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On today’s show, I have Megan Gillikin, who is the Owner & Lead Wedding Planner of A Southern Soirée.
Megan reached out to me after being a listener of the Day in the Life podcast and the wedding industry is SO interesting to me (plus we hadn’t had anyone on yet!).
Megan shares how she got started in the wedding industry, misconceptions people have about wedding planners, the worst bridezilla/momzilla moments, what she would tell brides before they plan their wedding, and so much more.
Excited for you to tune in and hope you enjoy!
Day in the Life of Megan Gillikin, Wedding Planner at A Southern Soiree
In today’s episode, you’ll find out:
- How Megan got started in the wedding planning industry.
- Common misconceptions people have about wedding planners.
- The most rewarding aspect about being a wedding planner.
- The worst bridezilla/momzilla moments she’s experienced.
- Advice she’d give to aspiring wedding planners.
Megan graduated from East Carolina University with her undergraduate degree in Hospitality and Restaurant Management and her MBA. Upon graduation, this North Carolinian relocated to DC with Marriott International completing their Management Development Program.
Starting at the front desk and moving into the events side, Megan truly understands the logistics, flow, and behind the scenes effort, it takes to make a successful event. Transitioning back to NC in 2006, she moved into event positions including Event Operations Manager, Event Manager, and Sales and Catering Manager on a new property opening team.
In 2010, Megan left the hotel world and took over ownership of an existing wedding planning company in need of re-branding to remain relevant within the industry. Over the last 8 years, Megan has grown A Southern Soiree into a multi-planner firm and established it as one of the most sought-after, highly regarded event planning companies in NC.
Key takeaways from this episodeI love what I do and I love this industry. I don’t see myself doing anything else but it does come with certain sacrifices. - @asouthernsoiree on the Day in the Life podcast hosted by @brittneyllynn Click To Tweet It’s great to have a friend, a partner, or a parent who can push you and say failure is okay. There’s growth in failure too. - @asouthernsoiree on the Day in the Life podcast hosted by @brittneyllynn Click To Tweet I love the end result of the wedding day, when I’ve poured blood, sweat, and tears to bring this day together. - @asouthernsoiree on the Day in the Life podcast hosted by @brittneyllynn Click To Tweet
Links to resources
- Day in the Life of Sarah Bruggeman, Pastry Chef
- This Week in Weddings podcast
- Cards Against Humanity
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