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Soirée’s Guide to: What We Cannot Do For You!

We (kindly and lovingly💜) cannot… We are always so excited to tell you all the things we absolutely WILL do for you, but we want to make sure your expectations are clear for what we won’t do too. It isn’t that we don’t want to though! It is just that there are real limitations on…

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Ask the Expert: Wedding Insurance

A purchase worth it Wedding, or special events, insurance is one of those things that we ALWAYS encourage our couples to purchase. Whether it can help in the situation your venue closes, or the unthinkable happens, we only wish the best for our couples. We asked insurance & industry expert, Christa Payne with Country Financial…

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A letter to our clients: The COVID-19 Pandemic

Dear clients, We are thankful that you have chosen Soirée, and we want to do our best to make sure that we follow through with the trust you have put in us. In light of CDC recommendations of no more than 50 people gatherings held in the U.S. over the next eight weeks, we want…

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Jenny & Jim’s Wedding at Rapid Creek Cidery in Iowa City, IA

Meeting the Old Fashioned Way Jenny and Jim met each other online… you know, the old fashioned way! After months of writing each other back and forth, Jenny decided they needed to meet in person and go on a real date. She wasn’t looking for just a pen-pal! They made a plan to have their…

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Jenny & Michael’s Wedding at Buchanan Winery in Tipton, Iowa

Falling in Love and Getting Engaged Jenny & Michael met in the Social Work program at the University of Iowa. She remembers thinking that he was “super cute” on the first day of class. A group project and some carpooling later, they were officially dating by their second semester! How sweet! The engagement is a perfect…

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Soirée’s Guide to: Hotel Shuttles vs. Hired Transportation

How do we get here and there? A big question that pops up often for our planning couples is all about transportation! Should you book transportation for your wedding party, family, and guests attending the wedding? Or, does it make more sense to use the (many times, free) shuttle provided by your hotel? It can…

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Soirée’s Guide to: Hotel Room Blocks

One of the most common topics we end up discussing at length with our couples is all about accommodations for their wedding guests. To make this discussion a little easier, we wanted to put together a guide that helps you as you’re deciding on how many rooms, where to reserve, and what you should know…

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Ask the Experts: You Need a Videographer

We recently sat down with Teressa from TKM POV, one of Iowa’s talented cinematographers who rocks at wedding videography! Here is what she shared with us about her craft, her vision, and why you need a videographer! We get it. Weddings can be expensive. And typically, one of the biggest expenses is the photographer. So…

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Alexis & Jase at the Red Barn at Pine Creek Ranch in Marengo, Iowa

Sweet, Rustic, Country Wedding We loved being able to help coordinate Alexis & Jase’s wedding day last fall at the Red Barn at Pine Creek Ranch in Marengo, Iowa! It was gorgeous and we couldn’t be more thrilled to help out with their special celebration. We don’t have any photos to share of this one,…

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Kari & Scott’s Wedding at Usher’s Ferry in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

When You Know You’ve Found The One Kari and Scott met each other online. As most of us know, this is a pretty common thing these days! But, it doesn’t always turn into the practically picture-perfect love story like it did for this couple. When we asked them how they knew they found “the one,”…

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