Category: Ask the Experts

15 Things You Didn’t Know a Wedding Planner Does

You’re engaged, you’re ready to start planning your dream day, but you have no idea where to start. Don’t worry! We got this! Do I need a wedding planner? Is it worth the investment? ​Without a doubt, the answer is always YES! Over and over, our couples reach out to thank us for the role…

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Ask The Experts: How Wedding Stationery Impacts the Guest Experience

  We got the chance to sit down with Sarah and Celeste with Allegra Iowa City (based in Coralville) to talk about ALL things stationery! They have a combined 19+ years in the industry and are passionate about their craft. Celeste opened up her Allegra franchise a year ago after acquiring Zephyr Weddings & Zephyr…

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Ask the Experts: Incorporating Your Cake Design into Your Wedding Theme

If you are struggling to incorporate your cake design into the rest of your wedding theme, you aren’t alone! Choosing your wedding cake can be super overwhelming, but it’s the sweetest part of wedding planning. The design of your wedding cake is such a fun way to incorporate your wedding design into your reception look…

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Ask the Experts: Wedding Makeup 101

Melissa Banes got her start in the beauty industry 10 years ago, and has been loving making women feel good about themselves ever since! She was a part of the first-ever graduating class at Capri College, with a dream to work at the number one beauty company in the world, MAC cosmetics. Melissa moved to…

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The Wedding Experience March 2018

We had a blast at this year’s The Wedding Experience at Ashton Hill Farm in Cedar Rapids! It was such a fun alternative to your typical bridal show and allowed the guests to experience a fully executed wedding event. We and the other vendors provided our insight into best practices for planning and execution. The…

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Ask the Experts: What Do I Do with My Dress After the Wedding?

Soirée is lucky to work with some of the best in the wedding industry, and today’s guest blogger is one of our favorites. Jessica Attere is the owner of dress shop Brides by Jessa offering exclusive gown designers as well as great service through their one-on-one appointments. Additionally, she offers Premier Appointments which are held…

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Styled Shoot: Navy & Emerald Scottish Wedding

Carrie, the amazing principal photographer at Geno Photography, asked me a couple months ago to participate in her Scottish styled wedding shoot. I was overjoyed to help her make this wedding vision come to life! All the vibrant, emerald and navy elements made this shoot so beautiful! Swoon! It’s simply gorgeous, don’t you agree? Thank…

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Teaching Event Planning at the University of Iowa

Within our work in the event planning industry, one of the things that we are passionate about at Soirée is giving back to the community. Whether we’re donating some fresh flowers to a nursing home or going the extra mile for a client, it all makes what we do every day worth it. Here is…

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