Betches Brides

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Betches Brides is a podcast, hosted by Jordana Abraham and Nicole Pellegrino, that explores all facets of the complex interpersonal struggles rooted in the wedding planning process. From choosing your bridesmaids without insulting the friend you left out, to finding out last minute deal breakers that make you reconsider taking the plunge, we’ve got you covered from the moment you say 'yes' all the way to the honeymoon.

Episode Date
Dealing With The Unexpected Without Losing Your Mind Ft. Alise Morales
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This week, Nicole hosts recently married comedian and co-host extraordinaire of The Betches Sup Podcast, Alise Morales! She fills us in about all the details of her amazing Brooklyn wedding, all the way from dealing with a real-life wedding crasher to an ice cream truck allegedly catching on fire. They end the show with a round of Unpopular Opinions brought to you by High Noon Hard seltzer about small weddings, Nashville bachelorette parties, and thank you cards. Be sure to visit highnoonspirits.com to find out more about their delicious hard seltzer!
Sep 20, 2021
Nicole’s Wedding Recap!
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Nicole’s wedding is finally here! On this episode, Nicole walks us through her incredible wedding day from beginning to end. She starts with the last few days leading up to the wedding before diving into a full breakdown of the day. She shares the biggest takeaways from the day, including her favorite moment, things she would’ve done a little differently, and so many more incredible tips. Then they end the episode with another round of Unpopular Opinions brought to you by High Noon Hard Seltzer! Be sure to visit highnoonspirits.com to find out more about their delicious hard seltzer.
Sep 13, 2021
Everything You Need To Know About Wedding Hair Extensions Ft. Monica Thornton of RPZL
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On this episode, Nicole and Jordana host Monica Thornton, co-founder of RPZL to talk all things wedding hair and specifically hair extensions. They get into all the details of how to plan your timeline to make sure you get to your wedding day with no hair out of place and how hair extensions can be just what you need to make your hair shine on your wedding. To round off the episode, they play another round of Unpopular Opinions brought to you by High Noon, this time about wedding planning, cake smashes, and inviting your bridesmaids to the bachelorette party. Be sure to visit highnoonspirits.com to find out more about their delicious hard seltzer!
Sep 06, 2021
How to Get Through the Two Weeks Before Your Wedding
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After a few weeks apart, Jordana and Nicole are finally back for an episode together! Jordana starts off with a summary of her dreamy trip to Greece, and then Nicole gives us some updates on her wedding as it gets closer and closer. Then, it’s time for some listener emails. First up, a listener writes in about her sister not wanting to have a first dance at her wedding. Is it okay to pass up on a tradition like that? Then, another listener writes in about not getting a wedding gift from one of her really close college friends. Is it tacky to call someone out for not getting you a gift? After that, it’s time for another round of Unpopular Opinions brought to you by High Noon Hard Seltzer, this time about paying for bridesmaid’s dresses, wedding hashtags, and wedding programs. Be sure to visit highnoonspirits.com to find out more about their delicious hard seltzer!
Aug 30, 2021
Delta Variant Wedding Update Ft. Lauren Kay From The Knot
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Nicole is back for a bonus episode with Lauren Kay, executive editor and wedding expert from The Knot to answer all of our questions about how the recent rise of coronavirus cases and the delta variant is affecting weddings across the county. Should you postpone your date (again)? Is it ok to require guests to get vaccinated to attend the wedding? How do you communicate that to your guests without causing friction? Make sure to listen to hear Lauren’s take on it!
Aug 26, 2021
Avoiding Wedding Regret Ft. Sarah Merrill From Big Kid Problems
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In this episode, Nicole hosts Sarah Merrill From Big Kid Problems to talk all about the wedding process from beginning to end. Sarah starts off by sharing her own wedding journey as a Corona bride and how she dealt with a few obstacles along the way. They also talk about the so-called “Post Wedding Blues” and how to make sure you are prioritizing the right things before, during, and after your wedding. After that, she shares a few tips about her beauty routine in preparation for the wedding and how she juggled everything at the same time. They end the episode with another round of Unpopular Opinions brought to you by High Noon Hard Seltzer, this time about bridal party introductions, bachelorette party benders, and wedding cake. Be sure to visit highnoonspirits.com to find out more about their delicious hard seltzer!
Aug 23, 2021
Event Design Do's and Don'ts Ft. Melissa Andre
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This week, Jordana and Nicole kick things off with a few updates on their wedding planning as we keep getting closer and closer to their dates! After that, Nicole hosts renowned wedding & event planner Melissa Andre to talk all about designing your perfect wedding. Melissa starts off by giving us some background on her journey into event planning before getting into all tips and tricks for approaching the design of your wedding. She also gets into what the different stages of designing should be, and how to pace yourself so you’re doing everything at the right time. After that, Jordana comes back to play a round Unpopular Opinions brought to you by High Noon Hard Seltzer, this time tackling destination weddings, surprise bachelorette party, and polaroid guest books. Be sure to visit highnoonspirits.com to find out more about their delicious hard seltzer!
Aug 16, 2021
Budgeting For The Wedding 101 Ft. Jeffra Trumpower
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Jordana and Nicole are joined this week by Jeffra Trumpower, Senior Director, Creative Marketing at WeddingWire to answer all of your wedding budget questions. They start off with tips and tricks with how to even start making a wedding budget and what to keep in mind as you come across the hard decisions. They also breakdown how you should choose what to really splurge on for the wedding, and how to make sure you’re prioritizing the right things on your budget. After that, its time for Unpopular Opinions brought to you by High Noon Hard Seltzer, this time dealing with first dances, wearing sneakers under your wedding dress, and telling friends they’re not in your wedding party. Be sure to visit highnoonspirits.com to find out more about their delicious hard seltzer!
Aug 09, 2021
How To Deal With Disgruntled In-Laws
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Jordana and Nicole are back this week and they start off with a few updates on their own weddings before diving in to some listener emails! First up, they breakdown an email from a listener whose in-laws have been very cold to her and she's unsure what to do about it. After that, they discuss another email about a bride who is dealing with too many people wanting to give speeches at the reception, making her concerned about how long they might all take. Then, another listener writes in about her how sister is getting married and wants her to give a wedding speech, but she is completely at a loss for what to say since she does not approve of the groom. Can she just not mention the groom at all during the speech? At the end the episode, they play a round Unpopular Opinions brought to you by High Noon Hard Seltzer, this time tackling ugly chairs, digital save the dates, and rehearsal dinners. Be sure to visit highnoonspirits.com to find out more about their delicious hard seltzer!
Aug 02, 2021
Everything You Need To Know To Plan An Amazing Bachelorette Party
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This week, Nicole gives us a full recap of her amazing Tulum bachelorette party! She goes through the entire itinerary from beginning to end and points out the absolute highlights of the weekend. She also gives her thoughts on a few things she would’ve done a little differently given the chance, and how to make sure you’re planning for absolutely everything. Then it’s time for Unpopular Opinions brought to you by High Noon Hard Seltzer, this time tackling 4-day wedding weekends, wedding event outfits, and that one bridesmaid who forgets it’s not their wedding. Be sure to visit highnoonspirits.com to find out more about their delicious hard seltzer!
Jul 26, 2021
Common Wedding Fears And Doubts And How To Deal With Them Ft. Dr. Naomi Bernstein
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This week, Nicole and Jordana host licensed couples therapist Dr. Naomi Bernstein, who is also Jordana’s older sister! They have a fascinating conversation on the effects that getting married can have on a relationship, and how marriage can be one of a couple’s biggest early tests. They get into how weddings can expose various vulnerabilities, and why more couples should consider therapy even if they don’t think anything is wrong. They also break down a few commons doubts and fears that are bound to come up as you’re getting married, and how to approach communicating about them to make sure you are preparing yourself for the future. Then, it’s time for Unpopular Opinions brought to you by High Noon Hard Seltzer! This time they discuss topics like future sister-in-laws, wearing white to your wedding events, and giving your bridesmaids a list of duties. Be sure to visit highnoonspirits.com to find out more about their delicious hard seltzer!
Jul 19, 2021
Bach Party and Bridal Shower Hacks
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This week, Jordana and Nicole bring us some major updates from their recent events! First up, Nicole breaks down her bridal shower and gives a few invaluable tips to make your your event shine. She gets into music, party favors, centerpieces, DIY elements that made her whole event feel personal and unique. She also gets into the costs of the event and how to approach planning it when you’re on a budget. Then, Jordana shares her story about her incredible bachelorette party in Lake Tahoe. She gets into the schedule for the weekend and how it all unfolded, sharing tips on everything from party favors, games, decor, and even her fitness routine. Be sure to follow us @betchesbrides to check out pictures and content from both events!
Jul 12, 2021
First Steps In Planning A Wedding Ft. Kelianne Stankus
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To start off the episode, Jordana and Nicole talk about the final stages of planning for their exciting upcoming events: Nicole’s bridal shower, and Jordana’s bachelorette party. They get into how they’re approaching the week before their events and what is on their mind as the dates keep getting closer and closer. Then, Nicole hosts Kelianne Stankus to talk all about her recent engagement. Kelianne starts off sharing her engagement story and then gets into all how she’s doing with the wedding planning process. After that, they go through a round of Unpopular Opinions submitted by the audience, covering things like sit-down receptions, un-asking bridesmaids, and guests with dietary restrictions.
Jul 05, 2021
Wedding Photos Do’s And Dont’s Ft. Paulina Bichara
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Jordana and Nicole are back this week and they are joined by Paulina Bichara, the professional wedding photographer who’s capturing Jordana’s wedding! Paulina starts off sharing her journey from graphic designer to wedding photographer, and what helped her stand out as she started her career as a wedding photographer. Then, they get into all info you need to know as you plan your wedding pictures, including what shots you need, planning your schedule, and even how to deal with family dynamics as you plan your photos. Paulina also shares her insight on what steps to follow to infuse your wedding photos with your own sense of identity so that they are as special as your day itself. After that, Paulina offers her expertise on a listener email about the tricky business of scheduling your photos on the wedding day while wanting to have the first look walking down the aisle, and how you can have it all without taking time away from the rest of the day’s activities. 
Jun 28, 2021
Should I Hire A Wedding Planner?
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To kick things off this week, Jordana and Nicole start with some exciting wedding updates! Nicole is getting closer and closer to her wedding day and this week she updates us on the status of her flower arrangements, her upcoming hair and make up trials, and even goes in to her experience with micro-blading and how it all works. Jordana then fills us in about her upcoming site visit to Mexico and working with a local wedding planner, her ongoing beauty regiment, and everything on her mind her upcoming bachelorette party. Then, they get into the email for the week, where a listener writes in about whether she should hire a wedding planner. She wants to be able to enjoy her wedding day without worrying about all the mini details, but is worried that a wedding planner might alter the vision for the wedding and offend her family who’s paying for the event. After that, Jordana and Nicole play a rapid fire round of Unpopular Opinions, covering issues like guest books, rehearsal dinners, after parties, welcome signs, and even cake cutting. To end the show, they play a round of Runaway Bride, going through a few scenarios and deciding whether they would stay at the alter or run for the hills!
Jun 21, 2021
Wedding Registry Do’s And Dont’s
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This week, Jordana and Nicole are back and they kick things off with a few wedding planning updates! Nicole is just a few months out from her wedding and talks about what’s on her mind as she getting into crunch time, including the invitations, the wedding wardrobe, and final venue details. Then, Jordana and Nicole dive in to the week’s topic, giving their thoughts on wedding registries and a few ideas on how to approach it. They also list a few of their favorite registry items on their own lists and why they decided to include them. They even ponder the age old question of what are standing mixers even used for? Then, it’s time for the emails for the week. First, a bride writes in about the bizarre experience of a completely random person buying them one of the gifts from the wedding registry as random act of kindness. How do you even respond to that? Should your wedding registry be private? Then, another listener writes in about communicating to her makeup artist that she didn’t like her make-up trial. What’s the best way to tell them that she wants something completely different without being rude? After that, another bride writes in about noticing her fiancés receding hairline and wondering if she should offer solutions or just let nature take its course. What’s the best way of approaching telling your partner something about their appearance? They finish off the episode with another round of Unpopular Opinions, this time about the first look, open seating receptions, and reading speeches on your phone. 
Jun 14, 2021
Avoiding Money Drama During Bachelorette Parties
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Jordana and Nicole are back with another episode and they start off with few updates on their weddings as things begin to open back up after the pandemic. Nicole also talks about how it felt going to an in-person wedding again and a few things she noticed about the whole experience. Then, they get into some listener emails! First, a bride writes in about gift-giving for her family. Is there a rule of thumb for how much to spend on a gift for your parents? Do you need to get your groom’s parents gifts even if they aren’t really involved? After that, a Maid of Honor writes in about having to deal with multiple people bailing on the destination bachelorette party after she’s already paid for it. Is it acceptable to still expect them to pay for the weekend since they cancelled last minute? Then, another bride writes in who’s doing her best to avoid people pleasing in her wedding planning, but is having a hard time letting down a friend who named her as the maid of honor for her own wedding. What’s the best way of breaking the news that she will not be her Maid of Honor? Finally, Jordana and Nicole welcome Betches pop culture expert Dylan Hafer for a few rounds of celebrity wedding trivia! Be sure to check out Pop Alarm to get your daily 5-minute pop culture fix wherever you get your podcasts.
Jun 07, 2021
How to Create More Inclusion In The Wedding Industry Ft. Jonathan Bennett And Jaymes Vaughan
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This week, Jordana and Nicole host Jonathan Bennett and Jaymes Vaughan to talk all about their engagement! They start off with the charming story of how they met, and how quickly they realized that they were perfect for each other. Then, they get into their wedding planning process so far, and how they’ve adapted to multiple challenges thrown their way. They cover everything about how they’ve managed to turn those roadblocks into new initiatives to challenge the wedding industry as a whole in order to make sure that everyone in the LGBTQ+ community feels welcome and comfortable as they plan their weddings. They also talk about making history as the Knot’s first LGBTQ+ cover couple ever and what it meant to them to be featured there. To end the show, they go through a fun round of Unpopular Opinions, discussing save the dates, walking down the aisle, and who should get a plus one at your wedding.
Jun 01, 2021
Are Bridal Showers More Stress Than They’re Worth?
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In today’s episode, Jordana and Nicole are back to talk about bridal showers, destination weddings, and registries. They start off with updates on Nicole’s wedding planning and some of the hurdles she’s encountered planning her bridal shower. Next, they dive into the first listener email, which is about proper gift etiquette for destination weddings and bridal showers. Should you purchase gifts for both the destination wedding and the bridal shower? Then, the second listener email is about a bride who’s anxious about the pressure to be emotional during her wedding ceremony. Finally, they play Runaway Bride and Unpopular Opinions about bridesmaid duties, who should pay for for the rehearsal dinner, and the importance of getting ready photos.
May 24, 2021
Disagreeing With Your Partner While Wedding Planning
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In this week’s episode, Jordana and Nicole start off with a few updates on their wedding planning, including site visits, ceremony music, and whether to opt for digital or paper wedding invitations. Then, they dive into this week’s topic all about navigating disagreements with your partner during the wedding planning process. The first listener email is about a bride who cannot agree with her fiancé on whether to include their dog in their wedding. Next, the second email is from a bride struggling to decide on an officiant that both herself and the groom are happy with. Then, the third email is all about minimonies and second wedding etiquette — should you purchase a second wedding gift? They end the episode with another round of Unpopular Opinions, discussing the joy of wedding planning, backyard weddings, and photo booths.
May 17, 2021
How To Rent Jewelry For Your Wedding Ft. Lauren Grunstein
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This week, Jordana and Nicole host Lauren Grunstein from Verstolo Diamonds to talk about renting jewelry for your wedding! They start off with a breakdown on the process from start to finish and then dive into some other details like price, traveling with your jewelry, and picking a style that is right for you. Then, they go into a few things to consider when choosing you wedding bands, like materials, stacking with your engagement ring, and matching with your groom. They end the show with another round of Unpopular Opinions, this time about leaving a wedding early, brides planning their own bachelorette parties, and wedding hashtags. Follow @verstolo to find out more about the process and see all they have to offer!
May 10, 2021
Wedding Day Advice From A Wedding Coach Ft. Jamie Lee
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This week, Jordana and Nicole are joined by Jamie Lee, comedian, author, and host of The Wedding Coach on Netflix. They talk about how Jamie broke into the wedding industry, and then dive into some of the most common wedding day dilemmas couples experience. Next they talk about dealing with difficult family members, what wedding guests actually care about, and the best and worst weddings expenses. Then, they go through a round of Unpopular Opinions, discussing things like wedding registries, expectations vs reality, and bar services. To end the episode, they wrap up with a listener email about dealing with kids at a wedding and hiring a wedding babysitter.
May 03, 2021
Prioritizing Your Own Happiness At Your Wedding
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Jordana and Nicole are back this week to talk all about the tricky subject of making sure others are happy with your wedding while staying true to your own priorities. They kick it off with a listener email about a bride whose controlling mother who has been giving pushback on almost every decision she has made so far. She's struggling to keep her involved while planning the wedding she wants. Then, they breakdown another email from a bride about how to avoid the competitive nature surrounding weddings, especially when several of her friends are also getting married around the same time period. Next, they go into a third email about a bride who is forgoing a big wedding in favor of a small ceremony, but is struggling to explain the change to her friends and family without feeling guilty for not having a big event. They end the episode with another round of Unpopular Opinions, discussing rehearsal dinners, after wedding snacks, and floral centerpieces.
Apr 26, 2021
Do I Have Unrealistic Expectations For My Bridesmaids? Ft. Jen Glantz
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This week, Nicole hosts returning guest Jen Glantz founder of Bridesmaid for Hire to talk all about her recent wedding journey! They start off with a rundown of her business and everything she’s learned across the years from attending countless weddings and dealing with all the inevitable interpersonal situations that arise. Then, they go into her own recent wedding process, how she navigated getting married in the pandemic, and a few pointers on how to make sure you are actually prioritizing what’s important for you when planning a wedding. To end the show, they go through a few bridesmaid related questions from the listeners, going over everything from unasking someone to be your bridesmaid to who should pay for the hair and makeup to gift ideas for your bridesmaids.
Apr 19, 2021
Including Your Loved Ones In Your Wedding
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Jordana and Nicole are back this week to discuss an important topic: how to include your love ones in your wedding when you aren't having a bridal party. First off, a listener writes in about how to include her finances sibling in the wedding when they have decided against wedding parties. Jordana and Nicole go through a list of options of how to accomplish this during the ceremony as well as different options thought the day. Then, another listener writes in about a tricky dilemma, having two friends who are getting married in the same weekend and how to best support them both on their big days. Lastly, Jordana and Nicole tackle a 3rd email about a bride-to-be whose father passed away and is at a loss about how to handle the mother-son dance between her fiancé and his mother. To end the episode, they go through another another round of Unpopular Opinions, this week about engagement photos, big weddings, and first looks. 
Apr 12, 2021
What To Spend On A Wedding Gift
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This week, Jordana and Nicole start off with a few updates on their own weddings and a very exciting vaccine eligibility update in NY! Then, they dive into the main topic for the week: wedding gifts and guest etiquette. They start off with a listener who writes in about how to navigate the world of wedding gift giving, especially when you’re not super close with the couple getting married. Then, they discuss another listener email about a tricky situation involving whether to invite the best man’s girlfriend who she doesn’t particularly like and is known to cause drama. After that they cover an email from a listener who writes in about maid of honor responsibilities, room block questions, and bridal shower family drama. They round it off with another round of Unpopular Opinions, this week about bridezillas, beer and wine open bars, and courtesy invites.
Apr 05, 2021
Getting Started On Your Wedding Journey Ft. Bryan Russell Smith
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On this episode, Jordana and Nicole are joined by Betches' very own Bryan Russell Smith to talk all about his recent engagement and to fill us in on how his wedding planning is going. They go over all the details of his engagement, and then dive into his upcoming destination wedding, which will be held overseas. The also go over how Bryan is handling entering the world of planning, how he and his fiancé are deciding what type of wedding they want, and which traditions they'll highlight on their big day. Then they all go through another round of listener submitted Unpopular Opinions, discussing things like wedding parties, Sunday weddings, and reception traditions.
Mar 29, 2021
Avoiding Bridal Party Drama
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This week, Jordana and Nicole start off with some exciting updates on their weddings and discuss how good getting things done can feel. Then, they go our main topic for the week, which is Bridal Parties. Our first email is from a listener trying to figure out what would be the best way to decline being part of a bridal party of someone she doesn’t particularly get along with. After that, they discuss an email about how to make sure everyone in your bridal party feels welcome and included when they might not all know each other that well. The third email is from a middle child bride who is wondering how to diffuse sibling drama within her bridal party while asking for the support she needs. They round it all off with a round of Unpopular Opinions!
Mar 22, 2021
Wedding Beauty Do’s and Dont’s Ft. Leah Wyar
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This week, Jordana and Nicole host beauty expert Leah Wyar for a conversation on all things related to wedding beauty! They go over all the recent trends that brides have been following in the past year, including hairstyles, makeup choices, and wardrobe. They also go into a few tips if you decide to do your own make up or hair, and how to make the most of your planning time and a few brands to look into. They end the episode with a listener email about how to bring up marriage to her boyfriend in our Happily Ever After segment for the week, this week brought to you by Bride Brite.
Mar 15, 2021
How To Plan Your Pre-Wedding Skincare Ft. Dr. Jaimie Glick
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On this episode, Jordana and Nicole are joined by board certified Dermatologist Dr. Jaimie Glick to answer all your bridal skincare related questions. They cover what your skincare routine should look like leading up to the wedding day, including how far in advance to visit your dermatologist to begin your treatment. They also talk about how to stay on top of your skincare regimen, giving tips on what to look out for and what to avoid in picking skincare products in order to make sure your skin stays healthy and glowing. They also breakdown several options for procedures and what their benefits are, including facial peels, botox, filler, and a few others. Be sure to follow @drjaimieglick on Instagram for skincare tips or to make an appointment!
Mar 08, 2021
The Stories Behind Our Wedding Customs
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This week, Jordana and Nicole are joined by Jessica Bishop and Sari Weinerman from The Budget Savvy Bride to do a deep dive into wedding traditions and where they come from. They cover everything from the period leading up to the wedding, traditions from the ceremony, and various reception customs. In their discussion, they go into the sometimes dark reasons for these conventions and how they have evolved through the years, and whether it’s worth upholding them for the sake of tradition. Be sure to follow Sari and Jessica’s podcast The Bouquet Toss to learn more about this fascinating topic!
Mar 01, 2021
What To Consider When Postponing A Wedding
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Jordana and Nicole start off this week with a few updates on their wedding planning and how they are staying motivated among the all the uncertainty. Then, they dive into this week’s topic by answering a listener email about whether to postpone their wedding yet again amidst changing COVID guidelines. They discuss the factors to consider in postponing your wedding, and what to prioritize when making this decision. After that, they discuss another listener email from a maid of honor about handling a bride who is insisting on having a destination bachelorette party on top of a destination wedding. They then go into the Happily Ever After email of the week, where a listener writes in to ask how to deal with a fiancé that seems like he is a little too close to his parents. They end the episode with another round of Unpopular Opinions, where they give their thoughts on a few hot button wedding topics.
Feb 22, 2021
Choosing Who To Walk You Down The Aisle
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Jordana and Nicole are back this week with a question many brides have asked: who should walk you down the aisle? They discuss why it is tradition for the father of the bride to fulfill that role and whether or not it makes sense to uphold that custom in modern weddings. The also talk about other things to consider while choosing somebody else for that moment and how to go about breaking the news to the people involved if you decide that’s the way to go. Then, a listener writes in about how involving her mother in the planning of the wedding has created an added layer of tension and stress, and Jordana and Nicole offer a few tips for how to go about making the process easier for everyone involved. After that, it's time for the Happily Ever After email of the week, which is all about how to handle toxic positivity in a relationship when dealing with stressful situations around wedding planning . They finish off the show by going through a few more listener submitted Unpopular Opinions!
Feb 15, 2021
Disinviting From People From Your Wedding
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On this episode, Jordana and Nicole dive into the tricky topic of disinviting people from your wedding. They start off with a few updates and Nicole shares how she dealt with having to inform some of her guests that she would not be able to host them after her initial list ended up being a bit too big for Covid times. They also discuss an email about how to deal with people who assume they're invited to your wedding but aren't actually going to be invited. Should you tell people they're not going to be invited or let them find out on their own? Then, a listener writes in with a question about wedding favors and wedding baskets for our Perfect Fit segment brought you by Generation Tux. Are wedding favors absolutely necessary? Is it ok to not provide wedding baskets? This week's Happily Ever After segment is all about how to handle finding out that your fiancé has been keeping a major secret from you and whether or not to go through with the wedding. They round off the episode with a game of Unpopular Opinions provided by our listeners.
Feb 08, 2021
How To Give A Great Wedding Speech Ft. Josh Storie
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This week, Jordana and Nicole welcome Josh Storie, author of ‘Wedding Toasts Don’t Have to Suck,” to talk about all things wedding speeches. They go over the hallmarks of a good speech, what to definitely avoid, and how to prepare in order to make the speech as memorable as possible. They also dive into some listener submitted questions, including one about how to strike the perfect balance between being funny without being mean, and Josh shares an unfortunate wedding speech story that is etched into his mind forever. Then, Jordana and Nicole go into a listener email for the Perfect Fit segment brought you by Generation Tux about what to do when your in-laws give you a high number of must-invite people. Is it fair to put your foot down when they’re contributing financially to the wedding? How can you go about cutting that list down without seeming rude?
Feb 01, 2021
Dealing With Uncooperative In-laws
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Jordana and Nicole start off this week with a few updates on their own weddings, including how they are now adapting to some new coronavirus related news and the progress of vaccinations. Then, they dive into a listener email about wedding expenses and how to manage the tricky business of establishing how much each family is contributing to the overall budget. How do you deal with someone who is refusing to pitch in for the wedding? Then another listener writes in with a couple of questions about bridal parties for our Perfect Fit segment brought you by Generation Tux. How can you avoid hurting someone in the family by not wanting them to be part of the wedding party? Are there other ways of involving people in the wedding so they don’t feel left out? They close out the episode with an email in our Happily Ever After segment, where a listener writes in about having developed some feelings of resentment when her wedding date was pushed back due to COVID after a lengthy relationship with her fiancé. How can they work out their problems in a healthy and productive way?
Jan 25, 2021
Can I Require My Wedding Guests To Get The COVID Vaccine?
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This week, Jordana and Nicole start off with some updates on their wedding planning and a few thoughts on shopping for dresses during COVID. Then, they discuss a listener email about how to handle the tricky topic of encouraging COVID vaccinations for wedding guests. Can you require people to get vaccinated before attending your wedding? Then another listener writes in for our Perfect Fit segment brought you by Generation Tux about how to handle some family drama caused by her brother, who recently got engaged and set a wedding date incredibly close to her own wedding. Then, it's time for a new segment! For Happily Ever After, Jordana and Nicole will discuss a listener email about marriage problems and offer their honest relationship advice. This week, the email focuses on a husband’s seemingly dependent relationship with his mother and how to avoid feelings of resentment in their marriage. Finally, they close out with a game of Runaway Bride, including what you should never say to a bride about her wedding dress.
Jan 18, 2021
Celebrating Your Engagement (What Are The Rules?)
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Jordana and Nicole start the week off with an update on their wedding plans, then dive into some listener emails. A listener writes in to ask if it’s fair to expect a bigger response from her friends and family after getting engaged. Why did her friends throw an engagement party for someone else before throwing one for her? Then another listener writes in to ask how people go about finding an officiant for a non-religious ceremony. Is it normal to ask a family member, or should you search for someone more experienced? Next, another bride asks if she’s obligated to include the wife of the best man in her bridal party even though they’ve only met once. Are there rules for including family in the wedding party? Finally, they close the show with a game of Runaway Bride, featuring a debate about Ross saying “I take thee Rachel’' at the altar.
Jan 11, 2021
How Do I Honor A Deceased Loved One At My Wedding
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Jordana and Nicole are back to help some desperate brides get through their end of year wedding planning. They begin by helping a bride do damage control after her sister gets mad because she wasn’t included in the planning pf her engagement. Next they advise a listener on the best way to honor her mother, who recently passed, at her wedding. Later a bridesmaid writes in wondering if it’s okay to skip some wedding events due to not feeling comfortable with the Covid protocols in place. Finally they discuss their 2021 bridal New Year’s resolutions.
Jan 04, 2021
Choosing Your Maid Of Honor
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Jordana and Nicole are back to help some desperate brides get through their holiday wedding planning. They begin by establishing a some rules and guiding a bride on what makes someone qualified to be selected as a MOH. Next they help a bride who is trying to figure out how to make both her husband and her dad happy with separate silly wedding day dances. Later a bride who has had to reschedule her wedding 7 times writes in wondering the best way to tell her family that she doesn’t want children at her wedding. Finally they debate which days on the calendar they absolutely would never get married on. 
Dec 28, 2020
Buying Gifts For Your In-laws
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Jordana and Nicole return to reach into the wedding mail bag once again. They begin by giving their advice on how a listener can tell her very assuming future MIL that she is not invited to her bachelorette party. Next they help a bride keep up the excitement during the planning process with her fiancé who seems a bit grumpy about being the center of attention on the big day. Later, a bride writes in wondering how to limit her holiday gift giving to essential members of her husband’s family after receiving a long list of recipients from her MIL. Finally, they close out the show with a round of Runaway Bride.  Ritual: Better health doesn’t happen overnight, and right now Ritual is offering our listeners 10% off during your first three months! Visit ritual.com/BRIDES to start your ritual today. ThirdLove: ThirdLove knows there’s a perfect bra for everyone, so right now they are offering listeners 10% off your first order!Go to ThirdLove.com/BRIDES now to find your perfect-fitting bra… and get 10% off your first purchase!  Quatreau: For more information about the revolutionary Quatreau tap system, go to quatreauusa.com. If you order a Quatreau system and mention promo code BETCHES, for a limited time, Global Water Solutions will throw in a 75 gallon per day reverse osmosis system. This is free to the first 5 customers who purchase a quartreau system with code BETCHES so you get completely purified water with your new Quatreau tap! Zola: Go to ZOLA.com/bride today and use promo code SAVE50 to get fifty-percent off your save the dates. You can also get a FREE personalized paper sample before you purchase.
Dec 21, 2020
Planning An Elopement Wedding Ft. Meg Morton
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This week, Nicole is joined by elopement specialist and wedding photographer, Meg Morton of Megs Marvels Photography. They discuss the essential aspects of planning an elopement, the types of vendors that specialize in elopements, and whether or not her clients ever regret having a small intimate weddings over having a larger one.
Dec 14, 2020
Picking Your Bridesmaid "Looks"
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This week Jordana and Nicole return to the mailbag to answer some listener questions and help some brides in desperate need of assistance. They begin by discussing Jordana’s progress with booking her venue in Mexico and what precautions she is putting in place to make her guests feel comfortable making travel plans. Next a listener writes in wondering what to do after her MOH insists on adding modifications to her bridesmaid dress. Later a bride writes in wondering how she can leave a childhood friend out of a discrete bachelorette party without hurting her feelings. Finally, a listener asks how to deal with her obnoxious future brother in law.
Dec 07, 2020
Should We Stop Pretending Proposals Are a Surprise? Ft. Taylor Strecker
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This week Jordana and Nicole are joined by recently engaged friend of the show and former host of Betches Brides, Taylor Strecker. They start by discussing how Taylor met her fiance’ (who is also named Taylor) and figured out she was attracted to women after divorcing her husband. Next Taylor breaks down the challenges of shopping for an engagement ring in a same sex relationship. Finally Taylor explains how she pulled off a surprise engagement despite making several mistakes along the way. Bruush: Get 15% off your Brüush when you use promo code BRIDES at Bruush.com Ritual: Better health doesn’t happen overnight, and right now Ritual is offering our listeners 10% off during your first three months! Visit ritual.com/BRIDES to start your ritual today. LoveStream: Get high-definition, one way live streaming for your wedding. Use code Betches10 at www.lovestream.io for a 10% discount
Nov 30, 2020
How Do I Deal With Dress Regret?
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This week Jordana and Nicole return to the mailbag to answer some listener questions and help some brides in desperate need of assistance. They begin by giving a listener advice on how to deal with dress regret after feeling like her dress is no longer the one of her dreams. Next, they weigh in on whether or not it’s tacky to invite people who aren’t invited to the wedding to the bridal shower. Later, they help a a bride who wants a small wedding decide whether she should make it larger because she and her fiancé need the gifts to start their life. Finally they close out the show with a round of Runaway Bride. Orgain: Get the best clean products to help keep you healthy and maximize your performance. You can save 20% off your first order when you go to TryOrgain.com/BRIDES Ship: Update Ship today and let your friends take control of your dating life – because let’s be honest, we all could use a little help in that department. Download Ship in the app store to start getting matched today.
Nov 23, 2020
Asking Your Parents For Wedding Money
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Jordana and Nicole return to the mailbag to answer listener questions and help some more brides in need. They begin by advising a bride who’s unsure what to do when her bachelorette party is in jeopardy since not all of her friends can afford the trip. Next they give their advice on how to ask a father of the bride if (and how much) he is contributing to the wedding fund. Finally a listener writes in looking for advice on how to avoid drama after finding out that her fiancé’s younger sister slept with the best friend of the groom. Bruush: Get 15% off your Brüush when you use promo code BRIDES at Bruush.com Rory: Rory makes it simple to connect with a healthcare professional online, and see if personalized prescription skincare treatment is right for you. Go to hellorory.com/Brides to try the nightly defense for just $5. It’s free to chat with the doctor, and your first order is just $5! Zola: Go to ZOLA.com/bride today and use promo code SAVE50 to get fifty-percent off your save the dates. You can also get a FREE personalized paper sample before you purchase. Quatreau: For more information about the revolutionary Quatreau tap system, go to quatreauusa.com. If you order a Quatreau system and mention promo code BETCHES, for a limited time, Global Water Solutions will throw in a 75 gallon per day reverse osmosis system. This is free to the first 5 customers who purchase a quartreau system with code BETCHES so you get completely purified water with your new Quatreau tap!
Nov 16, 2020
Do I Need To Take My Husband’s Last Name?
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This week Jordana and Nicole return to the mailbag to answer some listener questions and help some brides in desperate need of assistance. They begin by revisiting Nicole’s feelings on what would have been her original wedding date and how she’s dealing with the emotions. Next a listener writes in wondering how to throw a bridal shower and whether she is actually expected to do so as a first time MOH. Later a bride asks what is the best way to have a conversation with her mother about her desire to have a more intimate rehearsal dinner. Finally a listener writes in looking for advice on whether or not she should change her last name to her husband’s, keep her maiden name, or do something creative.
Nov 09, 2020
Everything You Need To Know About Pre-Cana
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This week Jordana and Nicole are joined by Raphy and Sara Feolino of Journey To Marriage. Raphy and Sara are a married couple who guide engaged couples through Catholic Pre-Cana sessions. They discuss the processes involved in Pre-Cana, what couples can learn to keep their relationship strong and why you and your partner shouldn’t be watching porn.
Nov 02, 2020
How To Make Sure You Love Your Engagement Ring
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This week Jordana and Nicole reach into the mailbag to answer listener questions from some brides that need serious help. They begin by helping a listener figure out what to do after finding the engagement ring that her fiancé plans to propose with and absolutely hating it. Next a listener writes in wondering if it’s normal to not receive a gift from the parents of the groom after they paid for the rehearsal dinner. Finally a listener writes in wondering how long she should allow her BF to put off their engagement as her married with kids by 30 deadline is approaching. 
Oct 26, 2020
Why Everyone Should Have A Prenup
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This week Jordana and Nicole are joined by Family-Law Lawyer and Pre-Nup specialist, Lee Grace Valigorsky. They answer all your pre-nup questions including what the agreement actually is, how to have a conversation with your partner about signing one, why it’s a good idea to get one even if you don’t have a lot of wealth, and more. 
Oct 19, 2020
So You're About To Get Engaged
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This week Jordana and Nicole return to the mailbag to answer some listener wedding questions. They begin by giving advice to a listener who’s trying to stay sane when she knows she could get engaged any day. Next, they help a listener who feels like her brother is being forced into her fiancé’s wedding party. Later, a listener writes in wondering what to do about her mom’s attempt to exclude her FMIL from hair and makeup by using covid as an excuse. Finally they close out the show with a round of Runaway Bride.
Oct 12, 2020
Divorced Parents And Wedding Drama
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This week Jordana and Nicole return to the mailbag to answer some listener wedding questions. They begin by helping a bride figure out how to talk to her divorced parents about keeping things civil during the wedding planning process and the ceremony. Next they give some advice to a bride who’s struggling with the reality that the vision for her wedding just isn’t coming together as expected. Later a listener writes in wondering how to be conscious of the feelings of her maid of honor who is recently separated from her husband. Finally they address the rules around having multiple maids of honor and what to do if you have regret your choice of MOH. 
Oct 05, 2020
How Do I Get My Fiance’s Mother To STFU?
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This week Jordana and Nicole return to the mailbag to answer some listener questions. They begin by giving their opinions on whether or not a bride should feel obligated to invite her fiance’s estranged family to the wedding. Next they advise a bride on how to stop the mother and sister of the groom from throwing chairs in the way of wedding planning and making the process more difficult. Later they help a couple decide how they’re going to announce to their future wedding guests that they’re already married even though the party is a year away. Finally, they help a listener decide which wedding to attend after being double booked by two friends getting married on the same day.
Sep 28, 2020
Unsolicited Opinions About Your Wedding
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This week Jordana is joined once again by Betches Bride, Nicole Pellegrino, to answer your most complicated wedding questions. They begin by helping a bride figure out what to do about a bridesmaid that won’t stop complaining and is causing a mutiny in the bridal party. Next they give a bride advice on what to do about her future brother in law vocalizing his very unhelpful opinions about her wedding planning process. Later they discuss whether or not a bride should invite a family friend of her fiance’ (that he slept with) to their wedding. Finally they help a bride who is looking to solve some major communication problems with her Bridesmaids who just can’t seem to get it together.
Sep 21, 2020
"You're Not In My Bridal Party"
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This week Jordana reaches into the mail bag with fellow Betches Bride, Nicole Pellegrino, to answer some listener wedding questions. They begin by helping a bride break the news to her 30 something friends that no kids will be invited to her wedding. Next they guide a listener through telling her friends that she’s shrinking her bridal party, and they did not make the cut. Later they give advice on how to how to express your frustration with friends who seem like they don’t care all that much about their wedding. Finally, they lend their opinions on which friends pay for which events as part of their bridal party duties.
Sep 14, 2020
Engagement Ring Shopping
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This week Jordana is joined by jeweler and ring expert, Jen Doppelt, to fill you in on everything you need to know when it comes to engagement rings. They discuss the proper way to take care of and clean your diamond, how Covid is effecting ring purchases and proposals, and whether or not your fiance should really be spending 3 months salary on your engagement ring.
Sep 07, 2020
How Do I Avoid Spending All This Money?
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This week Sami is joined by recently engaged Betches Bride, Betches Co-founder, and new host of the podcast, Jordana Abraham! They recap some of Sami’s honeymoon, debate whether or not it's more responsible to plan your aesthetic before you plan your budget, and give their thoughts on why fall 2021 feels like a safe bet to have a more traditional wedding.
Aug 31, 2020
Just Married (Sami's Micro Wedding Explained)
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This week Sami is joined by her husband (omg!), Avi to recap the highly anticipated covid micro wedding mere hours after the ceremony. They discuss the best way to transform a backyard for a microwedding, why they chose a breakup song as their first dance, and why having less guests allows you to savor the moment more on one of the happiest days of your life. They also answer listener questions that serve as a roadmap for any couple planning or replanning a wedding during the pandemic.
Aug 24, 2020
Jewish Wedding Customs
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This week Sami is joined by Jewish Educator Nalini Ibragimov, who is helping Sami prepare for her Orthodox Jewish wedding ceremony. They discuss the Jewish beliefs around soulmates and marriage. They also dive into the meanings behind many aspects of a Jewish wedding ceremony including many customs you may recognize: the chuppah, the horah, the significance of a wedding ring and why it’s more than just a piece of jewelry.
Aug 17, 2020
Planning A Pandemic Wedding Ft. Josh Spiegel
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This week Sami is joined by former guest and Creative Director at Birch Event Design, Josh Spiegel. They talk about the most practical ways to turn your original wedding plans into something that’s pandemic safe, including creative wedding activities that won’t violate social distancing. They also discuss how committing to a Covid wedding is actually going to save you a ton of money and why guests may like these better than a pre-Covid celebration.
Aug 10, 2020
What Being A Corona Bride Taught Me
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This week Taylor is joined by Betches Co-Founder and OG Corona Bride, Sami Fishbein. They begin by announcing that Sami will be hosting the podcast to take ‘Brides’ listeners on her journey in planning her microwedding through the weirdness that is 2020. They also discuss the status of Taylor’s engagement to her girlfriend, how you should approach planning a wedding that doesn’t break social distancing rules, and what the wedding industry may look like post Covid.
Aug 03, 2020
The One Where Sami Gets Married In A Pandemic
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Sami and Aleen are back to talk about Sami’s upcoming wedding ceremony and how to plan a wedding in a pandemic. They start with a recap of her original wedding plans, how they got disrupted by coronavirus, and why it’s so difficult to plan a normal-sized event right now or possibly even in the next couple of years. They talk about how she settled on a backyard wedding, and explain the precautions in place for ensuring guest safety. Next, they discuss the pressure to lose weight for your wedding and how you carry yourself differently when you’re confident in your body. Then Aleen gives Sami her best wedding advice, which leads to a conversation about living in the moment and being mindful of your experiences. Finally, they close the show with their NSWs of the week, including a great listener win and a conversation about just finishing the damn pasta.
Jul 20, 2020
A Message From Betches Brides
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Betches Brides will not be releasing an episode this week.
Jun 08, 2020
Changing Your Original Wedding Vision Ft. Big Kid Problems
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This week Taylor is joined by influencer, blogger and podcaster, Sarah Merrill of Big Kid Problems. Sarah has joined the long list of brides who’s 2020 wedding has become a casualty of the coronavirus pandemic. Sarah talks about her philosophy in scaling down her original wedding vision and adopting a “f*ck it” philosophy, how she’s planning alternative entertainment to keep sweaty crowds off the dance floor, and how boutiques are cryogenically freezing wedding dresses to keep them crisp for brides in limbo.
Jun 01, 2020
Writing Your Vows
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This week Taylor is joined by the wedding vendor you never knew you needed, Vow Whisperer, Tanya Pushkine. Tanya is a professional vow writing coach who works with couples to teach them how to write the most intimidating and personal part of the wedding day. They talk about the differences between a vow writing coach and a vow writer, why the writing process is the best therapy leading up to your ceremony, and why giving a boring powerpoint presentation at work does not prepare you for giving a wedding speech.
May 25, 2020
Booking An Enormous Wedding Venue Ft. Danielle Maiale
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This week Taylor is joined by Philadelphia based Fashion Blogger and Influencer, Danielle Maiale, who immediately decided to postpone her fall wedding for an entire year at the first sign of social distancing. They talk about how to throw a badass party to ask your friends to be in your bridal party, the challenges of orchestrating a ceremony in one of the biggest churches in a major American city, and how to keep calm and stay organized when pushing off your wedding for an entire year.
May 18, 2020
Destination Weddings (In A Pandemic)
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This week Taylor is joined by NYU Special Event Planning Professor and Destination Wedding planner, Lauren Grech. Lauren is your new go-to authority on planning (or replanning) your destination wedding during a time of wild uncertainty. They discuss which countries will be most friendly for post-pandemic planning, how far out you should book a flight if you are attending an overseas wedding, and how the travel and wedding industries are working together to accommodate brides. Lauren also explains what steps to take to make sure your insurance protects you in the event of a corona postponement and whether or not it’s rude to ask your guests to wear face masks to your wedding.
May 11, 2020
Zoom Weddings
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This week Taylor is joined by Canadian wedding guru and host of Netflix’s “I Do, Redo”, Jessica Mulroney. They discuss how to make your Zoom wedding as stylish as possible, including tips to make yourself look glam ready without a glam squad, and how to incorporate pandemic safety precautions without ruining your aesthetic.
May 04, 2020
Dealing With Wedding Date Uncertainty
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This week Taylor is joined by familiar Betches Bride, Nicole Pellegrino. Nicole, like many brides-to-be are just trying to figure out how to navigate their upcoming fall weddings without pissing off summer brides. They discuss whether or not you should risk keeping your fall wedding on the calendar, why you should have no shame in having a bachelorette weekend after your wedding, and how to not kill your FH while riding out the quarantine together.
Apr 27, 2020
Replanning Your Wedding
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This week Taylor is joined by Betches Co-Founder and #CoronaBride, Sami Fishbein. Sami gives a much requested update on her rescheduling efforts for her wedding, including her decision to move the wedding from Florida to New York, working out details with vendors on solidifying a new date and just how much of her original plan she’s keeping for the second time around.
Apr 20, 2020
Virtual Bachelorette Parties
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This week Taylor is joined by Kate Baldasare, a bride who’s bridesmaids threw her a surprise virtual bachelorette party after her Vegas bach weekend was canceled due to coronavirus. They discuss the best ways to get refunds for cancelled bachelorette weekends, whether future bridal showers should really just be Zoom calls, and how to make a virtual bachelorette party as fun as a weekend trip with your girls.
Apr 13, 2020
Does A Plus Sized Dress Cost More?
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This week Taylor is joined by Alexa Peretz, a bride who was up-charged $500 for a “plus sized” wedding dress. They talk about how designers bill in shady charges for plus sized brides, how to stand up for yourself when a boutique tries to take advantage of you, and who the more inclusive wedding dress designers in the industry are. Alexa also explains why brides planning to get married overseas should consider waiting out the quarantine before moving their wedding plans stateside.
Apr 06, 2020
Working With Vendors To Reschedule
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This week Taylor is joined by wedding coordinator, Sara Reynolds. They discuss best practices for working with vendors on delaying their services do to Coronavirus, what the most common date trends for rescheduling weddings are, and how far out you need to worry about postponing your wedding if you already have it on the books for this summer. Sara also gives her thoughts on whether or not you should attend or plan a destination wedding anytime in the near future.
Mar 30, 2020
Planning A Proposal
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This week Taylor is joined by Celebrity Trainer & Creative Director at Flywheel Sports, Kara Liotta. They talk about Kara's upcoming wedding to a fellow Flywheel instructor and who’s responsibility it is to propose in a same sex relationship. They then discuss having a 'take no prisoners' mindset when trimming down the guest list and shopping for dresses with your partner who’s also shopping for a dress herself.
Mar 23, 2020
What If Coronavirus Postpones My Wedding?
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This week Taylor is on tour so Betches co-founders, Sami Fishbein and Aleen Kuperman are back together to talk about coronavirus anxiety and how the pandemic is affecting our daily lives. Sami tells us about having to postpone her April wedding and how she's searching for a new venue closer to home. They answer some listener questions about coronavirus anxiety, including whether or not it’s safe to go to the gym, take public transportation, or even go outside. Next, a listener writes in to ask about the prospect of getting married in Italy and how to handle the disappointment and fallout if everything gets cancelled. Finally, they talk about the prospect of developing bad fitness habits during a self-quarantine and share the Non Scale Wins of the week.
Mar 16, 2020
Jack And Jill Bachelorette Parties
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This week Taylor is on tour, so Producer Ashley Fern is joined by bride-to-be Sarah Merrill of Big Kid Problems. They discuss the best way to stop second guessing your wedding dress selection, creative ways to propose to your bridesmaids, and whether or not Jack and Jill bachelorette parties are a good idea.
Mar 09, 2020
Calling Off The Wedding
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This week Taylor is joined by friends and founders of DIY Breakup, Jessica Heilweil and Devin Allen. They each discuss their personal journeys on what lead them to creating DIY Breakup. They talk all about how to rebuild your life after calling off your wedding, how to sell your venue date to another bride, and whether or not you need to give your fiance’ the ring back. They also discuss the easiest wedding vendors to get your money back from after calling the whole thing off.
Mar 02, 2020
Looking And Feeling Your Best For Your Wedding
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This week Taylor is joined by CEO of New York Nutrition Group, Lisa Moskovitz, RD. They discuss why to avoid crash wedding diets, how to work out effectively at home without splurging on a personal trainer, and how to keep a healthy mental state if you’re trying to shed a few pounds before the big day. Lisa also gives tips on the best ways to keep your immune system strong so you don’t get sick before walking down the aisle.
Feb 24, 2020
Planning A Wedding Under 30K
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This week Taylor is joined by the self proclaimed budget wedding guru, Karina Shaoul, who planned her New York wedding for less than 30K. They discuss how to negotiate with venues to get the best price, why you shouldn’t be ashamed to wear a second hand dress, and how not having a bridal party can save you a ton of cash. Karina also explains how to stay flexible with your vision so you can keep your leverage when working with vendors.
Feb 17, 2020
Indian Weddings Explained
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This week Taylor is joined by Betches Brides listeners and friends Punya, Anchal and Diya. They discuss how expensive and intricate it is to plan an Indian wedding and how the wedding is basically a party for everyone but the bride and groom. They then talk about how to throw a badass sangeet, and how to plan a wedding that fuses Indian culture with other cultures. They also break down etiquette for guests attending a Desi wedding for the first time including what to wear, what type of gift to give and how to not end up wearing the same colors as the bride.
Feb 10, 2020
How To Pick A Wedding Date
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This week Taylor is joined by Betches Brides listeners, and best friends, Sarah and Lindsay. They each discuss planning their weddings while being each other’s bridesmaids, in addition to being in all of their friends’ wedding parties. They talk about flirting with the idea of having a joint bachelorette party to accommodate busy schedules and how to vet the wedding events that you won’t feel guilty saying no to.
Feb 03, 2020
Bridesmaid Responsibilities (Rules To Follow)
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Taylor is out on tour, so Betches Brides Ashley Fern and Nicole Pellegrino are filling in. They begin with a full wedding planning update from Nicole covering everything from what kind of dress she’s eyeing, to a potential Bachelorette in Los Angeles. Later they’re joined by perpetual bridesmaid, Bari Rosenfeld to discuss whether or not the bridal party should pay for the shower, if it’s less annoying to plan through a group chat or email, and how to decline bridesmaid responsibilities if you’re not sure you’re close enough with someone to be in their wedding.
Jan 27, 2020
Destination Bachelorette Parties Ft. Sami Fishbein
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This week Taylor is joined by Betches Co-Founder, Sami Fishbein, fresh off the plane from her bachelorette in Aspen. They discuss the advantages of not having a traditional bridal party, how to make your party games a little more creative and a lot less lame, and best practices for spending an extra day partying when your flight home gets cancelled. Sami also breaks down her itinerary for a dream bachelorette in Aspen, CO.
Jan 20, 2020
Aleen, How Was Your Honeymoon?
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This week Ashley Fern is filling in for Taylor, and is joined by Betches Co-Founder and newlywed, Aleen Kuperman. They talk all about Aleen's honeymoon (finally!!), working with a travel agent effectively, and how to pack for a two week long vacation. Aleen takes us day by day of her entire exotic honeymoon, including everything from staying in an over the water bungalow in Bora Bora to landing on a mountain in a helicopter.
Jan 13, 2020
How To Not Get Divorced Pt. 2
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This week Taylor is joined again by resident marriage therapist, Emmalee Bierly and Betches Bride, Nicole Pellegrino for part 2 of marriage boot camp. Emmalee takes Nicole and Taylor through her preparation for conversations about finances in a relationship, how to communicate and maintain a healthy sex life, and how to properly masturbate just in case that doesn’t work. They also discuss the best ways to set up boundaries within the relationship and Emmalee answers some burning relationship questions from listeners.
Jan 06, 2020
How To Not Get Divorced Pt. 1
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This week Taylor is joined by our favorite Marriage Therapist, Emmalee Bierly and Betches Bride, Nicole Pellegrino. Emmalee takes Nicole and Taylor through her famous pre-wedding relationship boot camp which helps young couples keep their marriage happy and healthy, teaches them how to handle toxic family members, how to put up necessary boundaries, and most importantly how to keep their sexual spark alive.
Dec 30, 2019
Sneaker Bride
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This week Taylor is joined by infamous sneaker bride, Juliette Brandman, who came back from her honeymoon to see that the internet destroyed her fashion choices while she was away. They discuss the inspiration for Juliette’s wedding day sneaker look, what it’s like to be dragged on the internet when you weren’t looking for attention, and how private wedding bashing Facebook groups are just as bad as cyber-bullying. Juliette also shares what it's like buying a plus-size wedding dress.
Dec 23, 2019
Celebrity Weddings Ft. Iliza Shlesinger
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With Taylor out of town this week, Ashley Fern and Sami Fishbein take over and are joined by stand up comedian and recent bride Iliza Shlesinger. They talk about Iliza’s own wedding, discuss why her planner annoyed the shit out of her, and share stories of people behaving badly at her wedding. They also discuss her new Netflix special “Iliza Unveiled” and how the wedding planning process inspired some of her best material. Plus, they talk about shopping for your dress, approaching weddings as a feminist, and unfairly getting labeled as a bridezilla just because you’re asserting yourself.
Dec 16, 2019
Why You Should Have A Longer Engagement
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This week Taylor is joined by a podcast listener whose wedding was called off in a really f*cked up way. They talk about spotting red flags as the wedding date was approaching, what to do when all the vendors have already been paid, and why it’s worse to postpone instead of calling the whole thing off. They also break down why a longer engagement might be for the best (especially if you’re having second thoughts).
Dec 09, 2019
Managing Your Finances After The Wedding Ft. Keith Fern
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This week Taylor is joined by Father-of-the-Betches-Bride Keith Fern (along with his daughter Ashley) to talk about budgeting for the wedding and wtf to do with your finances after you get married. Keith shares his expertise as Director - Investments at Oppenheimer & Company Inc. to help figure out how to plan for your financial future and if you really should combine finances with your new spouse. They talk about splitting wedding expenses between each side of the family, negotiating with vendors, and how to ensure accessibility for all your guests. Plus, Keith tells us what it’s like to help plan and finance a wedding from a parent’s perspective.
Dec 02, 2019
Planning A Destination Wedding
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This week Taylor is joined by The Knot Ambassador and NYC influencer, Emily Gellis. They discuss how to plan a destination wedding without spending a million dollars, how to organize a second ceremony for the people not traveling overseas and whether or not you actually have to visit your destination venue before you plan the wedding. Emily also shares how she decided to wear a pink wedding dress.
Nov 25, 2019
Bridesmaid Dresses
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Betches CEO and recent bride Aleen Kuperman fills in for Taylor this time around, and is joined by Brideside co-founder and CEO Nicole Staple to talk about making your dress shopping experience as enjoyable as possible for everyone involved. They discuss choosing dresses for all body types, sorting through the latest trends, and how to execute your vision for the wedding party without getting too overwhelmed. Plus, they call a Brideside stylist live on the phone to walk us through the custom experience. Finally, they answer a listener question about how to please all of your bridesmaids, then play a game of Would You Rather: Bridesmaids Edition. Thanks to our presenting sponsor! Visit Brideside.com where you can sign up for a free stylist, or book a showroom appointment when you're in NY, Chicago, Charlotte or Boston!
Nov 21, 2019
Choosing Your Venue
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This week Taylor is joined by one of the newest Betches Brides, Kristin Pennino. Kristin discusses the engagement she never saw coming, spotting the biggest red flags while searching for a wedding venue, and how to plan an unforgettable cocktail hour. They also answer our much asked question, how much money is appropriate to put aside for tipping venue staff?
Nov 18, 2019
Dealing With A Toxic MIL
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This week Taylor is joined by friend of the pod and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Emmalee Bierly of The West Chester Therapy Group. They discuss how to deal with a difficult mother in law, a competitive sister in law, and other toxic family members during the wedding planning process. Emmalee gives advice on how to say no to  in-laws when they make demands without throwing up money and how to handle a MIL that just can’t cut the cord.
Nov 11, 2019
Trusting Your Wedding Instincts
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This week Taylor is joined by Betches newlyweds Ashley and Aleen to advise listener Stacey Rubeo on her upcoming wedding. The team helps Stacey navigate wedding issues around friendship dramas, ward off unsolicited advice from others, and how to stand up to family insisting on needing extra invites for their friends. They also provide insights on best practices for the often forgotten wedding tipping etiquette.
Nov 04, 2019
Renting Your Wedding Dress Ft. Justin Warshaw
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This week Taylor is joined by dress designer, Justin Warshaw of Justin Alexander. They discuss the pros and cons of renting your dress, how to avoid getting over charged for alterations and whether or not your wedding should double as a halloween party. Justin also answers listener questions, including what to do if you over alter your dress.
Oct 28, 2019
Bridesmaid For Hire Ft. Jen Glantz
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This week Taylor is joined by the industry’s first and only Bridesmaid For Hire, Jen Glantz. Jen is a professional bridesmaid (yes, it’s a real thing) who attends more than 50 weddings per year, dead sober, and without a date. She reveals the most dramatic situations she’s witnessed and how most people except the bride can’t actually stand her. Jen also discusses her upcoming wedding and how every decision she makes is voted on by her fans.
Oct 21, 2019
How To Plan A Bali Honeymoon Ft. Ashley Fern
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This week Taylor is joined by the jet-lagged Betches Director of Content & Strategy, Ashley Fern, who just returned from her honeymoon to Bali. They recap Ashley’s trip, discuss do’s and don'ts when it comes to planning, and answer just about every question someone booking their honeymoon may have. Ashley gives a detailed outline of her trip, clues listeners in on what credit cards give the best rewards, and why she got fired by her travel agent not once but twice.
Oct 14, 2019
Throwing An Unconventional Wedding Ft. Jove Meyer
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This week Taylor is joined by wedding planner and designer, Jove Meyer. They discuss the pros and cons of a surprise wedding, whether a first dance is right for everyone and why multi ceremony weddings are all the rage right now. Jove also gives his insights on planning on a fun, inclusive wedding for members of the LGBTQ community.
Oct 07, 2019
Picking Your Bachelorette Party Destination
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This week Taylor is joined by Betches Marketing guru, Nicole Pellegrino to discuss bachelorette party budgets, destinations and what to do if your bridesmaids don't get along. Taylor also explains why Florida may be the best kept secret for destination bachelorette parties. 
Sep 30, 2019
Getting Shredded For Your Wedding Ft. Aleen Kuperman and Matt Sauerhoff
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This week Taylor is joined by Betches Co- Founder Aleen Kuperman, and Founder of The Live Method Matt Sauerhoff to discuss the process of working with a trainer leading up to a wedding what kind of changes you could make to your diet and the one exercise you should be doing to get a lean physique for the big day. They also discuss the biggest difference between getting slim, and getting strong.   Thanks to our presenting sponsor! Visit Brideside.com where you can sign up for a free stylist, or book a showroom appointment when you're in NY, Chicago or Charlotte, and follow @BetchesBrides on Instagram to share your wedding questions!
Sep 23, 2019
Making A Wedding Registry Ft. Jennifer Spector
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This week Taylor is joined by Director of Brand at Zola, Jennifer Spector. They discuss everything from how to create a wedding website to choosing your registry. They debate whether it’s better to give a meaningful gift or if you should just give the bride and groom cash. Plus, Jennifer gives advice on how to create a honeymoon fund without pissing people off.
Sep 16, 2019
Jojo Fletcher's Wedding Plans
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This week Taylor is joined by "Bachelor" alum and host of CNBC's "Cash Pad", Jojo Fletcher to discuss sharing finance information with a fiance, how proposals work in the world of The Bachelor, and whether or not she'll be a bridezilla while planning a wedding that the world has been waiting for. She also reveals the one thing that fiance Jordan Rogers won't budge about during the wedding planning process. 
Sep 09, 2019
Planning For After The Wedding Ft. Aleen Kuperman
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This week Taylor is joined by newlywed and Betches Co-Founder, Aleen Kuperman. Aleen gives a full breakdown of her big day, including everything from what popular show's theme song was played during the ceremony, how she tried to not get too drunk, and the best ways to slow down the day and enjoy each moment Aleen also reveals how she planned her post marriage getaway by strategically using credits cards to rack up points.
Sep 04, 2019
Marriage Counseling Ft. Emmalee Bierly
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This week Taylor is joined by Marriage and Family Therapist Emmalee Bierly. They discuss the difference between wanting a wedding and wanting a marriage, how being in therapy for “relationship maintenance” is important to keep your relationship healthy, and why you shouldn’t get married if you’re under the age of 25. Emmalee also puts to rest the question "should we go to sleep angry?"    
Aug 26, 2019
Deciding Who Gets A Plus One
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This week Taylor is joined by Betches Co-Founder Samantha Fishbein and Betches Director of Digital Content and Strategy Ashley Fern. They talk about, how to accept being told that you aren't invited to someone's wedding, who gets a plus one, and where to draw the line about workplace invites. They reveal listener guest list horror stories and share some of their own.
Aug 19, 2019
Hiring A Wedding Photographer Ft. Brian Marcus
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This week Taylor is joined by A-list photographer Brian Marcus of Fred Marcus photography. They discuss how to pick the perfect photographer for your wedding, how to get pictures without watermarks and how to get those candid photos that are clearly anything but. They also take a stroll down memory lane to the time when Brian was the videographer for Taylor’s first wedding.
Aug 12, 2019
Saving Money When Planning Your Wedding Ft. Guerdy Abraira
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mThis week Taylor is joined by wedding planner, Guerdy Abraira to talk about cutting costs, whether or not a post wedding brunch is worth the money, and creative ways to make your reception as hot as a celeb wedding on Miami Beach without breaking the bank. They also discuss what to look out for when shopping for a venue, debunk myths around party trends, and what to save and where to splurge.
Aug 05, 2019
What To Look For In A Diamond
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This week, Taylor is joined by Design Consultants, Kathryn Rawlick and Courtney Urbas of Lauren B Jewelry, for the episode that your significant other should probably listen to. They talk about the hottest trends in engagement ring shapes, non traditional stones, and who should be helping you pick out your wedding band. They also clear the air about whether or not an engagement ring should cost 3 months of an annual salary. 
Jul 29, 2019
Picking Your Wedding Dress Ft. Hayley Paige
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This week Taylor is joined by New York based bridal designer, Hayley Paige. They talk about all things dress, from where to begin, to narrowing it down, and how to eventually find the perfect dress. Are white dresses the only option? Hayley also breaks down her design process and what makes her method different from other bridal designers and of course, answer listener questions.
Jul 22, 2019
First Steps In Planning A Wedding Ft. Josh Spiegel of Birch Event Design
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Welcome to the debut episode of Betches Brides! Taylor Strecker is joined by President and Creative Director of Birch Event Design, Josh Spiegel. They talk about where to start when planning your dream wedding, the origins of the iconic “Birch Bathroom”, and how to figure out if you’re about to spend way too much money on flowers. Plus, find out the absolute best way to make your wedding the most talked about event of the season.  
Jul 15, 2019
Betches Brides Podcast Coming Soon!
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Betches Brides is our newest podcast that explores all facets of the wedding planning process in our usual snarky and relatable tone. From choosing an overpriced dress that you will only wear once, to staffing your bridal party without pissing off the friend you left out, we’ve got you covered from the engagement all the way to the honeymoon. Available Mondays starting July 15th. 
May 16, 2019