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Weddings for Real

187 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


11: Top 5 Destination Wedding Tips with Photographer Mikkel Paige

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:

  1. Destination Weddings can be Stressful! If you’re getting married and you need to be in control, a destination wedding may not be for you, because there is so much you CANNOT control.
  2. Look Closely at your Contracts. A photographer might be included, but is that photographer right for you? And what if it’s not? Can you get a discount off of your package?
  3. Review the Laws of your Destination. Are you allowed to get married there?  Are there different rules based on the country’s laws on religion or gay marriage?
  4. Don’t Forget Sunscreen! If you’re golfing or lounging or drinking or whatever before the wedding, use sunscreen. You don’t want the sunglasses or bikini straps showing in your pictures!
  5. Consider the Weather. If you’re getting married on the east coast, a sunset ceremony is probably not going to happen for you.  And if it’s windy that day, you can’t force pictures by the beach.


Mikkel can be found pretty much everywhere online, including: (Blog Mikkel contributes to) (Mikkel’s personal travel blog, which is fantastic!)

Check out the timeline of the blog and her wedding career:




Today’s episode is brought to you by Honeyfund.  CEO Sara Margulis was on Episode 10 of Weddings for Real, and our listeners can get the Elite Package at Honeyfun for $19.99 by following this link -


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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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