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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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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 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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Anonymous
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Recently Married
5.0/5.0
My advice is to book them! Gina Johnston is an amazing professional who is able to handle all the details, coordination, problems, and concerns with a smile on her face. She really took the pressure off of me and, if anything went wrong, I surely did not notice. I was able to enjoy not only my daughter's wedding but also the entire process because I knew Gina had everything in hand. Gina's ideas have great flair and elegance. She was able to find the right balance between my preferences and my daughter's. Hiring A Southern Soiree, and particularly Gina Johnston, was the best wedding decision that I made. You will not be disappointed!
My advice is to book them! Gina Johnston is an amazing professional who is able to handle all the details, coordination, Read more...
My advice is to book them! Gina Johnston is an amazing professional who is able to handle all the details, coordination, problems, and concerns with a smile on her face. She really took the pressure off of me and, if anything went wrong, I surely did not notice. I was able to enjoy not only my daughter's wedding but also the entire process because I knew Gina had everything in hand. Gina's ideas have great flair and elegance. She was able to find the right balance between my preferences and my daughter's. Hiring A Southern Soiree, and particularly Gina Johnston, was the best wedding decision that I made. You will not be disappointed! Read less
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Hilary
Wedding:
10/15/2016
5.0/5.0
Working with A Southern Soiree was hands-down the best decision I made in the entire wedding-planning process. I had a pretty good handle on how I wanted things to look, but we were planning from out of state and I knew I needed someone local to help guide me through the process. We were matched up with Kelley Ann for month-of coordination, and I cannot believe how lucky we were to have her help! Month-of was much, much more that just your typical day-of coordination, and Kelley Ann is just amazing. She gave me vendor recommendations that were spot-on and within my budget, (gently) guided us through the best way to order events, and navigated some tricky family politics with grace and tact. She explained every step in advance, was very responsive by email (my preferred form of communication since I live three time zones away), and checked in on me throughout the process. Our entire day was absolutely flawless. As Kelly Ann put it, her goal was to make me feel like a guest at my own wedding - and that's exactly what happened. I didn't stress about a thing the day of the wedding, and if anything went wrong I never knew about it. Every time I think back on our wedding day I can't help but beam with happiness. I am so grateful, and really cannot recommend Kelley Ann and A Southern Soiree enough.
Working with A Southern Soiree was hands-down the best decision I made in the entire wedding-planning process. I had a Read more...
Working with A Southern Soiree was hands-down the best decision I made in the entire wedding-planning process. I had a pretty good handle on how I wanted things to look, but we were planning from out of state and I knew I needed someone local to help guide me through the process. We were matched up with Kelley Ann for month-of coordination, and I cannot believe how lucky we were to have her help! Month-of was much, much more that just your typical day-of coordination, and Kelley Ann is just amazing. She gave me vendor recommendations that were spot-on and within my budget, (gently) guided us through the best way to order events, and navigated some tricky family politics with grace and tact. She explained every step in advance, was very responsive by email (my preferred form of communication since I live three time zones away), and checked in on me throughout the process. Our entire day was absolutely flawless. As Kelly Ann put it, her goal was to make me feel like a guest at my own wedding - and that's exactly what happened. I didn't stress about a thing the day of the wedding, and if anything went wrong I never knew about it. Every time I think back on our wedding day I can't help but beam with happiness. I am so grateful, and really cannot recommend Kelley Ann and A Southern Soiree enough. Read less
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Colin
Wedding:
10/8/2016
5.0/5.0
Megan and her team at A Southern Soiree are VERY experienced professionals that are constantly FOCUSED on making their clients' dreams come true. They deliver in a SPECTACULAR fashion that also allows for the client to sleep well at night! I had the wonderful opportunity to work with Megan and her team on my daughter's wedding in North Carolina. Although I live in Texas, Megan's outstanding and timely communication process made the geographical distance disappear. When evaluating wedding planners for my daughter's wedding, I was looking for FIVE things. First, I needed to work with someone who was CREATIVE. Megan's ideas were both original and unique while remaining focused on cost-effectiveness. Second, I was looking for EXPERIENCE...serious experience. Besides her extensive time spent in the field of wedding and event planning, one attribute that definitely made Megan stand out among her peers was her past formal training at one of the world's foremost hospitality companies. Third, it was imperative that the EXECUTION of the plan was flawless. She exceeded anything I could have imagined a planner to do on the day of the event. Fourth, I needed to work with someone who is HONEST. Due to her trustworthiness, I felt that an easy forum for collaboration with Megan resulted in a fabulous outcome. Fifth, it was important to work with someone that likes to have FUN. If you focus solely on the stress and anxiety at the expense of not having fun, was it all really worth it? Enjoy the journey and share it with someone who instills confidence that all of your DREAMS will come true.
Megan and her team at A Southern Soiree are VERY experienced professionals that are constantly FOCUSED on making their Read more...
Megan and her team at A Southern Soiree are VERY experienced professionals that are constantly FOCUSED on making their clients' dreams come true. They deliver in a SPECTACULAR fashion that also allows for the client to sleep well at night! I had the wonderful opportunity to work with Megan and her team on my daughter's wedding in North Carolina. Although I live in Texas, Megan's outstanding and timely communication process made the geographical distance disappear. When evaluating wedding planners for my daughter's wedding, I was looking for FIVE things. First, I needed to work with someone who was CREATIVE. Megan's ideas were both original and unique while remaining focused on cost-effectiveness. Second, I was looking for EXPERIENCE...serious experience. Besides her extensive time spent in the field of wedding and event planning, one attribute that definitely made Megan stand out among her peers was her past formal training at one of the world's foremost hospitality companies. Third, it was imperative that the EXECUTION of the plan was flawless. She exceeded anything I could have imagined a planner to do on the day of the event. Fourth, I needed to work with someone who is HONEST. Due to her trustworthiness, I felt that an easy forum for collaboration with Megan resulted in a fabulous outcome. Fifth, it was important to work with someone that likes to have FUN. If you focus solely on the stress and anxiety at the expense of not having fun, was it all really worth it? Enjoy the journey and share it with someone who instills confidence that all of your DREAMS will come true. Read less
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Probably the best decision we made was to use this company!
Probably the best decision we made was to use this company!
Probably the best decision we made was to use this company! Read less
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Suzanne
Wedding:
8/13/2016
5.0/5.0
Kelley Ann is a super hero in the form of a wedding planner! She planned and coordinated the absolute best day of my life!! There is no way I could have done it without her. Weddings can be stressful but with Kelley Ann, you know everything is being taken care of. ...and that is a huge compliment coming from this type-A perfectionist.

She took the time to get to know me and James, and she held my hand through the whole process. She designed our vision board, and she nailed it! I also really appreciate her creativity to ensure that we stayed within our budget. She is extremely professional, flexible, and organized, but above all else, she is a wonderful person and an absolute pleasure to work with. Without an ounce of doubt, I would highly recommend hiring Kelley Ann!! I wish I could re-live my big day over and over. It was just so perfect!
Kelley Ann is a super hero in the form of a wedding planner! She planned and coordinated the absolute best day of my Read more...
Kelley Ann is a super hero in the form of a wedding planner! She planned and coordinated the absolute best day of my life!! There is no way I could have done it without her. Weddings can be stressful but with Kelley Ann, you know everything is being taken care of. ...and that is a huge compliment coming from this type-A perfectionist.

She took the time to get to know me and James, and she held my hand through the whole process. She designed our vision board, and she nailed it! I also really appreciate her creativity to ensure that we stayed within our budget. She is extremely professional, flexible, and organized, but above all else, she is a wonderful person and an absolute pleasure to work with. Without an ounce of doubt, I would highly recommend hiring Kelley Ann!! I wish I could re-live my big day over and over. It was just so perfect! Read less
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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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Bethany
Wedding:
5/14/2016
5.0/5.0
Words cannot express how thankful I am for A Southern Soiree and all that they did for us in planning our wedding. My husband and I worked directly with Gina Johnson and she was absolutely stellar! We choose the full service option so Gina and I worked closely to plan our wedding for a little over a year, she was beyond detailed oriented and kept planning right on track. The true testament to her amazing work was the wedding day. It was PERFECT. Every single detail was in place and she handled the vendors with ease. I could not imagine planning a wedding without Gina and A Southern Soiree and I wouldn’t want to!
Words cannot express how thankful I am for A Southern Soiree and all that they did for us in planning our wedding. My Read more...
Words cannot express how thankful I am for A Southern Soiree and all that they did for us in planning our wedding. My husband and I worked directly with Gina Johnson and she was absolutely stellar! We choose the full service option so Gina and I worked closely to plan our wedding for a little over a year, she was beyond detailed oriented and kept planning right on track. The true testament to her amazing work was the wedding day. It was PERFECT. Every single detail was in place and she handled the vendors with ease. I could not imagine planning a wedding without Gina and A Southern Soiree and I wouldn’t want to! Read less
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