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We believe marriage doesn't have to suck. We show couples how to communicate better in marriage using combat-proven military communication strategies so they can enjoy a more fulfilling relationship. We believe God wants your marriage to win. When you understand how a battlefield works, you'll understand how to make your marriage work. Combat-wounded veteran, author & international speaker Brian Fleming joins his wife Jamie to discuss how the military taught them to win the battles in their ...
 
Get ready to experience the NEW WAY to thrive throughout your engagement by embracing who you are, prioritizing what you value & ultimately designing an unforgettable wedding celebration! Welcome to the ALIGNED WEDDING EFFECT, 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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Welcome to Episode TWO of the Aligned Wedding Effect, a special series from the Wedding Planning Podcast! You’re one of the incredibly few who’s about to discover the key to a streamlined, simplified, and completely fulfilled engagement season. If you’re listening to this life changing series, then you’re here for a reason. You’re ready to finally …
 
Why do some engaged couple THRIVE … while most struggle through their wedding planning journey, languishing in a constant state of overwhelm? Why do a few sail through their engagement season incredibly fulfilled & 100% confident with their unique decisions, while so many engaged couples stay stuck in feelings of emptiness and anxiety over whether …
 
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 solution 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 …
 
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 …
 
Welcome to a very special series of the Wedding Planning Podcast, where you can listen to this couples’ dream wedding celebration come to life - in real time! Today in Part IV, bride-to-be Kate has LOADS of priceless info to share, including: The incredibly meaningful details of a surprise engagement party, Tips for setting up a killer “DIY” style …
 
Coming up with a final guest list of exactly who gets a wedding invitation can be a daunting task, but not to worry - we're going to simplify the process in this week's brand new show! Join me at square one and walk through my stress-free, easy process for identifying exactly who will receive an invite ... and who you may want to leave OFF your lis…
 
The failure rate for marriages in America is known to be around 50%. That means 1 out of 2 will fail! But it doesn't have to be this way. If you know the patterns that cause these failed marriages, you'll be more likely to avoid them and win in your relationship. Today, we talk about 5 tips that will make your marriage unshakable so you can enjoy i…
 
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.wedpodcast.com/dress. To start our shopping trip, let's ack…
 
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…
 
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 …
 
Most married couples want to have great sex, but there are several unseen obstacles that can leave couples feeling frustrated, disconnected, and unfulfilled. But it doesn't have to be that way. Today we discuss the "5 Barriers to a Great Sex Life" and how you can begin moving past them so you can enjoy a ton of amazing sex in your marriage right no…
 
Being the Overwhelmed Engaged Couple is not a ton of fun. 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 much the next thing is going to cost. Fear over being judged for what they choose - and don't choose -…
 
The greatest threat to your marriage is "propaganda." It's the 'unconfirmed story going through your head' about your spouse or a situation that you think and act upon. When you know how to positively identify and debunk the propaganda that randomly attacks relationships, you'll experience less conflict and enjoy a deeper connection with your spous…
 
What you don't know CAN hurt you! Today we share what several listeners say they wish they'd known before getting married. We also teach you 1 of the 7 key elements of the Marriage BattlePlan that will help you understand your spouse and enjoy a better marriage more. *Send your marriage questions to: info@briancfleming.com ***DISCLAIMER: This episo…
 
Welcome to Part III of an exciting new bonus series from the Wedding Planning Podcast! I'm sharing a true "behind-the-scenes" look + listen at ongoing, live wedding planning strategy sessions with my engaged sister, Kate {follow her on Instagram @katelerickson}. Today in Part III, Kate & I are joined by our beautiful mom, Judie! The three of us get…
 
We believe marriage doesn't have to suck. Marriage is a battlefield and the MBP Podcast gives couples marriage advice on how to communicate better using combat-proven military communication strategies so they can enjoy a stronger, more fulfilling relationship. When you understand how a battlefield works, you'll understand how to make your marriage …
 
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…
 
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…
 
Welcome to PART II of a very special series of the Wedding Planning Podcast, where you can listen to this couples’ dream wedding celebration come to life - in real time! In this week's episode of the Wedding Planning Podcast, real life bride (& my sweet sister!) Kate dishes on: A very surprising method for discovering what you truly want, Exactly h…
 
Welcome to this week's all new Wedding Q&A episode, featuring your questions on ... What should we wear for our engagement photo shoot? Mixed feelings about accepting a wedding vendor freebie, Sidestepping hurt feelings, Is this a "slap in the face" to my bridesmaids? Skipping the cake and opting for a dessert bar, Affordable catering alternatives,…
 
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…
 
Today I’m addressing your FAQ's about COVID and your 2021 wedding. Tune in for a candid & heartfelt convo on when weddings will be "normal" again, rescheduling etiquette, guest list juggling, post-wedding celebrations, and so much more! This show is obviously designed to address COVID from a wedding industry perspective, but I do want to say a hear…
 
Today’s show is Part One of an exciting new bonus series from the Wedding Planning Podcast! I'm sharing a true "behind-the-scenes" look + listen at ongoing, live wedding planning strategy sessions with my engaged sister, Kate. This special series is unlike any project I’ve ever done in 5 years of producing & hosting the Wedding Planning Podcast, an…
 
Welcome to the very first Wedding Q&A of a brand new year! Today's show is jam-packed with your wonderful questions on: Invitation & Save the Date etiquette, Late-night music cutoff time, Asking vendors & guests for proof of COVID vaccination Upscale invitation ideas Jack & Jill party timeline, DIY catering, And whoa, so much more! To participate i…
 
Getting engaged is a HUGE deal ... I mean, I literally can't think of a better reason to THROW A PARTY! Today on the Wedding Planning Podcast, we're exploring some memorable & fun ways to celebrate your engagement party. In this brand new episode, we review the "who, what, when & where" of hosting your engagement party. (The WHY is pretty obvious!)…
 
Today we’re going to review the 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 receiv…
 
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…
 
This week on the Wedding Planning Podcast, I’m sweeping the inbox clean for one final Wedding Q&A of 2020! Tune in to this brand new episode of the Wedding Planning Podcast for answers to your top questions submitted via email & Instagram. We’ll be covering: How far is too far to travel between ceremony & reception? DIY charcuterie tips for cocktai…
 
This week's show is full of NINE of your wonderful wedding planning questions! We're going to cover: Plus-size dress shopping tips, Alcohol service rules at your venue, Financial stress between your families, Wedding timelines, Wedding band shopping tips, DIY project advice & transportation, Creative ways to include Mom in the ceremony, Why I would…
 
Finally, some silver linings in the wedding world! Today we’re going to reflect on 2020, but more importantly, let’s talk about where we’re headed in 2021 - and my friend, trust me when I say that there is finally some light at the end of the tunnel. It’s easy to look at 2020 and laser focus on all the disappointments, the frustration, and the stre…
 
“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…
 
You're newly engaged and BURSTING WITH EXCITEMENT about marrying the love of your life! You've got colors and themes to plan, venues to tour, cakes to taste, suits to choose, flowers to design ... all leading to the most unforgettable, unique, amazing wedding day celebration that your loved ones will talk about for years. Unfortunately, most couple…
 
I have TEN easy wedding favor ideas to share with you today, and there's a little something for everyone! Whether you've got your glue gun blazing and ready for some DIY-action, or you're looking to purchase pre-made favors for your big day, we're going to walk through some really creative & unique options for favor gifts to share with your wedding…
 
Dealing with challenging family situations is more or less inevitable at some point throughout the course of planning your wedding. Today we’re going to power through a candid conversation on dealing with your most challenging family issues & relationship dynamics surrounding the wedding, as submitted this week on Instagram. A quick warning that NO…
 
Today we have a collection of your top wedding planning questions & concerns from past months that I’ll be sharing in a straight-to-the point Wedding Q&A Show. Today's featured questions include: What's your suggested wedding planning timeline? Including family members in the wedding planning process What’s more cost effective - cupcakes or sheet c…
 
Self-care in the months before your wedding is a top priority! Today we're going to review a 12-month beauty & health timeline for you to follow so that you look & feel your absolute BEST on your wedding day. To be clear, this is NOT a show about fad diets, or "losing weight" for the wedding. Tune in for a detailed guide to: Various beauty treatmen…
 
Small, intimate weddings have been on the Wedding Planning Podcast trend report for 3 years in a row, and for good reason! I’ve always been a huge fan of a simple, scaled back celebration ... and in today’s climate, that’s never been more appropriate. Tune in to today's brand new episode for a complete "micro wedding" blueprint, designed to make pl…
 
This week on the Wedding Planning Podcast, we’re reviewing an ultimate guide to everything you need to know about shopping for & booking the perfect wedding venue! You’ll enjoy a thorough wedding venue Q&A, followed by a step-by-step, guided checklist that takes you from: The very beginning of your engagement, Through various tips for researching p…
 
Today we’re going to chat about when trying to save money on the wedding can totally BACKFIRE. Yikes ... right? 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! You’re not out there resear…
 
Today let’s sort out some misconceptions and frequently asked questions about wedding planners and day of coordinators. Our goal is to get really clear on the difference between a wedding planner and a day-of coordinator, and to determine whether or not you really need to hire a professional to help you with your wedding plans. When I got married, …
 
Today, please join me for a detailed review of some critical LAST MINUTE wedding details that you’ll want to stay on top of in the weeks & days leading up to your wedding day! Even if your wedding is still months away, this show is perfect for you to proactively make notes about some of the things you can anticipate in those final weeks before the …
 
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…
 
Today’s show is FULL of your questions on wedding day decorations and do it yourself wedding projects that you’re working on. I’m sharing your questions from Instagram, and if you’d like to get in on future Q&A’s, all you need to do is follow @weddingplanningpodast on IG and keep an eye on the “Stories” feature along the top line where I share ques…
 
Are you drowning in wedding "etiquette" and "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. I appreciate that you’re listening from all different backgrounds, regions, & cultures. What is the nor…
 
Fun proposal ideas, what everyone will wear, and easy & affordable gift ideas! ​Today we’re going to flow through a detailed conversation about your bridesmaids, focusing on f​un bridesmaid proposal ideas, what everyone will wear, and some easy & affordable gift ideas!​ For a full shopping list & blog post on the bridesmaid gift boxes I mentioned i…
 
You've got friends. And you’ve got wedding vendors. What happens when you mix the two? You’ve got a "friendor". Today we’re going to review SIX important guidelines for working with your friends and/or family members who are offering their various talents for the wedding. Your cousin bakes cakes. Your neighbor is a photographer. Your co-worker plan…
 
What’s the wedding reception cocktail hour without … cocktails? Today we’re walking through an ultimate guide to setting up your own bar for the wedding reception, rehearsal dinner, or any other event you host. The savings in supplying your own beer, wine & liquor are really quite stunning. IF your venue will allow you to bring in your own fave adu…
 
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. S…
 
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