Parris Claytor Balazs is the Founder, creative director, and lead planner of Eventfully Chic by Parris. She discovered her niche for event planning beginning in her teenage years and went on to obtain a four-year degree in psychology. After graduating college, she entered into the world of marketing where she was able to couple her admiration for the psychology field and her aspirations for professional event planning.
Leading up to planning weddings, Parris gained her years of experience directing various events for nearly a decade as the marketing director of a multi-state law firm to include charitable functions, large corporate events, black-tie affairs, and other special occasions.
Parris became her very own first client when she said “YES!” in 2018! In true Parris fashion, she moved swiftly, becoming a Certified Wedding and Event Planner and securing all of her own wedding vendors within the first month of being newly engaged.
She married the love of her life on November 9th, 2019 in Lexington, South Carolina, and continues to thrive off of helping brides fulfill their wedding day dreams!
PLANNING WITH PURPOSE
Parris is extremely passionate about giving back to the community and her interests don’t stop at planning weddings. For 6 years, Parris held the position of Executive Events Director with 501c3 non-profit charity, The Honor Project, which collectively donated over $100,000 from 2014 to 2019 to support a number of local charities, including: the South Carolina Special Olympics, the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, the Palmetto Health Foundation, the South Carolina Police Department, the South Carolina Fire Department, South Carolina EMS, the South Carolina Autism Society, Happy Wheels, the ColaJazz Foundation, and PAALS (Palmetto Animal Assisted Life Services).
In 2020, Parris was asked to serve on a fundraising team for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's "Man/Woman of the Year" Campaign to help raise funds for children with blood cancers. She agreed to serve, stating that "all children should get the opportunity to grow up and have their dream weddings". The LLS fundraiser is currently active and will end in May of 2021 where two candidates in the running will take the titles of Man of the Year and Woman of the Year.
In continued efforts to support the community, following each wedding with Parris, she sends a personal note and monetary donation to the newlywed's charity of choice along with a wedding photo of the couple. If permitted, she also sends along the couple's Instagram handles so the charity can personally thank the couple on social media for selecting them as their favorite charitable organization.