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5: Why You Need a Wedding Video with Phil McInnis from Twenty-One Films

Phil McInnis from 21 Films Videography in Raleigh came on the show to talk about how he has built up his business from just Phil and his wife Jess to a team of 6 filmmakers and editors, what differentiates the 21 Films style of videography from other wedding videographers, what motivates Phil, how to work with other vendors, and of course we get into some crazy stories about people drinking a little too much and being on camera.

21 Films Team

Blair + Danny, The Merrimon-Wynne House from Twenty-One Films on Vimeo.

 

 

Jess + Mike, The Umstead from Twenty-One Films on Vimeo.

 

Episodes 1-5 are brought to you by JustMensRings.com, the leader in affordable fashion and wedding rings.  The rings on the website look amazing and are ridiculously inexpensive already – typically less than $50 for a ring you’d pay $500-$1000 for in a store.  And if you use the promo code “real” at checkout, you’ll get an additional 15% off your purchase. So there’s no need to spend $1000 on a wedding band, just go to JustMensRings.com with promo code “real”.  Excludes designer benchmark rings.

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.

4: Stories from a 3rd Generation Florist: Cydney English with The English Garden

Cydney English, owner of The English Garden, has been in the flower business for literally her entire life and runs a florist shop in Raleigh where about 60% of her business is weddings.  She does over 120 weddings per year, and she employs 10-20 people at a time depending on the season. Actually, Cydney and her husband Warren are both third-generation florists.

On this episode, Cydney talks about her life growing up with her dad and grandma as florists, what it was like in the early days of starting her business, trends in the wedding industry, making your wedding personal to you, and what she thinks about competition.

Episodes 1-5 are brought to you by JustMensRings.com, the leader in affordable fashion and wedding rings.  The rings on the website look amazing and are ridiculously inexpensive already – typically less than $50 for a ring you’d pay $500-$1000 for in a store.  And if you use the promo code “real” at checkout, you’ll get an additional 15% off your purchase. So there’s no need to spend $1000 on a wedding band, just go to JustMensRings.com with promo code “real”.  Excludes designer benchmark rings.

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.

3: Wedding Marketing in 2018 with Jenna Parks from Southern Bride and Groom Magazine

Jenna Parks is the co-owner of Southern Bride and Groom Magazine of the Triangle. Jenna’s mom Donna started the magazine back in 1986, and Jenna came on board in 2010 to advance it into the  digital age.

To have any sort of impact in the wedding magazine space – which features some huge names like Martha Stewart, Brides Magazine, Grace Ormonde, Premier Bride, Wedding Style, The Knot, Bridal Guide, and Inside Weddings – a smaller magazine needs to know their local market extremely well.

That’s exactly what Southern Bride and Groom has done over the past 30+ years. They don’t just write articles about what’s trending or what the color of the year is or what celebrity wore what dress to a wedding. They get to know their local vendors so they can recommend to Raleigh area couples what the best venues are, who the legitimate wedding planners are, what linen companies are reputable, etc.  They develop that trust with couples and vendors alike, and they become entrenched in the market so couples know when flipping through the magazine, that if they use these vendors, they can be comfortable with who they hired.

Jenna came on the show to talk about how her mom started the company and how she came on to take it to the next level, instagram etiquette, and marketing strategy for wedding vendors – where should you as a vendor spend not only your money but your time as well.

Southern Bride and Groom Magazine 2018

 

Southern Bride and Groom Magazine 1996

Jenna’s Blog Post about the reliability of reviews.

Episodes 1-5 are brought to you by JustMensRings.com, the leader in affordable fashion and wedding rings.  The rings on the website look amazing and are ridiculously inexpensive already – typically less than $50 for a ring you’d pay $500-$1000 for in a store.  And if you use the promo code “real” at checkout, you’ll get an additional 15% off your purchase. So there’s no need to spend $1000 on a wedding band, just go to JustMensRings.com with promo code “real”.  Excludes designer benchmark rings.

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.

2: How to Hustle and Grow Your Wedding Business with Joe Bunn from Bunn DJ Company

This episode is with the one and only Joe Bunn from Bunn DJ Company of Raleigh. Joe has been DJing for over 30 years and has built his business up so he now has 15 DJs working with him in Raleigh, plus three other divisions, in Charlotte, Charleston, and Richmond, with multiple DJs at each of those locations  The company has over 1,100 5-star reviews on Wedding Wire.

And Joe just keeps grinding and advancing his career. He now runs a PhDJ workshop where he coaches DJs from all over the country, he’s always traveling for a speaking gig, and he’s hosted a weekly podcast now for over a year.

So on the show, Megan talks to Joe about his hiring process, guys that have worked out for him and some that haven’t, what it takes to run a multi-DJ business, some of the crazy stories he has from over the years, who he got star-struck by at a recent wedding, and why you need to work with professional vendors.

 

Joe Bunn with Taylor and Marcus Paige (UNC basketball legend)

Dallas Cowboys return man Ryan Switzer and Joe Bunn

Bears Quarterback Mitchell Trubisky at Ryan Switzer’s Wedding

Episodes 1-5 are brought to you by JustMensRings.com, the leader in affordable fashion and wedding rings.  The rings on the website look amazing and are ridiculously inexpensive already – typically less than $50 for a ring you’d pay $500-$1000 for in a store.  And if you use the promo code “real” at checkout, you’ll get an additional 15% off your purchase. So there’s no need to spend $1000 on a wedding band, just go to JustMensRings.com with promo code “real”.  Excludes designer benchmark rings.

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.

1: Wedding Planning Behind the Scenes with Grace Beason from Grace Leisure Events

In the first episode (!) of Weddings for Real, Megan sits down with fellow planner Grace Beason to talk about her career start at The Knot, planning her first weddings with her mentor Marcy Blum, how weddings have evolved over the years, how anyone can say they’re a planner with an Instagram account, being a mom while running a business, same sex weddings, advice for breaking into the wedding industry, personalities she wants to work with (assistants, couples, and vendors), and how weddings might not be quite as glamorous as everyone thinks.

Grace has some incredible stories throughout, and you’ll see why she was voted “Most Likely to Host a Talk Show” in high school.

Episodes 1-5 are brought to you by JustMensRings.com, the leader in affordable fashion and wedding rings.  The rings on the website look amazing and are ridiculously inexpensive already – typically less than $50 for a ring you’d pay $500-$1000 for in a store.  And if you use  the promo code “real” at checkout, you’ll get an additional 15% off your purchase. So there’s no need to spend $1000 on a wedding band, just go to JustMensRings.com with promo code “real”.  Excludes designer benchmark rings.

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.

Coming Soon: Weddings for Real

Welcome to the Weddings for Real Podcast, hosted by Megan Gillikin, the owner and lead consultant of A Southern Soiree Wedding and Event Planning. On this podcast, we’re going to talk to wedding professionals about the crazy industry that is weddings.  We all have some amazing stories, and we all have some of those, “OMG Is This Really Happening!?!” stories to tell.

So Megan interviews other planners, florists, DJs, band members, photographers, videographers, and anyone else in the wedding industry.

The first five episodes are ready to go for the first week in April! And it won’t be just stories. We’ll talk about trends in the wedding industry, social media, advice that these other vendors have for people trying to get into the wedding space, what’s changed over the years when it comes to weddings, and how they built their businesses.

So if you want to hear about the crazy world of weddings, be sure to subscribe. Also, we’re looking for any brides, grooms, or even attendees of a wedding where something ridiculous happened to come on and share their stories. If you have any stories like that, email megan@weddingsforreal.com. We’ll see you soon!

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

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