188 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
    • 4.9 • 234 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!

    Ask Me Anything (About Burnout, Selling My Business, New Market, and More)

    Ask Me Anything (About Burnout, Selling My Business, New Market, and More)

    A couple weeks ago, I asked you the listeners for any questions you've been wanting to ask, and I received some truly thought-provoking submissions (so thank you!). So today, I answer those questions, touching on burnout, why I refer (or don't refer) wedding pros, navigating the busy season, selling my planning business, and more!

    • 25 min
    Unraveling, with Rachel DeAlto

    Unraveling, with Rachel DeAlto

    The Unraveling series, where amazing and inspiring entrepreneurs share the unraveling of old habits and mindset that holds us back, and the rebirth of new. Today we feature Rachel DeAlto, Communication & Relatability Expert, Keynote Speaker, Chief Dating Expert at Match.com, former relationship expert on Married at First Sight, and Author of the book Relatable: How to Connect with Anyone, Anywhere (Even If It Scares You).

    • 39 min
    Entrepreneurship- Mistakes Made, Lessons Learned, and Mindset Shifts with Eddie Babbage of Timeline Genius

    Entrepreneurship- Mistakes Made, Lessons Learned, and Mindset Shifts with Eddie Babbage of Timeline Genius

    You may have heard of Timeline Genius, the platform that creates beautiful, detailed wedding day timelines, saving you hours in the process. But have you heard how CEO Eddie Babbage built the company? Today, Eddie shares the mistakes made, lessons learned, and mindset shifts that led to Timeline Genius's success.

    • 55 min
    Is Luxury Stealing Your Joy? with Laura Ritchie of Grit & Grace

    Is Luxury Stealing Your Joy? with Laura Ritchie of Grit & Grace

    As we gain experience and raise our prices, we start to get into the luxury market. It’s something many of us strive for because it means we’ve made it - we beat out the competition for the best weddings, they become great portfolio pieces, and you can make better money.

    But how do we attract the luxury clientele? And when we get those weddings, are they really all that we hoped for?

    • 46 min
    Unraveling, with Slice Pie's Kristen Mullins

    Unraveling, with Slice Pie's Kristen Mullins

    The Unraveling series, where amazing and inspiring entrepreneurs share the unraveling of old habits and mindset that holds us back, and the rebirth of new. Today we feature Kristen Mullins, aka The Pie Lady. Kristen is the owner of Slice Pie Company, and while everything on social media looks amazing - new retail shop, selling hundreds of pies a day, all the awards - the reality is that Kristen has been forced to undergo some serious growth over the past couple of years.

    • 43 min
    Rainmakers, Dream Teams, and How They Make You More Money, with Veronica Romney

    Rainmakers, Dream Teams, and How They Make You More Money, with Veronica Romney

    If you’re looking to grow your business, a hard realization is that you can only go so far if you do it alone. If you’re a wedding planner, maybe you can do 25-30 weddings a year by yourself. If you’re a DJ, maybe 50 weddings. An officiant? You could probably do 100 weddings a year. But no matter what, there’s a limit in how much you can make - unless you build a team.

    Of course, that comes with its own complications and headaches, so today we talk to someone who focuses on making sure you have the right people in the right roles - Dream Team Architect Veronica Romney.

    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
234 Ratings

234 Ratings

rachaelaletheia ,

Feels like having coffee with a long lost bestie!

I discovered Megan’s podcast this past spring/summer when road-tripping between Illinois and Florida. I was hunting for new wedding pro business podcasts (I’m a photographer) and was drawn in by the title (give me all REAL!) & immediately was hooked. I binged episode after episode on my 2-day drive and arrived home an avid fan! Listening to Megan chat with guests or recount stories felt like grabbing coffee with a long-lost friend. She’s warm, authentic, relatable, and offers sage advice for navigating the world of real weddings and small business ownership - with a dash of humor tossed in (go find the episode where she had to toss a bridesmaid out! I was cringing and laughing right along with her like I was there). It’s a rare gift in podcasting to find someone whose genuine warmth comes through the audio, but Megan’s does. I recommend her podcast to all my friends - this is my go-to listen when I wind down from a busy weekend of weddings. Keep up the great work, Megan - we need a book of your etiquette advice for wedding pros next!!!

jenlow120 ,

One of my favorite podcasts

I love how Megan keeps it real, brings on people who know there stuff, and stays focused on the things that truly make an impact in your wedding biz. To me too many people skirt around the scary stuff that Megan isn’t afraid to dive in on! This podcast is great for education and motivation alike!

K&SID ,

Still my favorite industry podcast!!!

The information is SO helpful! I’ve been listening to Megan’s podcast for a long time and I love it! Each episode is always full of helpful information for my business and personal life too. I learn something new and feel that I’m. It alone every time I listen. Thank you Megan!

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