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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May 4, 2021 43 min

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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If you listened to Season 2 episode 5 about Budgets vs Spending Plans, you know that planning a wedding takes great financial planning too.

I’m ecstatic to let you know that our newest resource, My Wedding Spending Plan Workbook is available for you in Pre-Sale!

The workbook is comprised of 5 detailed worksheets that guide you through prioritization, research, spending plan, tracking and payments.

The first step to creating your weddi...

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I can not tell you how strongly I feel about actually getting your wedding images printed.  After listening to this episode with Manda and I, I would bet that you will feel the same.  Here's the thing, yes.  You will 100% look at your wedding pictures on your phone (or stream them onto your tv) a thousand times. But there is a very different feeling and reaction that you will have when you see your favorite ones on your fridge,...

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You better listen to this episode.  Maybe listen twice.  I know, believe me I know - there isn't anything fun about talking about how much a wedding costs.  However you will be able to plan the rest of your wedding without the fear of going over budget or stressing out.
I want you  to "Listen Linda" as Mateo explained to his mom about how not to burn your butt.

In this episode Renee and I will hopefully help you to make t...

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If you haven’t decided whether to write your own vows or to include special traditions in your ceremony this is the perfect episode for you. Or maybe you already did decide, and this episode will help you to determine that you’d like to make a little change. There’s definitely something to be said for making your wedding ceremony personal, unique and memorable not only for you and your spouse but for all of the people who have gath...

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Marriage or  Mortgage, Dream Wedding vs Dream Home
In this bonus episode I had the opportunity to interview Nashville wedding planner and the star of the new Netflix series Marriage or Mortgage. I hope you will never have to decide between the 2, but in this episode its all about the fun of reality tv.
I was able to preview episodes before they premiered on Netflix today (March 10, 2021) and I will tell you this. I could not tell at...

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Pinterest is great. Etsy is great. So are Homegoods, Hobby Lobby and everyone's favorite, Amazon. Often, we come across things that we think will be perfect for somewhere at our wedding. Wonderful! You're thinking, "this will be great! I can save money and make my wedding more unique!"
Let this episode be your guide before you make that buy.  There's so much to think about and we are going to get into it big time...

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Give me cake with filling, skip the icing.  That is my order. But if I had an option... I would go for creme brulee or a key lime tart. Baker friends, please don't disown me. After +19 years of planning weddings I have seen wedding cakes go from being the main attraction to disappearing with the trend of a candy or cookie table. Once that trend died it went to cupcakes. And then Megan & Harry got married and the 3 cake ...

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Everyone has a sparkler exit story right?  In this episode we laugh SO much about how sparkler exits have created some crazy memories. But most importantly, how to make sure that you actually think about how you want the last moments of your wedding to be.  What do you want your last memory of the best day ever to be?  Do you imagine on the dance floor with just your new spouse or with all your guests or a grand exit photo moment.

R...

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January 27, 2021 81 min

Wait what?  Season 1 is over? Yes it is!  25 episodes. THANK YOU for listening, for subscribing, for sharing, for your reviews and for your 5 stars!
On this episode the TVT editor in chief, Lance Panton (aka DJ LP of mydfwdj.com ) and TVT wedding guest, Ashlee Nicole (aka lead wedding photographer ashleenicolephoto.com) chat with me about our favorite moments, surprises and what we learned throughout this inaugural season.

I also wan...

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 At the time of this recording we are in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic. Which meant many engaged couples are re-examining their guest lists to accomodate what was safe and/or allowed.  But even outside of this pandemic, this decision and topic is important. In this episode Sara and I are determined to share with you all the wonderful things that make a small or intimate guest list great, but also the pitfalls and stresses of i...

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There are 88,345 reasons to have a wedding in your hometown. There are 88,345 reasons to have a destination wedding literally anywhere else in the world.  The great thing is that Kehrin and I can pretty much list them all out for you in this one talk.  Grab a pen and notebook.  There are so many benefits to each that you might even consider a bit of both (which Kehrin and I are both here for).  In this episode as usual, we will tal...

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There are a litany of pros and cons for all of the below stationery opportunities.  Before selecting the style of printing you should consider its important to decide on the style of invitation or the design you're most drawn to. Other factors... paper weight, edges and borders. We also talk about pricing, time frames for processes and even some of the etiquette when it comes to your ultimate choice. What I can say for sure - i...

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9 out of 10 brides ask which one and that's exactly why Dani and I got in depth into this topic of traditional liquid makeup or airbrush. As it turns out, there's another type of makeup to be introduced during this episode, aerosol foundation makeup. Luckily Dani takes the time to fully explain the differences and the pros and cons to all.  Including why your skin type makes all the difference. You can expect to walk away f...

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To veil or not to veil.  Or maybe even yes veil, but what style?  I knew from the get go that I didn't have a depth of knowledge on choosing a veil because there are so many lengths and styles to choose from.  In this episode Nhi gives all the goods of bridal looks and I give up the logistics of what may go down at your wedding when wearing one. Truth: I asked a bajillion questions, and that's always a good thing for you.  ...

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Did you know that you can do a destination engagement or anniversary shoot? Yeah, neither did I and I am HERE FOR IT. In this episode Shauna and I unpacked all that there is to offer with engagement and anniversary shoots including destination (please hire me to help plan and style this...I am now addicted to the opportunity). Topics we also chat about in this episode:

  • lifestyle photography
  • the costs of these shoots and when if they ...
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    Endless traditions. Every time I think I know of all of them I hear about a new one.  Depending or how or where you were raised or your culture, ethnicity or religion you are contemplating on what traditions you want to uphold, new ones you want to make and which you are thinking, "not happening at our wedding under any circumstance." Traditions are what make your wedding a wedding and not just a ceremony and a party.  By t...

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    Not everyone has had the opportunity to experience every style of reception  so we used this episode to get you acquainted with all of them. Making the decision of the style of service should be at least considered at the very beginning of your planning because of the varied costs, the space and time limitations and the formality of your event.
    Here are the styles of service:

  • Plated (Signature or choice of entree)
  • Buffet
  • Stations
  • Cockta...
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