Soiree Spotlight: Custom Diagrams

We are so proud of the work that we do to make sure that our clients have the events they dream of without the stress of having to do it themselves. We wanted to take a little time to brag about a little bit about our custom diagrams. We do these for all of our clients, including our day-of bookings! They provide a great resource that helps to keep your wedding or event running smoothly. If you want the piece of mind of knowing just how everything will look and be placed on your big day, give us a call!

Limited Summer Dates Still Available!

Soirée still has limited dates available for later in the summer! These dates are filling up, but if you’re still looking to book  from July – October, contact us by email at info@designbysoiree.com or give us a call at (509) 688-9472. We would love to be a part of your special day!

Real Wedding: Courtney + Ian

 

We were so honored this summer to have been a part of Courtney + Ian’s wedding day. Their special wedding was filled with personal touches that showcased their fun personalities and their strong connections to their family and friends. Congratulations Courtney + Ian, and thank you so much for including us in your beautiful wedding!

 

 

Venue: Deer Lake Resort

Photography: Rachelle Christian Photography

Caterer/Baked Goods: Couple of Chefs

Real Wedding: Mikaela + Joe

 

We were honored to have been a part of Mikaela + Joe’s wedding at St. Augustine parish and the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox this past July. Their elegant day featured special touches, from a beautiful ring warming ceremony to a fun photobooth from Amp’d Entertainment that incorporated their family and friends, as well as their personalities. Congratulations Mikeala + Joe, and thank you for allowing us to be a part of your special day!

 

Photographer – Fancy Fin Photography

Ceremony Venue – St. Augustine Parish

Reception Venue: Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox

DJ/Uplighting – Amp’d Entertainment

Photobooth – Amp’d Entertainment

Caterer – Glover Mansion

Baker – Sweet Frostings

Makeup – Modern Apothecary

Officiant – St. Augustine’s Priest

Florist – Special Touch

Rentals – Event Rents

Real Wedding: Kayce + Simon

 

We loved having the honor of working with Kayce and Simon for their wedding last year. The day was filled with personal touches and sweet details that showed the couple’s personality perfectly. Being able to help bring their vision to life was an amazing experience. This beautiful day was also featured in a post on Apple Brides! See their post for even more photos of this sweet wedding.

 

 

Photography: 2ee’s Photography

Venue: Barn on Wild Rose Prairie

Flowers: Special Touch Florist

Cake: Just American Desserts

Catering: Flavours by Sodexo

Stationery: The bride (Big Picture Classes)

Band: Los Lunas Brothers

Real Wedding: Anna + Kevin

 

We were so fortunate to have been a part of Anna and Kevin”s wedding this summer at On River”s Edge.  It was a particularly special occasion for us, as Anna is a part of the Soirée family as a past intern. Their wedding was full of personal details, like the paper cranes that were handmade for the occasion, and lots of I denne kategori af spilleautomater skiller Tivoli Bonanza sig ud. special touches, like the pies that family members brought and the ceremony officiated by a close family friend, that made the ceremony and reception an intimate affair. With a team consisting of Creative Catering, Special Touch Florist, and the talented Distinction Studio, the wedding was a beautiful event to remember. Their special day was also featured in a post on Apple Brides. Congratulations Anna and Kevin!

 

Event Planning: It’s a Wonderful Life

Not everyone has a job that has variety, excitement and fun. But, at Soiree, we do. Think about it. Basically our job is planning parties. OK, that’s the simplistic version of a day in the life of an event planner. In reality, it’s so much more.

We thought you might like to have an inside view of what we do every day. So, let’s begin by pretending you are a bride looking for help planning your outdoor wedding, which is 11 months away. We start by telling you what we can do and finding out how involved you want Soiree to be: we can plan and choreograph everything, or just the parts you don’t want to handle.

Our vendor list includes bakers, florists, photographers, dress designers, tuxedo rental personnel, musicians—the list is long and comprehensive.

Maybe you want us to take care of finding a DJ, photographers and party rental vendors. You know a band that you’ll contact, but you want us to find a DJ for the reception. You ask us to find a photographer who can go beyond traditional wedding photos to include some fun innovative portraits. You’re also on a budget and want to keep the cost down, so you’ve requested the services of a taco truck but need affordable table settings and linens.

Now, we get to work. We look through our list of vendors to find those we think are suitable—DJs, photographers and party supply vendors. We put together a price list with some samples of their work and send those to you. We include a diagram of the wedding setup and give our phone numbers to, you and involved family. From the vendor list, you choose the ones you like and we make all the arrangements. From now on, we’ve got this.

For the wedding, we attend the rehearsal for an hour to help cue bridesmaids and groomsmen. The wedding day we are there for eight hours to make sure that everything runs smoothly. We’ve checked with the vendors and everything is running as planned. We’re pretty sure that all our ducks are marching lock-step in a row when you arrive at the church to begin taking photographs.

Just as guests are being seated, however, your brother whispers to us that band didn’t show up. Gulp. Wait, the DJ is here and he has a tape with some traditional music and some mariachi. Good. We’re covered.

The taco truck arrives, planning business as usual. But making each guest wait several minutes for a plate of food is not going to work. People want to sit down and eat together. We wrestle some eight-foot tables out to the garden and start plating rice and beans rigging up a buffet line. The vendors make tacos at warp speed and the guests. Another crisis averted. Your guests have no idea that the wedding was anything other than perfect.

Having an event planner made your life and your families’ stress free. Advanced planning minimizes glitches and your day is everything you dreamed it would be. As for us? Does anyone have as much fun at work as a wedding planner? Maybe. Does anyone have more fun? Absolutely not.

 

Trends for Bridesmaids

One of my friends was joking around about planning her future wedding the other, and we got to talking about one of my favorite topics associated with weddings: bridesmaids! I always enjoy seeing the ways that bridal parties support, encourage, and love their friends on their big days, and can’t help but think of my amazing girlfriends and how much fun they would make my wedding day. (Off in the future, of course!!) So this week, I thought to focus on the bridesmaids and some fun trends for them to rock on your big day!

1. Lace

Photo Courtesy of Southbound Bride

Lace and weddings are a classic combination, and it isn’t just for the bride! One of the biggest wedding trends in the last couple of years has been lace dresses for your bridesmaids, too.

 

2. Skirts

Photo Courtesy of Wedding Party

This trend snuck up on me while I was making a color palette recently, and I love it! Having your bridesmaids match a simple top and a statement skirt is not only unique, but also provides something that your girls can actually wear again! Plus, since the skirt is on a smaller scale than a dress, it can be a great way to incorporate a brighter color or pattern without overwhelming your girls.

 

3. Sweaters

Photo Courtesy of One Wed

It’s definitely sweater weather! For weddings that are taking place during colder times, adding a simple cardigan can keep your girls warm while they stand beside you and support you!

 

4. Mismatched Dresses

Photo Courtesy of Love and Lavender

This trend has really taken off, and I could not be more obsessed. I love the idea of allowing your bridesmaids to incorporate their personal style and add their own flair to your day. The best part of this trend is that there are so many different ways to do it! You can select one dress in different colors, pick one color and have your girls pick their own style, provide a few different options for your bridesmaids to pick from, or just provide shades and let their style shine. Not only will your bridesmaids be able to truly love their dresses, but they might even bring out shades of your color scheme that can add to the beauty of your big day!

 

5. Unique Accessories

Photo Courtesy of Bridal Musings

Similarly to mismatched dresses, this trend let the fun and funkiness of your favorite girls shine through. You can keep your bridesmaids cohesive while also celebrating their unique styles by having them wear different shoes or jewelry. Also, this lets your girls make the ultimate choice for themselves: heels or flats?

References In Order of Appearance: 1. Southbound Bride 2. Wedding Party 3. One Wed 4. Love and Lavender 5. Bridal Musings

Real Wedding: Ali + Ben

 

Ali and Ben by Crystal Madsen Photography

We felt so lucky to be involved in Ali and Ben’s June 22 wedding at Trezzi Farm. From the moment we met with them, we knew this was going to be a happy occasion filled with family, friends and smiles. Just look at this couple, how could you not smile in their presence?   Ali included so many personal touches throughout the venue to make their day reflect their bright personalities! Even when it looked like rain, this bride was all smiles.

One thing that made this day especially special was the wonderful group of volunteers and loved ones that contributed. A large group of loved ones helped with set up in the morning, the couple’s friends Art and Lisa played the ceremony music and Nick and Addy Grow (also friends of the couple) were the MC and DJ!  Guests enjoyed a lovely and authentic Italian dinner provided by Trezzi’s wonderful chef Davide, followed by cupcakes from Sweet Dreams. The beautiful floral arrangements were provided by Fleurtations Floral, and the day was expertly captured by Crystal at Crystal Madsen Photography! Congratulations Ali and Ben and thank you for including Soirée in your wedding day.

 

Destination Weddings: Amy and Joe

Destinations weddings are becoming increasingly popular. According to weddingindustrystatistics.com, destination weddings now make up 24% of all weddings! We wanted to take a more personal look at the process of planning a destination wedding. So, Ali’s sister, Amy, was kind enough to share a bit about her destination wedding in Costa Rica. Amy and Joe’s beautifully personal ceremony is the perfect example of how destination weddings are truly about the couple. I asked her a few questions about how the experience was to gain some insight into planning a wedding abroad:

 

Why did you decide to do a destination wedding?
I have never really been the person who had an idea of my “dream wedding”, so the day was really about how we wanted to begin our life together (which I think is what it should be about). We love traveling, and wanted something that was small, very laid back and really focused on the vows and marriage.   Joe and I decided on a private ceremony in Costa Rica with a reception for family and friends in Montana in the summer.
What was the most difficult part of planning a destination wedding?
We didn’t want to do a typical destination wedding, where the resort takes care of finding photographers, caterers, officiants, etc. Instead, we found the vendors/site on our own, which was probably the most stressful aspect.  Also, most of the vendors spoke Spanish which made planning a little more complicated.   While it took a bit more effort on our part initially, everything came together really well for the day of the wedding. We ended up staying at a B&B in a very small coastal fishing town.  The owners of the B&B allowed us to get married in their orchard and were our witnesses for the wedding.  I created my own bouquet from flowers/plants I collected that morning, did my own hair (with help from Joe) and makeup. We hired a photographer as well as a lawyer to perform the ceremony. It wasn’t anything fancy, but it was perfect for us.
What would you tell future brides contemplating a destination wedding?

It worked wonderfully for us, but it might not be for everyone.  Be flexible, know your budget and enjoy the adventure. Don’t be afraid to elope if it is what you truly want.
What was your favorite memory of your wedding?
Its hard to choose just one thing, but I think my favorite memory was having Joe help me get into my wedding dress.  It is something most brides wouldn’t consider, but it was perfect for us. He was involved in helping me get ready for our day, which was really special for both of us. I also really enjoyed spending the entire day with Joe – we went swimming with sea turtles in the morning, sat on the deck overlooking the ocean while we ate lunch, and exchanging our personal vows.
Soiree note: Thank you so much to Amy and Joe for allowing us to share about your wedding experience. We are so excited for your Montana reception and wish you the best in the future!
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