We managed to sneak a quick catch up with @shesaidyes, Bridal & Lifestyle influencer, in between her busy schedule of events! We love Megans’ enthusiasm and drive to inspire girls through weddings and events. We look forward to seeing where she ends up next!
What made you want to become a bridal and lifestyle blogger?
Though I absolutely love what I do now, I didn’t set out to be a “blogger”, I just wanted to help other girls organise engagement and hens parties, plan their wedding and enjoy the process. From there it developed into beauty, health and wellbeing, entertaining, and more.
Now that I am a bridal and lifestyle blogger though, I love the creativity it allows me via photography and styling for Instagram, and as cliche as it may sound, I love the opportunity to inspire and help other people (whether that’s with make-up reviews, fitness ideas or the wedding planning guides themselves).
Happy Birthday to the love of my life. This is my husband Blair, and he is an amazing person, even when he is seriously hungover and pretty grumpy. On top of everything else, if it wasn’t for him, there’d be no “She Said Yes” and all the happiness it’s brought me. www.shesaidyes.co.nz #nzwedding #newzealandwedding #nzbride #nzigers #nzblogger #coromandel #aucklandwedding
Now that you’re married, do you think you’ll move away from the bridal side of things? We see events have become quite a common theme on your account?
When a girl gets engaged, she doesn’t lose interest in everything else in her life, so for me it’s a very natural development to the brand to include the lifestyle posts. Similarly, it’s not just brides-to-be who get inspired and excited by couture gowns and beautiful bouquets, so the variety to She Said Yes means there’s something for everyone, I hope.
Personally though, I love weddings, and since my own that’s probably increased! Many of my friends are engaged now and it’s the best feeling to be able to help them plan. After all, a wedding is basically the biggest and best party people ever throw, and I love parties!
What would be one tip you would give to someone looking to grow their blog?
As you’ve identified, I’m very social. I love meeting new people and I’m constantly learning something from them. My blog has grown through the words of encouragement and advice of others. I started off by reading lots of other blogs and asking other bloggers, writers, influencers and business-people for advice. So my tip to existing bloggers would be to network with others.
This is probably a tough one, but if you had to pick the ideal place to get married, where would that be?
Wherever you know you and your guests will feel welcome, comfortable and relaxed. A venue should feel like a natural fit, so if silver service and black-tie dress code won’t suit you and your guests, don’t force it. The choice of venue will be a key factor to how much involvement (and flexibility) you have. If you have the time to be very hands-on, then a bare venue allows total control. If you’d rather have someone else take car of details, then a venue with a planner could save your hours of time and stress.
A beautiful new blog post for all those bride-to-be’s out there – Do you really need a makeup artist? . This was a decision I really toyed with in planning my own wedding, I felt that I had pretty good makeup skills, as did my bridesmaids, and wondered if it was just another line to add to the budget? . What do you think? www.shesaidyes.co.nz/do-you-need-to-Book-a-makeup-artist (in bio) ❤️ . If you do choose to use a makeup artist, where would you to book them? Word of Mouth? Google? @beautybooknz is about to launch in NZ, so if you do think it’s necessary to book a makeup artist, they are definitely worth a look. . Photo by The Official Photographers @official_photographers on the morning of my wedding. . #nzweddingplanning #nzblogger #nzweddingblog #nzweddingblog #nzbloggers #nzweddingplanner #nzwedding #nzweddings #nzbride #nzbrides #nzsnapchatter #snapchatnz #kiwisnapchat #nzgirl
Exploring the beautiful Redwood Treewalk in Rotorua . . . . . . . #nz #newzealand #newzealandfinds #newzealandfinds #nzmustdo #destinationnz #purenewzealand #purenz #aotearoa #travelnz #newzealandvacations #newzealandphotography #newzealandguide #newzealandnatural #newzealandgirl #nzgirl #kiwis #ignz #nzig #rotorua #rotoruanz #kiwis #nzblogger
A photo posted by Megan, Newlywed – She Said Yes (@shesaidyes) on
Any new and exciting projects we can expect from you again soon?
Yes! (and not just because She Said Yes) I have so many things I want to talk about, but all I can say is Watch This Space.
What makes you enjoy working with The Social Club?
The people behind the scenes at The Social Club are as enthusiastic about my brand and my business as they are about their own. The projects I’m approached to work on are always on brand, and TSC has been really supportive as my brand has moved a little away from 100% bridal-niche to incorporate the lifestyle brand too.
During the week we caught up with Social Club influencer Matiu Walters of Six60. Matiu is a well known figure within the New Zealand music industry and runs a slick Instagram account, here’s 5 minutes with Matiu:
When TSC approached you for the Jim Beam campaign, what was it that inspired you to collaborate with them?
I’m a massive fan of Jim Beam! The band and I have it when we’re away on tour. So being a part of the campaign seemed like a good fit for me and my account.
Why is it important for you to align with brands you believe in?
It is very important. By aligning with brands that have similar ideas and visions, it helps improve your own as well as create authentic campaigns. I want to make sure that my account is still genuine when I post for a brand, whatever the reward of the campaign may be. What is the point in representing a brand that you don’t believe in? That’s not being true to my fans.
What other brands would you want to work alongside?
One company that I would really love to work with is Adidas. Another being I love ugly, they both do some seriously cool stuff.
How do you go about approaching new brands that you want to work with?
Through The Social Club, that is what their platform is for. I go through the brands and favourite the ones that I want to work with with, then I take a look at their content and see if my content and style aligns with their brand.
How was your experience working with The Social Club and Jim Beam?
Easy and good fun, the Instagram post did really well too. The Social Club is great, and even though it is an online platform, you are always talking to people. Overall I think all the content came out great and the campaign did really well. Stoked to have been a part of it!