My First Podcast: How We Met, What My Mom Thought, & My Top Tips

Welcome brides and grooms!

I am so excited to finally be releasing my first podcast! I’ve had this idea for such a long time and kind of put it off to get everything else up and going. I started this podcast to help brides and grooms to plan their wedding. Along the way, we will talk with wedding professionals and brides to hear their recommendations, tips, and funny stories. 

This first podcast is a little bit about me – more in depth than what I shared before. I talk about how my fiancé (Robbie) and I met, my mom’s impression of Robbie, my grandpa’s thoughts, how Robbie proposed, and a little bit about what life looks like now. I’ll also give my top tips for wedding planning along with what you can look forward to in the future from Mary Taylor Weddings – the podcast.

Go to Facebook and let me know who you want to see featured on the Podcast! 

Groups/links that I mentioned on the Podcast:

  1. Mary Taylor Weddings Facebook Page
  2. My Etsy Shop
  3. Weddings, Wine, & DIY Free Facebook Group
  4. Mary Taylor’s Wedding Deals
Photo by: Erin S.

When to Send Invites

Michelle Nicole, wedding and event planner, suggests sending out your wedding invites 2-3 months prior to your wedding and requiring RSVP’s 3.5 weeks before your wedding. This helps you to plan your seating chart, favors, meals, and alcohol numbers. To me, these are just suggestions and if you think it’ll be better for yourself or your guests to send out invites sooner than 2-3 months, go for it!

Here’s how my timeline on save the dates and invites personally have gone (remember my wedding is in California and probably 90% of our guests are coming from one of these places: New Zealand, London, Spain, Minnesota, or Arizona). I had several guests asking specifics (where to stay, what to do, when it was, how to get there, etc) so I chose to send my invites out as soon as I could along with a wedding website. Our invites and save the dates were also sent via email because of the distance between all our guests. We also have a “backup” list of people we really want there but don’t have the budget for as of now. I told my guests that our RSVP date is just preferred but I wasn’t strict on it because it’s so far in advance.

Burke wedding date: September 14th 2019

Burke wedding save the dates sent on: around October 27th-28th 2018

Burke wedding invites sent on: December 10th 2018

RSVP date: June 14th 2019 (three months prior – but most of our guests will know by then anyways)

Number of yes’s as of today: 29

Number of no’s as of today: 0


When sending invites here are a few things to not forget:

  1. Brides name goes FIRST and then grooms name.
  2. If parents are contributing, it is traditional to include them in the invite (sample below). Not needed especially if mentioned on your wedding website instead (which is what we did).
  3. Check postage cost before fully committing to a style of card
  4. Proofread – over and over again!
  5. Get a custom stamp with your names/address to save time
  6. If you’re not putting in the guest’s names on the RSVP card for them, number the RSVP and keep track of who you sent it to (small in the corner or somewhere that isn’t visible to guests). I have seen SO many times that guests forget to label who is attending and then you have no way of knowing who sent that RSVP.
  7. Include a stamp on all your RSVP cards so guests don’t have to.
  8. If you’re having a wedding website, include instructions / the link to go check it out. This can also be a great way for guests to RSVP.
  9. Print extra invites (one for a keepsake, one to be photographed at your wedding with all your other little details, some for extra guests if you have a backup list like us, etc).
  10. If you’re not printing invites, still print one for yourself, your grandparents, and your parents.
  11. Stick to the style of your save the dates / style of your wedding.
  12. Be specific about who is invited (plus ones, just the named guests, children, etc).
  13. If you’re not having a wedding website or other place for guests to find out more information, include all other applicable information such as meal choices, dietary restrictions, guest accommodation, bar situation (cash bar, open bar, no alcohol, BYO, etc), transportation, dress code, parking availability, if it’s accessible by uber/taxi/lyft, gift registry, location/address, map if needed, ceremony time, brief schedule if reception doesn’t follow the ceremony, contact information, things to do in the area, etc. Most of this will go on a separate “details” card you’ll need to order/provide.
  14. Purchase matching thank you cards ahead of time (one less thing to figure out later) unless you want your thank you cards to use your wedding photographs. 
Thanks to everyone who sent me their invites to use for this blog <3 If you have images you’d like me to use for future blogs (whether you’re a photographer, other vendor, or bride) please contact me! 
Cover image provided by: Erin S. 


Signing off, 

Mary Taylor <3

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Our Invite!
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Who I Am – Video

Hi everyone! Thanks for watching! I am so excited to join you on this wedding planning journey.

Groups mentioned in this video:

Mary Taylor Weddings

DIY Bridal Academy

Weddings, Wine, & DIY

Take aways:

* Hi, I’m Mary Taylor! I’m a current bride, photographer, retoucher, and all around business woman.

* I met my fiancé in London. He’s from New Zealand (where we currently live) and I am from California (where our wedding is going to be).

* One of my top tips is to stay organized. I did this by creating an all-in-one wedding planning check list:

* I’ve partnered up with Michelle, a passionate wedding planner, in order to provide brides information on planning their own wedding!

Photo by Susannah Lynn Photography


Hi brides (and grooms)!

My name is Mary. I am a photographer, editor, lover of cooking, and most importantly for you, I am a current bride. First, I want you to know a little about me, my story, and my bridal journey so that the posts I make about my personal experiences you feel that you can connect those stories to a real person.

I started this website and blog because I absolutely love weddings. Growing up I wanted to be a wedding planner but found a passion in photography instead. Now that I have been planning my own wedding for almost a YEAR, I have gained a true understanding of the questions, problems, and stress that brides go through in order to create their dream wedding.


About us! My fiancé and my story is a whirlwind. Growing up and imagining how my “timeline” of life would work included seeing myself date a partner for five to seven years before getting married. When I met my fiancé, I had no idea we would end up getting engaged less a year from the day we first laid eyes on each other.


It started in London with a very traumatic experience for me to the point that I almost left London immediately. But a friend convinced me to stay. On my second night, after more complications, I decided even if I was going to be leaving the next day that I wanted to go to a pub crawl first. In my mind, it was the last time I would likely ever be in London and I had to live it up. Long story short, that night I met my now fiancé, Robbie. We immediately hit it off. When asked what I wanted to do while in London I mentioned the zoo and he said, “I have been wanting to go to the London Zoo since I moved here two years ago. Do you want to go with me tomorrow?” Our first date at the zoo was absolutely wonderful. We sat along the waters edge in “little Italy” and talked about our lives, our goals, our families, our businesses, and so much more. Fast forward a month later and Robbie was in Madrid visiting me again and meeting my sister and her partner.


Timing has always proved to be our friend. Everything in the world told me to leave London and I didn’t. I almost missed the pub crawl because they were about to leave and I had JUST arrived. And now, Robbie was telling me that the week after I had to return home to California, his Visa in London was expiring and he could stop in California for a few weeks while on his way home to New Zealand. We road tripped throughout California, Nevada, and Arizona. The three weeks flew by. At this point, we had told each other we loved each other. We had no idea how a long distance relationship would work while being countries away from each other but we weren’t worried. A couple months after Robbie left California, I went to New Zealand for two months. We road tripped the whole of New Zealand (both islands) and took a trip to Australia. On our 6 month anniversary of knowing each other, I told Robbie that after a lot of thought, I wanted to move to New Zealand. A few months after I left New Zealand, Robbie came back to the United States for a couple months which is when Robbie proposed in May (pictures below). In September 2018, I moved to New Zealand!


I can’t wait to share more about what I’ve learned and all the experiences I have had so far. My goal for this site is to provide brides (and grooms, wedding planners, vendors, etc) information, advice, and opinions in different forms (blogging/reading, podcasts, and more) from a bride herself who has spent many hours researching, reading, and taking part in discussion boards. I want this to be a central place you can come to getting everything you need to know about wedding planning. I also want to be able to provide ways for those that prefer not to read a way to absorb information and learn about the wedding process without just reading a blog, book, or magazine.


Thank you so much for being apart of my story, my journey, and my passion! I look forward to helping you plan your wedding!


Sources: Photo by Susannah Lynn Photography