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JENNIFER BEGUN · Married on 05/18/2019
Best Wedding Planner Ever
The best wedding planners ever. Seriously, stop your search right here. We had been working with another planner up until the last two months before the wedding. It was clear it was not going well but we were nervous about changing at that point. I will tell you it was one of the best decisions we ever made. Stephanie helped us make a smooth transition and demonstrated great communication and hard work since that point on. She explained Kristin would help us from there since she would be there the day of. Throughout those last two months, they both worked hard to redo several elements that were already planned and communicated so well with me throughout the entire process.Sent on 06/01/2019
There were several parts to our small wedding that were a lot of extra work but Kristin put in extra effort to ensure that they went well. I was extremely impressed with her communication with the other vendors the day of and how kind but direct she was long after I would have lost my patience. Our wedding day was so hot and Kristin worked so hard the entire day. Of course things were not perfect, as they never are, but I was able to relax and know that Kristin could handle anything that came up. We were able to laugh when things went off schedule and have fun which I am so grateful for.
I will also say that we are not your traditional wedding people but created something that was a reflection of Dan and I as a couple and we felt supported in that the entire way. As a female small business owner myself, I can say that Viva L'Event is extremely well run and these women know the meaning of hard work. I have no idea how they do it and do it so well but you will not be sorry about hiring them. Their experience shows in everything that they do. We are very grateful and will miss working with them.
Sophia · Married on 10/06/2018
I worked with both Stephanie (owner of Viva) and Kristin (month and day-of coordinator) for my wedding, and they were so easy to work with and well worth the money. Stephanie gave me some very helpful ideas as far as one year prior to my wedding date, and I think her expertise truly showed on the day of my wedding. Kristin was definitely an MVP of the wedding. She helped coordinate all of my vendors who had not necessarily worked with each other before, but she was able to get everyone in sync. The entire day was seamless, and Kristin even came to my hotel suite so I wouldn't have to make a trip to the venue the day of the wedding. She ensured that everything was to my liking and even accommodated all my last minute changes. Most importantly, Timmy and I were able to enjoy every minute of our wedding without even having to worry about getting a drink or food. I highly recommend working with these Viva ladies for any special event! Even if your budget is small, I would recommend at least getting a month of coordinator to have a stress free wedding day like I did :)Sent on 10/12/2018
Alice · Married on 09/29/2018
Stephanie was spectacular! If I could give her a billion star rating I would. Lindsay and I loved her from the very first interview. Stephanie explained the process, was very informative and a great communicator. She is so sharp and responsive with e-mail. She gave us the confidence that each detail had been reviewed and was completely under control. Stephanie made Lindsay's vision of her dream event come true. It was truly a "just show up and everything will be perfect" day. I cannot say enough good thing about Viva L'Event and the peace of mind it gave us to know that she was on top of every detail with the vendors and the timeline. It couldn't have been lovelier!Sent on 10/01/2018
Lucy Ireland · Married on 05/26/2018
Best planner ever!
Stephanie (and Viva L'Event) was absolutely amazing!! She handled everything so well and made our day feel so special and just like us! Night or day, Stephanie never missed a beat and was always there to make sure everything went smoothly and perfectly. I could never have survived the wedding planning process without Stephanie and her gang. HIGHEST of recommendations!!Sent on 11/08/2018
Caitlyn · Married on 05/18/2018
I interviewed multiple wedding planners and Stephanie was the only vendor who took the time to meet me in person -- we connected instantly! She took my vision of bright colors, with a Southern romantic charm and tied everything together perfectly with the florist, One + Only Paper, and all of the other amazing vendors she recommended. She also came up with amazing ways to incorporate our beloved shihpoo, Beasley. Day of went off without a hitch and it was so comforting to have Stephanie by my side. She's passionate, creative, and so kind. You are in great hands with Viva L'Event!Sent on 09/23/2018
Ritchlyn · Married on 06/17/2017
My venue provided the day of coordination as part of the wedding package!! I luckily got Viva L'Event. Throughout the process, Stephanie suggested fabulous vendors and was always available with recommendations. The week of the wedding, Stephanie coordinated with all of my vendors and provided our wedding party with detailed timelines. On the day of the wedding, Stephanie and her team executed our vision so perfectly! At the end of the night, my bouquet was waiting for me in the hotel room, the left over cake was stored in the freezer, and all of our personal items were put away. Stephanie and her team were such a pleasure to work with! We could not have asked for better service.Sent on 07/10/2017
BYRON · Married on 05/20/2017
She was there every step of the way! Could not imagine our lives with out her!Sent on 12/20/2017
Jennifer · Married on 04/22/2017
Can I give better than a 5 on some of these? A 10+ for value. Best decision we made in the wedding planning process!! Stephanie and her team exceeded all expectations and made the wedding planning process fun and stress free :)Sent on 05/05/2017
Mandy · Married on 03/04/2017
Hiring Stephanie and Viva L'Event was the best wedding planning decision we made! We used Viva for their Month of Planning package/day of coordinator, however Stephanie was so much more! I am not from the area and had no idea where to turn for vendors. Stephanie gave me amazing recommendations and after we clicked with the first couple I just went to her first and booked her suggestions without checking anyone else out. We loved EVERYONE we worked with and are so thankful for Stephanie. I must have send hundreds of emails over the course of a year of planning and Stephanie always emailed me back right away, was super organized and no last minute changes the week of the wedding fazed her. She always met me in a location that was convenient for me and was professional but so friendly. We loved working with Stephanie!Sent on 03/23/2017
amanda · Married on 10/08/2016
Stephanie and her team were absolutely amazing from Day 1. They were just the support and knowledge I needed during the planning process. They gave me plenty of options and ideas but made sure every decision was what I wanted. I was able to feel calm and relaxed on my wedding day because I knew everything was being taken care of. It was the wedding of my dreams and I owe a lot of that to Viva!Sent on 12/15/2016
Jodi · Married on 09/03/2016
Stephanie and her team were absolutely amazing. Words cannot express our gratitude towards her. Our wedding day flew by flawlessly because of Stephanie and Lauren's attention to detail and calm nature. We opted to utilize Stephanie as a full service wedding planner and started planing over a year in advance. Stephanie is prompt in her communication, has numerous resources around the city and even branches out beyond the Raleigh/Durham area. We also used Stephanie as our florist. The floral arrangements were gorgeous and she had wonderful insights. We definitely recommend Viva L'Event!Sent on 10/29/2016
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Anthony · Married on 09/03/2016
Don't hesitate, just book! Stephanie and her team are true professionals and masters at their craft. They have connections with vendors all over the Triangle and are complete, honest and willing to work with you in all areas. Our wedding simply would not have happened if it weren't for the Viva crew. Thanks for an amazing experience!Sent on 12/16/2016
Jodi · Married on 04/09/2016
I don't even know where to start... Stephanie, Lauren and the entire staff at Viva L'Event are INCREDIBLE. I had the time of my life planning my wedding with them. They made it not only easy and hassle free, but so much fun. Every random question I had, no matter how small, Stephanie was there every step one the way to answer. This was my second wedding and I was very open about not wanting the 'traditional' wedding, but still wanting elegant and fun! Boy, did Stephanie deliver! Everyone who attended has commented about how wonderful the venue looked and felt ... AND they commented about Stephanie specifically. She got to know the guests during the wedding, which we all loved. She made them feel at home with her too. It was perfect! The day went off without a hitch, or if there was one, we did not know about it... PERFECT! Everything was amazing and I would do every single step over again from start to finish... and absolutely would NOT do it without my friend Stephanie. She is a talent in her field and if you are looking for a planner... don't look any further! You will be so happy you chose her... just like us! THANK YOU STEPH! Love, Jodi and Dan FitzgeraldSent on 05/04/2016
Harper · Married on 12/05/2015
I loved working with Viva L'Event and would recommend their services to anyone. Kristin was so friendly and attentive and really made the entire process seamless.Sent on 12/22/2015
Elizabeth · Married on 10/16/2015
Stephanie and her team were beyond incredible and I would recommend them a million times and over again to any bride. Their design of the entire day exceeded my expectations in every way. The set up and florals were truly breathtaking and everyone commented on how beautiful and elegant the ambiance felt. Stephanie also made the entire weekend completely worry free for me. She was on top of everything, several steps ahead of me, and we were able to enjoy what turned out to be the best day of our lives.Sent on 11/20/2015
Meredith · Married on 10/10/2015
Stephanie was a joy to work with! She gave great tips for vendors. She also magically converted our outdoor ceremony to an indoor one when the leftovers from Hurricane Joaquin rained all over our ceremony! I cannot imagine having been able to pull off this wedding without her!Sent on 10/15/2015
User6166150 · 2+ years ago
I cannot begin to explain how amazing Jamie was!! Absolutely loved her and all her help!Sent on 01/11/2016
Sheela · Married on 06/20/2015
Stephanie and Team Viva were amazing to work with and absolutely the best! I was planning my wedding from out of state and worked with Stephanie for 10 months. She is so sweet, friendly, professional, talented, and made the wedding planning process a lot easier, more fun and less stressful! I also hired Viva L'Event for my floral design and couldn't be happier with how beautiful all the flower arrangements and bouquets turned out. They are so talented! THANK YOU so much for helping to plan and design the wedding of my dreams!Sent on 07/10/2015
User3977382 · 2+ years ago
This is the only company you need to look at when it comes to wedding planning. They are AMAZING!!!!!! From the first day I started working with Stephanie, I had the best experience. She is so on top of every little detail and guides you through the process with ease. I was not stressed about anything and actually had so much fun planning with Stephanie. She also has such a great heart and went above and beyond making our wedding special. I cannot speak more highly of this teams and it was the best investment for the wedding. You will only be disappointed if you don't book her! She is so wonderful, made the wedding go so smoothly, made the decor out of sight, and is the all around best person to have planning your wedding. Viva and Stephanie exceeded my expectations!!!Sent on 06/17/2015
Meghan · Married on 05/02/2015
Stephanie of Viva came highly recommended from a friend. After meeting with her, I was ready to work with her as our planner and day or coordinator. She was so calm and relaxed, but engaged. She stayed that way throughout our 15month engagement and on the day of. If something went wrong, I never found out (and based on feedback from guests, neither did they)!Sent on 08/21/2015
I found her vendor recommendations to be priceless. She was also very responsive to emails, gave input on design and decor, and completely took over the month before the wedding.
I had a very specific vision for our wedding from the beginning and Stephanie respected that and helped make it even better and bring it to life.
She's been super helpful since the wedding as well. I can't recommend her enough and this review does not pay her enough thanks!
Debbie · Married on 12/31/2014
I loved working with Stephanie to plan my daughter's wedding. She was knowledgeable of all the services and vendors in the area which really helped me since I lived out of town. She literally took all the stress out of planning one of the most memorable days of my life, which enabled me to just enjoy the process. She truly cared about making this day special for my daughter. I highly recommend Stephanie as a wedding planner.Sent on 03/05/2015
Mallory · Married on 12/31/2014
Figuring out the logistics for my wedding day was the hardest part, and Stephanie and her team helped make our day go off without a hitch. Her design concepts were fun and unique and fit exactly what I was looking for. She was a joy to work with, and I miss seeing her every few weeks. Do yourself a favor and hire this adorable gal to help you plan your dream wedding!Sent on 03/11/2015
Merritt · Married on 12/13/2014
Stephanie and the entire Viva L'Event staff were so great to work with! Stephanie is very well connected in the industry and was able to provide us wonderful recommendations for the vendors we ended up using for many aspects of our wedding. She was very responsive and very flexible, plus her energy is just amazing. You can definitely tell that she loves what she does and it starts to rub off on you.Sent on 03/04/2015
Stephanie made sure that everything from our ceremony to our reception went just as planned. I only learned much after the wedding of some of the potential disasters that she was able to take care of before they happened. She was very patient when dealing with the wedding party.
Stephanie also did the flowers for the wedding and they were so perfect! I have gotten so many compliments on the flowers. Looking back at our pictures, the flowers are one of my favorite things. It's amazing that Stephanie and I were so on the same page as to what I wanted with only a few conversations about it.
Gabbi · Married on 12/05/2014
I truly cannot convey how beyond amazing Stephanie and her team are. The Viva team planned all of our design, and our floral design as well. Stephanie even recommended almost all of our fantastic vendors. Stephanie is great with meticulous details, and from the moment we met her, we knew we were in great hands!Sent on 12/10/2014
I am a bit of a nontraditional bride that prefers blacks, and golds, and Stephanie was right there with my vision. She organized our rehearsal, ceremony and reception flawlessly. I was in shock at how beautiful everything was. I felt like my reception and ceremony were something out of a bridal magazine. Her floral design was breathtaking, and our guests were gushing about the flowers and centerpieces throughout the night. At the end of our reception, Stephanie had everything packed up and ready to go! It made the end of our night so simple.
Hiring Stephanie and her team really took a lot of stress out of our wedding day and wedding planning. I really do not know how we could have done it without her.
Kalie · Married on 11/15/2014
Stephanie so far exceeded any expectations I had for a wedding planner. The first time we met I knew that she was exactly who I wanted planning my wedding -- she was professional, so kind and easy to talk to, and immediately caught on to the vision I had for my wedding. She was there for every step of the planning process, down to even the smallest details. Stephanie's eye for design was always exactly what I wanted but would never have been able to pull off without her.Sent on 12/16/2014
When the big day finally arrived I was not worried about a thing. Not only did Stephanie have the day planned out down to the minute, but I knew based on all of our prior experiences together that everything was going to come together perfectly, and it did. I can say without hesitation that the day went off without a single hitch (or if there was one, I certainly didn't know about it). Stephanie and her team put together the most amazing ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception. Though I had been a part of the planning process, I was still blown away with how everything came together and it surpassed everything I had hoped for. Stephanie also did our floral arrangements and they were absolutely beautiful.
I can sincerely say that I was a stress-free bride and my beautiful wedding because of Stephanie and her amazing team. I cannot recommend them highly enough!