An Easter Weekend Wedding: Congrats Kareem & Renee!

Congrats Kareem and Renee, as you continue to make beautiful memories!



Spring and Fall are my favorite seasons, I also believe they are the best seasons for weddings! Saturday, March 31, 2018, was the perfect setting for a beautiful Spring Wedding (this day set a beautiful tone for Mr. & Mrs. Washington, their wedding party and guests). As guests arrived at the church, they were promptly greeted by the Groomsmen standing at the door of the church, while the Bridesmaids greeted guests as they stepped into the foyer, a picture perfect setting!


The church was adorned with a set of hand-tied burgundy and white floral bouquets, on every other row. A silver arch (adorned with a burgundy and white floral arrangement) was placed just below the pulpit, with a white prayer bench positioned center of the arch. Jazz music (I remember listening to Kenny G’s ‘Forever In Love’) provided an inviting and relax atmosphere as guests filled the church in anticipation of the union of the Bride and Groom!

At 3:55 pm, the hostess, Ms. Sherrie Benjamin announced that the ceremony will begin shortly, in addition, that everyone should remain seated as the bride enters. I LOVED this gesture, it allowed everyone to see the Bride in her beautiful wedding gown as she passed each row. The wedding party began their procession promptly at 4 pm and everyone made their way to cocktail hour at the reception location.



While the bridal party’s entrance was a relax and regal one at the ceremony, the bridal party’s entrance at the reception set the CELEBRATION tone! Everyone knew it was PARTY TIME as the bridal party made their entrance on a favorite song and the guests cheered them on! Of course, the all time favorite was the Bride and Groom’s entrance! Just after Mr. & Mrs. Washington’s entrance, they did their first dance, with the Groom letting his Bride share a dance with her brothers and then her son, it was so beautiful!





As always, I’m intrigued by the Day of Coordination/logistics that take place at a wedding. I LOVE to see how all of the details come together and are executed to create that special day for the Bride and Groom. Ms. Sherrie Benjamin stepped in as a wonderful assistant to the Wedding Planner/Day of Coordinator. I was amazed by her ability to multi-tasks and complete so many of the Day of Coordination duties to assist the Wedding Planner/Day of Coordinator (as the Wedding Planner/Day of Coordinator assisted the Bride and Wedding Party), to bring all the details to fruition. Ms. Sherrie Benjamin and the Wedding Planner/Day of Coordinator executed a beautiful Easter Weekend Wedding!

I wish Kareem and Renee much peace, love and happiness as they begin their life as Mr. & Mrs. Washington!

Felicia (Bride on a Budget)


Plan Your Special Day With Wedding Spot (A Honeybook Company)

Plan Your Special Day with ‘Wedding Spot’!


Wedding Spot is a website that provides a snapshot (the location, cost, maximum number of guests and a few pictures of the venue, all on one page with concise detail) of wedding and event venues. This resource can be handy in assisting you with wedding planning; it may also help in easily pinpointing a few venues that meet your wedding budget or theme, while eliminating site visits to other venues that are not a good fit, so that you can focus your time on venues that may be a good fit.

In addition to the previously mentioned details, a description of the venue, time restrictions, the venue’s contact information and website and several other amenity details are easily viewable (a snapshot of the most pertinent information to make your process of selection feasible). I do not receive any proceeds from promoting the Wedding Spot website. I believe this resource is a valuable, accessible, and inexpensive means of making your wedding planning process more efficient by comparing the offerings and price of each venue.

Happy Planning!

Felicia (Bride on a Budget)


Upcoming Bridal Events


Greetings Everyone,
There are a few upcoming Wedding Shows and Events occurring in/near the Raleigh-Durham area. Before attending any Wedding Shows/Events please ensure that you have created an email address specifically for Wedding Vendors/communication (preferably your wedding hashtag/wedding theme/wedding date).

Happy Planning!

Bride on a Budget (Felicia)

The Eat, Drink, and Be Married Wedding Show at Castle McCulloch Tuesday, March 20th, 2018, 6-9 pm

Art in Bloom at North Carolina Museum of Art (NCMA) Thursday, March 22nd, 2018

Empire Eats Catering Tasting Event and Event Showcase at All Saints Chapel, Tuesday, March 27th, 4:30-6:30 pm

Southern Wedding Show + Expo (Spring) at North Carolina State Fairgrounds, Saturday, April 21st, 2018, 11 am-4 pm

Southern Wedding Show + Expo (Summer) at North Carolina State Fairgrounds, Saturday, August 11th, 2018, 11 am-4 pm

The Big Fake Wedding Raleigh at The Merrimon-Wynne House, Thursday, September 20, 2018, 7-9 pm

Midtown Wedding Showcase at Hilton North Raleigh Midtown, Sunday, October 28th, 2018, 1-5 pm

Upcoming Spring Trunk Shows

Coastal Knot Raleigh Events

Traditions by Anna Sample Sale at Traditions by Anna, March 8th-24th, 2018

Unveil Fashion Show Benefit at Vidrio, Thursday, March 22nd, 2018, 7-10 pm

Toni Federici Veil, April 6th & 7th



Checkout The New ‘Bride On A Budget NC’ Website!


The new Bride on a Budget NC website!

The new website displays information about Bride On A Budget NC (the background and purpose), the services provided, a gallery of wedding pictures, and reviews from previous clients. If there is any wedding information that you would like to see on the new website/shared in a blog, please let me know. I hope you enjoy surfing the new website!

Felicia (Bride on a Budget)

Noah’s Event Venue Vendor Showcase


I had the pleasure of attending Noah’s Event Venue Vendor Showcase on yesterday (Saturday, January 13, 2018). There were several vendors present (inclusive to a caterer, photographers, two photo booths, a florist, and cake decorators). I am SO in love with this venue! They offer several amenities and it’s a very spacious venue (depending on the wedding package selection).





Happy Planning!

Felicia (Bride on a Budget)

Venue: Noah’s Event Venue

Caterer: Rocky Top Catering

Florist: Knots ‘N Such



Upcoming Wedding Shows and Events


Greetings Everyone,
There are a few upcoming Wedding Shows, Events, and Open Houses occurring in/near the Raleigh-Durham area. Before attending any Wedding Shows/Events please ensure that you have created an email address specifically for Wedding Vendors/communication (preferably your wedding hashtag/wedding theme/wedding date).
Happy Planning!
Bride on a Budget (Felicia)


The Eat, Drink, and Be Married Wedding Show at Castle McCulloch Tuesday, January 9th, 2018, 6-9 pm

Open House at King’s Daughters Inn
Wednesday, January 10, 2018 – 4pm

Noah’s Event Venue Vendor Showcase Saturday, January 13th, 2018, 11 am-4 pm

Freshly Pressed: The Cloth Mill’s Wedding Showcase
Saturday, January 13, 2018 – 1pm – 4pm

Courtyards & Cobblestones
Saturday, January 13, 2018 – 4:00pm – 8:00pm
A Walk Through Wedding Row – Downtown Wilmington

Melrose Knitting Mill Open House
Saturday, January 13, 2018 – 12pm – 6pm

City Club Raleigh Wedding Showcase
Sunday, January 14, 2018 – 1-4pm

Wedding Expo – Winter Tea With the Bride-to-be
Sunday, January 14, 2018 – 12pm – 4pm

All Saints Chapel Open House
Tuesday, January 16, 2018 – 5-7:30pm

Open House at Traine
Saturday, January 20, 2018 – 2:00PM to 5:00PM

Highgrove Estate Open House
Saturday, January 27, 2018 – 10am-12:30pm

The Carolina Inn’s 23rd Annual Bridal Showcase Event
Sunday, January 28, 2018 – 1-4pm

The Stockroom at 230 Open House
Thursday, February 1, 2018 – 5-8pm

Fresh Affairs Tabletop Extravaganza
Saturday, February 3, 2018 – 5-7pm
Sunday, February 4, 2018 – 2pm-4pm

The Matthew House’s Wedding Showcase
Saturday, February 3, 2018 – 1pm – 4pm

Upcoming Spring Trunk Show

Traditions by Anna Bridal Boutique
4035 Lake Boone Trail #103
Raleigh, NC 27607 (map)

The Big Fake Wedding Charlotte at Catawba Brewing Company Thursday, February 22, 2018, 7-9 pm

The Big Fake Wedding Raleigh at The Merrimon-Wynne House, Thursday, September 20, 2018, 7-9 pm

Should You Have A Hair and Makeup Trial Before The Wedding?

Allseated has provided a wonderful panel discussion regarding hair and makeup trail “dos and don’ts”. I have also included an additional Allseated Webinar video just below the panel discussion video.

Happy Planning!

Felicia (Bride on a Budget)

Bridging The Gap: Bridal Beauty Panel

Bridal Beauty 101 Webinar 


Allseated. (2017). Bridging The Gap: Bridal Beauty Panel. Retrieved from

Allseated. (2017). Bridal Beauty 101 Webinar. Retrieved from

Marry Christmas! Merry Marriage! Congratulations Katie and Graham!


The Lewis’s are such a beautiful wedded couple! Their special day was celebrated at The Stockroom 230 on Friday, December 22, 2017, at 5 pm. The holiday season, in addition to the chilly weather, made their event even more radiant as they celebrated such a momentous occasion among family members and friends.





As the ceremony completed at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and the Reception began with cocktails and music at The Stockroom at 230, we were ready to celebrate the newly married Mr. & Mrs. Lewis! The atmosphere was live and festive with music and celebration! The DJs kept guests on the dance floor throughout the night with music from The Isley Brothers, to Eric Clapton, to Cardi B. The festive decor and celebration made the evening and wedded couple regal!








The celebration ended with a sensational Send-Off dance to Carolina Girls, additionally, guests were cued by the DJs to blast their streamers! The moment, as well as the Lewis’s, were absolutely beautiful. Streamers were a wonderful way to end the evening and celebrate Mr. & Mrs. Lewis! Congratulations you two, I wish you a very healthy and happy marriage! Happy New Year! #lockedupalewis

Felicia (Bride on a Budget)


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Planning With a Virtual Rolodex!


I believe that the use of iPhones, Androids, iPads, and Tablets (from inception) almost shadowed the process of exchanging business cards, but not quiet! I enjoy exchanging business cards during networking meetings or conferences, I believe there’s something regal about a physical business card and it provides a connectedness and professionalism that Virtual Cards (“vCards”) do not. However, the vCard also provides benefits (i.e. decluttered areas and easy access to a specific contact). Additionally, if you are planning your special day, one less item to physically “handle” may be your preferred method.

Rather you prefer the traditional method of receiving a physical business (like I do, my wedding guestbook was actually a Rolodex) or collecting them virtually, both methods work. However, an easier way to maintain your physical business cards (regardless if you decide to keep them, share them, or discard them) is to capture them virtually.

In addition to the vCard format, CamCard and Flexadex can also be used to save and manage business cards virtually and it is free to use either software. However, there are caveats to using either program (i.e. CamCard can be installed on iPhone or Android devices, however, the software will need access to your camera, naturally since you will need to scan the business card into your device, and a few other materials on your device and Flexadex is not a secure website, however, if it is needed to just store and maintain business cards then this software may be a good fit for you).

Happy Halloween and Happy Planning!

Bride on a Budget (Felicia)