our team has

over two
decades of
experience

Owner Tara Guérard and her "Soirettes" organize every event from either their spacious studio in Charleston or their office in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood. Endless excitement and energy, and more than two decades of experience make Soirée one of the most sought-after event designers in the country.

Tara Guérard

Owner/Creative Director

Erica Missel

Executive Director

Bri Hughes

Logistics Manager and Assistant

Karen Simon

Director of Sales

Susan Avent Irvine

Production Manager

Heather Santucci

Lead Floral Designer

Kate Little

Social Media Manager

Becca Smith

Creative Director

Annie Allodi

Assistant Creative Director

William Johnson

Construction Coordinator

the charleston office

A southern city steeped in tradition and hospitality, Charleston has long been one of the nation's top wedding destinations. Open and airy, warm and welcoming, the Charleston studio is located in the heart of the historic district.

the new york office

Soirée opened the New York office in 2009 in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood, allowing us to cater to couples across the United States. With many clients based in the city, we're able to be accessible for our brides and grooms' everyday planning needs.

tara guérard soirée wants

your perfect
day to be
perfectly you

Tara and team begin by determining what inspires you—from the interiors that you love to your sense of style. Armed with this information, it's then time to design every detail of your wedding with your unique taste in mind.

We know the planning process can be both exciting and overwhelming. The Tara Guérard Soirée team works closely with each of our couples to bring their vision to life and to exceed all expectations. We approach each event with fresh creativity and enthusiasm—no two weddings are ever the same! Additionally, our decades of combined industry experience ensure no detail is left undone.

Designmaking your vision a reality

A wedding is a time when the bride and groom can invite family and friends to have a peek into their newly united world. It is a day to take part in traditions, create new ones, and to share meaningful visual expressions of a couple’s new life. Tara Guérard Soirée will take your vision for the wedding and make it a magnificent reality using color schemes, floral arrangements, linens, custom paper designs, and furniture. The Soirée team will transform hotel ballrooms, historic mansions, rustic barns, seaside retreats, and any other location you can imagine, to reflect an event that is distinctively yours. Soirée sources and maintains an extensive stock of furniture, lighting, and accessories for design and décor to create signature events. We will create an event where come the end of the night no one will want to leave and everyone will agree it was the best wedding they have ever attended.

Planninghandling all the details

Which caterer can replicate your grandmother’s recipe? Which baker makes the perfect cake? Which photographer captures the moments you’ll share with your grandchildren? We rely on our personal and professional relationships to create the perfect day.

The Tara Guérard Soirée team is full-service, meaning we will coordinate and manage every vendor involved in your day and only use those partners that we trust to execute your vision flawlessly. All details are handled in-house so your wedding week is not spent worrying about timelines and deliveries. Our talented staff will deliver guest gift bags, coordinate travel to and from the airport, and happily assist with any and every other detail.

Printingcustom design and printing services

Our sister company, Lettered Olive, specializes in exquisite letterpress printing. We work together to create customized designs for each piece of your wedding stationery. From the moment your guests receive their save-the-date announcements, the buzz about your wedding will begin.

In an age of electronic invites and video save-the-dates, we find ourselves longing for the old art of letterpress and hand-lettered calligraphy. Invitations from Lettered Olive are modern-meets-traditional. Our team works with the most talented calligraphers and graphic designers to create extraordinary printed materials. We begin by discussing colors and design themes that can be used for everything from table décor to favor tags. Our 100% cotton paper is produced in Italy’s oldest paper mill. Environmentally friendly, these printed pieces are custom-designed and heirloom quality.

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