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Episode Info: Even though it’s about 13 years ago, I remember being stressed at times when planning our wedding. Just like we heard at the top of the show, as soon as you announce your engagement it can feel like you’re being swarmed with questions about the big day. But as much as your loved ones mean well, it can be easy to forget how personal this is. For some, it’s something they planned and dreamed for years while others are looking for a very laid back and casual affair. It’s a celebration and a promise that you to make to each other in front of your loved ones depending on the wedding you have. There can be plenty of moving parts which can be overwhelming and stressful. The two of you need to sit down and start talking about which things you’d like to have and which things are must-haves You also may have family members who want to help out. You have venues, vendors, and maybe some out of town guests to make arrnagements for. Oh and of course paying for it. Which is why I’m happy Megan Gillikin is on the podcast today. She’s the owner and lead consultant for A Southern Soiree Wedding and Event Planning so she has plenty of insider tips to help you have a fantastic wedding! In this episode we get into: Establishing your must-haves and wedding budgetWhat to do when the family wants to help pay for your weddingIce breakers to get the ball rolling Hope you enjoy! If you want to hear from another bride who had a beautiful wedding on a small budget, listen to my interview with Jessi Fearon. She and her husband Pat managed a sweet and special wedding for $500! Resources to Plan Your Wedding If you’re getting married, please check out these resources so you can plan out your special day without going into debt. Best Budget and Money Apps: Personal Capital, Tiller, MintGrow Your Stash Faster: High Yield Savings with CiT BankAutomatic Saving: QapitalJumpstart Your Marriage and Your MoneyPulling Off A $5,000 Wedding in NYCThe Budget-Savvy Wedding Planner & Organizer: Checklists, Worksheets, and Essential Tools to Plan the Perfect Wedding on a Small BudgetPlanning Your Dream Wedding on a BudgetWedding Planning: My Ultimate Lesson in BudgetingThe Best Kept Secrets to Planning a Wedding on a BudgetHave a $50,000 Wedding on a $3,000 BudgetThank You to Our Sponsor Coastal! Support for this podcast comes from Coastal Credit Union! If you’re living in the Raleigh Durham area and looking to bank better, come check out Coastal today. They have competitive rates on checking and savings accounts! Meet Megan Gillikin  Megan is the owner and lead consultant for A Southern Soiree Wedding and Event Planning. I also do wedding and hospitality business consulting. She’s also the host of the fantastic and informative podcast Weddings for Real. Support the Podcast! Thank you so much for listening to the podcast! Spread the word! If you enjoyed this episode and th...
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