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The Complete Wedding Planning Podcast

The Complete Wedding Planning Podcast

By Josh Kingsley
Stress Free Advice from the Experts. We believe that weddings are supposed to be fun and fulfilling, not full of stress and conflict.
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Episode 31: Contingency Plans for Weddings

The Complete Wedding Planning Podcast

Episode 31: Contingency Plans for Weddings

The Complete Wedding Planning Podcast

Episode 48: The First Dance for the Ages
A wedding day is a collection of moments. Today we discuss the moment you take your spouse's hand and hit the dance floor, and how to make a first dance experience for the ages. Our guests are Catey Rice, Fossum and Aleksandr Rychkov from Fred Astaire Dance Studios of Wisconsin. Visit them Nationally or Internationally.
July 14, 2021
Episode 47: How To Personalize Your Wedding Music
Music is the soundtrack of life. So how do you make your wedding day soundtrack memorable, inclusive, and representative of you as a couple. Today we talk about making it awesome and all you.
July 7, 2021
Episode 46: Summer Weddings, What to Wear and Keeping Cool
Summer is a time honored tradition full of fun activities. This includes celebration of weddings. What are some things to consider for your attire when attending a summer wedding? We address that and other dress code tips in this episode.
June 30, 2021
Episode 45: Hotel Room Blocks
All the tools and tips needed to set up a good hotel experience for out of town guests.
June 23, 2021
Episode 44: Wedding Planning Mistakes and How to Avoid Them
Getting married is a joyful experience, and planning a wedding is fun. However, as too many know the planning can be highly stressful, and improper or incomplete planning can lead to regrets. Our goal as always is to increase the joy and reduce or eliminate the stress and regret. Today we talk about common planning mistakes and how to avoid them. **Editing Note: tons of internet connectivity issues during recording. There are a couple small continuity situations, but overall kept the content intact.**
June 16, 2021
Episode 43: The Wedding Website
A wedding website is a great way to easily share wedding details, gift registries, or accept RSVPs all in one place. Today we talk about how to make a good one, and how to use it to communicate a ton of information to your guests. For more detail and example check out our blog.
June 9, 2021
Episode 42: Writing Your Vows
Planning a wedding is full of boxes to check. You have the guest list, the music, the flowers, and many, many more things. But make sure you are putting the thought into the biggest piece - the part where you are getting married. Today we talk about a writing your own vows, and how it can personalize your day.
June 2, 2021
Episode 41: How To Plan A Bridal Shower
The focus of this episode is bridal parties. We discuss when to have it, who to invite, and all things planning.
May 26, 2021
Episode 40: Creating Your Wedding Vision with Décor & More
Planning a wedding is full of choices. Some are fun, some are difficult, and some check both boxes. Décor comes to mind as an example. How do you choose the colors and accessories for your wedding? We talk about that today.
May 19, 2021
Episode 39: Tipping and Reviewing Wedding Vendors
Planning a wedding is full of many gray areas. There are few things as unclear and broad as gratuities. So who do you tip and how much? We talk about that today.
May 12, 2021
Episode 38: All in the Family
Friends and family are a key to a great wedding day. What if you have family in the industry? Should they be involved in the planning and execution of the day? If so, what role should they have, and how should the boundaries be drawn? Listen for more!!
May 5, 2021
Episode 37: The One About Photo Booth
To photo booth or not to photo booth, that is the question. In this episode we discuss the ways a photo booth can loosen up the crowd and add fun memories.
April 28, 2021
Episode 36: Wedding Party Management
The perfect wedding day has the perfect wedding party comprised of closest friends. What are the expectations and needs for the wedding party? What is the best way to work around mixed signals, raw emotions and other things that people tend to bring to the table? Today we talk about managing the wedding party and keeping the intentions and obligations up front and clear.
April 21, 2021
Episode 35: DJ - More Than the Music
The perfect day is planned and includes the perfect DJ set to keep the dance floor packed. That's all they will do - right? Well maybe, but they shouldn't. What else can your DJ do besides play music? Listen to learn more.
April 14, 2021
Episode 34: Personalizing Your Wedding Day
Planning a wedding will pull you in many directions. You will collaborate not only with your fiancé, but also with your influencer group. There will be all kinds of traditions and "ways to do things" that will be presented. So how do you customize the wedding day to make sure it reflects you? Listen for details and ideas.
April 7, 2021
Episode 33: Timelines and Tips for Working With Wedding Vendors
The perfect day is planned is ready to go, and it is time to think about the execution of the day. How do you create and effectively communicate the timeline to all your vendors? Listen for great tips.
April 1, 2021
Episode 32: The Invitation Episode
Invitations are more than just the way to get guests to your wedding. They are first look guests get into the day. It is a place to show a level of formality and personality. But invitations are also a place of potential hidden costs and etiquette faux pas. Listen for some pro tips about the invitations.
March 23, 2021
Episode 31: Contingency Plans for Weddings
The big day is planned and all the details are covered. There is absolutely nothing that can go wrong except for everything. We discuss contingency plans for simple things like backup locations for an outdoor ceremony. But we also cover more difficult situations such as moving the date and handling people.
March 20, 2021
Episode 30: Wedding Photo Posing and Candid Shots
Photography is a key service couples look for in the search for wedding vendors, and most consider the pictures from their wedding day one of the top 2-3 things prioritized. Ari Reynolds joins to discuss posing tips, candid approaches, and how to make sure you love your photos.
March 17, 2021
Episode 29: Bridal Show Tips for Couples
The local wedding show is the best way to kick the wedding planning into 5th gear. Tara and Josh share tips for the best bridal show experience.
March 13, 2021
Episode 21: The Bachelorette Party
The bachelorette party is the perfect time to get the ladies together for a pamper day, good brunch, wild weekend…or ALL of the above. Amy Schwartz and Amanda Nowak join Misty for this conversation.
March 10, 2021
Episode 20: The Bachelor Party
The bachelor party has been shown in cinema countless times. In this episode we dig into the truth about what happens at one of these events. Adam McNeill is the guest for this discussion.
March 7, 2021
Special Episode 7: National Wedding Planning Day - Panel Discussion
The Knot named March 1 National Wedding Planning Day. Complete Weddings + Events celebrated with a panel discussion for all our wedding planning couples. Please visit us at to learn how we can make your day awesome!! You + Us = Better Together!! See the video version here YouTube.
March 3, 2021
Special Episode 6: National Wedding Planning Day - Inspiration
Happy National Wedding Planning Day!! Bringing your vision to life from your decor to lighting so you can wow your guests is more than just researching ideas. From Pinterest to Instagram inspiration is everywhere so join us as we bring you some helpful tips on how to execute your ideas. We are presented by COMPLETE Weddings and Events, your leading provider of Photo, Video, DJ, Photo Booth, Lighting and Coordination services. Visit us at
February 26, 2021
Special Episode 5: National Wedding Planning Day - Photo Booth
Happy National Wedding Planning Day!! Photo Booth allows you to cherish a keepsake involving all your guests having a great time at your wedding. So let loose, grab a prop and strike a pose while listening in on our thoughts on if a Photo Booth should be a must for your wedding. We are presented by COMPLETE Weddings and Events, your leading provider of Photo, Video, DJ, Photo Booth, Lighting and Coordination services. Visit us at
February 26, 2021
Special Episode 4: National Wedding Planning Day - DJ
Happy National Wedding Planning Day!! Ah the soundtrack to your most perfect day, music is all you need right?!? Here at Complete we believe your DJ is more than a playlist, they help coordinate your plan and keep your crowd living in the moment. Take a listen to learn more. We are presented by COMPLETE Weddings and Events, your leading provider of Photo, Video, DJ, Photo Booth, Lighting and Coordination services. Visit us at
February 26, 2021
Special Episode 3: National Wedding Planning Day - Videography
Happy National Wedding Planning Day!! Video captures the live emotion of your wedding day, the shaky voice during your vows, the cheers of your official announcement of husband and wife, the shot of your dress spinning on the dance floor, and well who can forget that best man speech. Don’t regret not having a video, take a listen why! We are presented by COMPLETE Weddings and Events, your leading provider of Photo, Video, DJ, Photo Booth, Lighting and Coordination services. Visit us at
February 26, 2021
Special Episode 2: National Wedding Planning Day - Photography
Happy National Wedding Planning Day!! Photography is not only a yes for your wedding day it is a must and hiring a professional is the right decision! Join us to hear all about the photo experience and preparation that comes into play when getting those perfect shots. We are presented by COMPLETE Weddings and Events, your leading provider of Photo, Video, DJ, Photo Booth, Lighting and Coordination services. Visit us at
February 26, 2021
Special Episode 1: National Wedding Planning Day - Coordination
Happy National Wedding Planning Day!! Imagine being stress free on your wedding day with a drink in your hand and feet on the dance floor. All the details are handled, everyone in their place, and YOU ARE MARRIED! Now listen to learn how this can all become a reality! We are presented by COMPLETE Weddings and Events, your leading provider of Photo, Video, DJ, Photo Booth, Lighting and Coordination services. Visit us at
February 26, 2021
Episode 18: Budget & Finance Part 5 - How to Budget for and Buy A (Starter & Forever) House
The 5th and final part of our budget and finance series. Adam Purcell from Re/Max Realty 100 joins to talk about the steps to take when buying a home. He recommends starting with the finances before the internet search, walks through simple ways to set your budget, and describes the PITI (principle, insurance, taxes, yearly interest) to make sure all costs are properly captured. Visit Adam and other members of the Re/Max family at
February 24, 2021
Episode 19: Wisconsin Dells - The Domestic Destination Wedding
Location is an important, early detail to address when planning a wedding, and by this we mean geography. There are traditional options such as pick the hometown of the couple or their current residence. But there are also more exotic options in destination weddings. Then there is the best of both worlds: The Wisconsin Dells. The Dells allow the escape from home without the passport requirement, which makes it a great domestic destination. Taylor Youngblut from the Chula Vista Resort is guest. Chula Vista is a premier resort in the Dells. They offer guest accommodations, all season water park options, multiple ceremony and reception options, and an onsite golf course. Check them out to see if they are the perfect fit for your wedding. Chula Vista Resort Official Site 608-254-1625 or email
February 20, 2021
Episode 17: Budget & Finance Part 4 - Financial Planning to Start By Engagement (If Not Before)
The 4th of our 5 part finance series. Ryan and Maggie Sparke rejoin the show as personal finance experts to discuss the long term planning engaged couples should be considering. Wedding planning requires some deep financial conversations, and offers a good avenue for couples to look at their finances on a greater level. This conversation is based around thinking about and planning for the future.
February 17, 2021
Episode 16: Budget & Finance Part 3 - How to Maximize It
The 3rd of our 5 part finance series. You have set the pool of total money and put together a budget for the wedding. This discussion with wedding coordinator, Misty Kingsley, focuses on the places to maximize the budget. We talk about setting the top priorities and then looking for places to save.
February 13, 2021
Episode 15: Budget & Finance Part 2 - How You Will Spend It
The second of our 5 part finance series.  You have set the pool of total money available for the wedding.  This discussion with wedding coordinator, Tara Grubb, focuses on the process of setting the budget for specific services.  We talk about starting with the guest list, setting priorities, and planning for the unexpected.
February 10, 2021
Episode 14: Budget & Finance Part 1 - What Can You Spend
The first of our 5 part finance series. The first step in building good budget is determining the amount of money you have to spend. Adam Purcell, wedding industry vet and personal finance expert joins to discuss. We talk effective process and communication protocol when setting the wedding planning money pool.
February 6, 2021
Episode 13: The First Dance
Wedding day music is an important part of the soundtrack for your life. Picture yourself on a dance floor a year, 5, 10, 25, or even 50 years down the road. What is the song you want to be dancing to with the love of your life? Blane Howard, Nashville based singer, song writer who has written a perfect wedding song is the guest to discuss the perfect first dance. Visit him at and follow him on Spotify and download his music on iTunes.
February 4, 2021
Episode 12: Who Are You Wedding Planning For?
The big day is set and fast approaching, and you have your vision. But you also have an army of people behind you with ideas for your wedding, and you can't just ignore them all. Today we are going to talk about taking a step back, having a personal reflection, and driving the necessary communication with a goal of answering the important question: who are you wedding planning for?
January 31, 2021
Episode 11: Wedding Party Pets
We are talking about a big wedding day decision. Specifically whether or not to include certain family members in the festivities - your fur babies.
January 27, 2021
Episode 10: Churches, Steeples and Secular People
The ceremony is one of the biggest decisions of a wedding day. Deciding between a religious or secular ceremony may be very easy for some couples as they consider traditions, personal beliefs and even family wishes. But for some couples this ends up being the first big life decision they make together. The discussion is with Catholic Deacon, John, and Officiant, Paul. We talk about customs, preparation, and wedding advice from married men who have presided over thousands of ceremonies.
January 23, 2021
Episode 9: Replanning Your Wedding
Guests are Libbi Venable from Complete Weddings and Events of St. Louis and Kayla Airy, a bride from Omaha.  2020 and Covid have caused the need for flexibility of plans.  We discuss moving wedding dates  from both a vendor and bride perspective.
January 20, 2021
Episode 8: Wedding Planning Retrospective
We take a trip down memory lane with the big milestones of 1 year, 5 years, 10 years, and 25 years Couples representing each of these anniversaries talk about what it was like to plan a wedding, where they were in the order of friends and family, and how to deal with the potential liabilities at the party. Stories include worrying about puns at an Irish wedding, dealing with the nerves as the best man is handed the mic for his speech, what to do if the groom may be the liability, and what happens when close family is sent home early.
January 16, 2021
Episode 7: Wedding Planning Your Music - Band vs DJ
Music is a must at any good party. Do you go with a band or DJ when planning a wedding? This subject is discussed with band leader, Kris and DJ, Anthony. We talk benefits, planning, considerations, kicking out wedding parties, and bringing grandma back to life.
January 13, 2021
Episode 6: The Multi-Service Advantage
Insight to the advantages of the multi-service vendor. Discussion is with Misty from Complete Weddings and Events and Tasha from Vital Image. We talk collaboration, putting the couple first, and medical emergencies at weddings.
January 10, 2021
Episode 5: The Wedding Show
Wedding shows are Pinterest on steroids. They are the perfect place for engaged couples to meet, greet, see and experience all that their local vendors have to offer for their day. Kind of like Pinterest on steroids. Guest is Megan Partington from Wonderful World of Weddings.
January 6, 2021
Episode 4: Wedding Day ABCs
We give you some top shelf tips in a fun, simple way.  Here are the topics: Alcohol Bustle Cake, Cocktail Hour Dance, Decorations Eat Family, Food, Fun Games, Gratuity Help I Do, Information Jewelry Kids, Kiss Late Night Food Marriage License, Meals, Music No Play List Open Bar Photography, Place Cards Quirks Rain Shoes, Speeches Timeline, Traditions, Transportation Unexpected Videography, Vendor Meals eXit Plan YOLO Zip Ties ...and of course, Wedding Planner Literally something for everyone!!
January 2, 2021
Episode 3: Millennial, Professional Wedding Guest
Today we hear from the friends and family that attend weddings like it's their job. They give the guest perspective about the party, the decorations, what it is like to manage their schedule to attend, and the mood when you find out that you are actually at an anniversary party.
December 30, 2020
Episode 2: Wedding Planner? Yes or No
Making the decision whether or not to hire a professional wedding planner is something to consider early and often as you move toward the big day. Discussing the things to consider when deciding if it is right for you. We talk with professional planner Janelle from discussing experience, risk mitigation, and fire in the wedding hall.
December 26, 2020
Episode 1: Wedding Planning 101
Congrats on the engagement!! Now let's get to work. Here's advice for how to get going. We're chatting with professional planners Tara Grubb and Amy Schwartz from discussing the first steps, taking a step back, and showing boudoir videos to grandma.
December 23, 2020
Introducing The Complete Wedding Planning Podcast
Visit us weekly for stress free wedding planning advice from the experts.  Are you planning a wedding? Contact us today to learn how we can help reduce the stress.
December 18, 2020