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Weddings for Real

188 EpisodesProduced by Megan GillikinWebsite

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


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

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 Masterclass for wedding industry vendors, her month-of coordination company Carolina Fete, and she even co-authored a book...she really does it all. It seems like she never stops and always has ideas on how to improve and expand that empire.

Elana came on the show today to talk about how to work best with a wedding planner, and she provides some budget tips as well so you can get the most for your money.

Below is the book that Elana co-wrote, and here's a link to buy.


And below are some images of Elana in action as well as a picture of her two kids :)

(image by Donnell Perry Photography)

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(image by Donnell Perry Photography)

Elana Walker Events: Facebook: @elanawalkerevents Instagram: @elanawalkerevents twitter: @ElanaWEvents   Southern Noir Weddings: Pinterest: @southernnoirweddings Facebook: @southernnoirweddings Instagram: @southernnoirweddings


Carolina Fete: Facebook: @carolinafete Instagram: @carolinafete


Weddings for Real on Social Media: Instagram: @weddingsforreal Facebook: @weddingsforreal twitter: @weddingsforreal  

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The host of the show is Megan Gillikin, owner and lead consultant at A Southern Soiree Wedding and Event Planning.  She's also available for wedding and hospitality business consulting and can be reached at

Weddings for Real is edited and produced by Jason Gillikin for Earfluence.

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