Let's talk about it.

LET'S TALK ABOUT IT.

We are a radically different kind of wedding community. Watch our videos, dive into taboo topics and share your experiences in our Real Wedding Discussion groups.


planning a wedding is hard

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Our goal is to bring together and connect the wedding world to laugh, share, learn and talk about everything that happens when you are planning a wedding.

Wedding planning can be a strange time of life.  Do you wake up at 3am worrying about your family dynamics, your endless wedding to-do list, or how you'll pay for all of it?

You’re not alone.

  

Join other newlyweds going through the same process you are, wedding pros who have been through it hundreds of times and newlyweds who just lived it and share their experiences.

 

Get insights, advice, and real-life stories from engaged couples, newlyweds, and wedding professionals from our interviews. Share your thoughts, questions, ideas, and opinions in the discussions. Then dive into our Real Wedding Discussion forums and be part of a private wedding community.

A new kind of wedding community

Feeling overwhelmed and
confused?

Robin digs deep asking engaged couples and newlyweds to share their wedding planning challenges, experiences and advice.

Wedding Expert Interviews

No fluff here. Our experts are opinionated and tell it like it is.
They don't always agree.
We think that is a good thing.

NEWlywed interviews

You are not alone. Our community talks about overwhelm, family drama, money, wedding diets (or not) and everything else that’s keeping you up at night. 

Private community

We drink. we swear. we tell it like it is.

WITH THE HELP OF A LITTLE LIQUID COURAGE, WE DIVE INTO TABOO SUBJECTS FROM MONEY TO MOTHER-IN-LAWS.

WITH THE HELP OF A LITTLE LIQUID COURAGE, WE DIVE INTO everything FROM MONEY TO MOTHER-IN-LAWS.

I never planned on being in front of the camera.

But after 15 years behind the lens
as a wedding 

I never planned on being in front of the camera.

But after 15 years as a wedding photographer (@Riverbend Studio), I noticed a problem in the wedding world. Everything fell into two categories: planning the perfect wedding or showing the perfect wedding.

It killed me to see the disconnect between what the wedding industry shows and what real couples experience while planning.

I wanted to start a new kind of wedding community to let couples know they are not alone. It's normal to have doubts, confusion, family drama, money issues and expectations about looking or feeling a certain way. 

photographer (@Riverbend Studio), I noticed a problem in the wedding world. Everything fell into two categories: planning the perfect wedding or showing the perfect wedding. It killed me to see the disconnect between what the wedding industry shows and what real brides & grooms experience while planning.

I wanted to start a new kind of
wedding community to let couples know they are not alone. It's normal to have doubts, confusion, family drama, money issues and expectations about looking or feeling a certain way. 

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I had
an
idea...

What if I asked the wedding industry's top pros and freshly married couples to come into my studio, open up and share their doubts, concerns, wedding stories, drink wine and divulge helpful, hilarious knowledge for brides (and grooms) everywhere.
 
Hence, The Uncorked Project was born — we are shaking up the traditional wedding industry and building a radically different kind of community for real couples planning their weddings. 



GATHER & CONNECT
OUR REAL WEDDING DISCUSSION GROUPS ARE HERE FOR YOU. 

EDUCATE
IT'S LIKE GETTING THE ANSWERS TO THE TEST.

ENTERTAIN
THIS IS SUPPOSED TO BE FUN, RIGHT?

11,000
followers
in 6 months. 

11,000
followers
in 6
months. 

Our inbox overflowed with real wedding confessions every day. Hundreds of newlywed couples applied to be guests on our show.  Our social media community chatted with us and each other in comments and DMs. Questions from couples arrived in our inbox daily.

This is why we have created a private membership for you.



LAST YEAR We put this crazy idea out there
&
this is what happened...

LAST YEAR We put this
crazy idea out there &
this is what happened...

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We interview couples and experts who have answers.  "Answers" is plural - we believe there is no one way to plan a wedding and show both sides of the story.

Feel like a hot wedding mess?

Yeah, we get it.  Comparing yourself to social media and wedding RomComs is the death of happiness. Our Real Wedding Discussion groups talk about all the 'crazy' wedding feels.

we have the answers
to the test

Can we all just say it? Scream it?!  Planning a wedding is hard, from family dynamics to money. 
We go there.

It's more fun to plan a wedding with friends

Hear from real couples

Our engaged couples and newlyweds tell all

wedding experts spill their secrets

They are off the clock and sharing their honest opinions

Expert
advice

Expert Advice

"Couples don't know that the per-person charge will be 30% or higher than they expect."  ~ Ali Phillips, Engaging Events By Ali

We can’t give you a bigger budget, but we can give you honest advice from the best wedding pros in the biz... planners, photographers, beauty and more.  Get ready, they tell it to you straight.

WE’RE SHAKING UP THE WEDDING INDUSTRY.

We’re shaking up the wedding industry.

The purpose of our interviews is to open up a conversation within our private wedding community.  As you participate in the Real Wedding Discussions, you will be able to share your experiences, struggles, advice, and connect with other couples who are experiencing the same things.

the uncorked project

introducing...

new videos &  Topics
added every week

We cover taboo topics like nobody in the wedding industry

Real wedding discussion groups

Full access to the video library

Bite-sized VIDEOS

BITE SIZED VIDEOS

"To Evan & Meredith.... Evan is my brothers name."
~ Meredith, telling her FOB toast mishap


You are busy planning a wedding.  Who has time to sit down a watch a MasterClass? Not you. 

Each short video gives you a tip, advice or story. Then dive into the group chat.  Eat 'em up like potato chips.  Best served with wine.


"To Evan & Meredith.... Evan is my brothers name."
~ Meredith, telling her FOB toast mishap


You are busy planning a wedding.  Who has time to sit down a watch a MasterClass? Not you. 

Each short video gives you a tip, advice or story. Then dive into the group chat.  Eat 'em up like potato chips.  Best served with wine.


#truth

newlyweds let you into their lives

it doesn't always need to be serious

Let's laugh

real stories

"I walked down the aisle and a lot of the seats were empty. It was disappointing." ~ Emily, Newlywed
 We appreciate Emily's honesty in sharing her story of the disappointment she felt due to guest no-shows. Other people not living up to our expectations is a topic we rarely discuss in the wedding world.

Expectations can be a real joy killer when it comes to weddings.  Can you relate? Join us in our Real Wedding Discussions to share your own story.


real advice

“Not asking is there family drama… but IS THERE FAMILY DRAMA?!”
~ Amanda, Sudimack, Photographer & Founder, Artisan Events

Weddings are an amazing time to capture that big family portrait that will live in your family for generations.  But bringing together family often gets messy - family dynamics, divorced parents and all the other fun stuff you have to deal with to before getting that portrait.

Share your story and tips in our Real Wedding Discussions -- and know you're not alone.


Advice from those who've done it

Okay, enough of the serious topics.  This is an amazing time in your life - ENJOY it!  We play silly games like "What's Worse?", "True or False", "What Would You Do?" and of course, a drinking game or two. 

Time to laugh and enjoy this time!

Should Couples?

SHOULD COUPLES?

"When your loved ones aren't there... flowers, decor... none of it matters." ~ Anthony, Liven It Up Events

This video is not what it seems. Get your Kleenex ready, it's a tearjerker. And might just change your mind on inviting kids to your wedding.

Insider secrets

INSIDER SECRETS

"Be your own bride, not some fucking Instagram bride" - Cara, Photographer, The Atelier

Cara Garbarino and our own Robin Sloan have photographed over 1,000 weddings combined. They both agree on one thing - there's a secret to why some couples get better pictures than others.
A photographer does not try harder for one couple than for another. So why do some weddings have that "photo magic" where every shot is a winner while others fall short?

Can you relate?

Expectations. Money. Overwhelm. unsupported. dealing with others opinions.

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“If you want a packed dance floor, you need to think about what your guests enjoy - not just your personal tastes.  Hard for G'ma to dance to Coldplay.”

dj gem & dj sye
The Knot Best of Weddings Hall of Fame
the dj firm

“The biggest mistake I see couples make is trying to do everything. Don't over plan the wedding day. Each thing you add to the timeline takes you away from something else. Pick what is most important and forget the rest.”

Susan cordogan, founder & CEO
Nationally recognized Wedding Planner
big city bride

"Invitations are so much more than just paper and envelopes. It's the first thing your guest will see when it comes to your wedding. It sets the tone and gives your guests a glimpse into what your wedding day is all about."

Jackie murawski & Deanna Rojas,co-owners
Custom Stationers
XOXO Invites 

"You think an outdoor wedding is cheaper and easier? Think again. Rain plan, parking,
noise ordinances...where does everyone go
to the bathroom?!”

anthony navarro, creative director

Award Winning Event Producer, Author & Podcast Host

liven it up events

“A huge waste of money for wedding photography is a bad timeline. Coverage is consecutive hours, so if there is a lot of travel or downtime for the photo team, that's just
burning cash.”

amanda sudimak, Founder, Principal Photographer
named on of the top 20 wedding photographers in the U.S.
Artisan events

"The first thing we do when we see a photo of ourselves is look at all the things we want to change. I want you to stop. Take a step back. I challenge you to look in the mirror and instead of picking apart all the things you dislike...pick three things you like. It's incredible what it will do for your frame of mind if you practice this."

cara garbarino, photographer
Photographed numerous celebrities including Barack Obama, Paul McCartney, Chelsea Handler, and Michael Jordan
the atelier

"The number one mistake I see couples make when planning a destination wedding is not going to the location beforehand. You want to make sure the space feels like you and pictures on the internet won't give you that confirmation."

ali phillips, president & lead planner
a-list destination planner by destination wedding & honeymoons magazine
engaging events by ali, Inc.

"Expectations are the joy killers of wedding planning. Here are three tools to help you manage..."

Kara Maureen, bridal coach
founder of the Bridal prep academy where she teaches how to manage the drama, stress, and anxiety of wedding planning

"Tell your beauty team & bridesmaids you need to leave an HOUR before you really do. If one things goes wrong - your entire timeline is late."

Brittany Crinson, bridal hair stylist
2020 salons of the year - salon today
solo salon

"Your wedding day will fly by, here is a tip to slow it down - carve out 5 minutes as a couple to step away and be present. Take a deep breath together to connect and really
be present in the moment."

Tara, mindfulness expert
insight timer meditation teacher
Tara B.

"Want to save money? Cut guests. Your guest list drives your budget. You cut 5 couples out, thats 10 people, one whole table. Chairs, linens, booze, food, napkins, and centerpieces...
that all adds up!"

chrissy magliano, senior event planner
nationally recognized Wedding Planner - The Knot, Modern Luxury Weddings,
Martha Stewart, party slate
big city bride

"Receiving line?! No, no, unless you want to miss your cocktail hour! This will take 30+ minutes and cause a bottleneck of guests. You'll also miss out on precious photo time."

Arin, Senior Event Planner
NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED WEDDING PLANNER - THE KNOT, MODERN LUXURY WEDDINGS, MARTHA STEWART, PARTY SLATE
Big City Bride

"Show your photographer your Pinterest board for inspiration and posing preferences but don't ask them to replicate a specific photo. It's not realistic, your wedding photos are
uniquely yours."

Maggie Russo, Photographer
Nationally recognized photographer for weddings & lifestyle portraits
Maggie Russo Photography 

"Sure, you can have a friend marry you. But you need to approve the ceremony so there are no surprises. The ceremony should be done a month before the wedding so there is no stress involved."

Reverend Denise Tracy
The Knot Best of officiants


our videos pair
well with wine

our videos pair well with wine

We've got a video library that will keep you hooked like TikTok. Our wedding topics are Expectations, Money, Real Stories, Laugh, Learn... but the most exciting part is our Real Wedding Discussions. Couples, just like you, talk about everything that has been keeping you up at night.

our videos pair well with wine

We've got a video library that will keep you hooked like TikTok. Our wedding topics are Expectations, Money, Real Stories, Laugh, Learn... but the most exciting part is our Real Wedding Discussions. Couples, just like you, talk about everything that has been keeping you up at night.

“I wish someone would've told us the truth about planning- it's hard, it's expensive and there will be lows... but it will all be worth it.
I did this interview so I could help other couples while they are planning. ”

- rachel, married 6 months

“I bet most brides don't fall into the realm of what is traditionally expected, of what a wedding should look and feel like - and we shouldn't have to apologize for it. It's normal and doesn't make it any less. ”

- Lauren, married 5 months

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What is The Uncorked Project?

What is The Uncorked Project?

The Uncorked Project is a radically different kind of wedding community. Within the membership, you can watch our videos, dive into taboo and difficult topics, and share your personal experiences in our Real Wedding Discussion Groups.


How much does it cost?

How much does it cost?

The Uncorked Project membership is a monthly charge of $9.99 or save with 12 months for $94.99 one time charge.


Will the prices go up?

Will the prices go up?

As we add content and more exclusive features, our pricing will be adjusted. However, if you are currently a member, your current monthly price will be locked in and will not be raised.


What is included in the membership?

What is included in the membership?

When you become an Uncorked Project member, you will get exclusive access to our video library where you can watch and learn from our couples and our experts. Within each video, you can discuss the topics, share your thoughts, and tell your personal experiences in the comments with other engaged couples. You will also have exclusive access to our Real Wedding Discussion Groups. These groups cover a wide variety of topics from family & relationship drama to DIY Tips. Whether you want to share your planning experiences, your wedding woes, or just get advice on your wedding outfits, our Real Wedding Discussions is the best place to connect with engaged couples just like you!


I’m not ready to become a member but want more information…

I’m not ready to become a member but want more information…

Sign up for our Newsletter here and follow us on Instagram and TikTok. We post a lot of great tips and snippets of our interviews so you can get a peek into what our membership videos look like!


Do I have direct access to the wedding pros?

Do I have direct access to the wedding pros?

Some of our wedding pros may provide feedback or advice to select members questions through our Real Wedding Discussions or in the comments of the videos. We may also partner with wedding pros from time to time to host special live Q&A sessions with opportunities for member participation. 


How private is my profile? Can others see my information?

How private is my profile? Can others see my information?

The Uncorked Project is all about community. We encourage online, offline, and even IRL connections, so the more information you put on your profile, the more other members can get to know you. Never share any personal details on your profile or in our discussions that you don’t want others to see.


Real Wedding Confession? What is that and why should I submit one?

 Real Wedding Confession? What is that and why should I submit one?

Planning a wedding is hard. Sometimes you just need to bitch about your future mother-in-law or your own mother…we are here for you. Submit your anonymous confession here - it feels so good to get it off your chest. We publish the most common themes so all couples can see that they are not alone. If you want to keep it anonymous just keep all names and specific locations/dates off.


How do I apply to be interviewed? 

How do I apply to be interviewed? 

Have good advice to share with Uncorked members? Are you an expert who wants to share their knowledge? Awesome, we want you to apply! 
     -   Engaged? Apply here.
     -   Newlywed? Apply here.
     -   Wedding Expert? Apply here.


Do you partner with brands and influencers?

Do you partner with brands and influencers?

Absolutely! We love to make friends and partner to create great content. Reach out to robin@uncorkedproject.com and maryellen@uncorkedproject.com for more info.


Who runs The Uncorked Project?

Who runs The Uncorked Project?

We are a small but mighty team based in Chicago. Robin is the Founder & Host, Jessica (you see her pretty smile behind the cameras) runs the video production & photography, Mary Ellen heads up everything on social media (if you DM us, you are talking to Mary Ellen!) and our amazing video editors are Kyle, Tricia and Lizzie. Find our more about us here.


What if I want to cancel my membership?

What if I want to cancel my membership?

While we will be sad to see you go, we realize that once you get married you will no longer need The Uncorked Project. You can cancel your monthly membership at any time.


Other questions? 

Other questions? 

Email us! DM us! Sign up and reply to our emails... we love to chat.