WEDDING & LIFESTYLE BLOGGER
One of NZ’s biggest wedding influencers, Megan is the newlywed blogger behind She Said Yes and creator of the little white book. Simply put, she is every woman's virtual bridesmaid! We caught up with Megan to find out more about her story and her top skincare tips for brides-to-be.
Can you tell us a little bit about your life & career journey?
I’ve had an interesting life and pathway to get me to this point - my life and career now looks nothing like I anticipated it would a few years ago, completing my degrees at Canterbury University and moving to Auckland 5 years ago.
Now, I’d describe myself as a businesswoman and blogger working in the wedding industry, but this is a very new description - I was working as a lawyer until just a few months ago before finally deciding to take the leap and take She Said Yes from a hobby to a full-time job.
Three words to describe yourself?
Determined, Passionate, Impatient
Shot by: Amanda Wignell Photography. Make-up by: Grayson Coutts
"Delegation is key to you actually enjoying your wedding"
How did you get started?
Shortly after becoming engaged, I sought guides on ‘how to’ plan your wedding, but could never find exactly what I was looking for - advice written by my generation for my generation. Wedding planning seemed an insurmountable feat - but I soon discovered that it actually wasn’t, so I wanted to displace the myth, and did so by writing my own simple, easy to follow guides.
After my wedding, I took that one step further and designed a physical wedding organiser and diary, the ‘little white book’, which now makes up about 50% of my business.
Talk us through a regular day in your life.
There’s no such thing as a ‘regular day’ - I could never get bored, as every day is different, but I am developing a bit of routine now. I work 7 days a week, but integrate ‘work’ within my day-to-day life, such as having coffee with a friend after a client/business meeting or a media launch. My husband’s an international pilot with Air New Zealand, so I also go away with him sometimes, as I can do my job from anywhere.
At home, I start the day around 9 or 10am, responding to urgent emails only, filling little white book orders and possibly taking my dogs on a walk to get coffee. I get the majority of my work done at night - writing articles, editing photos, creating posts for my website, for social media, marketing, etc, possibly pitching story ideas and planning the next few days’ or week’s content. As a small business owner, there’s also a lot of admin, it’s not always as glam as it might sound going between beautiful launches, fashion week and events, for example!
Best thing about what you do?
Flexibility - working for myself, and in this industry, means I can work any time and anywhere, and be flexible to spend time with Blair, catch up with friends, and travel quite frequently. Having said that, flexibility is also the downside - I tend to work too much, and not allow that flexibility to ever mean actually taking time off.
Biggest mistake people make when planning a wedding?
Thinking that they have to comply with all wedding conventions and traditions like they’re requirements. A ‘wedding’ is a legal ceremony followed by a celebration, and you have complete freedom to make it your own, according to your own values, style and budget.
There are so many elements of weddings that people think they must have, though only because its the ‘done’ thing, which leads to people spending time and money on things that aren’t important to them.
One piece of advice for every bride to be.
I must have picked this one up as a lawyer, but delegation is key to you actually enjoying your wedding. Whether that’s a professional ‘on-the-day’ coordinator, or just giving organised instructions to responsible people, a bride-to-be shouldn’t be doing anything on the day other than basking in the excitement of it.
Every bride-to-be’s can’t live without product?
The little white book, of course ;)
What’s your favourite thing about social media?
The ability to share a moment or feeling with so many people, sometimes without even a word, and so instantly. Whether that’s friends all over the world, or followers you’ve never met - we are so much more connected as a result of social media.
And your least favourite?
Its addictive nature - I wish I could force myself to tune out and switch off more often.
Top Instagram accounts to follow?
I like following people who look like they’re having fun, like @annaheinrich1, find what I want to wear through shops or inspo pages @elizoe, @streetstyleonly get inspired to be fitter by @hannahbronfman and pick up makeup tips @makeupbyannalee. I’m not as obsessed with wedding accounts as people might think!
One thing that your followers would be surprised to know about you?
I’m actually quite a homebody - it looks like I’m always out and about, but I love days (and nights) spent at home.
Next biggest wedding trend?
Minimalism, perhaps - not going along with every trend or tradition that exists or is dreamed up by the wedding industry, but smaller, more intimate and minimal weddings - good food, drinks and music, less fussing over the smaller details.
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