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A Southern Soiree

Raleigh , NC
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851 Washington St
Raleigh, NC 27605 US (map)

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919-280-2045

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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 wedding events do you provide services for?
Ceremony, Reception, Rehearsal Dinner
What wedding planning services do you offer?
Budget Analysis, Day-Of Coordination, Event Design, Full Planning, Partial Planning, Timelines, To-Do Lists, Vendor Referrals
What types of weddings do you accomodate?
Civil, Cultural, Destination, Double Weddings, Eco-Friendly, Military, Non-Religious, Religious
How many planners are on your team?
4

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Emma
Wedding:
7/9/2016
5.0/5.0
I truly do not know where to begin in writing about how wonderful our experience was with Gina at A Southern Soiree, because I truly feel like the words that I could type won't do my experience justice (but I will try to)! The moment we met Gina we knew she was the right planner for us. She genuinely wanted to get to know Matt and I, who we were as individuals and who we were/are as a couple before digging into the planning. We gave her our ideas of what we envisioned, what we liked and what we didn't and she guided us through every single step of the way with us in mind. She helped us pick vendors that she knew our personalities and visions would work well with, which you learn is so incredibly important, not just the vision but the people with whom you entrust to make your visions come to life. One of the most important things Gina did for us was help us navigate the tenting process in order to secure our wedding date at the Chapel (true LIFESAVER)!! Gina never missed one single appointment that we had with a vendor, and she was always so quick to respond whenever I had a question or just needed to simply vent. When it came time for the wedding day, Gina made me feel so incredibly calm and that everything was taken care of (which it was). There are so many little details that go into a wedding, and Gina had every single one of them covered (down to babysitters for little kids). There was not one hiccup, and if there was I will never know about it. After the wedding was over all of our family and friends, said how this was truly the best wedding they had ever been to, promptly followed up with "We love Gina". It is safe to say that our wedding wouldn't have been what it was without Gina, she made our dreams into a reality. Without her, I don't know if I would have been able to enter the alternate universe that was my most perfect day.
I truly do not know where to begin in writing about how wonderful our experience was with Gina at A Southern Soiree, Read more...
I truly do not know where to begin in writing about how wonderful our experience was with Gina at A Southern Soiree, because I truly feel like the words that I could type won't do my experience justice (but I will try to)! The moment we met Gina we knew she was the right planner for us. She genuinely wanted to get to know Matt and I, who we were as individuals and who we were/are as a couple before digging into the planning. We gave her our ideas of what we envisioned, what we liked and what we didn't and she guided us through every single step of the way with us in mind. She helped us pick vendors that she knew our personalities and visions would work well with, which you learn is so incredibly important, not just the vision but the people with whom you entrust to make your visions come to life. One of the most important things Gina did for us was help us navigate the tenting process in order to secure our wedding date at the Chapel (true LIFESAVER)!! Gina never missed one single appointment that we had with a vendor, and she was always so quick to respond whenever I had a question or just needed to simply vent. When it came time for the wedding day, Gina made me feel so incredibly calm and that everything was taken care of (which it was). There are so many little details that go into a wedding, and Gina had every single one of them covered (down to babysitters for little kids). There was not one hiccup, and if there was I will never know about it. After the wedding was over all of our family and friends, said how this was truly the best wedding they had ever been to, promptly followed up with "We love Gina". It is safe to say that our wedding wouldn't have been what it was without Gina, she made our dreams into a reality. Without her, I don't know if I would have been able to enter the alternate universe that was my most perfect day. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
4.6/5.0
I was unsure, in the beginning, about hiring a wedding planner but thank goodness I did. It did not take long to realize just how much I needed Megan and her team at A Southern Soiree. They kept us on track and organized through the wedding planning process. Megan and Gina communicated with vendors and hotels, booked transportation, and even stuffed our welcome bags. These talented women helped find a calligrapher, received our RSVP's, found a specialty cookie and even a Vintage Red get-away truck! The weekend of the wedding, they were in charge and made sure everything ran smoothly. With a wedding party of 20 and with 325 guests, there is no way we could have had the happy experience we did without the professional help of A Southern Soiree.
I was unsure, in the beginning, about hiring a wedding planner but thank goodness I did. It did not take long to realize Read more...
I was unsure, in the beginning, about hiring a wedding planner but thank goodness I did. It did not take long to realize just how much I needed Megan and her team at A Southern Soiree. They kept us on track and organized through the wedding planning process. Megan and Gina communicated with vendors and hotels, booked transportation, and even stuffed our welcome bags. These talented women helped find a calligrapher, received our RSVP's, found a specialty cookie and even a Vintage Red get-away truck! The weekend of the wedding, they were in charge and made sure everything ran smoothly. With a wedding party of 20 and with 325 guests, there is no way we could have had the happy experience we did without the professional help of A Southern Soiree. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Gina was my wedding planner and was absolutely phenomenal. I HIGHLY recommend her. She was incredibly organized, knowledgeable, communicative, creative, kind, and fun. She made me feel like I had a real partner in the planning process who was as invested in the little details as I was. She understood my vision immediately, which was really important to me, because I wanted an outdoor, natural, low key wedding. She helped me find vendors that would fit with my style and had a great design sense. That helped make the barn where we had our reception look enchanting and magical, just like I had envisioned. She was unendingly patient and on top of all the logistical details, which made everything run smoothly. She's very honest and up front about the pros and cons of various decisions, which is incredibly helpful. Having Gina reduced my stress level enormously and made the entire process so much more relaxing and enjoyable. I strongly recommend her.
Gina was my wedding planner and was absolutely phenomenal. I HIGHLY recommend her. She was incredibly organized, Read more...
Gina was my wedding planner and was absolutely phenomenal. I HIGHLY recommend her. She was incredibly organized, knowledgeable, communicative, creative, kind, and fun. She made me feel like I had a real partner in the planning process who was as invested in the little details as I was. She understood my vision immediately, which was really important to me, because I wanted an outdoor, natural, low key wedding. She helped me find vendors that would fit with my style and had a great design sense. That helped make the barn where we had our reception look enchanting and magical, just like I had envisioned. She was unendingly patient and on top of all the logistical details, which made everything run smoothly. She's very honest and up front about the pros and cons of various decisions, which is incredibly helpful. Having Gina reduced my stress level enormously and made the entire process so much more relaxing and enjoyable. I strongly recommend her. Read less
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Chuck & Andy
Wedding:
5/28/2016
5.0/5.0
After meeting Southern Soiree's Megan and Gina, we knew we had made the right decision for our wedding. We had a vision for the wedding we wanted. Megan provided us with advice and options attain our desired look and feel for our wedding. Megan & Gina are both caring, responsive, budget conscious and truly wanted the best for our wedding. I was so impressed with their personalized service. We could not have done this without them. All of our guests have said, this was the ABSOLUTE BEST wedding they have ever attended". Thank you again, Southern Soirée !!
After meeting Southern Soiree's Megan and Gina, we knew we had made the right decision for our wedding. We had a vision Read more...
After meeting Southern Soiree's Megan and Gina, we knew we had made the right decision for our wedding. We had a vision for the wedding we wanted. Megan provided us with advice and options attain our desired look and feel for our wedding. Megan & Gina are both caring, responsive, budget conscious and truly wanted the best for our wedding. I was so impressed with their personalized service. We could not have done this without them. All of our guests have said, this was the ABSOLUTE BEST wedding they have ever attended". Thank you again, Southern Soirée !! Read less
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Corrie
Wedding:
5/14/2016
5.0/5.0
There aren’t enough words to express how much I loved working with Megan and Gina, and how much I miss them now! I knew upfront that I wanted to work with a planner for the entire planning process, but I’m blown away by everything Megan and Gina did. We all know that wedding planning is stressful, and even more-so for a Type A personality. Megan is a fantastic people-reader and figured me out pretty quickly. She kept me in the loop, reassured me she had everything, and made me feel incredibly comfortable so that I didn’t worry about all the details. From a practical standpoint, Megan and Gina ensured we used some of the best and most reliable vendors, that the budget was held to, I was veered away from making costly decisions (unnecessary chargers), and that alternatives were presented anytime there was a hiccup or potential change. This, for me, meant they were worth their weight in gold. To top it off though, they are sweet, charming, honest, and fun people! I was excited to spend time with them, not only to plan our wedding, but just to interact and there were always laughs. And sometimes tears which they always reassured were normal. They make you want to give them a bridesmaids dress and join your party rather than run it. Megan and Gina helped make Brad and my wedding day an amazing, easy, fluid, and unforgettable day. So, if you’re on the fence, take the leap over to the Southern Soiree side. It’s worth every penny!!
There aren’t enough words to express how much I loved working with Megan and Gina, and how much I miss them now! I knew Read more...
There aren’t enough words to express how much I loved working with Megan and Gina, and how much I miss them now! I knew upfront that I wanted to work with a planner for the entire planning process, but I’m blown away by everything Megan and Gina did. We all know that wedding planning is stressful, and even more-so for a Type A personality. Megan is a fantastic people-reader and figured me out pretty quickly. She kept me in the loop, reassured me she had everything, and made me feel incredibly comfortable so that I didn’t worry about all the details. From a practical standpoint, Megan and Gina ensured we used some of the best and most reliable vendors, that the budget was held to, I was veered away from making costly decisions (unnecessary chargers), and that alternatives were presented anytime there was a hiccup or potential change. This, for me, meant they were worth their weight in gold. To top it off though, they are sweet, charming, honest, and fun people! I was excited to spend time with them, not only to plan our wedding, but just to interact and there were always laughs. And sometimes tears which they always reassured were normal. They make you want to give them a bridesmaids dress and join your party rather than run it. Megan and Gina helped make Brad and my wedding day an amazing, easy, fluid, and unforgettable day. So, if you’re on the fence, take the leap over to the Southern Soiree side. It’s worth every penny!! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Megan, Gina, and the Southern Soiree team provided month-of coordination services for my wedding in Pittsboro. From the very beginning, Megan was extremely responsive and present throughout the planning process. She communicated clearly with me and my vendors, and was assertive when necessary without being pushy. I felt very comfortable deferring to her on things I wasn't sure about or didn't have the brain space to decide- timeline, reception layout, etc. She and Gina made me feel like I was their only bride ever, and their top priority. Megan also provided a calm, comforting presence when I needed it- the last few weeks of planning were stressful and she was happy to be a listening ear for me.
On the day of the wedding, Megan was there on the spot during the moments when I needed her, and managed to create a perfectly smooth wedding day without ever breaking a sweat. If there were obstacles, I didn't know about them, because I was so confident Megan had it under control. And she made sure the leftover cake and pie were packed into our getaway car. I highly recommend Megan and her team for flawless wedding coordination services.
Megan, Gina, and the Southern Soiree team provided month-of coordination services for my wedding in Pittsboro. From the Read more...
Megan, Gina, and the Southern Soiree team provided month-of coordination services for my wedding in Pittsboro. From the very beginning, Megan was extremely responsive and present throughout the planning process. She communicated clearly with me and my vendors, and was assertive when necessary without being pushy. I felt very comfortable deferring to her on things I wasn't sure about or didn't have the brain space to decide- timeline, reception layout, etc. She and Gina made me feel like I was their only bride ever, and their top priority. Megan also provided a calm, comforting presence when I needed it- the last few weeks of planning were stressful and she was happy to be a listening ear for me.
On the day of the wedding, Megan was there on the spot during the moments when I needed her, and managed to create a perfectly smooth wedding day without ever breaking a sweat. If there were obstacles, I didn't know about them, because I was so confident Megan had it under control. And she made sure the leftover cake and pie were packed into our getaway car. I highly recommend Megan and her team for flawless wedding coordination services. Read less
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Jessica
Wedding:
4/16/2016
5.0/5.0
I can’t say enough good things about Gina and her team from A Southern Soiree!! Gina ensured that everything was flawless and was so kind and professional throughout the entire process. She was so prompt when answering questions and when meeting with vendors she was incredibly helpful. Gina is truly gifted at what she does!! She made it so my family and I could completely relax and truly enjoy the wedding knowing that everything would be handled. She was so patient with us throughout the entire process! Honestly, my wedding came together perfectly and every little detail was so beautiful and came together exactly how I envisioned. Gina was able to keep things moving throughout the reception (which was about 200 guests, at The Bradford in April 2016) and even some of my guests commented that they had never seen a wedding planner who was so calm and kind. :)
Thank you Gina for working so tirelessly on our behalf! Please know how truly grateful we are for all that you did! I would strongly encourage any bride to work with Gina and A Southern Soiree!!
I can’t say enough good things about Gina and her team from A Southern Soiree!! Gina ensured that everything was flawless Read more...
I can’t say enough good things about Gina and her team from A Southern Soiree!! Gina ensured that everything was flawless and was so kind and professional throughout the entire process. She was so prompt when answering questions and when meeting with vendors she was incredibly helpful. Gina is truly gifted at what she does!! She made it so my family and I could completely relax and truly enjoy the wedding knowing that everything would be handled. She was so patient with us throughout the entire process! Honestly, my wedding came together perfectly and every little detail was so beautiful and came together exactly how I envisioned. Gina was able to keep things moving throughout the reception (which was about 200 guests, at The Bradford in April 2016) and even some of my guests commented that they had never seen a wedding planner who was so calm and kind. :)
Thank you Gina for working so tirelessly on our behalf! Please know how truly grateful we are for all that you did! I would strongly encourage any bride to work with Gina and A Southern Soiree!! Read less
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Kate
Wedding:
12/31/2015
5.0/5.0
Trusting Megan and Gina with A Southern Soiree with our wedding could not have been a more rewarding decision.

The entire day would have been a completely different experience without Megan & Gina there. In general, if there is not someone in charge who I sincerely trust and is talented, I naturally jump to be a leader and fill the void. I take things in to my own hands, do thorough research, and become a mini-expert in whatever the subject area may be. I make my own check list so I can be sure the person in charge has thought of everything down to the little details, because I usually have (I'm a fundraiser for a living!).

After a few emails and meetings, it became clear that I was in good hands and that I could turn any decision over to Megan. That she would think of everything--and what's more, that she would do all of it much, much better than I could ever do myself. That I didn't need to run through each step to pinpoint details that may have been forgotten, I didn't even need to know what the details were!

Going in to the wedding weekend, I knew I did not have to be a leader--I could just experience it all. And honestly, there is no greater gift that anyone could have given me. Every bride talks about how their wedding day flies by. I already am the type of person that hates when good things come to an end. So I knew I was susceptible to "how is it already over?!" wedding depression.

But much to my surprise, the day didn't fly by. I remember every single moment, and I was able to experience each one in an incredibly present way. And all thanks to Megan and Gina.

I could not have possibly planned my wedding without Megan and Gina. They nailed every detail. But the end result was truly spectacular, and a day I will never forget. They are talented, professional and were a treat to work with. You really cannot go wrong, and will not be disappointed.
Trusting Megan and Gina with A Southern Soiree with our wedding could not have been a more rewarding decision.

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Trusting Megan and Gina with A Southern Soiree with our wedding could not have been a more rewarding decision.

The entire day would have been a completely different experience without Megan & Gina there. In general, if there is not someone in charge who I sincerely trust and is talented, I naturally jump to be a leader and fill the void. I take things in to my own hands, do thorough research, and become a mini-expert in whatever the subject area may be. I make my own check list so I can be sure the person in charge has thought of everything down to the little details, because I usually have (I'm a fundraiser for a living!).

After a few emails and meetings, it became clear that I was in good hands and that I could turn any decision over to Megan. That she would think of everything--and what's more, that she would do all of it much, much better than I could ever do myself. That I didn't need to run through each step to pinpoint details that may have been forgotten, I didn't even need to know what the details were!

Going in to the wedding weekend, I knew I did not have to be a leader--I could just experience it all. And honestly, there is no greater gift that anyone could have given me. Every bride talks about how their wedding day flies by. I already am the type of person that hates when good things come to an end. So I knew I was susceptible to "how is it already over?!" wedding depression.

But much to my surprise, the day didn't fly by. I remember every single moment, and I was able to experience each one in an incredibly present way. And all thanks to Megan and Gina.

I could not have possibly planned my wedding without Megan and Gina. They nailed every detail. But the end result was truly spectacular, and a day I will never forget. They are talented, professional and were a treat to work with. You really cannot go wrong, and will not be disappointed. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Hiring Gina was the single best decision of our entire wedding planning process! No detail was too small and Gina had it all handled before we could even think to ask her. She managed everything expertly and did it with grace and a smile on her face.
Hiring Gina was the single best decision of our entire wedding planning process! No detail was too small and Gina had it Read more...
Hiring Gina was the single best decision of our entire wedding planning process! No detail was too small and Gina had it all handled before we could even think to ask her. She managed everything expertly and did it with grace and a smile on her face. Read less
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Michelle
Wedding:
10/17/2015
5.0/5.0
I had the privilege of working with Kelley Ann from Southern Soiree. At first, I was a bit hesitant to spend the money on a wedding planner, but since I work 12 hour days I didn’t want to do hours of research on my own.
One of my first meetings with Kelley Ann entailed us meeting at a coffee shop and looking at Pinterest so she could understand my vision for my dream wedding. It was fun planning a wedding with Kelley Ann, and luckily she took away hours of research because she already knew the best venders (for my vision and budget). Kelley Ann came with me to my floral, cake and food tastings. It was like having a friend hold your hand and lead you in the right direction the entire time. I had no clue how much detail went into planning a wedding. She made sure the band and caterers had all the equipment they needed and that all the vendors got to the house on time on the day of the wedding. I couldn’t imagine having to deal with all the stress of coordinating with all the vendors.. Instead, I was celebrating and drinking glasses of champagne with my bridesmaids.
Even during the wedding Kelley Ann was making sure that the guests were having a good time and everyone had a drink in their hand. I had one diva moment at the wedding… I had a cake INSIDE the house and everyone was having such a good time outside. When she told me it was time to cut the cake, I insisted we move it outside into the tent. Everyone was hesitant to move the 4 tier cake, but Kelley Ann made it happen!
After the ceremony, my husband and I both agreed that we could not have pulled off the perfect wedding without Kelley Ann. It would have been chaos, but instead it went so smooth and it was one of the best days of our lives!
I had the privilege of working with Kelley Ann from Southern Soiree. At first, I was a bit hesitant to spend the money on Read more...
I had the privilege of working with Kelley Ann from Southern Soiree. At first, I was a bit hesitant to spend the money on a wedding planner, but since I work 12 hour days I didn’t want to do hours of research on my own.
One of my first meetings with Kelley Ann entailed us meeting at a coffee shop and looking at Pinterest so she could understand my vision for my dream wedding. It was fun planning a wedding with Kelley Ann, and luckily she took away hours of research because she already knew the best venders (for my vision and budget). Kelley Ann came with me to my floral, cake and food tastings. It was like having a friend hold your hand and lead you in the right direction the entire time. I had no clue how much detail went into planning a wedding. She made sure the band and caterers had all the equipment they needed and that all the vendors got to the house on time on the day of the wedding. I couldn’t imagine having to deal with all the stress of coordinating with all the vendors.. Instead, I was celebrating and drinking glasses of champagne with my bridesmaids.
Even during the wedding Kelley Ann was making sure that the guests were having a good time and everyone had a drink in their hand. I had one diva moment at the wedding… I had a cake INSIDE the house and everyone was having such a good time outside. When she told me it was time to cut the cake, I insisted we move it outside into the tent. Everyone was hesitant to move the 4 tier cake, but Kelley Ann made it happen!
After the ceremony, my husband and I both agreed that we could not have pulled off the perfect wedding without Kelley Ann. It would have been chaos, but instead it went so smooth and it was one of the best days of our lives! Read less
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