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Guides for Brides - The Wedding Podcast

Guides for Brides

Nikita from the Guides for Brides team is here to discuss all things weddings with you along with some special expert guests. Designed to guide you through your planning process, our wedding podcast will provide you with helpful tips, practical wedding planning advice, inspiration and so much more. Whether you've just gotten engaged, are in the middle of wedding planning, or nearly ready to tie the knot, make sure you subscribe to this podcast for all sorts of exciting and interesting discussions about weddings.

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Trailer: Season 3
12-04-2022
1 min
How To Set (and Stick To!) Your Wedding BudgetCreating Your Perfect Ceremony with Jennifer PatriceTrailer: Season 3All About Elopements with Jo from Berwick Lodge
In this episode of Guides for Brides - The Wedding Podcast, Amelia and Nikita are joined by Jo from Berwick Lodge to discuss elopements. Listen to this episode on a wide variety of popular podcast streaming outlets What’s covered in this podcast episode? This is the final episode in season two of Guides for Brides - The Wedding Podcast, and to cap it off we'll be discussing all things elopement! Elopements aren't the rushed wedding alternative you might imagine, in fact there are lots of reasons why you might choose to have one. Maybe you're always wanted something more intimate, maybe you'd prefer a smaller ceremony followed by a big reception or perhaps the pandemic has shifted your focus. Whatever the reason, elopements offer couples the perfect chance to have a cosy wedding which is every bit as special as a more traditional celebration. Nikita, Amelia and expert guest, Jo, discuss what an elopement is, whether it could be right for you and what you can do to make your elopement perfect. Listen to this episode now on a wide variety of popular podcast platforms. Related articles and links for this episode Berwick Lodge, Wedding Venue in BristolBlog: Is an Elopement or a Minimony Right for You?Find Elopement Wedding VenuesBlog: How to Plan a Micro WeddingBlog: 10 Amazing Elopement Wedding Ideas and Tips Want us to discuss something specific? If you would like us to explore a certain trend or topic in our Wedding Podcast please let us know by emailing info@guidesforbrides.co.uk. Pop the word “Podcast” in the subject line so that your message stands out.
23-07-2021
22 mins
Bridal Beauty: The Expert Secrets with CJ Beauty & Co
09-07-2021
32 mins
Changing To Your Married Name with NameSwitch
In this episode of Guides for Brides – The Wedding Podcast, Nikita and Amelia are joined by Cecile from NameSwitch to run through all the options when it comes to choosing your married name. There are also helpful tips on how to get your documents changed, what to do if you’re feeling overwhelmed about changing your name, as well as an exclusive offer for Guides for Brides’ podcast listeners!What’s discussed in this episode?Choosing your married name might seem as simple as the traditional switch from ‘Miss’ to ‘Mrs’, but there’s a lot more to it than that! In this episode, Cecile takes us through the many options available to both brides and grooms when it comes to picking a married name.Whether you’re looking for something more modern, something a bit different or something which sticks to traditions, there are lots of different choices when it comes to picking your new name! Cecile also gives us some useful advice on making sure all your important documents are changed, what to do if switching your name feels like it’s too much work, as well as how to manage both a personal and a professional identity.Can NameSwitch help me change to my married name?Absolutely! You can get in touch with the team at NameSwitch to help you choose the right option, plan your name change and notify all the relevant businesses and authorities.They’ve also got an exclusive offer for Guides for Brides podcast listeners! You can use the codes below to get a 10% discount on many of their packages.On their Digital Packages, use GFBDIGITAL. For Print Packages, use the code GFBPRINT. On their new Deed Poll Premium Print Package, get 10% off with GFBDEEDPOLL.Related articles and links for this episodeNameSwitchBlog: Here’s Everything You Need To Know About Double-Barrelled SurnamesBlog: Let’s Talk About Deciding on Your Married SurnameBlog: Changes to Marriage Certificates and Registrations in England and WalesWant us to discuss something specific? If you would like us to explore a certain trend or topic in our Wedding Podcast please let us know by emailing info@guidesforbrides.co.uk. Pop the word “Podcast” in the subject line so that your message stands out.
25-06-2021
32 mins
Choosing Your Wedding Photographer with Sam and Steve Photography
In this episode of Guides for Brides – The Wedding Podcast, Nikita and Amelia are joined by husband and wife team, Sam and Steve Photography, to discuss everything you need to know about finding and choosing your wedding photographer.What’s discussed in this episode?Finding and booking a wedding photographer is an important part of your big day. After all, you want to be able to look at those photos with a smile for the rest of your life! So, how can you make sure you choose the right photographer?We asked Sam and Steve, a husband and wife team whose expertise in wedding photography comes from more than a decade of covering celebrations of all sizes and styles. They've also won two Guides for Brides Customer Service Awards, including one at our most recent ceremony in April 2021. Full of fascinating insights and funny stories, this episode will guide you through the different styles of wedding photography, when to make your booking, and features top tips on how to choose the right photographer for your special day.Listen to this episode now on your favourite listening platform.Related articles and links for this episodeSam and Steve Photography - Guides for Brides ListingThe Sam and Steve Wedding and Photography PodcastBlog: Top Tips for Live Streaming a Wedding with Sam and Steve PhotographyBlog: The Ultimate Guide to Wedding PhotographyBlog: 15 Questions to Ask Your Wedding PhotographerWant us to discuss something specific? If you would like us to explore a certain trend or topic in our Wedding Podcast please let us know by emailing info@guidesforbrides.co.uk. Pop the word “Podcast” in the subject line so that your message stands out.
11-06-2021
36 mins
Finding the Perfect Wedding MusicWedding Speeches with Heidi from Speechy
In this episode of Guides for Brides - The Wedding Podcast, Nikita and Amelia are joined by Heidi Ellert from Speechy to discuss writing and delivering the perfect wedding speech.What’s discussed in this episode?We can all recall wedding speeches, the good ones, bad ones, and the awkward ones particularly stick in your mind. So, to help you avoid writing and delivering a bad (or awkward) wedding speech, we asked the experts. Heidi and the team at Speechy are expert comedy writers. Between them, they’ve ghostwritten for some household names of comedy, directed shows at the Edinburgh Fringe, and written for some of your favourite comedy shows on BBC, Channel 4, and Sky. It’s safe to say, they know their comedy and wedding speeches are known for their comedic elements.This episode is full to the brim with tips for writing and delivering great wedding speeches, from comedy tips to wedding speech etiquette and advice for giving your speech. So, if you are writing a wedding speech for your own wedding or a loved one’s, this is a great episode for you to listen to.Related articles and links for this episodeSpeechy - Guides for Brides ListingBlog: Top 5 Wedding Speech Mistakes You Should AvoidBlog: Mother of the Bride Speeches - Officially “A Thing”Blog: Speeches - Making a Big Impact at Small WeddingsWant us to discuss something specific? If you would like us to explore a certain trend or topic in our Wedding Podcast please let us know by emailing info@guidesforbrides.co.uk. Pop the word “Podcast” in the subject line so that your message stands out.
14-05-2021
59 mins
Solving Bridesmaid DilemmasCelebrant-Led Wedding Ceremonies with Beaulieu-Taylor Harris
Nikita and Amelia are joined by Beaulieu-Taylor Harris to discuss wedding celebrants and celebrant-led ceremonies.What’s covered in this podcast episode?In this episode of Guides for Brides – The Wedding Podcast, Nikita and Amelia are joined by Beaulieu of Beautifully Taylored Ceremonies to discuss wedding celebrants and celebrant-led ceremonies. A celebrant is a professionally trained officiant who performs formal ceremonies such as weddings (or funerals or naming ceremonies). Their ceremonies are tailored to their clients wants and needs and can be totally personal to you as a couple.As a celebrant herself, Beaulieu covers the different options couples have when it comes to planning their ceremony along with discussing how a celebrant can be the couple’s perfect choice for lots of different situations. Beaulieu also gives couples considering a celebrant-led ceremony her tips for planning their ceremony, their mini-ceremonies and how to work with your celebrant to create the perfect wedding service for you and your partner.Related articles and links for this episodeBeautifully Taylored Ceremonies Guides for Brides ListingBeaulieu’s demonstration of a Sand CeremonyThe Ultimate Guide to Celebrants and Celebrant-led CeremoniesBlog: Alternative Wedding Ceremony TraditionsFind the perfect celebrant for you on Guides for BridesWant us to discuss something specific? If you would like us to explore a certain trend or topic in our Wedding Podcast please let us know by emailing info@guidesforbrides.co.uk. Pop the word “Podcast” in the subject line so that your message stands out.
16-04-2021
27 mins
Busting Myths Around Wedding Gift Lists
02-04-2021
32 mins
Historic Wedding Venues with Fran from Farnham Castle
19-03-2021
25 mins
A Guide to Wedding StationeryBridal Wear Basics & Virtual Appointments with Ellie Sanderson
In this episode of Guides for Brides – The Wedding Podcast, Nikita and Amelia are joined by the wonderful Ellie Sanderson to discuss the basics of shopping for your bridal wear along with an insight into the new world of virtual bridal appointments. What’s covered in this podcast episode? In this episode, Nikita, Amelia and Ellie Sanderson discuss all the basics of shopping for your wedding attire. From where to start with your research, to how to know which bridal store is right for you and the appointment itself. They also discuss top tips for preparing for your bridal wear appointment, along with what to expect from an appointment in person and virtually. By the end of this episode, you’ll be ready to book your bridal wear appointment, whether it will go ahead virtually or in person. You’ll also know how to prepare for your appointment and all the research you should do before you start shopping. Request an appointment with Ellie Sanderson either at one of her stores in Woodstock or Beaconsfield or virtually. Also follow Ellie on Instagram for all sorts of bridal inspiration. Related articles and links for this episode Essential Guide to Bridal WearFind Bridal Boutiques Near YouEllie Sanderson: Woodstock BoutiqueEllie Sanderson: Beaconsfield BoutiqueShopping for your Wedding Dress During COVIDThe Ultimate Guide to Wedding Lingerie10 Amazing Designers Who Make Wedding Dresses Right Here in the UK We have opened the floor for podcast episode suggestions. So, if you would like us to discuss a specific topic or explore a certain trend, please let us know by emailing info@guidesforbrides.co.uk. Pop the word “Podcast” in the subject line so that your message stands out.
19-02-2021
49 mins
Key Wedding Suppliers & The Planning Timeline
In this episode of Guides for Brides - The Wedding Podcast, Nikita and Amelia discuss a general timeline of planning a wedding and advise on how you can plan out your planning. They also cover the key suppliers you will likely need for your wedding and when is best to book them.What’s covered in this podcast episode?We look at the key suppliers that you’ll need to consider for your wedding, along with a general wedding planning timeline and how you and your partner can effectively work out what you need to do and when. If you’re struggling to know who to book and when, and wanting to be more organised with your wedding planning to keep up with key tasks effectively. This episode is for you!By the end of this episode, you and your partner will feel confident about planning out your wedding planning, no matter what timeline you are working with. You’ll also be ready to consider your key wedding suppliers and have a good understanding of when you should book them.Related articles and links for this episodeHow to Plan your Wedding PlanningGuides for Brides Supplier ListingsGuides for Brides Wedding Venue FinderGovernment Information on WeddingsGuides for Brides Ultimate GuidesInformation on Wedding InsuranceWe are now opening the floor for podcast episode suggestions, so, if you would like Nikita and Amelia to discuss a specific topic or would like them to explore a certain trend, please let us know by emailing info@guidesforbrides.co.uk. Pop the word “Podcast” in the subject line so that your message stands out.
05-02-2021
49 mins
The Wedding Venue Checklist with Sam Wordie-Gilchrist
In this episode of Guides for Brides - The Wedding Podcast, Nikita and Amelia are joined by the wonderful wedding venue owner, Samantha Wordie-Gilchrist. Together, they discuss everything you need to do, know and consider when searching for and booking your wedding venue. What’s covered in this podcast episode? Finding and booking your wedding venue is the most important task in your initial planning stages. A lot of your future wedding decisions and supplier bookings will rely on you securing your venue and subsequently, confirming the wedding date. Nikita, Amelia and Sam discuss the process of booking your wedding venue and everything you need to do and think about during the process. As always, this episode is filled with lots of detail, so, to help you with your venue search, we have created a downloadable checklist to help you ensure you don’t miss something important.  Download the checklist By the end of this episode, you will be ready to find your dream wedding venue. You will know what you’ll need to research and consider before you start your venue search, how to shortlist your favourites and the general process of booking the venue. Thanks so much to Sam for being such a brilliant guest on this episode of Guides for Brides - The Wedding Podcast. You can follow Sam’s wedding planning instagram (@theweddingplanninghub) and learn more about the McArthur Group Venues below: The Ravenswood, West SussexHighley Manor, West SussexRushpool Hall, North YorkshireHackness Grange, North YorkshireCrowcombe Court, Somerset Related articles and links for this episode Choosing your Wedding VenueDownloadable Wedding Venue ChecklistHow to Decide on Your Wedding BudgetGuides for Brides Wedding Venue Finder
22-01-2021
51 mins
The Wedding Guest ListEngaged: Now What?
Congratulations to all you newly engaged couples out there! In this very first episode of Guides for Brides - The Wedding Podcast, Nikita and Amelia discuss what you need to know and do when you first get engaged, from telling your family members to what you’ll need to consider first in your initial wedding planning stages. What's covered in this episode? This episode covers the initial moments of being engaged and planning a wedding and how to approach them. We discuss: Enjoying your engagement bubble and the celebrations that followKey considerations and decisions you and your partner should discuss before your wedding planning startsWhen, where and how to start planning your weddingTasks that need to get ticked off your list in your first months of wedding planningWhere to find inspiration (links below for this too) After listening to this episode and our discussions, we hope that couples will feel prepared to start planning and more confident about where to start. This is one of life's major events, so we hope you will find this episode useful, especially if you've never planned or assisted someone in planning a wedding before! Where can I find inspiration? As mentioned in the podcast, there are lots of places you can go to find inspiration for your wedding. Here are some places we discussed: Pinterest Real WeddingsBlogsPodcastsStyled shootsVenue Listings on Guides for BridesSupplier Listings on Guides for Brides Related articles for this episode: Just Engaged? 7 Steps to Wedding Planning SuccessHow to Decide on Your Wedding BudgetHow To Use The Guides for Brides Budget CalculatorHow To Start Wedding Planning During a Pandemic Please note: this episode was recorded before the lockdown in England (5th January 2020)
08-01-2021
29 mins
Choosing Your Wedding Party
In the second episode of Guides for Brides - The Wedding Podcast, Nikita and Amelia discuss a difficult, but important, wedding decision - who is going to be in your wedding party? What is covered in this podcast episode? We run through who we consider to be in the wedding party, how to choose those key roles, how to manage those people’s expectations of their role and avoid upsetting those who can’t be in the wedding party.  During our discussion, we defined the wedding party as those who have a key role in your wedding. This includes those who have a specific job and potentially an additional cost (both time and money). Key roles discussed include: The wedding coupleBoth of your parentsThe person walking you down the aisleThe groomsmen / bridesmaidsUshersAny children who will have some involvement in your wedding By the end of this episode, you will know what your key considerations are when it comes to choosing your bridesmaids, groomsmen, people of honour and others who are involved in your wedding. You'll also learn how to approach the idea of children being involved in your big day and deal with the disappointment of those who potentially can't get as involved as they may have hoped to. We provide you with some great ideas for asking people to be in your wedding along with knowing how to manage the expectations of those involved. Related articles for this episode Your Wedding Party DutiesThe Bride & Groom's ParentsWhat are a Bridesmaid's Duties?How To Propose to your BridesmaidsThe Groom, Best Man, Groomsmen, Ushers and Pageboys
08-01-2021
21 mins