SoiréeSmith - Wedding Planning for Chicago & its North Shore
 
North Shore Chicago Wedding Planner
 
 
 
 Photography: Robyn Chew

Photography: Robyn Chew

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I’m passionate about the diversity of experiences of my urban lifestyle and my much-loved home in Winnetka on Chicago’s North Shore.

If you were to follow me as I worked, on any given day you would see me meeting with clients, attending industry events, spending countless hours reading about and researching all aspects of the modern events business.

If you were to follow me during my personal time you would find me enjoying my family, spending time with my friends.  I am drawn to all things beautiful; from a perfect polka dot dress to a chilled glass of Rose wine, to the sleek vintage sports car.


I believe that the key to planning a memorable wedding is to never lose focus on the reason for the celebration.  That you are creating a family that day.

When I work with a couple on their event, I immerse myself in their tastes.  From one on one meetings, to following your social media, I excel at listening and absorbing your style.  I’ll also make suggestions, based on my own decades of experience, with the goal of helping you to realize your own stylistic vision for your event.

My creative process is client focused and high touch by nature.  I strive for quality over quantity in the number of events I plan annually to allow myself, and my clients, the time needed to realize their individual aspirations.

 

 


Origin & Etymology of SoiréeSmith

  a distinction of a maker of social gatherings                  

                                                  - First Known Use: 21st century

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Andrea's Beliefs
 

The Wedding Baseline

  • 1 month out: Turnover Meeting!

We sit down and ensure all the moving pieces are in order. Vendor contracts are reviewed and become my responsibility. From this meeting out, I am the main point of contact.

  • 3 weeks out: Timeline Established. 

A detailed and thoughtful itinerary for the weekend is established and signed off by you. This is now communicated to your vendors and bridal party by moi!

  • 1-2 weeks out: Vendor Walkthrough.

Final tour of the venue with key vendor team members!

  • 1 week out: Item Handoff.

Physical handoff of all day-of items that you don't want to worry about carting around yourself. 

  • 1 day out: Rehearse!

Walkthrough with your wedding party. Lead (or assisted) by SoiréeSmith at the ceremony venue. Final reminders to everyone before sending you off to celebrate that night!

  • The Big Day: Stress Free!

This is where we shine and why you need SoiréeSmith! All the finer details we've carefully crafted take over, and are monitored by myself and assistants.

Services provided on the day (but not limited to):

  • Timeline management
  • Oversee vendor load in & setup according to plans
  • Assist in dressing of bride and bridal party
  • Coordination of bridal party items & bridal suite clean up
  • Transportation management
  • Place card arrangement
  • Table counts and place setting refinement
  • Collection and organization of all personal items, gifts etc. at the conclusion of the night
  • Distribution of any final payments and gratuities to your vendors
  • Always ready for any "emergencies", items needed etc.

          After the Wedding: Follow up!

Reviews welcomed! We will submit your wedding to publications (with permission)

 

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Some of the other ways SoiréeSmith can help....

Vendor Referrals, Management & Contract Negotiation

Overwhelmed by the options? Don't know who might fit your budget vs. what you love on Pinterest? Contracts not your thing? What is reasonable to ask for? This might be an obvious add on for you!

     Hotel Room Block & Welcome Packages

Have a lot of out-of-town'ers? Multiple hotel room blocks?        Want to Impress your guests upon arrival? Looking for creative theming to your welcome box?

 
 

Transportation Management

How do you get people from hotels to ceremony to reception & back again?!? Bridal party photos with multiple locations? Let SoiréeSmith handle & worry about the logistics! You and your squad just show up!

Decor Details

Have an underlying theme you want to communicate across invitations, floral and more? Want a guide through comparing proposals, finding the perfect paperie and design company? This part is for you! Probably our most common add on!

 

Have a different reason to celebrate? Talk to us!

We LOVE all types of Soirées!!

Birthday parties, Graduations, Showers! 

 

Please reach out! I'd love to get to know you and how we can best make your life easier!

(312) 315-2441

 
Andrea thought of all the aspects that would help our picture-perfect wedding day come to life. Both her personable and organizational skills are top-notch and she never forgot even the smallest detail. I would highly recommend using Andrea as a wedding planner to my family and friends.