Ask the Planner with Desirée Adams: A Wedding and Event Planning Podcast

Ask the Planner with Desirée Adams: A Wedding and Event Planning Podcast

The Ask the Planner podcast gives sophisticated couples like you expert tips on how to style, plan, and execute a thoughtfully curated wedding. Every week join your host Desirée Adams as she interviews leading wedding industry experts and discusses the often-overlooked details that take weddings from pretty parties to heirloom occasions. Hear how to manage vendors, avoid surprises, and plan your day with honest advice from a pro. New episodes drop every Monday. If you want to binge on past episodes or learn more about the show, visit can also send questions or suggestions or future topics or guest suggestions via your Apple Podcast review, our hotline (585) 210-3467, or email Don't forget to follow the show on Instagram and Tik Tok at @asktheplannerpodcast!


January 30, 2023 22 min

We’re sharing the top 5 most important questions to ask on a venue tour. Whether you’re just starting the venue search process or you’ve got your venue selected, these important questions will still be helpful as you continue planning all the logistics for the big day, so let’s get to it.

EPISODE HIGHLIGHTS: Top 5 Questions to Ask on a Venue Tour

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Today on Ask the Planner Podcast, we’re talking to a Professional Bridesmaid. This goes beyond the movie 27 dresses with Katherine Heigle. So don’t go anywhere. You’re going to love today’s episode. We’re discussing a topic that may not be known to you - hiring a professional bridesmaid for your wedding.

This episode was packed with so many amazing tips from our guest. 

  • Meet Jen Glantz [02:49]
  • What was it like starting the company [3:...
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    January 16, 2023 18 min

    For this episode, we’re reviewing the Top wedding planning podcast episodes of Season 2 and 3 of the Ask the Planner Podcast. If you’re new to the show and want to know which episodes to download first or you’ve been around for a while and want to re-fresh yourselves on our most popular episodes or want to know which ones to go back to, this is the episode for you. 

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    In today's episode we discuss all there is to know about planning a tented wedding. Many couples think a tented backyard wedding is a simpler and more economical option. Today we’re going to discuss the ins and outs of tented weddings, hidden costs, and things to look out for.

    Whether you’re a couple in the beginning of your wedding venue search or you’re a wedding vendor, this episode is packed with useful tips, so let’s get to...

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    January 2, 2023 27 min

    As a wedding planner, I never design our weddings to be trendy (and then ultimately end up looking dated), I do like to keep our finger on the pulse when it comes to 2023 wedding trends. In fact, this is one of my favorite episodes every year!

    EPISODE HIGHLIGHTS: 2023 Wedding Trends 

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  • Purple Hues will be popular [05:32]
  • Bolder Wedding Color Palett...
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    December 26, 2022 17 min

    Hello! If you’re listening to this episode on its re-cast date, Happy Boxing Day! Yesterday was Christmas here in the United States and today’s episode is a recast of a previous episode from Season 2.

    We’re re-casting today’s episode because it’s still very relevant - Hi, it’s a wedding planning podcast and today’s episode talks about what to do when you get engaged, which happens to EVERYONE planning a wedding.

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    Your wedding is full of many events leading up to and during the wedding weekend. You’ve got the bachelor/bachelorette parties, engagement parties, and countless photo ops with you, your partner, and the new ring. And at the wedding, in addition to the wedding, you have the rehearsal dinner or welcome party (or both) a bridal luncheon or a grooms’ luncheon for the traditional people, and don’t forget the send-off brunch too! 

    With a...

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    If you’re recently engaged and are at the start of your wedding planning journey, you may be wondering what timeline you should follow when booking your wedding vendors. You might be asking:

  • Should we book the wedding venue or the wedding planner first?
  • When should we book the photographer?
  • Should we book the band or DJ first or the caterer?
  • Well definitely in the right place! In today's blog post, I’m throwing away the outdated “1...

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    Regardless of when or where you’re taking your honeymoon,  you’ve probably started dreaming about where to go. But before you make any more honeymoon plans - or even wedding plans - make sure you listen to today’s episode to hear a true jet setter’s tips on how to maximize your wedding planning to have the most amazing getaway possible. 

    And if you’re a wedding pro, you definitely still want to listen to today’s episode. We’re shari...

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    November 28, 2022 28 min

    If you're planning a wedding, you've probably already searched for a wedding budget template. Because, let's be honest, no one wants to make that up on their own! If you're looking for help on your wedding budget, you've probably wondered:

  • What is the ideal budget for a wedding?
  • How do I make a wedding budget checklist?
  • What categories should be in my wedding budget?
  • How do I organize my wedding budget?
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    November 21, 2022 27 min

    Today we’re talking about the magic and beauty of custom suiting.

    I confess, I didn’t know much about custom tailored suits until I became a wedding planner. But now that I’ve discovered them, I’m obsessed and want to share it with all of you.

    Today we’re diving into the details of custom tailored suits - who is it good for, why you might want to consider having a custom suit, and other important questions to consider.

    And let’s just ...

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    November 14, 2022 21 min

    Have you invited your family and friends to be members of your wedding party yet? If not, today’s episode is for you. In this episode, I wanted to make a case for a smaller wedding party. As a luxury wedding planner in Upstate NY, I always love to see trends unfold in real-time and of course, have an opinion on them. Over the last two years, couples have naturally been drawn toward smaller wedding parties and smaller guest counts. ...

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    In this episode, we’re unpacking everything you need to know about wedding budgeting with my guest Renee Sabo of Urban Soiree.


  • Meet Renee Sabo [04:07]
  • How do couples build a realistic budget for their wedding? [07:56]
  • What should a well-rounded wedding budget include? [10:30]
  • What items should couples wait to book? [18:04]
  • Advice for when family members contribute to wedding expenses. [20:05]
  • How can couples g...
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    Happy Halloween! Today’s episode is a special Halloween edition. I’m sharing wedding HORROR stories - from real weddings. Not only are they going to make you cringe and be happy you weren’t there, but we’re also going to give you some tips to make sure you avoid this at your wedding.


  • Horror Story #1 [3:40]
  • Horror Story #2 [11:15]
  • Horror Story #3 [19:02]
  • Review of the day! [28:27]
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    Now that Season 3 is here, I know we may have some new listeners, so I wanted to revisit a topic that is arguably one of the most important elements when planning your wedding - Picking your wedding Venue.

    In this episode,  I’m joined by Courtney and Dana of Anthem House, a team of planners with a combined experience of 50+ years based in North Carolina. They have partnered together to give their clients an all- inclusive, luxur...

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    In today’s episode, I’m covering 6 must-have details for your wedding website - including tips from what I often see missed. Your wedding invitations, and by extension your wedding website, is one of your guests’ first impressions into your heirloom occasion - your wedding day - so it’s worth a little extra effort to get just right. At least, that’s my opinion as a wedding planner!

    Whether you are newly engaged or near the end getti...

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    I am tackling the question: Should you plan your wedding for 2023 or 2024? If you are feeling panicked and that you have to book your wedding vendors right away OR you feel like you want to just wait until 2024 to make sure you don’t have to stress, this post is for you.

    Whether you’re newly engaged or have been engaged a while, I’m going to share with you exactly which vendors you should book first, and what a realistic timeline lo...

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    August 21, 2022 1 min

    Be sure to tune in this October for the ✨ new and improved ✨ season of Ask the Planner Podcast! 

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    One of the biggest requests for episode topics was design tips, so in today’s episode, I’m going to give you the top 5 tools I use to put together the color story of a wedding design. So if you’re engaged and want to uplevel your wedding design, or your a wedding planner wondering how I put together the beautiful color palettes in my wedding designs, today’s episode, which is the final episode of season 2, is for you!

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    Elopements, Courthouse ceremonies, or intimate weddings while may not be the most traditional route, can be a GREAT option for those who want to keep their celebration small.  Plus,  let's face it, big wedding celebrations are simply not for everyone.  Smaller weddings can have a ton of perks that can make your ceremony all the more meaningful. At the end of the day, your wedding day should be about YOU.  If you are leaning tow...

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