Finally, a PROFESSIONAL GUIDE to help you create your dream wedding ...

minus the EXPENSE + OVERWHELM felt by so many couples.

You're newly engaged and BURSTING WITH EXCITEMENT about marrying the love of your life! Unfortunately, most couples dive right in to making BIG WEDDING DECISIONS ... with friends, family, and free websites all clamoring to guide their next steps. But without a strategic master plan & realistic wedding vision, it's easy to get lost in CRUSHING OVERWHELM and loads of UNFORESEEN EXPENSES. That's why I created The VAULT, where we can create a stress-free, streamlined master plan to get you all set up ... with your DREAM WEDDING!
  • PROFESSIONAL SUPPORT

    for a FRACTION OF THE COST of investing in a full service wedding planner.

  • PEACE OF MIND

    is yours with 12 BONUS SHOWS that outline a step-by-step wedding planning roadmap for you to follow, from engagement to wedding day.

  • MAXIMIZE YOUR BUDGET

    with creative swaps + unique alternatives to costly traditional solutions. UNCOVER THE HIDDEN TRUTH about contracts, fees, timelines, availability, and pricing.

  • ELIMINATE GUESSWORK

    with a VIP PASS to exclusive "Wedding Q&A" shows. ASK ANYTHING about the wedding challenges + logistical struggles you’re facing.

  • A FRESH PERSPECTIVE

    with fun WEEKLY BONUSES like guest expert pop-ups, private Q&A sessions, mini workshops, wedding planning checklists & more!

  • GET ANSWERS

    & find exactly what you’re looking for with ON-DEMAND ACCESS to an organized library of searchable Wedding Planning Podcast episodes.

What couples are saying ...

“Your presence in the wedding industry is a breath of fresh air! ... I want to extend my thanks for your wealth of practical advice & suggestions for circumventing typical wedding industry standards. I've never desired to have a cookie-cutter wedding, and your podcast has given me so much creative insight, AND has made me feel validated in wanting to have a unique + classy wedding that doesn't entirely follow the status-quo.”

Brittany N.

“I was so excited to hear my question when I listened to this week’s show - thanks so much for featuring it, and THANK YOU for being such a huge part in planning our wedding. I remember how overwhelmed it felt at first and how it didn’t feel fun at all. Total 180 now, I'm finally having fun planning. I’m SO HAPPY I stumbled upon Wedding Planning Podcast!”

Lindsay

“I'm doing all my wedding planning myself and I wouldn't have been able to do it without the archive of shows and the extensive content on the Vault. I recommend it to every friend as they get engaged.”

Holly S.

“I was looking for an inclusive wedding planning podcast with a host who supports my wedding as much as any other. And one who is brilliant in all things weddings!! That is my very long thank you, Kara. You make a difference in my life.”

Chris O.

“Thank you so much, you made the wedding planning so much easier and not so overwhelming, and also helped me not completely get out of control with my budget. I loved how accessible the short podcasts were, and I think in the end, it saved me TONS of money!”

Alyx

“Thank you so much for these special “support” episodes you are doing during this (COVID-19) pandemic. In such a uncertain situation, knowing we’re all here to support one another is a real comfort. So a BIG THANK YOU!”

Kristina

“Having access to The VAULT is an amazing resource and covers just about everything - I highly recommend it to others!”

Elle B.

Course curriculum

  • 1
  • 2

    PREMIUM EPISODES | your complete wedding roadmap, start to finish.

    • LET'S GET STARTED.

    • 1. YOUR WEDDING BUDGET

    • 2. YOUR WEDDING VENUE

    • 3. YOUR WEDDING GUEST LIST

    • 4. DO WE NEED A WEDDING PLANNER?

    • 5. WEDDING DRESS, SUIT & TUX SHOPPING

    • 6. BRIDESMAIDS & GROOMSMEN

    • 7. PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEOGRAPHY

    • 8. FOOD & DRINKS

    • 9. RECEPTION DECORATIONS

    • 10. RECEPTION ENTERTAINMENT

    • 11. YOUR CEREMONY

    • 12. WEDDING DAY TIMELINES

    • QUESTIONS?

  • 3

    Q&A SHOWS

    • ASK ANYTHING! Your VIP Pass to Q&A's

    • *ALL NEW!* Recipe for Your Perfect Wedding Q&A

    • Challenging Family Situations Q&A

    • Wedding Dress Q&A

    • Wedding Decorations & DIY Project Q&A

    • Honeymoon, Reception Decorations, Family Q&A

    • Cheap Reception Decorations, Invitation "B" List, Dietary Concerns Q&A

    • Wedding Q&A 2.12.2020

    • Wedding Q&A 12.18.19

    • Wedding Q&A 11.27.19

    • Wedding Q&A 10.16.19 (BONUS - includes show notes!)

    • Wedding Q&A 10.9.19 (BONUS - includes show notes!)

    • *ALL NEW!* Wedding Q&A 6.3.20

  • 4

    WEDDING BUDGET | more shows

    • *ALL NEW!* Side Hustle Your Way to More Cash for the Wedding

    • ID Your Priorities | SPLURGE vs SAVE

    • Money Saving Wedding Swaps

    • When Trying to Save Money on the Wedding BACKFIRES

    • 10 Creative Wedding Money Savers

    • Wedding Budget Basics

    • Guest List + Budget Concerns

    • Cutting Costs for a Large Wedding

    • Wedding Money Savers | Catering, Entertainment, Transportation

    • Do you REALLY Need These Vendors?

    • QUESTIONS?

  • 5

    VENUE | more shows

    • *ALL NEW!* Shopping for Your Wedding Venue & Things to Negotiate

    • Planning & Hosting a Backyard Wedding

    • Wedding Venue Q&A + Shopping Checklist

    • 3 Simple Wedding Celebration Ideas | Courthouse, Cupcakes, & Cocktails

    • Wedding Venue Budget *Pep Talk*

    • Mapping Your Reception Floor Space

    • Mixing Venue, Friends, Money & Wedding

    • Blueprint | Maximizing Your Wedding Venue

    • Wedding Ceremony Site Capacity Issues

    • Wedding Venue Buyer's Remorse

    • Creative Wedding RECEPTION Ideas

  • 6

    GUEST LIST + INVITATIONS | more shows

    • Wedding Invitations, Simplified!

    • DIY Wedding Invitation Ideas

    • Are "e-Vites" Tacky?

    • Who Gets a "Plus One" on their invitation?

    • Permission NOT to Invite this Person ...

  • 7

    HIRING VENDORS | more shows

    • OVERVIEW | Hiring Your Wedding Vendors

    • *VAULT BONUS* Training a Friend to Be Your Day Of Coordinator

    • Day of Coordinator vs Wedding Planner

    • CHECKLIST | The Priceless Questions to ask EVERY SINGLE VENDOR

    • Essential Guide to Tipping Your Vendors

    • Wedding Vendors You CAN Live Without

    • Breaking up with a Vendor :/

    • CHECKLIST | Hiring Your Wedding Planner

    • Wedding Planner Q & A

    • Hiring Your CATERER

    • CHECKLIST | Hiring Your Caterer

    • *ALL NEW!* Maximizing Your Time at a Wedding Fair + Checklist

    • Hiring Your FLORIST

    • *VAULT BONUS* Taking a Chance on a "Rookie" Wedding Vendor

    • CHECKLIST | Hiring Your Florist

    • Hiring Your Wedding Officiant

  • 8

    DRESS, SUIT, TUX | more shows

    • Wedding Day Fashion | Tuxedos, Suits & More ...

    • Wedding Dress Shopping | The Ultimate Guide

    • Wedding Dress Alterations

    • Wedding Dress Shopping Dilemmas

  • 9

    BRIDESMAIDS + GROOMSMEN | more shows

    • Wedding Day Roster | Who Does What?

    • Bridesmaid Proposal Ideas, Gifts, Dresses, Accessories & more!

    • Keeping Your Wedding Party Small

    • Bridesmaid Dresses | Long Distance Shopping Tips

    • Bridesmaid Dresses | Boutique vs Online Shopping

    • Your Bachelorette Party

    • Unique Bridal Shower & Wedding Shower ideas

  • 10

    PHOTOGRAPHY | more shows

    • CHECKLIST | Hiring Your Photographer

    • Wedding Photography with Sasha Wasio | PART I

    • Wedding Photography with Sasha Wasio | PART II

    • CHECKLIST | Complete Guide to Wedding Photography w/ Sasha Wasio

    • How Important is Videography?

    • * ALL NEW!* Capturing Pro-Quality Photos at Pre-Wedding Events

  • 11

    CATERING | more shows

    • DIY Wedding Appetizers

    • DIY Appetizer Shopping List for 100 People

    • Wedding Catering 101

    • Do It Yourself | Appetizers, Desserts & Main Meal Tips

    • Do It Yourself | Beer, Wine, Cocktail Bar

    • Your Wedding Cake

    • Hosting a Dry Wedding

  • 12

    DECORATIONS | more shows

    • *BONUS* 3 Easy Pinterest Tips from a Pro!

      FREE PREVIEW
    • Affordable Wedding Centerpieces & DIY Flowers

    • Selecting Your Wedding Colors

    • Wedding Flower Secrets

    • Wholesale Wedding Decor

    • Decorating Ideas for a Large Reception Space

    • Candlelit Wedding Logistics

    • DIY Wedding Flowers

    • Shopping Seasonal Sales

    • Mismatched Wedding Details

    • DIY Favor Tutorial | Oreo Pops

    • DIY Favor Tutorial | Mini Painted Pots

  • 13

    ENTERTAINMENT | more shows

    • Your Reception Seating Chart

    • Entertaining Kids at Your Wedding

    • Sharing Your Wedding w/ Loved Ones Afar ...

    • Managing a Time Gap Between Ceremony + Reception

  • 14

    WEDDING DAY | more shows

    • *ALL NEW!* Creating Your Wedding DAY Timeline

    • Wedding Speeches & First Dances

    • Last Minute Wedding Details

    • Your Wedding Officiant

    • Walking Down the Aisle

    • After the Wedding Ceremony

    • CHECKLIST | After the Wedding Ceremony

    • After the WEDDING.

  • 15

    WEDDING LOGISTICS | misc shows

    • Involving Your Fiance in the Wedding Plans

    • Your WEDDING WEBSITE | Hassle-Free Tips

    • Say GOODBYE to Wedding Planning Overwhelm

    • TEN Wedding Planning "Blind Spots" to Avoid

    • Wedding Insurance, Permits + Licensing

    • Wedding Day Beauty & Health Timeline

    • Wedding Favors & Thank You Gift Ideas

    • Kiss These Wedding "Etiquette" Rules Goodbye!

    • DIY Wedding Favors | Hand Dipped Chocolate Pretzels

    • Reserving Hotel Room Blocks

    • 2020 Wedding Trends

    • Long Distance Wedding Planning Tips

    • Paying Friends & Family for Wedding Services

    • Wedding Planning Issues that May Arise

    • Wedding Weekend | 4-Day Blueprint

    • Destination Wedding Planning Tips

    • Earth Friendly Wedding Ideas

    • Long Engagement Wedding Planning Tips

    • Managing Wedding Guest Language Barriers

    • Your Wedding Plans | How Much to Share?

    • Cultural Wedding Traditions & Compromise

    • CHECKLIST | After the Wedding To Do's

  • 16

    REGISTRY + HONEYMOON | more shows

    • Creating Your Wedding Gift Registry

    • Honeymoon Planning Essentials

    • Honeymoon Planning w/ Irina from Alle Travel

"I believe that every engaged couple deserves the expertise of a down-to-earth, honest, and professional wedding planner …"

Kara Lamerato

Producer + Host of the Wedding Planning Podcast

Congratulations on your engagement ... it's so nice to "meet" you, and a HUGE HONOR to be a part of your wedding planning journey! Since creating the Wedding Planning Podcast in 2016, I've helped thousands of couples take control of their wedding plans with creative, affordable, and down-to-earth solutions for shaping an unforgettable wedding day. I'd love to learn more about you & your wedding inside the VAULT!