Meet Aleisha

So you like talking about weddings... are you a wedding planner?

Although I have a deep respect for our wedding planning friends, I am but a mortal woman, comedian and TV presenter who discovered rather quickly after getting engaged that many aspects of the wedding planning world (like Westworld but less fun) is bullshit, so in 2014 I started a podcast to help couples plan their wedding day without losing their marbles. The original show was called ‘The Save the Date Wedding Podcast' but two hundred episodes in, I changed the name to Bridechilla, a much better fit for what I do.

So why are you hosting a wedding planning podcast? 

I'm a big podcast listener, and one day on a jog (where I have all of my good ideas) I wondered why no one was using the podcast space to help couples with their wedding planning?
It's such a great medium. It felt like a waste.
So, I went home, ordered a microphone off Amazon and set up a ‘studio' on an ironing board in our little flat. I hit record and talked about all of the things that I wanted to hear when we were engaged. People listened. People wrote me emails. The Bridechilla movement was born! 

Do you ever get sick of talking about weddings?

Nope. 
I'll let you in on a secret. The Bridechilla Podcast isn't just about weddings...it goes beyond the aesthetics of décor and dresses, I talk about obligation guests, ditching meaningless traditions... like garters (vom) and incorporating feminism into the day. I also share my relentless disdain for chair covers (and other useless wed-tat). 

Tell us about your wedding? Was it perfect. 

Firstly. The concept of perfection and the Best day of your life.
Forget it. We should all have many 'best days of our lives', so I prefer to not buy into the 'everything must be perfect or you will fail' rubbish. 
And yes, the day was terrific. We did a lot of planning on our own. You can read about all of the details here.

These images, by Lousia Bailey, pretty much sum up our relationship! 

I think I might like to be a Bridechilla. What should I do?

Every Bride and Groom can be a Bridechilla and Groomchilla. The Bridechilla Podcast has no boundaries. We have listeners all over the world who come together to share and learn in our excellent Facebook group, The Bridechilla Community. I'd highly recommend you join!