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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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Joyful Love

Rachael Cunningham

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Do you love your partner and want to stay married, but you know it could be better? Do you find yourself feeling annoyed and irritated? Is your communication and intimacy dwindling? Are you just too tired and exhausted to work on your relationship anymore? If so, you need an easier way to stop the frustration and exhaustion. It's possible to create more joy and connection in your marriage again, but it starts with you. It starts with you seeing your own worth and value. When you learn to giv ...
 
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RE: wedding flowers, if you’re feeling ... Sticker shock from that $2500 florist quote, Having anxiety thinking about taking the DIY route, Or maybe even starting to wonder if flowers are actually necessary at all … Not to worry - you’ve got options when it comes to your wedding flowers, and we’re going to explore them all in this episode of the We…
 
We live in an information age. There are tons of books, classes, and programs that guide us with great advice - advice we try hard to listen to. But when your brain avoids the discomfort of change or is met with confusion, you don’t implement the great advice you've learned. This is normal. Don’t beat yourself up for one more day about it! You just…
 
"We Ditched the Traditions & Made Our Wedding Truly Personal" - Emma, February 2022 Bride This week on the Wedding Planning Podcast, meet special guest Emma (& Drew) who’s here to share the highlights, unique elements, and planning challenges from their beautiful wedding celebration at Hilton Lake Las Vegas in February 2022. In this special episode…
 
On this episode of Joyful Love, I talk about asking the right questions to get better results in your life and relationships. Our brains want to focus on the negative, so it's natural to think there are problems where there are not. When we focus on the wrong issue, it distracts us from making the changes we do need to make. In this episode, I shar…
 
Over the course of 11 YEARS in the wedding industry, I've seen literally thousands of weddings unfold ... and all of them together have given me the priceless gift of HINDSIGHT. In wedding planning, hindsight is literally a super power - so I've packaged mine up to share with you in today's brand new show featuring your Wedding Weekend planning que…
 
If your personal self-concept is low it's going to show up in every area of life. Low self-concept can make you feel shame if others compliment you or do something nice for you. It can hold you back from genuine connection in your relationships. And it will prevent you from creating a life that you love living. So it's time to raise your self-conce…
 
I’m willing to bet that you’ve heard from all your newlywed friends & family that their wedding day "came and went in the blink of an eye." The beautiful news is that your wedding celebration doesn’t have to RUSH BY IN A TOTAL BLUR! Click here to sign up for a brand new free video planning workshop, HOW TO PLAN AN UNFORGETTABLE WEDDING WEEKEND. Tod…
 
Today we’re going to chat about a handful of ways when trying to "save" money on your wedding can totally BACKFIRE. Aside of college educations, new homes and new cars, your wedding likely has one of the biggest price tags you’ve ever paid. You’re spending tens of thousands of dollars - of course you’re trying to save money when possible! You’re no…
 
When you’re married to an alcoholic or an addict, it adds a whole new dynamic to your relationship. It brings up frustration, exhaustion, and loneliness, as you try to figure out the next best steps.Should you stay? Or should you go? Sometimes the answer isn’t as black and white as we’d like it to be. That’s where Deanna Marie comes in. She’s a lif…
 
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…
 
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 …
 
If you don’t have confidence, there’s no doubt that you’re holding yourself back from having the life and marriage you want. We often think confidence will come easy once we achieve our goals. We thing that when we’re more fit (or skinny, or curvy, or strong), then we’ll feel more confident. But if you wait for your goals to be achieved to embrace …
 
There are some incredibly simple steps to creating a crystal clear vision of exactly how you want your wedding celebration to unfold. This week's featured meeting is a detailed overview of ways to cut through the noise, and stay focused on your priorities. Here's an overview of the specific scenario we'll be discussing: "How can we reign in our wed…
 
This week I have a mailbox full of your wedding planning questions to review! Here's a full look at everything on our agenda this week: What’s a nice way of asking the moms to wear a certain style / color? Who to invite to your bachelorette party (just bridesmaids or others, too?) Having a hard time finding a venue that will allow a food truck, BYO…
 
Have you ever made a commitment to make a serious change in your life and then given up on it after a day or two of struggle? Of course, you have. You’re a human being with a brain that doesn’t like change or anything uncomfortable. We've all been there - over and over again. So with any shift that you’re serious about making - whether it’s eating …
 
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 old 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. Eve…
 
If you're a woman, you've been socialized to believe that the main reason for getting healthy is to look good in a bikini. You've also been told the lie that you have to be super thin to be healthy. This puts an enormous amount of pressure on us. Our self-confidence is often tied to our weight and dieting becomes something that takes up a lot of ou…
 
Engagement photos are an incredible opportunity to capture you & your fiancé in your happiest moments, and to share those images across your save the dates, your wedding website, holiday cards, and as decorations throughout your wedding celebration. The thing is, choosing the perfect outfits, getting hair & make up just right so that you look incre…
 
Most of us have a seriously hard time loving and valuing ourselves if we don't feel productive. We tie our worth and lovability to how much we accomplish in a day, a week, a year. So in this episode, I invite you into my inner world this week while I'm recovering from Covid. I was on a forced rest - and my brain was having a fit! I didn't feel like…
 
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 …
 
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, we never would…
 
Today’s convo is a wedding planning strategy GEM! We’re going to cover every single last little thing that should be included within your wedding venue contract. If you’ve already booked a venue and signed a contract, I’d suggest pulling out your actual document & sticking around for today's convo to be sure that all the key items are addressed. Yo…
 
As I move into year two of the Joyful Love Podcast, I’ll dive even deeper into some of the concepts I’ve just scratched the surface on so far. The truth is that our health, energy, and our ability to slow down affects everything we do in life. They affect our relationships and our well-being. They affect our nervous system and our mental health.Hum…
 
Most engaged couples fail to plan for the sneaky little expenses that start to appear in the final months before the wedding. Today we’re going to cover a sampling of these unexpected budget busters, so that you're not caught off-guard - stuck making impulsive last minute decisions out of stress or lack of information. A special THANK YOU for suppo…
 
On this episode of Joyful Love, I introduce you to my friend and colleague Julie Merrill. Julie is a Midlife Sexual Wellness Coach who brings all the juiciness to this episode!Julie’s own story takes her from being misdiagnosed as asexual to discovering sexual pleasure for herself. We discuss how our past can influence our current sex stories and h…
 
The cost of food & drinks can be a huge source of frustration when planning your wedding. I can’t tell you how many messages I get from couples who are utterly horrified by the per person fee for dinner & drinks - and rightfully so! Today we’re going to explore setting up your own appetizer spread, and I think you’ll be blown away by the savings. T…
 
What do we want? Rest. When do we want it? Now. How do we get it? Well, it's simple, we have to stop thinking everything needs to be done before we're allowed to rest. We have to stop the deep-seeded belief that everything around us needs to be done better and/or perfect. And we need to stop people-pleasing those around us to the point of feeling r…
 
Today's show is THE ultimate guide to wedding reception speeches! Together we'll review: Who gives a speech / toast at the reception? Should we give direction about topic, tone, & length? When should the speeches take place? In what order? I’m worried about inappropriate content - what should we do? How many speeches is too many? What if someone ha…
 
Our emotions are here for a reason. They teach us. They give us important information. They shine a flashlight on what we need to change. And yet, they get brushed aside or buried so that we can quickly move on to the next important task. We tell ourselves, “I’m just being too sensitive.” Yet when we do this, we miss important lessons. We miss an o…
 
Today we're reviewing SIX important guidelines for working with your friends and/or family members who are offering their skills & talents for your wedding. Your cousin bakes cakes. Your neighbor is a photographer. Your co-worker plans weddings "on the side". Your roommate from college is a DJ. So, should you rely on their services for your wedding…
 
Women bear the weight of having a family. From keeping the home running smoothly to planning holidays, choosing doctors, and keeping everyone healthy and whole - 90% of this responsibility falls on us. Patriarchal systems have set it up this way. It’s put men in power and women in the supporting role of that power. Although we’ve come a long way as…
 
Hosting a multi-day, multi-event WEDDING WEEKEND is hands down the best way to host a UNIQUE and MEANINGFUL wedding celebration that’s full of opportunities to connect and spent QT with your closest loved ones. Today on the Wedding Planning Podcast, we’re going to highlight 3 major mistakes that couples make when planning a long wedding weekend cel…
 
Face your fears! Step out of your comfort zone!If you’ve been in the self-help world for long, you’ve definitely heard these 2 phrases - over and over.And you’ve also been told to stop hustling and to let go of stress.As women, we want both. We want peace in our lives and we want the freedom to go after our big dreams and the courage to face our fe…
 
Today on the Wedding Planning Podcast, we’re doing an overview of universal questions and research tips that are designed to help you hire your dream team of WEDDING VENDORS. You’ll come away from today’s show ready to find the best product, at the best price, and from the vendor who you most naturally CLICK with. Whether it’s an officiant, a weddi…
 
Lots of engaged couples are working with a small wedding budget and feeling completely overwhelmed, so they turn to free wedding checklists and timelines to stay organized … thinking all these freebie resources are the key to pulling off an incredible wedding for not a lot of money. But, what most couples never realize is that mindlessly following …
 
You can spin in confusion for years about whether or not you’re just irritated with your partner, or if it’s time to end your relationship. If you’re constantly annoyed and irritated, it’s time to take your power back and start creating your own joy in life again. All those petty annoyances don’t have to take up your valuable brain space and they d…
 
Being the "Overwhelmed Engaged Couple" is not a ton of fun. They say things like, "wow, our whole wedding day FLEW BY and we barely had a chance to enjoy it." This couple feels panic every time a new vendor quote comes in. Overwhelmed every time they open their email or even think about all the items on their checklist. Dread over finding out how m…
 
The personal benefits of welcoming more humor into your life are enormous. Laughter has been shown to light up the brain's neurons, increase pleasure, and decrease overall stress. And when you bring more laughter and light-heartedness into your relationship it benefits every aspect of your marriage. Laughter is the healing balm that you and your pa…
 
The "Wedding Day Timeline" BONUS workshop has been archived and is available to members inside my digital wedding planning package, The VAULT. To sign up for a FREE 3-day trial for the planning resource that one bride calls “a breath of fresh air in the wedding industry”, simply visit www.wedpodcast.com There are no contracts to sign, no ongoing ob…
 
So many women want more intimacy and pleasure in their relationship. They want to be able to enjoy connection - emotional and physical with their partner. It can feel like so much is in the way of that. With our own busy lives and our partner's busy lives, raising kids, and dealing with the emotional weight of keeping things running smoothly, is th…
 
The "Designing Your Wedding Ceremony" BONUS workshop has been archived and is available to members inside my digital wedding planning package, The VAULT. To sign up for a FREE 3-day trial for the planning resource that one bride calls “a breath of fresh air in the wedding industry”, simply visit www.wedpodcast.com There are no contracts to sign, no…
 
Mothering is the hardest job in the world. At least it was for me. Building my own business is a piece of cake when it compares to the exhaustion and sheer desperation I felt at times with loving my 3 kids so intensely.And because mothering can be difficult, it’s normal to want a break from it all. It’s normal to feel overwhelmed and question yours…
 
The "Wedding Reception Entertainment" BONUS workshop has been archived and is available to members inside my digital wedding planning package, The VAULT. To sign up for a FREE 3-day trial for the planning resource that one bride calls “a breath of fresh air in the wedding industry”, simply visit www.wedpodcast.com There are no contracts to sign, no…
 
Have you ever wanted to make a change in your life so bad that you thought about it nearly non-stop? Yet that’s as far as you get … The dream never left your mind - for long anyway. Because you’re waiting for the motivation to get started. So you continue to wish you were already at the goal. The effort to get there just seems like too much. But wa…
 
The "Wedding Reception & Ceremony Decor" BONUS workshop has been archived and is available to members inside my digital wedding planning package, The VAULT. To sign up for a FREE 3-day trial for the planning resource that one bride calls “a breath of fresh air in the wedding industry”, simply visit www.wedpodcast.com There are no contracts to sign,…
 
In today's episode, you'll hear Day 5 of The Rekindle Your Marriage Workshop. You’ll hear the importance of investing in two of your most important assets: Your mind and your marriage. Studies have shown the best use of one's time and money is in their own emotional wellness and relationships. Your mind and marriage are more important than any mate…
 
The "Wedding Day Catering" BONUS workshop has been archived and is available to members inside my digital wedding planning package, The VAULT. To sign up for a FREE 3-day trial for the planning resource that one bride calls “a breath of fresh air in the wedding industry”, simply visit www.wedpodcast.com There are no contracts to sign, no ongoing ob…
 
Many couples don’t always see eye to eye. This can lead to arguing, criticizing, and blaming, which can be detrimental to a healthy relationship. What if you don't have to agree to have a great relationship, though?What if your differences are for your good? What if you can be on the same team ... with totally different abilities and opinions?You c…
 
In Day 3 of The Rekindle Your Marriage Workshop, you will learn to take ownership back over your own emotions, actions, and reactions, and ultimately the results in your life. In today's episode, you learn: That you are equals in this relationship. You have a choice (complete autonomy) over whether to be in this relationship or not. How your though…
 
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