I am so excited about this color palette! It was inspired for an idea for a promotion shoot that we are working on with Urban Rose Photography and Stella’s Design. They are just moving to a beautiful new location in downtown Spokane! The space is clean and modern with a touch of classic romance. I am getting so excited to see how the photos for this shoot turn in. Until then, I’ll be swooning over theses colors!| 0 comments
You might be thinking, do I need an event coordinator? This is a normal question. Here are our top 10 reasons why the answer to your questions is, “Yes!” and the top 10 reasons you will never regret hiring a coordinator.
10. Save Time
The average couple spends over 200 hours researching and planning a wedding. Planners have already done the research and can expedite this process immensely. You can spend less time planning and more time enjoying your soon-to-be-spouse!
9. Save Money
For full coordination clients, planners are able to get clients discounts through their preferred vendors. Planners can also prevent clients from spending money on things that will have little impact on their event, or come up with creative ways to save money.
8. Save Friends
When planning events, weddings especially, it is easy to accidentally put stress on the people closest to us. These are the people who you want to enjoy your event and be there as your friends and family, not as your event coordinators.
7. Keep on Budget
Planners will have a very realistic idea of what things cost. Event costs can add up quickly and it is important to be straightforward and vigilant with keeping a budget on track. Event planners can help facilitate this process.
6. Offer Advice and Creative Guidance
Planners have seen many events and know what works and what doesn’t. They are devoted to making your event go as smooth as possible. They are also up to date with fun and creative ideas in the industry and are likely excited and willing to share.
5. Creating a Timeline (that works!)
Anyone with Word can create a timeline and many people do this for their events. But, creating a timeline that flows seamlessly and makes sense for how your events will move and flow throughout your event takes expertise and planning. Event planners can make this process much easier.
4. Acts as the Go-To Person
You may be hosting your event, but that doesn’t mean you should be the one that your event team is checking in with. – you should be enjoying your guests and your party. Event planners act as the go to person, so that you can sit back and enjoy!
3. Handles Crisis
More than just being the go-to person, event planners will be your trouble-shooters in case anything goes awry. Many times things go wrong that the hosts are not even aware of because their event planner handled it before it got out of hand.
2. Makes your Wishes a Reality
Event planners have the knowledge, expertise and production skills to make sure that what you want to happen is what happens. If you want to have fire dancers at your event, but have no idea the safety, licensing and logistics of making that happen, event planners can make it happen so that your event is exactly how you envision it.
1. Minimize Stresses and Maximize Fun
The number one reason to hire a planner is to enjoy, enjoy, enjoy. A host should never have to spend their event worrying; they should be celebrating the momentous occasion. Having a planner will allow you to do this!
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Spring is here! And, we are so excited about relaxed outdoor occasions. We were requested to make a grey and yellow color palette with sunflowers from our friends at Amber Lay Events, and are quite excited with what we came up with. Sunflowers to me are so cheery and fun, but they also offer a very stark, beautiful color that is best used with moderation. I used a neutral grey and a muted chambray to tone the the yellows, but also enhance that breezy, light and relaxed feel that was wanted. I hope you enjoy this new take on yellow and grey!
References in order of appearance, top to bottom, left to right: 1. Bing 2. Milla Boutique 3. I Tend to Whisper 4. Lands End 5. Zazzle 6. Ruffled 7. Style Me Pretty 8. Wanelo 9. Pinterest 10. We Heart It| 0 comments
This palette is inspired by one of our lovely brides for 2013! We cannot wait for her festive and relaxed event!
Photo References: In order of appearance from top to bottom, left to right: 1. Style Me Pretty 2. Revel 3. Awesome Food 4. Michelle Nagle 5. Etsy 6. Martha Stewart Weddings 7. Pinterest 8. Wedding Whimsy 9. Pinterest 10. Anne Sage
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We had so much fun with helping plan this wedding for an Alaskan bride, Natasha. Natasha had a clear vision for her event and just needed a little help making that happen. And, it’s always great to have onsite help when you are planning from afar. Natasha had already chosen her venue when she got in contact with us, the White House in Coeur D’Alene. It could not have been a more beautiful backdrop for their day. With a team that included Stacie’s Cakes, Mangia Catering, Music Maker DJ and Michelle Nagle Photography, it was a great event for all!
We were particularly impressed with how well these photos from Michelle Nagle turned out! Just gorgeous – enjoy!
It has been about a week since our fabulous intern, Sue has left Soiree. We miss her dearly, and hope all of our readers enjoyed reading her wedding trends and viewing her wonderfully styled color palettes each week. Thank you Sue for all of your hard work, and best of luck to you in the future!
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We can hardly begin to describe the fun-loving energy that surrounded Cody and Libby’s September wedding. What a fantastic group of people. Libby and Cody wanted their wedding to be personal and they wanted people to have FUN! Libby was one of those amazing brides that realizes the importance of creating a comfortable and fun environment for her guests. Friends and family pitched in to turn their home into a venue and housing for the weekend using tents, tables, chairs and linens provided by Event Rents. We have never seen so many people willing to pitch in to create a beautiful event and then enjoy their hard work so well. Guests danced the night away to the Luke Jaxon Band and enjoyed food by Couple of Chefs, while Matt Shumate Photography captured all of the merriment. We feel so lucky to have enjoyed the day with them!
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When we heard that there was a new venue in town, we could not help but want to have a little photo shoot fun in a brand new place! Luckily, we are fairly familiar with the staff at The Glover Mansion who does all the bookings and catering there, and gave them a quick call. Kellie, their Catering Sales Director, was excited about the idea and we got to work. We called up one of our favorite photographers, Matt Shumate Photography, and when he said, “Yeah!” we knew this would be a great day! We had so much help in putting on this shoot. It’s always so fun to collaborate with such great team members. The superb crew is listed below all the eye candy!
The Fabulous Team:
Styling: Soiree Event Design, Venue Coordination: The Glover Mansion, Photography: Matt Shumate Photography, Baked Goods: Just American Desserts, Rentals: Event Rents, Paper Goods: Papermade Invites, Dress: Storybook Bridal, Hair: Jaymie Smith of Sunny Bunz Salon and Spa, Make Up: Modern Apothecary, Lighting: Amp’d Entertainment, Florals: Special Touch Florist and Gifts, and Models: Ken Johnson and Chelsea Hendrickson| 0 comments
One year ago, on October 14, 2011 Soiree Event Design opened its doors. By October 15, we had our first booking and its seems that the ball has been rolling at that speed ever since! We owe the Spokane community a huge thank you for the warm welcome, we are so proud to be a part of this industry with so many talented professionals.
A Note from Jess:
Before I share the laundry list of things I have been thankful for in the past year, and the life lessons Soiree has taught me, I have a story to share. Last week, Ali and I were sitting in our office working and sipping our coffee. I looked down at my google calendar and said “It’s going to be Soiree’s one year anniversary soon!” Ali looked at me and said, “Wow! What a year.” We shared a glance and exploded in a fit of laughter. That may not make a lot of sense to anyone but us, but the past year has been a whirlwind in both a personal and professional sense. It seems as though we have been through it all! It’s been a crazy adventure, and I couldn’t be more happy to be going through it. I look back at the last year and I giggle… so much has happened since we opened our doors, I never could have imagined how far both Ali and I have come. Its been a wild ride and I am excited to see where it takes us!
What we have learned from Soiree:
- We would be NOWHERE without our friends and family. Life and work have a way of throwing some crazy curve balls, and a support system is essential to survival. Thank you to all of our friends and our dear, sweet families. Without all of you, we would not have been able to make this leap.
- Fro-Yo, coffee, a hot shower or a nap can solve most of life’s problems, or at least make them feel more manageable. And, when all else fails, have a glass of wine, go to bed and try again in the morning.
- Always have a contingency plan. And, pack an emergency kit.
- Making someone’s day run smoothly, and seeing a smile on their face is one of the best feelings in the world.
- Balance is an important component in happiness and sanity… although we have yet to fully achieve it.
- Glitter is almost impossible to wash out or clean up and we will probably be finding glimmers of it in our office until our next anniversary.
- Being early to anything is a good idea.
- Learning to say “No,” or “Yes, but is will cost a little extra” is an important practice in business sustainability.
- Never underestimate the value of a comfortable pair of shoes.
- It’s important to be a serious professional, but never take yourself too seriously.
- Spokane has some of the most welcoming, honest and hard working people I have ever encountered.
- Our clients are our inspiration… making their visions and dreams a reality is more fulfilling than we ever expected it to be. And, like Lance at Big Show, we’re just “love junkies!” We love being around couples in love and if we’re at a wedding, we’re both going to cry!
A Note from Ali
It seems like a month ago that Jessica and I were baking at her house and whimsically imagining this business together. I cannot believe that already one year has passed since we officially opened our doors. Thinking of all we have accomplished in that year gives me a indescribable sense of pride in our little business and in ourselves. I am so lucky to have the opportunity to enjoy this ride. And, thank goodness for my partner in crime on the journey! I know that as a team, Jessica and I are able to overcome more challenges and bring more to the table for our clients. This year has taught me the importance of accepting support from others, our professional community and our friends and family.| 0 comments
I love off setting a bright color with a neutral or something more subdued. Bright salmon with a rich navy seem perfect to me. And, an easy way to work in those blush wedding dresses that I see popping up everywhere!
References in order of appearance from top to bottom, left to right: 1. Sweet and Saucy Shop 2. Wedding Dress Love 3. The Sartorialist 4. Zsa Zsa Bellagio 5. Andi Mans Photography 6. Lauren Conrad 7. Etsy 8. Project Posh 9. Etsy 10. Style Me Pretty| 0 comments