Weddings for Real

Episodes of the Weddings for Real Podcast

56: Eva Clark on Compassion in Weddings

International Wedding Planner Eva Clark from Eva Clark Events has planned over 400 events. Some of those clients have been more difficult to work with than others. But still, she wants to make sure that everyone getting married has a memorable experience in a positive way. How does she do that? By making sure she infuses compassion into her professional and personal life.

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

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!

 

International Wedding Planner Eva Clark (image by Shauna Veasey)

Eva Clark on Social Media twitter: @evaclarkevents Instagram: @evaclarkevents Facebook: @evaclarkevents     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.

WWD11: IndyWeek Best Local Podcast Nomination, One-Year Anniversary, Weddings on Mars, and More!

Thank you so much to everyone who has supported us over the past year plus! And we’re so excited to announce that we’ve been nominated for Best Local Podcast on IndyWeek! Even though we have very little chance to win, we would love for you to vote for us (starting Monday April 8th)!

And on today’s Weekend Wine Down, we talk about our one year anniversary, weddings on other planets, wedding season, podcast recommendations, and more!

 

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.

55: Rachel Sheerin on Preventing Burnout and the 80-20 Rule

Rachel Sheerin is a keynote speaker and trainer focused on helping hospitality professionals sell more and be happy! Featured in Inc. Magazine for her unorthodox, high energy style,  Rachel has been an advocate for authentic sales and preventing burnout in our industry. Today she talks all about the Pareto Principle, also known as the 80-20 Rule, and how it applies to wedding vendors.

Images from the amazingly talented Jeremy & Debby Deal, Lunahzon Photography, www.LunahZon.com

 

If you’re making the world better, then she’s your sales whisperer. Rachel currently serves as International Director of Education for WIPA, is a long time NACE member and takes her margaritas on the rocks. 

Rachel Sheerin Contact Info: www.rachelsheerin.com hi@rachelsheerin.com www.instagram.com/rachel.sheerin www.linkedin.com/in/rachelsheerin www.facebook.com/rachelsheerinspeaker    

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

This Sunday from 4-7pm head over to one of the most stunning wedding venues in the Triangle, The Parlour at Manns Chapel for their Spring Open House hosted by our good friends at Harmony Weddings. This event is FREE and open to the public. It is especially perfect for engaged couples- come tour the beautiful venue and meet some of the top local vendors, all in one day! As a thank you for attending, if you book the Parlour as your venue, you can enjoy FREE use of all Parlour Vintage Rentals. This event is also wonderful for local vendors to get to tour The Parlour, network and meet new vendor friends. Last but not least, they will be unveiling a big bridal suite surprise!! Eventbrite Link here to register.

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

 

54: SEO for Wedding Vendors, with Jason Gillikin

  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.

53: How to Prevent (or Manage) Difficult Clients, with Wedding Planner Erin McLean

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.

52: Candice Coppola on Why You Need a Business Plan

Candice Coppola – wedding planner at Jubilee Events, business mentor, podcaster at Power in Purpose, author of The White Dress in Color: Inspirations for the Modern Bride, Barbados resident (I’m not jealous, YOU’RE jealous!), and more – comes on the show today to talk all about the importance of making a business plan! Whether you’re just thinking about starting a business, in your first couple of years, or you’re an industry veteran, you need a business plan – and Candice tells you why!

Support our Sponsor: BeautyByDesign.com/WeddingsForReal for 20% you first order!

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!

Candice Coppola (image by Steve Depino)

Candice Coppola (image by Carla Ten Eyck)

(image by Steve Depino)

  Candice Coppola on Social Media: Instagram: @Candice.Coppola Facebook: @TheCandiceCoppola twitter: @Candice_Coppola     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.

51: Diversifying Your Wedding Business with Maddy K

Madeleine Kojakian, better known as Maddy K, is a wedding planner and serial entrepreneur.  She has had many successes (and many failures) in diversifying her business, and she comes on today to talk about if YOU should diversify your business, when the right time is, when is NOT the right time, hiring tips, and how she works less now than when she did years ago.  This episode is packed with great information about taking that next step in your business!

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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!

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!

Maddy K (Images by Teresa Ste Marie)

 

Maddy K on Social Media: Facebook: @MaddyKAtelier Instagram: @MaddyKAtelier   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.

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.

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.

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.