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.
Our Company Values:
We value lifelong marriage. We believe that love is hard work, but it’s worth it.
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 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 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 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.
Hey y'all! 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 totally fell in love with the wedding planning process 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.
Two years later, weddings are my absolute passion, and my favorite part is being able to make connections with super rad couples. I love when my couples challenge me with new ideas, especially when those ideas incorporate family and cultural traditions I wasn't already familiar with. Cross-cultural weddings are my jam, but really I love working with any couple who wants their wedding to express who they are instead of what they love on Pinterest.
When I'm not working with my clients, I love:
Lazy time with my hubby | All pets, but especially my cat Dobby and ferret Bellatrix | Fantasy novels | White wine | This is Us, Grey's Anatomy, and Gilmore Girls | Traveling to new places | Card games | Literally any food you put in front of me | Singing off key, loudly | Punk rock music
My darling husband Matthew didn't plan on joining the event planning adventure until I asked him to assist on my first wedding. That wedding happened to be a rainy outdoor wedding with food trucks and no catering team, so I was convinced he was going to be miserable after bussing tables and dragging trash bags across the street in the rain all night. At the end of the night, to my surprise, he decided right away that he would step in as my assistant on all future weddings and take on responsibility for the business side of things so I can focus on client relations. Matthew has a background in management and customer service, so he's been a perfect fit for Beauty & the Budget Events.
When Matt's not working weddings, he loves:
Cooking with Stephanie | Reading anything Sherlock Holmes | Jameson whiskey | Fantasy football | Cards Against Humanity | The Broncos | Rocket League | Road trips | Pie | Making every puppy and baby fall in love with him |
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Taylor & Chris
"She coordinated all vendors, provided us with timelines and helpful worksheets, offered advice, was super thorough with logistics planning, helped set up and even bused the tables! I could go on and on about how much she helped make our day special. We had full trust in Stephanie, and she did not disappoint."