Weddings for Real

Hosted ByMegan Gillikin

A Southern Soiree, voted Best Local Wedding Planner by IndyWeek, chose Earfluence to build a voice amplification platform to create national consulting, coaching, and speaking opportunities.

14: How to Work Best with a Wedding Planner, with Elana Walker

Elana Walker has built up her empire in the Raleigh NC market. It started with her wedding planning company Elana Walker Events back in 2009, and has expanded to her inspiration blog Southern Noir Weddings, her Masterclass for wedding industry vendors, her month-of coordination company Carolina Fete, and she even co-authored a book…she really does it all. It seems like she never stops and always has ideas on how to improve and expand that empire.

Elana came on the show today to talk about how to work best with a wedding planner, and she provides some budget tips as well so you can get the most for your money.

Below is the book that Elana co-wrote, and here’s a link to buy.

And below are some images of Elana in action as well as a picture of her two kids 🙂

(image by Donnell Perry Photography)

(image by Ariel Perry Photography)

(image by Chronicles Photo)

(image by Chronicles Photo)

(image by Donnell Perry Photography)

Elana Walker Events: Facebook: @elanawalkerevents Instagram: @elanawalkerevents twitter: @ElanaWEvents   Southern Noir Weddings: Pinterest: @southernnoirweddings Facebook: @southernnoirweddings Instagram: @southernnoirweddings

Carolina Fete: Facebook: @carolinafete Instagram: @carolinafete

Weddings for Real on Social Media: Instagram: @weddingsforreal Facebook: @weddingsforreal twitter: @weddingsforreal

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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

Weddings for Real is edited and produced by Jason Gillikin for Earfluence.

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