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Upcoming NC Wedding Shows and Events and an Instagram Contest!

We’re excited to announce several upcoming NC wedding shows and events. Be sure to attend bridal shows and wedding events throughout the year for an opportunity to meet local wedding experts and get a jumpstart on planning your big day. Here’s what’s going on in the next few weeks…

Bridesmaids LOVE SparklersPhotography by Walters & Walters

The Engagement Party at Your Local Belk
Enjoy light refreshments and music while you sip, scan and plan the perfect wedding registry at your nearest Belk location! Meet national vendors and receive savings coupons and a goodie bag when you create or update your Belk Bridal Registry.

Cary Towne Center — Cary, NC
Sunday, February 16th, 1:30 – 3:30pm

Streets of Southpoint — Durham, NC
Sunday, February 23rd, 1:00 – 4:00pm

Fresh Affairs Tabletop Extravaganza
Sunday, February 16th, 2:00 – 5:00pm
Join Fresh Affairs and an amazing team of professional wedding vendors for the annual Tabletop Extravaganza. You won’t want to miss this night of pure floral inspiration! Check out the video from last year’s event on the Fresh Affairs home page.

Catering Works Tasting Night
Wednesday, February 19th, 5:00 – 7:00pm
Planning a wedding or special event? Don’t miss Catering Works‘ Tasting Night — an evening of food and fun! The event will feature a variety of passed hors d’oeuvres, food stations, and displays. Preview the team’s 2014 floral designs, savor speciality wedding confections by the pastry chef, enjoy wine pairings, and enter to win a free wedding cake! RSVP to

Highgrove Estate Open House
Saturday, February 22nd, 10:00am – 1:00pm
Come out to the Highgrove Estate in Fuquay-Varina and explore the house, grounds and ballroom. Enjoy a sampling of the estate’s menu items, meet the event team, and get answers to all of your wedding-related questions.

The Museum of Life & Science’s Annual “Love & Science: A Wedding Expo”
Sunday, February 23rd, 11:00am – 2:00pm

Enjoy a special afternoon of love, science and extraordinary events as the museum staff shows you how unique your wedding can be! Guests can take tours of the available event spaces, sample food from the preferred caterers, and meet vendors one-on-one. Registration also includes all-day admission to the museum. Purchase tickets here.

The Wedding Affair at North Hills
Sunday, February 23rd, 1:00 – 4:00pm
Save the date for this beautiful annual event at North Hills, held at the Renaissance Raleigh Hotel. From ballrooms to bridal gowns and floral designs to decor, this intimate event features top professionals and great door prizes. Visit here to get your advance tickets at a discount.

And this month, we’re having an Instagram contest to win free tickets to the Triangle Bridal Association’s 5th Annual “A Happy Affair” Wedding Show!

The show is Thursday, February 27th from 5:30 – 8:30pm. Join the TBA and TBA members for an evening of informative mingling at the elegant North Ridge Country Club. Meet with wonderful local wedding professionals and enjoy delicious hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, music, swag bags, wedding gifts, and more! Admission is $7 at the door. Advance registration is requested to attend.

To win your FREE tickets to this exciting event, post a photo of you and your fiancé or your engagement ring to Instagram with the hashtag #sbgmag! The first 10 couples to do so will win admission for two!

February Bridal Giveaways — January Winners and February Prizes Announced

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.

February Giveaways

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 certificate to Cafe Parizade in Durham. Parizade is a unique restaurant that serves delicious Mediterranean-inspired cuisine.

-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!

Charlotte’s Bridal Event at Cameron Village in Raleigh, NC

On Tuesday, August 27th, Charlotte’s at Cameron Village in Raleigh, NC hosted their annual bridal event. At the event, brides and grooms-to-be enjoy treats from Sugarland, beautiful floral arrangements from Fresh Affairs, inspiration for their wedding day and a store-wide discount on all that Charlotte’s has to offer — from jewelry and wedding invitations to personalized gifts for every member of your wedding party.

Charlotte’s is a wonderful place to shop as an engaged bride. They have adorable clothes that would be perfect for any bridal shower or bachelorette party, custom personalized jewelry for you or your bridesmaids, gifts for your bridesmaids or groomsmen, and beautiful wedding stationary. Check out  these photos from the 2013 Charlotte’s Bridal Event, shot by Renee Sprink Photography, and see what catches your eye at Charlotte’s!

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Thanks to all of the vendors who helped with this event, and to all of the brides who turned out! Stay tuned to SB&G for updates on next year’s event.

Upcoming NC Wedding Show — Forever Bridal Fall Southern Bridal Show and Expo

We’ve got an exciting upcoming NC wedding show to announce today! Forever Bridal’s Fall Southern Bridal Show & Expo, which expanded to a two-day event last year, is returning to the NC State Fairground’s Jim Graham Building on August 10th and 11th.

The show features over 150 Triangle-area wedding professionals to inspire and inform you. Make a day of it and enjoy fashion previews debuting the season’s latest trends in wedding apparel, meet with the most talented vendors in the Triangle — from caterers and florists to wedding planners and photographers — and get ideas for your big day! Forever Bridal has hosted some of the most anticipated bridal shows in the area for over 10 years, and is the perfect way to get a jumpstart on your wedding planning.



Thanks to f8 Photo Studios for the poster photo!

SB&G’s June Giveaway Winners and July Prizes Announced

Southern Bride & Groom gives away monthly prizes and gift certificates to local spas, restaurants, hotels, and more! This month, we had two winners of awesome giveaways, Abbey — who won a $50 gift card to Lather Salon & Spa, and Lauren — who won a $50 gift card to Parizade in Durham.

Giveaways 1Abbey and her fiance, Zachary

Giveaways 2Lauren and her fiance, Elliott

In July, we’re giving away three wonderful prizes:
-$50 to Caffe Luna, an Italian restaurant with a Tuscan flair in Downtown Raleigh
-$100 to Sparian’s Bowling & Bistro in Raleigh
-And, a one-night stay for two at the Raleigh Marriott City Center. This is the perfect opportunity for a little romantic getaway and a short break from the stress of wedding planning!

To win these or any of our fabulous monthly prizes, register with Southern Bride & Groom

Wedding Entertainment Trends + NC DanceSport Special Offer

As engagement season winds down, we’re transitioning straight into wedding season! And at the reception, the music always makes a difference, especially if you want your guests to dance. So, carefully choosing your music and musicians is incredibly important. Hire a reliable DJ — they will ask questions about what styles of music you want played, but they will also be able to advise you on your choices, and make some wonderful suggestions. When hiring a live band, make sure to hire a variety group or one that all the generations of guests will enjoy!

Dancing at reception in Asheville, NC. Photography by Brian Mullins
A personable DJ or band MC knows how to relate to the guests and get the dance party started with a little encouragement. But, some folks might need a little more. No worries, NC DanceSport is not only a place for you and your groom-to-be to learn and perfect a first dance routine, but also a service available to teach guests styles of dance on-site at your reception! Specializing in styles including ballroom, Latin, country, and swing, NC DanceSport has lots of tricks up their sleeve to make your wedding day lively and interactive — even for your guests on the shy side.

And brides, NC DanceSport is hosting a special for SB&G gals! Regular priced, private instruction is usually $70 an hour, but for SB&G, an hour is only $65! They’re also offering a special on their three and five hour packages — purchase three hours for just $189 (regularly $204), or five hours of instruction for only $280 (regularly $325). Don’t forget about planning your first dance, it’s something you will remember for the rest of your life. So give it the same consideration you give your color choices, flowers, and cake! Call NC DanceSport today to set up your dancing lessons — 919-539-7513 

Photo Credit: Photo by Brian Mullins

Incorporate Fashion Trends from the 2013 Oscars into Your Wedding

On Sunday, Hollywood’s finest took to the red carpet for the 2013 Academy Awards, and if you’re anything like us at Team SB&G, you watched it for the fashion! For this week’s installment of Advice Fridays, we thought we’d take a look into incorporating fashion trends from the 2013 Oscars into your wedding day, while focusing on designers that will be showcased at the 4th Annual Altar Ego Fashion Show tomorrow!

Trend: Dropped Waist Gowns
Dropped waist gowns from the Oscars and Modern Trousseau wedding collectionJennifer Lawrence, star of The Hunger Games and Best Actress in a Leading Role winner for her part in Silver Linings Playbook, sported a gorgeous pale pink Dior Haute Couture gown at the Oscars. We love how the dropped waist shows off her figure without being too overtly sexy. Think this look could work for you? Check out the Modern Trousseau “August” gown above. The ruching and sweetheart neckline are beautiful, and flattering to most body types. Tomorrow at Altar Ego, Tre Bella will present gowns from the Modern Trousseau collection!

Trend: Peplums
Peplum trend at the Oscars and in wedding fashionCharlize Theron stunned at the 2013 Academy Awards in a stark white gown by Dior Haute Couture. The peplum gives the dress a modern, regal feel that we think is a great addition to a bridal party! Check out this softer peplum style on Coren Moore’s “Lauren” bridesmaids dress, available in every color on the spectrum to match your wedding pallet. Bella Bridesmaid, a participating boutique for Altar Ego, will be presenting bridesmaids dresses by Coren Moore tomorrow evening.

Trend: Ruffles
Amy Adams ruffled dress at the 2013 Oscars
Bridesmaids dresses with ruffles by amsale and Coren Moore
Amy Adams wowed Oscars viewers in her elegant ruffled gown by Oscar de la Renta. Ruffles are a trend that we hope never gets old, especially in the wedding world! Choose bridesmaids dresses with ruffles — as subtle or bold as you like — for the perfect hint of femininity and fun, like these by AMSALE and Coren Moore, respectively. Bella Bridesmaid will be showing dresses from both of these designer’s collections at Altar Ego tomorrow night.

Trend: Hi-Lo Hemlines
Hi low gowns from the 2013 Oscars and wedding fashionRachel Mwanza donned a bold, colorful gown for the 2013 Oscars with a fun hi-low hem. This style hemline is becoming increasingly popular, both on the red carpet and down the aisle! TwoBirds, renowned for their multi-wear style bridesmaids dresses, recently launched a new design featuring a hi-low hem. Bella Bridesmaid will be showing off some of the dresses from the TwoBirds collection tomorrow night during the Altar Ego fashion show.

 Trend: Pockets
Gowns with pockets inspired by the 2013 Oscars fashion and bridesmaids dressesTalk show host Kelly Ripa sported one of the decade’s (yes, decade’s!) top trends — pockets — for her 2013 Oscars look. This is a fun and convenient addition to any bridesmaids or bridal gown, like this “Gina” gown by LulaKate. Bella Bridesmaid will be showing bridesmaids dresses from the LulaKate collection at Altar Ego.


Trend: Tiers
Anne Hathaway's tiered gown and San Patricks wedding gown
Anne Hathaway changed into this tiered stunner for her Le Mis performance at the 2013 Academy Awards. We love the tiered look of this San Patrick gown — like a wedding cake, in the most beautiful way! Tre Bella will be showing bridal gowns from San Patrick’s collection tomorrow evening at Altar Ego.

Trend: Stripes
Halle Berry in Versace and LulaKate bridesmaid's sassy stripesHalle Berry showed off a gorgeous striped gown by Versace at the 2013 Oscars. LulaKate offers a fun take on this trend with bright pastels, simple lines and full skirts in their “Sassy Stripes” bridesmaids dress! Bella Bridesmaid will be showing bridesmaids dresses from LulaKate tomorrow night during Altar Ego.

Designers that Overlap on the Red Carpet and at Altar Ego
Adele and Queen Latifah on the red carpet at the 2013 Academy Awards
Adele wore a sleek all-black Jenny Packham gown to the 2013 Academy Awards, while Queen Latifah stunned guests in an all-white number by Badgley Mischka. Both of these designers will be featured (though in the wedding sense, of course!) by Tre Bella tomorrow night at Altar Ego.

We hope to see you all at the 4th Annual Altar Ego Fashion Show tomorrow evening!

Upcoming Wedding Events and free tickets to Altar Ego Fashion

This week is a big one for Raleigh-Durham wedding events! Check out our list of bridal shows and register for the ones you can attend. Make sure to enter our contest for 2 free tickets to the Altar Ego Fashion event!

Cobblestone Hall Open House & Tasting
Wednesday, February 28, 5:00-8:00pm
Couples are invited to visit Cobblestone Hall, a fabulous wedding venue downtown Raleigh in historic City Market, to see the space, and meet some of their preferred vendors. Please RSVP to Kaitlin –

Triangle Bridal Association’s 4th Annual “A Happy Affair”
Thursday, February 28, 5:30-8:30pm
Mix & Mingle with wedding professionals while sipping champagne and snacking on hors d’oeuvres at this annual event at the North Ridge Country Club.

Altar Ego: A Fashion Event
Friday, March 1, 6:30-9:30pm
Tre Bella Inc, Durham’s only couture bridal salon and one of the area’s top florists, is pleased to present their annual fashion event at the prestigious Washington Duke Inn. The event will begin with a cocktail hour and book-signing by NY Times best-selling author Emily Giffin. Giffin is the author of several fabulous novels, including Something Borrowed, which was made into a hit movie. She will also be doing a presentation! The culmination of the event is the fashion show, with local clothing boutiques (Hadley Emerson, Scout & Molly of Chapel Hill, and Smitten), followed by wedding wear including Bella Bridesmaid, Bernard’s Formalwear, and Tre Bella Bridal.

Tickets are $50, and include the entertainment, food and a signature cocktail. All proceeds go to local charity, Girls on the Run.

SB&G is giving away a pair of Free Tickets to Altar Ego Fashion this week!
To enter, simply write “I want the tickets to Altar Ego!” on our FACEBOOK wall or Tweet it to us @SthrnBrideGroom, by 11pm on Wednesday, Feb 27. We’ll pick a winner on Thursday morning at random. Please only enter if you are able to attend the event!

Altar Ego Fashion

Bridal Open House at Cobblestone Hall Wednesday, February 27

Brides-to-be, here’s an upcoming Open House you don’t want to miss! Cobblestone Hall in Raleigh’s Historic Moore Square Arts District is hosting a Bridal Open House on Wednesday, February 27 from 5:00-8:00pm. Cobblestone Hall is a gorgeous venue in Downtown Raleigh complete with old world charm and an overwhelming a sense of elegance.

Come meet the Cobblestone Hall staff and their preferred vendors at this special event, where you and your fiancé can enjoy “A Taste of Cobblestone Hall,” featuring hors d’oeuvres and drinks. If you select Cobblestone Hall for your big day during the tasting, you will be treated to a 10% discount on the facility rental! Showtime Events is a full-service event management company to help you in every way during your wedding planning — from facility to rental to walking down the aisle!
Cobblestone Hall Bridal Open House Wednesday February 27RSVP to ASAP!

2013 Fashion Feature – Bella Bridesmaid

At this year’s fashion shoot at The Umstead Hotel & Spa, SB&G hosted Bella Bridesmaid — an adorable shop in Raleigh that exclusively focuses on chic, fashionable dresses for your favorite gals…and trust us, these are gowns your girls will love! Bridesmaids dresses have grown away from the shapeless, heavy days of years past, and are now full on fashion statements. Bella Bridesmaid has tons of popular collections, including Amsale, LulaKate, Coren Moore, and Two Birds (and lots more!)

Check out these photos — some of our favorites from the shoot — by the talented Dara Blakeley Photography. And newly engaged brides, make sure to include Bella Bridesmaid on your list of stops when you and your gals are on the hunt for the perfect dress!

These gorgeous navy chiffon gowns are from the Amsale collection at Bella Bridesmaid. Pair these with nude, metallic, or a fun-colored heel for a little added glam. Brides — love that crystal bracelet? Check out Bel Canto Designs for gorgeous, vintage jewelry to accessorize your big day. Also, thanks to Lore Emelio for custom-designing our girls’ awesome hairpieces!

Say “yes” to yellow in these adorable sunshine dresses by LulaKate, available at Bella Bridesmaid. Let your girls choose different necklines that flatter their specific shape for a funky, but still cohesive mismatched look.

This bright green ensemble is the perfect example of a sweet & appropriate style for junior bridesmaids. Having junior bridesmaids is a fantastic way to include girls who are too old to be flower girls, and too young to be full-fledged bridesmaids.

These two selections, both by Coren Moore from Bella Bridesmaid, showcase some of this year’s hottest trends — color blocking and iridescent coral.

All inspired now? Make your appointment at the Raleigh Bella Bridesmaid and start browsing…remember, it takes three to four months for your dresses to come in, so ordering early is a necessity!