Our Preferred Wedding Planner List

A Swanky Affair

Since opening A Swanky Affair in 2009, Amanda Scott has become recognized as one of the top wedding and event planners in North Carolina. She primarily serves the Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill region.

Years of experience in the fine dining and hospitality arenas has provided her with an ability to create flawlessly executed events. But, it’s her passion to work intimately with each client to create an event that is reflective of their own unique personality and style that makes her different. Amanda works with her clients to custom design every detail from start to finish, creating a one of a kind event that will be remembered for a lifetime.

Bona Fide Events

Bona Fide Events was born out of a desire to offer clients a comprehensive and unfussy alternative to planning weddings, university and corporate events. The definition of Bona Fide is “in good faith”, genuine, real. Owner, Heather Thomas, prides herself on a get it done attitude providing detailed planning, an easy-going demeanor and backing it all up with years of experience in planning special events.

As a long time event planner in the catering industry, as well as a planner at UNC-CH, Heather has developed many skills that make the Bona Fide Events experience a unique one. Specializing in partial, day-of wedding planning and university event support, Heather can quickly assimilate the details and take over the planning reins giving her clients the peace of mind that their needs are being met. She has a vast knowledge of the Triangle area, great relationships with area vendors and a creative and resourceful spirit!

Events by Emily

Events by Emily, LLC is an event planning and event venue consulting company serving Durham, Chapel Hill and the surrounding North Carolina Triangle region. Emily Izakowitz is the founder and head planner. Events by Emily currently focuses on partial and full service wedding planning services. We also happily offer day-of wedding coordination, bar & bat mitzvah planning services and venue development consulting.

Events by Emily believes in authenticity, natural beauty, flowers, and your unique vision for your next event. 

Events by La Fete

La Fête founder Katie Dunn has devoted her career to wedding planning, design and event production. Whether on the runways of New York City where she coordinated all fashion, jewelry and architectural special events for Swarovski North America, the offices of Classic Party Rentals where as Sales & Marketing Manager she oversaw a six-person sales force and determined the annual product line, or the elegant halls of Chapel Hill’s Carolina Inn where she planned and executed dozens of weddings, Katie’s hands-on approach, unflappable attitude and dedication to detail has equaled success.


Gather Together

An award-winning, nationally recognized event planner, Chelsey Morrison is the leader of Gather Together, LLC. With over 12 years of catering and event planning experience, Chelsey and her team expertly plan and design beautiful, flawless weddings and events in North Carolina and beyond. 

Chelsey is a graduate of the College of Charleston and now resides in Mebane, NC.  Gather Together has been honored as a Style Me Pretty Little Black Book Vendor, Southern Weddings Blue Ribbon Vendor, and recipient of NACE Awards four years running. Gather Together has been featured in Style Me Pretty, Martha Stewart Weddings, Carats & Cake, Glamour, Southern Weddings, Trendy Bride, and more. Gather Together specializes in private property and outdoor, tented events and will travel to any location. 


Grace Leisure Events

Over the past decade, Grace has planned events all across North Carolina as well as in Tennessee. She has planned weddings for both daughters of the President of High Point University, for the nephew of the North Carolina Governor, and has established herself as a local expert in coordinating complex, large-scale tented events. Grace is also an industry leader in same sex wedding planning. From 2010-2014 Grace coordinated the celebrated Farm To Fork Picnic and she currently serves as the planner of Durham and Chapel Hill Magazines’ Taste the Event, food and wine festival.

Sally Oakley Weddings & Events

Sally Oakley Weddings and Events is a full-service boutique event coordination company based in Raleigh, NC and serving the greater North Carolina area. Since opening their doors they have earned a reputation for creating and delivering spectacular events celebrating life’s most anticipated occasions.

They strive to make your vision a reality for your perfect day.


The Lion House

Owner and lead planner, Lauren Watson, is a North Carolina native where hospitality comes naturally. Combined with her many years of California living, she's cultivated an eye for a classic-cool style. She's a go-get-em girl with ultimate gumption and has the ability to take initiative and make things happen. With a background in Ocean Engineering, she is equal parts nerdy as she is creative. Lauren is a mastermind of logistical management, decision making, and is a social occasion enthusiast with a love for bringing people together. 

Banner Photo: Riley MacLean Photography