018-19 North American Advisory Board for the International Academy of Wedding & Events and a 2019 Knot Pro Educator. Forbes has touted her as “The Woman Lead the Way to a More Inclusive Wedding Industry". Officially on the rise as a leading disruptor in the event space, she's bringing the next generation of inclusive education to the special events industry. Website: http://loveincmag.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LoveIncMag Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/loveincmag/ --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/your-i-do-crew/support
131: We're back! We had to take a short break, but Your I Do Crew has been diligently interviewing EVEN MORE experts! Today, we've got Ryan Kluttz, of A Mindful Bride. Ryan helps brides who are freaking out about the wedding to be able to reduce stress and shift focus to planning the EPIC love story that is their marriage. ¬†We talked about how easy it is to lose sight of the important things during stressful times - like when you're planning a wedding! It can be hard to remember that the wedding is just the first step in the journey of a marriage, so it's vital to periodically reset your focus back on the long-term goals of building a healthy relationship and marriage. Ryan shared a number of strategies that can help any couple who is struggling during difficult times, to re-center themselves and remember what really matters. ¬† She even created a free download for our listeners! Go to http://www.amindfulbride.co/youridocrew to download it today! Ryan is a former wedding stationer turned Bridal Empowerment Educator, she saw all of her brides stressed at some level and realized there was not enough focus put on the marriage in a lot of cases. She believes that marriage should be an adventure and not be the start of ‚Äúsettling down.‚ÄĚ She‚Äôs been married for almost 13 years. She and her husband have 2 young daughters and a mini golden doodle puppy. Together, they have hopped around the country living their life how they want to. Website: www.amindfulbride.co¬† Instagram: @amindfulbride.co --- This episode is sponsored by ¬∑ Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/your-i-do-crew/support
0130 - Everyone's wedding plans are changing right now, so is this the perfect time to re-imagine your perfect wedding? Since so many celebrations are being rescheduled or moved, due to COVID-19, now is an ideal time to re-evaluate the size and scope of your wedding, and to potentially opt for something a little more intimate.  After all, this is probably the only time where no-one will be angry about getting bumped from the guest list!  To help us out with this discussion, we brought in the charming Keenda Sisouphanh, a wedding planner and designer who specializes in intimate weddings and elopements. She is here to encourage couples to think about how they might want to amend their plans in light of the current pandemic. Keenda is the Creative Director of Events by Keenda, creating design-led intimate weddings for creative couples and wanderlust lovers around the world. She graduated with a BA(Hons) in Cultural and Media studies and went on to work at BBC London and Disruptive Films Elements before entering the world of events for the last 13 years. She has a background in education and not for profit organisations, having worked at several Royal colleges as well as overseeing events for private clients across the UK including hosting club nights at Mango Lounge Cocktail bar. You can find Events by Keenda featured in Mrs P&P, BLOVED, Coco Wedding Venues, Magpie wedding, Bridal Musings, Bespoke bride wedding blogs and in Your London Wedding Magazine. Keenda has also shared her expert tips as a guest blogger for Cutting Edge Brides, Wed Inspire and in Blushing Brides box. Her wedding planning business has also had a spotlight feature on Planning Redefined of whom she trained with. As a female entrepreneur, she founded Fempreneurs Offline and was featured in Anne Louise Magazine telling her story about how she started her wedding business and why she wants to build a community for fellow female entrepreneurs to follow their passion and dream job. As a Londoner, Keenda loves nothing more than to explore what the city has to offer. A self-confessed foodie, you will find her eating out a lot! Her hobbies include ballroom dancing, Argentine tango and acroyoga. She loves brunch, a good afternoon tea and gin o’clock and is definitely no stranger to karaoke. www.eventsbykeenda.com www.facebook.com/eventsbykeenda www.instagram.com/eventsbykeenda www.facebook.com/fempreneursofflinelondon www.instagram.com/fempreneurs_offline www.facebook.com/groups/savvyfempreneurstribe --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/your-i-do-crew/support
0129: Roberta Noronha is the Co-Owner of The Bridal Finery, a bridal shop just outside of Orlando FL, and she is bringing her incredible knowledge to the table, to share her experiences and knowledge both as a female business owner and an expert on wedding dresses! Roberta discovered her love of bridal fashion by creating custom looks for uniquely beautiful brides. Through her experience in the bridal industry, she understood how attractive it would be for a bride to have every couture designer under one roof. As Co-Owner of The Bridal Finery, she is able to grant her brides access to a one-of-a-kind designer gown, straight from the runway. By connecting with esteemed designers, she is able to select the highest quality gowns in couture bridal fashion for her brides. As a mother of two daughters, she believes that finding a wedding gown should be remarkable and memorable, and she is committed to giving an exceptional experience to every bride as if they were her own family.   Born in Brazil, Roberta keeps pace with international fashion, has a true appreciation for multicultural weddings, and is fluent in English, Spanish, and Portuguese. She is praised in the industry for her expert advice featured on Fox 35 News, as well as many other international publications. The Bridal Finery celebrates women in every shape, size, and height. Being a curvy woman herself, Roberta understands first hand the importance of carrying sizes 4 to 16. She humorously remembers her own challenges fitting into sample sizes in bridal. www.thebridalfinery.com www.facebook.com/thebridalfinery www.instagram.com/thebridalfinery #thebridalfinery #offtherack #weddingdress #weddinggown #couturebridal --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/your-i-do-crew/support
0128: Even when the world ISN'T in the midst of a global health crisis, there are still SO MANY things that can go wrong at a wedding! So how do you possibly plan for anything and everything that can go sideways? Well, your first step should be listening to our expert guest this week, wedding planner Emily Sullivan! Emily is the owner of Emily Sullivan Events, a boutique wedding and event-planning firm based in New Orleans, LA, that specializes in celebrations throughout the Southeast. With a passion for entertaining, she uses her intuition and attention to details to customize each and every wedding experience for her clients.  When it comes to surviving and thriving through disasters, Emily has the market cornered. In the past 15 years in the wedding industry, she has survived 2 hurricanes directly hitting her community (during wedding season!), and most recently she was even hospitalized for COVID-19! But her smart and savvy planning skills have brought her through every challenge, and she keeps thriving! There is no-one more qualified to show you the ropes of planning your way out of a disaster scenario! In addition to her wedding and planning expertise, Emily is a regular on-air personality in the region, as well as a sought-after national speaker, with recent and upcoming engagements including The Special Event, NACE, WeddingWire World, and Wedding MBA. She is inaugural chapter president for WIPA New Orleans. Emily has been recognized by several industry publications for her achievements and insight, including Brides, Country Living, The Knot, Southern Weddings, Style Me Pretty and Catersource. https://www.emilysullivanevents.com/ https://www.facebook.com/EmilySullivanEvents/ https://www.instagram.com/emilysullivanevents/ https://www.intimateweddingsbyemily.com/ Vendor Webinar - adding microweddings to your offering (May 6): https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_XipOKBERQASBr7dpf6Jhwg --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/your-i-do-crew/support
127: Uncertainty continues to swirl around the 2020 wedding season, as novel coronavirus numbers keep climbing around the world. Some communities have begun to talk about lifting the quarantine measures, which were put in place to stem the spread of infection, but what does that mean for weddings for the rest of the year? What kind of considerations need to be taken now, and for how long? Are these things that a couple is going to be able to do themselves, or is this the perfect time to hire a planner/coordinator? We talk about and answer all of these questions and more! #2020weddings #covid #covid-19 #coronavirus #SARS-CoV-2 #coronawedding  --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/your-i-do-crew/support
126: We're in high spirits! We got the chance to talk to Brennan Stanford, owner of Premier Pour Bartending - the premier mobile bartending solution in Northwest Ohio! Brennan and his team are pros at helping couples and groups plan their bar and alcohol needs for weddings, fundraisers, and other events. They are trained and ready to come into almost any situation, and keep glasses filled and spirits high! We talk to Brennan about liquor laws, alcohol planning, and more! https://premierpour.com https://www.instagram.com/premierpour/ https://www.facebook.com/PremierPourBartending #premierpourbartending #mixology #partyplanning #ohioweddings  --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/your-i-do-crew/support
125: Atonn and Lindsay have both had weddings in the middle of the 2020 Coronavirus crisis. Listen to how it impacted their couples, and how they coped with and dealt with the restrictions. #covid19 #coronavirus #coronawedding #viralwedding #intimatewedding --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/your-i-do-crew/support
124: Life can throw you a curve ball pretty quickly. We have been fielding questions and frantic phone calls from our upcoming wedding couples since last week, so we wanted to put out some tips for dealing with wedding planning during this Coronavirus outbreak. We dig in to who you should call first, and what you should be asking. The best advice is the same in every situation - communication is key! Above all, remember that we are all in this together, so be safe and kind to each other. Make good and healthy choices, and wash your hands!  #coronavirus #covid-19 #coronawedding  --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/your-i-do-crew/support
123: So many times, we see couples that walk into vendor meetings under prepared - just because they don't know what to ask! Going into wedding planning without knowing which questions to ask your vendors can create stress and frustration with the whole process, which can bleed back into your relationship, if you're not careful! We put together a list of the most common questions that you can - and SHOULD - ask every wedding vendor that you sit down with. These are applicable, no matter what the business or service type, so you could print them out and laminate them if you wanted to! Getting the answers to these will show the vendors that you know what you're doing, and will help you make sure that the vendor you're hiring is fully on the up & up!  The questions are: Will my deposit/retainer count towards my final bill? What happens if you are sick or have an emergency on my wedding day? When is the final payment due, and can we make payments? Is there a credit card fee? Are we able to customize the packages at all? What makes you my best option? What does your liability coverage look like? How fast is your response time? How many weddings will you take on my day? On my weekend? What didn't we know enough to ask? #weddingplanning #planningseason #weddingquestions #weddingvendors #engagedandconfused --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/your-i-do-crew/support
0121: Happy (almost) National Wedding Planning Day! Sunday, March 1 is National Wedding Planning Day, and officially marks the end of proposal season, and the beginning of wedding planning season. And what better way to kick off this season, than with an interview with an expert on the topic of wedding planning! We interviewed Lauren Kay, the Executive Editor of The Knot, on the topic of "What To Do When." We talk about what to do first in the wedding planning process, and which conversations to start with, to make sure that your wedding is everything you want it to be! As Executive Editor of The Knot, Lauren Kay scours the globe for of-the-minute wedding trends and design secrets. She loves to share her wedding expertise with engaged couples and industry pros alike and has appeared on the Today Show, Good Morning America and local news segments across the country. Lauren accepted her first wedding role at age six. After a winning performance as flower girl, she went on to star in many more weddings (including her own in 2013). She has a strong affinity for good etiquette and red lipstick and thinks a good pair of heels can transform any day. Lauren lives in New York City with her husband Adam and children George and Eleanor. http://www.theknot.com https://www.instagram.com/theknot/  #weddingplanning #theknot #nationalweddingplanningday  --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/your-i-do-crew/support
120:  CONTENT WARNING: DOMESTIC ABUSE. Atonn shares a story about a couple he DIDN'T marry, and talks about spotting the warning signs of an abusive relationship, how to be an ally, and how to get help.  https://www.thehotline.org/ https://ncadv.org/get-help https://www.breakthecycle.org/ #domesticabuse #abusesurvivor #horrorstory --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/your-i-do-crew/support
119 - In over 200 weddings, Atonn has found that a lot of couples don't really have any idea of what readings to use in their ceremony, or they just aren't familiar with the different types of readings that are out there. Above all else, he always stresses that a couple can use LITERALLY anything they want! Obviously, some church weddings will probably include a scriptural reading, but wherever you're getting married, you can have whomever you want read whatever else you choose! So we are starting a new monthly segment where Atonn shares some of his favorite wedding readings - Many of them are off the beaten path, so to speak, so they are great choices for couples who are looking to have a little fun! #offbeatbride #offbeatwedding #weddingreadings  --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/your-i-do-crew/support
118: Big wedding parties are a trend that's starting to die down, but you still want to find meaningful ways to include your friends and family into the wedding! This episode dives into some creative ways to think about having them participate in your big day - everything from ushering, to presenting the rings, to voicing their support for the wedding! You are only limited by your creativity, as we explore ways to have your loved ones do more than just dress up and stand next to you! #weddingparty #unityceremony #weddingpodcast #weddingpro #weddingparents #smallweddingparty --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/your-i-do-crew/support
WHS: Kiss and Make Up

WHS: Kiss and Make Up

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117: This week, Lindsay recalls a Wedding Horror Story where the bride's makeup artist had a slight... miscommunication about when to show up. She didn't show up at all! Find out how this bride managed to save face, and how to manage a situation like this! #weddinghorrorstory #weddingpodcast #weddingmakeup --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/your-i-do-crew/support
116: Happy New Year! It's a new year, a new decade, and it's time to take a look at the latest wedding trends! We broke down the top 20 trends, as published by The Knot, and gave our real-world, real industry take on how they would really play out! #weddingtrends #2020weddings #roaring20s --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/your-i-do-crew/support
114: In our third and final episode with Lewis King, Executive Director of American Marriage Ministries, we talk about what to do if you officiate a wedding, and get the itch to keep officiating! If you really like the feeling and process, how do you take it to the next level? Do you keep it to just friends and family? Or do you open up a full-fledged business (like Atonn did)? Here are things that need to be considered when you decide that weddings are going to be part of your future. Thank you again to American Marriage Ministries for letting us borrow Lewis! The AMM provides free ordination, advocacy, and training for ministers to ensure that all people have the right to get married and to perform marriages. http://www.theamm.org https://www.facebook.com/AmericanMarriageMinistries/ https://www.instagram.com/americanmarriageministries/ #amm #getordained #ordained #onlineordained #americanmarriageministries #AMMminister #officiant #weddingofficiant --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/your-i-do-crew/support
113: Personal officiating is on the rise, and "Will you marry us?" is a question that more and more friends and family members are getting asked these days! We return to our conversation with Lewis King, Executive Director of American Marriage Ministries, as we talk about the first things that need to be considered when you've been asked to perform a wedding, or if you simply decided it might be fun to get ordained and marry some folks! Either way, we go through a lot of things that a first-time officiant needs to know, and things that they need to consider before jumping in with both feet and agreeing to perform a wedding! Thank you again to American Marriage Ministries for letting us borrow Lewis! The AMM provides free ordination, advocacy, and training for ministers to ensure that all people have the right to get married and to perform marriages. http://www.theamm.org https://www.facebook.com/AmericanMarriageMinistries/ https://www.instagram.com/americanmarriageministries/ #amm #getordained #ordained #onlineordained #americanmarriageministries #AMMminister #officiant #weddingofficiant --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/your-i-do-crew/support
112: This is part one of an AMAZING series! American Marriage Ministries (AMM) provides free ordination, advocacy, and training for ministers to ensure that all people have the right to get married and to perform marriages.  We met the AMM leadership at Wedding MBA, and we reached out to them for input on a topic we were working on. Well, not only did they offer to help us, but the Executive Director, Lewis King, actually flew out from Seattle, WA to meet with us and be interviewed in person! The recording session with him was amazing, and we covered a variety of topics ranging from "What is online ordination and how does it work" to "I was just asked to officiate a wedding - what now?" and so much more. We broke the session into 3 episodes, which will be published in a series. This first episode is all about the basics of online ordination, how it works, the (sometimes challenged) legality of it, and why it's so important. We go in-depth into a recent matter where the TN state legislature recently passed a law prohibiting online-ordained ministers from performing weddings, and how the AMM responded - both by challenging the statute in court, and also by GOING TO TENNESSEE AND ORDAINING MINISTERS IN PERSON! They made sure that couples were able to get married in the way they wanted, by the person they wanted. WE LOVE IT! http://www.theamm.org https://www.facebook.com/AmericanMarriageMinistries/ https://www.instagram.com/americanmarriageministries/ #amm #getordained #ordained #onlineordained #americanmarriageministries #AMMminister #officiant #weddingofficiant --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/your-i-do-crew/support
111: So often we see couples get burned out a few months before their wedding, because they forget their "why". Kimberly Allen is here to remind couples to keep their "why" at the center of the whole wedding planning process. To use it to create a vision of the memories that you are creating, and avoid getting caught up in the stress of people pleasing. Kimberly shares real tools and strategies that will help couples to create the memories they want, without burning themselves out! ¬† https://www.instagram.com/somethingfabulous http://www.somethingfab.com About Kimberly Allen, Something Fabulous ‚ÄĒ There aren‚Äôt many event professionals who can say they got their start in the circus, so Kimberly wears that experience like a badge of honor. With a background in technical theatre design, she launched her career in the entertainment industry as a jack-of-all-trades with the Big Apple Circus, Ringling Bros., and Barnum and Bailey. It was there that she got a taste for experiential design and the wonder of turning an average event into something spectacular. In the late 90s, she left the road to pursue special event services and never looked back. By 2002, she cofounded TurnKey Productions which then evolved into Something Fabulous just two years later. Today, Kimberly serves as the Chief Experience Officer, having transformed the award-winning company from a standard planning and design firm to one that is entrenched in Experience Design. With her process-driven concept and a taste for the extraordinary, she is dedicated to the mission of changing the conversation around how celebrations are planned and executed. Her electric personality and high levels of energy are contagious, whether she‚Äôs taking the stage at an industry event or hitting the dance floor (which she frequents weekly). She is passionate about creating a sense of community and opening up conversations, which has served her well for connecting with peers in an industry that is always evolving. Kimberly‚Äôs commitment to clients, guests and the industry has led to a number of recognitions for Something Fabulous.¬† She and her team have been honored with¬†NACE awards for design and planning services each year. Something Fabulous has also¬†been recognized as one of the Top 25 Best Women-Owned Businesses by Working Mother Magazine, Top 14 Best Event Design, Planning Companies in Metro DC by PartySlate and was recognized as one of the top 1,000 people in events by BizBash. --- This episode is sponsored by ¬∑ Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/your-i-do-crew/support
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