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Weddings for Real

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Real wedding vendors share their tips and tricks for surviving and thriving in this one of a kind industry. Hosted by Megan Gillikin of A Southern Soiree Wedding Planning, you'll hear guests share their secrets on marketing, the client experience, networking, community, sales, and more - and you mig… read more

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160: Behind the Scenes at Wedding MBA

November 23rd, 2021

26:34

This episode is a special behind-the-scenes look at Wedding MBA from its first in person live event since 2019.  Megan spoke on imposter syndrome - and what happened to her in Vegas did NOT help with her own imposter …

159: Emotional Marketing, with Renee Sabo

November 17th, 2021

30:05

When a couple is considering which vendors to go with, they look at a lot of different factors. Weddings you’ve worked before, website, social media, reviews, price point, the call you had with them. Ultimately, they …

158: Using research to better understand your couples, with Jordan Kentris

November 3rd, 2021

38:09

Think back to the last 5 weddings you worked. How did they find you?  Did you enjoy working with them? Would they recommend you to a friend?  What …

157: Unraveling, with Adrienna McDermott

October 27th, 2021

49:25

Welcome to The Unraveling, where we share the unraveling of old habits and mindset that holds you back, and the rebirth of new. Today's guest is …

156: The Unraveling Series

October 20th, 2021

10:45

Once a month moving forward, we're bringing you a new series - The Unraveling.  These episodes shine a light on the pivotal  moments and ensuing decisions that industry leaders have encountered that changed everything.  …

155: Crushing Content: Wash, Rise, Repeat, with Angela Proffitt

October 13th, 2021

47:27

One of the biggest challenges I hear every single week is that there’s not enough time to build content. Or you’re not sure what to post. Or you’re worried that what you do post won’t be received very well - or worse, …

154: How to shift your business to meet Amazon-addicted couples, with Michelle Loretta

October 6th, 2021

32:51

When I need something for my house or for my business, I order it on my phone and get it literally the next day. And if I have to wait two days, fine I guess, but I’m not too happy about it. We all want it right away. …

153: Wedding Planner Series: Live Coaching Call with The Productionista (Part 2)

September 16th, 2021

23:43

Join Megan for an inside look at her one-on-one coaching session with Alisha Freeman, The Productionista. Alisha is a member of The Planner's Vault, …

153: Wedding Planner Series: Live Coaching Call with Blue Poppy Events (Part 1)

September 14th, 2021

22:51

Join Megan for an inside look at her one-on-one coaching session with Carrie Gillard from Blue Poppy Events.  Carrie is a member of The Planner's …

152: Wedding Planner Series: 5 Tips to Grow Your Business

September 8th, 2021

25:30

In this solo episode, Megan Gillikin answers 5 questions from the Weddings for Real Facebook Group, including how to hire your #2, how to raise your …

151: All About Your Welcome Guide: My Top 5 Tips

September 1st, 2021

13:54

In this solo episode, Megan Gillikin gives her 5 tips on how to set boundaries, ease anxiety, and build trust with new clients through a killer …

150: Turn your service into a money-making digital product, with Christina Scalera

August 25th, 2021

38:58

As a wedding pro, you are the expert in your field. You have a knack for creating the most beautiful floral arrangements. You can run through a …

149: Wedding Pros - Do You Have a Market Niche?

August 18th, 2021

37:51

When a couple finds your website or your social media presence, do they know right away why you’re unique?  Do they know what makes you special and different from all of the other vendors they’re looking at?  Or are you …

148: 3 Sales Tips to Book More Weddings

August 11th, 2021

10:49

In this solo episode, Megan Gillikin gives 3 actionable sales tips for incoming inquiries that you can try right now.  The wedding industry is …

147: Managing Wedding Day Stress from Event Planner (and Former Olympian!) Jess Gelder

August 4th, 2021

41:58

As wedding pros, we’re dealing with a lot of stressful situations, and we need to be at our best when dealing with all of them. In some respects, …

146: 11 years of business advice in less than 20 minutes

July 28th, 2021

16:21

The release of this episode marks the 11-year anniversary of Megan running her wedding planning business, A Southern Soiree. She's made every mistake and learned every lesson in those 11 years, and today she gives tips …

145: How Facebook Groups Can Help You Book More Couples, with Margaux Fraise

July 21st, 2021

43:11

When you think about marketing your business with Facebook, most of us look at what kind of content we should be posting, whether or not to boost, …

144: Tips for Handling Difficult Conversations in the Wedding Industry, with Beth Kramer

July 14th, 2021

53:27

According to Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, before we can experience love, we need to feel safe and secure.  But with racial unrest, homophobia, a pandemic, and the "do we only invite guests who are vaccinated?" debates, …

143: Do You Need a Workcation? Yes, You Do!

July 7th, 2021

14:43

On this solo episode, Megan Gillikin dives into all things workcations - what it is, who you should go with, what you can accomplish, and next steps …

142: Avoid These Business Mistakes, from Lawyer and Accidental Entrepreneur Kunbi Odubogun

June 30th, 2021

48:52

You probably started your business because you had a special passion or a superpower. Maybe you were amazing at logistics so you became a wedding planner. Or you knew how to get people on the dance floor so you became a …

141: The client experience starts before the couple books - tips for adding value, with Lynne Reznick

June 23rd, 2021

46:15

If you’re in the wedding industry, there's a high probability that you're a people pleaser. But as much as we want to take care of our clients 24/7, we also want to take care of our kids, our partners, our friends, and …

140: Daily Routines and Personal Growth for Wedding Pros, with Gurminder Banga

June 9th, 2021

1:05:18

Do you ever find yourself working your butt off, just go go go, working weddings, fixing problems, moving the business forward...and then you never stop to think why you’re doing all these things?  Is it because you …

139: How to Deal with Pride and Ego in Weddings, with Leah Weinberg

June 2nd, 2021

45:18

We've all seen it happen - ego and pride get in the way of the best wedding experience. And it's not just from the couples or their parents. As wedding vendors, sometimes we think we know what's best for the couples …

138: 3 Tips to Change Your Mindset for More Sales, with Maria Bayer

May 26th, 2021

44:40

Do you feel like you’re on the way to achieving your goals and making the money you deserve?  Or...is there something holding you back?

Maria Bayer

137: Using Enneagram for Your Business Strategy, with Kristen Edwards

May 12th, 2021

47:57

Enneagram. For a better understanding of people we work with, people we're in relationships with, and most importantly, a better understanding of ourselves. We've covered the basics before on episode 87, but today, …

136: Book More Weddings with these Marketing Tips, with Heidi Thompson

May 5th, 2021

50:09

What are some of the challenges you're running into when marketing your business? For many of the wedding pros I talk to, it’s that there are just so …

135: How you can leverage podcasting (even without having one)

April 28th, 2021

36:47

We have been podcasting for over 3 years now! Crazy but true, we dropped our first 5 episodes on April 4th, 2018. Over the years, we get asked a lot of questions around podcasting, all related to how can someone …

134: Building a Business Exit Strategy, with Donald Thompson

April 21st, 2021

47:01

Take a moment to reflect on your business - are you working a job that pays your bills? Or are you building a company? Either answer is ok, but for those of you who want to scale your company to one day have the option …

133: Selling Styles for Wedding Pros, with Ideaction's Sam Jacobson

April 7th, 2021

59:19

We all have different sales styles - what works for one wedding pro might be different than what works best for you. And it’s those different selling styles that we need to lean into so we can turn our baseline …

132: 3 Pinterest Myths and Misconceptions, with Gabby Pinkerton

March 31st, 2021

39:56

You all know the reasons why to focus on Pinterest - it’s great to generate traffic to your website, it’s another platform to get in front of potential couples, and it’s a way to network with other vendors when you’re …

131: Relationship Marketing and #StopTheDoubleTap

March 17th, 2021

41:13

Over the past year, with the wedding industry in shambles, Don Mamone has come up with a new outlook on his professional life - People First, Then Profit. Today on the show, Don talks about what relationship marketing …

Introducing Hustle + Gather, with Courtney and Dana

March 15th, 2021

8:32

Today we're sharing a few minutes of a new podcast, Hustle + Gather, with my friends Courtney Hopper and Dana Kadwell. It’s about the realness of running a business - how no one understands you except other …

130: Marriage or Mortgage? Meet the hosts of Netflix's new show

March 10th, 2021

27:42

Sarah Miller and Nichole Holmes are the hosts of Netflix's new show, Marriage or Mortgage, where couples have to choose whether they want to spend …

129: 3 Step SEO Checklist, with Sara Dunn

March 3rd, 2021

37:16

We all want to know - how can I have better rankings on Google so more couples come visit my website?  The answer of course is a little SEO (search engine optimization), but that seems complicated - unless Sara Dunn …

128: 5 Tips to Avoid Being a Website Horror Story, with Brenda Cadman

February 18th, 2021

40:23

Have you ever woken up to find your website gone?  Every other site on the web works except for yours, and then you realize - you have absolutely no …

127: Is Community Over Competition for Real?

January 27th, 2021

42:05
Kinsey Roberts (She Creates Business Podcast) and I first heard about community over competition from Natalie Franke of the Rising Tide Society. In theory, it makes a lot of sense. if we can all help each other - in …

126: Wedding Planners: Why do venues refer you (or not)?

January 20th, 2021

23:21
Wedding venue coordinators are likely to be your number one source for referral business.  So why aren't they referring you right now?  Megan asked venue coordinators throughout the country why they refer planners (or …

125: Protecting Yourself Legally from the Next Disaster, with Girija Patel

January 13th, 2021

41:55

As an industry in 2020, we had some pretty major legal issues. With events being delayed, we all had to look back at our contracts and wonder:

  • Are …

124: Wedding Planner Series: What's Your Superpower?

January 8th, 2021

15:34
Any wedding planner - including your competition - can put together an amazing event if they have enough budget to work with. So what sets you apart? What makes you special?  Today, Megan gives 6 potential superpowers …

Weddings for Real Trailer

December 30th, 2020

1:37

Hey there, I’m Megan Gillikin, and this podcast is for fellow wedding pros that know what it really takes to thrive as a professional in the wedding industry, because it’s NOT what they show you in the movies. spoiler …

123: 2020 Recap: 3 Questions to Ask Yourself

December 22nd, 2020

40:48
2020 was a year like none other, but there were many silver linings and hidden blessings throughout the chaos.  Today, Megan and Jason Gillikin talk about wins, fails, and goals for 2021.   This episode is brought to …

122: Collaboration Tips for Business and Creative Growth, with James and Schulze

December 16th, 2020

48:59

You know that competitor in your market you just can't stand? The one that you're always up against, and you take business away from each other? …

121: Daily Habits to Build Trust in Yourself, with Kim Montoya

December 2nd, 2020

47:40
What are your daily habits?  Do you wake up early? Do you read? Do you journal? Unless you pressed the wrong button, I’m guessing you might listen to podcasts? Well, I’m trying to improve myself every day, and daily …

120: The 4 People You Need in Your Circle of Trust

November 23rd, 2020

16:06
Do you have a circle of trust?  A proverbial board of advisors?  I do and it’s made up of a diverse group of people from my life who each know me in a different way and who I trust and respect their voice as someone I …

119: Preventing Squirrel Brain: Time Blocking and Productivity Tips from Brandee Gaar

November 11th, 2020

55:12
Do you suffer from squirrel brain?  Symptoms include not being able to get $h!t done because your mind is wandering off in so many different directions on calls you need to make or emails you need to send or big picture …

118: 3 Cash Flow and Tax Mistakes You're Making in Your Wedding Business, with Braden Drake

November 4th, 2020

29:44

Today we're talking to Braden Drake, who describes himself as "your gay best friend, but also an attorney who's going to help you with your taxes." Braden somehow manages to make a boring (yet super-important) topic …

117: 8 Quick Tips to Audit Your Website for Booking Season

October 28th, 2020

13:54
Join me on this solo episode where I give you 8 quick and easy (yet important and impactful) tips to audit your website, just in time for engagement …

116: Words Matter: Inclusive Language in the Wedding Industry, with Taylor Griffith from Lemon Tree Editorial

October 9th, 2020

41:11

Today we’re talking all about inclusive language - what to say and what not to say in what has historically been a very bride centric, straight, thin, pretty, white, and rich industry. As Taylor Griffith from Lemon …

115: Tips for Improving Your Wedding Consultations, with Sam Jacobson

September 23rd, 2020

1:02:44
Today we’re talking to Sam Jacobson from Ideaction Consulting about the sales process, how to empathize with your clients right now and what you …

114: Is Work/Life Balance Possible in the Wedding Industry?

September 10th, 2020

21:10
Join me on this solo episode where I give you 7 tips for balancing it all - life, business, family, personal pursuits. We're all works in progress, …

113: What is Entrepreneurship Costing You? (She Creates Business Podcast with Kinsey Roberts)

August 20th, 2020

1:13:50

Today we're sharing an episode previously published on the She Creates Business Podcast with Kinsey Roberts.

From SCB:

I'm honored to welcome back to the podcast, my friend and fellow podcaster, Megan Gillikin.

Megan …

112: How are You Diversifying to Survive 2020 and Thrive in 2021?

August 9th, 2020

34:03

It’s August 2020, five months removed from our two-week pause that we were supposed to have in March.  That’s about half of your year that has probably gone up in flames, and let’s be honest, you’re probably not going …

Bonus: Come Join The Planner's Vault - Free Survival Guide Training August 5th

August 4th, 2020

5:02

The Planner's Vault Reopen Webinar

Have your wedding planning goals gone up in flames in 2020? Come join me Wednesday, Aug 5th at 8:30 pm EST for a …

111: 10 Lessons from 10 Years in Business

July 28th, 2020

48:00

Megan and Jason Gillikin celebrate the 10-year anniversary of A Southern Soiree, and Megan shares her top ten lessons learned over the past decade - …

110: 3 Things You Can Change Right Now for More Bookings

July 22nd, 2020

16:32

This pandemic has caused delays, cancellations, stress, tears, more delays, unanswerable questions, confusion...it really sucks to be in the wedding industry right now. But here's what it can't change - couples getting …

109: Finding Your #2 Employee, with Julie Bunkley and Courtney Wolf from Invision Events

July 10th, 2020

37:56

In 2012, Julie Bunkley had run Invision Events in Birmingham Alabama for 7 years, and the business was doing...fine. But it wasn't growing. She knew …

108: Networking Tips in a Pandemic

July 3rd, 2020

12:34

How can you network and build vendor relationships when there are no weddings and no networking events?  Megan gives her top three tips that you can …

107: Sustainability in Weddings, with Aaron Shook

June 18th, 2020

37:32

Aaron Shook has been in the hospitality industry for 30+ years in restaurants, catering, and now in wedding planning at Perfect Storm Moments. Through it all, he's seen a lot of weddings - and a lot of waste. And his …

106: Racism, Inclusion, and The Keys to Change, with Terrica

June 3rd, 2020

46:46

It's time to talk about racism in the United States, (the lack of) diversity and inclusion in the wedding industry, and how to have open and honest conversations. 

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105: How to Work with a Virtual Assistant, with Julie Painter from Dallas Girl Friday

May 27th, 2020

36:42

Julie Painter (aka Dallas Girl Friday) is a virtual assistant who specializes in the wedding industry, and today she gives the inside scoop on what a …

104: Defining Luxury on Your Own Terms, with The Flower Guy Bron

May 20th, 2020

37:00

Have you ever felt the pressure of keeping up with what looks "elegant" or "luxurious" on Instagram? Why? Why do we care about matching what we see on the cover of The Knot or Martha Stewart Weddings? Isn’t it more …

102: Bringing Your Clients, Vendors, and Team Into the Digital Age, with Nora Shiels

May 6th, 2020

30:00

Today we’re talking all about how to get your clients, your vendors, and your team on board with the digital age. Sometimes it’s super frustrating when clients can’t figure out how to sign a contract, or a vendor is …

101: Building Business Stability through Email Marketing, with Aleya Harris

April 23rd, 2020

43:20

So be honest. Is email marketing something you do for your business? Are you bringing future clients into your sales funnel and giving them content every week?  (Do you really even know what a sales funnel is?) If …

100th Episode Awards Show Extravaganza

April 15th, 2020

30:06
Welcome to the Weddings for Real 100th Episode Extravaganza! On this special episode, you'll hear who won the awards for:   Toughest Interview Easiest Interview Funniest Episode Best One-Liner Most Referenced Episode …

99: Multicultural Wedding Do's and Don'ts, with Petronella Lugemwa

April 1st, 2020

35:59

Some of the most lavish and exciting weddings to work are the ones where culture plays a big part in the wedding. And today we talk to someone who …

98: Finding Your Way through the Chaos of COVID-19 in the Wedding Industry

March 24th, 2020

39:08

What a crazy, chaotic, noisy, tearful, and stressful week. In a world that's completely upside down because of COVID-19, what can we do to make it …

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and Weddings - Now What Do We Do?

March 15th, 2020

32:08

With the Coronavirus causing chaos throughout the world, it has taken its toll on the wedding industry as well. Gatherings are being limited, some …

97: Offboarding Your Clients: Tips for a Lasting Impression with Renee Dalo

March 11th, 2020

48:56

Do you ever meet a new friend, and things are going great. You feel like you’ve made a solid connection, and then one day, BAM, she ghosts you? It …

What is The Planner's Vault?

March 3rd, 2020

13:01

On February 27, 2020, Megan launched The Planner's Vault, a membership site for wedding planners who are hungry to grow, ready to hustle, and …

96: Top 5 Reasons You SHOULD Be Working More Corporate Events, with Roar Events' Caryl Lyons

February 26th, 2020

43:11

How many of you are REALLY going after corporate events?  You probably can work a corporate event just fine, and maybe you’ve done some, but are you really making an effort to show your market that you’re available …

95. Carving Out Your Own Niche, with Venue Consultant Lindsay Lucas

February 12th, 2020

51:24
Lindsay Lucas is THE wedding venue consultant.  She's a former wedding planner who now helps venue owners (and those aspiring to be) to create …

94. What Engaged Couples Want 2.0, Interviews from the Merrimon Wynne House Bridal Showcase

January 29th, 2020

44:29

Weddings for Real had the opportunity to interview engaged couples at The Merrimon-Wynne House in Raleigh NC Bridal Showcase, so that vendors could …

93: Working Together, Living Together, and Liking Each Other (Most Days), with Steve and Jenn Van Elk

January 15th, 2020

43:36

Do you work with your wife or husband? Or do you spend so much time with your work wife or work husband that it basically feels like you’re married?  Well, working together for so many hours – and possibly living …

92: You Down with SOPs (Standard Operating Procedures)? With Morgan Montgomery!

January 1st, 2020

39:17

If you’re a solopreneur or you run a small team, and you’re thinking about growing, but you haven’t quite figured out how to clone yourself yet, …

91: 2019 Year in Review: Wins, Fails, and Goals for 2020

December 18th, 2019

42:17
How was 2019 for you?  What were your wins and losses?  Did you hit your goals?  What are your plans for 2020?   On today's episode, Megan and Jason Gillikin talk all about chaos, transitions, wins, fails, goals, and …

90: Impactful Gifting Strategies for 2020, with Margaux Fraise

December 11th, 2019

51:44
Today's guest is Margaux Fraise from Harmony Creative Studio in Los Angeles. Margaux has been planning weddings and events for 8 years. She's also a cancer survivor, which in 2014 knocked her out of running her business …

89: Shared Values and Different Personalities: Building an A-Team with Aneesa Glines

December 4th, 2019

59:41
Aneesa Glines can best be described as a force of nature with a huge smile and even bigger laugh, whose kind nature is matched by her business drive and desire to grow professionally.  She's the owner and lead …

88: A Kick in the Pants from Cindy Novotny, The Radical Mentor

November 27th, 2019

28:07

Cindy Novotny has been called "The Radical Mentor" for good reason. She is a no-nonsense, call-it-like-it-is, whether-you-want-to-hear-it-or-not …

87: The Power of Enneagram: How to Grow Professionally and Personally by Knowing Your Number, with Joanna Kenney

November 20th, 2019

54:34
If you're anything like Megan, 2019 has been all about personal and professional growth - how to be a better boss, friend, partner, and mom. And one of the most fascinating ways that she has found to analyze how she can …

86: Does Working With a Wedding Planner Make Your Job More Difficult? Danielle Pasternak from the Put A Ring On It Podcast Has Opinions

November 13th, 2019

49:55

If you’re a member of the Rising Tide Society Facebook Group, you might have seen a post (since deleted) a few months ago from a photographer who …

85: What My Children Have Taught ME About Business, with Single Dad Jose Rolon

November 6th, 2019

53:13
Jose Rolon is the lead wedding planner at Jose Rolon Events in New York City.  Jose is a single father of 3 children, a 6 year-old and 5 year-old …

84: Brand Building Through Mentorship, with 42 North's Francie Dorman and Britt Cole

October 30th, 2019

44:05
Among other incredible accolades, Francie Dorman and Britt Cole of 42 North Weddings in New England have been named one of the top planning companies …

83: On the Couples' Therapy Couch with Christian Charette, Part 2: Tips for Better Communication

October 22nd, 2019

44:56

Megan and Jason went onto the couples' therapy couch and got some amazing advice from their own therapist, Christian Charette from Couple Forward in Raleigh NC. This episode is part two of a two-parter. Last week, …

82: On the Couples' Therapy Couch with Christian Charette, Part 1: Roadblocks in Relationships

October 16th, 2019

33:46

Megan and Jason went onto the couples' therapy couch and got some amazing advice from their own therapist, Christian Charette from Couple Forward in Raleigh NC. This episode is a two-parter, and today Christian shares …

81: Creating a Cozy Courtship with Your Clients, with Alisha Chadee

October 9th, 2019

45:06

Alisha Chadee is the co-owner of Events by Whim Event Planning in Toronto Ontario, and she comes on the show today to talk about how to make your clients feel like they're the only ones you're working with.  It takes …

80: Time to Stop Neglecting Pinterest, with The Bridal Theory's Amanda Writesman

October 2nd, 2019

46:23

Amanda Writesman is screaming from the rooftop that - if you're a wedding vendor - you need to get your Pinterest game back on point!  Will you listen to her?  If you want an easy way to put content out there that you …

79: Going the Extra Mile for Your Clients, with Entertainer Artem Lomaz

September 25th, 2019

47:10

Artem Lomaz is DJ Times' Entertainer of the Year two years in a row, in 2018 and 2019!  Today he talks about what he does to go the extra mile for his clients, from sentimental cards, to trying (and still trying!) to …

78: Check Yo' Site: 3 Easy Audit Tips Before Engagement Season

September 18th, 2019

31:46
Engagement season is right around the corner, and you don't want a website that repels your ideal client right? On this episode, Megan and Jason Gillikin give 3 easy tips to audit your website so you can book more …

77: Diversifying Your Business to Reach Different Clientele, with Sapphire Events' Valerie Gernhauser

September 11th, 2019

45:56

Valerie Gernhauser runs two wedding planning companies - Sapphire Events and Ruby and Pearl Events - in the same market (New Orleans). Why did she decide to do that? She wanted to diversify her business to reach …

76: The 100% Definitive Guide to Mastering Motherhood (JK!), with Rachel May

September 4th, 2019

52:46

Wedding photographer Rachel May talks to Megan about motherhood, and they come up with the definitive guide to how to be an amazing mother, be ever-present with your kids, run your business well, be always put-together, …

75: How to Get on Preferred Vendor Lists, with International WIPA President Kevin Dennis

August 28th, 2019

50:44

Kevin Dennis has been in the wedding industry for 30 years (!!) as the owner of Fantasy Sound Event Services near San Francisco and the Napa Valley. He's also the international president of WIPA, the Wedding …

74: Imposter Syndrome, with Fancy This Photography's Nikki Whitt Belch

August 21st, 2019

48:15

Imposter Syndrome: a psychological pattern in which an individual doubts their accomplishments and has a persistent internalized fear of being …

73: Relator, Analyzer, Boss, and Dreamer: How to Sell To and Work With the 4 Types of Wedding Clients, with Ideaction's Sam Jacobson

August 14th, 2019

1:03:22

Sam Jacobson, founder of Ideaction Consulting, has found that there are 4 types of buyers in the wedding market - The Relator, the Analyzer, the …

72: YouTube Videos to Market Your Business, with Wedding Photographer Cavin Elizabeth

August 7th, 2019

48:22

When Cavin Elizabeth moved to the San Diego market, she was wondering if making educational videos and sharing them on YouTube would be a way to …

71: Toxic Stress and How It's Killing Your Business, with Therapist and Executive Coach Andy Maurer

July 31st, 2019

1:00:21

At the Engage Luxury Wedding Summit in June, therapist and entrepreneurial coach Andy Maurer gave the most impactful and self-reflective speech at a …

70: Do's and Don'ts of Styled Shoots, with Color Pop Events' Leah Weinberg

July 24th, 2019

44:34

Styled Shoots.  You get your friendors together and create a completely unique pretend wedding that you don't have to plan out for months.  They seem easy right? Well, not exactly. Styled shoots can cost money, time, …

WWD13: Back in the Closet with Megan and Jason

July 20th, 2019

19:53

Weekend Wine Down Time! Megan and Jason talk about the live show coming up in August, where to spend a long weekend, and 9 years of A Southern Soiree!

The host of Weddings for Real is Megan Gillikin, owner and lead …

69: Individuality in a Saturated Wedding Market, with Photographer Julia Wade

July 17th, 2019

45:28
In a wedding market already filled with planners, photographers, videographers, DJs, florists....every wedding vendor you can possibly imagine, how …

68: How to Weigh the Financial Risks of Your Big Business Decision, with Michelle Loretta from Sage Wedding Pros

July 10th, 2019

45:42
  Michelle Loretta from Sage Wedding Pros is a wedding business consultant with a mind for numbers and a passion for business plans! Today she comes …

67: Opening a Wedding Venue 101, with Kinsey Roberts from the She Creates Business Podcast

June 26th, 2019

1:01:05
  Kinsey Roberts is the owner Vista View Events on Open Heart Ranch in Colorado, but you probably know her best as the fabulous host of the She …

66: Top Ten Takeaways from Engage! Luxury Wedding Business Summit

June 19th, 2019

51:14
  The latest Engage! Summit was June 10-13th in the Bahamas, and Megan was there for the full luxury wedding and event education experience!  And …

65: Marketing to Generation Z, with Analytics and Wedding Marketing Expert Christie Osborne

June 12th, 2019

57:25
Generation Z is the next generation of consumers and (wedding) clients.  Christie Osborne from Mountainside Media is an expert on analytics and marketing, specifically for the wedding industry. And today she comes on to …

64: The House of Creativity, with Wedding Photographer Perry Vaile

June 5th, 2019

47:40
Some believe the creative path is a winding road from zero to (one-day) reaching your full creative potential.  But for destination wedding …

63: LGBTQ Weddings and Equality-Minded Content, with Brittny Drye (Love Inc) and Sha'Quitta Brown

May 29th, 2019

42:58
  Brittny Drye started Love Inc Magazine in October 2013 as the first equality-minded wedding publication. And although the wedding industry has come a long way, we still have so much further to go to make sure that …

62: How to Respond to Negative Online Reviews

May 22nd, 2019

51:45
 

If you've been in business long enough, you've probably had a negative online review (or several). Whether the review was fair or not, you NEED to respond. Not so much to the person who wrote the review, but for the …

61: Pricing for Profitability, with Lindsay Longacre from LVL Academy

May 15th, 2019

45:26

Lindsay Longacre from LVL Events (Southern California) and LVL Academy comes on the show today to talk all about pricing for profitability, a vision for creating pricing standardization, whether or not she takes on …

WWD12: Happy Mother's Day! Interviews with Megan and Megan's Mom, plus Invisible Pants?

May 11th, 2019

56:11

On this Mother's Day Weekend Wine Down, we have interviews with Megan, Megan's mom, and oldest daughter Emma.

Happy Mother's Day!

 

The host of …

60: Moms for Real - A Vulnerable and Hilarious Look at Balancing Business and Motherhood, with 5 Entrepreneur Moms

May 8th, 2019

1:07:15

 

Happy Mother's Day! Today we give a real, honest, vulnerable, and hilarious look at the balancing act of being a mom and a business owner. Our …

59: How to Promote Your Wedding Business, with PR Expert Meghan Ely of OFD Consulting

May 1st, 2019

48:59

Meghan Ely, Wedding PR and Marketing Expert at OFD Consulting comes on to share the best ways to promote your business. Most of us creatives have …

58: Mental Health Tips for Creative Entrepreneurs, with Root & Restore's Catrina Ballard

April 24th, 2019

56:50

Life is stressful. Owning a business is stressful. Clients are stressful. Parenting is stressful. Relationships are stressful. As a creative …

57: Creative Dining in Weddings, with Snap Pea's Jacob Boehm

April 17th, 2019

46:03

Jacob Boehm, owner and head chef of Snap Pea Creative Dining, doesn't run a typical catering company. He caters a few weddings, but not many. He doesn't do menu tastings. In fact, if you're working with him for your …

56: Eva Clark on Compassion in Weddings

April 10th, 2019

43:44

International Wedding Planner Eva Clark from Eva Clark Events has planned over 400 events. Some of those clients have been more difficult to work …

WWD11: IndyWeek Best Local Podcast Nomination, One-Year Anniversary, Weddings on Mars, and More!

April 8th, 2019

17:27

Thank you so much to everyone who has supported us over the past year plus! And we're so excited to announce that we've been nominated for Best Local Podcast on IndyWeek! Even though we have very little chance to win, …

55: Rachel Sheerin on Preventing Burnout and the 80-20 Rule

April 3rd, 2019

53:49

Rachel Sheerin is a keynote speaker and trainer focused on helping hospitality professionals sell more and be happy! Featured in Inc. Magazine for her unorthodox, high energy style,  Rachel has been an advocate for …

54: SEO for Wedding Vendors, with Jason Gillikin

March 27th, 2019

37:22
  Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is all about making sure your website is found instead of your competitors' websites, when people are searching on Google for your service or product. In today's episode, digital …

53: How to Prevent (or Manage) Difficult Clients, with Wedding Planner Erin McLean

March 20th, 2019

54:23

Nightmare Clients. If you've been in the wedding industry long enough, no matter what vendor category you're in, you've had them! So what do you do?  …

51: Diversifying Your Wedding Business with Maddy K

March 6th, 2019

51:13

Madeleine Kojakian, better known as Maddy K, is a wedding planner and serial entrepreneur.  She has had many successes (and many failures) in …

50: Peace Out! Exiting the Wedding Industry, with Sam Dockery

February 27th, 2019

53:45

Sam Dockery is the former owner of Bliss by Sam, wedding planning company in both Raleigh and Chicago, until she abruptly left the industry altogether in October 2018.  Why did she do it?  Sam has her reasons, both …

49: What Startups Can Teach Wedding Vendors, with Mayflower Venues' Veronica Armstrong

February 20th, 2019

40:50

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48: What Do Engaged Couples Want From Wedding Vendors? We Asked Them!

February 13th, 2019

49:10

At the Carolina Inn (Chapel Hill NC) Event Showcase on January 27th, Megan and Jason Gillikin walked around and interviewed 15 couples to get their …

47: From Side Hustle to Full-Time, with HMUA Nina McCaskey from Wedded Kiss

February 6th, 2019

47:34

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46: Hurricanes and Wedding Plan B's with Kickstand Events

January 30th, 2019

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45: 16 Years of Wedding Planning with Ivy Robinson

January 23rd, 2019

41:14

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43: Wedding Industry Hiring and Onboarding with A Southern Soiree's Gina Johnston

January 8th, 2019

47:44
Finding the right employee in any business is challenging, but it's a unique challenge in the wedding industry because it's "so glamorous". And they …

42: Inside the Barn of Chapel Hill with Kara Brewer and Jennifer Wood

January 2nd, 2019

45:34
The Barn of Chapel Hill on Wild Flora Farm is one of the hottest new venues in the Triangle area of North Carolina, opening up in 2017. Kara Brewer, …

WWD 10: Reflecting on 2018 and Goals for 2019

December 30th, 2018

31:40

Megan and Jason Gillikin are back for a Weekend Wine Down, where we reflect on the chaos that was 2018 and put some goals out there for 2019!  

We hope you enjoy, and have a great weekend, and Happy New Year!

 

The host …

Megan Gillikin on the Holderness Family Podcast, "Our Wedding was NOT the best day in my life!"

December 26th, 2018

47:44
Megan Gillikin was the guest on the Holdermess Podcast with Kim and Penn Holderness, on their episode, "Our Wedding was NOT the best day of my life". …

Megan Gillikin on the Day in the Life Podcast

December 19th, 2018

1:13:36

It's the Day in the Life Podcast on the Weddings for Real feed!  If you don't know Day in the Life with Brittney Lynn, go check it out! She interviews people that have interesting jobs - counterterrorism expert, pastry …

41: Lessons Learned from My 5 Biggest Business Mistakes

December 12th, 2018

1:03:06
Megan Gillikin, host of the podcast, has been a wedding planner in the Raleigh NC market since 2010. Over the last 8+ years, she has made some mistakes in her business. And today she opens up and talks about those, with …

40: Vendor Communication = The Key to a Stress-Free Wedding Day, with Harrison Wedding Films

December 5th, 2018

42:02

Deanna and Grant of Harrison Wedding Films in Washington DC came on the show to talk lessons they've learned in their first year of business, …

39: Are You Ready for Engagement Season?

November 28th, 2018

41:41
Did you know that 40% of engagements occur between Thanksgiving and Valentine's Day?!?!  Wedding Vendors, is your business ready for engagement season?  Megan Gillikin, qualified industry veteran, host of this show, …

38: 5 Tips for Submitting to Wedding Publications, with Brklyn View Photography's Jaine Kershner

November 21st, 2018

40:35
Jaine Kershner, owner of Brklyn View Photography, has been featured in Martha Stewart Weddings, The Knot, Style Me Pretty, and many more, and she was even named by BRIDES Magazine as one of NYC's best wedding …

37: Laura Wasser on Prenups: Celeb Divorce Attorney on why they're not about pre-planning for divorce

November 14th, 2018

41:26
Laura Wasser, Celebrity Divorce Attorney, comes on the show to talk prenuptial agreements. What can and cannot be included in a prenup? How do …

WWD9: Live at the Forest Hall at Chatham Mills Open House!

November 10th, 2018

55:31

Megan and Jason walked around with a microphone at the Forest Hall at Chatham Mills Open House on Sunday, talking to wedding vendors and some engaged couples, and it was such a fun experience!  Thank you Aneesa for …

36: The wedding where everything went wrong, but it was still the best day: The Shakedown's Nash Roberts and Beth Quinton

November 7th, 2018

48:28
Nash Roberts is the lead singer and guitarist of The Shakedown Band in North Carolina, which plays a lot of weddings. So Nash has seen some …

WWD 8: Instagram Marketing Follow-Up and More of Megan's Instagram No-No List

November 3rd, 2018

20:41

Weekend Wine Down 8! Megan and Jason follow up on this week's episode on Next-Level Instagram with Tyler J McCall, and Megan shares more of her …

35: Next Level Instagram for Wedding Professionals with Tyler J McCall

October 31st, 2018

51:13
Tyler J McCall is a social media strategist and coach...actually that's selling him way short...Tyler is THE Instagram Guru, and he comes on to share some of his Instagram tips and tricks for wedding vendors!   Hear his …

WWD 7: Rocky Horror at Booth Theatre in Cary Review & Yes, the Cat Story

October 28th, 2018

18:46

Megan and Jason just came back from the Rocky Horror Show at Booth Theatre in Cary NC, and it was amazing!  

Plus Megan shares her "dead cat as a groomsman story"!

Last week we had Katie and David from Overlook Barn, …

34: On Top of Beech Mountain: Overlook Barn Owners Katie Elder and David Schumann

October 24th, 2018

47:28

The Overlook Barn on Beech Mountain (North Carolina) is an absolutely stunning wedding venue both inside and out, with views for miles and so many …

33: Kim and Penn Holderness on Tips for a Healthy Marriage and How to be a Great Guest at a Wedding

October 17th, 2018

1:05:56

Kim and Penn Holderness are known for their viral videos on YouTube where they sing and dance, sometimes in their Christmas Jammies. But Kim and Penn …

Weekend Wine Down 6: Advice to our 20-year-old selves, plus a preview of the Holderness episode

October 14th, 2018

16:19

Megan and Jason give advice to their 20-year-old selves, Megan on kissing frogs and Jason on traveling more.

Coming up on Wednesday's episode, Megan …

32: Day-Of Wedding Coordination with Erin McCauley with Chestnut and Vine

October 10th, 2018

43:52

Day-Of Wedding Coordination, sometimes called month-of wedding coordination, can actually be more difficult than full-service planning - or at least …

Weekend Wine Down 5: Purple Feet, Throwing Lettuce, and It's Epsom with an M

October 7th, 2018

10:52

In this weekend wine down, Megan just got back from a wedding, so she talked about that - why she has purple feet, and did the best man really throw a head of lettuce at the groom during his speech? 

Plus unpacking the …

31B: Angus Barn Events Coordinator Kelly Joslin on Weddings at Both Bay 7 and the Pavilion

October 4th, 2018

30:31
Angus Barn events coordinator Kelly Joslin came on the show to talk about what happened when the Angus Barn took over ownership of Bay 7 in Durham in 2013, some fun hilarious stories of both tours and weddings, and what …

31A: Van Eure on the Angus Barn History, Commitment to Service, and Opening the Wedding Pavilion

October 2nd, 2018

52:17

The Angus Barn Way, their commitment to unparalleled service, is legendary in the local hospitality industry. The owner of the Angus Barn, Van Eure, sat down with Megan to talk about the history of the Barn (her father …

Weekend Wine Down 4: Not Sharing the "Dead Cat as a Groomsman" Story Yet

October 1st, 2018

11:17

In this weekend wine down, we talk about the new intro where Megan mentions a dead cat as a groomsman. It's true, and we'll share it...when we get to 60 reviews on Apple Podcasts. We also talk about our seminars on …

30: Alan Berg, Wedding Education Guru, on His New Book, "Why Don't They Call Me?"

September 26th, 2018

47:34

Alan Berg, Certified Public Speaker, Global Speaking Fellow (one of 31 people in the world to have that distinction), Wedding Industry Sales and …

Weekend Wine Down 3: Stoned Speed, The Big Fake Wedding, and Alan Berg The Speakingest Speaker

September 22nd, 2018

14:19

Thanks for listening! On this Weekend Wine Down, Megan and Jason talked about 2 seminars coming up on October 22nd, what happens when you play a podcast on half speed, attending The Big Fake Wedding in Raleigh, last …

Weekend Wine Down 2: Hurricane Florence and the Instagram No-No List

September 16th, 2018

12:48

Megan and Jason talk about what a weird week that was because of the Hurricane, and the new seminar Brunch and Learn: Instagram, Millennials, and How to Market Your Wedding Business, coming October 22nd at The Umstead.  …

28: Inside the Bridal Suite with Makeup Artist Michelle Clark

September 12th, 2018

48:38
Makeup Artist and all-around hilarious and amazing person Michelle Clark came on the show today, not so much to talk about makeup - although we get to that in the lightning round - but more so about what goes on in the …

Weekend Wine Down: Cookie Dough, Beer, and What Happened This Week

September 8th, 2018

10:46

Happy Weekend!  It was a big week here, and Megan and Jason talked about it.  We had our "Instagram, Millennials, and How to Market Your Wedding Business" seminar, and we're already planning another one for next month!

27: Moms and Daughters Planning a Wedding Together in Peace, with Megan's Mom

September 5th, 2018

43:23

I brought my mom onto my podcast, and you'll hear all about our arguments from my wedding, which included cake, videography, photography, and invitations. And believe it or not, we both admit that the other one was …

26: Felicia and Max Trujillo on Changing Careers, Entrepreneurship, and the NC Food Scene

August 29th, 2018

56:20

Max Trujillo and Felicia Perry Trujillo are a power couple in the North Carolina Food Scene, even though they've only been in Raleigh for less than …

25: Pre-Marital Counseling and Marriage Tips with Therapist Terry Michael Newell

August 22nd, 2018

57:20

Terry-Michael Newell, Officiant and Marriage Therapist, comes on the show today to talk about why all couples should go to pre-marital counseling, …

24: Under the Tent with Mary Larick from CE Rental

August 15th, 2018

45:33

Mary Larick, Director of Sales at CE Rental in Raleigh NC comes on the show today to talk about linens, tents, and all things wedding rentals! Mary is bubbly, fun, and hilarious, and I was so excited to have her on the …

23: Faking It with The Big Fake Wedding CEO Jennifer Ammons

August 8th, 2018

37:50

Jennifer Ammons, CEO of The Big Fake Wedding, came on to talk about her company which puts on weddings throughout the country, which are Big and Fake. There are flowers and food and cake and music and dancing. The …

22: "One Foot in Front of the Other": Jill Donovan on Overcoming Tragedy and Growing Donovan's Dish

July 31st, 2018

42:33
Jill Donovan came on the show today to talk about the growth of catering company Donovan's Dish, and her positive perspective in the face of overwhelming tragedy.   In March of 2016, Jill's husband, business partner, …

21: Venue Tour Tips with Mollyann Russell of Stockroom at 230, The Glass Box, and All Saints Chapel

July 25th, 2018

41:43

Mollyann Russell, Event Sales and Marketing Coordinator at Empire Properties (Stockroom at 230, The Glass Box, and All Saints Chapel), comes on the …

20: How to Give a Great Wedding Speech, with Comedian Freddy Valoy

July 18th, 2018

33:11

Comedian Freddy Valoy came on the show to talk about how to give a great and memorable wedding speech.

Together, he and Megan came up with the …

18: Craziest Wedding Stories - Best of the Podcast So Far

July 4th, 2018

40:15

Happy 4th of July!

In today's episode, we replay some of the best and craziest stories from the first three months of the podcast so far!

 

You'll …

17: Top 5 Wedding Movies, and How They Relate to Real Weddings

June 27th, 2018

40:04

This week, Megan brings on her husband Jason Gillikin, and they discuss the Top 5 Wedding Movies of All Time, and how they relate to real weddings that Megan has worked.

 

Top movie candidates include:

Wedding Crashers

16: Wedding Planners and Venues Working Together in Harmony, with Nicole Smith of Vision Events

June 20th, 2018

53:04

Nicole Smith, owner of wedding planning company Vision Events and former venue coordinator at The Sanderling Resort in the Outer Banks and the …

15: Wedding Expectations vs Reality, with Floral Designer Heather Miller of Eclectic Sage

June 13th, 2018

42:37

Eclectic Sage's Heather Miller comes on Weddings for Real today to talk about style, her wedding last year, The Royal Wedding, and the time a couple …

14: How to Work Best with a Wedding Planner, with Elana Walker

June 6th, 2018

43:06

Elana Walker has built up her empire in the Raleigh NC market. It started with her wedding planning company Elana Walker Events back in 2009, and has expanded to her inspiration blog Southern Noir Weddings, her

13: Sister Entrepreneurs Courtney and Dana on Building a Wedding Venue

May 30th, 2018

34:41

Courtney Hopper and Dana Kadwell are sisters and serial entrepreneurs in the Raleigh wedding industry.  In this show, you'll get a sense of what that means to really be an entrepreneur.  Courtney and Dana were willing …

12: Writing the Book of Wedding Stories with Wedding Photographer James Walters

May 23rd, 2018

36:37

James Walters of Walters and Walters Photography has been in the wedding industry for 16 years, and he has some crazy stories to tell.  So he did!  

In 2013 he came out with the book, Accessory to Marriage: A Chronicle …

11: Top 5 Destination Wedding Tips with Photographer Mikkel Paige

May 16th, 2018

34:51

Mikkel Paige is a wedding photographer and travel blogger, and she came on the show to give her Top 5 Destination Wedding Tips!

They are:

10: Honeyfund CEO Sara Margulis on Her Wedding, Shark Tank, Target, Millennials, and Budget Hacks

May 9th, 2018

39:08

Shark Tank Winner Sara Margulis comes on the show to talk about her wedding to her Honeyfund partner Josh Margulis, how they came up with the …

9: Wedding Photographer Katherine Miles Jones on Moving her Business from NYC and Putting Clients at Ease

May 2nd, 2018

1:01:25

Katherine Miles Jones joins Megan to talk about her career start in New York City, how she started in the wedding photography business, an amazing and breathtaking engagement shoot at the Rockefeller Center (see image …

8: Two Roosters Ice Cream Owner Jared Plummer on Weddings and his Explosion onto the Triangle Food Scene

April 25th, 2018

56:58

“It was a hobby that turned into an obsession that turned into a business.”  That’s how Jared Plummer, the owner of Two Roosters Ice Cream, describes his start in the ice cream business.  He was experimenting and …

7: Instagram Stories and Wedding Photography Style with Ginny Corbett

April 18th, 2018

34:52

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

This quote, attributed to Maya Angelou, is how Ginny Corbett of Ginny Corbett …

6: Top 10 Wedding Planning Mistakes with Amanda Scott of A Swanky Affair

April 11th, 2018

39:47

Amanda Scott with A Swanky Affair sat down with Megan to go over the Top Ten wedding planning mistakes couples make.  Both Megan and Amanda are wedding planners in the Triangle area and have seen just about every …

5: Why You Need a Wedding Video with Phil McInnis from Twenty-One Films

April 4th, 2018

29:42

Phil McInnis from 21 Films Videography in Raleigh came on the show to talk about how he has built up his business from just Phil and his wife Jess to a team of 6 filmmakers and editors, what differentiates the 21 Films …

4: Stories from a 3rd Generation Florist: Cydney English with The English Garden

April 4th, 2018

38:10

Cydney English, owner of The English Garden, has been in the flower business for literally her entire life and runs a florist shop in Raleigh where about 60% of her business is weddings.  She does over 120 weddings per …

3: Wedding Marketing in 2018 with Jenna Parks from Southern Bride and Groom Magazine

April 4th, 2018

37:48

Jenna Parks is the co-owner of Southern Bride and Groom Magazine of the Triangle. Jenna’s mom Donna started the magazine back in 1986, and Jenna came on board in 2010 to advance it into the  digital age.


To have any …

2: How to Hustle and Grow Your Wedding Business with Joe Bunn from Bunn DJ Company

April 4th, 2018

35:01

This episode is with the one and only Joe Bunn from Bunn DJ Company of Raleigh. Joe has been DJing for over 30 years and has built his business up so he now has 15 DJs working with him in Raleigh, plus three other …

1: Wedding Planning Behind the Scenes with Grace Beason from Grace Leisure Events

April 4th, 2018

36:33

In the first episode (!) of Weddings for Real, Megan sits down with fellow planner Grace Beason to talk about her career start at The Knot, planning her first weddings with her mentor Marcy Blum, how weddings have …

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