Your Dream Day Wedding Planning Podcast with Kathy Piech-Lukas

Kathy Piech-Lukas

Your Dream Day Wedding Planning Podcast, hosted by Kathy Piech-Lukas, is a wedding planning podcast devoted to helping engaged couples who are planning a wedding. Interviews with real wedding professionals, tips about how to plan your wedding, and ways to save big money on your wedding. Businesses based in Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio, but advice is good for any bride and groom planning a wedding in the United States. read less
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Inside Tips on Wedding Hotel Blocks, Group Rates, Gift Bags and Seamless Guest Experiences
Feb 1 2024
Inside Tips on Wedding Hotel Blocks, Group Rates, Gift Bags and Seamless Guest Experiences
Embark on a journey into the world of wedding hotel accommodations with Century Hotel Group's very own Liz and Kiersten, who join me, Kathy Piech-Lukas, for a heart-to-heart on the latest Your Dream Day Wedding Planning Podcast episode. Discover the ins and outs of wedding hotel blocks — a strategy that might just be the key to a stress-free celebration for your guests. We'll guide you through the what, why, and how to set up a block for your guests and giving you that much-needed peace of mind. With Century Hotel Group's extensive expertise, we unravel the perks and the importance of locking in those room rates early, especially when your wedding might clash with the city's next big festival or event. Feel like a VIP as Liz and Kirsten spill the beans on how to navigate the twists and turns of hotel group bookings and rates. They dismantle the common myths, offering clarity on the true benefits of booking within the block, like flexible cancellation policies and the potential for sweet discounts. Tune in to hear how personalized online booking links and a dedicated wedding page can simplify life for your guests. This episode is your golden ticket to understanding the fine print in contracts, the downside of using a travel website to book a room instead of a hotel block, and avoiding surprises.Pull back the curtain on the hotel booking process with insights that go beyond the norm. We'll talk about the delicate balance hotels strike in filling rooms while supporting your big day, how rates are as fluctuating as airline prices, and the impact of unforeseen events on the hospitality industry. Plus, get the lowdown on how to welcome your guests with personalized touches like welcome bags and organized shuttle services. Let's ensure that every detail is polished to perfection, so your wedding guests bask in the joy and luxury of your dream day. Join us for this episode and arm yourself with the knowledge to elevate your wedding planning to the level of excellence you deserve.Support the showTo listen to more episodes visit www.yourdreamday.com
Spotting Wedding Vendor Scams and Ensure Your Big Day is Safe: Cautionary Tales of Booking Vendors in Facebook Groups
Jan 12 2024
Spotting Wedding Vendor Scams and Ensure Your Big Day is Safe: Cautionary Tales of Booking Vendors in Facebook Groups
Are wedding nightmares keeping you up at night? Fear not, as wedding planners Kathy Piech-Lukas of Your Dream Day and  Angela Lemke of Angela's Premier Event Designs guide you through the minefield of vendor selection and scams. In our frank conversation, Angela, a seasoned expert and Facebook wedding group administrator, opens up about her encounters with the darker corners of vendor sourcing on social media. We shed light on the tell-tale signs of fraudulent vendors, like too-good-to-be-true pricing and a conspicuous absence of credentials. Through the woven tales of last-minute DJ disasters, photography scams and the saga of a counterfeit florist, we arm you with the knowledge to demand detailed contracts and verify vendor legitimacy. And for an extra layer of security against the unforeseen, we introduce the concept of wedding insurance to keep your special day safeguarded.The second segment of our discussion shifts focus to the unsung heroes of a flawless wedding—the vendors who meet and exceed professional standards. We recount chilling narratives of a horror story of food safety gone awry, underscoring the absolute must-haves such as Serve Safe certifications and the hazards of skimping on expertise. Angela and Kathy tackle the miscommunications that lead to wedding day letdowns, from photographers who ghost newlyweds to the misunderstood scope of licensed bartending services. With an eye for professionalism, these ladies elucidate the importance of experience and education in the wedding planning arena, mapping out the journey from the initial rush to the potential for burnout in the trade. This conversation is your compass to navigating the vast seas of wedding planning, ensuring you reach the shores of matrimonial bliss with your joy and wallet intact.Support the showTo listen to more episodes visit www.yourdreamday.com
Wendy's Wedding Show: Discovering Your Perfect Wedding Dress
Jan 4 2024
Wendy's Wedding Show: Discovering Your Perfect Wedding Dress
This podcast is part two of a two part series featuring Wendy's Wedding Expo, taking place at the Duke Energy Convention Center on January 6&7, 2024, in Cincinnati. Host Kathy Piech-Lukas, wedding planner and host of Your Dream Day Wedding Planning Podcast, talks with Mardi Hall, show producer of Wendy's Wedding Expo, featuring one of the few wedding fashion shows in Cincinnati. The gowns on the runway can all be found at Wendy's Bridal in the Reading Bridal District.Have you ever pictured yourself twirling in a sea of silk and lace, searching for that perfect bridal gown that seems to whisper your name? From timeless trends to trendy fashions like removable sleeves, step into the grandeur of Wendy's Wedding Expo's fashion show, where the elegance of bridal couture comes to life on the runway. Let the fabric sway and the beads shimmer captivate your senses, as professional models unveil the trends and timeless pieces that might just lead you to your own "aha" moment.When it's time to find 'the dress,' make sure to schedule an appointment at the bridal salon so that you can have a dedicated sales person, mirror and stand. Bring an entourage with you, including your mother and bridesmaids. When attending the final fitting, take all pairs of shoes that you plan to wear and someone who can learn the bustle.From the importance of appointments to the unexpected joy of finding "the one" when it's least anticipated, (as I personally experienced), listen in as we discuss those emotional milestones that signal you've found more than just a dress—you've discovered a piece of your love story. Whether you’re about to walk down the aisle or cheering from the sidelines, this episode is the key to unlocking Support the showTo listen to more episodes visit www.yourdreamday.com
Wendy's Wedding Show 2024: Tips for Attending a Wedding Bridal Show with Mardi Hull
Dec 27 2023
Wendy's Wedding Show 2024: Tips for Attending a Wedding Bridal Show with Mardi Hull
Congratulations to all of those couples who got engaged over the holidays! Now it's time to start planning your wedding. One of the most memorable experiences about planning a wedding is attending a wedding bridal show. Kathy Piech-Lukas, wedding planner and host of Your Dream Day Wedding Planning Podcast, talks with Mardi Hull, producer of Wendy's Wedding Show, in part one of this two part series about wedding shows. Formerly known as Wendy's Bridal Show, Wendy's Wedding Show has been a Cincinnati staple for 44 years and is the Tri-State's longest running wedding show. Taking place at the Duke Energy Convention Center in downtown Cincinnati on Saturday, January 6, 2024, and Sunday, January 7, 2024, brides, grooms, mother of the bride and wedding party can purchase tickets at www.wendysweddingexpo.com for $10 presale, or $12 at the door.Attending a wedding show is a great way to plan your entire wedding in one day, in theory. Hull says that you can meet with wedding professionals of all types, including DJs, Photographers, Caterers, Venues, and Florists at wedding shows. In addition, Wendy's Wedding Show is one of the few wedding shows in Cincinnati that has a fashion show, featuring designs from Wendy's Bridal. Bring your smartphone and take photos of your favorite dresses, decor, flowers and more. Bringing an entourage with you to a wedding show makes it more fun, and some brides, grooms, mother of the brides, and bridesmaids even dress up for the occasion in special shirts, sashes and tieras. Food samples and cake samples are always available at wedding shows, and are a great way to sample multiple food vendors in under an hour. The other huge benefit of a wedding show is that you actually get to talk with the vendors in person, and get to know them, their style and personality -- something you can't always get from just looking at a wedding directory or on their website.Enjoy the upcoming wedding show and happy planning!Support the showTo listen to more episodes visit www.yourdreamday.com
Navigating Wedding Shows and Booking Wedding Vendors: Tips from Kristie Bulach of A Bride's Mafia
Nov 25 2023
Navigating Wedding Shows and Booking Wedding Vendors: Tips from Kristie Bulach of A Bride's Mafia
Are you ready to turn your dream wedding into a reality? Kathy Piech-Lukas of Your Dream Day and Kristie Bulach, wedding show producer for A Bride's Mafia, spotlight an upcoming wedding show in Greater Cincinnati, Ohio, on Thursday, November 30 at the Fitton Center for Creative Arts in Hamilton, where you'll find wedding vendors and services, from picturesque venues and delectable food sampling to professional photographers and unique decor. We share our exclusive tips to help you get the most out of your wedding show experience and what to expect following the show. Be prepared to share your contact information at the show, and set up a separate email account for the information you'll definitely receive from all exhibitors following the event.Fun activities planned for the after hours wedding show include engaging activities like photo booths and ice rinks, cake samples and food samples. We've also got you covered for special discounts  from White Wisteria Bridal Boutique and a special giveaway from Susan's Getaways and Dream Vacations. We remind you of the importance of dealing only with reputable, licensed and insured vendors. Hear our cautionary tale about a videography company handing out business cards without a booth, and couples who have booked wedding vendors through Facebook groups only to have them cancel last minute or not show up at all. We stress the need to research your vendors thoroughly and share insights on the latest wedding trends, like live painters, and how to get referrals of quality wedding vendors. So, let's join hands and make your dream wedding a seamless reality.Support the showTo listen to more episodes visit www.yourdreamday.com
Creating Unforgettable Wedding Experiences with DJ Doug Ziegler
Nov 15 2023
Creating Unforgettable Wedding Experiences with DJ Doug Ziegler
Have you ever wondered about the person behind the music at weddings? Meet Doug Ziegler,  DJ and owner of Douglas Adam Entertainment, who offers a refreshing look into the world of DJing at weddings. Doug passionately emphasizes that DJing isn’t just about the tunes, it’s a complex role that involves wedding planning, coordination, and ensuring a seamless experience for all. Throughout the chat with Doug, we explore the DJ's role in managing wedding day stress, taking care of details that might not be immediately apparent, but can greatly enhance the wedding experience. Imagine making sure the mother of the bride has her favorite glass of red wine, or setting just the right mood with the perfect song - it's all part of the DJ's mission. Doug also highlights the value of teamwork between the couple, wedding professionals, and the DJ, reminding us of the importance of trust and the absolute necessity of hiring the right people.As we continue our conversation, we delve into the fading tradition of the bouquet and garter tosses, discussing ways to revitalize these moments to keep the wedding fun and engaging. We tackle the subject of generational differences and how to find a sweet spot for both modern and traditional expectations. We also express the significance of considering every aspect of the guest experience - from arrival till departure. Join us in this enlightening episode as we navigate the intriguing world of weddings, DJs, and creating unforgettable experiences with Your Dream Day Podcast host Kathy Piech-Lukas, wedding planner with Your Dream Day.Support the showTo listen to more episodes visit www.yourdreamday.com
Proposing to Your Wedding Party: Asking your Bridesmaids and Groomsmen with Trisha Mack of Boyfriend Baskets
Nov 1 2023
Proposing to Your Wedding Party: Asking your Bridesmaids and Groomsmen with Trisha Mack of Boyfriend Baskets
Guess what? It's not just your partner you're going to propose to, but your wedding party too! Get ready to have an insightful conversation with Trisha Mack, the genius behind Boyfriend Baskets, and host Kathy Piech-Lukas, wedding planner with Your Dream Day, about the growing trend of 'proposing' to your wedding party. Discover how personalized gifts and boxes can help you ask your friends to be part of your big day in the most memorable way. There's also a financial element to being in a wedding party, so think about your friends' and family members' current life situations before popping the question. From surprise deliveries, small gatherings, and special messages, we've got you covered on unique ways to make the proposal special.As we move on, Trisha opens up about her invaluable experience in crafting bespoke gifts for weddings and how she helps couples make their proposals unforgettable. We walk you through the process she employs to customize baskets and the exciting range of gifts she offers. Wondering where to find her? She's on Etsy! And before we wrap things up, Trisha has some priceless advice for those planning a proposal. Don't miss out on future episodes of Your Dream Day Podcast for more amazing wedding planning tips and tricks. Tune in on yourdreamday.com or your preferred podcast platform.Support the showTo listen to more episodes visit www.yourdreamday.com
The Art of Wedding Catering with Industry Expert Fausto Pfifferer
Oct 14 2023
The Art of Wedding Catering with Industry Expert Fausto Pfifferer
Join us as we navigate the intricate world of event planning with industry veteran, Fausto Pfifferer. From cost estimation to strategic diversification of income avenues, especially in the wake of the pandemic, listen in as we take a deep dive into the nitty-gritty of event catering.Crisscrossing further into our dialogue, we tap into the potential hazards tangled in large event catering. From the looming threat of food poisoning to the quintessential legalities of serving liquor, Fausto's insights are an absolute treasure trove. Are you aware of the serv safe certification requirement in every state for serving food at a wedding reception, insurance, and a business license? Or the criticality of a professionally trained bartender adhering to safety protocols? This episode is sure to elevate your awareness.Finally, our conversation takes a savvy turn as we discuss the various facets involved in wedding planning and catering. Striking a balance between timing, managing overlapping tasks, assigning a dedicated staff to the couple, and the subtle art of serving dinner during cocktail hour, we cover it all. Plus, we also examine the consequences of unchecked alcohol consumption at weddings and the need for a no-alcohol clause in vendor contracts. Tune in to this enlightening session for some exclusive industry insights from a seasoned professional.Support the showTo listen to more episodes visit www.yourdreamday.com