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January 28, 2024

Top 8 Raleigh Wedding Planners

The Raleigh Wedding Planners you should hire

I am organized and knowledgable and love helping my couples get ready for their wedding day, but I cannot be both the photographer and the point person for logistics on the wedding day itself. That’s why I love when couples work with one of the below Raleigh wedding planners or coordinators for their wedding. Wedding planners are the folk who help things run smoothly, handling all the details so you don’t have to worry about table settings, meeting the florist, or checking in with the officiant on the actual wedding day.

Whether you want someone to plan the whole thing for you from the first venue tour through the sparkler exit, or you just want someone to coordinate the wedding day timeline, these are my favorite Raleigh wedding planners. These people are who I would personally reach out to if I were having a Raleigh wedding today.

Best wedding planners in Raleigh

Something Fabulous Weddings & EventsTrent from Something Fabulous Weddings talks with the bride as she gets ready on her wedding day. Something Fabulous Weddings & Events is one of the best Raleigh Wedding Planners. | photo by Kivus & Camera

Trent & Ashley and the whole crew are the best! So much fun to work with and never fazed!! We’ve worked a bunch of weddings together and all of them were a great time for the couple and for us!

Check out Something Fabulous

Harmony Weddings & Events

Bethany from Harmony Weddings & Events poses for a dramatic and colorful portrait. Harmony Weddings is one of the best Raleigh Wedding Planners. | photo by Kivus & Camera

Bethany in the dramatic photo above is just one of the awesome planners at Harmony Weddings & Events. The woman in charge is Aneesa. The first wedding I worked with her, she was pretty much a one-woman show. Now Harmony Weddings is one of most sought after wedding planning teams in North Carolina. That’s because everyone on the team is fantastic.

Check out Harmony Weddings

Lauren O & Co

Lauren from Lauren O & Co. sits with her wedding planning team as they take a break during a cocktail hour at Junction West. Lauren O & Co. is one of the best Raleigh Wedding Planners. | photo by Kivus & Camera

I’ve only worked with Lauren & her team once, but that was definitely enough to know I want to work with her more. They ran everything smoothly and she was so great to communicate with in the lead up to the wedding. Some planners treat the other vendors like their employees, but Lauren treated me like a teammate and that made the photos even better for the couple!

Check out Lauren O

Beauty & The Budget Events

Stephanie from Beauty & The Budget sits on a red velvet couch at The Matthews House. Beauty & The Budget Events is one of the best Raleigh Wedding Planners. | photo by Kivus & Camera

I was the photographer for one Stephanie’s first weddings, and it has been such a joy to see how much she’s flourished over the years. I think she may be the planner I associate most with clipboards, because she always has a cute one!

Check out Beauty & The Budget

Emily Katherine Events

Emily from Emily Katherine Events poses with one of her couples at The Rickhouse. Emily Katherine Events is one of the best NC Wedding Planners. | photo by Kivus & Camera

Emily & her team are some of the calmest, most thoughtful people I’ve had the pleasure to work with.

Check out EK Events

Rowan Lane

Kaitlin from Rowan Lane events pins a boutonniere on the groom at a wedding. Rowan Lane Events is one of the best Raleigh Wedding Planners. | photo by Kivus & Camera

If you want someone who can plan an event in her sleep, look no further. Kaitlin is your woman.

Check out Rowan Lane

A Swanky Affair

Amanda from A Swanky Affair instructs wedding guests before a sparkler exit. A Swanky Affair is one of the best NCWedding Planners. | photo by Kivus & Camera

Cheating here a little because Amanda primarily plans Durham and Chapel Hill weddings, but I know she comes to Raleigh too, and she’s great!

Check out A Swanky Affair

Raleigh Wedding planners that I haven’t had the opportunity to work with directly, but who I admire a lot:

Elana Events

Chestnut & Vine (focused on coordination rather than planning)

We believe that love is fun and colorful, and your wedding photographs should be too.

You deserve the best wedding photographer. The wedding photographer who creates bold, colorful, magical memories of your wedding day with beautiful, artistic portraits AND enthusiastic, genuine moments. With Kivus & Camera as your wedding photographer team, you’ll get unforgettable, breath-taking wedding photos that stand out from the crowd. As past bride Courtney says, we are photography sorcerers, and we’d love to make magic for you.

(Though we live in Raleigh, North Carolina, we definitely photograph Durham weddings, Chapel Hill weddings, Cary weddings, etc. We’re all over the Triangle area, and we’re happy to head to the beach or mountains and even to other states or countries to be your wedding photographer! Just let us know when and where!)

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