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A Southern Soiree

Raleigh , NC

LOCATION

3708 Benson Drive
Raleigh, NC US 27609 (map)
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ABOUT US

A Southern Soiree is a full service event planning firm specializing in creating unique and memorable events. Beginning with your first consultation, A Southern Soiree will guide you... Read more
A Southern Soiree is a full service event planning firm specializing in creating unique and memorable events. Beginning with your first consultation, A Southern Soiree will guide you through the entire planning process, saving you time, money, and stress. We work with you to develop the distinctive style of your event and then help you choose the best vendors to achieve the desired result, all within your budget. Whether you have the planning complete and need help with day of details or need help from the beginning to the end, we can create a planning package to fit your needs. Read less
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INFO FOR WEDDING PLANNING

What types of weddings do you accommodate?
Civil, Destination, Double Weddings, Eco-Friendly / Green, Military
What wedding planning services do you offer?
Day-of Coordinator, Full Planning, Partial Planning

REVIEWS

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Jennifer
Wedding:
7/26/2014
5.0/5.0
I hired Kailey for full service planning. It was the best wedding planning decision that I made! She was so helpful and made the planning process so easy. She responded to my emails very quickly and was always willing to work around my schedule. She made my vision come true and really created a day that we will always remember. I highly recommend her!
I hired Kailey for full service planning. It was the best wedding planning decision that I made! She was so helpful and Read more...
I hired Kailey for full service planning. It was the best wedding planning decision that I made! She was so helpful and made the planning process so easy. She responded to my emails very quickly and was always willing to work around my schedule. She made my vision come true and really created a day that we will always remember. I highly recommend her! Read less
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Taylor
Wedding:
7/12/2014
5.0/5.0
Hands down the best money we spent on our wedding! I really cannot put into words how valuable Kailey and A Southern Soiree were to my wedding. I had the pleasure of working with them for over 2 years and everything was clear and concise from day one. Kailey is so organized and had a keen sense of my vision from the beginning. I admire her and the rest of the team for their professionalism. I never had to worry about anything. From vendor meetings to food to table layouts, she knew exactly what I wanted and the best way to execute it. I would consider myself a person who stresses ALOT and Kailey kept me calm the ENTIRE 2 years. Because of her, I was able to really sit back and enjoy the best day of my life. If you are looking for someone who can really bring your vision to life, and become a friend along the way, I highly recommend A Southern Soiree. Again, the best wedding decision we made and it was worth every penny! Thank you all so much for being a part of the best day of our lives and truly capturing what our love is all about!
Hands down the best money we spent on our wedding! I really cannot put into words how valuable Kailey and A Southern Read more...
Hands down the best money we spent on our wedding! I really cannot put into words how valuable Kailey and A Southern Soiree were to my wedding. I had the pleasure of working with them for over 2 years and everything was clear and concise from day one. Kailey is so organized and had a keen sense of my vision from the beginning. I admire her and the rest of the team for their professionalism. I never had to worry about anything. From vendor meetings to food to table layouts, she knew exactly what I wanted and the best way to execute it. I would consider myself a person who stresses ALOT and Kailey kept me calm the ENTIRE 2 years. Because of her, I was able to really sit back and enjoy the best day of my life. If you are looking for someone who can really bring your vision to life, and become a friend along the way, I highly recommend A Southern Soiree. Again, the best wedding decision we made and it was worth every penny! Thank you all so much for being a part of the best day of our lives and truly capturing what our love is all about! Read less
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Victoria
Wedding:
7/5/2014
5.0/5.0
Gina at A Southern Soirée - literally, there is nobody better. She's fun and friendly, the type of girl you'd want to be friends with, but she knows her stuff better than anyone else! Even the smallest of details were taken care of, and on the day of my wedding when my head was in the clouds and I couldn't keep track of anything, she was right there behind the scenes, making sure everything went smoothly and keeping her eye on everything. So much was changing even up to the last minute, but she made sure that every single ridiculous request or change was taken care of. She also had great recommendations for vendors in the area as well. The moment when I truly realized how amazing she was occurred a week before the wedding, when the rental place for my cobalt glassware had an issue at one of their events and a bunch of the glasses shattered. She was furiously all over the internet and making calls and emails to find replacement glassware, and I was so grateful!
Gina at A Southern Soirée - literally, there is nobody better. She's fun and friendly, the type of girl you'd want to be Read more...
Gina at A Southern Soirée - literally, there is nobody better. She's fun and friendly, the type of girl you'd want to be friends with, but she knows her stuff better than anyone else! Even the smallest of details were taken care of, and on the day of my wedding when my head was in the clouds and I couldn't keep track of anything, she was right there behind the scenes, making sure everything went smoothly and keeping her eye on everything. So much was changing even up to the last minute, but she made sure that every single ridiculous request or change was taken care of. She also had great recommendations for vendors in the area as well. The moment when I truly realized how amazing she was occurred a week before the wedding, when the rental place for my cobalt glassware had an issue at one of their events and a bunch of the glasses shattered. She was furiously all over the internet and making calls and emails to find replacement glassware, and I was so grateful! Read less
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Kristin
Wedding:
6/14/2014
5.0/5.0
I called A Southern Soiree when I realized that I could not plan a wedding on my own and my only regret is that I didn't call sooner. The minute I spoke with them, I knew that Gina and her team were exactly what I needed. Living in Seattle, it was really hard for me to be available to meet with vendors, go to tastings, etc. Gina was my lifesaver and knew exactly what I was looking for without me even having to say it! Even when I felt like there was so much to do with the wedding, I would speak with Gina and just feel at ease. She is professional, honest, and a joy to be around. I already want to plan another party just to have her help again!
I called A Southern Soiree when I realized that I could not plan a wedding on my own and my only regret is that I didn't Read more...
I called A Southern Soiree when I realized that I could not plan a wedding on my own and my only regret is that I didn't call sooner. The minute I spoke with them, I knew that Gina and her team were exactly what I needed. Living in Seattle, it was really hard for me to be available to meet with vendors, go to tastings, etc. Gina was my lifesaver and knew exactly what I was looking for without me even having to say it! Even when I felt like there was so much to do with the wedding, I would speak with Gina and just feel at ease. She is professional, honest, and a joy to be around. I already want to plan another party just to have her help again! Read less
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Kyle
Wedding:
6/7/2014
5.0/5.0
Gina was absolutely amazing! We felt so taken care of. Her professionalism, knowledge, and assuredness was unparalleled. She's worth her weight in gold! We love her!
Gina was absolutely amazing! We felt so taken care of. Her professionalism, knowledge, and assuredness was unparalleled. Read more...
Gina was absolutely amazing! We felt so taken care of. Her professionalism, knowledge, and assuredness was unparalleled. She's worth her weight in gold! We love her! Read less
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Jessica
Wedding:
5/30/2014
5.0/5.0
We worked with Gina Annab at A Southern Soiree as a part of our package at The Carolina Inn. I am so happy with my entire experience with A Southern Soiree. I couldn't have asked for anything more! Gina was so helpful throughout the entire planning process, and between Gina and her assistant, the day of the wedding was completely flawless. Even my father-in-law couldn't stop talking about how on-point Gina was! She was quick to respond to emails and phone calls during the planning process, and was always full of ideas and answers for any questions I had. When we got to the venue the day before the wedding, I was able to hand over all of my wedding "stuff" (favors, programs, etc.), and it was like there were magical wedding planning fairies that took it from there and created this absolutely perfect dream wedding day! THANK YOU SO MUCH to Gina and her assistant for making sure we had an incredible day! I would highly recommend A Southern Soiree to other brides!
We worked with Gina Annab at A Southern Soiree as a part of our package at The Carolina Inn. I am so happy with my entire Read more...
We worked with Gina Annab at A Southern Soiree as a part of our package at The Carolina Inn. I am so happy with my entire experience with A Southern Soiree. I couldn't have asked for anything more! Gina was so helpful throughout the entire planning process, and between Gina and her assistant, the day of the wedding was completely flawless. Even my father-in-law couldn't stop talking about how on-point Gina was! She was quick to respond to emails and phone calls during the planning process, and was always full of ideas and answers for any questions I had. When we got to the venue the day before the wedding, I was able to hand over all of my wedding "stuff" (favors, programs, etc.), and it was like there were magical wedding planning fairies that took it from there and created this absolutely perfect dream wedding day! THANK YOU SO MUCH to Gina and her assistant for making sure we had an incredible day! I would highly recommend A Southern Soiree to other brides! Read less
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Karen
Wedding:
5/17/2014
5.0/5.0
Kailey Branham was the wedding planner for my daughter's wedding at the Governors Club in Chapel Hill. I live in St. Louis and my daughter and her husband are completing residencies at Duke so they did not have a lot of time for wedding planning. Since I don't know the area, I could not have pulled off such a wonderful wedding without Kailey's help. She helped select vendors and each one was fantastic. She even arranged appointments at two bridal salons for my daughter to pick out her wedding gown, and went with her for the fitting because I couldn't be there. The day of the wedding was a perfect 72 degrees and everything else also was perfect. We could all relax and enjoy the day because Kailey took care of all the details.
Kailey Branham was the wedding planner for my daughter's wedding at the Governors Club in Chapel Hill. I live in St. Louis Read more...
Kailey Branham was the wedding planner for my daughter's wedding at the Governors Club in Chapel Hill. I live in St. Louis and my daughter and her husband are completing residencies at Duke so they did not have a lot of time for wedding planning. Since I don't know the area, I could not have pulled off such a wonderful wedding without Kailey's help. She helped select vendors and each one was fantastic. She even arranged appointments at two bridal salons for my daughter to pick out her wedding gown, and went with her for the fitting because I couldn't be there. The day of the wedding was a perfect 72 degrees and everything else also was perfect. We could all relax and enjoy the day because Kailey took care of all the details. Read less
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Tim & Sandy
Wedding:
5/3/2014
5.0/5.0
"....One of a kind! .....Unbelivably good at what she does.... The consumate professional.... Can you believe she did that for us? .... What a GREAT idea..... What would we do without her? ..... How does she stay so calm and organized?.... Does she always smile? ..... Let's call Kailey ....... We miss her" .... Those are just a few of the comments my wife and I exchanged while working with Kailey Branham of a Southern Soiree' Wedding and Event Consulting.

The day was designed by Kailey to be stress free and perfect. This was quite a task a I am a "control freak", my wife a "perfectionist" and our daughter who was living six hundred miles away, a challenging combination of her parents. Through it all Kaleigh gently guided us and our decisions to the point we all finally RELAXED because she took over ALL of the final details and implementation. I can honestly say that I had ZERO logistical worries or concerns the day of the wedding and several days prior.

Kaleigh gave us the PERFECT GIFT.......the ability to ENJOY and fully take in each other and the special moments of our daughter's wedding day. Words are inadequate to describe our gratitude for the gift of those memories.

We HIGHLY recommend her and her services!

Tim & Sandy Mann
"....One of a kind! .....Unbelivably good at what she does.... The consumate professional.... Can you believe she did that Read more...
"....One of a kind! .....Unbelivably good at what she does.... The consumate professional.... Can you believe she did that for us? .... What a GREAT idea..... What would we do without her? ..... How does she stay so calm and organized?.... Does she always smile? ..... Let's call Kailey ....... We miss her" .... Those are just a few of the comments my wife and I exchanged while working with Kailey Branham of a Southern Soiree' Wedding and Event Consulting.

The day was designed by Kailey to be stress free and perfect. This was quite a task a I am a "control freak", my wife a "perfectionist" and our daughter who was living six hundred miles away, a challenging combination of her parents. Through it all Kaleigh gently guided us and our decisions to the point we all finally RELAXED because she took over ALL of the final details and implementation. I can honestly say that I had ZERO logistical worries or concerns the day of the wedding and several days prior.

Kaleigh gave us the PERFECT GIFT.......the ability to ENJOY and fully take in each other and the special moments of our daughter's wedding day. Words are inadequate to describe our gratitude for the gift of those memories.

We HIGHLY recommend her and her services!

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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Gina Annab of A Southern Soirée was our wedding coordinator for my daughter's beautiful wedding this past weekend at The Carolina Inn. From the day our venue was chosen, to the moment the happy couple drove away from the Inn, Gina was overseeing every detail. She worked beautifully with Melissa Sayre, Catering Manager at Carolina Inn, to coordinate a truly gorgeous event. She was always available for questions and met with us several times to get the details just right. And through it all, she just had a wonderful smile and cheerful, confident attitude. She kept the timeline and coordinated all the vendors and we never had to think about what to do and when ---she guided us thru the entire evening. We had so many compliments on the wedding and reception and we could not have done this without Gina. I wholeheartedly recommend her and A Southern Soirée to anyone considering a wedding and reception in the Chapel Hill/Raleigh area. We felt very fortunate to have Gina for our event.
Gina Annab of A Southern Soirée was our wedding coordinator for my daughter's beautiful wedding this past weekend at The Read more...
Gina Annab of A Southern Soirée was our wedding coordinator for my daughter's beautiful wedding this past weekend at The Carolina Inn. From the day our venue was chosen, to the moment the happy couple drove away from the Inn, Gina was overseeing every detail. She worked beautifully with Melissa Sayre, Catering Manager at Carolina Inn, to coordinate a truly gorgeous event. She was always available for questions and met with us several times to get the details just right. And through it all, she just had a wonderful smile and cheerful, confident attitude. She kept the timeline and coordinated all the vendors and we never had to think about what to do and when ---she guided us thru the entire evening. We had so many compliments on the wedding and reception and we could not have done this without Gina. I wholeheartedly recommend her and A Southern Soirée to anyone considering a wedding and reception in the Chapel Hill/Raleigh area. We felt very fortunate to have Gina for our event. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
I truly do not believe I can adequately express my gratitude and amazement with how wonderful Kailey at Southern Soiree was to work with during the wedding planning process (and day of). I felt like I was the only bride she had on her schedule, which is far from true :) She was not only extremely detailed (she will not leave a stone uncovered!), but also calm, kind, and easy going. Having someone who responds to emails in such a timely fashion and who also exudes an air of confidence is crucial. I also received many comments that I was 'the most calm bride they had seen' --definitely due to Kailey's "We've got this" attitude. And truly, she did have it all under control and was able to execute such an amazingly streamlined wedding without me EVER knowing if there were problems. I would undoubtedly recommend Kailey's services to anyone who is planning a wedding. I thought a long time ago that we didn't need a wedding planner and truly, I don't know what I would have done without her. My husband and I are both so grateful for her and hope that readers like yourself will be blessed in the same way.
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I truly do not believe I can adequately express my gratitude and amazement with how wonderful Kailey at Southern Soiree was to work with during the wedding planning process (and day of). I felt like I was the only bride she had on her schedule, which is far from true :) She was not only extremely detailed (she will not leave a stone uncovered!), but also calm, kind, and easy going. Having someone who responds to emails in such a timely fashion and who also exudes an air of confidence is crucial. I also received many comments that I was 'the most calm bride they had seen' --definitely due to Kailey's "We've got this" attitude. And truly, she did have it all under control and was able to execute such an amazingly streamlined wedding without me EVER knowing if there were problems. I would undoubtedly recommend Kailey's services to anyone who is planning a wedding. I thought a long time ago that we didn't need a wedding planner and truly, I don't know what I would have done without her. My husband and I are both so grateful for her and hope that readers like yourself will be blessed in the same way. Read less
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Molly
Wedding:
3/29/2014
5.0/5.0
I do not think five stars is even close to enough to describe the awesomeness of Kailey and A Southern Soriee. From the time we met with Kailey in May 2013, she made planning our wedding the most wonderful experience. It took once of me talking about some ideas that I had for her to completely understand the picture that I had painted in my head and then make it come true. As we celebrated this past Saturday I had so many people tell me I was the most calm and relaxed bride and that is all because of Kailey - if there was anything that I thought about doing I would look up and Kailey was already three steps ahead of me anticipating everything. Not only did Kailey make the day run so smoothly, but she recommended the most amazing group of people for us to work with. I truly feel like I had the 'Dream Team' surrounding me. Kailey and A Southern Soriee is simply the best!
I do not think five stars is even close to enough to describe the awesomeness of Kailey and A Southern Soriee. From the Read more...
I do not think five stars is even close to enough to describe the awesomeness of Kailey and A Southern Soriee. From the time we met with Kailey in May 2013, she made planning our wedding the most wonderful experience. It took once of me talking about some ideas that I had for her to completely understand the picture that I had painted in my head and then make it come true. As we celebrated this past Saturday I had so many people tell me I was the most calm and relaxed bride and that is all because of Kailey - if there was anything that I thought about doing I would look up and Kailey was already three steps ahead of me anticipating everything. Not only did Kailey make the day run so smoothly, but she recommended the most amazing group of people for us to work with. I truly feel like I had the 'Dream Team' surrounding me. Kailey and A Southern Soriee is simply the best! Read less
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Beth
Wedding:
3/8/2014
5.0/5.0
I cannot say enough good things about Kailey and Megan from a Southern Soiree. When we first got engaged, my then fiancé and I were contemplating whether we should even hire a wedding coordinator or do it ourselves. Looking back this question seems to be so illogical! There should have never been a doubt! The best decision and investment we made while planning our wedding was hiring Kailey! She was an absolute dream come true! She thought of things we would have never thought of. Her organizational skills were a key component in making our day run so smoothly. Kailey listened very closely to the things that were important for me on my big day and she made them happen! She even caught those small details in vender contracts that were not part of my “vision” for my day (i.e not having the band and caterer set up during the ceremony and instead doing a total flip of the room), however she always seemed to somehow make my “vision” come true! She went above and beyond helping us with our venders and making the whole process of planning a wedding stress free. I can honestly say, our wedding would not have been even close to as wonderful if it were not for Kailey and the Southern Soiree team. We had a lot of wonderful venders, however, Kailey and Southern Soiree were by far the best investment we made! Looking back the only regret we have was not hiring them sooner! I cannot thank Southern Soiree enough for all their hard work! If there is even a question in your mind about whether or not to hire a coordinator, think no further, the answer is YES!!!!! (But only if it is with Southern Soiree!!!!!)
I cannot say enough good things about Kailey and Megan from a Southern Soiree. When we first got engaged, my then fiancé Read more...
I cannot say enough good things about Kailey and Megan from a Southern Soiree. When we first got engaged, my then fiancé and I were contemplating whether we should even hire a wedding coordinator or do it ourselves. Looking back this question seems to be so illogical! There should have never been a doubt! The best decision and investment we made while planning our wedding was hiring Kailey! She was an absolute dream come true! She thought of things we would have never thought of. Her organizational skills were a key component in making our day run so smoothly. Kailey listened very closely to the things that were important for me on my big day and she made them happen! She even caught those small details in vender contracts that were not part of my “vision” for my day (i.e not having the band and caterer set up during the ceremony and instead doing a total flip of the room), however she always seemed to somehow make my “vision” come true! She went above and beyond helping us with our venders and making the whole process of planning a wedding stress free. I can honestly say, our wedding would not have been even close to as wonderful if it were not for Kailey and the Southern Soiree team. We had a lot of wonderful venders, however, Kailey and Southern Soiree were by far the best investment we made! Looking back the only regret we have was not hiring them sooner! I cannot thank Southern Soiree enough for all their hard work! If there is even a question in your mind about whether or not to hire a coordinator, think no further, the answer is YES!!!!! (But only if it is with Southern Soiree!!!!!) Read less
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Delaina
Wedding:
1/31/2014
5.0/5.0
Kailey was our coordinator for our 31 January 2014 wedding day. I loved her from the first meeting! I'm a fairly artsy-crafty, DIY bride, but knew I needed someone to make sure I didn't forget everything and put me at ease the week of the wedding. Kailey was perfect. She is probably the sweetest person I've ever met and was always there when I needed her, and then some! She helped answer questions along the way and took care of everything the weekend of my wedding. She put a control-freak like myself completely at ease, and that's hard to do! I was deployed for six months of our planning process, and also out-of-state, but Kailey worked with me from afar, met with my Mom and other vendors when I couldn't make it, and brought the entire day together perfectly. I could not imagine going through it without her. I HIGHLY recommend a coordinator to anyone interested, especially from A Southern Soirée. They can customize and be as involved (or not) as you need - and up that worked out great for me. Thank you so much Kailey for helping make my dream wedding come true!!!
Kailey was our coordinator for our 31 January 2014 wedding day. I loved her from the first meeting! I'm a fairly Read more...
Kailey was our coordinator for our 31 January 2014 wedding day. I loved her from the first meeting! I'm a fairly artsy-crafty, DIY bride, but knew I needed someone to make sure I didn't forget everything and put me at ease the week of the wedding. Kailey was perfect. She is probably the sweetest person I've ever met and was always there when I needed her, and then some! She helped answer questions along the way and took care of everything the weekend of my wedding. She put a control-freak like myself completely at ease, and that's hard to do! I was deployed for six months of our planning process, and also out-of-state, but Kailey worked with me from afar, met with my Mom and other vendors when I couldn't make it, and brought the entire day together perfectly. I could not imagine going through it without her. I HIGHLY recommend a coordinator to anyone interested, especially from A Southern Soirée. They can customize and be as involved (or not) as you need - and up that worked out great for me. Thank you so much Kailey for helping make my dream wedding come true!!! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
I really can't say enough great things about Megan, Gina and A Southern Soiree. These are some of the many reasons why my husband and I love Megan, Gina and A Southern Soiree:

- They are incredibly organized, prompt, and professional. Megan and Gina kept track of all the details for our wedding. They set up all of our vendor meetings and handled all the communication with vendors. As a Type A person, this was a tremendous stress relief for me, and really allowed me to just let go and enjoy the wedding planning process.
- They have great contacts in the wedding business. Megan has great relationships with the best wedding venues, photographers, DJs, florists, bakeries, transportation, lighting companies, etc. This was great for us for several reasons: 1) I completely trusted Megan's opinion, so by extension, I trusted everyone she referred us to. This took a lot of stress out of the wedding planning process because we didn't have to "vet" anyone. 2) We got fantastic treatment from everyone, and I think this was at least in part because we were working with Megan and A Southern Soiree.
- They are extremely available to their clients - by cell phone and email and always respond promptly.
- Related to that, they are very flexible with meeting times and have lots of availability. This was crucial for me, since my job involves lots of long hours with limited flexibility.
- They have great ideas and are great at making things happen.
- They are great problem solvers. On my wedding day, the zipper on one of my bridesmaid's dresses split open. Megan and Gina were completely prepared with a sewing kit and Gina was right there on her hands and knees sewing my bridesmaid into her dress. This could have been incredibly stressful, but because of Megan and Gina, I was able to stay totally relaxed.
- They're really great, fun people who genuinely care about their clients.

We would strongly recommend Megan, Gina, and A Southern Soiree! Love them!!
I really can't say enough great things about Megan, Gina and A Southern Soiree. These are some of the many reasons why my Read more...
I really can't say enough great things about Megan, Gina and A Southern Soiree. These are some of the many reasons why my husband and I love Megan, Gina and A Southern Soiree:

- They are incredibly organized, prompt, and professional. Megan and Gina kept track of all the details for our wedding. They set up all of our vendor meetings and handled all the communication with vendors. As a Type A person, this was a tremendous stress relief for me, and really allowed me to just let go and enjoy the wedding planning process.
- They have great contacts in the wedding business. Megan has great relationships with the best wedding venues, photographers, DJs, florists, bakeries, transportation, lighting companies, etc. This was great for us for several reasons: 1) I completely trusted Megan's opinion, so by extension, I trusted everyone she referred us to. This took a lot of stress out of the wedding planning process because we didn't have to "vet" anyone. 2) We got fantastic treatment from everyone, and I think this was at least in part because we were working with Megan and A Southern Soiree.
- They are extremely available to their clients - by cell phone and email and always respond promptly.
- Related to that, they are very flexible with meeting times and have lots of availability. This was crucial for me, since my job involves lots of long hours with limited flexibility.
- They have great ideas and are great at making things happen.
- They are great problem solvers. On my wedding day, the zipper on one of my bridesmaid's dresses split open. Megan and Gina were completely prepared with a sewing kit and Gina was right there on her hands and knees sewing my bridesmaid into her dress. This could have been incredibly stressful, but because of Megan and Gina, I was able to stay totally relaxed.
- They're really great, fun people who genuinely care about their clients.

We would strongly recommend Megan, Gina, and A Southern Soiree! Love them!! Read less
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Kelsey
Wedding:
12/7/2013
5.0/5.0
My husband and I got engaged in February and are both from opposite parts of the country - (we are stationed in NC with the military). We decided to get married in NC so that we could do the planning locally but had no idea where to start! We met with Kailey Branham with A Southern Soiree after getting engaged and a huge weight was lifted! Kailey was organized, professional, responsive, and did exactly everything we asked.

I am a nightshift nurse and my husband is in the military so we both have very opposite schedules as well. Kailey made sure that she was flexible in meeting with us and went to some meetings that we were unable to attend. She would promptly e-mail me "to do" lists and help get everything done in a timely manner.

Kailey worked with us through our entire wedding planning process, and on the day of made sure that everything went exactly as planned. Our guests were from all over the map and had an absolute BLAST at the wedding. Everything was perfect- if you are looking for a wedding planner, THESE are the girls for you!
My husband and I got engaged in February and are both from opposite parts of the country - (we are stationed in NC with Read more...
My husband and I got engaged in February and are both from opposite parts of the country - (we are stationed in NC with the military). We decided to get married in NC so that we could do the planning locally but had no idea where to start! We met with Kailey Branham with A Southern Soiree after getting engaged and a huge weight was lifted! Kailey was organized, professional, responsive, and did exactly everything we asked.

I am a nightshift nurse and my husband is in the military so we both have very opposite schedules as well. Kailey made sure that she was flexible in meeting with us and went to some meetings that we were unable to attend. She would promptly e-mail me "to do" lists and help get everything done in a timely manner.

Kailey worked with us through our entire wedding planning process, and on the day of made sure that everything went exactly as planned. Our guests were from all over the map and had an absolute BLAST at the wedding. Everything was perfect- if you are looking for a wedding planner, THESE are the girls for you! Read less
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Brittany
Wedding:
11/2/2013
5.0/5.0
Joshua and I couldn't have imagined our BIG day without Kailey. From our first meeting in her office to our departure from the reception, Kailey was beyond PERFECT. Her attention to detail, ability to handle our families, and understanding of our wishes and desires for the big day made turning over one of the most important jobs incredibly easy to do. I was a hands on bride and planned the wedding myself, but it was so nice to be able to contact Kailey for her recommendations for top vendors as well as feedback on decisions. I CANNOT stress enough to anyone getting married that hiring Kailey will be the BEST DECISION you will make after saying "Yes!" :) Whether it is a gift to yourselves to relieve the stress to enjoy being a bride OR a gift to your family so they do not have to worry about fine details, Kailey Branham and the girls at A Southern Soiree are a MUST HIRE for WEDDING COORDINATING!!
Joshua and I couldn't have imagined our BIG day without Kailey. From our first meeting in her office to our departure from Read more...
Joshua and I couldn't have imagined our BIG day without Kailey. From our first meeting in her office to our departure from the reception, Kailey was beyond PERFECT. Her attention to detail, ability to handle our families, and understanding of our wishes and desires for the big day made turning over one of the most important jobs incredibly easy to do. I was a hands on bride and planned the wedding myself, but it was so nice to be able to contact Kailey for her recommendations for top vendors as well as feedback on decisions. I CANNOT stress enough to anyone getting married that hiring Kailey will be the BEST DECISION you will make after saying "Yes!" :) Whether it is a gift to yourselves to relieve the stress to enjoy being a bride OR a gift to your family so they do not have to worry about fine details, Kailey Branham and the girls at A Southern Soiree are a MUST HIRE for WEDDING COORDINATING!! Read less
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Jessica
Wedding:
10/19/2013
5.0/5.0
Gina was my wedding planner and she was absolutely amazing! She made my dream wedding come true with no stress! Every little detail was perfect and she was always there throughout the process to support and de-stress me, It was a night I will always remember and I would recommend Gina and A Southern Soirée to anybody!
Gina was my wedding planner and she was absolutely amazing! She made my dream wedding come true with no stress! Every Read more...
Gina was my wedding planner and she was absolutely amazing! She made my dream wedding come true with no stress! Every little detail was perfect and she was always there throughout the process to support and de-stress me, It was a night I will always remember and I would recommend Gina and A Southern Soirée to anybody! Read less
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Courtney
Wedding:
10/12/2013
5.0/5.0
Working with A Southern Soiree, namely Megan and Gina, was an absolute blast. They are supremely personable, professional, and knowledgeable about all things wedding-related in the area. I had a lot of random ideas that these ladies were so skilled in tailoring into a beautiful wedding ceremony and reception.

I feel like Megan and Gina know EVERYONE! You felt like a VIP whenever they were around because every vendor in the vicinity would bend over backwards for you. I felt like the knowledge of these ladies, as well as their relationships, helped us craft a well-organized, masterfully-staffed, and flawlessly executed event…not to mention an absolute BLAST!

They say the true value in a Wedding Planner is how much money they save you…well A Southern Soiree not only saved me money, they saved me time, stress, and my overall sanity! When we got closer to the big day, and my emails got more frequent, the ladies never faltered, but rather shined and outdid themselves on a daily basis.

I valued the planning process with these ladies, just as much as I valued the day-of services they offered. I dropped off two car loads of items to decorate, distribute, etc. at our wedding and these ladies personally handled setup of everything. Not to mention, Megan and Gina were there when you needed them while we were getting ready, moving from venue to venue, heading out for the night, etc.

I am a type A PLUS personality (it’s hard for me to give up the reins), and throughout this process I truly trusted these ladies. I knew they would go above and beyond, and get the job done beautifully. Can we plan something else together soon? Thank you both!
Working with A Southern Soiree, namely Megan and Gina, was an absolute blast. They are supremely personable, professional, Read more...
Working with A Southern Soiree, namely Megan and Gina, was an absolute blast. They are supremely personable, professional, and knowledgeable about all things wedding-related in the area. I had a lot of random ideas that these ladies were so skilled in tailoring into a beautiful wedding ceremony and reception.

I feel like Megan and Gina know EVERYONE! You felt like a VIP whenever they were around because every vendor in the vicinity would bend over backwards for you. I felt like the knowledge of these ladies, as well as their relationships, helped us craft a well-organized, masterfully-staffed, and flawlessly executed event…not to mention an absolute BLAST!

They say the true value in a Wedding Planner is how much money they save you…well A Southern Soiree not only saved me money, they saved me time, stress, and my overall sanity! When we got closer to the big day, and my emails got more frequent, the ladies never faltered, but rather shined and outdid themselves on a daily basis.

I valued the planning process with these ladies, just as much as I valued the day-of services they offered. I dropped off two car loads of items to decorate, distribute, etc. at our wedding and these ladies personally handled setup of everything. Not to mention, Megan and Gina were there when you needed them while we were getting ready, moving from venue to venue, heading out for the night, etc.

I am a type A PLUS personality (it’s hard for me to give up the reins), and throughout this process I truly trusted these ladies. I knew they would go above and beyond, and get the job done beautifully. Can we plan something else together soon? Thank you both! Read less
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Libby
Wedding:
10/5/2013
5.0/5.0
New to North Carolina my husband and I knew that we wanted a wedding coordinator to help us navigate the intimidating waters of wedding planning. After researching online, we set up a meeting with Megan. It took about fifteen minutes for us to know that A Southern Soiree was the perfect fit for us. Megan exuded confidence and experience and her demeanor was approachable and caring.

We spent a year planning our wedding with Megan and Gina. They kept us organized and managed the details and timeline. Unlike the experience of so many bride-grooms we know, we can honestly say that we enjoyed the wedding planning journey (and are sad that it’s over!). We looked forward to our meetings with Megan and Gina and with our vendors. We always knew we were in the very capable hands of our planners and we trusted their advice.

The week of the wedding Megan and Gina were nothing short of incredible. They expertly managed ALL of our vendors and wedding details and were sensitive to the stress many bride-grooms and families experience as their very important event approaches. After the rehearsal (the evening before our wedding), Megan said if I needed anything that I could call her at any hour.

Saying that Megan and Gina went above and beyond on the day of our wedding doesn’t adequately describe their involvement/contribution. They managed the set up and break down of multiple sites with ease, juggling vendor drop-offs/pick-ups and independently making last minute adjustments. They catered to the needs of our family and guests and directed our wedding party. They carefully managed every bride/groom hand-off. We didn’t worry about a thing on the day of our wedding – unbelievable and priceless. We were happy and relaxed and could focus on enjoying the day and all of the small moments.

We would emphatically and without reservation recommend Megan and Gina, and A Southern Soiree, to anyone beginning their wedding planning journey.
New to North Carolina my husband and I knew that we wanted a wedding coordinator to help us navigate the intimidating Read more...
New to North Carolina my husband and I knew that we wanted a wedding coordinator to help us navigate the intimidating waters of wedding planning. After researching online, we set up a meeting with Megan. It took about fifteen minutes for us to know that A Southern Soiree was the perfect fit for us. Megan exuded confidence and experience and her demeanor was approachable and caring.

We spent a year planning our wedding with Megan and Gina. They kept us organized and managed the details and timeline. Unlike the experience of so many bride-grooms we know, we can honestly say that we enjoyed the wedding planning journey (and are sad that it’s over!). We looked forward to our meetings with Megan and Gina and with our vendors. We always knew we were in the very capable hands of our planners and we trusted their advice.

The week of the wedding Megan and Gina were nothing short of incredible. They expertly managed ALL of our vendors and wedding details and were sensitive to the stress many bride-grooms and families experience as their very important event approaches. After the rehearsal (the evening before our wedding), Megan said if I needed anything that I could call her at any hour.

Saying that Megan and Gina went above and beyond on the day of our wedding doesn’t adequately describe their involvement/contribution. They managed the set up and break down of multiple sites with ease, juggling vendor drop-offs/pick-ups and independently making last minute adjustments. They catered to the needs of our family and guests and directed our wedding party. They carefully managed every bride/groom hand-off. We didn’t worry about a thing on the day of our wedding – unbelievable and priceless. We were happy and relaxed and could focus on enjoying the day and all of the small moments.

We would emphatically and without reservation recommend Megan and Gina, and A Southern Soiree, to anyone beginning their wedding planning journey. Read less
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Leila
Wedding:
9/28/2013
5.0/5.0
Oh my gosh - where to even start? Fabulous. Absolutely fabulous. If you hire anyone else you're totally silly. Really that's all you need to know, but let me tell you more.

I'm an event planner so I happened to know about A Southern Soiree years before I was engaged, and I knew they had a stellar reputation but didn't know any of the planners personally. As soon as I was engaged though, they were my first phone call. We booked with them for week-of and vendor coordination. As a planner myself I decided to skip out of the full package though believe me a few months out from the wedding when things got busy I really wish I had picked it originally!

Kailey is the most wonderful wedding planner. Ever. Period. End of story. She was a huge help in recommending vendors, narrowing my vision to settle on final details, and pulling everything together in the end. Her timelines were super detailed (which the control freak in me loves), she was fantastic with ideas when my head was spinning, and we really would not have had the perfect day without her.

Everyone at A Southern Soiree was great, I just had the pleasure of working directly with Kailey. Regardless of who handles your event, if you choose A Southern Soiree you will absolutely have a great experience. I know I sound over the top but they totally earned it. As a planner myself I would not hesitate to recommend them to every friend I know who is getting married!
Oh my gosh - where to even start? Fabulous. Absolutely fabulous. If you hire anyone else you're totally silly. Really Read more...
Oh my gosh - where to even start? Fabulous. Absolutely fabulous. If you hire anyone else you're totally silly. Really that's all you need to know, but let me tell you more.

I'm an event planner so I happened to know about A Southern Soiree years before I was engaged, and I knew they had a stellar reputation but didn't know any of the planners personally. As soon as I was engaged though, they were my first phone call. We booked with them for week-of and vendor coordination. As a planner myself I decided to skip out of the full package though believe me a few months out from the wedding when things got busy I really wish I had picked it originally!

Kailey is the most wonderful wedding planner. Ever. Period. End of story. She was a huge help in recommending vendors, narrowing my vision to settle on final details, and pulling everything together in the end. Her timelines were super detailed (which the control freak in me loves), she was fantastic with ideas when my head was spinning, and we really would not have had the perfect day without her.

Everyone at A Southern Soiree was great, I just had the pleasure of working directly with Kailey. Regardless of who handles your event, if you choose A Southern Soiree you will absolutely have a great experience. I know I sound over the top but they totally earned it. As a planner myself I would not hesitate to recommend them to every friend I know who is getting married! Read less
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Jacinta
Wedding:
9/21/2013
5.0/5.0
From the beginning of my vow renewal, I knew that I wanted the BEST! I wanted to make memories that would stand the test of time and would leave a lasting impression on my kids. Megan was the FIRST and ONLY wedding planner that my husband and I interviewed. Megan accomplished things for us that would not have been possible. I felt at all times that she was concerned about my happiness and meeting my needs. Everything went off without a hitch the day of the wedding. Even when it started to rain 30 minutes prior to the ceremony, I was still at peace. I was surrounded by beauty. It is truly an amazing feeling to have an actual DREAM come to life. Megan saw my vision and exceeded my standards. Blissful Perfection.
From the beginning of my vow renewal, I knew that I wanted the BEST! I wanted to make memories that would stand the test Read more...
From the beginning of my vow renewal, I knew that I wanted the BEST! I wanted to make memories that would stand the test of time and would leave a lasting impression on my kids. Megan was the FIRST and ONLY wedding planner that my husband and I interviewed. Megan accomplished things for us that would not have been possible. I felt at all times that she was concerned about my happiness and meeting my needs. Everything went off without a hitch the day of the wedding. Even when it started to rain 30 minutes prior to the ceremony, I was still at peace. I was surrounded by beauty. It is truly an amazing feeling to have an actual DREAM come to life. Megan saw my vision and exceeded my standards. Blissful Perfection. Read less
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kim
Wedding:
9/14/2013
5.0/5.0
What can I say that has not already been mentioned by the reviewers regarding the ladies at a Southern Soiree? I had the pleasure of working with Gina Annab who was a fantastic wedding coordinator! I used their weekend service package since I decided to plan the wedding myself. Gina was a joy to work with. She quickly responded to my emails and would email me to ask how things were going and if I needed help with anything. Whenever I needed advice, Gina always voiced her opinion (which always turned out to be the better option). I felt that she went above and beyond the duties that were listed in the weekend service package.

Gina was fabulous the week of the wedding! A few days before, I gave Gina everything needed (this consisted of numerous boxes). The day of the wedding I did not have to worry about anything except for getting myself to the venue. Everything we discussed during our face-to-face meetings were implemented during the wedding. Before and during the wedding, Gina made some decisions that I totally agreed with. This goes to show that during our meeting, not only was she listening to and understanding my vision, she was also gleaning information regarding my personality that led her to make those spot-on decisions. I was expecting some things to go wrong during the wedding but truthfully, everything was perfect!

Many people commented on Gina's work ethic. My bridal party loved her wedding day timeline. My vendors even said that she was the easiest wedding coordinator that they have ever worked with! They loved how she came there and knew what she was doing and let them do their jobs. My husband was even thoroughly impressed with Gina's work. At first he was hesitant about getting a wedding coordinator because he did not want to spend the money and did not think one was needed. However, by the end of the wedding he was singing her praises!
What can I say that has not already been mentioned by the reviewers regarding the ladies at a Southern Soiree? I had the Read more...
What can I say that has not already been mentioned by the reviewers regarding the ladies at a Southern Soiree? I had the pleasure of working with Gina Annab who was a fantastic wedding coordinator! I used their weekend service package since I decided to plan the wedding myself. Gina was a joy to work with. She quickly responded to my emails and would email me to ask how things were going and if I needed help with anything. Whenever I needed advice, Gina always voiced her opinion (which always turned out to be the better option). I felt that she went above and beyond the duties that were listed in the weekend service package.

Gina was fabulous the week of the wedding! A few days before, I gave Gina everything needed (this consisted of numerous boxes). The day of the wedding I did not have to worry about anything except for getting myself to the venue. Everything we discussed during our face-to-face meetings were implemented during the wedding. Before and during the wedding, Gina made some decisions that I totally agreed with. This goes to show that during our meeting, not only was she listening to and understanding my vision, she was also gleaning information regarding my personality that led her to make those spot-on decisions. I was expecting some things to go wrong during the wedding but truthfully, everything was perfect!

Many people commented on Gina's work ethic. My bridal party loved her wedding day timeline. My vendors even said that she was the easiest wedding coordinator that they have ever worked with! They loved how she came there and knew what she was doing and let them do their jobs. My husband was even thoroughly impressed with Gina's work. At first he was hesitant about getting a wedding coordinator because he did not want to spend the money and did not think one was needed. However, by the end of the wedding he was singing her praises! Read less
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Brenda
Wedding:
9/14/2013
5.0/5.0
When two of our daughters announced their engagement within one month of each other and wedding dates within 9 months of each other, my husband and I knew we needed a wedding planner! We met with Kailey, at A Southern Soiree and knew immediately that Aimee and Adam and Pam and Wesley would have the wedding day of their dreams! Kailey is a delight to work with...very professional, flexible, detail oriented,extremely organized, creative and has a gentle way of "reining" us in when we get too far off our budget!
Aimee and Adam had a gorgeous destination wedding! Kailey handled everything with such ease...coordinated all the vendors...scheduled "day trip" meetings (we had such fun on these trips!) and Skype meetings...negotiated contracts and deposits...scheduled tastings...blocked hotel rooms....secured necessary permits...created a timeline for the wedding weekend and took wonderful care of our family and every detail you could ever imagine. Dan and I did not miss one single moment of the weekend, we got to see it all and have beautiful memories. We never once worried about anything not even the weather because Kailey had a smooth backup plan ready to roll if necessary !
Pam and Wesley are looking forward to their June wedding and Kailey has never skipped a beat keeping us on schedule, coordinating our meetings with the vendors and creating what we know will be another amazing and memorable wedding...to be continued!!
When two of our daughters announced their engagement within one month of each other and wedding dates within 9 months of Read more...
When two of our daughters announced their engagement within one month of each other and wedding dates within 9 months of each other, my husband and I knew we needed a wedding planner! We met with Kailey, at A Southern Soiree and knew immediately that Aimee and Adam and Pam and Wesley would have the wedding day of their dreams! Kailey is a delight to work with...very professional, flexible, detail oriented,extremely organized, creative and has a gentle way of "reining" us in when we get too far off our budget!
Aimee and Adam had a gorgeous destination wedding! Kailey handled everything with such ease...coordinated all the vendors...scheduled "day trip" meetings (we had such fun on these trips!) and Skype meetings...negotiated contracts and deposits...scheduled tastings...blocked hotel rooms....secured necessary permits...created a timeline for the wedding weekend and took wonderful care of our family and every detail you could ever imagine. Dan and I did not miss one single moment of the weekend, we got to see it all and have beautiful memories. We never once worried about anything not even the weather because Kailey had a smooth backup plan ready to roll if necessary !
Pam and Wesley are looking forward to their June wedding and Kailey has never skipped a beat keeping us on schedule, coordinating our meetings with the vendors and creating what we know will be another amazing and memorable wedding...to be continued!! Read less
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Steve
Wedding:
9/14/2013
5.0/5.0
As a father of the bride, I was totally satisfied with our daughter’s wedding experience through the attention to detail and event management skill of Megan at A Southern Soiree. Many of our guests said this was the best wedding they ever attended. My daughter expressed how thankful she was that Megan was there to provide her knowledge and experience and help solve the crises that invariably come up. She was accessible by phone and email. She met with my daughter and wife several times, including at the wedding venue. She provided great advice and gently guided my daughter through the process of converting her vision into a successful wedding plan. My daughter spoke of the visit to the wedding venue with Megan in glowing terms. She was satisfied that Megan understood her vision and impressed with Megan’s ability to translate her vision into a plan that took advantage of the charm of the unique wedding venue. Megan's experience and reputation helped successfully resolve several issues that arose with service providers. Megan helped my daughter decide where to save money and when it paid to spend a little extra, keeping the wedding within budget while providing an exceptional experience for the bride and her guests. The wedding day went perfectly with Megan taking care of the details and literally doing the heavy lifting. The wedding had a lot of moving parts all of which came off just the way my daughter envisioned. The family and the entire bridal party, were able to enjoy the experience along with our daughter and the groom. We didn't miss those special moments that occur in the course of the wedding day because Megan and her assistant freed us to concentrate on our daughter on her big day. I give Megan and A Southern Soiree my strongest endorsement. You will not regret your decision to use their services on this special day for which there are no “do overs”.
As a father of the bride, I was totally satisfied with our daughter’s wedding experience through the attention to detail Read more...
As a father of the bride, I was totally satisfied with our daughter’s wedding experience through the attention to detail and event management skill of Megan at A Southern Soiree. Many of our guests said this was the best wedding they ever attended. My daughter expressed how thankful she was that Megan was there to provide her knowledge and experience and help solve the crises that invariably come up. She was accessible by phone and email. She met with my daughter and wife several times, including at the wedding venue. She provided great advice and gently guided my daughter through the process of converting her vision into a successful wedding plan. My daughter spoke of the visit to the wedding venue with Megan in glowing terms. She was satisfied that Megan understood her vision and impressed with Megan’s ability to translate her vision into a plan that took advantage of the charm of the unique wedding venue. Megan's experience and reputation helped successfully resolve several issues that arose with service providers. Megan helped my daughter decide where to save money and when it paid to spend a little extra, keeping the wedding within budget while providing an exceptional experience for the bride and her guests. The wedding day went perfectly with Megan taking care of the details and literally doing the heavy lifting. The wedding had a lot of moving parts all of which came off just the way my daughter envisioned. The family and the entire bridal party, were able to enjoy the experience along with our daughter and the groom. We didn't miss those special moments that occur in the course of the wedding day because Megan and her assistant freed us to concentrate on our daughter on her big day. I give Megan and A Southern Soiree my strongest endorsement. You will not regret your decision to use their services on this special day for which there are no “do overs”. Read less
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Kaitlyn
Wedding:
9/7/2013
5.0/5.0
Kailey and the whole team at a Southern Soiree were AMAZING!! I hired them as weekend coordinators for my September 7th wedding and they definitely went above and beyond my expectations. During the months before the wedding, Kailey was a great listener and source of ideas and support. Planning a wedding by myself, I was quickly intimidated by all the details and decisions that were involved. I was so thankful for Kailey; I felt like she really understood the vision of what I wanted my wedding to look like, and gave great guidance as to what decisions needed to be made and when. She was wonderful in communicating and coordinating details with other vendors, and was very approachable and flexible when communicating with me. The day ran so smoothly and was absolutely perfect, which I truly believe to be thanks to Kailey and Gina at a Southern Soiree!
Kailey and the whole team at a Southern Soiree were AMAZING!! I hired them as weekend coordinators for my September 7th Read more...
Kailey and the whole team at a Southern Soiree were AMAZING!! I hired them as weekend coordinators for my September 7th wedding and they definitely went above and beyond my expectations. During the months before the wedding, Kailey was a great listener and source of ideas and support. Planning a wedding by myself, I was quickly intimidated by all the details and decisions that were involved. I was so thankful for Kailey; I felt like she really understood the vision of what I wanted my wedding to look like, and gave great guidance as to what decisions needed to be made and when. She was wonderful in communicating and coordinating details with other vendors, and was very approachable and flexible when communicating with me. The day ran so smoothly and was absolutely perfect, which I truly believe to be thanks to Kailey and Gina at a Southern Soiree! Read less
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Kathleen
Wedding:
9/1/2013
5.0/5.0
After procrastinating to find a weekend coordinator for my our Sept. 1st wedding, I was referred to A Southern Soiree by a friend with only 5 months to the big day. I was immediately impressed with the ladies' response time and consultation. Our coordinator, Kailey, was extremely thorough with understanding the vision we had for our wedding. Not only that, but her expertise allowed her to present me with questions/ideas/options that I'd not even considered. As I said to her probably a million times over the months, I would've been lost without her. I just don't have a brain for the fine details of big-event planning, but with her by my side I felt immense relief and reassurance knowing that everything I'd planned had been put into the hands of a professional. Kailey took my mess, polished it up, and carried out a beautiful wedding. Not only that, but she was always so sweet, considerate, understanding, flexible and professional throughout the entire process, which is absolutely invaluable to a bride. My circus of family and friends is not the easiest to direct either, but despite our craziness, Kailey ensured that everything went off without a hitch. I cannot thank her enough for her service, counseling (lol), wisdom and talent. If you're still searching for a planner/coordinator, search no more. Kailey and A Southern Soiree will not let you down!
After procrastinating to find a weekend coordinator for my our Sept. 1st wedding, I was referred to A Southern Soiree by a Read more...
After procrastinating to find a weekend coordinator for my our Sept. 1st wedding, I was referred to A Southern Soiree by a friend with only 5 months to the big day. I was immediately impressed with the ladies' response time and consultation. Our coordinator, Kailey, was extremely thorough with understanding the vision we had for our wedding. Not only that, but her expertise allowed her to present me with questions/ideas/options that I'd not even considered. As I said to her probably a million times over the months, I would've been lost without her. I just don't have a brain for the fine details of big-event planning, but with her by my side I felt immense relief and reassurance knowing that everything I'd planned had been put into the hands of a professional. Kailey took my mess, polished it up, and carried out a beautiful wedding. Not only that, but she was always so sweet, considerate, understanding, flexible and professional throughout the entire process, which is absolutely invaluable to a bride. My circus of family and friends is not the easiest to direct either, but despite our craziness, Kailey ensured that everything went off without a hitch. I cannot thank her enough for her service, counseling (lol), wisdom and talent. If you're still searching for a planner/coordinator, search no more. Kailey and A Southern Soiree will not let you down! Read less
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Jessica
Wedding:
8/17/2013
5.0/5.0
Kailey at A Southern Soiree exceeded our expectations by a thousand. She paid attention to details I wouldn't have even thought of and she never made me feel overwhelmed. I would definitely say the money we spent to have Kailey coordinate our wedding was the most well spent portion of our budget. I didn't have to worry about a thing on my wedding day and most importantly to me was that my mom didn't have to worry about anything either. She was able to relax and enjoy the wedding which meant a lot to me. If you are looking for a wedding planner or coordinator Kailey at A Southern Soiree is by far your best option.
Kailey at A Southern Soiree exceeded our expectations by a thousand. She paid attention to details I wouldn't have even Read more...
Kailey at A Southern Soiree exceeded our expectations by a thousand. She paid attention to details I wouldn't have even thought of and she never made me feel overwhelmed. I would definitely say the money we spent to have Kailey coordinate our wedding was the most well spent portion of our budget. I didn't have to worry about a thing on my wedding day and most importantly to me was that my mom didn't have to worry about anything either. She was able to relax and enjoy the wedding which meant a lot to me. If you are looking for a wedding planner or coordinator Kailey at A Southern Soiree is by far your best option. Read less
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Kate
Wedding:
8/10/2013
5.0/5.0
Gina from A Southern Soiree went above and beyond to help us create the wedding we had dreamed of. Since ours was a mix of DIY and full-service, we needed someone flexible, understanding, and who knew how to help us decide where to go DIY and where to go full-service. Gina was all of the above. It was such a gift to have her available on the wedding day and to know she was taking care of all the details. I can't recommend Gina and A Southern Soiree enough.
Gina from A Southern Soiree went above and beyond to help us create the wedding we had dreamed of. Since ours was a mix of Read more...
Gina from A Southern Soiree went above and beyond to help us create the wedding we had dreamed of. Since ours was a mix of DIY and full-service, we needed someone flexible, understanding, and who knew how to help us decide where to go DIY and where to go full-service. Gina was all of the above. It was such a gift to have her available on the wedding day and to know she was taking care of all the details. I can't recommend Gina and A Southern Soiree enough. Read less
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Ashley
Wedding:
7/6/2013
5.0/5.0
I have to say that Kailey from Southern Soirée made our day absolutely perfect!

We got married at the Carolina Inn, so we were assigned a wedding coordinator. I was hesitant at first because I didn't know what that meant and figured I'd have all the details worked out (I'm a planner). But when it came down to the last few months, Kailey made sure everything would go smoothly. We met once to discuss the day and she quickly picked up on our vision for the day. She made sure to note little details from our conversation!

As we were approaching the day, she contacted all of our vendors to make sure they would be on time. She also offered recommendations for minor changes in the schedule, but never pushed anything if we seemed hesitant. It was a perfect blend of giving advice but making sure we fell comfortable. Oh and at the drop off meeting, we realized our seating chart was wrong. She kept us calm as we went through it and offered to fix it for us so we wouldn't stress!!

Oh and the day of went so smoothly because of her! Firstly, she made a stop at the hotel we were staying at to check in on me and gather last minute stuff -- that was above and beyond! She then made sure we were as close to schedule as feasibly possible and when I asked how far behind we were she made sure to keep me informed but not worried or stressed; she kept the guys in great spirits even though they were taking pictures outside in July. Before the ceremony she made sure we did everything we requested -- wap gifts, get the dad in for a toast, etc. I can't even begin to go on and on about how attentive she was on during the reception; she made sure we had everything and more from a beverage at all times, a sweat cloth for the husband, the right shoes on at the right time, the glow sticks came out. And when my bustle wouldn't keep my dress up, she sewed it up!

Kailey was absolutely wonderful! I couldn't have asked for better coordinator to make sure our day was perfect!
I have to say that Kailey from Southern Soirée made our day absolutely perfect!

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I have to say that Kailey from Southern Soirée made our day absolutely perfect!

We got married at the Carolina Inn, so we were assigned a wedding coordinator. I was hesitant at first because I didn't know what that meant and figured I'd have all the details worked out (I'm a planner). But when it came down to the last few months, Kailey made sure everything would go smoothly. We met once to discuss the day and she quickly picked up on our vision for the day. She made sure to note little details from our conversation!

As we were approaching the day, she contacted all of our vendors to make sure they would be on time. She also offered recommendations for minor changes in the schedule, but never pushed anything if we seemed hesitant. It was a perfect blend of giving advice but making sure we fell comfortable. Oh and at the drop off meeting, we realized our seating chart was wrong. She kept us calm as we went through it and offered to fix it for us so we wouldn't stress!!

Oh and the day of went so smoothly because of her! Firstly, she made a stop at the hotel we were staying at to check in on me and gather last minute stuff -- that was above and beyond! She then made sure we were as close to schedule as feasibly possible and when I asked how far behind we were she made sure to keep me informed but not worried or stressed; she kept the guys in great spirits even though they were taking pictures outside in July. Before the ceremony she made sure we did everything we requested -- wap gifts, get the dad in for a toast, etc. I can't even begin to go on and on about how attentive she was on during the reception; she made sure we had everything and more from a beverage at all times, a sweat cloth for the husband, the right shoes on at the right time, the glow sticks came out. And when my bustle wouldn't keep my dress up, she sewed it up!

Kailey was absolutely wonderful! I couldn't have asked for better coordinator to make sure our day was perfect! Read less
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Jayne
Wedding:
6/30/2013
5.0/5.0
I am the MOB and found myself drowning in details and last-month insecurities when we hired Kailey to coordinate the weekend. The vendors were contracted; however, she did a wonderful job of making sure all the details were in place with them before the wedding day, and was the best support I could EVER have had. The bride lives out of town, so everything was pretty much long distance (although the wedding was here) with much communication back and forth among all parties involved!! Kailey kept us all calm and relaxed as things escalated. She even gave the signal to "let the tent sides down" at the very last minutes as the rain began right before the outdoor ceremony. She directed the rehearsal and the ceremony perfectly. We all love her and give her the highest recommendation there is! She is a lovely, caring person whose calm demeanor is a true blessing for such an important time in the life of a bride and her family!!!
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I am the MOB and found myself drowning in details and last-month insecurities when we hired Kailey to coordinate the weekend. The vendors were contracted; however, she did a wonderful job of making sure all the details were in place with them before the wedding day, and was the best support I could EVER have had. The bride lives out of town, so everything was pretty much long distance (although the wedding was here) with much communication back and forth among all parties involved!! Kailey kept us all calm and relaxed as things escalated. She even gave the signal to "let the tent sides down" at the very last minutes as the rain began right before the outdoor ceremony. She directed the rehearsal and the ceremony perfectly. We all love her and give her the highest recommendation there is! She is a lovely, caring person whose calm demeanor is a true blessing for such an important time in the life of a bride and her family!!! Read less
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Justine
Wedding:
6/28/2013
5.0/5.0
We could not imagine a more perfect day—everything that we dreamed of (and more!) came to life on our wedding day. Megan and Gina worked countless hours on the preparation for our wedding and the results said it all. I originally met with Megan, over 20 months before the wedding date, looking for a planner that could help my family plan a wedding from multiple locations. I live in Raleigh, but my parents are out-of-state – and by looking at the guest list, most of our guests would be traveling from out-of-town, too. The coordination of our vendor meetings had to be made when my parents would be able to fly to Raleigh for the weekend. Megan and Gina always made sure that vendor meetings were booked with plenty of notice and made sure they were present at every meet-up. Megan, Gina and the other ladies at A Southern Soiree work with many brides/grooms/families throughout the year—and deal with many weddings within the same month, but I can honestly say that they never once made us feel that we were “on the back burner” until the wedding week. They always made us feel important, responded to our e-mails in a very timely fashion and always asked the right questions with the vendors/florist/cake baker/etc. When we walked in that ballroom before guests were invited to enter from the cocktail hour, we were blown away. My husband and I had been planning the wedding for such a long time and to see their hard work come together was absolutely amazing. Megan and Gina allowed my parents to enjoy their roles as hostess and host and they were very attentive in checking in on us throughout the night. Megan has extensive knowledge about vendors and wedding items- her choices were impeccable. It is very apparent that Megan and Gina both love what they do. Their passion for helping their brides, grooms & families make the experience more than just a list of “To Do’s”, but rather a string of memories leading up to the most magnificent day! They are special wedding angels!
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We could not imagine a more perfect day—everything that we dreamed of (and more!) came to life on our wedding day. Megan and Gina worked countless hours on the preparation for our wedding and the results said it all. I originally met with Megan, over 20 months before the wedding date, looking for a planner that could help my family plan a wedding from multiple locations. I live in Raleigh, but my parents are out-of-state – and by looking at the guest list, most of our guests would be traveling from out-of-town, too. The coordination of our vendor meetings had to be made when my parents would be able to fly to Raleigh for the weekend. Megan and Gina always made sure that vendor meetings were booked with plenty of notice and made sure they were present at every meet-up. Megan, Gina and the other ladies at A Southern Soiree work with many brides/grooms/families throughout the year—and deal with many weddings within the same month, but I can honestly say that they never once made us feel that we were “on the back burner” until the wedding week. They always made us feel important, responded to our e-mails in a very timely fashion and always asked the right questions with the vendors/florist/cake baker/etc. When we walked in that ballroom before guests were invited to enter from the cocktail hour, we were blown away. My husband and I had been planning the wedding for such a long time and to see their hard work come together was absolutely amazing. Megan and Gina allowed my parents to enjoy their roles as hostess and host and they were very attentive in checking in on us throughout the night. Megan has extensive knowledge about vendors and wedding items- her choices were impeccable. It is very apparent that Megan and Gina both love what they do. Their passion for helping their brides, grooms & families make the experience more than just a list of “To Do’s”, but rather a string of memories leading up to the most magnificent day! They are special wedding angels! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
I can't say enough positive things about Southern Soiree especially Kailey. Kailey was so helpful from day one. She is organized, profession, and works diligently to see that you receive the wedding you envisioned. Her response time to emails, is exceptional quick. I never once went to her voicemail. She always responds to a question and works to make sure that this is you and your partner's day. She has a wonderful attitude, which makes her easy to work with. I couldn't imagine using anyone else, everything was done how we had discussed and the wedding day was stress free. Kailey was there to tell me if a price was high or low, to determine the number of cups, plates, etc., when I didn't want to tell someone no she did it and so professionally I might add, she thought dimensions and layouts, reminded me when I forgot something, worked with vendors to establish drop off and pick up times, our wedding day was perfect and stress-free because she was there. The company is fairly priced and honestly you save so much money elsewhere because she is there. To tell you the correct amounts (so you don't over purchase), find a new company that is eager to work with a wedding planner and give a good deal. Just think of it this way for you as a couple, you are one time business to a vendor, so making you upset isn't a huge loss, but A Southern Soiree is repeated business and she knows the sites, vendors, etc and knows what they will allow. I was so pleased! My dad was so happy with how the wedding turned out and so many people said that it was the best wedding they had ever been to. Weddings are fun when the bride and groom are not stressed trying to figure out if there is a seat available for this person (never happened at our wedding, but just saying what can happen) and can just hang out with their guest. I really urge you to use this company. Actually, say there name to any vendor and see their face light up. Vendors love them and we also were under budget!
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I can't say enough positive things about Southern Soiree especially Kailey. Kailey was so helpful from day one. She is organized, profession, and works diligently to see that you receive the wedding you envisioned. Her response time to emails, is exceptional quick. I never once went to her voicemail. She always responds to a question and works to make sure that this is you and your partner's day. She has a wonderful attitude, which makes her easy to work with. I couldn't imagine using anyone else, everything was done how we had discussed and the wedding day was stress free. Kailey was there to tell me if a price was high or low, to determine the number of cups, plates, etc., when I didn't want to tell someone no she did it and so professionally I might add, she thought dimensions and layouts, reminded me when I forgot something, worked with vendors to establish drop off and pick up times, our wedding day was perfect and stress-free because she was there. The company is fairly priced and honestly you save so much money elsewhere because she is there. To tell you the correct amounts (so you don't over purchase), find a new company that is eager to work with a wedding planner and give a good deal. Just think of it this way for you as a couple, you are one time business to a vendor, so making you upset isn't a huge loss, but A Southern Soiree is repeated business and she knows the sites, vendors, etc and knows what they will allow. I was so pleased! My dad was so happy with how the wedding turned out and so many people said that it was the best wedding they had ever been to. Weddings are fun when the bride and groom are not stressed trying to figure out if there is a seat available for this person (never happened at our wedding, but just saying what can happen) and can just hang out with their guest. I really urge you to use this company. Actually, say there name to any vendor and see their face light up. Vendors love them and we also were under budget! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
We had the pleasure of working with Megan and Gina to plan our June 15th wedding reception at North Ridge Country Club. We worked together for 15 months during which I was in school full time working towards my MBA. While life was busy, my mom and I wanted to remain very involved in the planning process, and Megan and Gina understood and respected that. They seamlessly filled in any gaps and saved us time by making recommendations on vendors, scheduling appointments, and keeping the planning process organized and on track. Throughout our time together I received quick, thorough responses to questions and spot-on recommendations.

On our wedding day Megan and Gina made sure that our vision was fulfilled down to every last detail. Their presence and organization allowed us and our families to fully enjoy the day. Their smiling faces and assuredness were a welcome addition to our wedding.

When researching wedding planners I found reviews and references particularly helpful. Fifteen months later I can honestly say that what you read about A Southern Soiree, particularly Megan and Gina, is absolutely true. These ladies provide a personalized, client-focused experience that is refreshing, genuine, and truly helpful. Not only did we plan a beautiful event together, we had some fun along the way!
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We had the pleasure of working with Megan and Gina to plan our June 15th wedding reception at North Ridge Country Club. We worked together for 15 months during which I was in school full time working towards my MBA. While life was busy, my mom and I wanted to remain very involved in the planning process, and Megan and Gina understood and respected that. They seamlessly filled in any gaps and saved us time by making recommendations on vendors, scheduling appointments, and keeping the planning process organized and on track. Throughout our time together I received quick, thorough responses to questions and spot-on recommendations.

On our wedding day Megan and Gina made sure that our vision was fulfilled down to every last detail. Their presence and organization allowed us and our families to fully enjoy the day. Their smiling faces and assuredness were a welcome addition to our wedding.

When researching wedding planners I found reviews and references particularly helpful. Fifteen months later I can honestly say that what you read about A Southern Soiree, particularly Megan and Gina, is absolutely true. These ladies provide a personalized, client-focused experience that is refreshing, genuine, and truly helpful. Not only did we plan a beautiful event together, we had some fun along the way! Read less
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Stacey
Wedding:
6/8/2013
5.0/5.0
I would highly recommend A Southern Soiree. They are professional, friendly, and strive to provide the utmost customer service. My husband and I initially requested a full-service planner. After realizing that this did not fit our needs, they worked to tweak a plan that accommodated us. We were quite impressed with our planner’s (Kailey’s) attention to the details of our wedding weekend, and our families were also impressed with her work ethic and services. In addition, she attained the perfect balance of being courteous yet assertive with vendors. We felt confident in her skills and did not worry about the logistics of vendor coordination, set-up, etc. during this special time. Again, I would recommend A Southern Soiree, and especially Kailey, to any couple who is looking for someone to help with the numerous (and sometimes overwhelming) details of wedding planning. Happy planning and cheers to a fab wedding ☺!
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I would highly recommend A Southern Soiree. They are professional, friendly, and strive to provide the utmost customer service. My husband and I initially requested a full-service planner. After realizing that this did not fit our needs, they worked to tweak a plan that accommodated us. We were quite impressed with our planner’s (Kailey’s) attention to the details of our wedding weekend, and our families were also impressed with her work ethic and services. In addition, she attained the perfect balance of being courteous yet assertive with vendors. We felt confident in her skills and did not worry about the logistics of vendor coordination, set-up, etc. during this special time. Again, I would recommend A Southern Soiree, and especially Kailey, to any couple who is looking for someone to help with the numerous (and sometimes overwhelming) details of wedding planning. Happy planning and cheers to a fab wedding ☺! Read less
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Caroline
Wedding:
6/8/2013
5.0/5.0
I worked with Gina Annab at A Southern Soiree and she was absolutely wonderful. She and her team did an amazing job organizing & executing our wedding. We couldn't have been more pleased with her work. She made everything so easy & stress-free the day of the wedding. I've had more people ask me about who we used for our wedding planner because she was that good! Our wedding was everything we wanted & more, and this would not have been possible without Gina.
I worked with Gina Annab at A Southern Soiree and she was absolutely wonderful. She and her team did an amazing job Read more...
I worked with Gina Annab at A Southern Soiree and she was absolutely wonderful. She and her team did an amazing job organizing & executing our wedding. We couldn't have been more pleased with her work. She made everything so easy & stress-free the day of the wedding. I've had more people ask me about who we used for our wedding planner because she was that good! Our wedding was everything we wanted & more, and this would not have been possible without Gina. Read less
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Rachel
Wedding:
5/26/2013
5.0/5.0
A Southern Soiree was the best investment we could have made for our wedding. Everyone kept telling me I was so calm before the wedding and that I was not stressed, the only reason for that was Megan and Gina. Megan and Gina simplified the entire wedding planning process and helped us pick the best possible vendors. On our wedding day they made everything go smoothly so that both families could just enjoy the wedding. I would HIGHLY recommend A Southern Soiree to any couples looking for a wedding planner
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A Southern Soiree was the best investment we could have made for our wedding. Everyone kept telling me I was so calm before the wedding and that I was not stressed, the only reason for that was Megan and Gina. Megan and Gina simplified the entire wedding planning process and helped us pick the best possible vendors. On our wedding day they made everything go smoothly so that both families could just enjoy the wedding. I would HIGHLY recommend A Southern Soiree to any couples looking for a wedding planner Read less
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Anne
Wedding:
5/18/2013
5.0/5.0
Working with A Southern Soiree, and specifically Gina, was the best decision I made during my wedding planning process. Technically, we only contracted with them for Day of Coordination and Decorative input, but Gina was there for us every step of the way. She took the lead on coordinating and scheduling with all of our vendors and was there for all of the detail questions, even how to handle those sticky situations that arise when 2 families plan a huge event. Our day was everything we could have dreamed of and I know that I never would have been able to enjoy it without knowing I had someone taking care of everything behind the scenes. These girls are invaluable, and I can’t say enough about the great work they do.
Working with A Southern Soiree, and specifically Gina, was the best decision I made during my wedding planning process. Read more...
Working with A Southern Soiree, and specifically Gina, was the best decision I made during my wedding planning process. Technically, we only contracted with them for Day of Coordination and Decorative input, but Gina was there for us every step of the way. She took the lead on coordinating and scheduling with all of our vendors and was there for all of the detail questions, even how to handle those sticky situations that arise when 2 families plan a huge event. Our day was everything we could have dreamed of and I know that I never would have been able to enjoy it without knowing I had someone taking care of everything behind the scenes. These girls are invaluable, and I can’t say enough about the great work they do. Read less
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Nancy
Wedding:
5/12/2013
5.0/5.0
When my daughter and her fiance began to plan their wedding, they first choose the venue which was accessible only by ferry and where golfcarts are the only transportation. They then had to find a wedding planner who could meet the challenges of the venue in one place , the bride's expectations in another , and the concerns of the mother of the bride in yet another. They found Megan at A Southern Soiree. She helped find the vendors, was flexible in making appointments and responsive to questions and concerns, and anticipated and handled possible problems with seeming ease. She met and exceeded expectations. When my daughter met Megan, she emailed that she had found the perfect planner and she was right! Megan and her staff at A Southern Soiree were able to make my daughter's dream wedding a reality.
When my daughter and her fiance began to plan their wedding, they first choose the venue which was accessible only by Read more...
When my daughter and her fiance began to plan their wedding, they first choose the venue which was accessible only by ferry and where golfcarts are the only transportation. They then had to find a wedding planner who could meet the challenges of the venue in one place , the bride's expectations in another , and the concerns of the mother of the bride in yet another. They found Megan at A Southern Soiree. She helped find the vendors, was flexible in making appointments and responsive to questions and concerns, and anticipated and handled possible problems with seeming ease. She met and exceeded expectations. When my daughter met Megan, she emailed that she had found the perfect planner and she was right! Megan and her staff at A Southern Soiree were able to make my daughter's dream wedding a reality. Read less
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Rachel-Rose
Wedding:
5/4/2013
5.0/5.0
I was lucky to get to work with A Southern Soiree as our day of planner! Frankly, I don't think we would have had as beautiful a wedding as we did without the hard work of Gina Annab, who I highly recommend! She went above and beyond to ensure that I had a wonderful day! She was friendly, kind and professional and I was happy she was there at my wedding as more of a friend than just a wedding planner. If you are going to have a day of planner, A Southern Soiree is the way to go! I am sure they are also fabulous as entire wedding day planners as well!
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I was lucky to get to work with A Southern Soiree as our day of planner! Frankly, I don't think we would have had as beautiful a wedding as we did without the hard work of Gina Annab, who I highly recommend! She went above and beyond to ensure that I had a wonderful day! She was friendly, kind and professional and I was happy she was there at my wedding as more of a friend than just a wedding planner. If you are going to have a day of planner, A Southern Soiree is the way to go! I am sure they are also fabulous as entire wedding day planners as well! Read less
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Leah
Wedding:
4/27/2013
5.0/5.0
Hiring Kailey and a Southern Soiree as our wedding planner/coordinator was by far the best decision I made throughout the planning process. I had already contracted most of my vendors so I was not sure if hiring a coordinator would be worth it, but now I am so glad we did. I really cannot overstate how invaluable her services were. She is extremely professional, responsive, detailed, organized, and flexible. All of my vendors, most of whom have been in the wedding business for decades, commented on Kailey's organization and professionalism. She recommended an amazing videographer at the last minute, took care of every detail regarding our reception rentals, and brought everything together. I am extremely picky when it comes to getting the details of entertaining perfect. I did not think I could trust anyone to do things "just right", but in the process of working with Kailey over the past eight months I knew I could trust her completely. I really could go on and on. One last thing I will mention is how wonderfully she handled a very difficult and inflexible reception venue. She was very patient and came up with creative solutions that got the job done. Her services were worth every penny and more. Thank you so much to Kailey and Gina! They made it possible for us to relax and enjoy our big day. You can't ask for more than that!
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Hiring Kailey and a Southern Soiree as our wedding planner/coordinator was by far the best decision I made throughout the planning process. I had already contracted most of my vendors so I was not sure if hiring a coordinator would be worth it, but now I am so glad we did. I really cannot overstate how invaluable her services were. She is extremely professional, responsive, detailed, organized, and flexible. All of my vendors, most of whom have been in the wedding business for decades, commented on Kailey's organization and professionalism. She recommended an amazing videographer at the last minute, took care of every detail regarding our reception rentals, and brought everything together. I am extremely picky when it comes to getting the details of entertaining perfect. I did not think I could trust anyone to do things "just right", but in the process of working with Kailey over the past eight months I knew I could trust her completely. I really could go on and on. One last thing I will mention is how wonderfully she handled a very difficult and inflexible reception venue. She was very patient and came up with creative solutions that got the job done. Her services were worth every penny and more. Thank you so much to Kailey and Gina! They made it possible for us to relax and enjoy our big day. You can't ask for more than that! Read less
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Lauren
Wedding:
4/27/2013
5.0/5.0
We had the pleasure of working with Megan and Gina for our April 27th wedding at the Umstead Hotel and Spa. It was hands down, the best day of my life! Everything about the night was perfect and more than I could have ever dreamed of. My husband and I got engaged in February 2012, and we started working with a Southern Soiree that summer. I was new to Raleigh, busy with work and my Mom lived out-of-state, so she was insistent on using a wedding planner. I am so thankful that she did her research and contacted Megan to plan our wedding; they guided us through every step of the planning process. Right from the start, Megan new the vision we were looking for, and helped us pick the best vendors in the area that suited our needs. She set-up and attended all of our important meetings and even coordinated them for times when my Mom could fly into town. Megan and Gina were so thorough with every detail and had answers/suggestions/examples to share for every question we had. On the day of, I was able to enjoy every minute of getting ready with my family and friends because Megan had all the details and timelines planned-out. My wedding was absolutely perfect, thanks to Megan and Gina-- hands down the best wedding planners EVER.
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We had the pleasure of working with Megan and Gina for our April 27th wedding at the Umstead Hotel and Spa. It was hands down, the best day of my life! Everything about the night was perfect and more than I could have ever dreamed of. My husband and I got engaged in February 2012, and we started working with a Southern Soiree that summer. I was new to Raleigh, busy with work and my Mom lived out-of-state, so she was insistent on using a wedding planner. I am so thankful that she did her research and contacted Megan to plan our wedding; they guided us through every step of the planning process. Right from the start, Megan new the vision we were looking for, and helped us pick the best vendors in the area that suited our needs. She set-up and attended all of our important meetings and even coordinated them for times when my Mom could fly into town. Megan and Gina were so thorough with every detail and had answers/suggestions/examples to share for every question we had. On the day of, I was able to enjoy every minute of getting ready with my family and friends because Megan had all the details and timelines planned-out. My wedding was absolutely perfect, thanks to Megan and Gina-- hands down the best wedding planners EVER. Read less
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Kristi
Wedding:
4/13/2013
5.0/5.0
I don't think there are enough words to describe how amazing Kailey and Southern Soiree are! When I first began wedding planning a year ago, I struggled with the idea of whether or not I should hire a wedding coordinator. Like most brides, we were on a budget where every cent counted. However, after meeting with Kailey, I felt immediately at ease and knew that she would help make my wedding dreams come true. From the very beginning, she helped guide me through vendor recommendations, ceremony and reception planning, and decorating ideas. When the weekend finally arrived, I knew I didn't have to worry about a thing because Kailey (and Whitney!) took care of everything. Even when unforeseen issues arose on the wedding day, she took care of them flawlessly. After everything was over people asked me how I felt and would I change anything and it's because of Kailey, Whitney, and Southern Soiree that our wedding day was absolutely perfect and I wouldn't change a thing!
I don't think there are enough words to describe how amazing Kailey and Southern Soiree are! When I first began wedding Read more...
I don't think there are enough words to describe how amazing Kailey and Southern Soiree are! When I first began wedding planning a year ago, I struggled with the idea of whether or not I should hire a wedding coordinator. Like most brides, we were on a budget where every cent counted. However, after meeting with Kailey, I felt immediately at ease and knew that she would help make my wedding dreams come true. From the very beginning, she helped guide me through vendor recommendations, ceremony and reception planning, and decorating ideas. When the weekend finally arrived, I knew I didn't have to worry about a thing because Kailey (and Whitney!) took care of everything. Even when unforeseen issues arose on the wedding day, she took care of them flawlessly. After everything was over people asked me how I felt and would I change anything and it's because of Kailey, Whitney, and Southern Soiree that our wedding day was absolutely perfect and I wouldn't change a thing! Read less
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Kimberly
Wedding:
4/13/2013
5.0/5.0
I will never be able to put into words the amazing job Megan and Gina did planning our wedding in April 2013. I like to call them my wedding angels. They have stood by my side and helped me through making all the decisions that may drive a bride to a bridezilla moment : ) these are two of the most organized people I have ever met. From the first time I sent A Southern Soiree an email when I got engaged in August 2011 (Megan responded back to wish me a big congrats within an hour) and communication hasn’t stopped flowing. This group of ladies are professional, timely, knowledgeable, supportive, experienced, and the list could go on. My family and friends have not stopped raving about how wonderful these ladies are and the remarkable job they did on my wedding. A+ wedding planners! I'm already thinking of the next party I can have Megan and Gina plan!!
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I will never be able to put into words the amazing job Megan and Gina did planning our wedding in April 2013. I like to call them my wedding angels. They have stood by my side and helped me through making all the decisions that may drive a bride to a bridezilla moment : ) these are two of the most organized people I have ever met. From the first time I sent A Southern Soiree an email when I got engaged in August 2011 (Megan responded back to wish me a big congrats within an hour) and communication hasn’t stopped flowing. This group of ladies are professional, timely, knowledgeable, supportive, experienced, and the list could go on. My family and friends have not stopped raving about how wonderful these ladies are and the remarkable job they did on my wedding. A+ wedding planners! I'm already thinking of the next party I can have Megan and Gina plan!! Read less
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Desiree'
Wedding:
4/6/2013
5.0/5.0
Megan and Gina were great wedding planners. We would ask for them two again if we had to do it all over again.
Megan and Gina were great wedding planners. We would ask for them two again if we had to do it all over again.
Megan and Gina were great wedding planners. We would ask for them two again if we had to do it all over again. Read less
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Jessica
Wedding:
3/9/2013
5.0/5.0
If you are looking for a wedding planner/coordinator, look no further! Kailey is the absolute best! I didn't think I really needed a wedding coordinator until I met with her. She asked so many questions about things I had never thought of! She truly understands everything that needs to be done, coordinated and asked to have a smooth and successful wedding. Whenever I e-mailed Kailey she got back to me quickly offering suggestions and ideas that might work with what our vision for our wedding was. We had to make some last minute changes due to out of town guests not getting in on time for the rehearsal and she was extremely flexible and understanding of the situation. SHe ensured that everything was perfect on our wedding day! I am truly grateful for all the hard work she put into making our wedding the perfect day for us! I abslutely would recommend her to all my friends! Thanks for all your hard work, positive attitude, professionalism and attention to detail! We couldn't have done it without you!
If you are looking for a wedding planner/coordinator, look no further! Kailey is the absolute best! I didn't think I Read more...
If you are looking for a wedding planner/coordinator, look no further! Kailey is the absolute best! I didn't think I really needed a wedding coordinator until I met with her. She asked so many questions about things I had never thought of! She truly understands everything that needs to be done, coordinated and asked to have a smooth and successful wedding. Whenever I e-mailed Kailey she got back to me quickly offering suggestions and ideas that might work with what our vision for our wedding was. We had to make some last minute changes due to out of town guests not getting in on time for the rehearsal and she was extremely flexible and understanding of the situation. SHe ensured that everything was perfect on our wedding day! I am truly grateful for all the hard work she put into making our wedding the perfect day for us! I abslutely would recommend her to all my friends! Thanks for all your hard work, positive attitude, professionalism and attention to detail! We couldn't have done it without you! Read less
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David
Wedding:
2/2/2013
5.0/5.0
Kailey and A Southern Soirée provided excellent service. Kailey was always available and responded very quickly to all requests. Our wedding was perfect and everyone had a great time. I would definitely recommend A Southern Soirée and Kailey to anyone. We honestly could not have done the wedding without her. Thank You again Kailey!
Kailey and A Southern Soirée provided excellent service. Kailey was always available and responded very quickly to all Read more...
Kailey and A Southern Soirée provided excellent service. Kailey was always available and responded very quickly to all requests. Our wedding was perfect and everyone had a great time. I would definitely recommend A Southern Soirée and Kailey to anyone. We honestly could not have done the wedding without her. Thank You again Kailey! Read less
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Charlotte
Wedding:
12/15/2012
5.0/5.0
I knew, even before getting engaged, that I wanted a wedding planner for our wedding day. Having someone to handle all the details and direction that would allow me to be like a guest at my own wedding sounded amazing! Working with Megan and Gina gave us that and so much more! We met Megan at the Carolina Inn wedding show and knew instantly they fit our personalities perfectly. Megan is so warm, friendly and professional! When I emailed her to discuss our wedding the next week, I got a reply back that day. We never had to wait to have our questions and requests answered, big or small. She helped me to decide that I wanted a weekend planning package with a la carte design help. Prior to this I thought a planner would just get together with me a few weeks before and run the day I had planned. Instead, we were treated to countless phone calls for recommendations on vendors, discounts with those vendors, and meetings with those vendors arranged by Megan. She gave us direction on etiquette and advice for numerous details of our day. Finally, she sat down with us and created a detailed timeline and ran that timeline on the big day. Many of our guests have come to me to say they had never seen a wedding run that smoothly! That's saying a lot since I had a lot of special requests for that day! (I asked her one week before my wedding if Ramses could bring in 200 bo berry biscuits to my groom at our reception. Megan made it happen!) It think the biggest testament, however, was how excited we were to see Gina and Megan the morning of the wedding and share everything we had planned together with them. They felt like a part of our family.
I knew, even before getting engaged, that I wanted a wedding planner for our wedding day. Having someone to handle all the Read more...
I knew, even before getting engaged, that I wanted a wedding planner for our wedding day. Having someone to handle all the details and direction that would allow me to be like a guest at my own wedding sounded amazing! Working with Megan and Gina gave us that and so much more! We met Megan at the Carolina Inn wedding show and knew instantly they fit our personalities perfectly. Megan is so warm, friendly and professional! When I emailed her to discuss our wedding the next week, I got a reply back that day. We never had to wait to have our questions and requests answered, big or small. She helped me to decide that I wanted a weekend planning package with a la carte design help. Prior to this I thought a planner would just get together with me a few weeks before and run the day I had planned. Instead, we were treated to countless phone calls for recommendations on vendors, discounts with those vendors, and meetings with those vendors arranged by Megan. She gave us direction on etiquette and advice for numerous details of our day. Finally, she sat down with us and created a detailed timeline and ran that timeline on the big day. Many of our guests have come to me to say they had never seen a wedding run that smoothly! That's saying a lot since I had a lot of special requests for that day! (I asked her one week before my wedding if Ramses could bring in 200 bo berry biscuits to my groom at our reception. Megan made it happen!) It think the biggest testament, however, was how excited we were to see Gina and Megan the morning of the wedding and share everything we had planned together with them. They felt like a part of our family. Read less
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Mela
Wedding:
11/11/2012
5.0/5.0
Our wedding was absolutely perfect thanks to Megan and Gina! We live in DC and got married in NC, so we definitely needed assistance to plan our wedding. Megan helped us every step of the way; recommending/researching vendors, helping us stay in our budget, giving advice and reassurance, and making the process fun!!! Megan and Gina are organized, professional, and were always two steps ahead of us. They had answers to the questions we never thought to ask. Our wedding day went so smoothly thanks to them and all of the wonderful vendors they recommended. Our wedding far exceeded our expectations. There are too many good things to say about A Southern Soiree! We couldn't have done this without Megan and Gina.
--Mela & Brandon :)
Our wedding was absolutely perfect thanks to Megan and Gina! We live in DC and got married in NC, so we definitely needed Read more...
Our wedding was absolutely perfect thanks to Megan and Gina! We live in DC and got married in NC, so we definitely needed assistance to plan our wedding. Megan helped us every step of the way; recommending/researching vendors, helping us stay in our budget, giving advice and reassurance, and making the process fun!!! Megan and Gina are organized, professional, and were always two steps ahead of us. They had answers to the questions we never thought to ask. Our wedding day went so smoothly thanks to them and all of the wonderful vendors they recommended. Our wedding far exceeded our expectations. There are too many good things to say about A Southern Soiree! We couldn't have done this without Megan and Gina.
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Dana
Wedding:
11/10/2012
5.0/5.0
Words cannot express how thankful I am to have had Southern Soiree as the planning company for my wedding. I found Southern Soiree by searching on the Internet and was so impressed by the body of work that they had done within the Raleigh-Durham area as well as outside cities and states. I was looking in particular for a company that would allow me to tailor a package that was specific to my needs. Megan was so responsive and helpful in doing just that. I could tell from our first set of emails and phone correspondence that I would have exceptional customer service throughout the wedding planning process. For me it was very important to have great customer service because I would be planning this wedding without the assistance of my mother, since she is deceased. Kailey Brantham was my wedding coordinator and she was absolutely awesome. My wedding took place in Greenville, NC. Each time Kailey came down to meet we always accomplished the items on our task list and if she needed to stay longer she would. I never felt cut-off or that she was in a rush to get to another appointment. When I was having problems with a vendor, she stepped right in as my advocate and resolved the issue. What I like most about working with Kailey is that (1) She didn't overshadow my vision of the wedding, (2) She worked great with every vendor that I hired, (3) She is highly organized and provided great follow-up on outstanding tasks. She really worked with me to make sure that I put the correct priority on items that needed to be completed on my end. She took a reception space which was a blank canvas and transformed it into a beautiful reception area. On my wedding day, Kailey and her coordination team were at my beckon call! From the rehearsal dinner to the reception, our day was beautiful and seamless. The day was perfect.

Dana C. Johnson
Words cannot express how thankful I am to have had Southern Soiree as the planning company for my wedding. I found Read more...
Words cannot express how thankful I am to have had Southern Soiree as the planning company for my wedding. I found Southern Soiree by searching on the Internet and was so impressed by the body of work that they had done within the Raleigh-Durham area as well as outside cities and states. I was looking in particular for a company that would allow me to tailor a package that was specific to my needs. Megan was so responsive and helpful in doing just that. I could tell from our first set of emails and phone correspondence that I would have exceptional customer service throughout the wedding planning process. For me it was very important to have great customer service because I would be planning this wedding without the assistance of my mother, since she is deceased. Kailey Brantham was my wedding coordinator and she was absolutely awesome. My wedding took place in Greenville, NC. Each time Kailey came down to meet we always accomplished the items on our task list and if she needed to stay longer she would. I never felt cut-off or that she was in a rush to get to another appointment. When I was having problems with a vendor, she stepped right in as my advocate and resolved the issue. What I like most about working with Kailey is that (1) She didn't overshadow my vision of the wedding, (2) She worked great with every vendor that I hired, (3) She is highly organized and provided great follow-up on outstanding tasks. She really worked with me to make sure that I put the correct priority on items that needed to be completed on my end. She took a reception space which was a blank canvas and transformed it into a beautiful reception area. On my wedding day, Kailey and her coordination team were at my beckon call! From the rehearsal dinner to the reception, our day was beautiful and seamless. The day was perfect.

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diana
Wedding:
10/20/2012
5.0/5.0
Kailey Branham with A Southern Soiree was FANTASTIC! She was our wedding planner for the wedding weekend, and I don't know how we would have pulled off my daughter's big day without her. She left no detail unturned...a complete itinerary of the weekend with every detai includedl, contacted every vendor (who were impressed by her professionalism and her attention to detail), kept us on schedule throughout the day in a flexible manner (knowing that there are moments in a wedding that should not be rushed), was always positive and enthusiastic, provided great ideas, and was even a pro at unbuttoning a million little buttons on a wedding dress before the bride left...just to scratch the surface of how she helped us. She was hands down the bright spot of planning the wedding....not just for me, but for my daughter and the ENTIRE family! This was the best money I spent on this wedding. Kailey provided me with the piece of mind to truly enjoy the bride, my daughter, on this momentous day in our lives...i knew she make sure everything we had planned took place....and she did....and then some! Don't hesitate...hire Kailey or any of the planners at A Southern Soiree....you won't be disappointed!
Kailey Branham with A Southern Soiree was FANTASTIC! She was our wedding planner for the wedding weekend, and I don't know Read more...
Kailey Branham with A Southern Soiree was FANTASTIC! She was our wedding planner for the wedding weekend, and I don't know how we would have pulled off my daughter's big day without her. She left no detail unturned...a complete itinerary of the weekend with every detai includedl, contacted every vendor (who were impressed by her professionalism and her attention to detail), kept us on schedule throughout the day in a flexible manner (knowing that there are moments in a wedding that should not be rushed), was always positive and enthusiastic, provided great ideas, and was even a pro at unbuttoning a million little buttons on a wedding dress before the bride left...just to scratch the surface of how she helped us. She was hands down the bright spot of planning the wedding....not just for me, but for my daughter and the ENTIRE family! This was the best money I spent on this wedding. Kailey provided me with the piece of mind to truly enjoy the bride, my daughter, on this momentous day in our lives...i knew she make sure everything we had planned took place....and she did....and then some! Don't hesitate...hire Kailey or any of the planners at A Southern Soiree....you won't be disappointed! Read less
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Erin
Wedding:
10/20/2012
5.0/5.0
Kailey Branham was a complete joy to have around for my wedding day/weekend. She is simply the best! Not only did she carry every detail and worry away from me and my mom (and my sister - we have a controlling family!) (you should see Kailey's spreadsheets, they're incredible!) - she appeared at every important time throughout the event and didn't miss a single step. I really believe our wedding couldn't have felt as amazing or seemed as flawless without her attention and dedication. Before the wedding, she was a breath of fresh air to hear from - during the wedding, she seemed like a long lost best friend - and we hope we can find a way to thank her enough now that we're in the post-wedding phase! Thank you, A Southern Soiree! Erin Clarke Lesica
Kailey Branham was a complete joy to have around for my wedding day/weekend. She is simply the best! Not only did she Read more...
Kailey Branham was a complete joy to have around for my wedding day/weekend. She is simply the best! Not only did she carry every detail and worry away from me and my mom (and my sister - we have a controlling family!) (you should see Kailey's spreadsheets, they're incredible!) - she appeared at every important time throughout the event and didn't miss a single step. I really believe our wedding couldn't have felt as amazing or seemed as flawless without her attention and dedication. Before the wedding, she was a breath of fresh air to hear from - during the wedding, she seemed like a long lost best friend - and we hope we can find a way to thank her enough now that we're in the post-wedding phase! Thank you, A Southern Soiree! Erin Clarke Lesica Read less
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Jacqueline
Wedding:
10/13/2012
5.0/5.0
When I reflect on the year I planned my wedding, this is what I will remember: laughing and planning our life together with my husband, rekindling old friendships, spending lots of good times with my bridesmaids and friends, and growing closer to my Mom, who is now my new best friend. All this was possible because of Megan and her fabulous team at A Southern Soiree. All of the things that get brides down off their “wedding planning high,” never happened to me. Megan really got to know me as a person and found the perfect vendors to match my style and personality. Whenever a “crisis” occurred like an error on the invitations or a ceremony change last minute, Megan handled the situation right away while keeping me updated on the progress. She always responded to my emails professionally and courteously. She was always one step ahead of me with her detailed planning schedule. She doesn’t waste time and always gets right to the point. I also loved going to meetings with her because I never wrote anything down. Megan did all of it for me. Whenever I needed honest feedback or suggestions on how to improve the wedding details, Megan was there to give it to me straight. She also has classic and impeccable taste so I would often defer to her on aesthetic choices. You have to be able to trust your planner or the process will go awry. I trusted Megan 100% and she consistently delivered on her promises. Kailey was the lead on the day of the wedding. She was constantly checking in with me to give me updates on the schedule (which was fastidiously created one week before and broken down to the minute). She also always made sure I had a drink in my hand and looked beautiful. Furthermore, she remained calm and patient. If you want your day done to perfection, and a year of blissful memories, I highly recommend the best team in NC, A Southern Soiree. I will never forget you all!
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When I reflect on the year I planned my wedding, this is what I will remember: laughing and planning our life together with my husband, rekindling old friendships, spending lots of good times with my bridesmaids and friends, and growing closer to my Mom, who is now my new best friend. All this was possible because of Megan and her fabulous team at A Southern Soiree. All of the things that get brides down off their “wedding planning high,” never happened to me. Megan really got to know me as a person and found the perfect vendors to match my style and personality. Whenever a “crisis” occurred like an error on the invitations or a ceremony change last minute, Megan handled the situation right away while keeping me updated on the progress. She always responded to my emails professionally and courteously. She was always one step ahead of me with her detailed planning schedule. She doesn’t waste time and always gets right to the point. I also loved going to meetings with her because I never wrote anything down. Megan did all of it for me. Whenever I needed honest feedback or suggestions on how to improve the wedding details, Megan was there to give it to me straight. She also has classic and impeccable taste so I would often defer to her on aesthetic choices. You have to be able to trust your planner or the process will go awry. I trusted Megan 100% and she consistently delivered on her promises. Kailey was the lead on the day of the wedding. She was constantly checking in with me to give me updates on the schedule (which was fastidiously created one week before and broken down to the minute). She also always made sure I had a drink in my hand and looked beautiful. Furthermore, she remained calm and patient. If you want your day done to perfection, and a year of blissful memories, I highly recommend the best team in NC, A Southern Soiree. I will never forget you all! Read less
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Wendy
Wedding:
10/13/2012
5.0/5.0
WONDERFUL..MAGICAL..PERFECT..just a few of the words used to describe our daughter, Taylor's wedding. We think these words apply to Kailey at Southern Soirée too! Contacting you was the smartest decision we made. You helped Taylor with so many large and small things that kept her calm and happy all during the planning but most importantly on her WEDDING day! She was so relaxed and calm knowing you were handling everything. You understood her vision and helped make it happen. We were able to enjoy all the preparations leading up to her walk down the aisle because we knew it was "handled". We cannot begin to express our gratitude to you for making our baby's dreams come true. We were able to relax and make lots of memories we will have for a lifetime. Thank you so much...we would recommend you a hundred times over.
WONDERFUL..MAGICAL..PERFECT..just a few of the words used to describe our daughter, Taylor's wedding. We think these words Read more...
WONDERFUL..MAGICAL..PERFECT..just a few of the words used to describe our daughter, Taylor's wedding. We think these words apply to Kailey at Southern Soirée too! Contacting you was the smartest decision we made. You helped Taylor with so many large and small things that kept her calm and happy all during the planning but most importantly on her WEDDING day! She was so relaxed and calm knowing you were handling everything. You understood her vision and helped make it happen. We were able to enjoy all the preparations leading up to her walk down the aisle because we knew it was "handled". We cannot begin to express our gratitude to you for making our baby's dreams come true. We were able to relax and make lots of memories we will have for a lifetime. Thank you so much...we would recommend you a hundred times over. Read less
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Katie
Wedding:
10/13/2012
5.0/5.0
My mother heard about A Southern Soiree at a wedding expo and hired Gina just for the day of my wedding. I didn't know if it would be worth the money for just one day of service, but since I was living in Boston and planning a wedding in NC we needed some extra help. Gina started working well before the wedding by holding conference calls with both me and my mother. She collected all the contact information for each of our vendors and created specific timelines for the day of the wedding, so there would be no question about where anyone needed to be (the band, the cake, the servers, the florist, the videographer, the photographer....) Gina took detailed notes at our meetings and the walk-through, asking questions when clarification was needed but otherwise laying low- which was nice. She offered suggestions and advice when we needed it, and always seemed to know exactly what she was talking about. On the day of the wedding Gina sprung into action and seemed to be everywhere and nowhere at once! She approached us throughout the evening and courteously told us where we needed to be (ie: when we should eat dinner, when to cut the cake/make toasts/thank guests, when to throw the bouquet...) without being obtrusive or rude. She was magnificent!! Our day went by so quickly and without Gina our wedding would not have gone nearly as smoothly or been nearly as wonderful as it was. She definitely went above and beyond, and we are very happy to recommend her to future brides!!
My mother heard about A Southern Soiree at a wedding expo and hired Gina just for the day of my wedding. I didn't know if Read more...
My mother heard about A Southern Soiree at a wedding expo and hired Gina just for the day of my wedding. I didn't know if it would be worth the money for just one day of service, but since I was living in Boston and planning a wedding in NC we needed some extra help. Gina started working well before the wedding by holding conference calls with both me and my mother. She collected all the contact information for each of our vendors and created specific timelines for the day of the wedding, so there would be no question about where anyone needed to be (the band, the cake, the servers, the florist, the videographer, the photographer....) Gina took detailed notes at our meetings and the walk-through, asking questions when clarification was needed but otherwise laying low- which was nice. She offered suggestions and advice when we needed it, and always seemed to know exactly what she was talking about. On the day of the wedding Gina sprung into action and seemed to be everywhere and nowhere at once! She approached us throughout the evening and courteously told us where we needed to be (ie: when we should eat dinner, when to cut the cake/make toasts/thank guests, when to throw the bouquet...) without being obtrusive or rude. She was magnificent!! Our day went by so quickly and without Gina our wedding would not have gone nearly as smoothly or been nearly as wonderful as it was. She definitely went above and beyond, and we are very happy to recommend her to future brides!! Read less
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Linda
Wedding:
10/13/2012
5.0/5.0
We hired Gina Annab from A Southern Soiree for the wedding week-end only. I have to say that she went out of her way to help us with much more than just the week-end! She is extremely familiar with various vendors and services, and that helped me get things accomplished in a much shorter period of time. She also has great ideas, and really knows what she is doing. But I think the best part is that she is always so calm and relaxed, which is what we all needed, especially on the wedding day! Our wedding was perfect, in a large part due to Gina. I would definitely hire her again, but next time it would be for the entire wedding. Thanks Gina!
Linda Youmans
We hired Gina Annab from A Southern Soiree for the wedding week-end only. I have to say that she went out of her way to Read more...
We hired Gina Annab from A Southern Soiree for the wedding week-end only. I have to say that she went out of her way to help us with much more than just the week-end! She is extremely familiar with various vendors and services, and that helped me get things accomplished in a much shorter period of time. She also has great ideas, and really knows what she is doing. But I think the best part is that she is always so calm and relaxed, which is what we all needed, especially on the wedding day! Our wedding was perfect, in a large part due to Gina. I would definitely hire her again, but next time it would be for the entire wedding. Thanks Gina!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
We live in Boston, and our wedding took place in NC. We hired A Southern Soiree, knowing that distance was going to add stress to the already nerve-wracking feat of planning a wedding. This was by far the best choice we could have ever made! We got to work with Kailey, who was literally there every single step of the way. If we had questions or concerns, it didn’t matter what time of day or night it was, she was always there with advice and reassurance. She was so thorough, patient, and organized. She led me in making knowledgeable decisions that helped me to remain calm and confident throughout the whole process. She tirelessly researched things for us, maintained communication with all of the vendors, and all of her recommendations were on point. Everything was taken care of in a very timely and professional way, down to the very last detail. For one year, Kailey helped me through the process of planning the day I’ve been waiting for my whole life; and the result was amazing! All of our guests raved about how seamlessly everything came together. All I had to do that day was be a beautiful, happy bride, confident in knowing that everything behind the scenes was being taken care of by Kailey. It was just flawless. I would highly recommend A Southern Soiree to any bride. They truly epitomize professionalism, and it is obvious that they love what they do. There are just too many good things to say; they are absolutely wonderful!
Mr. & Mrs. Angelone
We live in Boston, and our wedding took place in NC. We hired A Southern Soiree, knowing that distance was going to add Read more...
We live in Boston, and our wedding took place in NC. We hired A Southern Soiree, knowing that distance was going to add stress to the already nerve-wracking feat of planning a wedding. This was by far the best choice we could have ever made! We got to work with Kailey, who was literally there every single step of the way. If we had questions or concerns, it didn’t matter what time of day or night it was, she was always there with advice and reassurance. She was so thorough, patient, and organized. She led me in making knowledgeable decisions that helped me to remain calm and confident throughout the whole process. She tirelessly researched things for us, maintained communication with all of the vendors, and all of her recommendations were on point. Everything was taken care of in a very timely and professional way, down to the very last detail. For one year, Kailey helped me through the process of planning the day I’ve been waiting for my whole life; and the result was amazing! All of our guests raved about how seamlessly everything came together. All I had to do that day was be a beautiful, happy bride, confident in knowing that everything behind the scenes was being taken care of by Kailey. It was just flawless. I would highly recommend A Southern Soiree to any bride. They truly epitomize professionalism, and it is obvious that they love what they do. There are just too many good things to say; they are absolutely wonderful!
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LeKisha
Wedding:
9/29/2012
5.0/5.0
Kailey and the staff at A Southern Soiree are fabulous! My family, wedding guests, and I were blown away by her professionalism and the quality care she gave to me in planning and carrying out the festivities for our special day. Kailey went above and beyond the duties of a planner and was able to calm nerves, fix wardrobe malfunctions, provide solutions to problems, and just be an all around great help. Everyone who attended our wedding said it was so memorable and that it was one of the best weddings they have attended. This would not have occurred without the help of Kailey and A Southern Soiree. I highly recommend her and A Southern Soiree for event planning. If you use their services, you too will be blown away.
Kailey and the staff at A Southern Soiree are fabulous! My family, wedding guests, and I were blown away by her Read more...
Kailey and the staff at A Southern Soiree are fabulous! My family, wedding guests, and I were blown away by her professionalism and the quality care she gave to me in planning and carrying out the festivities for our special day. Kailey went above and beyond the duties of a planner and was able to calm nerves, fix wardrobe malfunctions, provide solutions to problems, and just be an all around great help. Everyone who attended our wedding said it was so memorable and that it was one of the best weddings they have attended. This would not have occurred without the help of Kailey and A Southern Soiree. I highly recommend her and A Southern Soiree for event planning. If you use their services, you too will be blown away. Read less
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Cam
Wedding:
9/15/2012
5.0/5.0
I knew right away that I wanted a day-of coordinator for my wedding. While deciding which event planning group to go with, I made several appointments for interviews. Kailey and A Southern Soiree impressed from the very first meeting. She arrived on time and organized, and listened to what I had in mind. Throughout the process, she made great suggestions that supported my vision, and knew right where to step in when I needed it. Emails and phone calls were returned promptly. I wish I could describe how seamless the transition was from all of my planning and detail-oriented arrangements to her flawless execution. Specifically, at the rehearsal, when I would have felt uncomfortable directing my closest friends and family (and in-laws!) what to do, she was able to kindly and firmly set out expectations and "direct traffic" so to speak. My main goal by hiring Kailey was to cut down on the stress of last minute logistics and to ensure I had a relaxing day. Goal accomplished! I was able to float through my day and enjoy the moments without watching the clock- Kailey was right there to make sure everything stayed on track, and that everyone's needs (vendors, bridal party, family) were met. Every single person that came in contact with Kailey went out of their way to tell me how much they enjoyed working with her, and how much the appreciated her organization. If you want someone who is as enthusiastic as you are about your wedding, will be able to work with anyone, is respected in the wedding industry, can accommodate last-minute changes or hiccups, and will be right there for assistance until the last goodbyes are said- Kailey and A Southern Soiree is the route to go.
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I knew right away that I wanted a day-of coordinator for my wedding. While deciding which event planning group to go with, I made several appointments for interviews. Kailey and A Southern Soiree impressed from the very first meeting. She arrived on time and organized, and listened to what I had in mind. Throughout the process, she made great suggestions that supported my vision, and knew right where to step in when I needed it. Emails and phone calls were returned promptly. I wish I could describe how seamless the transition was from all of my planning and detail-oriented arrangements to her flawless execution. Specifically, at the rehearsal, when I would have felt uncomfortable directing my closest friends and family (and in-laws!) what to do, she was able to kindly and firmly set out expectations and "direct traffic" so to speak. My main goal by hiring Kailey was to cut down on the stress of last minute logistics and to ensure I had a relaxing day. Goal accomplished! I was able to float through my day and enjoy the moments without watching the clock- Kailey was right there to make sure everything stayed on track, and that everyone's needs (vendors, bridal party, family) were met. Every single person that came in contact with Kailey went out of their way to tell me how much they enjoyed working with her, and how much the appreciated her organization. If you want someone who is as enthusiastic as you are about your wedding, will be able to work with anyone, is respected in the wedding industry, can accommodate last-minute changes or hiccups, and will be right there for assistance until the last goodbyes are said- Kailey and A Southern Soiree is the route to go. Read less
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Jennifer
Wedding:
9/8/2012
5.0/5.0
I planned my wedding in 4 1/2 months. I wanted it to be exactly as I envisioned but as I was working full time and renovating a house at the same time so I required some assistance. I hired Kailey with A Southern Soiree and chose the Weekend Coordination Package. I got so much more than just a weekend of attention from Kailey. She worked behind the scenes to be sure that all the things I envisioned for our day came together beautifully.
She is very professional but always has a smile on her face. I was able to relax the entire weekend in addition to the time planning knowing she was there to put the pieces I had wanted together. She helped me decorate the ballroom where the reception was held and made sure everything was exactly right so I could enjoy the weekend with my friends, family and sweet new husband. She even made sure the caterer could get the correct glasses for tiny milkshake shooters we were having. (She did this at 8pm the day before the wedding, mind you).
She managed to corral and organize my unruly family ;-) and we all had a wonderful time knowing she was keeping it all organized. Now, if I could only have gotten her onto the dance floor.........
I planned my wedding in 4 1/2 months. I wanted it to be exactly as I envisioned but as I was working full time and Read more...
I planned my wedding in 4 1/2 months. I wanted it to be exactly as I envisioned but as I was working full time and renovating a house at the same time so I required some assistance. I hired Kailey with A Southern Soiree and chose the Weekend Coordination Package. I got so much more than just a weekend of attention from Kailey. She worked behind the scenes to be sure that all the things I envisioned for our day came together beautifully.
She is very professional but always has a smile on her face. I was able to relax the entire weekend in addition to the time planning knowing she was there to put the pieces I had wanted together. She helped me decorate the ballroom where the reception was held and made sure everything was exactly right so I could enjoy the weekend with my friends, family and sweet new husband. She even made sure the caterer could get the correct glasses for tiny milkshake shooters we were having. (She did this at 8pm the day before the wedding, mind you).
She managed to corral and organize my unruly family ;-) and we all had a wonderful time knowing she was keeping it all organized. Now, if I could only have gotten her onto the dance floor......... Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Kailey was AWESOME! She was so sweet and a pleasure to work with. She did an amazing job with planning my wedding, especially at juggling all the surprises that my mom and sister wanted to have at the wedding without me knowing! The day of the wedding was perfect, all because of her! I would totally get married again just so that I would be able to work with Kailey!
Kailey was AWESOME! She was so sweet and a pleasure to work with. She did an amazing job with planning my wedding, Read more...
Kailey was AWESOME! She was so sweet and a pleasure to work with. She did an amazing job with planning my wedding, especially at juggling all the surprises that my mom and sister wanted to have at the wedding without me knowing! The day of the wedding was perfect, all because of her! I would totally get married again just so that I would be able to work with Kailey! Read less
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Sophie
Wedding:
8/25/2012
5.0/5.0
We hired A Southern Soiree after we selected our reception venue. This was due to the fact that our venue was an empty space and required us hiring vendors for our rentals, lighting, caterer, flowers, etc. With that said, we needed someone to help with a complete day of coordination effort. I knew that we needed someone who understood our vision and was able to execute that on the big day. Let me tell you, we received so much more than that! We were living in NYC and getting married in NC and needed some major assistance with vendor recommendation as well. We wanted to make sure we selected reputable vendors that provided the same level of service as A Southern Soiree team. We worked with Kailey well in advance of the big day to go over all the details. She was so helpful in providing all of the guidance we needed up front and carried through on everything through the big day. She continued to meet with us in person and we probably exchanged over a 100 emails to make sure that she had every little detail. The few weeks before the wedding were very stressful and Kailey was confirming the details and logistics with ALL of our vendors. She put together a timeline not only for the bridal party, but also for the vendors, so everyone knew where to be and when to be there. I truly can say, that I would have no idea how it would have all come together without her. The amount of time and detail she put into everything was above and beyond anything I could have asked for. People always tell you to expect something to go wrong on your wedding day and I can honestly say that we did not experience that and I attribute that to Kailey and her team. Thank you A Southern Soiree for taking such good care of everything and treating the day as if it were your own wedding. We cannot thank you enough for all that you have done!

Love, Sophie and Daniel Stevens
We hired A Southern Soiree after we selected our reception venue. This was due to the fact that our venue was an empty Read more...
We hired A Southern Soiree after we selected our reception venue. This was due to the fact that our venue was an empty space and required us hiring vendors for our rentals, lighting, caterer, flowers, etc. With that said, we needed someone to help with a complete day of coordination effort. I knew that we needed someone who understood our vision and was able to execute that on the big day. Let me tell you, we received so much more than that! We were living in NYC and getting married in NC and needed some major assistance with vendor recommendation as well. We wanted to make sure we selected reputable vendors that provided the same level of service as A Southern Soiree team. We worked with Kailey well in advance of the big day to go over all the details. She was so helpful in providing all of the guidance we needed up front and carried through on everything through the big day. She continued to meet with us in person and we probably exchanged over a 100 emails to make sure that she had every little detail. The few weeks before the wedding were very stressful and Kailey was confirming the details and logistics with ALL of our vendors. She put together a timeline not only for the bridal party, but also for the vendors, so everyone knew where to be and when to be there. I truly can say, that I would have no idea how it would have all come together without her. The amount of time and detail she put into everything was above and beyond anything I could have asked for. People always tell you to expect something to go wrong on your wedding day and I can honestly say that we did not experience that and I attribute that to Kailey and her team. Thank you A Southern Soiree for taking such good care of everything and treating the day as if it were your own wedding. We cannot thank you enough for all that you have done!

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Inna
Wedding:
8/18/2012
5.0/5.0
We worked with Kailey Branham from A Southern Soiree and cannot express how lucky we were to have her as our wedding coordinator! She was extremely responsive, attentive and very easy to work with! From the first meeting to the last email after the wedding when I asked for some recommendations regarding post-wedding things, she was a pleasure to work with... She had everything planned by the minute and made the wedding day flow. We didn't have to worry about anything on our wedding day because Kailey took care of every little detail. We highly recommend her!
We worked with Kailey Branham from A Southern Soiree and cannot express how lucky we were to have her as our wedding Read more...
We worked with Kailey Branham from A Southern Soiree and cannot express how lucky we were to have her as our wedding coordinator! She was extremely responsive, attentive and very easy to work with! From the first meeting to the last email after the wedding when I asked for some recommendations regarding post-wedding things, she was a pleasure to work with... She had everything planned by the minute and made the wedding day flow. We didn't have to worry about anything on our wedding day because Kailey took care of every little detail. We highly recommend her! Read less
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Laura
Wedding:
8/18/2012
5.0/5.0
I first engaged A Southern Soiree and year and a half before my wedding, and Megan and Gina were with me every step of the way from that point! You name it, they helped with it! I couldn't have done it without them. In fact, I really don't know how people plan weddings without a planner! They were my left and right hands! I found their services to be most helpful when selecting vendors and then the weekend of the wedding. They kept things running so smoothly that weekend, I never had to think twice about anything. Instead, I got to spend my time enjoying myself and soaking up every minute of it. What a huge help they were!!! Also, my wedding was on the coast, so 2 hours away from Raleigh. This was never a factor for them. They drove to Figure Eight Island several times throughout the year to meet with vendors, and I never once felt like their being in Raleigh was inconvenient. I would highly recommend Megan and Gina's services to anyway who asked!!!
I first engaged A Southern Soiree and year and a half before my wedding, and Megan and Gina were with me every step of the Read more...
I first engaged A Southern Soiree and year and a half before my wedding, and Megan and Gina were with me every step of the way from that point! You name it, they helped with it! I couldn't have done it without them. In fact, I really don't know how people plan weddings without a planner! They were my left and right hands! I found their services to be most helpful when selecting vendors and then the weekend of the wedding. They kept things running so smoothly that weekend, I never had to think twice about anything. Instead, I got to spend my time enjoying myself and soaking up every minute of it. What a huge help they were!!! Also, my wedding was on the coast, so 2 hours away from Raleigh. This was never a factor for them. They drove to Figure Eight Island several times throughout the year to meet with vendors, and I never once felt like their being in Raleigh was inconvenient. I would highly recommend Megan and Gina's services to anyway who asked!!! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
Thank you Kailey Branham with A Southern Soiree! What a wonderful wedding day memory we have, and it is etched in our hearts forever, thanks to you. Words are not adequate to express how well you supplied exactly what we needed on our wedding day. All our dreaming, planning, and organizing were realized because of your implementation. Physically, you managed to be everywhere at once during our wedding weekend. You took our dreams and plans and brought them to reality as you diligently worked. Mentally, you visualized our desire for simplicity, but yet with regard to every small detail. You often read our minds. Your direction before and during the wedding ceremony was perfect. Your timeline for the day kept us all on schedule, and helped us stay focused and calm. Emotionally, your passion for our vision encouraged us, and relieved us of much of the stress that is often associated with last minute wedding preparations and details. The vintage theme met our every expectation. Your perception of the importance of our family legacy, which included incorporating our heritage in both our wedding and our reception, left us with no disappointments. Kailey, we cannot thank you enough for making our wedding weekend perfect. Job well done!

Our deepest gratitude,

Brittany Honeycutt and Linda Cornelius
Thank you Kailey Branham with A Southern Soiree! What a wonderful wedding day memory we have, and it is etched in our Read more...
Thank you Kailey Branham with A Southern Soiree! What a wonderful wedding day memory we have, and it is etched in our hearts forever, thanks to you. Words are not adequate to express how well you supplied exactly what we needed on our wedding day. All our dreaming, planning, and organizing were realized because of your implementation. Physically, you managed to be everywhere at once during our wedding weekend. You took our dreams and plans and brought them to reality as you diligently worked. Mentally, you visualized our desire for simplicity, but yet with regard to every small detail. You often read our minds. Your direction before and during the wedding ceremony was perfect. Your timeline for the day kept us all on schedule, and helped us stay focused and calm. Emotionally, your passion for our vision encouraged us, and relieved us of much of the stress that is often associated with last minute wedding preparations and details. The vintage theme met our every expectation. Your perception of the importance of our family legacy, which included incorporating our heritage in both our wedding and our reception, left us with no disappointments. Kailey, we cannot thank you enough for making our wedding weekend perfect. Job well done!

Our deepest gratitude,

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Ashton
Wedding:
7/21/2012
5.0/5.0
Kailey, Megan and Gina at A Southern Soiree are the top of the top! I cant say enough good things! What a great team who all communicate with one another, along with you, so there is no misstep in information not getting to one another! Thank you girls for making my dream wedding come true!
Kailey, Megan and Gina at A Southern Soiree are the top of the top! I cant say enough good things! What a great team who Read more...
Kailey, Megan and Gina at A Southern Soiree are the top of the top! I cant say enough good things! What a great team who all communicate with one another, along with you, so there is no misstep in information not getting to one another! Thank you girls for making my dream wedding come true! Read less
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Beth
Wedding:
6/30/2012
5.0/5.0
Our wedding on June 30, 2012 at Sacred Heart Cathedral and reception at The Umstead Hotel & Spa was absolutely perfect thanks to Megan, Gina and A Southern Soiree! I run a small business and was worried about finding the time to plan a wedding and do my job and it never would have turned out so amazing without Megan and Gina! When I first met with Megan I had venues picked and thought I wanted the color green – that’s all I knew - and she took that and ran with it – selecting the perfect vendors for our taste, considering every detail that never would have crossed my mind and making sure I was happy every step of the way! PLUS Megan was nine months pregnant and due ON our wedding day and still spent the entire day making sure the wedding went off smoothly – she went into labor later that night- talk about the PERFECT planner! We adore Megan, Gina and A Southern Soiree and cannot recommend them more highly! We want to renew our vows annually just so they can plan the event!" – Beth & Reed
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Our wedding on June 30, 2012 at Sacred Heart Cathedral and reception at The Umstead Hotel & Spa was absolutely perfect thanks to Megan, Gina and A Southern Soiree! I run a small business and was worried about finding the time to plan a wedding and do my job and it never would have turned out so amazing without Megan and Gina! When I first met with Megan I had venues picked and thought I wanted the color green – that’s all I knew - and she took that and ran with it – selecting the perfect vendors for our taste, considering every detail that never would have crossed my mind and making sure I was happy every step of the way! PLUS Megan was nine months pregnant and due ON our wedding day and still spent the entire day making sure the wedding went off smoothly – she went into labor later that night- talk about the PERFECT planner! We adore Megan, Gina and A Southern Soiree and cannot recommend them more highly! We want to renew our vows annually just so they can plan the event!" – Beth & Reed Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
Kailey and her team at a Southern Soiree did a fabulous job for my June wedding. During the planning process, Kailey really helped us with vendor selection, which can be really overwhelming. She was able to suggest vendors that really matched up with our vision, and always gave us a couple of choices so we felt like we had some options but not too many. She also kept us on track with a great timeline and was always responsive to calls and emails. On the day of, everything was well organized and taken care - we were able to relax and enjoy the day. I would, without hesitation, recommend A Southern Soiree to any brides-to-be in the triangle area.
Kailey and her team at a Southern Soiree did a fabulous job for my June wedding. During the planning process, Kailey Read more...
Kailey and her team at a Southern Soiree did a fabulous job for my June wedding. During the planning process, Kailey really helped us with vendor selection, which can be really overwhelming. She was able to suggest vendors that really matched up with our vision, and always gave us a couple of choices so we felt like we had some options but not too many. She also kept us on track with a great timeline and was always responsive to calls and emails. On the day of, everything was well organized and taken care - we were able to relax and enjoy the day. I would, without hesitation, recommend A Southern Soiree to any brides-to-be in the triangle area. Read less
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Haleymarie143
Wedding:
6/2/2012
5.0/5.0
Words cannot express how appreciative Steve and I are for Kailey's help with our Wedding Day. She totally understood our vision and made it come to life perfectly! She tackled the daunting task of contacting vendors and making sure everyone was fully prepared for the day. She was always available for any questions we had, or even just to get her opinion on the smallest details. Also, she was so gracious to travel to Charlotte multiple times so that we could meet with vendors face to face, which means a lot to a working mom in nursing school! I cannot say enough of how well prepared her team was, and how hardworking. Kailey is so creative, and shows such passion for what she does! I tend to be a control freak and was considering doing all of the planning on my own, but if you are on the fence about hiring a wedding planner, I am telling you now, DO IT!! It will make the whole experience SO much less stressful, and not mention, the wedding will come together beautifully. This is not something you can do on your own! I HIGHLY recommend Kailey from A Southern Soiree to everyone.
Words cannot express how appreciative Steve and I are for Kailey's help with our Wedding Day. She totally understood our Read more...
Words cannot express how appreciative Steve and I are for Kailey's help with our Wedding Day. She totally understood our vision and made it come to life perfectly! She tackled the daunting task of contacting vendors and making sure everyone was fully prepared for the day. She was always available for any questions we had, or even just to get her opinion on the smallest details. Also, she was so gracious to travel to Charlotte multiple times so that we could meet with vendors face to face, which means a lot to a working mom in nursing school! I cannot say enough of how well prepared her team was, and how hardworking. Kailey is so creative, and shows such passion for what she does! I tend to be a control freak and was considering doing all of the planning on my own, but if you are on the fence about hiring a wedding planner, I am telling you now, DO IT!! It will make the whole experience SO much less stressful, and not mention, the wedding will come together beautifully. This is not something you can do on your own! I HIGHLY recommend Kailey from A Southern Soiree to everyone. Read less
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happymom
Wedding:
5/6/2012
5.0/5.0
My daughter's wedding the first week in May was the second time that our family had the pleasure of working with Megan. The first time was my son's wedding in May of 2009 which was complicated because the bride and her family were from Japan and we were planning the wedding in the US. We were thrilled with both weddings. If a wedding day can be stress-free, these certainly were because of the superior planning, attention to detail and professionalism that Megan exudes in everything she does. My daughter and her then husband-to-be were swamped a couple of weeks before the wedding because of graduate and law school finals, graduation preparation and job searches. Megan had everything under control and everything worked beautifully as my daughter had hoped it would. It couldn't have been better!
My daughter's wedding the first week in May was the second time that our family had the pleasure of working with Megan. Read more...
My daughter's wedding the first week in May was the second time that our family had the pleasure of working with Megan. The first time was my son's wedding in May of 2009 which was complicated because the bride and her family were from Japan and we were planning the wedding in the US. We were thrilled with both weddings. If a wedding day can be stress-free, these certainly were because of the superior planning, attention to detail and professionalism that Megan exudes in everything she does. My daughter and her then husband-to-be were swamped a couple of weeks before the wedding because of graduate and law school finals, graduation preparation and job searches. Megan had everything under control and everything worked beautifully as my daughter had hoped it would. It couldn't have been better! Read less
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Jennifer
Wedding:
5/6/2012
5.0/5.0
Our wedding day was extraordinary and filled with the happiest of memories! We held the ceremony and reception at the Umstead in May 2012. We asked Megan to work with us according to the “Weekend of” package. She was wonderful! She met with us three times before the wedding weekend (for the tasting, a meeting with the florist, and a timeline meeting). Megan has a calm, positive presence, which was appreciated at each step along the way. She is very professional and helped us to problem-solve when we met obstacles. When questions popped up, she was available by phone or email. We completely trusted Megan. The day of the wedding, everything went so smoothly. (Even members of our bridal party commented on how impressed they were with the ease of the rehearsal and wedding day!) Our families and my husband and I felt completely free to enjoy the wedding. Thank you to Megan and A Southern Soiree!! ~ Jennifer
Our wedding day was extraordinary and filled with the happiest of memories! We held the ceremony and reception at the Read more...
Our wedding day was extraordinary and filled with the happiest of memories! We held the ceremony and reception at the Umstead in May 2012. We asked Megan to work with us according to the “Weekend of” package. She was wonderful! She met with us three times before the wedding weekend (for the tasting, a meeting with the florist, and a timeline meeting). Megan has a calm, positive presence, which was appreciated at each step along the way. She is very professional and helped us to problem-solve when we met obstacles. When questions popped up, she was available by phone or email. We completely trusted Megan. The day of the wedding, everything went so smoothly. (Even members of our bridal party commented on how impressed they were with the ease of the rehearsal and wedding day!) Our families and my husband and I felt completely free to enjoy the wedding. Thank you to Megan and A Southern Soiree!! ~ Jennifer Read less
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Heather
Wedding:
4/28/2012
5.0/5.0
I was initially skeptical about the benefit of a wedding planner, which I suspect was part frugality, part being a groom. In the end, however, I can't imagine what things would have been like had we not hired A Southern Soiree. My now wife stressed the importance of a planner early on in our planning. I agreed, hesitantly, but quickly saw the benefits. Here are some examples:

1) We were given an ear and a soundboard when we needed advice;
2) Megan would negotiate deals with vendors, saving us money and certainly stress. Megan and her team have inside knowledge and know the area vendors well;
3) We received valuable recommendations and advice on what vendors to hire and whom to work with;
4) We had regular planning meetings and received good ideas that simplified things on our end;
5) While the bride needs the most attention, of course, I was thrilled that Megan checked in with me alone many times before and during the wedding (at least ten times, no joke) and that always made me feel at ease;
6) The wedding day was a breeze. We didn't have to worry about a thing besides enjoying ourselves. They did everything behind the scenes, like vendor payment, making sure our wedding party knew the timeline, and bringing everything to our room at the end of the night (decorations, gifts, gathering picture frames, even a late night snack). Gina even climbed up in a tree to hang our tissue poms and put the boutonnieres on all of the groomsmen! These things are invaluable, believe me!

Also, to close, my wife is picky--she has good taste (though I alone might prove that wrong ;). When she was shopping (she's a pro shopper) around for a planner, she consulted blogs, review boards, asked friends, and ultimately settled on A Southern Soiree. That homework paid off.
I was initially skeptical about the benefit of a wedding planner, which I suspect was part frugality, part being a groom. Read more...
I was initially skeptical about the benefit of a wedding planner, which I suspect was part frugality, part being a groom. In the end, however, I can't imagine what things would have been like had we not hired A Southern Soiree. My now wife stressed the importance of a planner early on in our planning. I agreed, hesitantly, but quickly saw the benefits. Here are some examples:

1) We were given an ear and a soundboard when we needed advice;
2) Megan would negotiate deals with vendors, saving us money and certainly stress. Megan and her team have inside knowledge and know the area vendors well;
3) We received valuable recommendations and advice on what vendors to hire and whom to work with;
4) We had regular planning meetings and received good ideas that simplified things on our end;
5) While the bride needs the most attention, of course, I was thrilled that Megan checked in with me alone many times before and during the wedding (at least ten times, no joke) and that always made me feel at ease;
6) The wedding day was a breeze. We didn't have to worry about a thing besides enjoying ourselves. They did everything behind the scenes, like vendor payment, making sure our wedding party knew the timeline, and bringing everything to our room at the end of the night (decorations, gifts, gathering picture frames, even a late night snack). Gina even climbed up in a tree to hang our tissue poms and put the boutonnieres on all of the groomsmen! These things are invaluable, believe me!

Also, to close, my wife is picky--she has good taste (though I alone might prove that wrong ;). When she was shopping (she's a pro shopper) around for a planner, she consulted blogs, review boards, asked friends, and ultimately settled on A Southern Soiree. That homework paid off. Read less
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emily
Wedding:
4/28/2012
5.0/5.0
Kailey coordinated our wedding this past April, and she was tremendous! We couldn’t have done it without her and wholeheartedly recommend her to any engaged couple.

We contacted Kailey and A Southern Soiree a few months before our wedding. She quickly reached out to us and understood our vision for the wedding. She also pointed out where we needed more planning and thought of things we never would have. As we got closer to the big day, she helped us refine our schedule and didn’t let any of the little things slip through the cracks. And while doing all of this, she was always cheerful and responsive.

On the day of, she was amazingly organized and helpful, and everything went smoothly. We were able to sit back and enjoy because we knew Kailey had it all taken care of. Kailey did such a great job, one of the bridesmaids tried to hire her on the spot!

Based our wonderful experience, we can’t recommend Kailey and A Southern Soiree highly enough!!
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Kailey coordinated our wedding this past April, and she was tremendous! We couldn’t have done it without her and wholeheartedly recommend her to any engaged couple.

We contacted Kailey and A Southern Soiree a few months before our wedding. She quickly reached out to us and understood our vision for the wedding. She also pointed out where we needed more planning and thought of things we never would have. As we got closer to the big day, she helped us refine our schedule and didn’t let any of the little things slip through the cracks. And while doing all of this, she was always cheerful and responsive.

On the day of, she was amazingly organized and helpful, and everything went smoothly. We were able to sit back and enjoy because we knew Kailey had it all taken care of. Kailey did such a great job, one of the bridesmaids tried to hire her on the spot!

Based our wonderful experience, we can’t recommend Kailey and A Southern Soiree highly enough!! Read less
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A. Thompson
Wedding:
4/21/2012
5.0/5.0
Angus Barn wedding was perfect! Kailey at A Southern Soiree did an incredible job making our wedding weekend the best it could possibly be. She worked with us in the weeks leading up to the big day and delivered flawlessly on the day of. We had MANY small and last minute details that she handles with a smile and with a calming composure. I would recommend Kailey and A Southern Soiree for any future bride and groom as she makes you comfortable and makes sure that you don't need to worry about anything other than enjoying your special day. Thanks Kailey for everything!
Angus Barn wedding was perfect! Kailey at A Southern Soiree did an incredible job making our wedding weekend the best it Read more...
Angus Barn wedding was perfect! Kailey at A Southern Soiree did an incredible job making our wedding weekend the best it could possibly be. She worked with us in the weeks leading up to the big day and delivered flawlessly on the day of. We had MANY small and last minute details that she handles with a smile and with a calming composure. I would recommend Kailey and A Southern Soiree for any future bride and groom as she makes you comfortable and makes sure that you don't need to worry about anything other than enjoying your special day. Thanks Kailey for everything! Read less
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sslove
Wedding:
4/21/2012
5.0/5.0
Our wedding was on April 21, 2012 at the Carolina Inn. It was wonderful, due in large part to the efforts of Megan and her team. Without a doubt, hiring Megan was the best decision we made during the wedding planning process. She is highly organized, efficient and professional. Megan is incredibly well-networked and connected us to the best vendors; we were exceedingly happy with all of her recommendations. Megan reviewed our contracts, negotiated for the best deals and thought of details that never would have crossed my mind. Nearly all of our guests traveled to attend our wedding, including my immediate family. My parents and I were truly able to enjoy the weekend because Megan coordinated nearly everything that last week. I can't overstate how valuable Megan's services were.
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Our wedding was on April 21, 2012 at the Carolina Inn. It was wonderful, due in large part to the efforts of Megan and her team. Without a doubt, hiring Megan was the best decision we made during the wedding planning process. She is highly organized, efficient and professional. Megan is incredibly well-networked and connected us to the best vendors; we were exceedingly happy with all of her recommendations. Megan reviewed our contracts, negotiated for the best deals and thought of details that never would have crossed my mind. Nearly all of our guests traveled to attend our wedding, including my immediate family. My parents and I were truly able to enjoy the weekend because Megan coordinated nearly everything that last week. I can't overstate how valuable Megan's services were. Read less
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rmperry81
Wedding:
4/14/2012
5.0/5.0
Amazing wedding at the Carolina Inn....My fiance and I presented a bit of a challenge in that we both live overseas and he was there the majority of the planning time for our wedding. I was so excited to work with Megan and the girls at A Southern Soiree. The reviews and word of mouth were amazing and true to that, she did not disappoint. The first few "meetings" with Megan where over the phone as I was in Australia. She was very warm and immediately I got the feeling just over the phone that I had made the right choice. Megan was able to help me get organized early and helped me do what I could from overseas. In November, I returned to the States until my April 14th, 2012 wedding. I met Gina and Megan within the first week. They were exactly what I had expected-super organized, sweet and made me feel like I was their only priority. Leading up to the wedding, Megan and Gina met with me many times, organized vendor meetings and also met with my fiance the week before the wedding. He was the pickiest and he was thrilled with everything that Megan had done. Every vendor that Megan suggested was the best. The wedding day went exactly to plan! It was an amazing event and we could not have been happier with how everything came together. I would highly recommend Megan and her team. She is the BEST wedding coordinator in NC hands down!
Amazing wedding at the Carolina Inn....My fiance and I presented a bit of a challenge in that we both live overseas and he Read more...
Amazing wedding at the Carolina Inn....My fiance and I presented a bit of a challenge in that we both live overseas and he was there the majority of the planning time for our wedding. I was so excited to work with Megan and the girls at A Southern Soiree. The reviews and word of mouth were amazing and true to that, she did not disappoint. The first few "meetings" with Megan where over the phone as I was in Australia. She was very warm and immediately I got the feeling just over the phone that I had made the right choice. Megan was able to help me get organized early and helped me do what I could from overseas. In November, I returned to the States until my April 14th, 2012 wedding. I met Gina and Megan within the first week. They were exactly what I had expected-super organized, sweet and made me feel like I was their only priority. Leading up to the wedding, Megan and Gina met with me many times, organized vendor meetings and also met with my fiance the week before the wedding. He was the pickiest and he was thrilled with everything that Megan had done. Every vendor that Megan suggested was the best. The wedding day went exactly to plan! It was an amazing event and we could not have been happier with how everything came together. I would highly recommend Megan and her team. She is the BEST wedding coordinator in NC hands down! Read less
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Jill
Wedding:
2/25/2012
5.0/5.0
Megan was fantastic and helped make our wedding day truly memorable! Her assistance allowed us to have a wonderful ceremony and reception without being stressed! She provided with support and advice through the whole process, advice on vendors and kept us to our timelines! On the wedding day, she had everything running smoothly, allowing me and my husband just to enjoy the moment and our guests! Hiring Southern Soiree was one of the best decisions we made! Megan was a pleasure to work with and was very responsive and reliable. Our wedding day was amazing and I appreciate all of her efforts! Thanks!!
Megan was fantastic and helped make our wedding day truly memorable! Her assistance allowed us to have a wonderful Read more...
Megan was fantastic and helped make our wedding day truly memorable! Her assistance allowed us to have a wonderful ceremony and reception without being stressed! She provided with support and advice through the whole process, advice on vendors and kept us to our timelines! On the wedding day, she had everything running smoothly, allowing me and my husband just to enjoy the moment and our guests! Hiring Southern Soiree was one of the best decisions we made! Megan was a pleasure to work with and was very responsive and reliable. Our wedding day was amazing and I appreciate all of her efforts! Thanks!! Read less
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Stacy
Wedding:
1/28/2012
5.0/5.0
Our wedding at the Carolina Inn on January 28th was absolutely wonderful! My fiancé (now husband, **smiles**) and I started planning this wedding while we were in a long distance relationship. I was living in New York and he was living in Dallas and to make the situation even more complicated, we decided to get married in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. With me in New York, my fiancé in Dallas and my mom in California, we knew we needed help! We began working with Megan about a month and a half after the engagement and it was the best decision we made! There is no way we would have been able to pull this off without her! She helped with ceremony/reception recommendations, vendor selection, budget, timelines...you name it! But more than the logistics, Megan was a constant source of support through out the entire planning process and the weekend of the event. We relied on her a great deal for her advice and opinions. I trusted her completely. I would highly recommend A Southern Soiree for your wedding planning services. I will really miss working with Megan, but I am excited for all of the future brides who get to go through this process with her team!
Our wedding at the Carolina Inn on January 28th was absolutely wonderful! My fiancé (now husband, **smiles**) and I Read more...
Our wedding at the Carolina Inn on January 28th was absolutely wonderful! My fiancé (now husband, **smiles**) and I started planning this wedding while we were in a long distance relationship. I was living in New York and he was living in Dallas and to make the situation even more complicated, we decided to get married in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. With me in New York, my fiancé in Dallas and my mom in California, we knew we needed help! We began working with Megan about a month and a half after the engagement and it was the best decision we made! There is no way we would have been able to pull this off without her! She helped with ceremony/reception recommendations, vendor selection, budget, timelines...you name it! But more than the logistics, Megan was a constant source of support through out the entire planning process and the weekend of the event. We relied on her a great deal for her advice and opinions. I trusted her completely. I would highly recommend A Southern Soiree for your wedding planning services. I will really miss working with Megan, but I am excited for all of the future brides who get to go through this process with her team! Read less
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Lauren
Wedding:
12/17/2011
5.0/5.0
Megan made us feel like we were planning a wedding with one of our close friends. She made our entire wedding weekend absolutely perfect!! We decided to hire a planner 3 months after being engaged. We both have jobs that require large amounts of our time and we were struggling to plan the wedding we wanted. Hiring Megan was the best decision we made (besides deciding to get married of course!!). She coordinated all our vendors and made them cost effective. But, most importantly, she quickly and truly understood our vision for our entire wedding weekend. She made the planning and the wedding weekend go smoothly and it turned out even better than we had dreamed of. We have no idea what we would have done without her. She is extremely detail-oriented and doesn't let anything fall through the cracks. She is incredibly sweet and everyone involved in the wedding commented on how wonderful she is! We STRONGLY recommend Megan and the entire A Southern Soiree team.
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Megan made us feel like we were planning a wedding with one of our close friends. She made our entire wedding weekend absolutely perfect!! We decided to hire a planner 3 months after being engaged. We both have jobs that require large amounts of our time and we were struggling to plan the wedding we wanted. Hiring Megan was the best decision we made (besides deciding to get married of course!!). She coordinated all our vendors and made them cost effective. But, most importantly, she quickly and truly understood our vision for our entire wedding weekend. She made the planning and the wedding weekend go smoothly and it turned out even better than we had dreamed of. We have no idea what we would have done without her. She is extremely detail-oriented and doesn't let anything fall through the cracks. She is incredibly sweet and everyone involved in the wedding commented on how wonderful she is! We STRONGLY recommend Megan and the entire A Southern Soiree team. Read less
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Terri
Wedding:
12/17/2011
5.0/5.0
Megan helped me plan a rehearsal dinner for my son's wedding. We are not from Raleigh and would have ben lost without her. She was awesome! She is so organized, so professional, and very thorough. The smartest decision we made!! Love her!
Megan helped me plan a rehearsal dinner for my son's wedding. We are not from Raleigh and would have ben lost without her. Read more...
Megan helped me plan a rehearsal dinner for my son's wedding. We are not from Raleigh and would have ben lost without her. She was awesome! She is so organized, so professional, and very thorough. The smartest decision we made!! Love her! Read less
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Beth
Wedding:
12/17/2011
5.0/5.0
I am so glad I hired A Southern Soiree to help me with the last minute details of my winter wedding! Kailey was an absolute joy to work with. Not only is she patient and organized, but she is also an incredibly good listener- an invaluable skill during the final stages of the wedding planning process. She completed each last minute task (and there were dozens!) without hesitation or flaw. She also was so much fun to meet with and talk to! I would absolutely recommend Kailey and A Southern Soiree to any bride looking for a beautiful, stress-free wedding day!
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I am so glad I hired A Southern Soiree to help me with the last minute details of my winter wedding! Kailey was an absolute joy to work with. Not only is she patient and organized, but she is also an incredibly good listener- an invaluable skill during the final stages of the wedding planning process. She completed each last minute task (and there were dozens!) without hesitation or flaw. She also was so much fun to meet with and talk to! I would absolutely recommend Kailey and A Southern Soiree to any bride looking for a beautiful, stress-free wedding day! Read less
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laurieperkis
Wedding:
11/12/2011
5.0/5.0
Megan was a crucial part to planning our wedding! From the moment we met with her, we felt comfortable with her and her team. She helped me make decisions on items I had no clue about, like linens and lighting. I never had to deal with any small details. I never had to keep track of any details. It was all in her hands. I started a new job when I got engaged so she took all the pressure of planning of a wedding off my shoulders. We had one of the most fabulous weddings that was planned in 6 months! I have recommended her to anyone of my friends that I know is getting close to being engaged!
Megan was a crucial part to planning our wedding! From the moment we met with her, we felt comfortable with her and her Read more...
Megan was a crucial part to planning our wedding! From the moment we met with her, we felt comfortable with her and her team. She helped me make decisions on items I had no clue about, like linens and lighting. I never had to deal with any small details. I never had to keep track of any details. It was all in her hands. I started a new job when I got engaged so she took all the pressure of planning of a wedding off my shoulders. We had one of the most fabulous weddings that was planned in 6 months! I have recommended her to anyone of my friends that I know is getting close to being engaged! Read less
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Kathy
Wedding:
10/22/2011
5.0/5.0
At our first meeting with Megan, my daughter and I felt immediately comfortable and confident that we were in good hands. We received prompt responses to our questions no matter how important or trivial the matter. She especially helped us with the timing of events on the wedding day and determining the flow of activities at the reception. Once the wedding day arrived, Megan's and Melissa's calming presence allowed me to relax and enjoy a wonderful event. From expertly handling a seating problem to packing gifts in our car, they were professional, gracious, and truly a pleasure to work with! I highly recommend Megan and Southern Soiree. Many thanks from a very happy mother of the bride. Kathy
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At our first meeting with Megan, my daughter and I felt immediately comfortable and confident that we were in good hands. We received prompt responses to our questions no matter how important or trivial the matter. She especially helped us with the timing of events on the wedding day and determining the flow of activities at the reception. Once the wedding day arrived, Megan's and Melissa's calming presence allowed me to relax and enjoy a wonderful event. From expertly handling a seating problem to packing gifts in our car, they were professional, gracious, and truly a pleasure to work with! I highly recommend Megan and Southern Soiree. Many thanks from a very happy mother of the bride. Kathy Read less
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debbie
Wedding:
10/15/2011
5.0/5.0
Kailey was an invaluable help as a wedding planner for our daughter & son-in-law's wedding. All the arrangements were being done long-distance, yet I was still able to feel confident and relaxed, knowing that Kailey was advising us & keeping us organized. She guided us through the many details in an intelligent and efficient manner, which helped us all to fully enjoy the wedding day. Kailey was such a pleasure to work with that I didn't want to say goodbye when it was over!
Kailey was an invaluable help as a wedding planner for our daughter & son-in-law's wedding. All the arrangements were Read more...
Kailey was an invaluable help as a wedding planner for our daughter & son-in-law's wedding. All the arrangements were being done long-distance, yet I was still able to feel confident and relaxed, knowing that Kailey was advising us & keeping us organized. She guided us through the many details in an intelligent and efficient manner, which helped us all to fully enjoy the wedding day. Kailey was such a pleasure to work with that I didn't want to say goodbye when it was over! Read less
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mhprince21
Wedding:
10/15/2011
5.0/5.0
Adam and I have been working with Megan and her team for just over a year when we had our October 15th wedding. The number of wedding guest was large and the wedding party was very big, too. Megan and her team did a fantastic job! Everything was perfect and was an amazing reflection of both of us and both our families. We have heard over and over again that it was the best wedding and reception anyone had ever been to. Megan was wonderful to work with before the wedding with very specific lists of what we needed to do and how to get those accomplished. She also was able to work with our very busy schedules and get everything planned. The night of the wedding we had no worries at all (nor did any of our family members). Her team was where they needed to be and in control of everything. We would recommend Megan and a Southern Soiree over and over again!
Adam and I have been working with Megan and her team for just over a year when we had our October 15th wedding. The number Read more...
Adam and I have been working with Megan and her team for just over a year when we had our October 15th wedding. The number of wedding guest was large and the wedding party was very big, too. Megan and her team did a fantastic job! Everything was perfect and was an amazing reflection of both of us and both our families. We have heard over and over again that it was the best wedding and reception anyone had ever been to. Megan was wonderful to work with before the wedding with very specific lists of what we needed to do and how to get those accomplished. She also was able to work with our very busy schedules and get everything planned. The night of the wedding we had no worries at all (nor did any of our family members). Her team was where they needed to be and in control of everything. We would recommend Megan and a Southern Soiree over and over again! Read less
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Rachel
Wedding:
10/15/2011
5.0/5.0
Kailey Branham was a wonderful and key player in our wedding planning! She stepped right in and in a flexible, relaxed, and always professional and courteous manner, she was able to gracefully juggle the various details of the planning process, as well as various family member requests and questions. She held the fine points together when my mother and I thought we would never be able to keep track of everything. Best of all was the confidence she inspired in us- we knew everything would be smooth sailing with her help. She was a joy to work with leading up to the day, but also on our wedding day, when we knew that the people around us would truly help set the right mood... and she did! We cannot thank her enough!
Kailey Branham was a wonderful and key player in our wedding planning! She stepped right in and in a flexible, relaxed, Read more...
Kailey Branham was a wonderful and key player in our wedding planning! She stepped right in and in a flexible, relaxed, and always professional and courteous manner, she was able to gracefully juggle the various details of the planning process, as well as various family member requests and questions. She held the fine points together when my mother and I thought we would never be able to keep track of everything. Best of all was the confidence she inspired in us- we knew everything would be smooth sailing with her help. She was a joy to work with leading up to the day, but also on our wedding day, when we knew that the people around us would truly help set the right mood... and she did! We cannot thank her enough! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Planning
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schiu
Wedding:
10/8/2011
5.0/5.0
There are no words to describe how grateful we are to Megan and her team at A Southern Soiree for bringing to life everything we wanted for our wedding. Megan was by our side to help us throughout the entire planning process and made our wedding day completely stress free :) From the beginning, Megan has gone above and beyond to help us with anything we needed... and everything we didn't know we needed! From the very first meeting, Megan has done everything to help us plan OUR wedding and not just a cookie-cutter event. She connected us with the best wedding vendors that fit our wedding needs and we really couldn't have asked for a better wedding-planning experience with A Southern Soiree!
There are no words to describe how grateful we are to Megan and her team at A Southern Soiree for bringing to life Read more...
There are no words to describe how grateful we are to Megan and her team at A Southern Soiree for bringing to life everything we wanted for our wedding. Megan was by our side to help us throughout the entire planning process and made our wedding day completely stress free :) From the beginning, Megan has gone above and beyond to help us with anything we needed... and everything we didn't know we needed! From the very first meeting, Megan has done everything to help us plan OUR wedding and not just a cookie-cutter event. She connected us with the best wedding vendors that fit our wedding needs and we really couldn't have asked for a better wedding-planning experience with A Southern Soiree! Read less
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Jenna
Wedding:
10/1/2011
5.0/5.0
Our wedding wouldn’t have been as amazing as it was without Megan and her team at A Southern Soiree! We started planning with A Southern Soiree shortly before Megan took over ownership, and are so thankful that we had the pleasure to work with Megan. She helped us with every single aspect of the planning process, making everything so easy for us. She was always available – whether through email, over the phone, appointments at her office, or even to stop by our house – to answer any questions or to run through all of the details one more time with us. She was always such a joy to be around and made the planning process so much fun. I would highly recommend Megan and her team at A Southern Soiree… they will ensure you have the wedding of your dreams!
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Our wedding wouldn’t have been as amazing as it was without Megan and her team at A Southern Soiree! We started planning with A Southern Soiree shortly before Megan took over ownership, and are so thankful that we had the pleasure to work with Megan. She helped us with every single aspect of the planning process, making everything so easy for us. She was always available – whether through email, over the phone, appointments at her office, or even to stop by our house – to answer any questions or to run through all of the details one more time with us. She was always such a joy to be around and made the planning process so much fun. I would highly recommend Megan and her team at A Southern Soiree… they will ensure you have the wedding of your dreams! Read less
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terri
Wedding:
10/1/2011
5.0/5.0
It is my pleasure to enthusiastically recommend Megan and her team at a Southern Soiree!
We were introduced to Megan, when she replaced the planner we had originally contracted to help with my daughter’s wedding. Megan put our initial apprehension to rest immediately, and has continued to exceed our expectations ever since.
She made it possible for us to have the wedding that we dreamed of, within the budget we allowed. And, the vendors that she recommended were amazing! Megan was an absolute pleasure to work with … it was like planning a party with an old friend. In the months prior to the wedding, she met with us regularly to ensure that everything was on track, and always responded promptly to any questions or concerns that we had. As the big day approached, I was so grateful for her organizational skills, attention to detail and calming presence! She and her staff were extremely professional … they made sure that the ceremony and reception ran smoothly … yet, were unobtrusive. The wedding was, as my daughter described it, “the most amazing day”. I am thrilled she and her husband were so happy, and I will always cherish the “special moments” I was able to share with her throughout the process, because I had the comfort of knowing that all the details were in Megan’s capable hands.
It is my pleasure to enthusiastically recommend Megan and her team at a Southern Soiree!
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It is my pleasure to enthusiastically recommend Megan and her team at a Southern Soiree!
We were introduced to Megan, when she replaced the planner we had originally contracted to help with my daughter’s wedding. Megan put our initial apprehension to rest immediately, and has continued to exceed our expectations ever since.
She made it possible for us to have the wedding that we dreamed of, within the budget we allowed. And, the vendors that she recommended were amazing! Megan was an absolute pleasure to work with … it was like planning a party with an old friend. In the months prior to the wedding, she met with us regularly to ensure that everything was on track, and always responded promptly to any questions or concerns that we had. As the big day approached, I was so grateful for her organizational skills, attention to detail and calming presence! She and her staff were extremely professional … they made sure that the ceremony and reception ran smoothly … yet, were unobtrusive. The wedding was, as my daughter described it, “the most amazing day”. I am thrilled she and her husband were so happy, and I will always cherish the “special moments” I was able to share with her throughout the process, because I had the comfort of knowing that all the details were in Megan’s capable hands. Read less
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acchancy
Wedding:
9/17/2011
5.0/5.0
A Southern Soiree did a great job planning my wedding. I could not have done it without them!!! Megan is the best!! She will go out of her way to make your day special.
A Southern Soiree did a great job planning my wedding. I could not have done it without them!!! Megan is the best!! She Read more...
A Southern Soiree did a great job planning my wedding. I could not have done it without them!!! Megan is the best!! She will go out of her way to make your day special. Read less
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khayes1032
Wedding:
7/31/2011
5.0/5.0
We hired A Southern Soiree in January, 2011 for a July 30th wedding. We selected the premier plan which basically meant they were with us every step of the way, on every decision being made. We (bride's family) were not local to Raleigh so having somebody for my daughter to work with, run ideas by, etc was very key. For me, being able to pretty much show up in Raleigh for the weddding and not have to worry about ANYTHING the entire weekend (Rehearsal, Wedding, Wedding Reception, Clean Up The Day After) was Huge.

They were always willing to suggest based on their experience or just be a sounding board for ideas and offering opinions. AT the end of the day, all decisions were ours. They simply would provide us the information and expert advice on pros/cons. All contracts that had to be signed were reviewed in detail so that I did not need to do this.

Wedding weekend....they ran the rehearsal including handing out a very detailed timeline of how everything was going to happen at the wedding. We walked through it as a group, everybody was on the same page.

Finally they are extremely pleasant and personable, people you like to be around. You can't go wrong hiring Megan, Kailey and the rest of their support team.

Ken Hayes
khayes1032@aol.com
We hired A Southern Soiree in January, 2011 for a July 30th wedding. We selected the premier plan which basically meant Read more...
We hired A Southern Soiree in January, 2011 for a July 30th wedding. We selected the premier plan which basically meant they were with us every step of the way, on every decision being made. We (bride's family) were not local to Raleigh so having somebody for my daughter to work with, run ideas by, etc was very key. For me, being able to pretty much show up in Raleigh for the weddding and not have to worry about ANYTHING the entire weekend (Rehearsal, Wedding, Wedding Reception, Clean Up The Day After) was Huge.

They were always willing to suggest based on their experience or just be a sounding board for ideas and offering opinions. AT the end of the day, all decisions were ours. They simply would provide us the information and expert advice on pros/cons. All contracts that had to be signed were reviewed in detail so that I did not need to do this.

Wedding weekend....they ran the rehearsal including handing out a very detailed timeline of how everything was going to happen at the wedding. We walked through it as a group, everybody was on the same page.

Finally they are extremely pleasant and personable, people you like to be around. You can't go wrong hiring Megan, Kailey and the rest of their support team.

Ken Hayes
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Services Used: Catering, Ceremony Music, Flowers, Photography, Wedding Planning, Rentals & Photobooths, Transportation, Wedding Venue
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Pam
Wedding:
7/30/2011
5.0/5.0
We have worked with Megan for the past year. She is fun to work with and very detail oriented and professional. Megan is the best Raleigh has to offer. Our daughters wedding was absolutely beautiful,and we couldn't have done it without her. Thanks Megan for everything.

Pam
We have worked with Megan for the past year. She is fun to work with and very detail oriented and professional. Megan is Read more...
We have worked with Megan for the past year. She is fun to work with and very detail oriented and professional. Megan is the best Raleigh has to offer. Our daughters wedding was absolutely beautiful,and we couldn't have done it without her. Thanks Megan for everything.

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Carol
Wedding:
7/3/2011
5.0/5.0
Megan was calm, supportive, extremely knowledgeable and just plain fun to work with! We were able to really relax and enjoy the wedding and reception knowing she had it covered.
Megan was calm, supportive, extremely knowledgeable and just plain fun to work with! We were able to really relax and Read more...
Megan was calm, supportive, extremely knowledgeable and just plain fun to work with! We were able to really relax and enjoy the wedding and reception knowing she had it covered. Read less
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Sara B
Wedding:
6/18/2011
5.0/5.0
I live in Boston, so planning a wedding in Raleigh was a daunting task considering I could only meet with vendors during a few weekends. Megan couldn't have made things easier - she put us in front of a select group of fantastic vendors during the limited time we had in Raleigh and took basically all of the stress of planning a wedding off of me. I had always heard stories of brides being so stressed out, especially the weeks leading up to the wedding, and due to Megan's excellent organization, I was barely stressed at all. Everything was perfect and all had a fabulous time. Megan was clutch and we couldn't have done it without her. Honestly, can't say enough about her and the great team she hooked us up with. She didn't steer us wrong once!
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I live in Boston, so planning a wedding in Raleigh was a daunting task considering I could only meet with vendors during a few weekends. Megan couldn't have made things easier - she put us in front of a select group of fantastic vendors during the limited time we had in Raleigh and took basically all of the stress of planning a wedding off of me. I had always heard stories of brides being so stressed out, especially the weeks leading up to the wedding, and due to Megan's excellent organization, I was barely stressed at all. Everything was perfect and all had a fabulous time. Megan was clutch and we couldn't have done it without her. Honestly, can't say enough about her and the great team she hooked us up with. She didn't steer us wrong once! Read less
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catherine
Wedding:
6/11/2011
5.0/5.0
Megan made the wedding week end one that all of us could enjoy. She paid attention to all of the details and handled any last minute changes calmly, professionally and perfectly. She can steam a wedding dress, pick up pies, and find baby sitters. Every bride needs a Megan.
Megan made the wedding week end one that all of us could enjoy. She paid attention to all of the details and handled any Read more...
Megan made the wedding week end one that all of us could enjoy. She paid attention to all of the details and handled any last minute changes calmly, professionally and perfectly. She can steam a wedding dress, pick up pies, and find baby sitters. Every bride needs a Megan. Read less
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rawaldo
Wedding:
6/11/2011
5.0/5.0
Working with Megan was wonderful! She made it possible for my mom and I to just relax and enjoy the wedding weekend. We are so thankful that she was there to help us out! The weekend was perfect.
Working with Megan was wonderful! She made it possible for my mom and I to just relax and enjoy the wedding weekend. We Read more...
Working with Megan was wonderful! She made it possible for my mom and I to just relax and enjoy the wedding weekend. We are so thankful that she was there to help us out! The weekend was perfect. Read less
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flagger74@aol.com
Wedding:
6/4/2011
5.0/5.0
I can't say enough great things about Southern Soiree and Megan. What a wonderful experience. I was very happy I choose to get the full service package. Any time I contacted her, she would return my call promptly andwas always so cheerful. We had several face to face meetings in preparation for my daughter's wedding, even though it meant she had to travel from out of town. On the day of the wedding, I enjoyed the ceremony and the reception so much and Megan took care of all the details.
I can't say enough great things about Southern Soiree and Megan. What a wonderful experience. I was very happy I choose to Read more...
I can't say enough great things about Southern Soiree and Megan. What a wonderful experience. I was very happy I choose to get the full service package. Any time I contacted her, she would return my call promptly andwas always so cheerful. We had several face to face meetings in preparation for my daughter's wedding, even though it meant she had to travel from out of town. On the day of the wedding, I enjoyed the ceremony and the reception so much and Megan took care of all the details. Read less
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Annie
Wedding:
5/28/2011
5.0/5.0
Megan and Kailey did an excellent job helping me to finalize plans for my big day! Though they were hired as weekend coordinators, they went above and beyond, offering advice and answering questions involving any unfinished planning months before our wedding day. About a week before our wedding, Kailey took over all contact with my vendors so that I could just relax and enjoy my final week of engagement. When our big weekend finally arrived, Kailey and her assistant were ROCK STARS in literally taking care of everything! And by everything, I even mean the hail storm that came through on Friday and FLOODED our ceremony site with 4 feet of water! But Kailey remained calm and optimistic, calling plumbers to have the water pumped out (HA!)- By Saturday, the water was gone and we had our DREAM outdoor wedding! At the reception, Kailey and her team pampered my husband and me, bringing us food and drinks to our sweetheart table all night long! We didn't have to worry about a thing and were able to truly enjoy every second of our wedding and reception!

As someone who likes to be in charge and plan every detail, A Southern Soiree did an EXCELLENT job honoring all of my original intentions when taking over the weekend of. They had a very clear idea of what my vision was and made it happen 100%!!! Thank you A Southern Soiree!!!
Megan and Kailey did an excellent job helping me to finalize plans for my big day! Though they were hired as weekend Read more...
Megan and Kailey did an excellent job helping me to finalize plans for my big day! Though they were hired as weekend coordinators, they went above and beyond, offering advice and answering questions involving any unfinished planning months before our wedding day. About a week before our wedding, Kailey took over all contact with my vendors so that I could just relax and enjoy my final week of engagement. When our big weekend finally arrived, Kailey and her assistant were ROCK STARS in literally taking care of everything! And by everything, I even mean the hail storm that came through on Friday and FLOODED our ceremony site with 4 feet of water! But Kailey remained calm and optimistic, calling plumbers to have the water pumped out (HA!)- By Saturday, the water was gone and we had our DREAM outdoor wedding! At the reception, Kailey and her team pampered my husband and me, bringing us food and drinks to our sweetheart table all night long! We didn't have to worry about a thing and were able to truly enjoy every second of our wedding and reception!

As someone who likes to be in charge and plan every detail, A Southern Soiree did an EXCELLENT job honoring all of my original intentions when taking over the weekend of. They had a very clear idea of what my vision was and made it happen 100%!!! Thank you A Southern Soiree!!! Read less
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John
Wedding:
5/21/2011
5.0/5.0
Megan and her team provided outstanding guidance, planning, support and follow-up for my daughter's wedding. Every aspect exceeded expectations:
Lodgings
Logistics
Rehearsal Dinner Party
Transportation via buses:
Hotels to Church to Reception to Hotels
Tent and floor for the reception
Food and catering
Photographer
DJ and Bluegrass quintet
Florist
Printing and engraving
Gown
Plus much much more behind the scenes.

Thank you, Megan, for giving us a picture perfect ceremony and celebration. "Over the top"!

John, Father of the Bride
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Megan and her team provided outstanding guidance, planning, support and follow-up for my daughter's wedding. Every aspect exceeded expectations:
Lodgings
Logistics
Rehearsal Dinner Party
Transportation via buses:
Hotels to Church to Reception to Hotels
Tent and floor for the reception
Food and catering
Photographer
DJ and Bluegrass quintet
Florist
Printing and engraving
Gown
Plus much much more behind the scenes.

Thank you, Megan, for giving us a picture perfect ceremony and celebration. "Over the top"!

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Jennifer
Wedding:
5/14/2011
5.0/5.0
If you want your wedding to be wonderful, you should use A Southern Soiree. Megan and her team are amazing. My daughter's wedding was just perfect thanks to Megan. Even our minister commented on what an excellent wedding planner we had. Megan helped us find the perfect vendor for every aspect of the wedding. She made sure we were hitting our milestones and found ways for us to save money without compromising the quality of the event. And Megan and her team were there for us every step of the way. And her attention to detail kept everyone calm and happy throughout the rehearsal and wedding day. If you want a stress-free wedding, hire A Southern Soiree.
If you want your wedding to be wonderful, you should use A Southern Soiree. Megan and her team are amazing. My daughter's Read more...
If you want your wedding to be wonderful, you should use A Southern Soiree. Megan and her team are amazing. My daughter's wedding was just perfect thanks to Megan. Even our minister commented on what an excellent wedding planner we had. Megan helped us find the perfect vendor for every aspect of the wedding. She made sure we were hitting our milestones and found ways for us to save money without compromising the quality of the event. And Megan and her team were there for us every step of the way. And her attention to detail kept everyone calm and happy throughout the rehearsal and wedding day. If you want a stress-free wedding, hire A Southern Soiree. Read less
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mcsharp13
Wedding:
5/14/2011
5.0/5.0
Megan was wonderful to work with while planning our wedding on May 14, 2011. She was with me every step of the way, offering her expert opinion on vendors, decor ideas, etiquette and, importantly, budget. As a result of her excellent guidance, I've had many guests call and email me since the wedding to tell me that it was the best wedding they had ever been to, from the venue to the food and dj. Megan is very organized and detail-oriented, and I never had one moment of stress because I knew I could count on her to pull everything together. She helped me prioritize budget items to make sure we were able to achieve the vision I had of my wedding day without wasting money or blowing the budget. She worked directly with the vendors we selected to ensure everyone was on schedule and she was invaluable the weekend of the wedding. The best thing about Megan, though, is her ability to make you feel like you're planning your wedding with an old friend. She is warm and friendly and so very easy to talk to, and always gives her honest opinion. I can't imagine having done this wedding without her.
Megan was wonderful to work with while planning our wedding on May 14, 2011. She was with me every step of the way, Read more...
Megan was wonderful to work with while planning our wedding on May 14, 2011. She was with me every step of the way, offering her expert opinion on vendors, decor ideas, etiquette and, importantly, budget. As a result of her excellent guidance, I've had many guests call and email me since the wedding to tell me that it was the best wedding they had ever been to, from the venue to the food and dj. Megan is very organized and detail-oriented, and I never had one moment of stress because I knew I could count on her to pull everything together. She helped me prioritize budget items to make sure we were able to achieve the vision I had of my wedding day without wasting money or blowing the budget. She worked directly with the vendors we selected to ensure everyone was on schedule and she was invaluable the weekend of the wedding. The best thing about Megan, though, is her ability to make you feel like you're planning your wedding with an old friend. She is warm and friendly and so very easy to talk to, and always gives her honest opinion. I can't imagine having done this wedding without her. Read less
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Katie
Wedding:
4/30/2011
5.0/5.0
Megan and her team were unbelievable to work with!! My wedding was on April 30th and it truly was the best day of my life! I am a very organized person in nature, and Megan was always on top of things before I was and kept us in line with what was coming up and what needed to be done next. There were a few things that came up that Megan fixed with out a bump in the road to where I didn't have to worry about a thing! I would recommend her to every person out there getting married. If you want a planner that is reliable, detail oriented, and going to make your wedding day better than you ever imagined, then Megan and her team are the way to go!
Megan and her team were unbelievable to work with!! My wedding was on April 30th and it truly was the best day of my life! Read more...
Megan and her team were unbelievable to work with!! My wedding was on April 30th and it truly was the best day of my life! I am a very organized person in nature, and Megan was always on top of things before I was and kept us in line with what was coming up and what needed to be done next. There were a few things that came up that Megan fixed with out a bump in the road to where I didn't have to worry about a thing! I would recommend her to every person out there getting married. If you want a planner that is reliable, detail oriented, and going to make your wedding day better than you ever imagined, then Megan and her team are the way to go! Read less
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Nannyself
Wedding:
4/30/2011
5.0/5.0
When my daughter first got engaged and we were figuring out our budget, a planner was not somewhere I wanted to spend money but I must say that working with Megan and the others at Southern Soirre was some of the best spent money of the occasion. Megan helped us in areas we didn't even expect. She was always available for meetings and responded to our calls and problems very quickly. And I must say... she always had a smile on her face that would light up a room and if we were stressed , she was the first to give a hug and take over and make things better again. Megan spent so much time with us that we feel she is part of our family now. She cares so deeply that the bride have a perfect day and is so passionate about her work. If anyone wants their "perfect" wedding day..they MUST hire Megan and her team!!!!
When my daughter first got engaged and we were figuring out our budget, a planner was not somewhere I wanted to spend Read more...
When my daughter first got engaged and we were figuring out our budget, a planner was not somewhere I wanted to spend money but I must say that working with Megan and the others at Southern Soirre was some of the best spent money of the occasion. Megan helped us in areas we didn't even expect. She was always available for meetings and responded to our calls and problems very quickly. And I must say... she always had a smile on her face that would light up a room and if we were stressed , she was the first to give a hug and take over and make things better again. Megan spent so much time with us that we feel she is part of our family now. She cares so deeply that the bride have a perfect day and is so passionate about her work. If anyone wants their "perfect" wedding day..they MUST hire Megan and her team!!!! Read less
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Clemustine
Wedding:
3/27/2011
5.0/5.0
Where do I begin? The Weekend of March 19th was the greatest time of my life., Megan is a blessing. NO matter what I called her for/about she stayed calm and positive, I really needed that with everything that was going on in my life at the time. She was kind and worked hard to make sure things went well. My wedding wasn't a big wedding ( less than 50 people) and yet she treated it and me like someone who was having a 300 guest wedding would be treated! She was prompt,a great manager of time and people, best of all Megan and Kailey both were at the wedding to keep everything running smooth. Thank you A Southern Soiree for helping to make my day a wonderful one.
Where do I begin? The Weekend of March 19th was the greatest time of my life., Megan is a blessing. NO matter what I Read more...
Where do I begin? The Weekend of March 19th was the greatest time of my life., Megan is a blessing. NO matter what I called her for/about she stayed calm and positive, I really needed that with everything that was going on in my life at the time. She was kind and worked hard to make sure things went well. My wedding wasn't a big wedding ( less than 50 people) and yet she treated it and me like someone who was having a 300 guest wedding would be treated! She was prompt,a great manager of time and people, best of all Megan and Kailey both were at the wedding to keep everything running smooth. Thank you A Southern Soiree for helping to make my day a wonderful one. Read less
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Kristin
Wedding:
3/26/2011
5.0/5.0
A Southern Soiree was wonderful. As a bride, I wanted everything to run smoothly and the wonderful wedding planners took care of every little thing. On the wedding day all you had to do was ask and they would take care of it. On the Friday of the rehearsal and Saturday of the wedding all I did was show up, get ready, and partake in the best day of my life. Megan and Kaylie had every detail laid out. They were polite, accommodating, and my husband, family, friends and I were able to fully enjoy the day to the fullest.
A Southern Soiree was wonderful. As a bride, I wanted everything to run smoothly and the wonderful wedding planners took Read more...
A Southern Soiree was wonderful. As a bride, I wanted everything to run smoothly and the wonderful wedding planners took care of every little thing. On the wedding day all you had to do was ask and they would take care of it. On the Friday of the rehearsal and Saturday of the wedding all I did was show up, get ready, and partake in the best day of my life. Megan and Kaylie had every detail laid out. They were polite, accommodating, and my husband, family, friends and I were able to fully enjoy the day to the fullest. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Planning
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EMC110
Wedding:
3/26/2011
5.0/5.0
I cannot say enough great things about Megan. I used her services for the weekend of our wedding and it was flawless! My fiance (now husband) is a "nervous" kinda guy around crowds and even he said that she "put him at ease." I had a TON of thngs for her to transfer to my venue and she did it without any trouble. She was on time and listened to what I wanted for my special day. I HIGHLY recommend A Southern Soiree for your wedding.
I cannot say enough great things about Megan. I used her services for the weekend of our wedding and it was flawless! My Read more...
I cannot say enough great things about Megan. I used her services for the weekend of our wedding and it was flawless! My fiance (now husband) is a "nervous" kinda guy around crowds and even he said that she "put him at ease." I had a TON of thngs for her to transfer to my venue and she did it without any trouble. She was on time and listened to what I wanted for my special day. I HIGHLY recommend A Southern Soiree for your wedding. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Planning
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nckells
Wedding:
12/4/2010
5.0/5.0
There simply are not enough synonyms for the word "superb" to describe my experience with Southern Soiree. Megan went above and beyond in every possible way to make our wedding day a success and it could not have been more perfect. I was an out-of-town bride with a demanding work schedule and Megan stepped in to get us over the finish line. Though we hired Megan as a "weekend of coordinator," she became so much more. Every time we had an issue, question, or needed guidance, Megan was more than happy to step in. She did not nickel and dime us for every consultation as some coordinators do, and always promptly responded to my sometimes incessant emails. She also always understood our vision for the wedding and did her very best to implement it. While in the midst of a very serious linen crisis, Megan went so far as to take pictures of various linens and send them to me since I was in Atlanta and unable to make it to Raleigh. I was admittedly a difficult bride, loathe to make decisions, but Megan was always there with her gentle nudges to get us to where we needed to be, just in the nick of time. Megan has a great deal of experience that makes her invaluable to brides, but more than that, she has a personality that puts her a head above the rest. She is funny, comforting, intelligent, well-spoken, and generally a joy to be around. You could not find a better person to help you with your special day. Megan, we cannot thank you enough, and quite honestly have missed you since our wedding date.
There simply are not enough synonyms for the word "superb" to describe my experience with Southern Soiree. Megan went Read more...
There simply are not enough synonyms for the word "superb" to describe my experience with Southern Soiree. Megan went above and beyond in every possible way to make our wedding day a success and it could not have been more perfect. I was an out-of-town bride with a demanding work schedule and Megan stepped in to get us over the finish line. Though we hired Megan as a "weekend of coordinator," she became so much more. Every time we had an issue, question, or needed guidance, Megan was more than happy to step in. She did not nickel and dime us for every consultation as some coordinators do, and always promptly responded to my sometimes incessant emails. She also always understood our vision for the wedding and did her very best to implement it. While in the midst of a very serious linen crisis, Megan went so far as to take pictures of various linens and send them to me since I was in Atlanta and unable to make it to Raleigh. I was admittedly a difficult bride, loathe to make decisions, but Megan was always there with her gentle nudges to get us to where we needed to be, just in the nick of time. Megan has a great deal of experience that makes her invaluable to brides, but more than that, she has a personality that puts her a head above the rest. She is funny, comforting, intelligent, well-spoken, and generally a joy to be around. You could not find a better person to help you with your special day. Megan, we cannot thank you enough, and quite honestly have missed you since our wedding date. Read less
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gatkinson
Wedding:
12/4/2010
5.0/5.0
As the mother of the bride, I wanted us to hire a weekend of wedding coordinator. Although we had done a lot of the planning on our own – location, caterer, etc -. I wanted to be able to enjoy the festivities without having to worry about the vendors. We interviewed several coordinators but when the bride, groom, and I met Megan, it was an instant connection. Her personality just fit and her knowledge was evident. I couldn’t have asked for a better experience and I have said many times, the money for hiring Megan was the best money I spent. I would recommend her to every bride and groom and mother of the bride who want someone to take the worries away and make the wedding festivities as special as they should be. From the moment we contracted with Megan she became a resource for us for advice and “catastrophe avoidance”. From the planning to the rehearsal to packing my car at the end of the reception, Megan was there for me.
As the mother of the bride, I wanted us to hire a weekend of wedding coordinator. Although we had done a lot of the Read more...
As the mother of the bride, I wanted us to hire a weekend of wedding coordinator. Although we had done a lot of the planning on our own – location, caterer, etc -. I wanted to be able to enjoy the festivities without having to worry about the vendors. We interviewed several coordinators but when the bride, groom, and I met Megan, it was an instant connection. Her personality just fit and her knowledge was evident. I couldn’t have asked for a better experience and I have said many times, the money for hiring Megan was the best money I spent. I would recommend her to every bride and groom and mother of the bride who want someone to take the worries away and make the wedding festivities as special as they should be. From the moment we contracted with Megan she became a resource for us for advice and “catastrophe avoidance”. From the planning to the rehearsal to packing my car at the end of the reception, Megan was there for me. Read less
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Mollie's mom
Wedding:
7/24/2010
5.0/5.0
Working with Megan on our daughter's July wedding was perfect in every way! She was so helpful, very pleasant, and so much fun! I highly recommend her to help every bride plan a fabulous wedding and reception!
Working with Megan on our daughter's July wedding was perfect in every way! She was so helpful, very pleasant, and so much Read more...
Working with Megan on our daughter's July wedding was perfect in every way! She was so helpful, very pleasant, and so much fun! I highly recommend her to help every bride plan a fabulous wedding and reception! Read less
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Lisa and Chachy
Wedding:
7/17/2010
5.0/5.0
Megan was the absolute best person that we dealt with during the wedding planning process. She was extremely responsive to any and all of our many questions. After our first meeting with Megan, we knew that she was the one that we wanted as our key person to assist with the planning. With so many decisions to make, she alleviated a lot of that stress. We couldn't have been more pleased with every encounter with had with her. Megan is extremely flexible and truly passionate about weddings. Her passion is infectious and makes the experience pleasurable. We are grateful to have had the opportunity to work with Megan. Three months later, we have guests that still comment on our wedding reception. Many thanks to Megan for making it such a memorable occasion!!
Megan was the absolute best person that we dealt with during the wedding planning process. She was extremely responsive to Read more...
Megan was the absolute best person that we dealt with during the wedding planning process. She was extremely responsive to any and all of our many questions. After our first meeting with Megan, we knew that she was the one that we wanted as our key person to assist with the planning. With so many decisions to make, she alleviated a lot of that stress. We couldn't have been more pleased with every encounter with had with her. Megan is extremely flexible and truly passionate about weddings. Her passion is infectious and makes the experience pleasurable. We are grateful to have had the opportunity to work with Megan. Three months later, we have guests that still comment on our wedding reception. Many thanks to Megan for making it such a memorable occasion!! Read less
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DrWohlers
Wedding:
10/3/2009
5.0/5.0
Megan was very helpful with planning my wedding and she was incredible at managing all the craziness that can be a wedding day!! Thanks Megan for making the Howard/Wohlers wedding a success!!
Megan was very helpful with planning my wedding and she was incredible at managing all the craziness that can be a wedding Read more...
Megan was very helpful with planning my wedding and she was incredible at managing all the craziness that can be a wedding day!! Thanks Megan for making the Howard/Wohlers wedding a success!! Read less
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Eleanor
Wedding:
4/18/2008
5.0/5.0
Working with Cara of a Southern Soiree was such a treat! She took care of so many of the nit-picky things that have to get done for a wedding to go off without any problems. She made sure that she took care of any issues before they came to my attention, and if I did know about the problems, she was SURE to take care of them. She was clearly on our side and wanted our day to be the best day possible.

She has great vendors and suggested only the best...and that's what we got!

Cara is also so full of energy and excitement about wedding planning. She is also so dedicated to her job and was available whenever we needed her, via phone, e-mail or a meeting.
Working with Cara of a Southern Soiree was such a treat! She took care of so many of the nit-picky things that have to get Read more...
Working with Cara of a Southern Soiree was such a treat! She took care of so many of the nit-picky things that have to get done for a wedding to go off without any problems. She made sure that she took care of any issues before they came to my attention, and if I did know about the problems, she was SURE to take care of them. She was clearly on our side and wanted our day to be the best day possible.

She has great vendors and suggested only the best...and that's what we got!

Cara is also so full of energy and excitement about wedding planning. She is also so dedicated to her job and was available whenever we needed her, via phone, e-mail or a meeting. Read less
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Amanda
Wedding:
10/20/2012
4.9/5.0
Go ahead and do yourself a favor: HIRE GINA FOR ALL YOUR WEDDING DAY NEEDS!!!!!!! I had a simple wedding and, at first, I wasn't sure if I needed a wedding coordinator. I had planned on using a friend who owns her own wedding planning business, but she was pregnant and due around my wedding date. Local wedding minister Kayelily Middleton recommended A Southern Soiree as an option for me to check out.

I contacted them and they responded right away! That impressed me since most as other vendors took a while or wanted to question me in depth before introducing themselves. After reviewing some options, I realized that I required a day-of coordinator instead of a full-service wedding planner. My goal was to be involved as much as possible but go completely "hands off" around the actual wedding. Furthermore, it was very important to me to not have any family nor friends "working" on my wedding. I wanted everyone to have fun and not feel put out by the sometimes daunting tasks of wedding planning. Gina made me feel very comfortable at our first meeting. She didn't "should" me to death ("you should consider this" or "You should have this done by such and such time) and was not overly pushy. I had a very clear vision of how I wanted my event to go early on and she respected that and hit the ground running. When time drew closer to the big day, I let Gina know that thanks to my Pinterest addiction, I would have many decorations and personal effects at my event. She didn't flinch, even when I brought in pictures and lengthy directives :). I was also thrilled to meet Melissa, who assisted Gina the day of my wedding. What a gem! She was so much fun and even high-tailed back to my hotel to fetch my bouquet, which I had forgotten. I am so grateful for that! Great job ladies! Thx!
Go ahead and do yourself a favor: HIRE GINA FOR ALL YOUR WEDDING DAY NEEDS!!!!!!! I had a simple wedding and, at first, I Read more...
Go ahead and do yourself a favor: HIRE GINA FOR ALL YOUR WEDDING DAY NEEDS!!!!!!! I had a simple wedding and, at first, I wasn't sure if I needed a wedding coordinator. I had planned on using a friend who owns her own wedding planning business, but she was pregnant and due around my wedding date. Local wedding minister Kayelily Middleton recommended A Southern Soiree as an option for me to check out.

I contacted them and they responded right away! That impressed me since most as other vendors took a while or wanted to question me in depth before introducing themselves. After reviewing some options, I realized that I required a day-of coordinator instead of a full-service wedding planner. My goal was to be involved as much as possible but go completely "hands off" around the actual wedding. Furthermore, it was very important to me to not have any family nor friends "working" on my wedding. I wanted everyone to have fun and not feel put out by the sometimes daunting tasks of wedding planning. Gina made me feel very comfortable at our first meeting. She didn't "should" me to death ("you should consider this" or "You should have this done by such and such time) and was not overly pushy. I had a very clear vision of how I wanted my event to go early on and she respected that and hit the ground running. When time drew closer to the big day, I let Gina know that thanks to my Pinterest addiction, I would have many decorations and personal effects at my event. She didn't flinch, even when I brought in pictures and lengthy directives :). I was also thrilled to meet Melissa, who assisted Gina the day of my wedding. What a gem! She was so much fun and even high-tailed back to my hotel to fetch my bouquet, which I had forgotten. I am so grateful for that! Great job ladies! Thx! Read less
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KAREN
Wedding:
6/18/2011
4.9/5.0
MEGAN WAS AMAZING. THIS WAS OUR FIRST WEDDING AND IT PROVIDED SOME CHALLENGES--THE BRIDE AND GROOM LIVED OUT OF TOWN, OUR CHURCH ALMOST CANCELLED THE ABILITY TO HAVE THE WEDDING ON THE SELECTED DATE,AND WE HAD NO "VISION' AT THE START. MEGAN KEPT US ALL CALM AND HANDLED EVERYTHING. SHE EVEN SUGGESTED THE COLOR SCHEME SINCE WE HAD NO THOUGHTS ON THAT EITHER. IT WAS A PERFECT WEDDING AND THE THANKS GOES TO HER, IN LARGE PART. WE HAD NO WORRIES ON THE WEDDING DAY AND ENJOYED EVERY MOMENT, KNOWING THAT MEGAN HAD EVERY SINGLE DETAIL UNDER CONTROL. WE HAVE TWO MORE DAUGHTERS AND COUNT ON ENGAGING MEGAN FOR THEIR WEDDINGS WHEN THE TIME COMES. KAREN, MOTHER OF THE BRIDE
MEGAN WAS AMAZING. THIS WAS OUR FIRST WEDDING AND IT PROVIDED SOME CHALLENGES--THE BRIDE AND GROOM LIVED OUT OF TOWN, OUR Read more...
MEGAN WAS AMAZING. THIS WAS OUR FIRST WEDDING AND IT PROVIDED SOME CHALLENGES--THE BRIDE AND GROOM LIVED OUT OF TOWN, OUR CHURCH ALMOST CANCELLED THE ABILITY TO HAVE THE WEDDING ON THE SELECTED DATE,AND WE HAD NO "VISION' AT THE START. MEGAN KEPT US ALL CALM AND HANDLED EVERYTHING. SHE EVEN SUGGESTED THE COLOR SCHEME SINCE WE HAD NO THOUGHTS ON THAT EITHER. IT WAS A PERFECT WEDDING AND THE THANKS GOES TO HER, IN LARGE PART. WE HAD NO WORRIES ON THE WEDDING DAY AND ENJOYED EVERY MOMENT, KNOWING THAT MEGAN HAD EVERY SINGLE DETAIL UNDER CONTROL. WE HAVE TWO MORE DAUGHTERS AND COUNT ON ENGAGING MEGAN FOR THEIR WEDDINGS WHEN THE TIME COMES. KAREN, MOTHER OF THE BRIDE Read less
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Sunny
Wedding:
10/9/2010
4.9/5.0
I had the pleasure to work with both Cara & Megan. I wasn't your 'average bride' and I was amazed at how both of them embraced my ideas & plans for our wedding. Having a wedding planner was one of the best investments we could have made, especially with Cara & Megan on our team.
I had the pleasure to work with both Cara & Megan. I wasn't your 'average bride' and I was amazed at how both of them Read more...
I had the pleasure to work with both Cara & Megan. I wasn't your 'average bride' and I was amazed at how both of them embraced my ideas & plans for our wedding. Having a wedding planner was one of the best investments we could have made, especially with Cara & Megan on our team. Read less
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Candra
Wedding:
11/11/2011
4.8/5.0
Words cannot express how amazing Megan was in the planning of our wedding. As someone who had NOT thought about my wedding since childhood, Megan and her team were the perfect team in planning every aspect of my wedding. She guided me in all the right directions and the final product was beyond amazing! She is very responsive and worked well with my busy schedule. Her down-to-earth personality, attention to detail, and ability to execute flawless weddings are only a few of the reasons I would highly recommend Megan and A Southern Soiree for your wedding coordination. Because of Megan, Kailey and the rest the team, 11-11-11 was even more perfect than I could have ever imagined. Thank you again!
Words cannot express how amazing Megan was in the planning of our wedding. As someone who had NOT thought about my wedding Read more...
Words cannot express how amazing Megan was in the planning of our wedding. As someone who had NOT thought about my wedding since childhood, Megan and her team were the perfect team in planning every aspect of my wedding. She guided me in all the right directions and the final product was beyond amazing! She is very responsive and worked well with my busy schedule. Her down-to-earth personality, attention to detail, and ability to execute flawless weddings are only a few of the reasons I would highly recommend Megan and A Southern Soiree for your wedding coordination. Because of Megan, Kailey and the rest the team, 11-11-11 was even more perfect than I could have ever imagined. Thank you again! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
4.7/5.0
We got married this past weekend (11/2/13) and I can honestly say that Gina from A Southern Soiree was indispensable from the beginning of the planning all the way through to saying goodnight after the wedding festivities were done.

Gina was assigned to the wedding by the venue where we booked the event (hence the slight downgrade in the "value" area, though this was not due to A Southern Soiree), but it felt like she was hand-picked to help us through everything. She was always available via email (or a phone call, if necessary) and had answers when we needed them.

From the beginning, she understood what kind of an event we were shooting for and remained flexible while we worked through the details... whether they wound up sticking with us until the end or not! She made sure that there was a schedule set-up for the entire day of the wedding, despite the ceremony not being until 5:30PM, and had a copy of the schedule ready for each person participating in our rehearsal the evening before.

The day of the wedding, there were little issues that needed handling and Gina took care of all of them, allowing us to continue to get ready for our wedding and enjoy the wedding itself. She checked in with us periodically throughout the reception to make sure things were moving along the way we wanted them to, as well as communicating with the venue staff and any vendors, as necessary. She saw us through until the very end of everything, making sure we had all of our things before saying farewell for the night.

I cannot express how important Gina was to making our wedding a success and anyone planning a wedding would be lucky to have her.
We got married this past weekend (11/2/13) and I can honestly say that Gina from A Southern Soiree was indispensable from Read more...
We got married this past weekend (11/2/13) and I can honestly say that Gina from A Southern Soiree was indispensable from the beginning of the planning all the way through to saying goodnight after the wedding festivities were done.

Gina was assigned to the wedding by the venue where we booked the event (hence the slight downgrade in the "value" area, though this was not due to A Southern Soiree), but it felt like she was hand-picked to help us through everything. She was always available via email (or a phone call, if necessary) and had answers when we needed them.

From the beginning, she understood what kind of an event we were shooting for and remained flexible while we worked through the details... whether they wound up sticking with us until the end or not! She made sure that there was a schedule set-up for the entire day of the wedding, despite the ceremony not being until 5:30PM, and had a copy of the schedule ready for each person participating in our rehearsal the evening before.

The day of the wedding, there were little issues that needed handling and Gina took care of all of them, allowing us to continue to get ready for our wedding and enjoy the wedding itself. She checked in with us periodically throughout the reception to make sure things were moving along the way we wanted them to, as well as communicating with the venue staff and any vendors, as necessary. She saw us through until the very end of everything, making sure we had all of our things before saying farewell for the night.

I cannot express how important Gina was to making our wedding a success and anyone planning a wedding would be lucky to have her. Read less
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Ray
Wedding:
6/23/2012
4.7/5.0
First off, I have no idea what we would have done without Megan and the girls at A Southern Soiree. Being obsessive compulsive and trying to plan a wedding isn't an easy mix but they definitely were the reason it went off without a hitch. So many details were taken care of without us having to stress about things and, it allowed us to just enjoy our big day. The experience I had with A Southern Soiree is the reason I tell anyone newly engaged that its essential that they have a wedding planner and I cant think of anyone better than Megan.
First off, I have no idea what we would have done without Megan and the girls at A Southern Soiree. Being obsessive Read more...
First off, I have no idea what we would have done without Megan and the girls at A Southern Soiree. Being obsessive compulsive and trying to plan a wedding isn't an easy mix but they definitely were the reason it went off without a hitch. So many details were taken care of without us having to stress about things and, it allowed us to just enjoy our big day. The experience I had with A Southern Soiree is the reason I tell anyone newly engaged that its essential that they have a wedding planner and I cant think of anyone better than Megan. Read less
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Lora
Wedding:
9/25/2010
4.5/5.0
Megan is absolutely wonder to work with. She has great connections in the area for some of the most amazing vendors; from food to location, from florist to photography, Megan got along great with everyone and was a huge help in organizing our wedding.

Personality PLUS! I always welcomed her opinion and knew she wouldn't lead me in the wrong direction. I would highly recommend A Southern Soiree for any event planning.
Megan is absolutely wonder to work with. She has great connections in the area for some of the most amazing vendors; from Read more...
Megan is absolutely wonder to work with. She has great connections in the area for some of the most amazing vendors; from food to location, from florist to photography, Megan got along great with everyone and was a huge help in organizing our wedding.

Personality PLUS! I always welcomed her opinion and knew she wouldn't lead me in the wrong direction. I would highly recommend A Southern Soiree for any event planning. Read less
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