In the process of planning a wedding? You're probably ready for all the expert help and advice you can gather. We have a suggestion: Listen to a wedding podcast!
If you're not in the mood to break open a big planning book or need a break from your computer screen, listening to a podcast can be a great way to help you plan while you walk, run, or even work. Podcasts can help you brainstorm ideas, familiarize yourself with the latest industry trends, and learn the ins and outs of hiring vendors and managing contracts. They can also be a platform to hear from other couples who have been in your position! In fact, 2020 has spawned a whole new wave of wedding podcasts that touch upon the sheer chaos and uncertainties brought on by this once-in-a-century experience.
No matter the stage of planning you’re in or the type of advice, humor, or anecdotes you’re looking to glean, here are the best wedding podcasts that are definitely worth a listen.
Launched by full-service, Tri-state area-based wedding company, Live Picture Studios, this podcast was created to help newly engaged couples navigate the unchartered waters of planning a wedding—and its launch just so happened to coincide with the start of quarantine. It’s hosted by two women who are great at keeping it real. “Jean and Natasha ask thought-provoking questions and I love how they incorporate so many different perspectives into one topic,” shares Amanda Hudes, event and wedding planner and founder of Smiling Through Chaos Event Planning in Scotch Plains, New Jersey, who’s been a guest on a show a few times.
While host Ashleigh Coffie was planning her wedding, she and her maid of honor, Toniah Paryo, recognized a stark lack of Black representation in the wedding podcast space and sought out to change that themselves. So in October 2019, they launched the very first episode of Hue I Do, and ever since they’ve been inviting guest experts to come onto their show to help and inspire engaged couples to be mindful of hiring vendors from diverse backgrounds.
Pretty much any question you have about planning your big day, from start to finish, can be answered in one of the 20-plus episodes of this fun and informative podcast, which launched this past August. “We take a lighthearted, realistic look and a peek behind the curtain at the wedding industry,” shares co-host Kate Reavey, wedding planner and owner of Chicago Vintage Weddings. Not only do she and her co-host, longtime friend, and fellow industry professional, Alyson Thompson, offer a lot of helpful wedding planning tips for any budget, but they also divvy up down-to-earth advice about how to handle wedding planning during difficult times.
Unlike so many wedding podcasts that came before it, The Bouquet Toss does not attempt to sway you in any direction when it comes to how you should or shouldn’t plan your big day. Instead, co-hosts Jessica Bishop, of The Budget Savvy Bride, and real weddings editor Sari Weinerman, have made it their mission to unveil the history behind so many wedding traditions that are still carried out today so that brides can decide for themselves whether to keep or toss them from their own plans.
Hosted by Kelly LaFleur of Lacework Films, this Nebraska-based podcast interviews a new wedding professional each episode and delves deep into the most commonly asked questions from brides and grooms. “Unlike so many other podcasts, this one’s not all fluff and gets down to the nitty-gritty of wedding planning,” says Ivy Summer, wedding planner and owner of Voulez Events in San Francisco, California. “It’s not only great for answering questions that so many brides and grooms are itching to ask, but it’s great for planners—it gives us a glimpse into what couples are thinking as they go through the different phases of planning a wedding.”
A team in both their personal and professional lives, Colorado photographers Danny and Nina de Zayas, of From the Hip Photo, set out to help as many brides and grooms avoid headaches and hurdles and instead have more hoorays as they plan their big day. Each episode brings together expert advice from wedding industry veterans as well as the real experts: recently married couples. “Our radically honest approach cuts through the fluff for real talk about budgets, guest lists, and tons more,” says de Zayas. “It's a fun, easy listen that is packed with actionable takeaways and healthy perspectives.”
Just as the name of this podcast suggests, each episode involves host and expert planner-designer, Kelly McWilliams, breaking down two important topics that couples often debate. She invites wedding industry colleagues to weigh in on the pros and cons of each—i.e. veil or no veil, escort cards or seating charts, plated or buffet. “This allows listeners to really appreciate the benefits and also the costs of any decisions in the entire process,” shares Valerie Gernhauser, wedding planner and owner of Sapphire Events in New Orleans. “It is a new podcast, and Kelly has really poured her heart and should into reaching brides and grooms alike that are navigating the tough decision-making process.”
The Wedding Biz by Andy Kushner
Whether you’re newly engaged or you’ve been a wedding industry professional for decades, this is an excellent podcast to tune into. During each episode, host Andy Kushner, founder of The Wedding Biz Network, interviews key players in the wedding industry who talk about the behind-the-scenes elements of weddings, pricing for various vendors, budgeting, and wedding tips. “It's not every day that a couple can get a chance to speak with experts and ask open questions, but this podcast allows you to hear the best advice from the most reliable sources in the industry (not to mention for free),” says Ann Travis, Michigan-based planner and owner of Ann Travis Events.
Aleisha, a comedian and television presenter, started this hit podcast in 2014 with the goal of helping couples “plan their wedding day without losing their marbles.” Easier said than done, we know. With more than 250 episodes on the books, this podcast covers all aspects of the wedding-planning process: details, conflicts, decision making, traditions, and more. With easily accessible episodes featured right on the website, you can select those that most directly apply to you and what you are planning.
Defining itself as “not your traditional wedding blog,” hosts Christy Matthews and Michelle Martinez (both experienced wedding consultants) share their own expertise and anecdotes from real weddings in the hope of helping you to plan your own. With recent topics about “serial bridesmaids,” wedding fatigue, toast writing, and officiants, they cover all the bases with detail in a fresh, fun way.
Put a Ring On It is brought to you by wedding experts Daniel Moyer of Daniel Moyer Photography and Danielle Pasternak of DPNAK Weddings. Promising to be an “anti-boring wedding planning podcast,” episodes cover everything from how to stock your reception bar, long-term vs. short-term engagements, and destination weddings, all with expert input and advice.