We are ON AIR… Well sort of. We are podcasting. Podcasting all about weddings. The show features real life wedding stories, tips, advice and ideas for your perfect wedding and interviews with real brides, wedding service providers and all sorts of interesting “wedding people” with the sole aim of helping you have the best wedding day you can.
Don’t Know What A Podcast Is?
A podcast is like a radio station that plays only the topics that interest you. There really are podcasts on just about any topic you could ever think of.
I tried explaining what a podcast is to my mum and the simplest explanation was – internet radio. With that description,
although not entirely accurate, she understood.
Podcasts are totally free and once you choose to subscribe, they are downloaded automatically to your mp3 player whenever a new episode is released. Your mp3 player can be your phone (that’s how I listen to them), your iPad, computer, laptop or iPod – basically, any device that can play downloaded music will play a podcast.
The beauty of podcasts are you can stop, start, fast forward and rewind as you like. If you’re listening to a podcast in your car and you stop for fuel, you can pause your podcast and come back to it once you are ready. After you refuel, after your phone call, tomorrow or next week – it’s up to you.
The best way to get your podcasts delivered is by subscribing. To subscribe, you click a button – no forms, email addresses or anything. When you want to stop subscribing you simply click the unsubscribe button. Again, no emails or passwords or accounts. No-one ever knows if you do subscribe or cancel a subscription – not even the podcaster.
The most popular site to find podcasts on any subject is the iTunes store. Click on the podcast tab and start searching. You can see The Wedding Podcast iTunes page here. You can play a podcast directly from the iTunes page but if you subscribe, the latest episode will be downloaded to your iTunes library on your computer or phone.
Once in your iTunes library, you’ll have the option to download past episodes and you will automatically receive new episodes as they are released – pretty cool huh!
iTunes isn’t the only place to get your podcasts, another great app for both iPhones and Android phones is Stitcher – do a search in the app store to find it or head over to the website, www.stitcher.com.
Stitcher is a little different to iTunes as you only ever have the latest episode available to you (for any podcasts that you subscribe to) and this app will “stream” the podcasts – meaning you don’t need to download the complete file before listening AND, stitcher will work over your phone network, you don’t need WIFI.
Another cool thing about the Stitcher App is it will make recommendations for other podcasts based on your current downloads and subscriptions.
Podcasts are relatively small audio files (although some podcasts do have video) and don’t take much space on your phone or your data download allowance when listening.
If you want to learn more about podcasts, Apple have a great page here: http://www.apple.com/au/itunes/podcasts/fanfaq.html
Why Start A Wedding Podcast
Podcasts are a great way to learn about something you’re interested in and can be great entertainment too.
The beauty of a podcast is you really can listen to them anywhere – the car, train, walking, shopping – anywhere you might listen to music.
I thought a podcast would be a great way to learn about and plan for your wedding. Although I have a comprehensive and always growing website/blog, it can be difficult for brides to find the time to read all the articles.
Plus, with a podcast, I can get so much information to you through interviews with the very service providers you’ll be dealing with.
Not only will I be interviewing business owners, I’ll be speaking to real brides and grooms (listen to Mitch and Chantal about their wet and windy wedding day in the Hunter Valley), leading international wedding bloggers that are on the cusp of new trends, wedding expo organisers, fitness experts, wedding forum administrators, magazine editors and anyone else that could have a positive affect on your wedding experience.
Early Episodes Include These Highlights
Episode 1: An introduction to the podcast and options for wet weather on your wedding day.
Episode 2: Booking the right (and best) DJ for your wedding. Interview with Mel from Overload Entertainment.
Episode 3: Ordering and choosing the perfect wedding gown – ready to wear and couture designed. Interview with Kel from Kel-Leigh Couture.
Episode 4: Overcoming long distance wedding planning issues, wet and windy weather on the wedding day. Interview with Mitch and Chantal, recently married at Peppers Convent in the Hunter Valley vineyards.
Episode 5: Wedding celebrants, what you need to know before booking yours and what you need to know before you get married. Interview with Kerryn Tippet of “Wed By Kez” – super popular Newcastle wedding celebrant.
Episode 6: The importance of good timing for the girls getting ready on the wedding day, a photographer/couple breakdown in understanding which led to confusion on the wedding day.
I Need You to Make The Podcast a Success
To make The Wedding Podcast a success, it relies on input and participation from you too. If you are planning your wedding, know a fantastic wedding service provider, were part of a bridal party or hear of a new wedding related product – let me know! I want to hear from you and would love your involvement.
At the very least, go to iTunes, subscribe to The Wedding Podcast and see what you think.