Monthly Archives:: January 2014
Planning the bachelorette party is one of the Maid of Honor’s most important pre-wedding responsibilities, but for some, it is also one of the most stressful. The bachelorette party conjures visions of Vegas nightclubs, but there really is no need to drag your crew across the country when there are so many local options to celebrate your upcoming nuptials here in NC’s Triangle Area.
Whether the bride-to-be prefers a late night out on the town or a luxurious, relaxing spa day, Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and the surrounding towns are full of swanky restaurants, fun group activities, and plush five-star spas. Here, we’ve put together some exciting ideas for your Raleigh bachelorette party.
Out on the Town
For a night out on the town, head to Raleigh. The flourishing downtown areas have fabulous nightlife options, from delicious restaurants to dance clubs.
Kick off the night with your group taking a ride on the Trolley Pub, a pedal-powered, pub-crawling trolley that can accommodate up to 14 people. Choose from a variety of tours featuring Raleigh’s best dinner spots, pubs, and breweries.
Then, for dancing in an upscale club setting, visit Glenwood South. SB&G recommends a full night at Solas, where you can start the night off with dinner at Bia, then head upstairs and dance the night away!
For the millennial generation, there is no better place for “girls’ night out” than Coglin’s bar, located on Fayetteville Street in Downtown Raleigh. Coglin’s is the only 80s and 90s bar in the area, and they offer VIP packages and a range of customization options to make the bachelorette party a memorable event.
Maybe the bride-to-be is more interested in a quiet, relaxing day at the spa with her favorite group of girlfriends than a loud and crazy night out. Consider a weekend stay at the Umstead Hotel in Cary, and visit their newly-renovated spa for ultimate relaxation.
Check out the SB&G Beauty & Health page to get a breakdown of spas and salons – an afternoon at any of these locations is a great way to kick off any bachelorette party!
Unique Group Bachelorette Party Activities
For a classy, low key group outing, consider a tea party at one of our local venues that specialize in this service – The Carolina Inn, The Washington Duke Inn, and The Umstead Hotel.
Another fun daytime activity is a group cooking class at Weathervane or Catering Works. Each location offers a variety of courses that can be made to fit your group — learn a new skill and add a signature dish to your cooking repertoire!
If your group wants to try their hand at something laid back yet fun, consider booking a Wine & Design course in Raleigh or Chapel Hill, where you and your girlfriends can enjoy basic painting instruction from local artists while chatting and sipping on your favorite bottle of vino. Don’t worry about your artistic experience (or lack thereof!) – Wine & Design caters to all skill levels.
For a fun daytime activity, think about taking a brewery tour. North Carolina is full of options – including Natty Green’s, Big Boss, Bull City Burger & Brewery, LoneRider, FullSteam, and the Triangle Brewing Company – that all offer tours and events. You could also check out the new TopO Distillery in Chapel Hill, which crafts local, organic spirits like gin, vodka, and whiskey. The distillery has a chic front room available for parties and events.
The Triangle’s surrounding cities and towns are also hotspots for small, local wineries. Take your group on an afternoon adventure to tour the vineyard, get a behind-the-scenes peek at the process, and sample some delicious wine. We also have an urban winery in Morrisville – Chatham Hill Winery offers tastings and is even available for private events.
If you want to get a little more risque and break your bride-to-be out of her shell, a truly memorable outing would be a group pole dancing class. This is available at many local gyms, and there are also studios that specialize in it, such as Turn Me Loose Fitness near Brier Creek.
For those not quite ready to take it all off, a belly-dancing lesson could be ideal. Check out a restaurant that has belly-dancing as regular entertainment, such as Kipos in Chapel Hill, or get a specialty lesson from someone like Andalee Belly Dance.
Or how about Drag Bingo? The Alliance of AIDS Services Carolina puts on fabulous events almost every month at different Raleigh and Durham venues.
Another new trend is purchasing the bride a boudoir session, which could be part of a weekend stay at a local B&B or simply a precurser to the rest of the day’s group activities. Check out boudoir specialist Vintage Vixens located in the Triangle Area.
Photo courtesy of Couture Foto.
Local professional artist Tesh Parekh specializes in the unique service of live event painting. He offers this high-end service for weddings and events, and captures your big day moments on canvas to create a special keepsake that will last for years and years to come. Tesh even puts the finishing touches on your painting before the reception comes to a close, allowing you and your guests to enjoy the art on the spot!
The finished product — be it in oil paints or watercolors — shows your wedding day from the perspective of a national award-winning artist’s eye. Tesh Parekh‘s live event painting is a unique way to memorialize your wedding day, as he can capture you saying your vows at the ceremony, celebrating your first dance at the reception, or other special wedding day moments in absolutely stunning detail. The canvas you receive is a treasured token that will be completely different from all the photos of your wedding day.
This is Tesh’s latest wedding painting, a 16×20 oil painting on linen done live at The State Club in Raleigh, NC.
Since the desires of individual couples are so unique, Tesh offers pricing on a client-by-client basis. Keep in mind that this, like most factors in the wedding-planning process, is not a last-minute addition! It is a service that needs to be included in your budget and planned for in advance to ensure that he is available for your wedding date.
For more information, samples of his work, and pricing quotes, visit Tesh’s website.
We’re excited to share the first post in a series highlighting our wonderful bakeries and their gorgeous confectionary designs from our 2014 Cake Shoot. Today’s post features wedding day desserts from Gigi’s Cupcakes.
Gigi’s Cupcakes is the place for cupcakes here in the Triangle area of North Carolina, with four locations sprinkled throughout the Triangle with two locations in Raleigh – Brier Creek and Oberlin near Cameron Village, a Cary store at Waverly Place, and a new storefront on Franklin Street in Chapel Hill.
Gigi’s bakes their delicious treats every morning, and with over 60 flavors ranging from classics like Wedding Cake and Scarlett’s Red Velvet to unique confections like Kentucky Bourbon Pie and Chocolate Salted Caramel, there’s sure to be something for everyone’s taste buds! Gigi’s also specializes in mini cupcakes and mini-cheesecake cups, so rest assured that you can order a variety to please each and every one of your wedding guests.
For our 2014 Cake Shoot, Gigi’s baked a variety of sweet treats, including Dulce de Leche and Coconut Cream Pie, to pile high on a five-tier cake stand. One of their arrangements was topped with one of this season’s most popular cake trends – a naked cake. A naked cake is an undressed cake, with frosting only between the layers as opposed to all over – a refreshing trend for those who love pound, bundt or fruit cakes.
Claire and Camry met at camp while in high school, and ended up dating for years before finally getting engaged. They tied the knot at Highgrove Estate in Fuquay-Varina on a gorgeous summer day, and Twenty-One Films captured the emotion of the affair beautifully. Though the venue’s power was out until only moments before the start of the ceremony thanks to a Southern thunderstorm the night before, Claire and Cam were thrilled their big day had arrived, and nothing could dampen their spirits.
The couple wrote their own vows (break out the tissues, y’all — their words to each other are incredibly sweet!) and celebrated their love with a stunning ceremony and reception, surrounded by their closest family and friends. Thanks to Twenty-One Films for this wonderful, emotional video of Claire and Cam’s wedding day.
This year, Southern Bride & Groom’s bridal fashion editorial shoot was at the NC Museum of Art in Raleigh, where we paired stunning looks from our bridal salons with the museum’s interesting and artful backdrops. Today, we’re sharing our favorite bridal fashion from Alexia’s and Lana Addison Bridal – high-end, full-service bridal salons owned by husband and wife duo, Alexia and Michael Joyce. Brides-to-be get a one-of-a-kind experience with these boutiques, located in Raleigh and Cary, NC, which offer couture designers, special occasion gowns, bridesmaid dresses and in-house alterations.
The stunning emerald bridesmaids dress with a detailed ruffle neckline (left) is a Lynn Lugo design from Alexia’s. Emerald was the 2013 Pantone Color of the Year, and it’s still popping up in weddings and events everywhere! The model is wearing jewelry from Charlotte’s, a gift, clothing and jewelry boutique located in Cameron Village and North Hills in Raleigh.
The bridal gown in the same shot (left) is by Tulle New York, available at Lana Addison Bridal. We adore the dropped waist and playful tone-on-tone polka dot detail paired with statement jewelry from Bel Canto Designs, our vintage jewelry artist, as well as an engagement ring from Anfesa’s Jewelers, a fine jewelry store in Garner.
On the right is a dramatic Theia gown, also from Lana Addison. The elaborate bodice paired with the full, ruffled skirt makes for a dreamy combination, especially when paired with the classic jewelry from Anfesa’s.
Colored wedding gowns are becoming increasingly popular, and with this gorgeous blush Monique Lhullier gown (left) from Alexia’s, we understand why! The dress features a classic sweetheart neckline, sash, and fit and flair skirt. The model is also wearing jewelry from Charlotte’s to complete the soft and romantic look.
On the right is a sleek satin Martina Liana gown from Lana Addison Bridal. The gown’s elegant lines and sweetheart neckline pair perfectly with the beaded belt, and a statement ring and chandelier earrings from Charlotte’s add just the right amount of glamour.
We were all head-over-heels for this dress, a light and airy Martina Liana design from Lana Addison Bridal. Every detail is simply perfect, from the embellished cap sleeves and subtly ruched bodice to the beaded waist and full tulle skirt. The demure look is completed with earrings from Bel Canto Designs and a ring from Anfesa’s.
We are so thrilled that the newest edition of Southern Bride & Groom is out and about for local brides to use as an inspirational planning resource for their weddings in North Carolina and beyond. Today, we’re excited to share a shoot that highlights wedding day fashion for the entire wedding party. Today’s post includes some never-before-seen photos of our Wedding Day Style Shoot at the Renaissance Raleigh North Hills by Swank Photo Studio!
We selected the chic Renaissance Raleigh North Hills Hotel for our wedding day style shoot. The hotel is conveniently located in the North Hills shopping center, a perfect location not only because of the stunning interiors and beautiful rooms, but also the proximity of a variety of entertainment. We staged a full wedding day featuring multiple fashion looks for both the bride and the groom — from the preparation and the first look to the ceremony and the reception!
We’d like to give a huge shout out to the wonderful vendors who made this shoot so successful, including: the Renaissance Raleigh North Hills Hotel, A Southern Soiree (styling), Swank Photo Studio, Gorgeous Gowns (bridal gowns), Savvi Bridal (bridal gowns), Bella Bridesmaids (two-toned dress – LulaKate; solid purple dress – Coren Moore), Bernard’s Formalwear, Savvi Formalwear, The English Garden (florals), Charlotte’s (jewelry, robes, and gift items), Douglas Carroll Salon & Spa (hair and makeup), Classic Party Rentals (chairs and linen), Sugarland (cake), and Southern Season (china and flatware).
It’s Wedding Feature Wednesday at Southern Bride & Groom! Today we’re excited to share Jamie and Chad’s urban chic wedding at Bay 7 in Downtown Durham. Thanks to John Ong and Caroline Z Photography for the beautiful photos.
Jamie and Chad met at a volleyball tournament in June of 2010. One of their mutual friends was the coach of Jamie’s team, so they got the two teams together several times throughout the weekend. At the end of the tournament, Jamie headed back to Durham and Chad returned to Chicago, but they decided to keep in touch long distance. By the end of that year, Chad had moved down to North Carolina, and he popped the question the following year.
The couple knew they wanted to get married in Durham, as it has been Jamie’s home for over 10 years and was also where they’d spent most of their relationship. They immediately fell in love with Bay 7, and knew it was the perfect place for their elegant reception. After attending several bridal shows in the area and meeting Sally Oakley, Jamie and Chad were ready to finalize their vendor selections.
They chose a gorgeous color palette of silver and navy with pops of fuchsia, and made their wedding personal by incorporating Filipino traditions from Jamie’s mother’s family.
Jamie said that she and Chad used SB&G to help plan the perfect wedding day, especially in the decision for Chad to wear his Marine Corps uniform in lieu of the traditional tuxedo (the bride saw a photo of a groom in uniform with his bride and was officially sold!) They also used several members of the SB&G Family to make their big day come to life, including: Sally Oakley, Lana Addison, CE Rental, the King’s Daughters Inn, and ShutterBooth.
Congrats, Jamie and Chad, your wedding was beautiful!
Ceremony Location: Immaculate Conception Catholic Church
Reception Location: Bay 7
Wedding Planner: Sally Oakley
Bridal Gown: Martina Liana from Lana Addison
Bridesmaids Dresses: Monique Lhullier
Men’s Formalwear: Men’s Wearhouse
Hair and Makeup: Rodney Robledo
Photographers: John Ong (non-watermarked photos) and Caroline Z Photography (watermarked photos)
Florist: Flowers on Broad Street
Cake: Ambrosia’s Cakes
Invitations: Paper Cafe
Rentals: CE Rental
Guest Accommodations: King’s Daughters Inn
Wedding Favors: ShutterBooth
We are thrilled that the newest edition of Southern Bride & Groom is out and about for local brides to use as an inspirational planning resource for their weddings in North Carolina and beyond. Today, we’re excited to share a shoot that highlights our state’s stunning Outer Banks area. Today’s post includes some never-before-seen photos of our Outer Banks bridal style shoot from Brian Mullins Photography!
North Carolina has one of the most beautiful coastal areas in the entire country, so finding a gorgeous location for a destination wedding is as easy as pie. The Outer Banks is known for its untouched coastline, pristine dunes and preserved natural environment.
We assembled a wonderful team of wedding professionals for a preppy-meets-rustic Outer Banks bridal style shoot for the 2014 edition of Southern Bride & Groom. The shoot highlights several features of the beautiful Sanderling Resort, which sits beachside, but also has an event space and gazebo pier on the sound side of the island of Duck, NC. The Resort has a variety of outdoor areas shielded from the ocean breeze by the coast’s dunes, perfect for mingling cocktail hours or romantic evenings as newlyweds.
We’d like to give a huge shout out to the talented team of vendors who helped make this two-day shoot such a beautiful success, including: The Sanderling Resort, Brian Mullins Photography, Erin McLean Events (styling), Simply Put Vintage Rentals (furniture), CE Rental (linens and table setting), Tre Bella Flowers (floral design), Cute Buttons (menus and place cards), Tre Bella Bridal (Badgley Mischka bridal gown), Bernard’s Formalwear (tuxedo), Makeup for Your Day (hair and makeup), Diamonds Direct (jewelry), and One Belle Bakery (cakes).
Bridal shows are wedding idea extravaganzas! In one day of diligence, you have the opportunity to meet hundreds of professional service providers, sample catered food and cakes, preview fashions, and gather general planning information; it’s one-stop wedding planning.
Large and small shows are sprinkled throughout the calendar year, but the first several months of 2014 are especially busy since we’re in the midst of engagement season! Today, we thought we’d share some tips and tricks for attending wedding shows.
1. Plan ahead. Decide what services or products you’re looking for before you get to the show. Whether you’re looking for venue options, florists, or photographers, the show’s website will generally have a list of attending vendors — mark which ones you want to be sure not to miss, and schedule enough time to spend a few minutes at each possible vendor’s booth.
2. Don’t be shy. This is an opportunity to speak with several types of excellent local wedding vendors in one shot. Ask questions and explore which ones fit your needs, your budget, and your personality.
3. Take notes. Wedding shows are packed with information from some of the best vendors in the area, and sometimes brides-to-be can feel overwhelmed — especially at the large shows with hundreds of wedding professionals. To avoid getting bogged down, jot down your favorite vendors so they don’t get lost in the shuffle.
4. Be selective in who you bring. It’s smart to bring one or two helpful individuals, like your right-hand planner, your mom, your fiancé, or your maid of honor, but don’t bring too many people, especially if they have differing opinions on the wedding budget and style. It will just stress you out and take your concentration away from what’s important — getting ideas for your big day.
5. Pack smart. You’ll be filling out a slew of prize registries, so come armed with a stack of stick-on labels with relevant information, like your name, wedding date, mailing address, and email address. It’s also smart to create a wedding-related email address prior to the show that can serve as the sole account devoted to wedding information. This will prevent your personal inbox from getting completely overloaded.
6. Prioritize comfort. You’ll be on your feet all day, so it’s important to wear comfortable shoes!
For an updated list of upcoming North Carolina bridal events and trunk shows, check out the SB&G Wedding Shows page.
It’s that time again! Today, we’re revealing our January winners and announcing the prizes for our February bridal giveaways. Each month, we give out a handful of gift certificates to local shops, restaurants, spas and hotels — to qualify, register with Southern Bride & Groom now.
Vivian and her fiance, Collin, were selected as our Forever Bridal Show honeymoon winners! The couple, who’s getting married at The Oaks at Salem in August, won a three-night getaway to the Jekyll Island Club Hotel off the coast of Georgia.
MaLi and her fiance, David, were also selected as winners from our Forever Bridal Show brides! They won a getaway to Sands Resorts in Myrtle Beach. MaLi and David are tying the knot at Duke Gardens in June.
Congratulations to our January winners! This month, we’re giving away:
-A $100 gift card to 18 Seaboard, a contemporary American grill in Raleigh that’s perfect for a date night out.
-A $100 gift card to Bella Trio Day Spa in Durham — a wonderful place to get a stylish new hair do or relaxing massage.
Register with us by the end of the month to win some of these fantastic prizes! If you aren’t selected this month, we’ll keep you in our system for future giveaways!