Services

Planning a wedding should be fun and as stress-free as possible. That’s our motto. Our ultimate goal is that by the time you get to your wedding day, you are relaxed and excited to see everything come together perfectly (and we are too!). We truly love what we do and it is reflected in our relationships with our clients. We are blessed to call many of our clients friends even after the big event.

Although we all have very different personalities on our team, we are very much a family and love to laugh about everything (including ourselves). Beginning with your first consultation, A Southern Soiree will guide you through the planning process and help you slow down, take a breath, and enjoy the experience!

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Full Service Wedding Planning

From start to finish, we are with you every step of the way! We will work with you to plan the day of your dreams, while keeping your budget and schedule on track. Leave the details to us and enjoy the wedding you’ve always dreamed of:

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Unlimited Phone, Email, and Face-to-Face Consultations  //  Budget Development and Cost Saving Solutions  //  Venue, Vendor Selection and Attendance at all Meetings  //  Vendor Contract Negotiation and Review  //  Assistance with Design and Decor Development  //  Coordination and Direction of Rehearsal, Ceremony and Reception  //  Etiquette Guidance Throughout the Decision Making Process  //  Assistance with Menu Planning and Room Diagram, Layout  //  Hotel Room Block Coordination  //  Detailed Timeline for Wedding Party and Vendors  //  Contact all Vendors Prior to Wedding to Confirm Final Details  //  Distribution of Final Payments and Gratuities to Vendors on Day of Wedding  //  Secure all Gifts and Personal Items at End of Event  //  Unlimited Hours of Direction on Day of Wedding  //  Any other Wedding Planning Needs!

Corporate Event Planning

Planning your corporate event can be an intimidating process, and you have enough to worry about. You could tour venues, get price quotes from vendors, negotiate, make sure there is enough food and drink, worry if the entertainment is good enough, create a timeline, and try to keep the event on a schedule and within budget.

Or you could let our corporate event planners take care of everything for you, giving you the peace of mind that everything will be handled by experts, and you’ll be able to actually enjoy the event.

Your company’s events are an opportunity for you to affirm your reputation and create lasting impressions. From annual holiday parties and fundraisers, to product launches and awards dinners, if your business needs help with an event, contact us today for a complimentary consultation!

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Business and Venue Consulting

Our team is now excited to offer business consulting services to venues as well as other event related businesses within the industry.  Having worked in over 100 venues throughout the states of North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia, our team’s understanding of the market and what is necessary for a venue or other event related business to be successful in exceeding client expectations and setting themselves apart from the competition is unmatched.  Our consulting services are custom created for each client, but some popular offerings include a competition analysis, a customized plan for social media, a complete review of current packages, and pricing structure guidance for future growth.  We look forward to speaking with you soon about the growth and future success of your business.

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Wedding Planner Megan Gillikin is Available for Speaking Engagements throughout the United States

Speaking Engagements

The above are just some of the groups that Megan Gillikin has spoken to.  With a degree in Hospitality Management and a Master’s in Business, as well as over 10 years of industry experience working in hotels, restaurants, and the event industry, Megan enjoys speaking at various universities and conferences about her background, her experience within the industry, and other relevant topics related to the event field.  Recent topics of discussion include Attracting Millennials and Vendor Social Media Etiquette.  Please feel free to contact us directly to discuss specific opportunities for speaking engagements!

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Why Hire Us? Or Are You the Right Wedding Planner for Me?
Because planning a wedding is a big deal and there are no do-overs when it comes to getting it right.  We live and breathe that motto and we will go out of our way to exceed your expectations! We take great pride in being the best there is out there.  Just like you hire professionals (doctors, carpenters, electricians, etc) for other areas in your life, planning a wedding is no different and you should hire an expert to help you plan and manage the details of one of the most important days of your life.
Where do you plan events? Do you travel?
We are based out of Raleigh, NC but plan weddings all over the southeast.  From the coast to the mountains, we love designing weddings at new and familiar destinations, so contact us today!
Is there a minimum event budget you work with?
Yes, we work best with clients that have a minimum budget of $40,000 for the event. For smaller, more intimate celebrations please reach out to us directly for more details. On average, our clients spend as a whole for the entire wedding (dress, flowers, invitations, venue, etc) around $300-$500 and up per guest.
How do you determine which consultant is available for my date?
You are more than welcome to specify a preference for a particular consultant if you feel a special connection with one of us after reading over our bios!  Otherwise, we will check availability for the date and one of our team members will reach out to you to connect and learn more about your event!  We only take on a certain number of clients per consultant to make sure the time and effort put into each of our events maintains a certain level of quality.
Do you offer day-of/month-of coordination?
Our day-of coordination is much more than just help on the day of the event!  Because of this, we have renamed this package our month-of planning package!  Yes, we happily offer this package but only within a limited timeframe from your event during our peak months.  If you are certain you want us as a part of your wedding team, we recommend hiring us today!
Do you work with clients that don’t live in the area?
Absolutely!  About 40-45% of our clients are not local to the area!  We are very comfortable working around your schedule and planning in advance for your trips into town!  This is where some of our customized planning tools can really come in handy to ease stress or anxiety about planning a wedding in a place where you are not currently located.
What is your pricing?
Our pricing is based on many factors (time of year, location, number of guests, consultant, services we are providing).  However, as a point of reference, our month-of package starts at $2,000.  Contact us directly for full service pricing!
Any more words of wisdom?
Hiring a planner is a big decision.  We recommend you choose someone who you feel truly gets you. TRUST is the key ingredient to an amazingly stress-free experience working with us!  We do this job because we love it and we are passionate about it. Because of this, we too (just like you!) want to work with an individual because we feel our personalities and styles match. Our goal for all our clients is to amaze, delight, and exceed their expectations.   With many of our clients, we form lifelong bonds of friendship while planning for the big day and enjoy keeping up with them and staying in touch long after the wedding day is over! If you like to laugh, want to enjoy planning your wedding and hand the hard parts over to an expert, contact us today!
Do you offer internships? Are you hiring?
We do take on an intern every summer as well as offering some seasonal shadowing opportunities throughout the year.  Please know that although we would love to be able to connect with each and every person interested in joining our team, due to the volume of inquiries we get we are not able to get back to everyone as our first priority is to our clients!  Although we are not currently hiring for any paid positions, we are always keeping our eyes open for someone super special and we hope that person is you.

Testimonials

Patty

As a mother of the bride for my twin daughters' weddings this summer, Kelley Ann with A Southern Soirée was a huge blessing for my daughter's Durham wedding. I remember asking her after the wedding if all of her weddings go as smoothly as ours and she humbly said , "I hope so". She is a wedding planner extraordinaire. Kelley Ann is exceptional and was such a joy and pleasure to work along side.
Patty, Mother of the Bride (twice)

Jessica

Where do I even begin?? My fiancé, Mike, and I ended our wedding night saying none of this could or would have been possible without Megan and this was not the first time we made comments like this to one another. Throughout the whole process, which was actually fun and enjoyable thanks to A Southern Soiree, we would say we don't know how anyone does this without Megan.
Jessica, Bride

Erin

Beyond excellent. If she is available for your day then you are one lucky bride! I worked with Megan and Gina. They not only handle every little detail, vendor, and problem, they are warm and caring and wonderful people.
Erin, Bride

Lisa

Hiring Kelley Ann with A Southern Soirée was the 2nd best decision I made for my wedding (the first was picking my husband!). She made everything so easy on me, my mom and my hubby, and being that my mom and I are type A must-be- in-control, list-making kind of people, the fact that she was too and was so organized put me at ease after our very first meeting and she never failed us. Anyone can be a wedding planner, but it takes someone like Kelley Ann to really pull off the perfect wedding, someone who makes you and your hubby feel truly important throughout every step.
Lisa, Bride

Michelle

I had no clue how much detail went into planning a wedding. Kelley Ann 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.
Michelle, Bride

Corrie

There aren’t enough words to express how much I loved working with Megan and Gina, and how much I miss them now! 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. 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.
Corrie, Bride

Emma

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. She 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, she 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 she 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.
Emma, Bride