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You're definitely having a wedding ceremony so that means you have a few decisions to make while planning this part of your wedding day.  Once you've decided who's going to take part in the ceremony, you'll have to decide how you'll have them walk into your ceremony (the processional), where you'll want everyone to stand or sit.  Some wedding ceremonies will have traditions and protocols depending on culture, religion or venue (church or synagogue), but these days there are so many options you could consider and far less rules.  I hope that you love this episode and that it gives you some thought into making your wedding ceremony one that feels best to you.Brandee Gaar is a luxury Event Planner, Thought Leader, Educational Speaker and Host of The Wedding Pro CEO Podcast.  As a lifelong lover of all things events, Brandee spent 7 years as a corporate event planner with the prestigious Gaylord Hotels brand before opening her own event consulting firm.  Blush by Brandee Gaar and Eleven Events by Blush have quickly become known for their over the top events and high touch standard of customer service.Brandee is passionate about teaching wedding industry entrepreneurs her exact strategies in growing two 6-figure event businesses (while still being a present mom and wife!).  She provides expert tools for those who are ready to ditch the overwhelm and build the profitable business they’ve always dreamed of!Places to go - People to see:Kelly's Site: http://www.kellymcwilliams.comKelly's Blog: https://www.kellymcwilliams.com/blogInstagram: @kellyamcwilliams @thisvsthatweddingpodcastLance's Site & Insta: https://www.mydfwdj.com/ / https://www.instagram.com/mydfwdj/About Kelly:Hundreds of weddings and 21 years in the industry, Kelly knows how incredible a well planned wedding can be. She creates  from scratch & believes every moment counts and every decision plays a part in what makes your event magnificent. She believes in making events beautiful AND fun.  Published & nationally While most of Kellys weddings take place in Naples, Sanibel or Captiva Island, she travels internationally for destination weddings abroad.  She's been recognized  as a  Martha Stewart Top Wedding Planner, Brides magazine and WeddingWire's best podcast. Home is in SW Florida with hubby Kelly J , mom to Maddy & Emily and dogs Reau & Olive.Thanks to our rockstar editor: Lance PantonWith his professional start as a DJ at 17, Lance has possessed a love of music since birth. He's the owner and sole DJ for MY DFW DJ - Weddings & Events. A personalized DJ service focused on telling a couple's love story in music. No genre is too challenging to meet this goal. Lance is also the editor for the podcasts "This Week In Weddings".
Get out your tissues because this one is going to have tears rolling down your face.  In this ceremony planning episode,  Greg and I discuss honoring the long standing tradition of the father of the bride giving his daughter to the groom versus presenting her to him.  Once we discussed why or why not, Greg offered the actual script he did for his daughters weddings that were, oh my gosh, beyond heartfelt.  I was BALLING! Oh but it gets better.  Greg also wrote a song for their father daughter dance as a surprise.  You'll get to hear it at the end of the episode. You can swipe Gregs script and browse the rest of the website for the full story and officiants script. You can listen to the song here.  Absolutely let us know if you plan on incorporating either - we'd love to know!Greg Stielstra is a husband, father of three, author of two business books, behavioral scientist, marketing guy, Packers fan, songwriter, and Nashville's worst guitarist. He worked as a wedding reception DJ for 27 years and has personally entertained at 1200 wedding receptions. He's also someone who believes fathers should NOT give their daughters away on their wedding day but should "present them for marriage" instead.Places to go - People to see:Kelly's Site: http://www.kellymcwilliams.comKelly's Blog: https://www.kellymcwilliams.com/blogInstagram: @kellyamcwilliams @thisvsthatweddingpodcastLance's Site & Insta: https://www.mydfwdj.com/ / https://www.instagram.com/mydfwdj/About Kelly:Hundreds of weddings and 21 years in the industry, Kelly knows how incredible a well planned wedding can be. She creates  from scratch & believes every moment counts and every decision plays a part in what makes your event magnificent. She believes in making events beautiful AND fun.  Published & nationally While most of Kellys weddings take place in Naples, Sanibel or Captiva Island, she travels internationally for destination weddings abroad.  She's been recognized  as a  Martha Stewart Top Wedding Planner, Brides magazine and WeddingWire's best podcast. Home is in SW Florida with hubby Kelly J , mom to Maddy & Emily and dogs Reau & Olive.Thanks to our rockstar editor: Lance PantonWith his professional start as a DJ at 17, Lance has possessed a love of music since birth. He's the owner and sole DJ for MY DFW DJ - Weddings & Events. A personalized DJ service focused on telling a couple's love story in music. No genre is too challenging to meet this goal. Lance is also the editor for the podcasts "This Week In Weddings".
You and your fiance know that you need help on your wedding day and you've decided you do not want your family or friends to have to work at your wedding.  They are there to see you get married and you want them to enjoy your celebration .  Not all, but most wedding planning companies offer several types of services including day-of coordination (sometimes called Event Management) or full service planning with or without design.  In this episode we guide you through the tasks and responsibilities a coordinator is limited to versus the full scope of guidance and advocacy that a full service planner provides. About todays co-host : Kehrin Hassan is an international planner-designer who founded Jet Set Wed, a Wedding and Event Design company based in South West Florida’s Gulf Coast.  As a multi published designer, her extensive experience is not inhibited by her effortless understated and organic designs that last the test of time. Her talents lie in discovering a clients style and recreating it in a celebratory space in a way that is absolutely their own. In her over 15 years of event experience she has designed large scale International corporate events for a Fortune 500 company, assisted in executing celebrity weddings abroad as well as designed over 600 weddings and events from coast to coast.  She works closely with her equally talented husband, Jason Teeters of Jet Set State who builds entrepreneurs from the ground up and is the mom to her toddlers Marra & Kesh, named after the location in Morocco the two were married. Places to go - People to see:Kelly's Site: http://www.kellymcwilliams.comKelly's Blog: https://www.kellymcwilliams.com/blogInstagram: @kellyamcwilliams @thisvsthatweddingpodcastLance's Site & Insta: https://www.mydfwdj.com/ / https://www.instagram.com/mydfwdj/About Kelly:Hundreds of weddings and 21 years in the industry, Kelly knows how incredible a well planned wedding can be. She creates  from scratch & believes every moment counts and every decision plays a part in what makes your event magnificent. She believes in making events beautiful AND fun.  Published & nationally recognized  including as a  Martha Stewart Top Wedding Planner, Brides magazine and WeddingWire's best podcast. Home is in SWFL with hubby Kelly J , mom to Maddy & Emily and dogs Reau & Olive.Thanks to our rockstar editor: Lance PantonWith his professional start as a DJ at 17, Lance has possessed a love of music since birth. He's the owner and sole DJ for MY DFW DJ - Weddings & Events. A personalized DJ service focused on telling a couple's love story in music. No genre is too challenging to meet this goal. Lance is also the editor for the podcasts "This Week In Weddings".
Hiring a Pro vs DIY

Hiring a Pro vs DIY

2022-08-2648:25

Every decision you make for your wedding you'll have the opportunity to decide if you want to have a professionals help or if you want to tackle the task on your own. DIY you're potentially giving up guidance & advocacy with a service or the quality build of a product. However this doesn't mean that it can't or shouldn't be done. In this episode  Chanda & I discuss a litany of things you could do DIY or hire a pro for with the pros & cons and a few great stories.RECOGNIZED AS ONE OF THE NATION’S LEADING LGBTQ+ WEDDING EXPERTS, Chanda Daniels Planning + Design and founder of A Monique Affair, a leading event planning company in the San Francisco Bay area. A natural at designing and planning events, her years of design experience have established her as an expert in her field.  Combining her skills with her passion for creating events, she founded A Monique Affair and in 2018 founded Chanda Daniels, Planning + Design which focuses on refined fine art wedding weekends.Chanda believes in celebrating milestone events with class, style, and richness. Her weddings have been featured in Martha Stewart Weddings, Munaluchi Bride, The Knot, and Today’s Bride, and named Top Wedding Planner by Harper’s Bazaar, Martha Stewart Weddings & BRIDES.Places to go - People to see:Kelly's Site: http://www.kellymcwilliams.comKelly's Blog: https://www.kellymcwilliams.com/blogInstagram: @kellyamcwilliams @thisvsthatweddingpodcastLance's Site & Insta: https://www.mydfwdj.com/ / https://www.instagram.com/mydfwdj/About Kelly:21 years in the industry, Kelly knows how incredible a well planned wedding can be. She creates  from scratch & believes every moment counts and every decision plays a part in what makes your event magnificent. She believes in making events beautiful AND fun.  Published & nationally recognized  including as a  Martha Stewart Top Wedding Planner, Brides magazine and WeddingWire's best podcast. Home is in SWFL with hubby Kelly J , mom to Maddy & Emily and dogs Reau & Olive.Thanks to our rockstar editor: Lance PantonWith his professional start as a DJ at 17, Lance has possessed a love of music since birth. He's the owner and sole DJ for MY DFW DJ - Weddings & Events. A personalized DJ service focused on telling a couple's love story in music. No genre is too challenging to meet this goal. Lance is also the editor for the podcasts "This Week In Weddings".
Did you go shopping for your wedding dress yet?  If you're in the process of going to find the dress of your dreams, this episode will hopefully help you to decide on whether you'd like to shop solo or with your bestie or all of your gang.   With great stories and tips from Kennedy, you're going to get the inside scoop on the pros and cons of shopping with your friends and family.About today's co-host: Kennedy, better known as Gown Eyed Girl, is a bridal influencer in her native city, Los Angeles. She started Gown Eyed Girl as a way to spotlight the diversity of the bridal industry as well as up and coming indie designers. She spends her days creating fun content like "Wedding Dresses inspired by Abba Songs" or "Wedding Dresses She'd Wear in a Period Piece" and other videos breaking down celebrity weddings and bridal history. You can find Kennedy on instagram and Tik Tok as @GownEyedGirl.Listen to all your podcasts & leave a 5 star review on  SPOTIFYPlaces to go - People to see:Kelly's Site: http://www.kellymcwilliams.comKelly's Blog: https://www.kellymcwilliams.com/blogInstagram: @kellyamcwilliams @thisvsthatweddingpodcastLance's Website: https://www.mydfwdj.com/Lance's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mydfwdj/Listen to all the previous episodes: https://thisvsthatweddingpodcast.buzzsprout.com/About Kelly:21 years in the industry, Kelly knows how incredible a well planned wedding can be. She creates  from scratch & believes every moment counts and every decision plays a part in what makes your event magnificent. She believes in making events beautiful AND fun.  Published & nationally recognized  including as a  Martha Stewart Top Wedding Planner, Brides magazine and WeddingWire's best podcast. Home is in SWFL with husband Kelly J , mom to Maddy & Emily and dogs Reau & Olive.Thanks to our rockstar editor: Lance PantonWith his professional start as a DJ at 17, Lance has possessed a love of music since birth. is the owner and sole DJ for MY DFW DJ - Weddings & Events. A personalized DJ service focused on telling a couple's love story in music. No genre is too challenging to meet this goal. Lance is also the editor for the podcasts "This Week In Weddings". He also serves as the co-director of membership for The Dallas/Fort Worth chapter of The National Association of Catering & Events. When Lance is not behind the booth, he's in the kitchen fulfilling his passion for the culinary arts, creating meals for his wife.
Who is going to do all the talking at your wedding? Default seems to most often be your wedding DJ or Band Leader.  Another option we see sometimes is a friend or family member who's "good on the mic". But did you know that you could also have a Professional Emcee? Artem and I talk about the pros and cons to the decision that you make here.  Let me tell you - there are some considerable notes that come up during this episode that I didn't even think of with 20 years of weddings behind me.  My eyes are wide open after this episode.Find Artem hereListen to all your podcasts & leave a 5 star review on  SPOTIFYPlaces to go - People to see:Kelly's Site: http://www.kellymcwilliams.comKelly's Blog: https://www.kellymcwilliams.com/blogInstagram: @kellyamcwilliams @thisvsthatweddingpodcastLance's Website: https://www.mydfwdj.com/Lance's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mydfwdj/Listen to all the previous episodes: https://thisvsthatweddingpodcast.buzzsprout.com/About Kelly:A vet of the industry, Kelly knows how incredible a wedding can be. She creates  from scratch and believes every moment counts and every decision plays a part in what makes your event magnificent. She believes in making events beautiful AND fun.  Published & recognized locally, nationally and globally including Martha Stewart Top Wedding Planner, Brides magazine and WeddingWire's best podcast. Home is in SWFL with husband Kelly J , mom to Maddy & Emily and dogs Reau & Olive.Thanks to our rockstar editor: Lance PantonWith his professional start as a DJ at 17, Lance has possessed a love of music since birth. is the owner and sole DJ for MY DFW DJ - Weddings & Events. A personalized DJ service focused on telling a couple's love story in music. No genre is too challenging to meet this goal. Lance is also the editor for the podcasts "This Week In Weddings". He also serves as the co-director of membership for The Dallas/Fort Worth chapter of The National Association of Catering & Events. When Lance is not behind the booth, he's in the kitchen fulfilling his passion for the culinary arts, creating meals for his wife.
This one is for the can't dancers.  I can't dance.  Kelly James (my husband) can't either.  But that doesn't keep us off the dance floor. Luckily for you, I learned about BetterSway online dance studios and you never have to worry about your 1st dance ever again.  In this eye opening episode, Christy, Allen and I discussed everything there is to know about the decision to take dance classes in person or MAGICALLY learn how to look better on the dance floor right in your living room. Find BetterSway hereListen to all your podcasts & leave a 5 star review on  SPOTIFYPlaces to go - People to see:Kelly's Site: http://www.kellymcwilliams.comKelly's Blog: https://www.kellymcwilliams.com/blogInstagram: @kellyamcwilliams @thisvsthatweddingpodcastLance's Website: https://www.mydfwdj.com/Lance's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mydfwdj/Listen to all the previous episodes: https://thisvsthatweddingpodcast.buzzsprout.com/About Kelly:A vet of the industry, Kelly knows how incredible a wedding can be. She creates  from scratch and believes every moment counts and every decision plays a part in what makes your event magnificent. She believes in making events beautiful AND fun.  Published & recognized locally, nationally and globally including Martha Stewart Top Wedding Planner, Brides magazine and WeddingWire's best podcast. Home is in SWFL with husband Kelly J , mom to Maddy & Emily and dogs Reau & Olive.Thanks to our rockstar editor: Lance PantonWith his professional start as a DJ at 17, Lance has possessed a love of music since birth. is the owner and sole DJ for MY DFW DJ - Weddings & Events. A personalized DJ service focused on telling a couple's love story in music. No genre is too challenging to meet this goal. Lance is also the editor for the podcasts "This Week In Weddings". He also serves as the co-director of membership for The Dallas/Fort Worth chapter of The National Association of Catering & Events. When Lance is not behind the booth, he's in the kitchen fulfilling his passion for the culinary arts, creating meals for his wife.
Have you started booking or interviewing your wedding vendors and creative partners?  Have you received quotes, proposals or agreements? Have you followed up with everyone who you've reached out to?  That's what we are talking about today.  Your decision to "Ghost", offer feedback, offer your decision or return for more questions.  This is a touchy subject; but one that we in the wedding industry would love for you to put some thought into.Today, we are joined by Ivan Wognin of Ivan Amssan Photography Co. This 2021 Top 5 Red River Valley Photographer, leads a wedding photography and education collective serving in Fargo, North Dakota, and worldwide!  Being a true extrovert and lover of people,  Ivan believes in serving others from an intentional and relationally driven place. Most days, you can find him doing two things: providing newly engaged couples with valuable tips for a laid-back and present-filled day, and helping photographers build a brand on social media. When he's not serving in his business, he is likely getting a bowl of zeppoles from Olive Garden!Find Ivan hereListen to all your podcasts & leave a 5 star review on  SPOTIFYPlaces to go - People to see:Kelly's Site: http://www.kellymcwilliams.comKelly's Blog: https://www.kellymcwilliams.com/blogInstagram: @kellyamcwilliams @thisvsthatweddingpodcastLance's Website: https://www.mydfwdj.com/Lance's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mydfwdj/Listen to all the previous episodes: https://thisvsthatweddingpodcast.buzzsprout.com/About Kelly:A vet of the industry, Kelly knows how incredible a wedding can be. She creates  from scratch and believes every moment counts and every decision plays a part in what makes your event magnificent. She believes in making events beautiful AND fun.  Published & recognized locally, nationally and globally including Martha Stewart Top Wedding Planner, Brides magazine and WeddingWire's best podcast. Home is in SWFL with husband Kelly J , mom to Maddy & Emily and dogs Reau & Olive.Thanks to our rockstar editor: Lance PantonWith his professional start as a DJ at 17, Lance has possessed a love of music since birth. is the owner and sole DJ for MY DFW DJ - Weddings & Events. A personalized DJ service focused on telling a couple's love story in music. No genre is too challenging to meet this goal. Lance is also the editor for the podcasts "This Week In Weddings". He also serves as the co-director of membership for The Dallas/Fort Worth chapter of The National Association of Catering & Events. When Lance is not behind the booth, he's in the kitchen fulfilling his passion for the culinary arts, creating meals for his wife.
If there's 1 thing that the  last few years have taught us in the wedding world its that anything and everything is now up for discussion.  What once was traditional is open to interpretation. Including the kind of wedding that you are contemplating. In this episode Gretchen of Rocket Science events and I talk about what to expect and to put into consideration when it comes to making the decision to have what used to be considered a traditional wedding vs a mini wedding or eloping.Gretchen Culver is the creative mind behind Minneapolis’ go-to design and planning firm,Rocket Science Events, but her business prowess doesn’t stop there. In 2020, she opened thedoors to Minne Weddings, a brand that provides stylish and affordable micro-weddings, as away to meet her clients’ evolving demands for small-but-significant celebrations. Her knack for identifying client pain points and solving problems has propelled Minne Weddings to the top of her market.Named one of the “30 Under 40 to Watch” by Special Events and recognized as a top planner by BRIDES and Martha Stewart Weddings, Gretchen’s award-winning work has been featured in magazines, online, and on television.Find Gretchen hereListen to all your podcasts & leave a 5 star review on  SPOTIFYPlaces to go - People to see:Kelly's Site: http://www.kellymcwilliams.comKelly's Blog: https://www.kellymcwilliams.com/blogInstagram: @kellyamcwilliams @thisvsthatweddingpodcastLance's Website: https://www.mydfwdj.com/Lance's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mydfwdj/Listen to all the previous episodes: https://thisvsthatweddingpodcast.buzzsprout.com/About Kelly:A vet of the industry, Kelly knows how incredible a wedding can be. She creates  from scratch and believes every moment counts and every decision plays a part in what makes your event magnificent. She believes in making events beautiful AND fun.  Published & recognized locally, nationally and globally including Martha Stewart Top Wedding Planner, Brides magazine and WeddingWire's best podcast. Home is in SWFL with husband Kelly J , mom to Maddy & Emily and dogs Reau & Olive.Thanks to our rockstar editor: Lance PantonWith his professional start as a DJ at 17, Lance has possessed a love of music since birth. is the owner and sole DJ for MY DFW DJ - Weddings & Events. A personalized DJ service focused on telling a couple's love story in music. No genre is too challenging to meet this goal. Lance is also the editor for the podcasts "This Week In Weddings". He also serves as the co-director of membership for The Dallas/Fort Worth chapter of The National Association of Catering & Events. When Lance is not behind the booth, he's in the kitchen fulfilling his passion for the culinary arts, creating meals for his wife.
If you haven't listened to part ONE yet, be sure to do so - it is packed with insight!Derek and Maighdlin are getting married in February 2022 and we could not be more excited to have them as "wedding guests" on the podcast.  "As we anticipate our big day, we have had the opportunity to help celebrate with our favorite people at their weddings.  During this season we have also learned what we like, love, and would do differently to celebrate our big day.   While attending weddings and simultaneously planning our own, we have the exciting  perspective of sharing things that couples might not think about while they’re drowning in decision fatigue.  We could not be more excited to share and help other engaged couples make decisions about the details of their day they may have scooted past. We are getting married on Captiva Island on February 26th 2022.  Kelly is OBVIOUSLY our planner.  We have participated in so many weddings, and specifically this summer we have either been guests, a bridesmaid, the officiant, or the best man in a wedding."Lance and I took total advantage and asked all the questions we were dying to know and they gave up all the goods!Maighdlin & Derek: THANK YOU SO MUCH! Also, co-host for these 2 bonus episodes...everyone's favorite co-host LANCE IS BACK!Listen to all your podcasts & leave a 5 star review on  SPOTIFYPlaces to go - People to see:Kelly's Site: http://www.kellymcwilliams.comKelly's Blog: https://www.kellymcwilliams.com/blogInstagram: @kellyamcwilliams @thisvsthatweddingpodcastLance's Website: https://www.mydfwdj.com/Lance's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mydfwdj/Listen to all the previous episodes: https://thisvsthatweddingpodcast.buzzsprout.com/About Kelly:A vet of the industry, Kelly knows how incredible a wedding can be. She creates  from scratch and believes every moment counts and every decision plays a part in what makes your event magnificent. She believes in making events beautiful AND fun.  Published & recognized locally, nationally and globally including Martha Stewart Top Wedding Planner, Brides magazine and WeddingWire's best podcast. Home is in SWFL with husband Kelly J , mom to Maddy & Emily and dogs Reau & Olive.Thanks to our rockstar editor: Lance PantonWith his professional start as a DJ at 17, Lance has possessed a love of music since birth. is the owner and sole DJ for MY DFW DJ - Weddings & Events. A personalized DJ service focused on telling a couple's love story in music. No genre is too challenging to meet this goal. Lance is also the editor for the podcasts "This Week In Weddings". He also serves as the co-director of membership for The Dallas/Fort Worth chapter of The National Association of Catering & Events. When Lance is not behind the booth, he's in the kitchen fulfilling his passion for the culinary arts, creating meals for his wife.
Derek and Maighdlin are getting married in February 2022 and we could not be more excited to have them as "wedding guests" on the podcast.  "As we anticipate our big day, we have had the opportunity to help celebrate with our favorite people at their weddings.  During this season we have also learned what we like, love, and would do differently to celebrate our big day.   While attending weddings and simultaneously planning our own, we have the exciting  perspective of sharing things that couples might not think about while they’re drowning in decision fatigue.  We could not be more excited to share and help other engaged couples make decisions about the details of their day they may have scooted past. We are getting married on Captiva Island on February 26th 2022.  Kelly is OBVIOUSLY our planner.  We have participated in so many weddings, and specifically this summer we have either been guests, a bridesmaid, the officiant, or the best man in a wedding."Lance and I took total advantage and asked all the questions we were dying to know and they gave up all the goods!Maighdlin & Derek: THANK YOU SO MUCH! Also, co-host for these 2 bonus episodes...everyone's favorite co-host LANCE IS BACK!Listen to all your podcasts & leave a 5 star review on  SPOTIFY Places to go - People to see:Kelly's Site: http://www.kellymcwilliams.comKelly's Blog: https://www.kellymcwilliams.com/blogInstagram: @kellyamcwilliams @thisvsthatweddingpodcastLance's Website: https://www.mydfwdj.com/Lance's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mydfwdj/Listen to all the previous episodes: https://thisvsthatweddingpodcast.buzzsprout.com/About Kelly:A vet of the industry, Kelly knows how incredible a wedding can be. She creates  from scratch and believes every moment counts and every decision plays a part in what makes your event magnificent. She believes in making events beautiful AND fun.  Published & recognized locally, nationally and globally including Martha Stewart Top Wedding Planner, Brides magazine and WeddingWire's best podcast. Home is in SWFL with husband Kelly J , mom to Maddy & Emily and dogs Reau & Olive.Thanks to my rockstar editor: Lance PantonWith his professional start as a DJ at 17, Lance has possessed a love of music since birth. is the owner and sole DJ for MY DFW DJ - Weddings & Events. A personalized DJ service focused on telling a couple's love story in music. No genre is too challenging to meet this goal. Lance is also the editor for the podcasts "This Week In Weddings". He also serves as the co-director of membership for The Dallas/Fort Worth chapter of The National Association of Catering & Events. When Lance is not behind the booth, he's in the kitchen fulfilling his passion for the culinary arts, creating meals for his wife.
When you hire your photographer and videographer you'll likely have to decide on the number of hours you would like covered.  You don't necessarily have to cover your entire day start to finish, but you'll want to decide if you want coverage early in the day while you are getting ready or if you'd like coverage until you exit for the evening.  In this episode, photographer Lynne Reznick and I discuss the pros and cons of both.Lynne is an educator-turned-photographer whose own love story and marriage inspires her to document the love of other soulmates. She's a hybrid photographer who supports couples throughout the planning process and artfully captures each wedding day in timeless imagery. Named ILEA Boston's Top Photographer in 2020, she has been featured in Wedding Sparrow, Rangefinder Magazine, Boston Weddings Magazine, and more. Always an educator at heart, Lynne is committed to building opportunities for connection and learning within the wedding industry and beyond. She enjoys leading in-person workshops and recently launched her first online course, The Wedding Client Experience Academy, to help industry creatives deliver impeccable service to their couples.Listen to all your podcasts &leave a 5 star review is the GOODPODS appPlaces to go - People to see:Kelly's Site: http://www.kellymcwilliams.comKelly's Blog: https://www.kellymcwilliams.com/blogInstagram: @kellyamcwilliams @thisvsthatweddingpodcastLance's Website: https://www.mydfwdj.com/Lance's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mydfwdj/Listen to all the previous episodes: https://thisvsthatweddingpodcast.buzzsprout.com/About Kelly:A vet of the industry, Kelly knows how incredible a wedding can be. She creates  from scratch and believes every moment counts and every decision plays a part in what makes your event magnificent. She believes in making events beautiful AND fun.  Published & recognized locally, nationally and globally including Martha Stewart Top Wedding Planner, Brides magazine and WeddingWire's best podcast. Home is in SWFL with husband Kelly J , mom to Maddy & Emily and dogs Reau & Olive.Thanks to my rockstar editor: Lance PantonWith his professional start as a DJ at 17, Lance has possessed a love of music since birth. is the owner and sole DJ for MY DFW DJ - Weddings & Events. A personalized DJ service focused on telling a couple's love story in music. No genre is too challenging to meet this goal. Lance is also the editor for the podcasts "This Week In Weddings". He also serves as the co-director of membership for The Dallas/Fort Worth chapter of The National Association of Catering & Events. When Lance is not behind the booth, he's in the kitchen fulfilling his passion for the culinary arts, creating meals for his wife.
If you're going to tell your guests where to sit at your wedding reception, you have to let them know what table to go to and maybe what seat to sit in at the table.  I had the pleasure of talking to Jordan about ways  you can turn a tedious task into a genuine gesture. It's a chance to be creative, unique and elevate your guests experience.  We'll also remind you of the different kinds of cards: place cards, escort cards, seating charts, etcA USER EXPERIENCE DESIGNER BY TRADE, JORDAN’S BACKGROUND IN ART AND DESIGN ISN’T JUST PROFESSIONAL—it’s been a deep-seated passion for as long as he can remember. After years in the advertising industry working in web design and user experience with major brands like Pepsi, Visa, Toyota, and Mercedes, Jordan knew it was time he took his creativity offline so he could get his hands dirty. Out of that realization, he launched a custom brooch business which, ultimately, evolved into wedding stationery, perfectly marrying his experience in digital design with his love for crafting.Thus, his boutique design firm, A Good Day, was born to serve planners and their couples eclectic, one-of-a-kind stationery that establishes a unique brand for each event. From save-the-dates and invitations to day-of signage and menus, Jordan draws inspiration from his diverse array of interests spanning fashion, architecture, interior design, and film to curate an aesthetic that perfectly matches each clients’ vision for their celebration.Listen to all your podcasts &leave a 5 star review is the GOODPODS appPlaces to go - People to see:Kelly's Site: http://www.kellymcwilliams.comKelly's Blog: https://www.kellymcwilliams.com/blogInstagram: @kellyamcwilliams @thisvsthatweddingpodcastLance's Website: https://www.mydfwdj.com/Lance's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mydfwdj/Listen to all the previous episodes: https://thisvsthatweddingpodcast.buzzsprout.com/About Kelly:A vet of the industry, Kelly knows how incredible a wedding can be. She creates  from scratch and believes every moment counts and every decision plays a part in what makes your event magnificent. She believes in making events beautiful AND fun.  Published & recognized locally, nationally and globally including Martha Stewart Top Wedding Planner, Brides magazine and WeddingWire's best podcast. Home is in SWFL with husband Kelly J , mom to Maddy & Emily and dogs Reau & Olive.Thanks to my rockstar editor: Lance PantonWith his professional start as a DJ at 17, Lance has possessed a love of music since birth. is the owner and sole DJ for MY DFW DJ - Weddings & Events. A personalized DJ service focused on telling a couple's love story in music. No genre is too challenging to meet this goal. Lance is also the editor for the podcasts "This Week In Weddings". He also serves as the co-director of membership for The Dallas/Fort Worth chapter of The National Association of Catering & Events. When Lance is not behind the booth, he's in the kitchen fulfilling his passion for the culinary arts, creating meals for his wife.
Toasts & Speeches, Yes vs No

Toasts & Speeches, Yes vs No

2021-09-2901:04:281

A couple weeks ago, a soon to be maid of honor asked me to do an episode on speeches and toasts.  Oh boy did the memories terrible and fabulous moments come flooding in.  Next call was to Lance, "Lance. Someone needs our help.  We need to give the good bad and ugly of wedding toasts and speeches."  Here's the thing, Between us we have over 45 years of wedding receptions.  We have seen and heard it all.  From dad's who break out a guitar and sing, to drunken uncles who never should have had the mic, to sisters who gave the most epic rap performance I have ever seen.This episode will you help you decide who to ask to speak at your wedding, how long they should speak, what should and should not be included, and much more. And if you're going to be giving a toast or speech - we have insight for you too!175 questions to know you are prepared for your wedding day.  A workbook to ensure every detail has been planned & finalized. On sale now!Places to go - People to see:Kelly's Site: http://www.kellymcwilliams.comKelly's Blog: https://www.kellymcwilliams.com/blogInstagram: @kellyamcwilliams @thisvsthatweddingpodcastLance's Website: https://www.mydfwdj.com/Lance's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mydfwdj/Listen to all the previous episodes: https://thisvsthatweddingpodcast.buzzsprout.com/About Kelly:A vet of the wedding industry, Kelly knows how incredible a wedding can be. She creates  from scratch and believes every moment counts and every decision plays a part in what makes your event magnificent. She believes in making events beautiful AND fun.  Published & recognized locally, nationally and globally including Martha Stewart Top Wedding Planner, Brides magazine and WeddingWire's best podcast. Home is in SWFL with husband Kelly J , mom to Maddy & Emily and dogs Reau & Olive.Thanks to my rockstar editor: Lance PantonWith his professional start as a DJ at 17, Lance has possessed a love of music since birth. is the owner and sole DJ for MY DFW DJ - Weddings & Events. A personalized DJ service focused on telling a couple's love story in music. No genre is too challenging to meet this goal. Lance is also the editor for the podcasts "This Week In Weddings". He also serves as the co-director of membership for The Dallas/Fort Worth chapter of The National Association of Catering & Events. When Lance is not behind the booth, he's in the kitchen fulfilling his passion for the culinary arts, creating meals for his wife.
82.985% of the answers Brian and I receive when we ask, "What do you think you'd like for your wedding?" is, "I would like ____________and greenery.  It's almost like someone told you that the only way to go North and South is via the highway.  Well guess what folks, there's all kinds of cool back roads with small towns and great views you're missing out on when you take the highway!Often when we try to get to the root of why its for 1 of 2 reasons:Its expected to be cheaper (listen to the episode for the answer on this one)It's what you're seeing everywhere (do you want to do what everyone else did?)Brian Watson co-owns Myrtie Blue - a floral-focused event design studio that services clients along Florida's Emerald Coast and beyond. His experience in flowers and design started 30 years ago after college where he studied studio arts and digital and imaging arts.Brian created Myrtie Blue with his husband 11 years ago and has seen fads come and go with couples from nearly every background. Brian and his team create weddings and events for clientele that LOVE and enjoy flowers and want them to be a standout.Want to see a wedding Brian & I did together?  You do. It's on Style Me Pretty ; click here175 questions to know you are prepared for your wedding day.  A workbook to ensure every detail has been planned & finalized. On sale now!Places to go - People to see:Kelly's Site: http://www.kellymcwilliams.comKelly's Blog: https://www.kellymcwilliams.com/blogInstagram: @kellyamcwilliams @thisvsthatweddingpodcastLance's Website: https://www.mydfwdj.com/Lance's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mydfwdj/Listen to all the previous episodes: https://thisvsthatweddingpodcast.buzzsprout.com/About Kelly:A vet of the wedding industry, Kelly knows how incredible a wedding can be. She creates  from scratch and believes every moment counts and every decision plays a part in what makes your event magnificent. She believes in making events beautiful AND fun.  Published & recognized locally, nationally and globally including Martha Stewart Top Wedding Planner, Brides magazine and WeddingWire's best podcast. Home is in SWFL with husband Kelly J , mom to Maddy & Emily and dogs Reau & Olive.Thanks to my rockstar editor: Lance PantonWith his professional start as a DJ at 17, Lance has possessed a love of music since birth. is the owner and sole DJ for MY DFW DJ - Weddings & Events. A personalized DJ service focused on telling a couple's love story in music. No genre is too challenging to meet this goal. Lance is also the editor for the podcasts "This Week In Weddings". He also serves as the co-director of membership for The Dallas/Fort Worth chapter of The National Association of Catering & Events. When Lance is not behind the booth, he's in the kitchen fulfilling his passion for the culinary arts, creating meals for his wife.
When you got engaged one of the 1st things you did was start looking for a venue.  Chances Your venue also gave you a list of vendors they love or VENDORS LIMITED TO THOSE WHO ARE PAYING THEM.  But, don't tell anyone I told you that.  Just kidding, we encourage you to ask your venue how they vet their lists, most are transparent about it.Anyway, just as you found your venue on your own, you can also find your vendors and creative partners on your own via online research, recommendations from friends and referrals from vendors you have booked.  There can be risk in this and there can also be reward and that is exactly why Jordan and I covered this hot and spicy topic of wedding planning.Jordan Oliveira-Heller is the owner of Suncoast Wedding & Event Leaders, otherwise known as SWEL. SWEL is a professional association increasing the networking and education opportunities for wedding and event professionals in the region, with the goal of building a stronger community that directly benefits the client. CLICK HERE to learn all about the fantastic SWEL members you could put on your radar.  Jordan created SWEL after many years in the industry as both a caterer and in wedding venue sales. Before starting SWEL, his most recent post in the wedding industry was at The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, a world class museum and wedding venue. 175 questions to know you are prepared for your wedding day.  A workbook to ensure every detail has been planned & finalized. On sale now!Places to go - People to see:Kelly's Site: http://www.kellymcwilliams.comKelly's Blog: https://www.kellymcwilliams.com/blogInstagram: @kellyamcwilliams @thisvsthatweddingpodcastLance's Website: https://www.mydfwdj.com/Lance's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mydfwdj/Listen to all the previous episodes: https://thisvsthatweddingpodcast.buzzsprout.com/About Kelly:A vet of the wedding industry, Kelly knows how incredible a wedding can be. She creates  from scratch and believes every moment counts and every decision plays a part in what makes your event magnificent. She believes in making events beautiful AND fun.  Published & recognized locally, nationally and globally including Martha Stewart Top Wedding Planner, Brides magazine and WeddingWire's best podcast. Home is in SWFL with husband Kelly J , mom to Maddy & Emily and dogs Reau & Olive.Thanks to my rockstar editor: Lance PantonWith his professional start as a DJ at 17, Lance has possessed a love of music since birth. is the owner and sole DJ for MY DFW DJ - Weddings & Events. A personalized DJ service focused on telling a couple's love story in music. No genre is too challenging to meet this goal. Lance is also the editor for the podcasts "This Week In Weddings". He also serves as the co-director of membership for The Dallas/Fort Worth chapter of The National Association of Catering & Events. When Lance is not behind the booth, he's in the kitchen fulfilling his passion for the culinary arts, creating meals for his wife.
The list of items that you can upgrade or add to your wedding is endless.  What comes standard or included at your wedding venue is not so much.  In fact, its limited.  To make things a little harder for you, often you don't realize what isn't included that you need!  Ugh; I know.  In this episode, Kehrin and I tackle as many items as we could think of so that you know the pros and cons of using what comes with your wedding package and how to plan accordingly for what doesn't or what is below "standard"  considering the wedding design that you want to put into place.  How to plan your wedding and how to design your wedding are hard enough, I'm glad to share some of this insight. About the co-host: Kehrin Hassan is an international planner and designer who founded Jet Set Wed, a Wedding and Event Design company based in South West Florida’s Gulf Coast.  As a multi published designer, her extensive experience is not inhibited by her effortless understated and organic designs that will last the test of time. Her talents lie in discovering a clients style and recreating it in a celebratory space in a way that is absolutely their own. In her over 15 years of event experience she has designed large scale International corporate events for a Fortune 500 company, assisted in executing celebrity weddings abroad as well as designed over 600 weddings and events from coast to coast.175 questions to know you are prepared for your wedding day.  A workbook to ensure every detail has been planned & finalized. On sale now!Places to go - People to see:Kelly's Site: http://www.kellymcwilliams.comKelly's Blog: https://www.kellymcwilliams.com/blogInstagram: @kellyamcwilliams @thisvsthatweddingpodcastLance's Website: https://www.mydfwdj.com/Lance's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mydfwdj/Listen to all the previous episodes: https://thisvsthatweddingpodcast.buzzsprout.com/About Kelly:A vet of the wedding industry, Kelly knows how incredible a wedding can be. She creates  from scratch and believes every moment counts and every decision plays a part in what makes your event magnificent. She believes in making events beautiful AND fun.  Published & recognized locally, nationally and globally including Martha Stewart Top Wedding Planner, Brides magazine and WeddingWire's best podcast. Home is in SWFL with husband Kelly J , mom to Maddy & Emily and dogs Reau & Olive.Thanks to my rockstar editor: Lance PantonWith his professional start as a DJ at 17, Lance has possessed a love of music since birth. is the owner and sole DJ for MY DFW DJ - Weddings & Events. A personalized DJ service focused on telling a couple's love story in music. No genre is too challenging to meet this goal. Lance is also the editor for the podcasts "This Week In Weddings". He also serves as the co-director of membership for The Dallas/Fort Worth chapter of The National Association of Catering & Events. When Lance is not behind the booth, he's in the kitchen fulfilling his passion for the culinary arts, creating meals for his wife.
Did you even know that you could rent your wedding jewelry? Yeah, me either.  I mean, I knew that you could rent all your wedding attire from places like Rent the Runway. But DIAMONDS? Yes please.  Give me all the earrings, bracelets and necklace's.  Bring.the.Bling. In this episode Lauren and I talk about why you should consider renting vs buying costume  or real jewelry.   One of the biggest reasons is that because its your wedding day and if ever you're going to want to drip in diamonds and its actually very acceptable to, its this one day.  However your spending plan may be saying, "Yeah, $26,000 in fabulous jewlery isn't fitting on this line item.  Imagine the opportunity to be like a celebrity on the red carpet and wear 40 carats in diamonds. I am just seeing all the times the lighting hits your wrist, neck and ears and that your photographer and videographer will catch. If you have any questions about renting jewelry, check out this FAQ.PS - this totally hits the Something Borrowed category!About my co-host Lauren Grunstein :  Lauren is the Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Verstolo Fine Jewelry, which specializes in custom diamond jewelry and fine jewelry rentals for brides. She started her career in public relations where she worked with a number of CPG bands and start-ups in fashion and beauty. Her passion for diamonds and entrepreneurship took her to Verstolo where she works to help brides and clients transform into their best selves on the most important day of their lives.  Places to go - People to see:Kelly's Site: http://www.kellymcwilliams.comKelly's Blog: https://www.kellymcwilliams.com/blogInstagram: @kellyamcwilliams @thisvsthatweddingpodcastLance's Website: https://www.mydfwdj.com/Lance's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mydfwdj/Listen to all the previous episodes: https://thisvsthatweddingpodcast.buzzsprout.com/About Kelly:A vet of the wedding industry, Kelly knows how incredible a wedding can be. She creates  from scratch and believes every moment counts and every decision plays a part in what makes your event magnificent. She believes in making events beautiful AND fun.  Published & recognized locally, nationally and globally including Martha Stewart Top Wedding Planner, Brides magazine and WeddingWire's best podcast. Home is in SWFL with husband Kelly J , mom to Maddy & Emily and dogs Reau & Olive.Thank you to my rockstar Podcast Editor: Lance PantonWith his professional start as a DJ at 17, Lance Panton has possessed a love of music since birth. is the owner and sole DJ for MY DFW DJ - Weddings & Events. A personalized DJ service focused on telling a couple's love story in music. No genre is too challenging to meet this goal. Lance is also the editor for the podcasts "This Week In Weddings" and my podcast "This vs. That". He also serves as the co-director of membership for The Dallas/Fort Worth chapter of The National Association of Catering & Events. When Lance is not behind the booth, he's in the kitchen fulfilling his passion for the culinary arts, creating meals for his wife.
Whether you are having alcohol or not, there are decisions to make when it comes to beverages at your wedding. The kinds of bars we touch on are:Hourly per person (open or limited bar)  - by the hour or a package rate Hourly per person (open or limited bar)Hosted bars aka Consumption Bars (open or limited bar)Cash Bar (open or limited bar)Signature or specialty drink Bar (can be by the gallon or per pour)Wine ServiceWe also tackle the questions that you should be asking your caterer, bar service or venue food & beverage manager.About my co-host Renee Sabo: Renée's lifelong love affair with weddings started out as a high school dream that quickly evolved as she pursued a career in the industry throughout college and beyond. From rentals to planning to catering, her diverse experience has touched every corner of the industry and has led to her role as a multifaceted thought leader for event professionals everywhere.Inspired to start her own business, Renée received her MBA with a focus in entrepreneurship and quickly put her degree to work when she launched Urban Soirée® in 2017. Today, her award-winning company delivers elevated and romantic celebrations through full-service wedding planning and design for couples on the East Coast and destinations worldwide. Renée’s success with Urban Soirée® has earned her and her company numerous accolades, including being named as the Best of Boston® 2020 – Best IRL Wedding Planner by Boston Magazine. She was also recognized as ILEA Boston’s Top Planner in 2019 and has ranked in WeddingWire’s Couples’ Choice Awards for three consecutive years since opening her doors.Places to go - People to see:Kelly's Site: http://www.kellymcwilliams.comKelly's Blog: https://www.kellymcwilliams.com/blogInstagram: @kellyamcwilliams @thisvsthatweddingpodcastLance's Website: https://www.mydfwdj.com/Lance's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mydfwdj/Previous Episodes: https://thisvsthatweddingpodcast.buzzsprout.com/About Kelly:A vet of the wedding industry, Kelly knows how incredible a wedding can be. She creates  from scratch and believes every moment counts and every decision plays a part in what makes your event magnificent. She believes in making events beautiful AND fun.  Published & recognized locally, nationally and globally including Martha Stewart Top Wedding Planner, Brides magazine and WeddingWire's best podcast. Home is in SWFL with husband Kelly J , mom to Maddy & Emily and dogs Reau & Olive.Thank you to my rockstar Podcast Editor: Lance Panton With his professional start as a DJ at 17, Lance Panton has possessed a love of music since birth. is the owner and sole DJ for MY DFW DJ - Weddings & Events. A personalized DJ service focused on telling a couple's love story in music. No genre is too challenging to meet this goal. Lance is also the editor for the podcasts "This Week In Weddings" and my podcast "This vs. That". He also serves as the co-director of membership for The Dallas/Fort Worth chapter of The National Association of Catering & Events. When Lance is not behind the booth, he's in the kitchen fulfilling his passion for the culinary arts, creating meals for his wife.
THIS IS PART 2!If you ever wanted to know how to royally screw up your wedding ignore this episode. We had to split into part 1 and part 2 because there was that much to cover.  Part 1 is about your timing,  this is about where you place everything in your spaces.The only people who are typically at a reception start to finish are the planner/coordinator, the banquet captain and the DJ. So who did I turn to for this episode? This vs That editor Lance Panton. Between Lance and I, we have probably a thousand  weddings to spill the goods on.In this one you'll hear about and about 80 other things:Your ceremony, where should musicians or the DJ be located (and the speakers)What is a sound engineer and do you need one? Your reception, does the DJ or band need to be central to the dance floor?Do you need additional lighting and is there enough power for it when you add in what the DJ or band is using?What will be in the lines of site for toasts, photography and video and what you can do to enhance themSpacing between tables for guest comfort and the serversWith his professional start as a DJ at 17, Lance Panton has possessed a love of music since birth. is the owner and sole DJ for MY DFW DJ - Weddings & Events. A personalized DJ service focused on telling a couple's love story in music. No genre is too challenging to meet this goal. Lance is also the editor for the podcasts "This Week In Weddings" and my podcast "This vs. That". He also serves as the co-director of membership for The Dallas/Fort Worth chapter of The National Association of Catering & Events. When Lance is not behind the booth, he's in the kitchen fulfilling his passion for the culinary arts, creating meals for his wife.My Wedding Spending Plan.  Here is the link . Make the most out of your wedding budget, most likely save you money & take out the stress of wedding spending. This multi page digital workbook shows you how to make a spending plan that keeps you in check and without money stress. Listen to this episode for more.Brought to you by 175 questions to know you are prepared for your wedding day. A wedding planning  workbook to ensure every detail has been planned & finalized. On sale now!Places to go - People to see:Kelly's Site: http://www.kellymcwilliams.comKelly's Blog: https://www.kellymcwilliams.com/blogInstagram: @kellyamcwilliams @thisvsthatweddingpodcastWebsite: https://www.mydfwdj.com/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mydfwdj/Previous Episodes: https://thisvsthatweddingpodcast.buzzsprout.com/About Kelly:A vet of the wedding industry, Kelly knows how incredible a wedding can be. She creates  from scratch and believes every moment counts and every decision plays a part in what makes your event magnificent. She believes in making events beautiful AND fun.  Published & recognized locally, nationally and globally including Martha Stewart Top Wedding Planner, Brides magazine and WeddingWire's best podcast. Home is in SWFL with husband Kelly J , mom to Maddy & Emily and dogs Reau & Olive.Thank you to my rockstar Podcast Editor: Lance Panton 
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