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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!
 
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If you love what you do, you never work a day in your life. Never has that been more true for me than in this moment in Hawaii. I am incredibly grateful to this industry, our community, and this beautiful place. YOUTUBE MY SERVICES Luxury Wedding Planning: https://www.andreaeppolito.com Wedding Business Consulting: https://www.andreaeppolito.com/co…
 
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 talk to Las Vegas luxury wedding planner Andrea Eppolito, who was crushing the Vegas wedding scene in 2016 - until she went home and told her husband, "I hate what I'm doing. I hate who…
 
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 talk to Las Vegas luxury wedding planner Andrea Eppolito, who was crushing the Vegas wedding scene in 2016 - until she went home and told her husband, "I hate what I'm doing. I hate who…
 
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 Ashlyn Carter, founder of Ashlyn Writes. On the surface, Ashlyn looks like she's crushing it (because she is). She has over 30,000 YouTube followers and always seems so poised a…
 
You probably use Canva almost every day, but if you're just using it to create social media graphics, you're barely scratching the surface of what it can offer. Today, Verified Global Canva Expert (one of 26 in the world) Brenda Cadman comes on to tell us how we can maximize Canva to its full potential and unlock branding and marketing efficiency. …
 
You probably use Canva almost every day, but if you're just using it to create social media graphics, you're barely scratching the surface of what it can offer. Today, Verified Global Canva Expert (one of 26 in the world) Brenda Cadman comes on to tell us how we can maximize Canva to its full potential and unlock branding and marketing efficiency. …
 
According to the WeddingWire Newlywed Report, the most common sentiments couples feel when planning their wedding right now are stress, uncertainty, and overwhelm that my friends. That is why we're gonna talk about how to use empathy, authority and authenticity as superpowers to set yourself apart as a wedding professional This episode is brought t…
 
According to the WeddingWire Newlywed Report, the most common sentiments couples feel when planning their wedding right now are stress, uncertainty, and overwhelm that my friends. That is why we're gonna talk about how to use empathy, authority and authenticity as superpowers to set yourself apart as a wedding professional This episode is brought t…
 
When you feel your phone buzzing, and you look down to see your client's name, what do you think? Are you worried it’s something bad? What about when you KNOW it’s something bad? The client isn’t happy for whatever reason, and they’re calling to tell you about it. Do you get a pit in your stomach? Of course you do, everyone does. But how do you han…
 
When you feel your phone buzzing, and you look down to see your client's name, what do you think? Are you worried it’s something bad? What about when you KNOW it’s something bad? The client isn’t happy for whatever reason, and they’re calling to tell you about it. Do you get a pit in your stomach? Of course you do, everyone does. But how do you han…
 
I'm "Out of the Office" and on vacation, with no OOO assistant on! Let's talk about why the OOO auto-email drives me crazy and 5 ways to prepare your clients for your absence. I have not taken an official vacation in years. All of our family vacations have been tacked on to work trips, and it's high time I start to enjoy my life again! As a small b…
 
Are paid lists worth it? Paying for accolades and inclusion on a "Best Of" or the 'Top 40 Under 40" list may seem like a good idea, but is there really any ROI? Do you get anything beyond social proof? And ultimately, who are you going to impress and why? My belief is that paying for inclusion does not result in the ROI that you need it to and that…
 
How are you doing? We are halfway through 2022, and I wanted to check in with our community and ask how we are doing. Do you feel like you have control over your business and your life? Are you living that kind of lifestyle that you can be proud of? Do you feel like you're in control? After everything that I've been through in my personal life and …
 
Difficult, demanding clients are a fact of life and a normal part of owning a business. Here are 10 steps to help you deal with demanding clients in your creative services business. Do you have questions for me? Visit www.andreaeppolito.com/ask and help me create the content YOU need. #customerservice #entrepreneur #andreaeppolito MY SERVICES Luxur…
 
Do you have money mindset blocks that are preventing your business from growing and preventing you from leading your best life? Maybe you believe that you don't deserve to charge more yet. Or maybe you believe you shouldn't charge more because you love what you do. Or maybe you think there's a new competitor popping up every day who charges so litt…
 
Do you have money mindset blocks that are preventing your business from growing and preventing you from leading your best life? Maybe you believe that you don't deserve to charge more yet. Or maybe you believe you shouldn't charge more because you love what you do. Or maybe you think there's a new competitor popping up every day who charges so litt…
 
Should you work for free? NO, never. You may not be paid with a check or any sort of financial contribution, but you should always be compensated for your talent and your effort with education, marketing opportunities, press, etc. You may donate your services or discount your services to a charity that you truly believe in. But you can never and yo…
 
What makes an amazing wedding experience for our clients and their guests? Is it the design elements that make them stop in their tracks when they first see the ballroom or the tent, plus the small little details that start multiple conversations throughout the evening? Is it the logistics of making sure that every vendor is on the same page and th…
 
What makes an amazing wedding experience for our clients and their guests? Is it the design elements that make them stop in their tracks when they first see the ballroom or the tent, plus the small little details that start multiple conversations throughout the evening? Is it the logistics of making sure that every vendor is on the same page and th…
 
What's the worst that could happen? Many people visualize positive outcomes to motivate themselves toward reaching their goals. When I am afraid, I do the opposite. When faced with a project that scares me, I visualize the worst that could happen. Every time I come up with a scenario, I go one level further. Sitting with my own, made-up catastrophe…
 
You get what you pay for. Storytime. Recently I went shopping for a gym membership and the differences between the quality of the "regular" gyms and "bougie" gym were shocking! It reminded me that in life and in all things, you get what you pay for and you will pay for what you value. I've had people swear that they value what I do, but then balk a…
 
Hi (First Name), Welcome to the (insert podcast here) Podcast! Are you wondering how to personalize some of your automated touch points with your (insert industry here) clients to make them feel more natural so you can connect with your clients more authentically? Business Operations Consultant and lifelong ease-seeker Charlotte Isaac tells us how.…
 
Hi (First Name), Welcome to the (insert podcast here) Podcast! Are you wondering how to personalize some of your automated touch points with your (insert industry here) clients to make them feel more natural so you can connect with your clients more authentically? Business Operations Consultant and lifelong ease-seeker Charlotte Isaac tells us how.…
 
Service issues are now the norm and I am so frustrated with our industry's inability to get the job done! How and why has an industry built on service become so lackadaisical and so disinterested in providing any? What does that say about our future, and what can you do to stop the bleeding.By Andrea Eppolito
 
In some exciting news, after 12 years of running A Southern Soiree Wedding and Event Planning, Megan has passed the torch to the next owner. There have been tears of joy, tears of overwhelm, tears of sadness, and tears of laughter. There have been many WTFs, crazy stories, bad decisions, and life-changing moments. Today, Megan and Jason reflect on …
 
In some exciting news, after 12 years of running A Southern Soiree Wedding and Event Planning, Megan has passed the torch to the next owner. There have been tears of joy, tears of overwhelm, tears of sadness, and tears of laughter. There have been many WTFs, crazy stories, bad decisions, and life-changing moments. Today, Megan and Jason reflect on …
 
Emotional engagement. As I begin to load into my last and final Covid postponement, I realized that I have been working on this wedding for 1276 days. That bags two questions… Why did this client commit to waiting to execute this wedding, and how did I manage the process. The "why" to me is easy. It's the "how" that I find interesting. MY SERVICES …
 
Let’s think about the couples who fill out an inquiry form. They’re interested in the specifics of your services and your price point of course, but what they're truly hoping for is a real, meaningful connection. It’s the longest they’ll work with someone and it’s the most money they’ll spend on one day, so a wedding pro who makes them feel underst…
 
Let’s think about the couples who fill out an inquiry form. They’re interested in the specifics of your services and your price point of course, but what they're truly hoping for is a real, meaningful connection. It’s the longest they’ll work with someone and it’s the most money they’ll spend on one day, so a wedding pro who makes them feel underst…
 
#andreaeppolito #contract #weddingplanner How to write a wedding planning contract. Writing a contract is difficult for people who are not lawyers by nature. However, your contract is "your business speaking" as one of my mentors always says. (Check out Sean Low and the Business of Being Creative at https://thebbccollective.com). Well, I wanted my …
 
What are some ways to effectively work with an intern (and not just give them busy work)? Megan and Gina Annab Johnston offer 6 projects you can give your intern right away! 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 community an…
 
What are some ways to effectively work with an intern (and not just give them busy work)? Megan and Gina Annab Johnston offer 6 projects you can give your intern right away! 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 community an…
 
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 talk to Sara Margulis, who seemingly had it all - a successful business with her husband, TV appearances all over, an investment from Shark Tank's Kevin O'Leary, and partnerships with T…
 
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 talk to Sara Margulis, who seemingly had it all - a successful business with her husband, TV appearances all over, an investment from Shark Tank's Kevin O'Leary, and partnerships with T…
 
When you’re running a business, it can feel pretty overwhelming - like you need to do all the things and do them all really well. And even if you’re at the point in your business where you can outsource some, being aware of everything to make the critical decisions can seem exhausting. But the good news is your business can be broken down into just…
 
When you’re running a business, it can feel pretty overwhelming - like you need to do all the things and do them all really well. And even if you’re at the point in your business where you can outsource some, being aware of everything to make the critical decisions can seem exhausting. But the good news is your business can be broken down into just…
 
Putting Humpty Dumpty Back Together with Jason Rhee. Otherwise known as "what happens when a liberal and a conservative go to Guatemala together". In this very long episode, Jason Rhee and I discuss the unfortunate fracture in our relationship and how we repaired it. Edited for sound and rambling stream of consciousness removed, but the content sta…
 
Let's face it, this is one of the busiest seasons of your career. It feels like you don't have time for anything other than your clients, but in this solo episode, I'm giving 9 tips for you to become a better wedding pro. Pick a couple to focus on now, then come back once it slows down to implement the rest! Here’s the link to our 20+ Helpful Email…
 
Let's face it, this is one of the busiest seasons of your career. It feels like you don't have time for anything other than your clients, but in this solo episode, I'm giving 9 tips for you to become a better wedding pro. Pick a couple to focus on now, then come back once it slows down to implement the rest! Here’s the link to our 25+ Helpful Email…
 
Knock it off with the knock-offs! I don't buy knock-off bags, I don't wear knock-off shoes, and I don't produce knock-off weddings. Replicating someone else's work does a disservice to your ability, your client's vision, and to the industry as a whole. This is why I want you to knock it off with the knock-offs! NOTES & LINKS: MY SERVICES Luxury Wed…
 
Jennifer Lopez is engaged for the sixth time which begs the question… Is it OK to be excited as an encore bride? NOTES & LINKS: MY SERVICES Luxury Wedding Planning: https://www.andreaeppolito.com Wedding Business Consulting: https://www.andreaeppolito.com/consulting Speaking & Appearances: https://www.andreaeppolito.com/speaking Online Education: h…
 
Are you ok? How is it traveling with people so politically opposite of you? I recently took a trip to Guatemala with The Knot and was housed with two of my dear friends, Jason Rhee and Terrica Skaggs. Jason has been incredibly vocal about his political views, which were historically incredibly left-leaning while I have quietly but openly proclaimed…
 
Let’s talk about your brand. Does it reflect who you are as a person and as a company - and does it attract your ideal clients? Is it something you’re proud of and passionate about, and you truly understand what your colors mean? Is it consistent throughout your website, your socials, your newsletters, and all the things? Branding can be super conf…
 
Let’s talk about your brand. Does it reflect who you are as a person and as a company - and does it attract your ideal clients? Is it something you’re proud of and passionate about, and you truly understand what your colors mean? Is it consistent throughout your website, your socials, your newsletters, and all the things? Branding can be super conf…
 
Purge! le's spring clean your business. Going through your contracts, emails, text messages, and documents is a time-consuming but important process. Cutting the dead weight and removing old information not only frees up digital space, but it creates space that allows you to welcome new energy and ideas. MY SERVICES Luxury Wedding Planning: https:/…
 
It’s been 4 years since Weddings for Real came to be. Over the last 4 years we’ve evolved and grown in a lot of ways and today, we’ll share some of our all time favorite AHA-moment episodes, and we invite you to join in on the fun! Episodes mentioned include: 71: Toxic Stress and How It's Killing Your Business, with Therapist and Executive Coach An…
 
It’s been 4 years since Weddings for Real came to be. Over the last 4 years we’ve evolved and grown in a lot of ways and today, we’ll share some of our all time favorite AHA-moment episodes, and we invite you to join in on the fun! Episodes mentioned include: 71: Toxic Stress and How It's Killing Your Business, with Therapist and Executive Coach An…
 
Education is the great equalizer. You've heard me say that countless times before. And while many of you are aware that The Knot and Wedding Wire are the world's leading advertising platforms, many fail m to realize the vast amount of education that the Wedding Pro Platform provides. In this episode listen to Megan Brown discuss the information and…
 
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