Raleigh Weddings

Service level: Full-service planning

Team size: 1 – 2

About Raleigh Weddings

Carina Blanton

Owner and Lead Planner

So nice to meet you! My name is Carina, and I'm your new wedding planning bestie! I started Raleigh Weddings after self-planning my own wedding. As much as I loved the process, I was also up until 3 AM the night before my wedding finalizing designs on my decor and straightening our ceremony chairs. My wedding day ended up being AMAZING (on 4 hours of sleep, no less!), but if I had known then what I do now, I would have had a planner. That's why I got certified in wedding planning and started my business in 2022: I want to help you soak in the joyful parts this process while I take on the heavy stuff for you.

Don't get me wrong, a big part of weddings is design: the tablescapes, the florals, the color palette. I'm a sucker for certain aesthetics (hellooo, garden weddings!) and design elements (who doesn't love a champagne wall?), but the most important thing about weddings to me is what they're meant for: to celebrate LOVE! As your planner, my priority will be you and your soon-to-be spouse, and executing a day that is authentic to both of you. I will take the utmost care to select and suggest vendors that will meet your needs, and I'll go above and beyond (and even get my hands dirty) to get it all right. Because that's what you deserve!

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Service included in starting price
Service available for an extra cost
Full-service planning

Designed for the couple who desires a completely stress-free wedding planning experience, your time with us. covers everything from your "absolutely yes!" to your "I do"s. ​Our job is to take the weight off of your shoulders and make your engagement as joyful and stress-free as you deserve (and believe me... you deserve it).

Planning begins12 Months out
Event Styling & Design
Budget Planning
Venue Recommendations
Vendor Selection
Vendor Management
Contract Review
Rentals & Linens
Invites & Stationery
RSVP Tracking
Wedding Website
Wedding Favors & Accessories
Accommodation Coordination
Transportation Coordination
Venue Visits
Final Venue Walkthrough
Timeline Creation & Management
Onsite Event Management
PricingStarts at $5,500



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  • Great wedding coordinator!

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    Sut & H.4 months ago

    We used Raleigh Weddings as our wedding coordinator for our wedding in late October ’23 and they were great! We brought Carina on about 2 months prior to the date of our wedding and she took charge and helped us during the home stretch to make our wedding day smooth, successful, and beautiful! Carina was very responsive, provided great suggestions, is very organized, and filled many of the gaps that we had during a stressful time. As one example – we started to think about having hot drinks served at our wedding and she took charge in finding a suitable vendor, getting pricing information, and coordinating their arrival. Our wedding was at the JC Raulston Arboretum in Raleigh and we live out of state, but Carina was more than willing to work with us (and stay on top of us with all of her checklists!) in our lead-up to our special day. We highly recommend using Raleigh Weddings! Thank you Carina for making our day extra special!

  • Best wedding decision we made!

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    Molly and I.5 months ago

    Booking Carina for our spring 2023 wedding was the best choice we made for our day! She felt like part of the family immediately. She took our vision and perfectly executed it into our dream day. She was a dream to work with and took allll of the pressure off of us. We had the most perfect day and she was a huge part of it :) Can’t recommend her and her team enough.

  • A Perfect, Passionate Planner

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    The L.5 months ago

    Our wedding weekend was perfect. We have Carina to thank for that. Carina took all the stress out of the planning process and the ceremony itself, so we were able to concentrate on what matters most: being present with the most important people in our lives, enjoying the best day of our lives. We had such an incredible experience working with Carina that we’ve been recommending her left and right—even to friends who aren’t engaged yet. She’s that good. Passionate and compassionate, a proactive expert. An utter dream to work with. 100 out of 10, enthusiastically do recommend. Do yourself a favor and hire Carina.

  • Best wedding planner!

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    Lauren B.5 months ago

    Carina from Raleigh Weddings went above and beyond to make our wedding absolutely perfect! Her attention to detail made our day flow seamlessly. She listened intently to me explain my wedding vision, ensuring the smallest of details were captured. Carina also became a friend during the process, cheering me on at every step and truly excited about our wedding happiness. My mom and mother-in-law absolutely loved having Carina so they could relax and fully enjoy the celebrations! Any couple would benefit from Carina’s expertise to ensure you and your loved ones are not stressed and can truly live in the moment during your wedding day!