This vs That, Wedding Decisions with Kelly McWilliams

This vs That, Wedding Decisions with Kelly McWilliams

An award winning wedding planning podcast hosted by expert planner-designer Kelly McWilliams. In each episode Kelly and her wedding professional co-host will help engaged couples navigate planning by weighing the pros and cons, "This vs That", of each decision they'll need to make from engagement to honeymoon and everything in between. Kelly is a 19 year veteran of the wedding industry and is a 2020 Martha Stewart Weddings Best in Class: The Top Wedding Planners and Event Designers. This vs That has been recognized as a top podcast by BRIDES.com and WeddingWire.com!

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March 28, 2022 80 min

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 ep...

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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 le...

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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 ...

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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 conside...

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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 d...

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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 plan...

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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 co...

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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 car...

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September 29, 2021 64 min

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 w...

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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 ...

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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 creati...

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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...

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August 23, 2021 32 min

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 w...

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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 Service
  • We also tackle ...

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    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 v...

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    Y'all. WEDDING PLANNING IS HARD.  There are 4,654,643,842 wedding planning resources (wedding planning tools, checklists, and budgets) available for free on the web. 4,654,643,826 are wrong. LIES! #fakenews.  The best example, google "wedding budget".  You're going to get 12k arbitrary budgets, none of which have I found to be correct.  Why?  Because every wedding is different. Depending on where you are getting mar...

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    If you ever wanted to know how to royally screw up your wedding reception just ignore this episode. In this episode, we had to split into part 1 and part 2 because there was that much to cover.  The only people who are typically at a reception from 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 probabl...

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    You just don't know what you don't know.  This podcast is to make sure that you know so that you can ask ? with knowledge.
    Photographer Sarah Roshan and I uncover when its ok to have 1 photographer at your wedding and when it benefits you to have your photographer bring an associate (or 2), the differences between a photography assistant and an assistant photographer (yes, these are 2 VERY different jobs). The decision affec...

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    Wait? What's this, a decision that you don't HAVE to make? Yep.  This is the one where its you can make it or skip it because chances are that you didn't even know that its a question you could ask.  However, because there really is something to be said for film photography, Liz Banfield and I wanted to make sure that you were knowledgeable about the differences between this classic format vs the digital that came onto ...

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    Nope. Not the fun episode. But if you listen, absorb and take our tips - you'll find that you're going to have a FAR less stressful engagement and planning season.  The cool thing is that Leah just released her new book, "The Wedding Rollercoaster" and its a great companion to this episode. I posted a link below. The real deal is, that by taking the opportunity in the beginning to talk openly with your "team"...

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