124 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

    • Entrepreneurship
    • 5.0, 166 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!

    105: How to Work with a Virtual Assistant, with Julie Painter from Dallas Girl Friday

    105: How to Work with a Virtual Assistant, with Julie Painter from Dallas Girl Friday

    Julie Painter (aka Dallas Girl Friday) is a virtual assistant who specializes in the wedding industry, and today she gives the inside scoop on what a VA does, when you should think about hiring a VA, and how to work best together. 

    • 36 min
    104: Defining Luxury on Your Own Terms, with The Flower Guy Bron

    104: Defining Luxury on Your Own Terms, with The Flower Guy Bron

    Have you ever felt the pressure of keeping up with what looks "elegant" or "luxurious" on Instagram? Why? Why do we care about matching what we see on the cover of The Knot or Martha Stewart Weddings? Isn’t it more important that our clients are happy and we’re and we’re running a profitable business? Isn’t that why we all got into this?  The Flower Guy Bron  had this exact realization a few years ago and is on a mission to let wedding vendors know that winning Instagram shouldn’t be your goal.

    • 37 min
    103: Setting Boundaries with Your Clients, with Executive Coach Kathleen O'Grady

    103: Setting Boundaries with Your Clients, with Executive Coach Kathleen O'Grady

    Ok, so raise your hand if you feel like you are setting firm boundaries with your clients, and you almost always stick to those boundaries while working with them. No hands? It's a struggle for everyone, but we all need to be better at setting boundaries because it’s not fair to our teams, our families, and ourselves. So on today's episode, we brought on an executive coach Kathleen O'Grady to help.

    • 43 min
    102: Bringing Your Clients, Vendors, and Team Into the Digital Age, with Nora Shiels

    102: Bringing Your Clients, Vendors, and Team Into the Digital Age, with Nora Shiels

    Today we’re talking all about how to get your clients, your vendors, and your team on board with the digital age. Sometimes it’s super frustrating when clients can’t figure out how to sign a contract, or a vendor is ridiculously slow to respond, or a team member doesn’t respond the way you want them to. Well our guest today, Nora Shiels from Rock Paper Coin and Bridal Bliss Wedding Planning in Portland Oregon, gives some great tips on how we can all get on the same page.

    • 30 min
    101: Building Business Stability through Email Marketing, with Aleya Harris

    101: Building Business Stability through Email Marketing, with Aleya Harris

    So be honest. Is email marketing something you do for your business? Are you bringing future clients into your sales funnel and giving them content every week?  (Do you really even know what a sales funnel is?) If you’re like me, you  have 100% NOT been using email marketing to generate leads from engaged couples, and I’m really just not sure how to do it.  So I brought on an expert, Aleya Harris from Flourish Marketing, and asked her all the questions.

    • 43 min
    100th Episode Awards Show Extravaganza

    100th Episode Awards Show Extravaganza

    Welcome to the Weddings for Real 100th Episode Extravaganza! On this special episode, you'll hear who won the awards for:


    Toughest Interview
    Easiest Interview
    Funniest Episode
    Best One-Liner
    Most Referenced Episode
    Topic Megan Thought Would Suck But Was Actually Great
    Biggest Impact Personally
    Person Most Likely to Become Insta-Famous
    Favorite Episode That Had Nothing to do with Weddings
    Guest You'd Most Like to Have a Beer With
    Most Boring Episode
    Fan Favorite

    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
166 Ratings

166 Ratings

Gloria Schu,z ,

So Many a Great Interviews!

Megan has created an awesome podcast for those of us in the wedding industry. She is continually educating us by interviewing the best in the biz on her show. Having met Megan in person at a WIPA event in Atlanta, I was instantly drawn to her professionalism and her kindness. She exudes a passion that is contagious. I am grateful that I have her to look to for advice and guidance in building my own wedding and event planning business.
Thanks, Megan!

Mommyof7yrold ,

Love this Podcast!

I can’t wait to drive to my next appointment and turn on Weddings For Real. Every episode gets my head spinning! The topics are exactly what I need to hear and I am learning so much! I don’t know Megan personally but I feel like I am having coffee with a friend every time. The resources are amazing, advise is spot on and I find myself gaining confidence because “I do that” or challenging myself to “go do that!”. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Emilyliz5 ,

Informative & Inspiring

This podcast is easily in my top 5 favorite podcasts! Megan and her guests on the show offer such a wealth of knowledge and experience. I learn something new just about every episode!! I love how she has creative episodes like interviewing real engaged couples and covering topics not many shows even think to cover!! I can’t recommend Megan and the Weddings for Real Podcast enough!

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