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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 might even hear some crazy wedding stories along the way!

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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 might even hear some crazy wedding stories along the way!

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129 Ratings
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Invaluable content and a fun listen!

By Thomas Blake Films - Jun 06 2019
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Megan is what it means to be a professional in this industry. And she brings so much experience and helpful content in this podcast. It’s fun to hear familiar voices but also be introduced to some great new pros as well. Thank you for putting this out as a resource for everyone to benefit from, didn’t realize how helpful it would be. Great job Weddings For Real team!!

Just what I needed...

By P. Jahnke - Jun 06 2019
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Coming into the wedding industry from a completely unrelated industry can be daunting to say the least. Working with so many different vendors, clients, navigating the waters of social media and running a business are just a few of the things I have had to figure out (and am still figuring out!). This podcast speaks to all of that & more. I have learned so much, my favorite part is getting to hear what industry experts are REALLY thinking. If you’re looking for a behind the scenes look into the wedding industry, this podcast is definitely a MUST!

iTunes Ratings

129 Ratings
Average Ratings
126
2
0
0
1

Invaluable content and a fun listen!

By Thomas Blake Films - Jun 06 2019
Read more
Megan is what it means to be a professional in this industry. And she brings so much experience and helpful content in this podcast. It’s fun to hear familiar voices but also be introduced to some great new pros as well. Thank you for putting this out as a resource for everyone to benefit from, didn’t realize how helpful it would be. Great job Weddings For Real team!!

Just what I needed...

By P. Jahnke - Jun 06 2019
Read more
Coming into the wedding industry from a completely unrelated industry can be daunting to say the least. Working with so many different vendors, clients, navigating the waters of social media and running a business are just a few of the things I have had to figure out (and am still figuring out!). This podcast speaks to all of that & more. I have learned so much, my favorite part is getting to hear what industry experts are REALLY thinking. If you’re looking for a behind the scenes look into the wedding industry, this podcast is definitely a MUST!
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Weddings for Real

Updated about 1 month ago

Rank #119 in Careers category

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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 might even hear some crazy wedding stories along the way!

Rank #1: 35: Next Level Instagram for Wedding Professionals with Tyler J McCall

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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 advice on Instagram Stories versus your feed, sharing too much on Instagram, how to attract the right clients through client onboarding AND client offboarding, and the concept of relational capital. It's fabulous, he's fabulous, and you won't want to miss it!   You can find Tyler at TylerJMcCall.com, the Follower to Fan Society, and The IG Advantage Facebook Group.       Tyler McCall on Social Media: Instagram: @tylerjmccall   Weddings for Real on Social Media: Instagram: @weddingsforreal Facebook: @weddingsforreal twitter: @weddingsforreal   Weddings for Real will be at Forest Hall at Chatham Mills in Pittsboro NC for their open house on Sunday November 4th from 4-7PM. Tickets are available at https://foresthall.eventbrite.com. We hope to see you there, and maybe we'll ask you some questions!

If you're a wedding vendor, go get Honeybook! At A Southern Soiree, we’ve been using Honeybook since February 2015. I think we were one of their very first clients, and it has truly been a life changer. They make proposals and contracts super easy to use on both our side and the client side. I think before Honeybook I would send proposals and contracts by email, and the client would have to mail the contract to us or fax it by efax. Proposals were in no way streamlined either, so this has made our lives so much better. As a consultant, whenever I sign up a vendor client, one of the very first recommendations I make is Honeybook. No need to complicate things – it works, it’s great…just get it. And if you follow this link, you get 50% off your first year of Honeybook, which is nice, but not nearly as nice as all the time you’re going to save. And if you have any questions about my experience, feel free to send me an email to megan@weddingsforreal.com. 

Music for this episode by https://www.bensound.com.

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 megan@weddingsforreal.com.

Weddings for Real is edited and produced by Jason Gillikin for Happy Hippo Digital.

Oct 31 2018
51 mins
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Rank #2: 29: Becca Atchison on Percentage Based Pricing and Bringing on a Business Partner

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Full Service Wedding Planning Company Rebecca Rose Events founder, owner, and creative director Becca Atchison comes on the show to talk about how and why her pricing model is different than almost everyone else in the wedding planning industry, why she decided to bring a partner into her company, what she's most proud of (not being named top planner by Southern Living Magazine or a Planner to Follow by Martha Stewart Weddings, which she was), and that time her company was sued by a client.

In addition to being a wedding planner and creative director, Becca is passionate about coaching and consulting, and you can find information about that on her education page on her website, https://www.rebeccaroseevents.com/education.

Becca will also be speaking at The School of Styling in July.

Clearly she has a lot going on (plus she's a mom with baby 2 on the way soon!), so we appreciate her coming to visit!

Becca Atchison on the Job (Image by Jake and Heather Photography)

Becca Atchison, Rebecca Rose Events and Rebecca Rose Creative (image by Jake and Heather Photography)

Becca Atchison and Betsy Krug (image by Nancy Ray Photography)

Becca Atchison (image by Nancy Ray Photography)

 

Rebecca Rose Events on Social Media: Instagram: @rroseevents Facebook: @rebeccaroseevents twitter: @rroseevents   Weddings for Real on Social Media: Instagram: @weddingsforreal Facebook: @weddingsforreal twitter: @weddingsforreal

Also, at the top of the show, Megan mentioned an online marketing seminar. It's at The Umstead Hotel in Cary NC on Monday, October 22nd, for a Brunch and Learn from 9:30AM-12PM. Here are some of the details, and you can sign up with Eventbrite. We can't wait to see you there!

What you can expect from this intimate seminar:   An Insider’s Guide to Social Media Strategy & Etiquette, SEO Tips and Tricks, and Generating More Legit Inquiries!   The Social Media Strategy: • Breaking down Instagram components and how to maximize use of them for your business • How to build the right following and continue a steady growth of followers/future clients • Social Media Vendor Etiquette and how this translates into real life referrals • Best use of Instagram stories, polls, etc • What to post, what not to post, and best times to post • Tools and tips to streamline your Instagram posting   Millennials: How are millennials finding their wedding vendors? What factors determine whether you get the job? Learn some easy best practices for attracting and communicating with the generation that is your biggest client base.   The SEO Component: • Setting up/Refining your Google business page • Online directory tips to improve your rankings • Getting reviews (the formula Megan uses!) • Titles, tags and descriptions and how these help or hurt your business rankings • Writing SEO friendly and user friendly content for your site • Image optimization tips

Sign up at Eventbrite. See you there!

If you're a wedding vendor, go get Honeybook! At A Southern Soiree, we’ve been using Honeybook since February 2015. I think we were one of their very first clients, and it has truly been a life changer. They make proposals and contracts super easy to use on both our side and the client side. I think before Honeybook I would send proposals and contracts by email, and the client would have to mail the contract to us or fax it by efax. Proposals were in no way streamlined either, so this has made our lives so much better. As a consultant, whenever I sign up a vendor client, one of the very first recommendations I make is Honeybook. No need to complicate things – it works, it’s great…just get it. And if you follow this link, you get 50% off your first year of Honeybook, which is nice, but not nearly as nice as all the time you’re going to save. And if you have any questions about my experience, feel free to send me an email to megan@weddingsforreal.com. 

Music for this episode by https://www.bensound.com.

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 megan@weddingsforreal.com.

Weddings for Real is edited and produced by Jason Gillikin for Happy Hippo Digital.

Sep 19 2018
54 mins
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Rank #3: 32: Day-Of Wedding Coordination with Erin McCauley with Chestnut and Vine

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Day-Of Wedding Coordination, sometimes called month-of wedding coordination, can actually be more difficult than full-service planning - or at least it can be more confusing. Wedding planners, and really anyone in the events industry, tend to be people pleasers.  So when couples ask for more than what's in the contract, it's a wedding planners natural inclination to say yes. But when you're only contracted for the logistics of the day, how do you eliminate that scope creep? 

Erin McCauley from Chestnut and Vine Day-Of Wedding Coordination came on to talk to Megan about her business, which she started three and a half years ago, her wedding four years ago, why she chose to market herself as a day-of wedding coordinator, how she defines her role, and what's next for her company!

Erin with one of her lovely brides (photo by Brian Mullins)

Erin McCauley on the day-of (photo by Brian Mullins)

Chestnut and Vine on Social Media: Instagram: @ChestnutAndVineWeddings Facebook: @ChestnutAndVineWeddings   Weddings for Real on Social Media: Instagram: @weddingsforreal Facebook: @weddingsforreal twitter: @weddingsforreal

And here's the information you need on our seminars!

The first one is an online marketing seminar. It's at The Umstead Hotel in Cary NC on Monday, October 22nd, for a Brunch and Learn from 9:30AM-12PM. Here are some of the details, and you can sign up with Eventbrite. We can't wait to see you there!

What you can expect from this intimate seminar:   An Insider’s Guide to Social Media Strategy & Etiquette, SEO Tips and Tricks, and Generating More Legit Inquiries!   The Social Media Strategy: • Breaking down Instagram components and how to maximize use of them for your business • How to build the right following and continue a steady growth of followers/future clients • Social Media Vendor Etiquette and how this translates into real life referrals • Best use of Instagram stories, polls, etc • What to post, what not to post, and best times to post • Tools and tips to streamline your Instagram posting   Millennials: How are millennials finding their wedding vendors? What factors determine whether you get the job? Learn some easy best practices for attracting and communicating with the generation that is your biggest client base.   The SEO Component: • Setting up/Refining your Google business page • Online directory tips to improve your rankings • Getting reviews (the formula Megan uses!) • Titles, tags and descriptions and how these help or hurt your business rankings • Writing SEO friendly and user friendly content for your site • Image optimization tips

Sign up at Eventbrite. See you there!

The second conference that day is for wedding planners. For tickets, click here!

In this intimate and focused seminar geared towards planners and aspiring planners in years 0-3 of their business, we will focus on the below topics to elevate your wedding planning business to the next level!

With a combined 20+ years of experience in the event industry, Megan and Gina of A Southern Soiree are teaming up to provide a behind the scenes look into how to elevate your wedding planning business to the next level by sharing tips and strategies on best practices for event contracts, tools to help with workflow, the client and vendor experience, and pricing to be profitable!

Topics We'll Cover:
  • The Importance of Managing the Client Experience From Initial Inquiry to Completion of Event Including Coverage of: Responding to Client Inquiries, Client Onboading Process, Setting Clear Expectations, and Managing Difficult Situations
  • Best Practices for Strengthening Vendor Relations and Building Your Referral Base
  • Contracts and How To Protect Your Business - The top 5 clauses your contract should include to protect your business!
  • Systems to Streamline Your Business - What to use for proposals, contracts, invoices, timelines and more! 
  • Pricing for Your Worth: We will cover basic pricing strategies and well as insight into package offerings that focus on your core strengths!

Finally, at 5:30, we have a Podcast Marketing Seminar!  Click Here for the Eventbrite Link

Podcasting is a great way to create evangelists for your brand and stand out from the competition.

But how do you get started? Two successful Raleigh podcasters share their secrets on building an audience, buying gear, and turning listeners into customers.

How to Start a Branded Podcast is for:

- Marketers looking to stand out and become thought leaders.

- Small businesses looking to grow their business.

- Beginners wanting to learn how to launch a podcast.

 For all seminars, use the coupon code WFR25 for $25 off your ticket!

If you're a wedding vendor, go get Honeybook! At A Southern Soiree, we’ve been using Honeybook since February 2015. I think we were one of their very first clients, and it has truly been a life changer. They make proposals and contracts super easy to use on both our side and the client side. I think before Honeybook I would send proposals and contracts by email, and the client would have to mail the contract to us or fax it by efax. Proposals were in no way streamlined either, so this has made our lives so much better. As a consultant, whenever I sign up a vendor client, one of the very first recommendations I make is Honeybook. No need to complicate things – it works, it’s great…just get it. And if you follow this link, you get 50% off your first year of Honeybook, which is nice, but not nearly as nice as all the time you’re going to save. And if you have any questions about my experience, feel free to send me an email to megan@weddingsforreal.com. 

Music for this episode by https://www.bensound.com.

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 megan@weddingsforreal.com.

Weddings for Real is edited and produced by Jason Gillikin for Happy Hippo Digital.

Oct 10 2018
43 mins
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Rank #4: 21: Venue Tour Tips with Mollyann Russell of Stockroom at 230, The Glass Box, and All Saints Chapel

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Mollyann Russell, Event Sales and Marketing Coordinator at Empire Properties (Stockroom at 230, The Glass Box, and All Saints Chapel), comes on the show today to talk about Venue Tours and Venue Marketing. Mollyann has booked over 1,200 events at the 3 properties combined, so she has given her fair share of venue tours and has the insight into what clients should be asking both before and during the tour. Plus, she offers marketing tips to venues. Marketing isn't easy, but if done the right way, can generate the right leads.

Venue Tour Tips from Mollyann:

(Before the Tour)

1) Ask how many guests the venue can accommodate. Is it enough for your guest count?

2) Find out if the venue is available on your date. Consider if your date is flexible.

(During the Tour)

3) Bring at least two people total, but not too many. Usually one to take pictures and one to take notes is plenty.

4) Ask what is included. Tables, chairs, flatware, etc, but also services and time allowed in the space.

5) Ask about vendor requirements. Is there a required list, or a preferred list? Are some planners or caterers not allowed? Do you have to use an in-house planner, caterer, florist, etc?

6) Ask about logistics, and figure out what the day will look like. Who is doing the setup? What time will the couple get in the space? What do nearby accommodations look like? Where are the nearby restaurants?

Mollyann also shares some hilarious venue tour stories, venue marketing tips, and then of course, Megan grills Mollyann in the lightning round!

Here are some pics of Mollyann:

Mollyann Russell giving a tour at The Stockroom (image by Kate Pope Photography)

Mollyann showing off The Glass Box (image by Mikkel Paige)

Mollyann at All Saints Chapel (image by f8 studios)

Mollyann Russell, Event Sales and Marketing Coordinator and Caroline Placey, Event Logistics Coordinator (image by LiveView Studios)

Mollyann Russell, Empire Properties (image by Mikkel Paige)

 

Empire Properties on Social Media: All Saints Chapel: facebook | instagram | pinterest | virtual tour The Stockroom at 230: facebook | instagram | pinterest | virtual tour The Glass Box: facebook | instagram | pinterest | virtual tour   Weddings for Real on Social Media: Instagram: @weddingsforreal Facebook: @weddingsforreal twitter: @weddingsforreal   This episode was brought to you by The Crepe Cakerie. Gâteau de Mille Crêpes, or 1000 layer crepe cake, is a decadent and classic French dessert consisting of layers and layers of buttery crepes, each separated with a brush of hand-made filling. At The Crêpe Cakerie, located right here in the Triangle, we take this beautiful tradition to a fresh and elegant level for brides and grooms who appreciate French chocolate ganaches and handmade nutellas.  Decorated with organic fruits, flowers, and herbs, your custom made wedding cake will make memories for you, your family and your friends.  Visit www.thecrepecakerie.com  to check out the beauty of these wedding "super stars" and to sign up for your complimentary cake tasting.  Cakes that will make you say OUI…Visit The Crepe Cakerie at www.thecrepecakerie.com. 

Music for this episode by https://www.bensound.com.

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 megan@weddingsforreal.com.

Weddings for Real is edited and produced by Jason Gillikin for Happy Hippo Digital.

Jul 25 2018
41 mins
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Rank #5: WWD 8: Instagram Marketing Follow-Up and More of Megan's Instagram No-No List

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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 Instagram no-no list, which is:

  1. Do NOT follow/unfollow!
  2. Do NOT crop a professional photograph!
  3. Do NOT use bots!
  4. Do NOT forget to tag the vendors!
  5. Do NOT post photos you had nothing to do with!

We hope you enjoy, and have a great weekend!

Weddings for Real will be at Forest Hall at Chatham Mills in Pittsboro NC for their open house on Sunday November 4th from 4-7PM. Tickets are available at https://foresthall.eventbrite.com. We hope to see you there, and maybe we'll ask you some questions!

The host of Weddings for Real 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 megan@weddingsforreal.com.

Weddings for Real is edited and produced by Jason Gillikin for Happy Hippo Digital.

Nov 03 2018
20 mins
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Rank #6: 54: SEO for Wedding Vendors, with Jason Gillikin

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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 marketing veteran Jason Gillikin gives four basic tips (Keyword Research, Google Business, Title Tags, and Content) to improve your website's rankings in Google, plus a few bonus tips.       Jason and Megan Gillikin (image by Morgan Caddell Photography)       Weddings for Real on Social Media: Instagram: @weddingsforreal Facebook: @weddingsforreal twitter: @weddingsforreal

Music for this episode by https://www.bensound.com.

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 megan@weddingsforreal.com.

Weddings for Real is edited and produced by Jason Gillikin for Happy Hippo Digital.

Mar 27 2019
37 mins
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Rank #7: 59: How to Promote Your Wedding Business, with PR Expert Meghan Ely of OFD Consulting

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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 very little time, so we need to figure out the most efficient strategies for maximizing exposure. And with the craziness of the past year or so – with WeddingWire and The Knot merging, with Southern Weddings shutting down, with Style Me Pretty shutting down and opening back up – it’s hard to know if we should be focusing on the bigger publications. So I asked Meghan what we should all be doing, and she shares some great tips!

Meghan also talks about her two other websites, WeddingIndustrySpeakers.com and OFDCollective.com (see promo code below).

We mentioned 3 promos on this show!

1) My friends at LVL Academy are bringing their wedding planner workshop here to North Carolina in June and Weddings for Real Host Megan Gillikin is a speaker! Join us June 7-8th at Muse at the Mill in Winston-Salem for 2 full days of learning best practices, ways to refine your planning process, resources and tools to grow your business, and more! Use the code WEDDINGSFORREAL by May 10th for $200 of your registration at lvlacademy.com. See you there!

2) For a really cool Mother's Day (or any time) gift, visit StoryWorth.com/WeddingsForReal for $20 off your subscription! With Storyworth, you or a loved one answers questions about your life weekly, and at the end of the year, those stories are bound into a keepsake book!

3) The OFD Collective. Go to OFDCollective.com, and at checkout, enter the promo code "weddingsforreal" for $20 per month off!

Listeners, we are nominated (!!!) in the IndyWeek's Best of the Triangle Awards!  You can go to IndyWeek and vote for us in the "Out and About" Section!

  Meghan Ely, OFD Consulting    OFD Consulting on Social Media: Facebook: @ofdconsulting Instagram: @ofdconsulting   Weddings for Real on Social Media: Instagram: @weddingsforreal Facebook: @weddingsforreal twitter: @weddingsforreal

Music for this episode by https://www.bensound.com.

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 megan@weddingsforreal.com.

Weddings for Real is edited and produced by Jason Gillikin for Happy Hippo Digital.

May 01 2019
48 mins
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Rank #8: 41: Lessons Learned from My 5 Biggest Business Mistakes

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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 lessons learned from the experience. Wedding vendors, hopefully you can avoid some of these.   Weddings for Real on Social Media: Instagram: @weddingsforreal Facebook: @weddingsforreal twitter: @weddingsforreal

If you're a wedding vendor, go get Honeybook! At A Southern Soiree, we’ve been using Honeybook since February 2015. I think we were one of their very first clients, and it has truly been a life changer. They make proposals and contracts super easy to use on both our side and the client side. I think before Honeybook I would send proposals and contracts by email, and the client would have to mail the contract to us or fax it by efax. Proposals were in no way streamlined either, so this has made our lives so much better. As a consultant, whenever I sign up a vendor client, one of the very first recommendations I make is Honeybook. No need to complicate things – it works, it’s great…just get it. And if you follow this link, you get 50% off your first year of Honeybook, which is nice, but not nearly as nice as all the time you’re going to save. And if you have any questions about my experience, feel free to send me an email to megan@weddingsforreal.com. 

Music for this episode by https://www.bensound.com.

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 megan@weddingsforreal.com.

Weddings for Real is edited and produced by Jason Gillikin for Happy Hippo Digital.

Dec 12 2018
1 hour 3 mins
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Rank #9: 60: Moms for Real - A Vulnerable and Hilarious Look at Balancing Business and Motherhood, with 5 Entrepreneur Moms

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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 guests today are Ginny Corbett from Ginny Corbett Photography, Kim Holderness from the Holderness Family Podcast and all those crazy YouTube videos, Grace Beason from Grace Leisure Events, Perry Vaile from Perry Vaile Photography, and Jessica King from Happily Ever After. These ladies share funny stories, best and worst advice, what they would tell their moms, and more!

Ginny Corbett with Twins (image by Sara Davis)

Kim Holderness and Family

Grace Beason and Her Boys

Perry Vaile and Family (image by Ally and Bobby)

Jessica King, Happily Ever After (image by Annie Timmons)

Ad sponsor:

My friends at LVL Academy are bringing their wedding planner workshop here to North Carolina in June and Weddings for Real Host Megan Gillikin is a speaker! Join us June 7-8th at Muse at the Mill in Winston-Salem for 2 full days of learning best practices, ways to refine your planning process, resources and tools to grow your business, and more! Use the code WEDDINGSFORREAL by May 10th for $200 of your registration at lvlacademy.com. See you there!

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

Music for this episode by https://www.bensound.com.

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 megan@weddingsforreal.com.

Weddings for Real is edited and produced by Jason Gillikin for Happy Hippo Digital.

May 08 2019
1 hour 7 mins
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Rank #10: 47: From Side Hustle to Full-Time, with HMUA Nina McCaskey from Wedded Kiss

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Support our Sponsors:

If you're a wedding vendor, you should be using Honeybook! And you can use promo code "WeddingsForReal" for 50% off your first year!

Visit MyPinkPartyBox.com for Vendor Gifts and Hotel Welcome Boxes!

Are you in the side hustle mode of your business?  Are you trying to figure out when to take it to the next level?  That's where Hair and Makeup Artist Nina McCaskey was just a few months ago when she hit the Raleigh wedding scene strong.  And today, she comes on the show to tell her story of deciding to go full-time with her business Wedded Kiss, and some tips for all the side-hustlers out there!

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

We have a new sponsor for 2019, MyPinkPartyBox.com! Vendors, if you’re looking for gifting ideas, this is perfect because these boxes are just gorgeous, and they have them specifically for hotel welcome boxes (like below). Plus they have bachelorette boxes, birthday boxes, and more. 

Music for this episode by https://www.bensound.com.

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 megan@weddingsforreal.com.

Weddings for Real is edited and produced by Jason Gillikin for Happy Hippo Digital.

Feb 06 2019
47 mins
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Rank #11: 53: How to Prevent (or Manage) Difficult Clients, with Wedding Planner Erin McLean

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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?  Erin McLean, owner of McLean Events in Raleigh North Carolina, comes on the show today to give her tips on avoiding the nightmare clients before booking, what she has done differently to avoid creating overbearing or nervous clients, the "Come to Jesus" talks with her clients who are not being realistic, and when it's time to fire a client. 

Support this show by supporting our sponsors:

If you're a wedding vendor, you should be using Honeybook! And you can use promo code "WeddingsForReal" for 50% off your first year!

Visit TakeCareOf.com and enter promo code WEDDINGSFORREAL50 for 50% your first month of Care/Of Vitamins!

Listeners, please nominate us in the IndyWeek's Best of the Triangle Awards!  You can go to the IndyWeek's nominations, and in the Out & About Section, we're under "Best Local Podcast". Thanks so much!

Erin McLean, McLean Events (image by Perry Vale)

Erin McLean, McLean Events (image by Cyn Kain)

 

  McLean Events on Social Media: Instagram: @mcleanevents Facebook: @McLean-Events      Weddings for Real on Social Media: Instagram: @weddingsforreal Facebook: @weddingsforreal twitter: @weddingsforreal

Music for this episode by https://www.bensound.com.

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 megan@weddingsforreal.com.

Weddings for Real is edited and produced by Jason Gillikin for Happy Hippo Digital.

Mar 20 2019
54 mins
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Rank #12: 28: Inside the Bridal Suite with Makeup Artist Michelle Clark

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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 bridal suite before the wedding. The makeup artist and the hair stylist are usually the first vendors in the room, so they see the dynamic between the bride and her tribe first-hand. Usually it's a fun festive atmosphere, but sometimes, it can get a little tense.   Michelle Clark in her new office! (image by LiveView Studios)   Michelle and Megan on Recording Day   Makeup Artist Michelle Clark in Action       Makeup Artist Michelle Clark on Social Media: Facebook: @karenmichelleclark Instagram: @kmichelleclark twitter: @kmichelleclark   Weddings for Real on Social Media: Instagram: @weddingsforreal Facebook: @weddingsforreal twitter: @weddingsforreal

If you're a vendor, go get Honeybook! At A Southern Soiree, we’ve been using Honeybook since February 2015. I think we were one of their very first clients, and it has truly been a life changer. They make proposals and contracts super easy to use on both our side and the client side. I think before Honeybook I would send proposals and contracts by email, and the client would have to mail the contract to us or fax it by efax. Proposals were in no way streamlined either, so this has made our lives so much better. As a consultant, whenever I sign up a vendor client, one of the very first recommendations I make is Honeybook. No need to complicate things – it works, it’s great…just get it. And if you follow this link, you get 50% off your first year of Honeybook, which is nice, but not nearly as nice as all the time you’re going to save. And if you have any questions about my experience, feel free to send me an email to megan@weddingsforreal.com. 

Music for this episode by https://www.bensound.com.

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 megan@weddingsforreal.com.

Weddings for Real is edited and produced by Jason Gillikin for Happy Hippo Digital.

Sep 12 2018
48 mins
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Rank #13: 45: 16 Years of Wedding Planning with Ivy Robinson

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Support our Sponsors:

Visit TakeCareOf.com and enter promo code WEDDINGSFORREAL50 for 50% your first month of Care/Of Vitamins!

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Ivy Robinson is the wedding planner for celebrities like Dale Earnhardt Jr and Emily Maynard, has been on wedding reality TV shows like Whose Wedding Is It Anyway, and has been designing big budget weddings in the south for 16+ years.  Today, she comes on the podcast to talk about longevity, motivation, clients' trust, and why she gets those big name clients!

 

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

Wedding Education Seminar February 4th from 9:30am-12pm at The Umstead Hotel in Cary NC. Purchase tickets by following this link.

In this intimate and educational seminar, we will cover two distinct topics relevant to purposefully growing your event business! Jason Gillikin will cover digital marketing and SEO tips for helping your ideal client find YOU, and Megan Gillikin will cover the client experience from start to finish.

This seminar is ideal for wedding vendors that have a high touch relationship (multiple interactions) with their clients such as: planners, venues, caterers, photographers, videographers, DJs, bakeries, florists, hair and makeup artists, and stationers.

Whether you're an up and coming vendor or a veteran member of the event industry, you are certain to walk away with an increased knowledge on digital marketing and gain invaluable insight from this seminar on how to best serve your client.

Get your tickets at Eventbrite!

We have a new sponsor for 2019, MyPinkPartyBox.com! Vendors, if you’re looking for gifting ideas, this is perfect because these boxes are just gorgeous, and they have them specifically for hotel welcome boxes (like below). Plus they have bachelorette boxes, birthday boxes, and more. 

Engaged Couples, on Sunday January 27th from noon to 4PM, come check out the Carolina Inn Showcase in Chapel Hill NC! Eat some sample desserts, check out some of the latest designs, and meet some photographers, planners, DJs, and other vendors. Also, for a future episode of Weddings for Real, Jason and Megan will be walking around the Carolina Inn talking to couples to get their perspective on what planning a wedding has been like so far, so we’re very excited about that. Tickets to the showcase are just $15, and you can find them at CarolinaInn.com.

Music for this episode by https://www.bensound.com.

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 megan@weddingsforreal.com.

Weddings for Real is edited and produced by Jason Gillikin for Happy Hippo Digital.

Jan 23 2019
41 mins
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Rank #14: 58: Mental Health Tips for Creative Entrepreneurs, with Root & Restore's Catrina Ballard

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Life is stressful. Owning a business is stressful. Clients are stressful. Parenting is stressful. Relationships are stressful. As a creative entrepreneur, it's not possible to be all things to everybody at all times. Sometimes it feels like life is in complete disarray. Catrina Ballard from Root and Restore has been both a creative entrepreneur AND a counselor, and she comes on the show today to give some tips for managing stress!

Support this show by supporting our sponsors:

For clothing made specifically for wedding planners, designed by a wedding planner, visit Working Wear at WorkingWearCo.com!

Visit GreenChef.US/WeddingsForReal for $50 off your first box of Green Chef!

Listeners, we are nominated (!!!) in the IndyWeek's Best of the Triangle Awards!  You can go to IndyWeek and vote for us in the "Out and About" Section!

Catrina Ballard, Root and Restore (all images by Becki Smith of Smith House Photo)

  Root and Restore on Social Media: Instagram: @RootAndRestore   Weddings for Real on Social Media: Instagram: @weddingsforreal Facebook: @weddingsforreal twitter: @weddingsforreal

Music for this episode by https://www.bensound.com.

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 megan@weddingsforreal.com.

Weddings for Real is edited and produced by Jason Gillikin for Happy Hippo Digital.

Apr 24 2019
56 mins
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Rank #15: 31B: Angus Barn Events Coordinator Kelly Joslin on Weddings at Both Bay 7 and the Pavilion

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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 makes the Angus Barn so special.  Kelly started at the Barn 18 years ago as a waitress and has grown into an amazing lead wedding coordinator at the Pavilion, which the Angus Barn built in 2008.    If you haven't already, be sure to check out part 1 of the Angus Barn podcast this week where owner Van Eure came on to tell the history of the restaurant and their commitment to servicing the customer.   It's been an amazing week here!         Events Coordinator at the Angus Barn, Kelly Joslin   Angus Barn on Social Media: Instagram: @angusbarn Facebook: @angusbarn twitter: @angusbarn   Weddings for Real on Social Media: Instagram: @weddingsforreal Facebook: @weddingsforreal twitter: @weddingsforreal

And here's the information you need on our seminars!

The first one is an online marketing seminar. It's at The Umstead Hotel in Cary NC on Monday, October 22nd, for a Brunch and Learn from 9:30AM-12PM. Here are some of the details, and you can sign up with Eventbrite. We can't wait to see you there!

What you can expect from this intimate seminar:   An Insider’s Guide to Social Media Strategy & Etiquette, SEO Tips and Tricks, and Generating More Legit Inquiries!   The Social Media Strategy: • Breaking down Instagram components and how to maximize use of them for your business • How to build the right following and continue a steady growth of followers/future clients • Social Media Vendor Etiquette and how this translates into real life referrals • Best use of Instagram stories, polls, etc • What to post, what not to post, and best times to post • Tools and tips to streamline your Instagram posting   Millennials: How are millennials finding their wedding vendors? What factors determine whether you get the job? Learn some easy best practices for attracting and communicating with the generation that is your biggest client base.   The SEO Component: • Setting up/Refining your Google business page • Online directory tips to improve your rankings • Getting reviews (the formula Megan uses!) • Titles, tags and descriptions and how these help or hurt your business rankings • Writing SEO friendly and user friendly content for your site • Image optimization tips

Sign up at Eventbrite. See you there!

The second conference that day is for wedding planners. For tickets, click here!

In this intimate and focused seminar geared towards planners and aspiring planners in years 0-3 of their business, we will focus on the below topics to elevate your wedding planning business to the next level!

With a combined 20+ years of experience in the event industry, Megan and Gina of A Southern Soiree are teaming up to provide a behind the scenes look into how to elevate your wedding planning business to the next level by sharing tips and strategies on best practices for event contracts, tools to help with workflow, the client and vendor experience, and pricing to be profitable!

Topics We'll Cover:
  • The Importance of Managing the Client Experience From Initial Inquiry to Completion of Event Including Coverage of: Responding to Client Inquiries, Client Onboading Process, Setting Clear Expectations, and Managing Difficult Situations
  • Best Practices for Strengthening Vendor Relations and Building Your Referral Base
  • Contracts and How To Protect Your Business - The top 5 clauses your contract should include to protect your business!
  • Systems to Streamline Your Business - What to use for proposals, contracts, invoices, timelines and more! 
  • Pricing for Your Worth: We will cover basic pricing strategies and well as insight into package offerings that focus on your core strengths!

Finally, at 5:30, we have a Podcast Marketing Seminar!  Click Here for the Eventbrite Link

Podcasting is a great way to create evangelists for your brand and stand out from the competition.

But how do you get started? Two successful Raleigh podcasters share their secrets on building an audience, buying gear, and turning listeners into customers.

How to Start a Branded Podcast is for:

- Marketers looking to stand out and become thought leaders.

- Small businesses looking to grow their business.

- Beginners wanting to learn how to launch a podcast.

 For all seminars, use the coupon code Angus40 for $40 off your ticket!

If you're a wedding vendor, go get Honeybook! At A Southern Soiree, we’ve been using Honeybook since February 2015. I think we were one of their very first clients, and it has truly been a life changer. They make proposals and contracts super easy to use on both our side and the client side. I think before Honeybook I would send proposals and contracts by email, and the client would have to mail the contract to us or fax it by efax. Proposals were in no way streamlined either, so this has made our lives so much better. As a consultant, whenever I sign up a vendor client, one of the very first recommendations I make is Honeybook. No need to complicate things – it works, it’s great…just get it. And if you follow this link, you get 50% off your first year of Honeybook, which is nice, but not nearly as nice as all the time you’re going to save. And if you have any questions about my experience, feel free to send me an email to megan@weddingsforreal.com. 

Music for this episode by https://www.bensound.com.

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 megan@weddingsforreal.com.

Weddings for Real is edited and produced by Jason Gillikin for Happy Hippo Digital.

Oct 04 2018
30 mins
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Rank #16: 16: Wedding Planners and Venues Working Together in Harmony, with Nicole Smith of Vision Events

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Nicole Smith, owner of wedding planning company Vision Events and former venue coordinator at The Sanderling Resort in the Outer Banks and the Marriott in Chapel Hill, comes on Weddings for Real to talk about how wedding planners and venues can work together in harmony.  Megan worked as a venue coordinator as well, so the two of them talked about several issues that come up that sometimes make the process much more difficult.

What makes a good wedding planner for a venue? What makes a venue coordinator's job more difficult?  What do planners look for in a venue? What happens when a venue is over capacity?

These are some of the topics that Nicole and Megan discussed. And then Nicole talks about a crazy wedding story she experienced as a planner and how she really feels about sparkler exits.

Nicole Smith, Vision Events (Image by Pinehurst Photography)

 

Vision Events on the Web https://www.visioneventsnc.com/ Facebook: @visioneventsnc Instagram: @visioneventsnc

 

Weddings for Real on Social Media: Instagram: @weddingsforreal Facebook: @weddingsforreal twitter: @weddingsforreal   Megan was a guest last week on the HolderMESS Podcast. It was hilarious! Go listen below or anywhere you get podcasts!   http://marriedwithpodcastwiththeholdernessfamily.libsyn.com/holdermess-7-weddings-with-megan-gillikin Apple Podcasts: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/holdermess-the-holderness-family-podcast/id1378725018?mt=2

Music for this episode by https://www.bensound.com.

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 megan@weddingsforreal.com.

Weddings for Real is edited and produced by Jason Gillikin for Happy Hippo Digital.

Jun 20 2018
53 mins
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Rank #17: 15: Wedding Expectations vs Reality, with Floral Designer Heather Miller of Eclectic Sage

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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 sued her over a color of a rose.

Our guest Heather Miller, owner of Eclectic Sage (photo by Tulle and Grace)

Heather's description of "Coral", as given to the judge. The couple argued that the flowers should not have been orange. 

Heather and Steven at their wedding (Photo by Amanda Dumouchelle Photography)

 

Eclectic Sage: http://www.eclecticsage.com/ Instagram: @eclecticsage   Weddings for Real on Social Media: Instagram: @weddingsforreal Facebook: @weddingsforreal twitter: @weddingsforreal

Music for this episode by https://www.bensound.com.

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 megan@weddingsforreal.com.

Weddings for Real is edited and produced by Jason Gillikin for Happy Hippo Digital.

Jun 13 2018
42 mins
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Rank #18: 24: Under the Tent with Mary Larick from CE Rental

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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 show!  We went into how much you should realistically budget, styles and trends, what happens when clients disagree, my “tell you twice" rule, and when weather doesn’t cooperate with your wedding.

Mary Larick, Director of Sales at CE Rental (image by F8 Studios)

 

CE Rental on Social Media: Facebook: @cerentalraleigh Instagram: @ce_rental

 

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

At the top of the show, you heard about Honeybook! At A Southern Soiree, we’ve been using Honeybook since February 2015. I think we were one of their very first clients, and it has truly been a life changer. They make proposals and contracts super easy to use on both our side and the client side. I think before Honeybook I would send proposals and contracts by email, and the client would have to mail the contract to us or fax it by efax. Proposals were in no way streamlined either, so this has made our lives so much better. As a consultant, whenever I sign up a vendor client, one of the very first recommendations I make is Honeybook. No need to complicate things – it works, it’s great…just get it. And if you follow this link, you get 50% off your first year of Honeybook, which is nice, but not nearly as nice as all the time you’re going to save. And if you have any questions about my experience, feel free to send me an email to megan@weddingsforreal.com.

Also, Megan mentioned an online marketing seminar. It's at The Umstead Hotel in Cary NC on September 6th. Here are some of the details, and you can sign up at Eventbrite. We can't wait to see you there!

What you can expect from this intimate seminar:   An Insider’s Guide to Social Media Strategy & Etiquette, SEO Tips and Tricks, and Generating More Legit Inquiries!   The Social Media Strategy: • Breaking down Instagram components and how to maximize use of them for your business • How to build the right following and continue a steady growth of followers/future clients • Social Media Vendor Etiquette and how this translates into real life referrals • Best use of Instagram stories, polls, etc • What to post, what not to post, and best times to post • Tools and tips to streamline your Instagram posting   Millennials: How are millennials finding their wedding vendors? What factors determine whether you get the job? Learn some easy best practices for attracting and communicating with the generation that is your biggest client base.   The SEO Component: • Setting up/Refining your Google business page • Online directory tips to improve your rankings • Getting reviews (the formula Megan uses!) • Titles, tags and descriptions and how these help or hurt your business rankings • Writing SEO friendly and user friendly content for your site • Image optimization tips

Sign up at Eventbrite. See you there!

Music for this episode by https://www.bensound.com.

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 megan@weddingsforreal.com.

Weddings for Real is edited and produced by Jason Gillikin for Happy Hippo Digital.

Aug 15 2018
45 mins
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Rank #19: 39: Are You Ready for Engagement Season?

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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, wedding planner, and business coach (along with her completely unqualified but occasionally funny husband Jason Gillikin), gives her tips for making sure your business is ready! Rockefeller Center Proposal Image from Katherine Miles Jones Photography (Katherine was on episode 9)   Proposal Image by Mikkel Paige Photography (episode 11), featuring Mollyann Russel (episode 21)   Weddings for Real on Social Media: Instagram: @weddingsforreal Facebook: @weddingsforreal twitter: @weddingsforreal

If you're a wedding vendor, go get Honeybook! At A Southern Soiree, we’ve been using Honeybook since February 2015. I think we were one of their very first clients, and it has truly been a life changer. They make proposals and contracts super easy to use on both our side and the client side. I think before Honeybook I would send proposals and contracts by email, and the client would have to mail the contract to us or fax it by efax. Proposals were in no way streamlined either, so this has made our lives so much better. As a consultant, whenever I sign up a vendor client, one of the very first recommendations I make is Honeybook. No need to complicate things – it works, it’s great…just get it. And if you follow this link, you get 50% off your first year of Honeybook, which is nice, but not nearly as nice as all the time you’re going to save. And if you have any questions about my experience, feel free to send me an email to megan@weddingsforreal.com. 

Music for this episode by https://www.bensound.com.

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 megan@weddingsforreal.com.

Weddings for Real is edited and produced by Jason Gillikin for Happy Hippo Digital.

Nov 28 2018
41 mins
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Rank #20: 14: How to Work Best with a Wedding Planner, with Elana Walker

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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)

(image by Ariel Perry Photography)

(image by Chronicles Photo)

(image by Chronicles Photo)

(image by Donnell Perry Photography)

Elana Walker Events: http://elanawalker.com/ Facebook: @elanawalkerevents Instagram: @elanawalkerevents twitter: @ElanaWEvents   Southern Noir Weddings: http://southernnoirweddings.com/ Pinterest: @southernnoirweddings Facebook: @southernnoirweddings Instagram: @southernnoirweddings

 

Carolina Fete: https://www.carolinafete.com/ Facebook: @carolinafete Instagram: @carolinafete

 

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

Music for this episode by https://www.bensound.com.

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 megan@weddingsforreal.com.

Weddings for Real is edited and produced by Jason Gillikin for Happy Hippo Digital.

Jun 06 2018
43 mins
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