Weddings for Real

Episodes of the Weddings for Real Podcast

11: Top 5 Destination Wedding Tips with Photographer Mikkel Paige

Mikkel Paige is a wedding photographer and travel blogger, and she came on the show to give her Top 5 Destination Wedding Tips!

They are:

  1. Destination Weddings can be Stressful! If you’re getting married and you need to be in control, a destination wedding may not be for you, because there is so much you CANNOT control.
  2. Look Closely at your Contracts. A photographer might be included, but is that photographer right for you? And what if it’s not? Can you get a discount off of your package?
  3. Review the Laws of your Destination. Are you allowed to get married there?  Are there different rules based on the country’s laws on religion or gay marriage?
  4. Don’t Forget Sunscreen! If you’re golfing or lounging or drinking or whatever before the wedding, use sunscreen. You don’t want the sunglasses or bikini straps showing in your pictures!
  5. Consider the Weather. If you’re getting married on the east coast, a sunset ceremony is probably not going to happen for you.  And if it’s windy that day, you can’t force pictures by the beach.

Mikkel can be found pretty much everywhere online, including:

https://www.mikkelpaige.com/

https://www.facebook.com/mikkelpaige

https://www.instagram.com/mikkelpaige/

http://departmentofwandering.com/ (Blog Mikkel contributes to)

http://sometimeshome.com/ (Mikkel’s personal travel blog, which is fantastic!)

Check out the timeline of the blog and her wedding career:

Today’s episode is brought to you by Honeyfund.  CEO Sara Margulis was on Episode 10 of Weddings for Real, and our listeners can get the Elite Package at Honeyfun for $19.99 by following this link –

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 Earfluence.

10: Honeyfund CEO Sara Margulis on Her Wedding, Shark Tank, Target, Millennials, and Budget Hacks

Shark Tank Winner Sara Margulis comes on the show to talk about her wedding to her Honeyfund partner Josh Margulis, how they came up with the business idea for Honeyfund, the company’s big break of being on Martha Stewart Weddings, the Something Wonderful Platform, the new partnership with Target, millennials, and some amazing vacations and excursions that they’ve taken.

Below are Sara and Josh with Mr. Wonderful Kevin O’Leary, Sara’s headshot, Sara and Josh, and then two pictures from their 2004 wedding.

On the show, Sara mentions their new partnership with airline disruptor Skyhour.

She also talks about using HomeExchange.com, which sounds like an incredible budget hack.

For another wedding podcast you might like, check out the Wedding Photo Hangover Podcast by Steven Van Elk and Dustin McKibben.

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.

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

9: Wedding Photographer Katherine Miles Jones on Moving her Business from NYC and Putting Clients at Ease

Katherine Miles Jones joins Megan to talk about her career start in New York City, how she started in the wedding photography business, an amazing and breathtaking engagement shoot at the Rockefeller Center (see image below), the biggest regret of her wedding, the community of vendors and developing friendships with her competition, how she makes clients feel comfortable, her love of photography, how she recharges her batteries, and some crazy wedding stories, including photo shoots with Abraham Lincoln the alpaca (see image below) and Nacho the Donkey.

Plus Katherine tells Megan what her favorite food is and the one movie that she has seen in theaters over the past three years.

Portrait of Katherine by Sarah Der Photography.

Alpaca and Rockefeller engagement images by Katherine Miles Jones. For more of Katherine’s amazing images, check out her portfolio on her website.

This episode was not sponsored by Wandering Bear Coffee.

No alpacas were in Katherine’s car during the recording.

For another wedding podcast you might like, check out the Wedding Photo Hangover Podcast by Steven Van Elk and Dustin McKibben.

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 Earfluence.

8: Two Roosters Ice Cream Owner Jared Plummer on Weddings and his Explosion onto the Triangle Food Scene

“It was a hobby that turned into an obsession that turned into a business.”  That’s how Jared Plummer, the owner of Two Roosters Ice Cream, describes his start in the ice cream business.  He was experimenting and developing crazy concoctions of ice cream flavors in his apartment and bringing them to dinner parties, and then one day he decided to follow his passion.

Over the past four years, Jared has exploded onto the Triangle food scene, initially with a food truck, then a stand at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park, and now a store for almost a year.

At the store, Jared has 10 Regular Flavors:

  • Coffee Bourbon
  • Double Fold Vanilla
  • Classic Chocolate
  • Girl Scout Mint
  • Roasted Strawberry and Honey
  • Sola Cinnamon Donut
  • Non-Dairy Chocolate
  • Blackberry Hibiscus
  • Cookies and Cream
  • Butterscotch Haystack

And each month, Jared comes up with new Guest Flavors, like this month Two Roosters has Tea-Inspired Ice Creams, and in the past he’s done Beer Inspired, Cereal Inspired, Coffee Inspired…he even did a Pizza Flavor!

On this episode, Jared talks to Megan about his start, the special meaning behind the name Two Roosters, how he grew from just the food truck, to adding the Durham Bulls stand, to adding the store, and what’s next for the business.

They also discussed his crazy opening of the store and why it’s best not to pull all-nighters, some of the guest flavors that may or may not have worked out and which flavors are the fan favorites, and his entry into the wedding market.

You can follow Two Roosters at:

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.

If you like podcasts about delicious food and the visionaries who come up with incredible dishes, check out the NC F&B Podcast on itunes or wherever you get your podcasts.  Max and Matt are food and beverage veterans who have been podcasting for over a year, and their guests include Ashley Christensen, Vivian Howard and the brewers of Bond Brothers Beer Company.

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

7: Instagram Stories and Wedding Photography Style with Ginny Corbett

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

This quote, attributed to Maya Angelou, is how Ginny Corbett of Ginny Corbett Photography remembers what’s important on the wedding day. She wants to make sure that her clients are at ease and can take in the memorable moments, so when they look at a picture hanging on the wall from their wedding day, they remember exactly how they felt.

Ginny sat down with Megan to talk about her style, why you need an engagement session, what’s missing from weddings today, and how Ramona has helped her unlock the power of Instagram stories.

Her wedding photography brand is about being authentic, and that’s exactly what you’ll get from Ginny in this podcast.

She also tells two of the craziest wedding stories you’ll ever hear, one of which ends with an 8-year-old yelling at Ginny that she’s a homewrecker!

Here are some images of Ginny’s remarkable work.  For more, check out her Portfolio.

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 Earfluence.

6: Top 10 Wedding Planning Mistakes with Amanda Scott of A Swanky Affair

Amanda Scott with A Swanky Affair sat down with Megan to go over the Top Ten wedding planning mistakes couples make.  Both Megan and Amanda are wedding planners in the Triangle area and have seen just about every mistake possible.  In going over them, they get to share some of their stories usually reserved for parties, from both the planning process and the wedding day.

The top ten wedding planning mistakes are:

  1. Planning outside your budget
  2. Booking the venue before hiring a planner
  3. Assuming a home wedding will be less expensive than a wedding in a venue
  4. Not having a rain plan
  5. Sending out save-the-dates too soon
  6. Using friends and family as vendors
  7. Planning for others
  8. Not hiring a videographer
  9. Not hiring a wedding planner
  10. Hiring vendors without due diligence

Then Megan grills Amanda with some personal questions in the lightning round, the hard hitting questions like what her guilty TV and fast food pleasures are and what celebrity quote book she reads from every day.

Episode 6 is brought to you by JustMensRings.com, the leader in affordable fashion and wedding rings.  The rings on the website look amazing and are ridiculously inexpensive already – typically less than $50 for a ring you’d pay $500-$1000 for in a store.  And if you use the promo code “real” at checkout, you’ll get an additional 15% off your purchase. So there’s no need to spend $1000 on a wedding band, just go to JustMensRings.com with promo code “real”.  Excludes designer benchmark rings.

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 Earfluence.

5: Why You Need a Wedding Video with Phil McInnis from Twenty-One Films

Phil McInnis from 21 Films Videography in Raleigh came on the show to talk about how he has built up his business from just Phil and his wife Jess to a team of 6 filmmakers and editors, what differentiates the 21 Films style of videography from other wedding videographers, what motivates Phil, how to work with other vendors, and of course we get into some crazy stories about people drinking a little too much and being on camera.

21 Films Team

Blair + Danny, The Merrimon-Wynne House from Twenty-One Films on Vimeo.

Jess + Mike, The Umstead from Twenty-One Films on Vimeo.

Episodes 1-5 are brought to you by JustMensRings.com, the leader in affordable fashion and wedding rings.  The rings on the website look amazing and are ridiculously inexpensive already – typically less than $50 for a ring you’d pay $500-$1000 for in a store.  And if you use the promo code “real” at checkout, you’ll get an additional 15% off your purchase. So there’s no need to spend $1000 on a wedding band, just go to JustMensRings.com with promo code “real”.  Excludes designer benchmark rings.

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 Earfluence.

4: Stories from a 3rd Generation Florist: Cydney English with The English Garden

Cydney English, owner of The English Garden, has been in the flower business for literally her entire life and runs a florist shop in Raleigh where about 60% of her business is weddings.  She does over 120 weddings per year, and she employs 10-20 people at a time depending on the season. Actually, Cydney and her husband Warren are both third-generation florists.

On this episode, Cydney talks about her life growing up with her dad and grandma as florists, what it was like in the early days of starting her business, trends in the wedding industry, making your wedding personal to you, and what she thinks about competition.

Episodes 1-5 are brought to you by JustMensRings.com, the leader in affordable fashion and wedding rings.  The rings on the website look amazing and are ridiculously inexpensive already – typically less than $50 for a ring you’d pay $500-$1000 for in a store.  And if you use the promo code “real” at checkout, you’ll get an additional 15% off your purchase. So there’s no need to spend $1000 on a wedding band, just go to JustMensRings.com with promo code “real”.  Excludes designer benchmark rings.

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 Earfluence.

3: Wedding Marketing in 2018 with Jenna Parks from Southern Bride and Groom Magazine

Jenna Parks is the co-owner of Southern Bride and Groom Magazine of the Triangle. Jenna’s mom Donna started the magazine back in 1986, and Jenna came on board in 2010 to advance it into the  digital age.

To have any sort of impact in the wedding magazine space – which features some huge names like Martha Stewart, Brides Magazine, Grace Ormonde, Premier Bride, Wedding Style, The Knot, Bridal Guide, and Inside Weddings – a smaller magazine needs to know their local market extremely well.

That’s exactly what Southern Bride and Groom has done over the past 30+ years. They don’t just write articles about what’s trending or what the color of the year is or what celebrity wore what dress to a wedding. They get to know their local vendors so they can recommend to Raleigh area couples what the best venues are, who the legitimate wedding planners are, what linen companies are reputable, etc.  They develop that trust with couples and vendors alike, and they become entrenched in the market so couples know when flipping through the magazine, that if they use these vendors, they can be comfortable with who they hired.

Jenna came on the show to talk about how her mom started the company and how she came on to take it to the next level, instagram etiquette, and marketing strategy for wedding vendors – where should you as a vendor spend not only your money but your time as well.

Southern Bride and Groom Magazine 2018

Southern Bride and Groom Magazine 1996

Jenna’s Blog Post about the reliability of reviews.

Episodes 1-5 are brought to you by JustMensRings.com, the leader in affordable fashion and wedding rings.  The rings on the website look amazing and are ridiculously inexpensive already – typically less than $50 for a ring you’d pay $500-$1000 for in a store.  And if you use the promo code “real” at checkout, you’ll get an additional 15% off your purchase. So there’s no need to spend $1000 on a wedding band, just go to JustMensRings.com with promo code “real”.  Excludes designer benchmark rings.

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 Earfluence.

2: How to Hustle and Grow Your Wedding Business with Joe Bunn from Bunn DJ Company

This episode is with the one and only Joe Bunn from Bunn DJ Company of Raleigh. Joe has been DJing for over 30 years and has built his business up so he now has 15 DJs working with him in Raleigh, plus three other divisions, in Charlotte, Charleston, and Richmond, with multiple DJs at each of those locations  The company has over 1,100 5-star reviews on Wedding Wire.

And Joe just keeps grinding and advancing his career. He now runs a PhDJ workshop where he coaches DJs from all over the country, he’s always traveling for a speaking gig, and he’s hosted a weekly podcast now for over a year.

So on the show, Megan talks to Joe about his hiring process, guys that have worked out for him and some that haven’t, what it takes to run a multi-DJ business, some of the crazy stories he has from over the years, who he got star-struck by at a recent wedding, and why you need to work with professional vendors.

Joe Bunn with Taylor and Marcus Paige (UNC basketball legend)

Dallas Cowboys return man Ryan Switzer and Joe Bunn

Bears Quarterback Mitchell Trubisky at Ryan Switzer’s Wedding

Episodes 1-5 are brought to you by JustMensRings.com, the leader in affordable fashion and wedding rings.  The rings on the website look amazing and are ridiculously inexpensive already – typically less than $50 for a ring you’d pay $500-$1000 for in a store.  And if you use the promo code “real” at checkout, you’ll get an additional 15% off your purchase. So there’s no need to spend $1000 on a wedding band, just go to JustMensRings.com with promo code “real”.  Excludes designer benchmark rings.

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 Earfluence.