Beauty & the Budget Events is a wedding and elopement planning company based in central NC that loves working with couples to create a wedding that reflects their relationship and personalities. We embrace diversity, encourage authenticity, and do everything in our power to give our couples and their guests an incredible experience.

Serving all of NC & Beyond!

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I never expected to become a wedding planner, but I’ve found that most of my favorite things came as surprises. I was sitting in my cubicle at the office a month after our wedding, and it was the business name that came to me before anything else – Beauty & the Budget Events. I didn’t even know I wanted to be a business owner – I mean, I probably wouldn’t have been an English major working in scientific publishing if I’d had any clue – but there I was, with way too much free time after planning my own wedding, a business name, and no clue what came next.

But over the coming weeks, I couldn’t get the idea out of my head, and before I knew it, I was doing research, chatting with my own coordinator about how she started her business, and talking to my brand-new husband about if we should do this crazy business-owner thing. After all, our own intimate wedding, with only 40 guests and an $8K budget, was so different from the weddings we saw on TV, and we wanted to be prepared for anything.


I met with as many vendors as I could, soaking up all the knowledge and experience I could, and just three months after our wedding, we booked our first clients. Before we knew it, we were all in! Within our first two years of business, we performed over 20 weddings in 17 towns across NC, in venues ranging from mountaintop barns and hotel ballrooms to industrial spaces and residential backyards. We worked with an incredibly diverse client base, wanting as many new experiences and opportunities as we could get our hands on.

Photo by Cirque91 Photography of Stephanie setting up cupcakes at The Shiloh, Lowgap NC
Photo by Tom Waldenberg Photography of Stephanie pinning the groom's boutonniere at Jiddi Space, Raleigh. We love working with older couples, and this groom was in his 60s.

Just as our venues have always been diverse, so have our couples, and we’re grateful for each couple who’s trusted us with their wedding dreams. Every time I have the opportunity to work with someone new, I love hearing about the beautiful traditions they want to include, especially if I haven’t heard of them before. An Argentinean bride included a Carioca dance party; a bride from Puerto Rico opted for a bilingual ceremony; a groom from Norway included a traditional Kransekake wedding cake; a bride from New Orleans danced around during a Second Line while waving a rainbow flag.

Through all our wedding experiences, one thing has continued to be true – no matter the size of the guest count or budget, we love creating weddings that reflect the love story, relationship and personality of the couple so that they have a wedding experience unlike any other. It’s YOUR wedding day. It should feel like you – just all dolled up.

Photo by Laura Memory Photography of two brides at Cates Farm at Cane Creek, Hillsborough. One bride is wearing a custom suit by SF Tailors, who B&BEvents recommended.
Photo by Brian Anthony Photography of a bubble sendoff at JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh.

Q: What’s your title/position in your business? 

A: Stephanie Milosh: Planner + Wedding personalization specialist | Matthew Milosh: Day-of support + Online tech extraordinaire

Q: What’s a fun fact about yourself?

A: We have two perfect pet babies, an orange tabby cat named Dobby and a ferret named Bellatrix!

Q: How do you define an elopement?

A: An elopement is an intimate, authentic exchange of vows. Our elopement package is available for weddings with fewer than 30 guests, on non-Saturdays.

Q: Is there a wedding detail on your bucket list?

A: I enjoy anything with bright, happy colors, so I’d love to do a wedding in a hot air balloon field!

Q: Tell us about your favorite elopement!

A: One of our recent elopement couples celebrated with 25 folks in attendance on a perfect Thursday evening. They’d originally planned a larger wedding, but after some personal changes, they decided to simplify their plans and guest list for a day that fit their new lifestyle. They were married at The Glass Box, a downtown Raleigh venue with large windows and views of the city, with harpist Hummingbird Harmonies as their entertainment. After their ceremony on the patio, they enjoyed an intimate dinner party inside, with a catered meal and mocktails. Their flowers and place settings were gorgeous, and I loved the addition of albino peacock feathers in the design because the bride’s last name means “peacock.” It was such a special wedding.

Photo of a cake cutting by Kivus & Camera from Andrea & Rachael's intimate Edgar Allan Poe wedding at Museum of Life & Science in Durham, NC

“Enthusiastic and Details Queen”

Beauty & the Budget Events was fantastic in wedding planning our 2020 wedding ceremony. We had to change our plans due to covid-19 and B&BEvents were flexible and adaptable when we had to change our larger wedding to an elopement ceremony in our backyard. Everything was perfect! We needed a lot of assistance with our wedding design plan and B&BEvents quickly understood our style. She combined my fun and colorful style to my partner’s modern and clean style. Everything was absolutely beautiful from the cake table decorations, reception dinner decorations, and our selfie backdrop! B&BEvents was always professional, responsive and went above and beyond to make my wedding day super special! I highly recommend B&BEvents for coordinating your wedding day!”

- Tina & Zack, Elopement Planning

Photo by Live View Studios of an Elopement at WRAL Azalea Gardens, Raleigh
Photo by Elope with Emily of a cheese tower cake cutting at an Atlantic Beach elopement.
Stephanie & Matt Milosh's wedding. Photo by Jeff Allen Studios in Raleigh, NC