157 episodes

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!

Weddings for Real Megan Gillikin

    • Business
    • 5.0 • 202 Ratings

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!

    Book More Weddings with these Marketing Tips, with Heidi Thompson

    Book More Weddings with these Marketing Tips, with Heidi Thompson

    What are some of the challenges you're running into when marketing your business? For many of the wedding pros I talk to, it’s that there are just so many different places that you could spend your time and money - is it in social media? Which platforms? Is it in networking? Is it paid media like Google ads? Is it redesigning your website? Is it Clubhouse? Maybe you want to think about who your ideal client is and where they tend to show up. But then….how do you figure out who your exact client is?

    • 50 min
    How you can leverage podcasting (even without having one)

    How you can leverage podcasting (even without having one)

    We have been podcasting for over 3 years now! Crazy but true, we dropped our first 5 episodes on April 4th, 2018. Over the years, we get asked a lot of questions around podcasting, all related to how can someone leverage their business by using podcasting. Well, Jason and I have a lot of lessons to share!

    • 36 min
    Building a Business Exit Strategy, with Donald Thompson

    Building a Business Exit Strategy, with Donald Thompson

    Take a moment to reflect on your business - are you working a job that pays your bills? Or are you building a company? Either answer is ok, but for those of you who want to scale your company to one day have the option to sell it or have someone else be the face of your business, we have some actionable tips from Donald Thompson - angel investor, mentor, CEO...and someone who has sold companies because he’s figured out a way to scale.

    • 47 min
    Selling Styles for Wedding Pros, with Ideaction's Sam Jacobson

    Selling Styles for Wedding Pros, with Ideaction's Sam Jacobson

    We all have different sales styles - what works for one wedding pro might be different than what works best for you. And it’s those different selling styles that we need to lean into so we can turn our baseline personalities into our selling superpowers.  But look out, each selling style has a blindspot as well that we need to be aware of.  Wonder what your style is?

    • 59 min
    3 Pinterest Myths and Misconceptions, with Gabby Pinkerton

    3 Pinterest Myths and Misconceptions, with Gabby Pinkerton

    You all know the reasons why to focus on Pinterest - it’s great to generate traffic to your website, it’s another platform to get in front of potential couples, and it’s a way to network with other vendors when you’re engaging with or sharing their work.  While Pinterest can be amazing, it can also be confusing. Enter Pinterest expert Gabby Pinkerton.

    • 39 min
    Relationship Marketing and #StopTheDoubleTap

    Relationship Marketing and #StopTheDoubleTap

    Over the past year, with the wedding industry in shambles, Don Mamone has come up with a new outlook on his professional life - People First, Then Profit. Today on the show, Don talks about what relationship marketing means to him and why he's on a mission to #StopTheDoubleTap.

    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

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202 Ratings

202 Ratings

Adonis DJ,KW ,

The guide to being a wedding pro

Megan is such a brilliant person & she shows it with every episode. Her podcast is a great tool to hone in on your craft. She has episodes ranging on many different topics concerning weddings. This podcast is easy to listen to. Thank you for giving back in the way that you do.

Lucy Vinson ,

Informative, Fun & Easy to Listen To

Megan is brilliant! In WFR, Megan provides lighthearted support and mentorship to wedding industry pros. Her episodes are filled with actionable content, and I leave each episode feeling motivated, excited and rejuvenated. Thank you Megan for all you share through Weddings for Real! Keep the episodes coming!

ehkoehko ,

Fun, Engaging, & Educational

Megan pours her heart into everything she does. This podcast is another example of that! Any time I need a booster or pick me up, I can come to this podcast and receive that plus so much more.

I love all the guests, but the most valuable tips and tricks come from Megan's solo episodes. She is raw, honest, and authentic and it becomes a mini coaching session with actionable steps I can start working on before the episode is over. Thanks for giving back to us the way you do!

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