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Get ready to experience the NEW WAY to thrive throughout your engagement by embracing who you are, prioritizing what you value & ultimately designing an unforgettable wedding celebration! Welcome to the ALIGNED WEDDING EFFECT, where we say “NO” to the $72 billion dollar wedding industry, and we say “YES” to a more joyful engagement season where your mindset, values & wedding strategy are all in perfect alignment with YOU. Ready to get started?
 
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!
 
Nikita and Amelia from the Guides for Brides team are here to discuss all things weddings with you. Designed to guide you through your planning process, our wedding podcast will provide you with helpful tips, practical wedding planning advice, inspiration and so much more. Whether you've just gotten engaged, are in the middle of wedding planning, or nearly ready to tie the knot, make sure you subscribe to this new podcast for all sorts of exciting and interesting discussions about weddings.
 
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Lots of engaged couples are working with a small wedding budget and feeling completely overwhelmed, so they turn to free wedding checklists and timelines to stay organized … thinking all these freebie resources are the key to pulling off an incredible wedding for not a lot of money. But, what most couples never realize is that mindlessly following …
 
Coming up with a final guest list of exactly who gets a wedding invitation can be a daunting task, but not to worry - we're going to simplify the process in this week's brand new show! Join me at square one and walk through my stress-free, easy process for identifying exactly who will receive an invite ... and who you may want to leave OFF your lis…
 
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 Cl…
 
In this episode of Guides for Brides - The Wedding Podcast, Nikita and Amelia are discussing a hotly requested topic: Bridesmaids. Specifically, how to solve bridesmaid dilemmas. What’s covered in this podcast episode? Nikita and Amelia look at effective ways to manage your team of bridesmaids and how to resolve the common dilemmas and disagreement…
 
Today we're hitting the road for a real-time wedding dress shopping adventure! Before we head into the store, we're going to hang out in the studio for a few minutes to review some of my top wedding dress shopping tips. You can find a full recap of today’s show in a blog post that’s at www.wedpodcast.com/dress. To start our shopping trip, let's ack…
 
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! Earfluence | Website | Instagram | Linkedin…
 
Micro weddings are here to stay, and for good reason! Today we’re going to highlight some of the HUGE freedoms that come along with hosting a small & intimate wedding. I also have a guest bride Q&A segment to share where we cover some wonderful questions on working with wooden flowers, bridal makeup, crafting a simple gift registry, and so much mor…
 
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, m…
 
Nikita and Amelia are joined by Beaulieu-Taylor Harris to discuss wedding celebrants and celebrant-led ceremonies. What’s covered in this podcast episode? In this episode of Guides for Brides – The Wedding Podcast, Nikita and Amelia are joined by Beaulieu of Beautifully Taylored Ceremonies to discuss wedding celebrants and celebrant-led ceremonies.…
 
Being the Overwhelmed Engaged Couple is not a ton of fun. This couple feels panic every time a new vendor quote comes in. Overwhelmed every time they open their email or even think about all the items on their checklist. Dread over finding out how much the next thing is going to cost. Fear over being judged for what they choose - and don't choose -…
 
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 wh…
 
In this episode of Guides for Brides – The Wedding Podcast, Amelia and Nikita bust the myths about wedding gift lists. What’s covered in this podcast episode? This episode of Guides for Brides – The Wedding Podcast was inspired by a question from one of our listeners. Nikita and Amelia discuss wedding gift lists, identify common myths about them an…
 
Welcome to Part III of an exciting new bonus series from the Wedding Planning Podcast! I'm sharing a true "behind-the-scenes" look + listen at ongoing, live wedding planning strategy sessions with my engaged sister, Kate {follow her on Instagram @katelerickson}. Today in Part III, Kate & I are joined by our beautiful mom, Judie! The three of us get…
 
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 Pinkerto…
 
Wedding expenses adding up? Today we’re going to explore FIVE wedding "side hustles". Tune in and learn how to earn some extra cash to cover those mounting wedding costs ... and keep your credit cards in your wallet! A couple weeks back on Instagram stories, I asked if you would be willing to take on a side hustle to earn more money to invest in yo…
 
In this episode of Guides for Brides - The Wedding Podcast, Amelia and Nikita are joined by Fran from Farnham Castle to discuss historical wedding venues. What’s covered in this podcast episode? This episode is the first in our new season of Guides for Brides - The Wedding Podcast. In this new season, we will be having more focused discussions and …
 
Today I'm thrilled to share a totally FREE resource designed to deliver unique wedding music & song ideas for your wedding day playlists right to your inbox! Matt is the creator of myweddingsongs.com, and he’s joining us to share his priceless advice to couples for crafting their perfect wedding day playlists - no professional DJ required. Even if …
 
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. People First, Then Profit Weekly Zoom This episode is also brought to y…
 
Today we're sharing a few minutes of a new podcast, Hustle + Gather, with my friends Courtney Hopper and Dana Kadwell. It’s about the realness of running a business - how no one understands you except other entrepreneurs, tension between partners (in marriage and in business), doing all the non-glamorous things at all hours, paying yourself the lea…
 
Please, save yourself the stress & avoid these TEN wedding planning blind spots at all costs! FULL BLOG POST & links from today's episode available here: www.weddingplanningpodcast.co/blindspot Over the past 4 years of producing the Wedding Planning Podcast, one of my favorite pieces of feedback from you is some variation of, “WOW, I never would ha…
 
Sarah Miller and Nichole Holmes are the hosts of Netflix's new show, Marriage or Mortgage, where couples have to choose whether they want to spend their budget on a down payment on a house or a big wedding. They have a hard decision to make, and today, we’re sharing both sides of the debate with Sarah and Nichole! Sarah's company is Southern Vine &…
 
In this episode of Guides for Brides - The Wedding Podcast, Nikita and Amelia discuss wedding stationery and look at the key elements that you’ll want to consider for before, on and after the wedding when you are choosing your wedding stationery suite. There are just so many options out there and while we do focus on the more traditional, physical …
 
Welcome to PART II of a very special series of the Wedding Planning Podcast, where you can listen to this couples’ dream wedding celebration come to life - in real time! In this week's episode of the Wedding Planning Podcast, real life bride (& my sweet sister!) Kate dishes on: A very surprising method for discovering what you truly want, Exactly h…
 
We all want to know - how can I have better rankings on Google so more couples come visit my website? The answer of course is a little SEO (search engine optimization), but that seems complicated - unless Sara Dunn from Sara Does SEO is explaining it. And today, Sara shares her 3 Step SEO Checklist specifically for wedding pros. Sara's SEO Bootcamp…
 
Welcome to this week's all new Wedding Q&A episode, featuring your questions on ... What should we wear for our engagement photo shoot? Mixed feelings about accepting a wedding vendor freebie, Sidestepping hurt feelings, Is this a "slap in the face" to my bridesmaids? Skipping the cake and opting for a dessert bar, Affordable catering alternatives,…
 
In this episode of Guides for Brides – The Wedding Podcast, Nikita and Amelia are joined by the wonderful Ellie Sanderson to discuss the basics of shopping for your bridal wear along with an insight into the new world of virtual bridal appointments. What’s covered in this podcast episode? In this episode, Nikita, Amelia and Ellie Sanderson discuss …
 
Have you ever woken up to find your website gone? Every other site on the web works except for yours, and then you realize - you have absolutely no idea how to fix it or who to call. It's the stuff business nightmares are made of, and Brenda Cadman is on the show today to tell you how to avoid this - and other potential disasters with your website.…
 
I think it's safe to say that running away to a beautiful beach in the tropics is on all of our minds right now! Today I have a very special guest joining us, friend of the show SUSAN GREEN from Susan’s Travel Services. Susan packs 26 years of travel planning experience, and today you’re invited to soak up Susan’s expertise on everything from: Hone…
 
Today I’m addressing your FAQ's about COVID and your 2021 wedding. Tune in for a candid & heartfelt convo on when weddings will be "normal" again, rescheduling etiquette, guest list juggling, post-wedding celebrations, and so much more! This show is obviously designed to address COVID from a wedding industry perspective, but I do want to say a hear…
 
In this episode of Guides for Brides - The Wedding Podcast, Nikita and Amelia discuss a general timeline of planning a wedding and advise on how you can plan out your planning. They also cover the key suppliers you will likely need for your wedding and when is best to book them. What’s covered in this podcast episode? We look at the key suppliers t…
 
Today’s show is Part One of an exciting new bonus series from the Wedding Planning Podcast! I'm sharing a true "behind-the-scenes" look + listen at ongoing, live wedding planning strategy sessions with my engaged sister, Kate. This special series is unlike any project I’ve ever done in 5 years of producing & hosting the Wedding Planning Podcast, an…
 
Welcome to the very first Wedding Q&A of a brand new year! Today's show is jam-packed with your wonderful questions on: Invitation & Save the Date etiquette, Late-night music cutoff time, Asking vendors & guests for proof of COVID vaccination Upscale invitation ideas Jack & Jill party timeline, DIY catering, And whoa, so much more! To participate i…
 
Kinsey Roberts (She Creates Business Podcast) and I first heard about community over competition from Natalie Franke of the Rising Tide Society. In theory, it makes a lot of sense. if we can all help each other - in support, in education, in successes and failures - a rising tide lifts all boats. But is that the reality in the wedding industry? Are…
 
In this episode of Guides for Brides - The Wedding Podcast, Nikita and Amelia are joined by the wonderful Sam Wordie-Gilchrist. Together, they discuss everything you need to do, know and consider when searching for and booking your wedding venue. What’s covered in this podcast episode? Finding and booking your wedding venue is the most important ta…
 
Getting engaged is a HUGE deal ... I mean, I literally can't think of a better reason to THROW A PARTY! Today on the Wedding Planning Podcast, we're exploring some memorable & fun ways to celebrate your engagement party. In this brand new episode, we review the "who, what, when & where" of hosting your engagement party. (The WHY is pretty obvious!)…
 
Wedding venue coordinators are likely to be your number one source for referral business. So why aren't they referring you right now? Megan asked venue coordinators throughout the country why they refer planners (or not) - and shares the inside information. This episode is brought to you by The Planner's Vault, my online membership site for wedding…
 
As an industry in 2020, we had some pretty major legal issues. With events being delayed, we all had to look back at our contracts and wonder: Are we able to keep all of the deposits? What other money are we entitled to? Can we charge more for postponing the weddings? How do we protect ourselves from this in the future? It was chaos, and we don’t w…
 
Today we’re going to review the Ultimate Engagement Checklist, packed with 12 super fun “must do’s” to launch into your wedding planning journey! I mention lots of links to more info and past show titles / dates in today’s convo, and I put together a complete wrap up of everything in this jam-packed post on our website. Want to automatically receiv…
 
In this episode of Guides for Brides - The Wedding Podcast, Nikita and Amelia discuss the wedding guest list, along with how and when to approach it. What’s covered in this podcast episode? It’s one of the most important wedding admin (or wedmin) tasks to get sorted early on in your planning. Having at least an approximate understanding of who you …
 
In the second episode of Guides for Brides - The Wedding Podcast, Nikita and Amelia discuss a difficult, but important, wedding decision - who is going to be in your wedding party? What was covered in this podcast episode? We run through who we consider to be in the wedding party, how to choose those key roles, how to manage those people’s expectat…
 
Congratulations to all you newly engaged couples out there. In this very first episode of Guides for Brides - The Wedding Podcast, Nikita and Amelia discuss what you need to know and do when you first get engaged. From telling your family members, to what you’ll need to consider first in your initial wedding planning stages. What's covered in this …
 
Any wedding planner - including your competition - can put together an amazing event if they have enough budget to work with. So what sets you apart? What makes you special? Today, Megan gives 6 potential superpowers and discusses how you can lean into yours. This episode is brought to you by The Planner's Vault, my online membership site for weddi…
 
You want to host THE MOST meaningful, fun, unforgettable wedding that any of your friends & family have ever been to. Simple enough, right? Riiiiight. The trouble is, sometimes our "champagne dreams" really clash with our beer budget. Most couples don’t have a 6-figure wedding budget, can’t afford to hand over a blank checkbook to a full service ev…
 
This week on the Wedding Planning Podcast, I’m sweeping the inbox clean for one final Wedding Q&A of 2020! Tune in to this brand new episode of the Wedding Planning Podcast for answers to your top questions submitted via email & Instagram. We’ll be covering: How far is too far to travel between ceremony & reception? DIY charcuterie tips for cocktai…
 
Hey there, I’m Megan Gillikin, and this podcast is for fellow wedding pros that know what it really takes to thrive as a professional in the wedding industry, because it’s NOT what they show you in the movies. spoiler alert, It takes more than the wave of a wand or the toss of confetti to take someone's special day from BIG idea to BIG success. But…
 
This week's show is full of NINE of your wonderful wedding planning questions! We're going to cover: Plus-size dress shopping tips, Alcohol service rules at your venue, Financial stress between your families, Wedding timelines, Wedding band shopping tips, DIY project advice & transportation, Creative ways to include Mom in the ceremony, Why I would…
 
2020 was a year like none other, but there were many silver linings and hidden blessings throughout the chaos. Today, Megan and Jason Gillikin talk about wins, fails, and goals for 2021. This episode is brought to you by The Planner's Vault, my online membership site for wedding planners who are hungry to grow, ready to hustle, and actively seeking…
 
Get ready for a brand new wedding podcast! Nikita and Amelia from the Guides for Brides Team are so excited to discuss all things weddings with you. Our podcasts are designed to guide you through your planning process, providing you with helpful tips, practical wedding planning advice, inspiration and so much more. In our first season we will be co…
 
Finally, some silver linings in the wedding world! Today we’re going to reflect on 2020, but more importantly, let’s talk about where we’re headed in 2021 - and my friend, trust me when I say that there is finally some light at the end of the tunnel. It’s easy to look at 2020 and laser focus on all the disappointments, the frustration, and the stre…
 
You know that competitor in your market you just can't stand? The one that you're always up against, and you take business away from each other? What if you decided to collaborate with them to build an elite superstar team? Would you ever do that? Well today you'll hear from James x Schulze, two photographers who combined their talents to grow both…
 
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