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Get ready to experience the ALL NEW WAY to thrive throughout your engagement by embracing who you are, prioritizing what you value, and ultimately designing an unforgettable wedding celebration of your dreams! Welcome to the WEDDING PLANNING PODCAST, where we say “NO” to the $72 billion dollar wedding industry, and we say “YES” to a more joyful engagement season where your mindset, values & wedding strategy are all in perfect alignment with YOU. Ready to get started?
 
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It Girl Weddings

Caitlin Hartley: Wedding Podcaster and Blogger

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A modern wedding podcast that discusses all things weddings. Each week you can expect advice, tips, current trends, planning guides, and insightful takeaways to help your wedding vision come to life! Join Caitlin, industry professionals, and your engaged peers as we navigate the wedding industry for you. I can't wait to connect with you, because YOU are setting the next big trend in weddings! Hosted by Caitlin Hartley, creator of the popular wedding blog, It Girl Weddings
 
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Need a little help decoding the complex, often frustrating process of creating your wedding GUEST LIST? Finalizing who will actually receive a wedding invitation is a process that will likely take some time, revisions, cuts, and LOTS of patience. In this week's featured wedding planning meeting, we’re uncovering the KEY CHECKPOINTS to crafting a gu…
 
In today's 20 minute BONUS Q&A, we're reviewing 10 basic items to look for within your wedding venue contract. This meeting is a follow up to our January 19th BONUS WORKSHOP on shopping for your dream wedding venue. Missed it? Be sure to go back & have a listen! Now of course, every couple, every wedding, and every planning scenario very unique - t…
 
The pressure + hype behind discovering your dream WEDDING VENUE is very real. In my professional opinion, your wedding venue is the most important strategic decision you'll make in the entire wedding planning process. Why is your venue such a big deal? Multiple other wedding decisions are interdependent on the venue you choose. Once you solidify th…
 
Today's BONUS WEDDING Q&A show is designed to show you exactly how to have all the wedding things that are most important to you, regardless of how much money you actually have in the bank. Sounds pretty amazing, right??? Let's face it, you’re overwhelmed & struggling with your wedding budget if any one, two, or maybe even three of these sound fami…
 
Today's workshop-style BONUS MEETING is designed to magically make possible all the wedding things that are most important to you, regardless of how much money you have in the budget. Sounds amazing, right??? Welcome to Week ONE of the "12 Weeks of Engagement Season" BONUS SERIES from the Wedding Planning Podcast! Nope, this is not your average wed…
 
Join thousands of INTENTIONAL + JOYFUL engaged couples who know that the wedding celebration of their dreams is possible ... even if right now, planning an entire wedding feels a *little bit* overwhelming! Be sure to hit FOLLOW wherever you listen, and each Wednesday you'll enjoy a FREE, down-to-earth, straight-to-the-point wedding planning "meetin…
 
You want to host THE MOST meaningful, fun, unforgettable wedding that any of your friends & family have ever been to. Simple enough, right? Riiiiight. The trouble is, sometimes our "champagne dreams" really clash with our beer budget. Most couples don’t have a 6-figure wedding budget, can’t afford to hand over a blank checkbook to a full service ev…
 
Today we’re going to review your Ultimate Engagement Checklist, packed with 12 super fun “must do’s” to launch into your wedding planning journey! I mention lots of links to more info and past show titles / dates in today’s convo, and I put together a complete wrap up of everything in this jam-packed post on our website. Want to automatically recei…
 
Delicious & beautiful wedding favors for just $0.50 each??? Yes, please! Today we're hitting the road for a quick shopping trip and meeting in my kitchen for a really fun, affordable & easy wedding DIY project. At the end of today's show, you'll know exactly how to make professional-quality, hand dipped gourmet pretzel sticks to share with your wed…
 
You’ve done months (maybe even YEARS) of wedding planning & preparation, and the big day is finally almost here! Last stop? Rehearsal dinner. This week we’re reviewing everything you need to know for planning & hosting this extra special night with your family & friends. We cover everything from the ceremony rehearsal itself to practical tips for h…
 
Would you volunteer to host a holiday party for 40 people and then rush out to the store with no menu planned & no shopping list? No! You’d sit down and plan out a menu of app's & drinks, look up some recipes, and then make a detailed list of exactly what you need to buy. So why on earth would you head out to a wedding show / bridal fair with absol…
 
This week's episode of the Wedding Planning Podcast is a collection of wedding questions & situations submitted by members of my digital wedding planning package​, The VAULT.​ Membership includes the priceless benefit of submitting your wedding questions for feature on these monthly "Ask Me Anything" shows, and this week we're discussing in detail:…
 
Creating your wedding reception seating chart can QUICKLY become one of wedding planning’s biggest pains. Between crazy family members, divorces, step-parents, hook-up’s gone wrong, introverts, extroverts and lots of alcohol - your seating chart can quickly begin to feel like a jigsaw puzzle from hell. This week on the Wedding Planning Podcast, we’…
 
Bridal hairstyles and how to achieve them. Plus she's offering listeners a discount! Stay Connected: Blog: www.itgirlweddings.com Instagram: instagram.com/itgirlweddings Pinterest: pinterest.com/itgirlweddings Shop: itgirlweddings.com/shop/ Registry: https://rstyle.me/+t1L1-suubNqf2P04nHgvXQ Blog Post: https://itgirlweddings.com/real-weddings/…
 
“I’m struggling with imaging how all of my wedding reception decorations will look together - flowers, signs, decorations, tables, etc. Any tips for making sure all my little decisions fit together in the end?” If you’re like most of us, you're not a full service wedding or event designer (and hiring one isn't in the budget!). So how can we trust t…
 
Have you ever been to a small wedding reception with magical ambiance and thought, "wow, this is great but it would be so much more meaningful if there were 300 additional people here?" I’m guessing the answer is NO. So why do feel so much pressure to host a huge wedding, invite everyone we know, spend all the money on all the things, and stress ou…
 
This week's episode of the Wedding Planning Podcast is a collection of wedding questions & situations submitted by members of my digital wedding planning package​, The VAULT.​ Membership includes the priceless benefit of submitting your wedding questions for feature on these monthly Q&A shows, and this week we're discussing in detail: Should we bot…
 
Today we’re going to chat about a handful of ways when trying to save money on your wedding can totally BACKFIRE. BONUS >>> Come behind the scenes with me in a bonus episode, "Taking a Chance on a Rookie Wedding Vendor", when you sign up for a FREE 3-DAY TRIAL of my revolutionary digital wedding planning package, The VAULT. Aside of college educati…
 
This week on the Wedding Planning Podcast, we're going to sort out some misconceptions and FAQ's about wedding planners and day of coordinators. BONUS >>> Join me inside my digital wedding planning package, The VAULT for a special bonus meeting on training a friend or family member to act as your Day Of Coordinator. Sign up for your FREE 3-DAY TRIA…
 
This week's episode of the Wedding Planning Podcast is a collection of wedding questions & situations submitted by members of my digital wedding planning package​, The VAULT.​ Membership includes the priceless benefit of submitting your wedding questions for feature on these monthly Q&A shows, and this week we're discussing in detail: DIY Invitatio…
 
Are you drowning in wedding "etiquette" & "rules"? Everyone has an opinion on invitation wording, cash bars, inviting kids, and what traditions absolutely SHOULD be included in the wedding day. Today, let’s take a step back, and reframe things ... starting with your WEDDING MINDSET. Where wedding planning can get overwhelming is when our expectatio…
 
A fun piece of feedback I hear from you, especially after our wedding Q&A shows, is “wow, we never even would have thought of that!” Today I 'm revealing a list of 12 wedding details that are really easy to overlook ... and being on top of them can literally change the course of your wedding day. These little "aha moments" can stack up quickly and …
 
"How can we reign in our wedding planner? Our venue includes a coordinator for the rehearsal and wedding day, and initially I was pleasantly surprised by how accommodating and informative she is. Since the initial relief and excitement of finding and booking the perfect venue, we’re starting to realize the huge task ahead of us in terms of booking …
 
This week I have a mailbox full of your wedding planning questions to answer, on everything from what the moms should wear, budgeting with $5000, using a rental property as a venue, and lots more popular topics that have come up in the past few weeks! Most of these questions come from members of my digital wedding planning package, where one of my …
 
Our goal this week on the Wedding Planning Podcast? To save YOU $3,650 on your final wedding bill! We could literally talk for hours about all the pretty things you see on Pinterest & Instagram that do not HAVE to be a part of your wedding celebration. In the interest of time, I’ve chosen EIGHT wedding elements that I would suggest skipping - or sc…
 
STREAMLINE + SIMPLIFY has been a tagline for the WPP literally since I created the show way back in 2015. (Look closely, it's even on our logo!) Not only are these two of my favorite words in the English language - that I try and live by in ALL aspects of my life - more specifically, they perfectly summarize my approach to wedding planning. Every s…
 
Creating a simple, yet info-packed wedding website is the easiest, most hassle free way to easily share information with your wedding guests. Today we’re having a deep dive convo on exactly how to create a killer wedding website. We're covering what to include, what not to include, and lots of priceless details on how to leverage this incredible to…
 
This week's episode of the Wedding Planning Podcast is designed to focus on the most critical part of your wedding day - your wedding ceremony. In the midst of wedding planning chaos, the ceremony can get pushed to the end and miss getting the full attention and creativity it deserves. Do yourselves a favor & start thinking about your wedding cerem…
 
How are you supposed to manage all the stress of daily life ON TOP OF trying to plan a wedding on our own, with a million different opinions, options, and outside factors pulling me in a million different directions? While I cannot send your future mother in law to therapy, or predict the future of an ever-evolving pandemic virus that has put life …
 
This week on the Wedding Planning Podcast, we’re demystifying the world of wedding insurance, permits and licensing. It all seems like a big, scary topic so we're bringing it all down to very simple terms and easy tasks that you can check off your list, typically with a few simple phone calls or clicks. Visit the FULL BLOG POST with bonus links her…
 
This week on the Wedding Planning Podcast, enjoy an all-new Wedding Q&A featuring your questions from email & Instagram! Topics we're discussing include: Venue deposits & shopping help, Advice for a second wedding, Booking hotel room blocks, Receiving line alternatives, Alternatives to expensive wedding DJ, & so much more! To submit questions for a…
 
If you’re the type of couple who values connection and meaningful time spent with the people you love the most, then a 3-5 day DESTINATION WEDDING might be the perfect set up for you! Close your eyes and imagine a packed ballroom with blaring music, flashing lights, and going around to 30 different tables saying a quick hello to each one of your we…
 
You’ve found the perfect wedding dress - congratulations!!! Today on the Wedding Planning Podcast, we’re doing a thorough review of all the "post-dress shopping" to-do items. Our conversation covers the dress alterations process in detail, including pricing, money-saving tips, a timeline for when to get started, and alternative options for having y…
 
There’s A LOT of conflicting information out there about tipping your wedding vendors, and I want you to forget all of it! In today’s episode, we’re going to walk through exactly how to decide who should get a tip, how much, and even some extra special additional ways of saying thank you. Today’s show is Wedding Planning Podcast classic, and we’re …
 
Today we're hitting the road for a real-time wedding dress shopping adventure! Before we head into the store, we're going to hang out in the studio for a few minutes to review some of my top wedding dress shopping tips. You can find a full recap of today’s show in a blog post that’s at www.weddingplanningpodcast.co/dress. To start our shopping trip…
 
Micro weddings are here to stay, and for good reason! Today we’re going to highlight some of the HUGE freedoms that come along with hosting a small & intimate wedding. I also have a guest bride Q&A segment to share where we cover some wonderful questions on working with wooden flowers, bridal makeup, crafting a simple gift registry, and so much mor…
 
Wedding expenses adding up? Today we’re going to explore FIVE wedding "side hustles". Tune in and learn how to earn some extra cash to cover those mounting wedding costs ... and keep your credit cards in your wallet! A couple weeks back on Instagram stories, I asked if you would be willing to take on a side hustle to earn more money to invest in yo…
 
How to make your wedding more stress-free, photography trends, wedding timelines, mood boards, and the planning process with @missbreelea. People don't work with you because of what you do, they want to work with you because of why you do it! Plus she's offering listeners a discount! Stay Connected: Blog: www.itgirlweddings.com Instagram: instagram…
 
Today I'm thrilled to share a totally FREE resource designed to deliver unique wedding music & song ideas for your wedding day playlists right to your inbox! Matt is the creator of myweddingsongs.com, and he’s joining us to share his priceless advice to couples for crafting their perfect wedding day playlists - no professional DJ required. Even if …
 
Please, save yourself the stress & avoid these TEN wedding planning blind spots at all costs! FULL BLOG POST & links from today's episode available here: www.weddingplanningpodcast.co/blindspot Over the past 4 years of producing the Wedding Planning Podcast, one of my favorite pieces of feedback from you is some variation of, “WOW, I never would ha…
 
How to plan the ultimate bachelorette party @shopstagandhen. The latest trends in bachelorette party products to themes, games, budget tips, decor, outfits, and much more! Plus she's offering a discount! Stay Connected: Blog: www.itgirlweddings.com Instagram: instagram.com/itgirlweddings Pinterest: pinterest.com/itgirlweddings Shop: itgirlweddings.…
 
Make your wedding more meaningful by writing your own wedding vows! Tips on writing them, the special intangible moments at your wedding and how to prepare for your marriage (not just your wedding)! Stay Connected: Blog: www.itgirlweddings.com Instagram: instagram.com/itgirlweddings Pinterest: pinterest.com/itgirlweddings Shop: itgirlweddings.com/s…
 
I think it's safe to say that running away to a beautiful beach in the tropics is on all of our minds right now! Today I have a very special guest joining us, friend of the show SUSAN GREEN from Susan’s Travel Services. Susan packs 26 years of travel planning experience, and today you’re invited to soak up Susan’s expertise on everything from: Hone…
 
How to get your best photos from posing for the camera to capturing proposals, engagement sessions, photography styles, and tips for your wedding day! And @jenfujphotography is offering listeners a discount! Stay Connected: Blog: www.itgirlweddings.com Instagram: instagram.com/itgirlweddings Pinterest: pinterest.com/itgirlweddings Shop: itgirlweddi…
 
All your wedding planning questions answered and the benefits of having a wedding planner. Plus a wedding planning portal to help you plan your own wedding! And @bubblesandbowtiesaspen is offering listeners a discount! Stay Connected: Blog: www.itgirlweddings.com Instagram: instagram.com/itgirlweddings Pinterest: pinterest.com/itgirlweddings Shop: …
 
Wedding makeup tips and trends to help you achieve that bridal look and entertaining wedding stories. Plus @jfinkbeauty is offering listeners a discount! Stay Connected: Blog: www.itgirlweddings.com Instagram: instagram.com/itgirlweddings Pinterest: pinterest.com/itgirlweddings Shop: https://itgirlweddings.com/shop/ Registry: https://rstyle.me/+t1L…
 
What to ask a wedding florist with @ajrdesigns1, wedding floral trends, how to achieve Instagram worthy floral photos and helicopter weddings with @peaksandvows! Plus she's offering listeners a discount! Stay Connected: Blog: www.itgirlweddings.com Instagram: instagram.com/itgirlweddings Pinterest: pinterest.com/itgirlweddings Shop: https://itgirlw…
 
Wedding tips and ideas from wedding photographer and videographer husband and wife team @katherineandtyler who are newlyweds after their own COVID wedding! Plus they are offering listeners a discount! Stay Connected: Blog: www.itgirlweddings.com Instagram: instagram.com/itgirlweddings Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/itgirlweddings Shop: https:…
 
Trends in bridal jewelry and styling with Stephanie from @zaxiebystephanietaylor plus a bridal jewelry SWEEPSTAKES that starts today! Later in the episode get a bridal workout and diet plan to get you looking and feeling hot before tying the knot! Shop Zaxie Stay Connected: Blog: www.itgirlweddings.com Instagram: instagram.com/itgirlweddings Pinter…
 
A #CoronaBride is trying to plan her big fat Italian wedding during a pandemic. Hear her relatable story and get tips for planning your own wedding. Stay Connected: Blog: www.itgirlweddings.com Instagram: instagram.com/itgirlweddings Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/itgirlweddings Shop: https://itgirlweddings.com/shop/ Registry: Registry Blog P…
 
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