Your I Do Crew: A Wedding Planning Podcast

Maya Devassy Tarach - Avoiding Reception Seating Nightmares

An episode of Your I Do Crew: A Wedding Planning Podcast

By Your I Do Crew
You are cordially invited to Your I Do Crew: a wedding planning podcast. Wedding officiant Atonn Smeltzer and photographer Lindsay Rozelle share their best wedding tips, craziest wedding horror stories, and interview local and national experts on trends, traditions, and more! So here's to love, laughter and happily ever after. Cheers!🥂
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Love is In Bloom! Interviewing Kendra Bills, owner of In Bloom Flowers & Gifts
062: This week we chat with one of our favorite local wedding vendors! Kendra Bills is the owner of In Bloom Flowers & Gifts, in the beautiful historic downtown district of Maumee, Ohio. She has been working with couples for more than a decade, creating beautiful and unique wedding floral arrangements. We pick her brain, to find out what couples should be thinking about when they are planning flowers for their wedding, and she tells us the one CRITICAL piece of information that couples need to have, before they begin looking for a wedding florist!
December 12, 2018
10 Easy Ways to De-stress Your Wedding Day
061: It's December, and that means that we are dealing with holiday STRESS! That got us thinking about how stressed out couples can get on their wedding day, especially coupes who choose to DIY any parts of their wedding. So we thought a stress-relieving episode would be a great idea! We recorded our 10 best tips for avoiding or relieving frustration on your special day - and many of them are free and simple to do! So get ready to take notes on how to take the "AIEEEEE!" out of saying "I do!" 1. Hire a planner (full service OR day-of) 2. Delegate! 3. Have a 'First Look' 4. Unplug your whole day 5. Have a Photo Checklist 6. Have a "wedding day checklist" 7. Prepare a "go bag" 8. Plan all transportation! 9. EAT! 10. Don't DIY hair or makeup Bonus tip: (not on the day of, but the day before) get a couples' massage!
December 5, 2018
Destination: Romance! We interview Lindsay Barrie of Bliss Honeymoons and Destination Weddings!
060: Do you remember in episode 35, when Lindsay was shooting a destination wedding in Mexico? Well, we thought we'd bring in the expert who planned the whole trip! Lindsay Barrie is a wedding and honeymoon travel agent. She specializes in creating one-of-a-kind destination weddings, for couples who want to tie the knot in a new and exciting place! Lindsay has an incredible resume of travel experience, including Italy, Spain, England, Scotland, Ireland, Poland, Budapest, Prague, Thailand, Hawaii, Riviera Maya, Cancun, Antigua, Turks & Caicos, and more! She holds a Master of Arts in Foreign Language, and she even has a special travel certifications for Jamaica! We'd be hard pressed to find anyone more qualified to talk about romance travel than her! We talked with Lindsay about special planning considerations for destination weddings, price points and budget strategies, where to begin, and how to decide if a destination wedding is right for you. Check out Lindsay's profile on Bliss Honeymoons' website: Check out these photos of the wedding that Lindsay coordinated (and OUR Lindsay was the photographer!):
November 28, 2018
WHS: Groom with a Brew!
059: Our old friend Sam sent in a Wedding Horror Story that someone shared with her! This couple was getting married in Bowling Green, OH - a town famous for its college, as well as its great bars! (Maybe those two things are connected?) There was an extended break between the ceremony and reception, so the wedding party thought it would be fun to explore some of those bars, but when it was time to head back for the reception, something very important was missing.... What was it? Listen to find out! Also, remember our recent episode with Wedding Planner Terrica Skaggs? She was just featured at Wedding MBA, in Las Vegas, running sessions that were jam-packed with inspiration and information for wedding pros, and now she's sharing her secrets! She tells EXACTLY how other wedding pros can achieve incredible results with her Engagement Season Masterclass, Sunday, 11/25 at 8:00pm EST. This Masterclass has something for every wedding vendor - from the eager new pro, to the seasoned vet on the verge of burnout. Terrica will break down exactly how she was able to book more of the clients she loved. And everyone who joins the live Masterclass will receive her #RunEngagementSeason Masterplan as a free gift! To register, just go to and fill in your information. If you’re trying to grow a wedding business, you don’t want to miss this. Go there and register now, and share it with your friends who are growing their hustles!
November 21, 2018
Healthily Ever After with Emilee Wilson
058: Emilee Wilson is a personal trainer and wellness coach who has a unique philosophy on losing weight for your wedding day - DON'T DO IT! Her coaching focuses on teaching couples to get healthy together in a variety of ways, starting well before even setting foot in a gym. We loved talking to Emilee, and we know that you'll love her tips for living "Healthily Ever After"! Check out her blog post here: Learn more about Emilee on her website: Or on Insta: Or Facebook:
November 14, 2018
Should you have a First Look?
057: The Crew discusses First Looks - getting pictures of the couple seeing each other on their wedding day, BEFORE the ceremony. Is this trend quickly becoming the new normal? What are the downsides? Who should try this? Who shouldn't? Listen and find out!
November 7, 2018
#RunTheWorld - interview with Terrica Skaggs, Wedding Planner and Designer, Educator, and Author
056: The Crew interviews Terrica Skaggs, a nationally recognized and award winning Wedding Planner and Designer, Wedding Industry Educator, Speaker, and Author! Terrica has over twelve years in the wedding industry, creating exquisite weddings and events in the Golden Isles region of Georgia. She is the Chief Wedding Planner and Designer of Cocktails & Details, where she leads a team of talented wedding planners and event mangers in creating unforgettable destination Southern weddings. She has been featured as an expert TV, print and digital publications, and is known for keeping her finger on the pulse of all wedding and business trends. #RunTheWorld
October 31, 2018
WHS: Better Late Than Never!
055: Atonn was getting ready for a wedding, when he got a text from one of his employees that read, "have you ever had a bride not show up to her own wedding?!?" You won't believe how this wedding horror story ends!
October 24, 2018
Sweet Success! We interview Erin Liedigk of 7 Little Cupcakes
054: Atonn and Lindsay chat with Erin Liedigk of 7 LIttle Cupcakes, a gorgeous boutique bakery in Perrysburg, Ohio, "where everything is baked with love, passion, and a whole lot of sprinkles!!" Erin dishes up some delicious tips about finding and booking a baker for your wedding, as well as a scrumptious breakdown of bakery wedding trends!
October 17, 2018
053: It's our first anniversary! Atonn and Lindsay reflect on the year behind them, and talk about some exciting changes that are coming to the podcast in "Season 2"! Make sure to listen all the way to the end, for the announcement about the big giveaway!
October 10, 2018
WHS: No Wine-ing on the Bus!
52: Lindsay shares a horror story from her past, in which one of the bridesmaids decided to put the PARTY in 'wedding party!' You'll learn what can happen when you combine a party bus, a white wedding dress, and a bottle of red wine, all on this week's episode!
October 3, 2018
Let There Be Light! With event-lighting expert Chelsea Ziss
51: Chelsea Ziss and her husband own and run Ambient Effects, a NW Ohio-based event lighting company. They are pioneers in the use of wireless uplighting, and they can use it to do pretty amazing things! We talk with Chelsea about uplighting, spotlighting, projection mapping, and more in this amazing and fun interview!
September 26, 2018
WHS: Slippery When Wet
50: A local wedding baker (and friend of the podcast) sent in a story - that shows once something goes wrong, things can begin to... snowball... into BIGGER problems! Especially when you reschedule your wedding reception, but don't tell all of your vendors! Thank you to our sweet confectioner for sending in this Wedding Horror Story!
September 19, 2018
How long should your wedding be?
49: Lindsay and Atonn talk about the perfect wedding length! They look at weddings that they've been to, where the ceremony ran too long, or wasn't long enough, and break down what couples can do to avoid the same thing happening to them. Plus, some great tips for making sure that a longer ceremony doesn't put your guests to sleep!
September 12, 2018
WHS: Batteries Not Included
48: What happens when you combine a forgetful bride with bad eyesight, a quiet groom, and a DJ who doesn't check his equipment? You get a Horror Story, of course!
September 5, 2018
Venue Planning 101 with Nicole D’Onofrio of Roostertail
47: Nicole is the Sales Director of Sales at the Roostertail in Detroit. We met her at theKnot's Detroit workshop, and she had so many great tips for venue planning, that we knew we had to have her on as a guest! In this episode, Nicole gives us the inside scoop on how to start a venue selection process, and where to go from there!
August 29, 2018
WHS: Extreme Home Cake-over!
46: Lindsay tells us a story about a couple who got a completely different wedding cake than they ordered - and they didn't catch the mistake until the reception was about to begin! You won't believe how a quick-thinking wedding planner saved the day, during this Extreme Home Cake-Over!
August 22, 2018
Wedding trends that are dying out (or that need to!)
45: Lindsay and Atonn talk about some of their least favorite wedding traditions and trends - things that are outdated, awkward or just plain out of place at a wedding. Most of them are starting to die out, but some might still need a little help! We offer our suggestions for things that you can do instead of these wedding trends that are dying out (or that need to!)
August 15, 2018
WHS: A Bun in the Oven and Burnt Toast
44: One of our listeners sent in this story about a grumpy bride who had a little secret that she wanted to keep under wraps. You won't believe how the wedding guests find out what she's hiding!
August 8, 2018
We love you Mom, but....
43: MOMS! We love our mothers, but sometimes in the wedding planning process, moms decide that they know best and forget that it's not THEIR special day. Atonn and Lindsay break down some of their mom-based experiences and offer advice on when and how to talk to mom to avoid a big conflict late in the process!
August 1, 2018
WHS: A Word From Our Sponsors...
42: Atonn reminisces about a wedding where he had to think fast on his feet to save the day, when the DJ's equipment malfunctioned partway through the ceremony!
July 25, 2018
Wedding Floral trends and more! With GardenView Weddings
41: We talk with Jen VanHoutte, master floral designer at GardenView Weddings, a 60-acre flower farm and design studio in Northwest Ohio! Jen has been creating custom-designed floral creations and living art for more than 7 years, using the freshest blooms that she has grown herself. She gives us her take on 2018 wedding floral trends, and ideas that couples can take and run with, for their special day!
July 18, 2018
WHS: Wedding Cake Meltdown!
40: In this Wedding Horror Story from Lindsay, we learn what can happen to a beautiful 4-tier wedding cake, if you let it sit in a tent, in 90-plus degree weather! Get ready for a Wedding Cake Meltdown!
July 11, 2018
Hire a Professional!
39: Atonn and Lindsay talk about the DIY trend in weddings - and get real about what things make sense to try and do yourself, and when you should just call in a professional to handle things. We break down what things we've seen go well, and what things we've seen go NOT so well, and offer our advice.
July 4, 2018
PRIDE! 3 LGBT Couples Chat About Planning Their Weddings!
38: We talk with Mikey & Jarrod, Carlyn & Zann, and Stef & Jaime about their wedding planning experiences as LGBT+ couples in the Midwest. We discuss the ups and downs, and they give their best advice on how to find allied vendors, handle family drama, and avoid a stressful wedding!
June 29, 2018
WHS: If you don't have a DJ, one will be provided
37: What happens when you have your wedding in a public park, and forget to reserve the whole area? You can have unexpected guests, and unexpected sounds that might make your special day a bit more... interesting!
June 20, 2018
WHS: Rain, Rain, GO AWAY!
36: A listener sent us a Wedding Horror Story about a wedding where the weather started becoming iffy, and so did the couple! Stay tuned for “Rain, Rain, GO AWAY”!
June 13, 2018
Lindsay is in Mexico! Destination Wedding Thoughts & Tips
35: Lindays's First Destination Wedding! Today marks our first international episode! We recorded over Memorial Day weekend 2018, while our co-host and Photography expert Lindsay Rozelle was on location, at a resort in Mexico, for a destination wedding! She’s going to share her destination wedding experiences, tips, and planning ideas for a perfect wedding away from home!
June 6, 2018
WHS: Face of Cakes
34: This wedding horror story features a miniature chemistry lesson! Listen to what happens when the first bite of cake goes wrong, and the bride's makeup pays the price!
May 30, 2018
Big Changes Coming!
33: The crew has some big news! In this episode, we talk about refining the focus of the podcast, and a few personnel changes!
May 23, 2018
WHS: Drunk and Disorderly
32: This wedding horror story was sent in by a listener! Question: what would you do if you walked into a wedding reception, and the bride was in a fistfight with one of her bridesmaids? Listen to this episode for the answer!
May 16, 2018
Our Styled Photoshoot at Nazareth Hall
31: The Crew came together to put on a Styled Shoot at a gorgeous local wedding venue! We picked the coldest day of the year to try and have an outdoor photo session! Listen in to hear how it went!
May 9, 2018
WHS: Stand By Me
30: Wedding season is off and running, and the Crew members are BUSY! So Atonn is flying solo this week, and sharing his own special Wedding Horror Story, from one of his very first full weddings! You'll hear how one person forgetting to say one small phrase can make one big difference! Won't you "Stand By Me"? ;)
May 2, 2018
April Gladieux tells us why she hates Pinterest!
29: We interview special guest April Gladieux-Campbell, wedding planner and owner of 'Your Perfect Day: wedding planning, decor and floral'. April is an industry veteran, and shares with us how she got started in the industry, what keeps her going, and even some of her biggest frustrations as a planner!
April 25, 2018
WHS: Change of A Dress
28: A special Wedding Horror Story, sent in by one of our listeners! It comes from one of our local Toledo-area wedding vendor friends, but not from a wedding she was working - it’s from her own experience as a bride! Let’s listen to how she handled her own "Change of A Dress"
April 18, 2018
Let's Call the Whole Thing Off!
27: What do you do when you're engaged to be married, but you find out that your fiance has been unfaithful? You call it off! But what happens then? Our guest, Julia, walks us through her experience of dealing with wedding vendors, family, and friends in the aftermath of canceling her wedding.
April 11, 2018
WHS: Bearnado
26: This one comes from Lindsay’s days of working at the Zoo - and what happens when you combine an outdoor wedding with one of the weather hazards of living in Northwest Ohio. You’ve heard of Sharknado, now get ready for Bearnado!
April 4, 2018
25: The crew talks about wedding favors - some classics, some new trends, ones we love, and ones we can live without!
March 28, 2018
Murphy's Law
24: Have you ever heard of Murphy's Law? Simply put, it states that "Anything that can go wrong will go wrong". This horror story still gives Atonn nightmares. You really won't believe everything that went wrong at this wedding.
March 21, 2018
Maya Devassy Tarach - Avoiding Reception Seating Nightmares
23: We interview special guest Maya Devassy Tarach, a certified wedding planner and the owner or Preoccupied Bride, a Chicago-based wedding planning service! She’s going to drop some knowledge about some best practices for planning out your reception seating, and as an added bonus, she even brought a horror story to share!
March 14, 2018
WHS: Batman and Groomsman!
22: Sam shares a Wedding Horror Story with us, in which a wedding that she was coordinating at her hotel had some... unexpected... guests show up, from the Comics Convention that was going on down the street.
March 7, 2018
WHS: Sweating For The Wedding
14: Our first Wedding Horror Story of 2018! This is from Sam, from her days as a wedding coordinator at a major national hotel chain. She’s going to tell us about a summer wedding where the entire hotel’s air conditioning system died, right in the middle of a heatwave!
February 28, 2018
Budgets, Budgets, Budgets!
21: Budgets! When should you make one? Who should be involved? What should be included? How do you choose where to compromise? And we even talk about where you can find some savings.
February 28, 2018
WHS: My Big Fake Indian Wedding
20: This week's Wedding Horror Story comes from Atonn - he talks about the VERY FIRST wedding that he officiated, why it wasn’t in the couple’s original plan, and how it all happened. We’re calling it “My Big Fake Indian Wedding”
February 21, 2018
How Many Gifts?
19: This is a GREAT discussion about gifts FROM the couple, to their wedding party and family members. The Crew talked about who you can and who you SHOULD plan to give gifts to, when you should give them, and some ideas of what those gifts might be. We give our perspective and experiences, and share some of our favorite ideas that we’ve seen!
February 15, 2018
WHS: Say Yes to HER Dress!
018: This week’s Wedding Horror Story comes to us from Lindsay; she was photographing the bride and bridesmaids, who were getting ready on the morning of the wedding, when two of the bridesmaids discovered that their dresses would not fit! We’re calling it “Say Yes to HER Dress"!
February 7, 2018
Jason Kelley (Book That DJ)
17: Special guest interview with Jason Kelley, owner, president, CEO, and (of course) lead DJ of Book That DJ, a Toledo-based wedding and event DJ company. We had a blast with him. We got to hear about his company, we learned some of his best advice for couples, and he even threw in a horror story for good measure! We loved talking to Jason, and we’re sure you’ll love listening.
January 31, 2018
WHS: Tardy to the Party
16: Our first guest-submitted Horror Story! This one is about a couple who has punctuality issues, and not in a small way... You won't believe how late they arrived to their own wedding ceremony! #TardyToTheParty
January 24, 2018
15: the Crew members talk about the year ahead, the resolutions they've made for their business and personal lives, and what's in store for each of them in 2018!
January 17, 2018
New Year, New Courtney!
13: We've got a new Crew member! Say hello to Courtney Magers!
January 3, 2018
WHS: Too Many Hats!
12: WHS: Atonn tells a story about a wedding where he had to act quickly to save the day, when the DJ couldn't get their equipmen to work.
December 27, 2017
Happy Holidays, Happy Wedding!
11: A special holiday episode where Atonn, Lindsay, and Sam talk about Holiday weddings, why they can be a lot of fun, but why they may also take more planning and consideration.
December 20, 2017
WHS: Lights Out! Gorilla Radio
10: This Wedding Horror Story is from Lindsay. Imagine you’re at a wedding at the Zoo and the power goes out! What do you do if you’re the caterer? Or the DJ? You won’t believe what these wedding vendors did, to save the day! We hope you enjoy “Lights Out, Gorilla Radio”!
December 13, 2017
You're engaged! Now What?!?
09: The Crew discusses about what’s next after the proposal - what should be your first steps? How do you pick a wedding date? What should you book first? We’ll answer those questions, and many more!
December 6, 2017
WHS: The Boozy Groom
08: On this week’s mini episode, Sam shares a horror story that we have dubbed “The Boozey Groom”. Listen in to hear more about what happened when a groom disappears just before his own wedding, and is found passed out in a stariwell!
November 29, 2017
Proposal Tips!
07: Join YIDC as we discuss our best advice on proposals and more related to popping the big question!
November 22, 2017
WHS: Gravy Train
06: On this week’s mini episode, Courtney shares a horror story that we have called “gray train”. Listen in to hear more about what happened when a server spilled a filet and gravy all over a bride’s train of her ball gown!
November 15, 2017
Interview with Nick Borelli
05: We had the opportunity to interview Nick Borelli, a marketing strategist with over 20 years of experience in the live events industry. Nick travels across the globe speaking to event professionals about how to develop creating marketing initiatives for events and event services alike. Nick presents “Start, Stop, Stay- 3 Things Wedding Pros Need to Consider With Their Marketing”
November 9, 2017
Spooktacular Wedding HORROR Stories!
04: Listen in on Your I Do Crew’s top wedding HORROR stories just in time for Halloween! Stay spooky everyone!
October 31, 2017
Get to Know Lindsay & Courtney
03: Get to Know Lindsay and Courtney! Listen in to learn about the other two YIDC members- some of your questions, answered!
October 25, 2017
Get to Know Sam and Atonn!
02: Get to Know Sam and Atonn! Listen in to learn more about two of YIDC members- some of your questions, answered! Next week will feature Lindsay and Courtney.
October 19, 2017
LIVE from Las Vegas Wed MBA
01: LIVE from Las Vegas Wedding MBA. • Credits: Music “I Wanna Get Married” by De Cylinders from the Free Music Archive. CC BY-NC-ND Attribution 4.0.
October 10, 2017
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