Month: July 2018

22: “One Foot in Front of the Other”: Jill Donovan on Overcoming Tragedy and Growing Donovan’s Dish

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, and the chef of the company, TJ Donovan, tragically passed away.  Jill was left with businesses to run and 3 young girls to raise. With the help of her amazing village surrounding her, Jill has not only survived but has continued to grow both personally and professionally.   Listen in, it’s truly an inspiring story!     Episode 22 Guest Jill Donovan   TJ and Jill Donovan   Jill Donovan and her 3 girls   Donovan’s Take-Out Market. The first take-out market opened 4 days before TJ passed away in 2016.   Donovan’s Dish on Social Media: Instagram: @DonovansDish Facebook: @DonovansDish   Jill’s Beach on Social Media: Instagram: @jillsbeach Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Jills-Beach-69787834084/   Weddings for Real on Social Media: Instagram: @weddingsforreal Facebook: @weddingsforreal twitter: @weddingsforreal  

At the top of the show, 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.

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

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.

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

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 following tips:

1. Don’t Drink (Too Much).  2. Remember, Everyone is Rooting for You.  3. Don’t Bring Up Your Phone 4. Keep it Short. Under 4 minutes. 5. Tease, but Don’t Embarrass 6. Own The Moment, even if you mess up. 7. Be Honest, and Come from the Heart.  8. You’re giving a speech about the couple, not just one person. 9. Practice! 10. If you’re not sure about the material, ask someone. 11. No slideshows. 12. Don’t bring up exes.   With these tips, especially bringing it from the heart, you’ll be sure to give a great wedding speech!   Freddy is a fellow podcaster.  Go listen to the FredTalk Podcast at: http://fredtalkpodcast.libsyn.com/ https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/fredtalk/id1358150827?ls=1 http://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=177210&refid=stpr

Fred gets very personal in some of these, especially the Break Up Episode, which should have a Part 2 coming out soon (maybe – Fred says that “the FredTalk podcast is like the ocean, it comes in waves”).

Check out Freddy live at: Bombers Bev Co in Wilmington, July 27th Trali Irish Pub in Raleigh, July 28th The Comedy Zone in Charlotte, July 31st

Freddy Valoy on Social Media: Instagram: @freddylvaloy   Weddings for Real on Social Media: Instagram: @weddingsforreal Facebook: @weddingsforreal twitter: @weddingsforreal   This episode was brought to you Triangle Real Estate Agent Katie Humphries from Fonville Morisey. Katie was a Wake County teacher for over 10 years before moving into real estate, so she knows school districts, private schools, and charter schools.  As a mom of 3, picking a house in a district with good school reviews was very important to me, and if you have kids (or you’re thinking of having kids), I know that’s important to you too.  So go contact Katie – she can help you out on your journey to being a homebuyer. She prides herself on personal attention and is always available on short notice to answer a question or even check out a house.  So if you’re interested in buying or selling, you can reach Katie at 919-215-8404 or khumphries@fmrealty.com.      If you would like to advertise on this podcast, for the month of July, donate to the American Heart Association in Megan’s dad’s name, and we will do an ad read for you at no additional cost.

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.

19: Celebrity Weddings, Reality TV, and an Amazing Marriage Streak: Filmmakers Chris and Toni Wheaton from Heart Stone Films

Filmmakers Chris and Toni Wheaton from Heart Stone Films and Portico Pictures are on the show today! They talked about how they became business owners (and married) at 22 and 23 years old, their incredible marriage “streak”, learning to fight, filming Dale Earnhardt Jr and Emily Maynard’s weddings, being starstruck by Danica Patrick (they’re available for whatever date you choose Danica!), seeing Backstreet Boy AJ McLean sing at a recent wedding, some of the craziest wedding stories you’ll ever hear, trends they wish would go away, their reality TV show “Weddings with the Wheatons” on LoveStories.tv, mistakes that they’ve made, and why you need a wedding video.

 (Image above by Nancy Ray)

 

 

 

 

Heart Stone Films on Social Media: Instagram: @heartstonefilms Facebook: @heartstonefilms twitter: @heartstonefilms   Portico Pictures on Social Media: Facebook: @weareportico twitter: @porticopictures Instagram: @porticopictures   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.    If you would like to advertise on this podcast, for the month of July, donate to the American Heart Association in Megan’s dad’s name, and we will do an ad read for you at no additional cost.

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.

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

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 hear stories from:

Photographer Ginny Corbett (Episode 7, Instagram Stories and Wedding Photography Style)

Videographer Phil McInnis (Episode 5, Why You Need a Wedding Video)

Photographer Katherine Miles Jones (Episode 9, Moving Her Business from NYC and Putting Clients at Ease)

Author and photographer James Walters (Episode 12, Writing the Book of Wedding Stories)

DJ/Speaker/Podcaster Joe Bunn (Episode 2, How to Hustle and Grow Your Wedding Business)

Planner Nicole Smith (Episode 16, Wedding Planners and Venues Working Together in Harmony)

Ice Cream Entrepreneur Jared Plummer (Episode 8, Ice Cream at Weddings and the Explosion of Two Roosters)

Venue Owners, Planners, and Sisters Courtney Hopper and Dana Kadwell (Episode 13, Sister Entrepreneurs Courtney and Dana on Building a Wedding Venue)

We hope you enjoy!

At the top of the show, Megan mentioned donating to the American Heart Association for free advertising.  Here is the link – http://honor.americanheart.org/goto/weddingsforreal. Anyone can donate of course, and it’s to a great cause, in honor of Megan’s dad William “Brew” Brewer, who passed away on July 4, 2006 after complications from a massive heart attack. But if you’re a business, and you’d like to advertise, there’s a bonus for you. If you donate $100 or more to the American Heart Association through the tribute page, you can get a free ad read at the top of one of the next three shows (July 11th, 18th, or 25th).  If you contribute $50 or more, you can get a free ad read in the middle of the show or at the end. For more details about this, or to coordinate scheduling the ad read, email us at megan@weddingsforreal.com.  Thank you!

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.