Wedding planning is hard
Picking a wedding planner doesn't have to be
We’re breaking down all the major questions folks ask during consultations, so we can focus on getting to know you better. If your questions aren’t answered here, feel free to ask us anything using our contact form!
Why should I hire a wedding planner or coordinator?
The purpose of a wedding planner and coordinator is to remove stress from the couple! A planner is there for the couple throughout the planning process, to provide helpful insight and resources on topics ranging from etiquette and organization to total design and vendor selections. A planner is perfect for couples who struggle with procrastination, don’t have the time to plan the perfect wedding, or have no idea where to start.
If you want a smooth, beautiful wedding day, you should hire a wedding coordinator. A coordinator not only takes the stress away from the couple but from their family, friends, and wedding party. A coordinator works with clients during the final few months before the wedding to ensure that all the details you’ve worked hard to plan come together; they create your wedding day timeline; and they facilitate setup, tear down, and vendor coordination on the wedding day. They ensure that you and your family don’t have to answer vendor questions, spend time decorating the venue, or keeping an eye on the time to make sure everything runs according to the schedule.
What are the benefits of hiring B&B Events as my wedding planner?
I’m going to work hard so you don’t have to. I want you to enjoy your wedding planning process from start to finish, with a clear plan for what you need to work on and when, and you can rest assured that I will guide you through the process and complete many of the big projects for you. I want to help you enjoy your entire engagement. I will take communication time, research time, and stress of your plate so you have more time to spend with each other.
I’m detail-oriented and will ask as many questions as possible before your wedding so I can be as prepared as possible on the day of. But I’m also going to help you figure out the answers to those questions so you don’t feel alone.
I want your close family and friends to be able to enjoy your wedding day as much as you. I’ll perform setup, work with vendors and answer questions that your family and friends might have otherwise had to do, and this allows them to spend more time with you on your wedding day.
I actually love the logistics – the budgets, timelines, worksheets and planning details that you might not love – so you get to focus on whatever part of planning you most enjoy. You’ll feel confident that the logistics will be taken care of, even if they aren’t your strong suit.
I will help you stay on track with the task you need to complete before the wedding day. If you have a busy life or you’re a self-proclaimed procrastinator, you’ll love knowing that I’ll be keeping an eye on the planning process so nothing gets lost, forgotten or rushed at the last minute.
I’ll take care of the timeline on the day of, so you don’t have to keep an eye on the clock. This allows you to be fully present on your wedding day instead of worrying about what you need to do next. I’ll let you know when it’s time to do something important or exciting, like walk down the aisle or enjoy your first dance, so you can relax and enjoy your guests between points on the timeline.
Where did your business name come from?
I was sitting in the office at my day job a few weeks after my wedding, and the name just popped into my head. I didn’t even know I wanted to start a business or that I wanted to be a wedding planner, so I actually had the business name before anything else.
Broken down, “Beauty” and “Budget” each represent an important part of what we do. Beauty is easy to understand – we want to create beautiful moments throughout the wedding process, and stunning wedding days that truly capture who the couple is. As for Budget, we recognize that every couple has a wedding budget, whether things are tight or there’s some wiggle room, whether the couple is paying for everything on their own or they have family help. Every wedding has a budget, and we want to help our couples have a truly beautiful wedding that sticks to the amount they want to spend.
And of course, our name is a play on the classic Disney story Beauty and the Beast, which expresses that we are playful, romantic, and love being true to who we are.
Do you only work with low budget weddings?
We love working with every kind of budget! The word budget normally makes people think “low cost,” but we recognize that any amount you want to spend on your wedding is your budget. And it can be difficult to stick with that budget, no matter what it is. We want to help you stay on track and make decisions on vendor and decor based on your budget and preferences. We’ve worked with wedding budgets ranging from $6,000 to $45,000.
What's the difference between coordination, day-of coordination and month-of coordination?
These terms get thrown around pretty interchangeably and are all essentially the same role, but each wedding coordinator may fill the role in different ways. We prefer the term coordination because the work we do for our coordination clients starts about 3 months before their wedding day. The bulk of our work together will happen during the final month, and we are actively coordinating on the day of your wedding. Click here to see all the details of our coordination service.
Are you an insured wedding planner?
We are! Beauty & the Budget Events has a policy through Hiscox Business Insurance for both general and professional liability. We recognize that many venues prefer to work with insured vendors only, so that won’t be an obstacle if you choose to work with us.
What's an emergency kit?
An emergency kit is the collection of items a wedding planner brings to each event that could help in the case of an emergency. Our extensive emergency kit includes items such as scissors, multiple kinds of tape, a first aid kit, a sewing kit, extension cords, command strips, hot glue gun, deodorant wipes, a cake cutting set, and so much more!
What's the difference between a wedding coordinator and a venue coordinator?
The main difference is their priorities. Even if you pay for the services of a venue coordinator, they ultimately work for the venue and prioritize the venue’s best interest, while a wedding coordinator works for you and prioritizes your best interest. For more information on the differences, check out our blog post, “The Difference Between Venue Coordinators & Wedding Coordinators.”
Do you have an assistant?
Yes! Every wedding has a lead coordinator and assistant, to assist with setup, tear down, and general management throughout the day. This allows us to be prepared in every moment, and respond to any wedding day surprises that need our attention.
What do you actually do on my wedding day?
We arrive at your venue at least three hours before your ceremony to begin setup. We perform set up of all personal decor and ensure that other vendors arrive on time and set up according to your specifications. We make sure both partners are ready and arrive at the venue on time, orchestrate the start of the ceremony and make sure everyone gets down the aisle, just as we practice during the rehearsal beforehand.
During the ceremony, we ensure everything is ready for cocktail hour and reception and check in with all vendors on site. After the ceremony, we confirm that the marriage license is signed and who will be mailing it in (typically myself or the officiant). We keep in touch with your photographer to make sure you get all the photos you want during cocktail hour and that the reception starts on time (or a little later if YOU decide you want more photo time).
Once the reception is ready to start, we line up the wedding party and couple for their grand entrance, make sure the DJ is ready to announce everyone, and send you into your reception. We make sure you eat dinner while your guests are served or head to the buffet, and once everyone is finished eating, we follow the timeline so that you have your first dance, toasts, cake cutting and any other planned activities. We stay flexible and willing to adjust the timeline according to how the evening is going, and we keep in constant communication with all vendors so that everyone is on the same page.
When the wedding is wrapping up, we orchestrate your sendoff, make sure all personal items are packed up, and organize tear down with all vendors and family members to make sure everything is cleaned up and back where it belongs. We are typically the last to leave the venue, along with the venue owner/coordinator.
Will you travel?
We love to travel! We’ve been all over North Carolina, and we are more than happy to plan or coordinate weddings in other states. Travel fees may apply. Please contact us for details.
Check out a wedding that took place in…
Banner Elk, NC | Bear Creek, NC | Benson, NC | Cary, NC | Chapel Hill, NC | Dunn, NC | Durham, NC | Garner, NC | Greensboro, NC | High Point, NC | Lexington, NC | Raleigh, NC | Selma, NC | Willow Springs, NC
How and when do we have to pay?
We provide clients the option to pay online via invoice, which the client receives alongside their contract. Payment can also be made via check or PayPal. Clients are required to pay a 25% retainer to book their service, and the final payment is required 30 days before the wedding date. Clients have the option to choose how and when they pay the remaining 75%.
Can you hold my date?
We are unable to hold any date without a retainer fee. If you are the first person to inquire about a date but have not yet booked, we will notify you if someone else expresses interest in your date so you have the opportunity to book first. However, we will provide services to the first couple who signs a contract and pays the retainer for any given wedding date.
When should I book my wedding planner or coordinator?
As soon as possible! There is no harm in booking your planner or coordinator as soon as you get engaged since you know you’ll need one. Typically, clients hiring a wedding planner book 9 to 14 months before their wedding, and clients booking coordination book 4 to 8 months before their wedding. If your wedding date is in high demand (April, May, September, October) we strongly recommend booking your planner or coordinator as soon as possible to ensure you hire the vendor you want!
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"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
“Stephanie was a God send to us, from the moment we met her at the wedding show. She has a fun personality, and truly tailored our planning process to not just me, but my now husband as well. I am more of the planner and visionary, and my now husband is more laid back, and she worked great with both of us. The monthly, (then weekly- as we got closer to our date), skype calls were amazing, I always felt like we were all on the same page. She is extremely organized, and works with the best vendors. She picked our wedding photographer, and we fell in love with her too! My favorite part was feeling like we were gaining friends by working with Stephanie and Matt- they are just that personable! It was certainly a bit weird not talking to her weekly, or seeing her name pop up in our emails. If you are planning a wedding, STOP immediately until you call Stephanie!!” - India & Colin, Full Service
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