Ep 1: Lattes with Minister Carla

10 Jan 2017


My premiere episode features Carla Panzera Ulloa of My Dream Ceremony, a wedding officiant and recent bride who also happens to be my best friend!

This episode’s drinks:

Lattes made with Dunkin’ Donuts awesome coffees. Marie had Pumpkin Spice and Carla had French Vanilla.

Topics we covered:

  • How Carla became an officiant
  • What it’s like getting married at the courthouse
  • What Latino weddings in Southern California are like
  • Navigating family dynamics as an independent Latina bride
  • Finding a wedding venue
  • How Carla decided between a DIY wedding and going with a full-service wedding venue
  • The joys of having a winery wedding
  • How to have a Star Wars wedding without going full Offbeat Bride
  • Why Carla chose a small bridal party and didn’t have the wedding party stand up there with them
  • How being crafty and DIY for your wedding can be a stress relief
  • Do NOT go to meetings with your vendors hungry!
  • Why you always need to build in an extra half hour to every prep appointment on wedding day
  • Why you don’t tell the bride about mishaps on wedding day
  • The reason it’s important to have your family in the dressing room with you at some point as you’re getting ready on wedding day
  • The joy and emotion of the first look
  • Don’t forget the first look with your parents!
  • How being a bride changes the way a wedding vendor interacts with their couples
  • Why being a Millennial helps us as wedding pros
  • Carla shares her frustration with the lack of transparency and responsiveness from wedding pros
  • The difference between a wedding hobbyist and a wedding pro
  • Why wedding pros get frustrated when the only question is about price (even though we understand you don’t know what you don’t know!)
  • I encourage you to cyberstalk your wedding pros
  • It’s okay to ask for help when you’re planning your wedding!
  • Why it’s so important to choose the few things that really matter to you when planning your wedding
  • We show some love to our make-up artists
  • Why befriending your competitors is the best approach to small business

Links to the awesome people and companies mentioned:

This podcast is sponsored by Let’s Get Married SoCal.

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One comment on “Ep 1: Lattes with Minister Carla

  1. Kaela Caron Jan 10, 2017

    Loved it! Can’t wait to hear the next podcast! Also fantastic idea

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