Month: February 2019

Beyond the Obituary Trailer

The Beyond the Obituary Podcast from Renaissance Funeral Home in Raleigh NC is a place where friends and family members come to tell their stories of loved ones who have passed on.

Subscribe now for new episodes, coming March 2019.

 

About Renaissance Funeral Home

Family Owned and Operated by 3rd and 4th Generation Funeral Directors, Renaissance is families provide dignity in death to their loved ones.

Renaissance Funeral Home, Raleigh NC

 

Joseph and Joe Smolenski, Owners of Renaissance Funeral Home

 

Beyond the Obituary is hosted, edited, and produced by Jason Gillikin for Happy Hippo Digital.

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

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 personal and professional, and she talks all about it on this week’s episode!

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!

The Wedding Photo Hangover Podcast is a light-hearted look at wedding photography. Go listen, these guys are awesome!       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.

Season 1 – Episode 005. From Homeless to Hustler

David Pratt is the definition of a hustler and his success comes from being hungry. After being let go from his civil engineering job in Atlanta, David fell on hard times where was living out of his car and squatting in empty homes. He was relentless though, and always knew he would find a away to make it. In this episode, you’ll understand that your curent situation doesn’t have to be your destiny. David talks about what inspired him to start his own video production company that he wants to become the biggest production studio on the east coast. And by the way, if you’ve never tasted his pies from his other company, David’s Dream Pies, you are really missing out!

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

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Veronica Armstrong, head of marketing at Mayflower Venues, is all about that startup life.  She was the 4th employee and General Manager of the Wedding Market at Lovepop and helped grow that company to what it is today. She loves taking a small marketing budget and turning it into something amazing.  As wedding vendors, we have small budgets as well.  So what strategies should we be using to maximize our time and budget?  What tools are available to help?  Veronica gives her tips on today’s show!

Veronica Armstrong, Mayflower Venues

 

Mayflower Venues on Social Media: Instagram: @mayflowervenues Facebook: @mayflowervenues Veronica sharing a meme on twitter: @Veronicatheblog

 

 

  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.

Season 1 – Episode 004. Leaders Stand Out By Having The Resolve To Never Quit

Serial Entrepreneur Sid Smith started his first business before he was old enough to drive. Since then he’s founded and sold over nine businesses and is the current owner of Carolina Fresh Water. In this episode, Sid offers priceless advice to others looking to run a business including what he does to stay sharp, the lessons learned from owning a car dealership, personal responsibility for leaders, and what’s next for the Cannibus industry in North Carolina. A very interesting and meaningful conversation that you don’t want to miss!

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

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 take on what it’s been like to find their vendors, where they’re looking, what role social media played (Instagram!), and what they would tell wedding vendors to do differently.  Wedding vendors, this is some easy market research for you!

Support our Sponsors:

Couples, setting up your own personal wedding website at Zola is super easy, and it’s a great way to tell your guests everything about your wedding (where to stay, if you can bring kids, where you’re registered). And couples who go to Zola.com/WeddingsForReal get $50 off your registry!

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

Carolina Inn Chapel Hill NC

Thank you to all of the couples who participated, because it couldn’t have been easy to randomly be interviewed, but all of these couples were amazing!

  • Katie and Charlie
  • Megan and Forest
  • Summer and Greg
  • Jessica and Dylan
  • Sarah and Robert
  • Amy and Matt (married three years ago)
  • Jackie and Hayden
  • Chris and Corey
  • Taylor (who was with wedding planner Gina)
  • Tim and Julia
  • B and Will
  • Teressa and Nick
  • Brienne (with mom Jewel)
  • Molly and Tom
  • Allison and Al

  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.

Season 1 – Episode 003. To Be A Successful Leader, Find Your Tribe.

Entrepreneurship is in Doug Speight’s blood. His family has been starting businesses in North Carolina since the 1930s and he has founded multiple businesses himself. As the former Entrepreneur in Residence with American Underground, and current Executive Director and Startup Growth Advisor, Doug sees hundreds of North Carolina startups through all phases of their business. In this episode, Doug shares some of the lessons he’s learned through his experience and the from the stories of American Underground startups. He also shares inspirational tips to motivate you towards success.

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

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.

Season 1 – Episode 002. Your Current Circumstance Is Not Your Destiny

As one of the few African-American, female, Chiefs of Police in the country, Patrice Andrews is responsible for leading the Seargents, Lieutenants, and Captains in the Police Department of Town of Morrisville, North Carolina. With such an achievement, you would never know that Patrice dropped out of college and relied on WIC to support her family as a single parent before starting her career in law enforcement. In this episode, Patrice shares many lessons including how she overcame obstacles and the what she learned from former first lady Michelle Obama.