About Beauty & the Budget Events

 

At Beauty & the Budget Events, we believe that creating an event is about more than never-ending checklists coming together to create a single, beautiful moment; instead, the entire process is meant to be enjoyed. Every moment is valuable, whether it’s a mountaintop moment full of joy and celebration, or a stressful and difficult valley that encourages growth and self-realization.

 

We make it our mission to walk with you through the valleys of planning, to guide the way, and celebrate the small accomplishments so the mountaintop event is that much more enjoyable. Whether you’re planning an intimate elopement or an elegant affair for 500 guests, let’s partner together so we can manage the checklists while you enjoy your engagement season before embarking on a beautiful marriage.

How I Became a Wedding Planner

Hey friends! I’m Stephanie, the face behind Beauty & the Budget Events, and can I just say that I never dreamed I’d be here talking to you like this? I fell in love with the wedding experience while planning my own wedding in 2017, and maybe this makes me a cliche, but I got hooked. Less then a month after my wedding, I was sitting at the same office I’ve worked at since graduating from NC State in 2014, bored out of my mind, and the business name popped into my head. I’d never considered being a business owner before, but I became totally captivated by the idea and dove straight in.
As we’ve built our business, connected with incredible vendors and worked with the coolest couples, weddings have become my absolute passion, and my favorite part is being able to connect with super rad couples. I love when our couples challenge us with new ideas, especially when those ideas incorporate family and cultural traditions. You won’t find a whitewashed, Pinterest-perfect Instagram feed over here – we welcome all couples who want their wedding to express their love story and who they are in an authentic way.

Dobby

Dobby is our chief of cuddles and morning pick-me-ups. He’s most often found on my lap purring away or chasing Bellaxtrix around the house. He loves IG stories and new people.

Bellatrix

Bellatrix the Ferret is the princess of weird. She’s a ball of sunshine and energy to keep everyone in the cheery wedding spirit. There’s a good chance I show you a pic when we meet up.

Our Company Values:

  • We value lifelong marriage. Marriage is hard, but it’s so worth it. We believe preparing for marriage before the wedding can lay the groundwork for a happy, healthy marriage.
  • We value relationships: our team’s relationships with our clients, vendors, each other, and spouses/families; and our clients’ relationships as a couple and with their families. We always prioritize people, and we believe that relationships are the most important things in life.
  • We value a healthy balance between hard work and relaxation. We believe that anything is possible if you balance these two so that your life and work are enjoyable and productive.
  • We value fun! We believe planning a wedding should be fun, and we want to help make that a reality.
  • We value tradition (but we also love breaking the rules). We believe that wedding traditions should only be included if the couple feels a connection to them. And we’re happy to work with you to keep the traditions or twist them to make them feel so “you.”
  • We value adventure – artistically, geographically, mentally. We believe that each experience can be an adventure, and we encourage clients to explore all the possibilities for their wedding day, especially if it seems a little unexpected.
  • We value learning. We believe that the individual and business that stops continuously learning becomes stagnant, and we love to read constantly, learn from every experience, and listen to others because each person has a unique experience to share.
  • We value community. For every wedding we book, we love making a donation to a local charity. We encourage our couples to tell us about their favorite charity for this donation, or they can choose one of our favorites. For 2020, we have chosen to support SAFEchild, Your Center Peace, and A Place At the Table.

Written in the Stars Styled Shoot

When I first sat down to design this shoot, my only inspiration was Sapphire. I knew I wanted gorgeous blue tones to set the stage, so I imagined a couple who loves studying the stars, comes alive...

Zack & Tina’s Colorful COVID Elopement

Zack & Tina had a wedding they never would have dreamed of, and they enjoyed every moment of it. They'd planned for an intimate wedding with 50 guests in the summer of 2020, so when COVID-19...

Dan & Kellie’s Spirited Vintage Wedding

Dan & Kellie's Leap Day wedding was the perfect way to kick off our 2020 wedding season, and it was made all the more special because we've gotten to know them so well as a couple - after they...

Emily & Brad’s Colorful Handcrafted Wedding

Emily & Brad have to be two of the most creative people I've ever met. It's one of the many ways they're so wonderfully suited for each other. They met back in 2014 at a rock climbing meet up...

India & Colin’s Romantic Glam Wedding

India & Colin met and started dating in high school; they've been together so long that India's youngest sister, who stood at the altar as a bridesmaid, was only 4 when the two started dating,...

Shefa & Louis’s Sophisticated Downtown Wedding

Shefa & Louis are classic. Everything about their wedding decor, style, and the way they interact feels timeless, effortless, and downright beautiful. I was only lucky enough to meet them two...

Brittany & Ryan’s Sweet, Blush Wedding

Brittany & Ryan are one of the sweetest couples, so it was fitting that their wedding had the sweetest decor and vibe. The day felt lighthearted and playful, the weather was brisk and the sky...

Amy & Chris’s Durham Hotel Wedding

Amy & Chris are truly one of a kind, in all the best ways. Their intimate October 12, 2019 wedding was deeply personalized to reflect their relationship, and I was able to really get a glimpse...

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I've had a lot of guests come back to me and comment on how impressed they were with the wedding and how much fun they had! And thank you again for everything that you and your husband did for us!” - Karla Krutch, Full Service

"I would definitely recommend Stephanie! She made it so I didn't have to be asked any questions the day of our wedding which is exactly what I wanted!!!!" - Kelsey, Coordination

“I can't even begin to tell you how great of a job you are doing! I know this wedding will be HUGE and a long travel and just A LOT but you are coming up with such good ideas and staying calm through all of it. Seriously, you are doing SO SO SO wonderful and I could not be a non-bridezilla without you!” - Dakota Dukes, Full Service

"Stephanie was an absolute blessing for our wedding! She was always available when needed, made sure everything was in order and was so kind! Everything went so smoothly on our wedding day and we have Stephanie to thank for that." - Rachael & Michael, Coordination

“Stephanie was awesome! She was our full service planner and went above and beyond, from vendor recommendations, logistics and overall support! Our wedding day was absolutely perfect and beautiful. The day was scheduled impeccably and our family and friends are still raving about the whole day! I miss the whole process already, thanks Stephanie!! " - Brittany & Keahi, Full Service

Stephanie was our rock during the entire planning and day of process. She knew exactly when to encourage us to just breathe and not stress about every single little detail. The best thing about working with Stephanie was that it felt like she was not just another vendor, but a friend in our personal circle. She really made sure everything came together so our day could be everything we dreamed. Thank you, Stephanie!!!” - Roscoe & Steph, Full Service

“Stephanie’s theme design workshop was perfect for creating a cohesive vision and making our ideas a beautiful reality! Through the theme design workshop, both of our voices and ideas were heard and recognized.  Stephanie was able to blend both of our individual preferences into perfect harmony...definitely recommend this service!!” - Sarah & Ernst, Wedding Design Workshop & Coordination

Stephaine was AMAZING to work with. She made sure our wedding day went off without a hitch and really helped make it the best day EVER! She was always willing to answer any question I could think of and gave some amazing advice. I had a lot of anxiety about my wedding day but she helped so much that I didn’t have to stress about anything and knew it would be perfect ! Stephaine and her team would be a great addition to any wedding team !” - Katy & Robby, Coordination

“I want you to know that every time I started feeling anxious, that it always went away the minute I saw you.  I know I probably wasn't the most "chatty" (let's say?) of brides and I wasn't always sure of some things, but you did a perfect job organizing the day and making the timeline so seamless.  Because of you, everyone had so much FUN!” - Amy & Chris, Coordination

She was on top of everything. She was able to help with all the vendors, the venue, and the decorating. She helped calm down the bride on the wedding day. She gave us food when we were getting pictures done. She helped give us ideas when we asked for decoration ideas. She was so flexible on meetings and extremely nice. When we had a problem, she responded quickly (Sometimes within 10 minutes). Overall she was the most pleasant person to work with. 10/10 for sure!” - Hillary & Andrew, Coordination

“Stephanie was amazing! We highly recommend using her for your big day plans. She truly was thorough in the planning and coordination. We met up multiple times or even did a chat here and there. It help minimize a lot of extra unnecessary stress. On the day of she was on time (early) with her assistant and I didn’t even have to lift a finger (which was huge)! Even after the big day she kept a good communication on what’s next to come and to expect. We highly recommend beauty and budget events for coordinating your big day!” - Shefa & Louis, Coordination

“Stephanie was excellent to work with. From the first meeting until after the ceremony she was prompt, professional, and strove to understand exactly how *we* wanted our wedding to be so that she could ensure that all the details were just so. This was made more difficult by our wedding being mostly DIY, but she put in the work to ensure that everything was setup and coordinated perfectly.” - Brad & Emily, Coordination

“Absolutely amazing! I cannot imagine planning my wedding without Stephanie. She kept me on track, everything was so organized, she thought of all the little details, and made my day run so smoothly. Nothing but great things to say!” - Brittany & Ryan, Coordination 

“10/10 Would Recommend Working with Stephanie! Stephanie was the perfect person to help plan our wedding! We did the partial planner package with her, and I couldn't imagine a better counterpart (other than my husband, of course!) in planning our wedding! She was perfect in affirming our decisions, providing guidance when we weren't sure which direction to go, and assuring confidence in all of the details!” - Madison & Zach, Partial Service

“We found Stephanie on Wedding Wire in January of 2019 and hired her as our Day of Coordinator. "Day of" is just a speck of what Stephanie actually does for couples - she is the backbone of the entire communications with vendors and logistics of the ceremony/reception. She is amazing at problem solving and eases any nerves you may have. Stephanie has a knack for answering the questions you never even thought to ask. We could have never asked for a better planner - she is professional, extremely organized, and makes your dream wedding day come true.” - Kellie & Dan, Coordination

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