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Stephanie · Married on 09/20/2014
I can't say enough fabulous things about Southern Soiree. I worked with Kailey - she truly made our wedding weekend the fairytale wedding that I have always dreamed of!! She was everything and more that you want by your side as you plan your wedding - kind, caring, calming, organized, detail oriented and the list could continue! The Southern Soirée team is one of the best investments that I made during the entire wedding planning process. From the bottom of our hearts, thank YOU.Sent on 01/05/2015
A Southern Soiree's reply:Stephanie, it is so nice to hear that you enjoyed our services and had an amazing day! We were so lucky to be apart of your special memory and appreciate you choosing us to help you plan everything! Hope all is well and I will pass along the appreciation to Kailey!
Jonathan · Married on 09/13/2014
I cannot rave enough about how amazing A Southern Soiree is. My fiancé and I worked with Kailey Branham who went above and beyond to make our day as special as it could be. She ensured that our day would be nothing less than perfect. From assisting with the coordination of vendors, to helping us determine how to setup our venue, to rectifying any issues we had, she didn't rest until everything was finalized. She made us feel very reassured throughout the entire process, and was always professional, organized and readily available. I would, without a doubt, recommended working with A Southern Soiree to help make your day a fairytale.Sent on 09/24/2014
A Southern Soiree's reply:Jamie and Jon, I am so glad that you both enjoyed your special day and that you welcomed A Southern Soiree into being a part of it! I loved getting to know both of you and being able to help plan the day you both have always dreamed of! Hope you are both doing well!
Jennifer · Married on 07/26/2014
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!Sent on 08/18/2014
Taylor · Married on 07/12/2014
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!Sent on 08/21/2014
Victoria · Married on 07/05/2014
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!Sent on 07/21/2014
Bethann · Married on 06/28/2014
Megan and Gina were AMAZING! I was planning a wedding from out of town and they made the entire process a wonderful experience. Appointments were well planned so I could meet vendors all in one day and at varying price points. Their experience working with vendors was far above my expectations. I was worried that working full time and trying to plan a wedding would be stressful but with their services and experience it was a breeze. I was thrilled with their onsite services the day of the wedding as well. Each of my emails was answered in a timely manner and they continue to assist me even now as I have questions and follow ups with vendors. They were willing to arrange meetings around my schedule and on weekends when I knew they were busy and they also helped with the tedious task of RSVPs and seating arrangements. Their work with the hotel coordinator was always on target and even when there were glitches they were handled- often without my knowledge so I wouldn't' have to stress. I couldn't have been more pleased with their services! I HIGHLY recommend A Southern Soiree to 'encore' brides and those working full time or for those who are planning events out of town. Without them it would have been a circus and I would have been VERY stressed out!Sent on 09/09/2014
Kristin · Married on 06/14/2014
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!Sent on 06/24/2014
Kyle · Married on 06/07/2014
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!Sent on 06/10/2014
User3618263 · 2+ years ago
We loved our experience working with Kailey from A Southern Soiree from start to finish. My husband and I first had contact with A Southern Soiree initially at a bridal show and were very impressed...and unlike other planners/vendors made my husband feel comfortable and like an important part of the planning process. We could have gotten married, but we couldn't have had the type of wedding we had without Kailey and everyone at A Southern Soiree. The suggestions, recommendations for vendors, and ability to plan ahead and keep us on track and on top of things were invaluable! The day went off without a hitch and she really helped bring our vision to life. Would recommend very highly!Sent on 01/26/2015
A Southern Soiree's reply:I am so glad your husband felt important and included in the process, it couldn’t happen without him and I hope every groom feels that way on their special day as well as the bride; it truly is a day all about your love story and future and I’m so glad you and your husband felt comfortable putting A Southern Soiree in charge of that beautiful memory!
Jessica · Married on 05/30/2014
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!Sent on 06/02/2014
suzanne · Married on 05/25/2014
Gina was just fabulous. I plan a lot of events in my work, so I tend to have a very critical eye, but everything related to our wedding was flawless.Sent on 09/16/2014
From our first meeting to the last drop-off, Gina was fantastic - professional, helpful and insanely responsive. She had lots of great recommendations, and I had no worries that everything was going to be perfect the day of the wedding with her in control. Despite my husband and I making last-minute decisions and changing our minds about things along the way, she was great - took it all in stride and gave us just right amount of prodding to keep things on track.
We knew the day would fly by and there's just no way everything would have been as perfect as we had hoped without her. Highly, highly recommend!
Karen · Married on 05/17/2014
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.Sent on 05/22/2014
Tim & Sandy · Married on 05/03/2014
"....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.Sent on 06/02/2014
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
User4069651 · 2+ years ago
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.Sent on 04/29/2014
User4034772 · 2+ years ago
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.Sent on 04/22/2014
Molly · Married on 03/29/2014
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!Sent on 04/02/2014
Beth · Married on 03/08/2014
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!!!!!)Sent on 04/02/2014
Delaina · Married on 01/31/2014
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!!!Sent on 02/13/2014
Kelsey · Married on 12/07/2013
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.Sent on 01/06/2014
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!
User3743438 · 2+ years ago
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:Sent on 01/29/2014
- 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!!
John · event on: 11/03/2013
A Southern Soiree greatly assisted with the planning and execution of my marriage PROPOSAL. I had contacted a number of wedding planners who were unwilling or unable to assist. Megan, the owner, responded to me quickly and was enthusiastic, positive, and full of great ideas. She brought in Gina to help and she had the same level of enthusiasm and positivity. They really went the "extra mile" helping me scout locations, work out logistics, and arranged wonderful music, photography and a picnic. And the cost was extremely reasonable. My (now) fiancee was thrilled and surprised and gave me (and A Southern Soiree) an "A+"!!! GUYS: If you need help putting together a special proposal, contact "A Southern Soiree".Sent on 11/04/2013
Brittany · Married on 11/02/2013
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!!Sent on 12/08/2013
Jessica · Married on 10/19/2013
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!Sent on 11/11/2013
Courtney · Married on 10/12/2013
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.Sent on 11/05/2013
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!
Libby · Married on 10/05/2013
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.Sent on 10/19/2013
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.