Notes From Our Clients

I know we’ve talked about this already, but Matt and I wanted to reach out again and say THANK YOU for everything! We are so, so grateful for all that you did to help us have the dreamiest, most perfect wedding day. We could have never predicted a global pandemic the year of our wedding or a derecho the week of our wedding, but you helped make sure our wedding was still everything we hoped for (and then some!). Your attention to detail and availability at all hours is a bride’s dream – I hope I didn’t abuse it too much! Your contacts and friends in the wedding business literally brought a vision in our mind to life. Can we also add how your presence (and Emily’s) at our wedding made the day ZERO stress for Matt and I? It’s literally amazing how low stress the day was because you were on top of EVERYTHING. As someone who is incredibly type A, I can’t believe I was able to leave all of the details to you and just enjoy our big day. Please know this means the world to both of us.
Thank you again for everything you did to ensure our wedding was a success – it was the best day of our life. ❤ We wish you the very best and will recommend you to everyone we know getting married!
Nicole & Matthew
Nicole & Matt

I chose Emily with Soirée as our wedding Weekend Coordinator! This worked out perfectly as I already had a vision in my mind of what I wanted my wedding to look like and be like. That being said, I was still able to lean on Emily every step of the way– she truly is an expert on all things wedding!!! Every time I connected with Emily, I always felt so much more confident and better about the countless wedding decisions my husband and I were making.

Prior to our wedding day, we were in touch with Emily regularly and she even reached out to all of our vendors to ensure we were all aligned a couple weeks ahead of time. She came to our rehearsal to make sure the day of the ceremony would run smoothly– and it SO did, because of Emily.

On the day of the wedding, Emily came with a rolling bag filled with all essential items and checked in on me regularly. She was prepared for anything! As Emily worked behind the scenes, her intern, Aidan, really never left my side throughout photos and helped with my dress consistently!!! It was magical! Both Emily and Aidan were able to assist with some of the small detail items that needed to be placed around the venue as I began to get ready for my day! Emily also didn’t leave until everything was shut down and wrapped up at the venue that night. So crucial!

I truly had a wonderful experience and highly recommend Emily’s Weekend Coordination with Soirée!

Lindsay & Chad

Emily was amazing. If you are stressing about who to choose for your planner, don’t. Soiree is what you need. My wife and I met/talked with Emily multiple times and she really took the time to get to know us and what we wanted for our big day. She is friendly, nice, fun, professional and great at her job. Our wedding was fairly complex – it took place on a family farm using multiple vendors for food/dessert and our family provided some other items to use i.e. chairs/tables/utensils etc. There was a great deal going on, but Emily and her team took care of EVERYTHING. She coordinated times, directed employees, and who knows what else, because I didn’t hear about any issues. My wife, her family (the hosts), and I did not stress one bit. And when the day came, everything was perfect. We couldn’t have been happier and we are so happy we chose to go with Soiree. Emily will make your day perfect. Check out her website and then give her a call.

Martha & Stephen

Emily – I can not thank you enough for everything you did for us throughout our wedding process! I don’t exaggerate when I say that you held everything together. Between my inexperience with planning a wedding and the chaos of COVID, I truly know we couldn’t have done it without you. Not only did you provide significant emotional support for us, you helped contact vendors, answered all my questions day or night, and literally helped organize every single part of the wedding day so it flowed perfectly. I had such piece of mind going into wedding weekend because of your detailed timeline, our meetings, and your advocacy for me. You are AMAZING and I cannot thank you enough for helping make my vision a reality!! Also, thank you to Alexis for me as she also did an outstanding job on the day of the wedding. She was a great advocate for me all day and made sure the photographer knew what pictures I wanted.

<3 Morgan Fergus

Morgan & Chase

Caitlyn, I just wanted to thank you again for the excellent job you did with our special day on Saturday. As father of the groom, I only got involved tangentially in the planning of the wedding and a little in the execution of the plan during the weekend. That said, as a former SVP of the Strategy, Planning and Governance unit of a large multi-national company I can tell you that the planning and execution I saw from you was something I was always looking for in my teams and my leaders. In addition, you brought a calming influence to the team that was critical to ensure we “stayed on track” and focused on the big picture – namely making sure the bride and groom had a perfect day. And what a perfect day it was!

Derek, Father of the Groom

Without a doubt, our day, our weekend, would not have been as perfect as it was without Sara. If an issue came up she handled it without throwing any of us off track or really even to my knowledge! Which was perfect! Sara is honest but professional and so much fun! If I started to get anxious or nervous she was there to calm me down and assure me things were going wonderfully!!! I can’t not imagine having had my wedding day without her by my side. She was energetic the entire day (more so then me the bride!! Hahah), kept things moving along at the perfect pace, and kept us all smiling and laughing the whole time. There isn’t a party or wedding I wouldn’t want her by my side for.

Courtney, Bride

Emily is truly amazing! She listened to what we wanted for our wedding and made it happen. She provided great vendor contacts and we loved every one of them. Our wedding was the simple, elegant celebration we wanted it to be. We didn’t have to worry about anything except getting married that day!

So even if you are a type A control freak – like me- you can rest assured Emily will give you the wedding of your dreams and do it all with a smile.

Tina & Chris

Where do I even start! Thank you so much for helping us plan our dream wedding. It was truly a fairytale and we are so thankful you were a part of it. Thank you for your patience, kindness, and always calming me down. Thank you also for all your love, support, and prayers for our marriage! I’m so grateful God brought you into my life not just as my wedding planner, but my new amazing friend! – Love, Brittany

Brittany & Michael

Thank you so, so much for everything you have done for us in planning our special day. It was truly the most perfect day and everything we could have ever asked for! I can’t imagine going through the entire process without you! Choosing you as our wedding planner was the best decision we made, and we need to keep in touch. Thanks again!

Brittanie & Blake

A thousand Thank Yous will never be enough to express my extreme gratitude for you! I appreciate you always being there, day or night! You kept me calm and helped with any stress I may have felt! You helped make my special day come to life and for that I deeply thank you! I loved knowing that I was always in good hands! through this process I have gained a life long friendship! You rock my face off!! Thank you from the bottom of my heart for everything! I cannot wait to continue to hang out! – Much love, Kate & Andrew

Kate & Andrew

How do I even begin to thank you? Words could not express my gratitude towards you. Whether you think it or not, you saved our wedding day. Thank you for keeping me grounded, positive, and hopeful. Thank you for doing most of the dirty work. Thank you for taking the initiative to text me instead of just waiting for me to contact you first. I don’t know what I would have done without you. I am so proud of you for starting Soirée. Your talent is going to help so many people on one of the biggest, most important days of their lives. I am your biggest fan. Please don’t let this wedding be the end of our friendship. We love you. Thank you again! xo

Ambrea & Melanie

Emily, Where to even start?! Tim and I wanted to send you a huge “Thank You” for all the big and little ways you helped to make Brittanie & Blake’s wedding a special, glitch-free day! You were the calm voice and soothing smile we needed when the rest of us were going into panic mode. You thought of all the things that the rest of us completely forgot. So glad you could be there for us! With much appreciation!

Tim & Betty, Parents of the Bride

Thank you very much for all your help with making our wedding absolutely perfect and the planning process very stress-free. It has really allowed us and our families to enjoy this exciting time. Best of luck to you and your growing business!

Stephanie & Blake

Thank you for all your help in planning & executing Michelle & James’ wedding! You were amazing! I don’t know how you do it. Everything was perfect. Michelle looked so calm and even I was able to relax. I hope to see you when I get back to Iowa City. Thank you again! All the best.

Rosemary, Mother of the Bride

Thank you so much for all your hard work from the big details to the small details and everything in between! You are truly a class act! I am so honored to call you my wedding planner and friend! I don’t know how I could have pulled off this day without you. I wish you every success! ?

Michelle & Adam

Emily is unbelievably organized and will make your day everything you dreamed it would be. Her knowledge of venues and vendors, attention to detail and professionalism are just a small part of what makes her the best wedding planner around! From the moment we met her until the last guest left she went above and beyond our expectations. Thank you, Emily, for making our son and daughter-in-law’s wedding unforgettable!

Kelly Hein, Mother of the Groom

Thank you so much for helping us plan our wedding. Everything turned out exactly like we wanted, and that is thanks to you. From early meetings, to any questions we had, to the actual day, we mean it when we say we could not have done it without you! We appreciate you traveling to Chicago and being flexible with our schedules. You have our full recommendations and we hope to see you doing another Chicago wedding soon!

Elyssa & Alex

Emily is amazing! She helped us with almost every detail of our wedding including choosing invitations, negotiating with vendors and coordinating with our ceremony and reception venues. She was also always available to answer emails or meet to discuss any problems that came up during the planning process. The day of the wedding she managed every detail, from making sure vendors were in place to working on the decor at the reception venue. I would highly recommend working with her, she really put all of her energy into making sure our wedding was everything we hoped for.

Jessica & Aaron

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for being our wedding planner! Thanks for putting up with us! You are the BEST! You literally made our day completely stress free! You are absolutely incredible! Words cannot express how truly grateful we are for you! Thank you!

Katie & Sean

Words cannot express how thankful Sam & I are for your beyond amazing wedding planning skills. You are such a wonderful person and faced whatever problems came up. Everything was perfect and we definitely have you to thank for that! Thank you times a million! Lots of Hugs, Mr. & Mrs. Claus

Jillna & Sam

Please work with Emily! You’ll have enough to focus on so let the team take care of all the little details. Working with Emily truly made getting married a magical life event that I could remember for all the right reasons instead of one that I stressed out over. Thanks again!

Janelle & Stephen

Words will never express how grateful our family is to you. You saved our wedding! You are absolutely amazing! This wouldn’t have happened without you. You were a calming presence these past few months and during the wedding weekend. Thank you for making everything go so smoothly. Everything looked amazing. You are a dear person to us, and I hope our friendship continues.

Mackenzie & Brad

I will never be able to adequately express my gratitude to you! You were always so friendly, prompt, and helpful. You truly are the whole package! Our wedding ceremony and reception were amazing! The terrace was beautiful and the petals turned out perfectly!  The reception hall was gorgeous! Thank you for all your recommendations and suggestions. We had the time of our lives! You are truly the one to thank for it all!

Sean & Amber

We (and all of our guests) had a fabulous time and we wish we could do it all over again! All of the vendors you recommended were truly a pleasure to work with. One of the greatest pleasures was getting to know you. We appreciate all the little things you did for us. You were not just our wedding planner, but a friend…you really did make our wedding dreams come true!

Kerry & Nick

We can’t thank you enough for all that you did to make our day amazing! Thank you so much for making the day stress-free and enjoyable for Nate and I. You were so accommodating and helpful throughout the entire process. We had endless compliments from our guests about the service and coordination during the entire night. Everything was perfect and you were a HUGE part in that. Thanks again!

Tara & Nate

Just wanted to say thank you for all your time and effort with helping us plan our wedding. It truly would not have been possible without your help. You have a special talent!

Erika & Jason

Thank you so much for all of your help in the planning of our big day. I don’t know what we would have done without you. You kept me reminded of some of the small thing I may have otherwise forgotten. You are a brave woman dealing with soon-to-be-brides. Your professionalism is apparent!

Brandon & Kira

From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for making our wedding day a dream come true! We greatly appreciate everything, and we hope to see you soon!

Noelle & Robbie

I never got to say thank you for everything you did to make Jillienne & Paul’s wedding a dream, come true. We’ve received lots & lots of great compliments and many have said this was the best wedding they’ve ever attended!  Thanks so much!

Vicky, Mother of the Bride

Thank you so much for making our wedding day perfect! I am so grateful for all you helped me with over the last year and a half. Your team helped make the day run smooth. I could not have asked for anything better!

Becky & Jake

Emily was absolutely wonderful to work with every step of the planning process! We came to work with Emily after our initial wedding venue fell through, and she saved the day. She went above and beyond the call of duty when it came to finding a new venue, setting up appointments, and making sure that every detail was taken care of on this important day. Moreover, her connections with vendors and her expertise in the industry helped us craft a day that not only fit within our budget, but went beyond our expectations. On the actual day of the wedding, Emily was there to ensure that every detail went as planned! I will always be grateful to Emily for helping us personalize our wedding day, and for ensuring that everything went just as we had envisioned. I strongly, strongly urge you to consider Soiree for your wedding day! You won’t regret it.

Mackenzie & Brad

I want to say thank you so very much for making our wedding absolutely perfect! You were wonderful to work with, you always said yes to my ideas, and most importantly you followed through on everything. You made the planning fun & enjoyable, and the wedding unforgettable!

Jen & Joe

It is difficult to express how grateful, happy, and impressed we were and still are for you. Throughout the process you were fantastic to work with and made everything so easy. I so enjoyed our meetings and countless emails (sorry!), and I feel like I not only gained a husband and a fabulous wedding, but a friend in you. I am so thankful you oversaw our wedding. Thank you so much for everything. We wish we could do it all over again!

Elana & Chris

Thank you so much for all of your work to make our wedding so wonderful. We had a great time and so did our families. Everything went so smoothly! I hope you had as much fun as we did! Thanks again.

Suzanne & Nathan

Emily McMahon is 100% hands down the reason we were able to focus on each other and our guests during the best day of our lives. She has been so insightful through the last year and I cannot believe all of the things she did to make it happen! Every wedding needs an Emily! Thank you so much, my only regret is not getting a photo with you!

Jackie & Rob

Thank you so much Emily for all the help you brought to my mom and with the party. The party wouldn’t have been complete without the help of you! It was the best party I have ever experienced and I had so much fun! Thank you for the animal crackers! From, Aaron

Emily, Thank you so much for giving us the most amazing party on Saturday. I was honestly in love, and so were all of my friends. I thought everything turned out so awesome and we couldn’t have done it w/out your help! Thank you again. From, Heidi

B’Nai Mitzvah

We can’t thank you enough for everything you did for our wedding day & the whole wedding planning. The day was amazing and beautiful.  I would not have changed anything.  Every time I think about it, it makes me smile! ? Let us know if there is anything we can do for you!  We need to stay in touch.  We will be back in Iowa City a lot!

Megan & Sean

Emily-Words will never express how grateful our family is to you. You saved our wedding! This wouldn’t have happened without you. You were a calming presence these past few months and during the wedding weekend. Thank you for making everything go so smoothly, and for setting up the head table, picture table, and gift table.  They looked amazing. You are a dear person to us and I hope our friendship continues.

Lynn, Mother of the Bride

I seriously can’t thank you enough for your help on our wedding day! Thank you for decorating, transporting, packing cars, keeping us on our timeline, delivering drinks to our parents and head table, etc. You truly are wonderful at what you do and I can’t thank you enough for all of your help on our wedding day! <3 you!

Kolbi & Scott

Because of Emily, our entire wedding weekend was seamless!! Leading up to our big day, she was always eager to meet up to talk over all the minute details and take diligent notes, meet with our vendors with us, and was incredibly responsive to all of our questions in a very timely manner. From day one, we felt very confident in Emily’s ability to carry out our vision and all of our wishes for our celebration. No task was too big or too small for her, and she always did everything with a big smile! She is such a kind, warm, and compassionate person, yet assertive, incredibly detail-oriented, and knows how to get things done. We can’t imagine having had our wedding without her. Seriously, every wedding needs an Emily! A million thank yous!!

Naomi & Derek

It was absolutely beautiful and everything was perfect!! I couldn’t have asked for anything to be done differently! And thank YOU again for all of your help – everything was so flawless!! All 3 parents said they were getting compliments over the weekend about how gorgeous and great the wedding was – and we could not have pulled that off without you! And a special thanks for putting up with everyone – I know our crowd can be a bit to handle at times. Thank you for everything! It was such a pleasure working with you!

Sara & Dan

Emily, We can’t thank you enough for all your hard work at our son and daughter-in-law’s wedding on Saturday at Celebration Farm. We were able to sit back and enjoy the whole night. I ran some friends to the hotel, because they had missed the shuttle. My husband called me and told me I didn’t need to come back because everything was already cleaned up! Amazing! We were both in bed by midnight! You came highly recommended and it is easy to see why! Best wishes to you as your business grows and your family expands!

Dee Dee, Mother of the Groom

Thank you so much for being the best wedding planner! Thank you for helping to make our wedding day absolutely perfect! It truly was the best day of our lives! We cannot tell you how much we appreciate how organized, dependable, and fun you were throughout the entire planning process! You made planning a wedding stress free!! It was so comforting to know that you were there to make sure everything went smoothly… and it definitely did! You always made yourself available for any questions or concerns we had & we will be forever grateful for that! Emily, it was an absolute pleasure to work with you and we will recommend you to everyone! Thanks again & we hope to see you soon!

Lauren & Ben

Emily is AMAZING! She is the most helpful person and has so much wedding experience that she will put you completely at ease. She is so positive and accommodating with every aspect of wedding planning.


Jessica & Scott