Raleigh, Cary, Durham, Chapel Hill and NC Coast & Beaches Wedding Events & Bridal Shows

Be sure to attend several Raleigh and Triangle bridal shows and wedding events for an opportunity to meet area wedding experts. The events you’ll find on this page are North Carolina’s largest bridal fashion and wedding events – be sure to add as many to your calendar as you can! There are also several amazing wedding shows and events in Wilmington and the Outer Banks among other beaches on the NC Coastline, as well as bridal events in the NC Mountains. Bookmark this page, and check our updated listings for upcoming Bridal Shows, Fabulous Bridal Open Houses with food and cake sampling, and Bridal Boutique Trunk Shows for the latest in wedding gowns.

Southern Harvest Tasting at King’s Daughters Inn

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Southern Harvest Catering Company will host a complimentary tasting at the King’s Daughters Inn with a sampling of seasonal hors d’oeuvres, entrees, sides, and salads for engaged couples to try. Contact to sign up and for more information. 

Rebecca Schoneveld Trunk Show at Gilded Bridal

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Brooklyn designer Rebecca will be in the Gilded house Feb. 23-25 with gorgeous gowns from her current and previous collections. Call, email, or book your appointment online!

Flora Trunk Show at Alexia’s Bridal

Friday, February 24, 2017

Flora Trunk Show at Alexia’s Bridal Boutique, March 24 & 25. Enjoy 10% discount with purchase of special order gown.

LGBT Wedding Expo at Raleigh Marriott City Center

Sunday, February 26, 2017 - 12:30-3:30pm

The 4th Annual ‘Same Love, Same Rights’ LGBT Wedding Expo will be held at the elegant Raleigh Marriott City Center with over 30 LGBT-friendly wedding professionals, free samples, LGBT ceremony planning tips, food & fun, fabulous raffles, music & more!

Belk Southpoint Engagement Party

Sunday, February 26, 2017 - 1-4pm

Meet vendors, create or add to an existing registry and register to win fabulous prizes during the Belk Southpoint Mall (Durham) winter engagement party (located in the Home Department).

Bailey’s Fine Jewelry’s Traveling Estate Show

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Bailey’s is having a fabulous traveling estate show the beginning of March. Take a look at where they’ll be:
Wednesday, March 1 – 117 Winstead Avenue, Rocky Mount NC
Thursday, March 2 – 511 Red Banks Road, Greenville NC
Friday and Saturday, March 3-4 – Cameron Village, 415 Daniels Street, Raleigh NC

Elizabeth Dye Trunk Show at Gilded Bridal

Friday, March 3, 2017

A trunk show for the cool brides – Elizabeth Dye’s wedding dresses from the new collection with be at Gilded along with previous best-sellers March 3-4. Call, email, or book your appointment online!

Liancarlo Trunk Show at Alexia’s Bridal Boutique

Friday, March 3, 2017

Liancarlo Bridal Trunk Show at Alexia’s Bridal Boutique, March 3 & 4. Enjoy 10% discount with purchase of special order gown.


Tara LaTour Trunk Show at Gilded Bridal

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Couture for the cool kids – you won’t want to miss Gilded Bridal’s Tara LaTour trunk show (March 7-11) , exclusive to them on the East Coast.  The lady herself, Tara LaTour, will be in the Gilded house on the 10th & 11th to talk custom, one-of-a-kind gowns. Call, email, or book your appointment online!

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Engaged Onslow Bridal Expo

Friday, March 10, 2017 - 5:30pm - 8pm
Saturday, March 11, 2017 - 10am - 3pm

Skip the stress and ENGAGE with the best of Onslow County and the surrounding coastal area! This is your chance to engage with wedding and reception venue sites, DJ’s, jewelers, bakers, caterers, florists and more – easily and at ONE time at ONE venue.  The wedding experts at the Engaged Onslow Bridal Expo will help you plan the wedding of your dreams with ease. This is your opportunity to meet the professionals in person and benefit from exclusive discounts from this show.

Friday, March 10th: Bridal Progressive Rehearsal Dinner from 5:30pm – 8pm. Register HERE!

Saturday, March 11th: Engaged Onslow Bridal Expo! RSVP HERE and get registered for an exclusive Honeymoon Getaway!

Smokestack Supper Series: Catering to Cocktails at The Cloth Mill

Thursday, March 16, 2017 - 6-9pm

Catering to Cocktails is the first event in The Smokestack Supper Series! Enjoy an exclusive date night of pure culinary delight where you’ll get to mix and mingle under the stars in the Cloth Mill’s gorgeous courtyard while Donovan’s Dish debuts a four-course tapas style menu that will charm and entice your palate. While we flirt with libations and pair each course with a creatively crafted cocktail, Sidecar Social Club’s speakeasy jazz infused set will take you to colorful and surprising places. The possibilities with The Smokestack Supper Series are endless, but reservations are not. Seating is limited.

Leanne Marshall Trunk Show

Friday, March 17, 2017

Check out the stunning wedding gowns from Gilded Bridal’s newest designer Leanne Marshall! Two-day trunk show (Mar. 17-18) exclusive for North Carolina – call, email, or book your appointment online!

Pronovias Trunk Show at Lana Addison Bridal

Friday, March 17, 2017

Pronovias Trunk Show at Lana Addison Bridal, March 17 and 18. Enjoy a 10% discount with purchase of special order gown.

Isabelle Armstrong Trunk Show at Alexia’s Bridal

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Isabelle Armstrong Trunk Show at Alexia’s Bridal Boutique, March 18 & 19. Enjoy 10% discount with purchase of special order gown.

Southern Harvest Catering Company Tasting

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Southern Harvest Catering Company will be hosting a complimentary tasting at The Matthews House in Cary, where couples will have the chance to try a variety of hors d’oeuvres, entrées, sides, and salads. Contact for more information.

Open House at Traine

Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 5:30-7:30pm
New Raleigh event venue, Traine, is having a Spring Open House and you’re invited! There will be delicious food from 214 Martin Street Catering, drinks and music.
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Southern Bridal Show & Expo

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Since 1996, the spring edition of the Southern Wedding Show + Expo has featured the Triangle’s top wedding experts for two days at the NC State Fairgrounds in Raleigh. Wedding professionals are ready to provide you with everything it takes to make your dream day become a reality. A signature of the bridal shows is our fabulous, live on stage, fashion shows where models rock the latest trends from wedding gowns, mother of the bride dresses, bridesmaid gowns, flower girl dresses to the sleekest suits and tuxedos you’ve seen inside of a fashion catalogs.


TASTE 2017: Food & Drink Festival

Thursday, April 20, 2017

TASTE is the largest annual culinary event in the Triangle area and is a series of master planned culinary experiences. Now in its fourth year of celebrating the compelling Triangle area’s innovative, yet true-to-its-roots farm-fresh food and drink scene, TASTE 2017 is taking place April 20-23, 2017. The event invites and assembles more than 50 of the best chefs, culinary artisans, artists, brewmasters, sommeliers, and mixologists in the local area. For the first time, in 2017 TASTE will also include acclaimed regional and Southern talent.


The Big Fake Wedding – Charlotte

Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 7:00pm

The Big Fake Wedding is a bridal show alternative complete with an emotional ceremony, light bites, and a dance-party reception. “Wedding Guests” are brides-and-grooms-to-be who get to truly experience the wedding vendors in action. Join this exciting night, and mingle with some of the best wedding professionals in the Triad on Thursday, April 20th at 2421 YORKMONT ROAD CHARLOTTE, NC 28217.

* *Event Special: Include the code (“LOVE”) at checkout, and the Big Fake Wedding Team will give SB&G Readers $10 off event tickets!

Diamonds Direct Trunk Show

Friday, April 28, 2017

Diamond’s Direct April trunk show will have a bridal focus and the perfect place to score great deals on engagement rings, wedding and bridesmaid jewelry. This three-day event (April 28-30) will feature a cocktail hour on Friday evening and more. Stay tuned for more details!

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Bridal Wars – Wilmington

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 - 7:00pm

Take your traditional Bridal Show and turned it up a notch.. or two and you’ll get BRIDAL WARS! Bridal Wars is a team competition, with your bride-squad vs their bride-squad! One bride-to-be and a group of her friends make up a team ( 3 to 5 girls on a team) No worries if you have a larger group – you can just make more than one team! (It’s not required to have a bride-to-be on a team) that way, you can have your friends and family all join in! Mom’s are always welcome to join us… even sassy Grandma’s! (yup.. we see them on teams a lot)!  Teams compete against each other in our one of a kind challenges- from Tug of War to Lip Sync, Relay Races, Bubble Soccer, Wrapping and much more! Don’t worry.. its not all physical! Prizes will be given to winners of each challenge! And Southern Bride & Groom will be featuring a challenge of our own!

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Fall Southern Bridal Show & Expo

Saturday, August 12, 2017 - 11am-4pm
Sunday, August 13, 2017 - 11am-4pm

The Fall Southern Bridal Show & Expo, held each August at the NC State Fairgrounds, is a two-day event with hundreds of the Triangle area’s top wedding vendors. As with every Forever Bridal Productions show, the August Southern Bridal Show & Expo has the iconic fashion show with the newest styles for your special day. You might just spot your dream dress or the perfect suit for your handsome husband-to-be. Reserve your limited edition VIP bride ticket package and goodies today.


2nd Annual: Big Fake Wedding RALEIGH

Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 7:00pm

The Big Fake Wedding is a bridal show alternative complete with an emotional ceremony, light bites, and a dance-party reception. “Wedding Guests” are brides-and-grooms-to-be who get to truly experience the wedding vendors in action. Join this exciting night, and mingle with some of the best wedding professionals in the Triangle on Thursday, October 5th at The Stockroom at 230 in Downtown Raleigh.

* *Event Special: Include the code (“LOVE”) at checkout, and the Big Fake Wedding Team will give SB&G Readers $10 off event tickets!

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Triangle Bridal Showcase

Sunday, October 8, 2017 - 1-5pm

The Triangle Bridal Showcase is a luxe, one-day boutique event – a great opportunity to find that little “umph” that will make your special day one that you and your guests will never forget. The October show features a more couture fashion show with designer dresses from Vera Wang, Olege Cassini, Melissa Sweet and others (including men’s styles). Their fashions come from designers such as Michael Kors, Vera Wang, Calvin Klein and so many more. This is the perfect show to get additional quality time with our vendors, which will save you time during your planning process. Come prepared to chat, meet and share more about your wedding with our vendors, they’re here for you!

Upcoming Spring Trunk Shows

Below are the Triangle Area’s top bridal salons, each has regular trunk shows and lists them on their website. Be sure to follow SB&G’s Blog and Social Media Outlets for regular updates about upcoming bridal gown sales and trunk show events.

Bella Bridesmaid

2425 Kildaire Farm Road, Cary, NC
By Appointment

Nitsa’s Apparel Charlotte

4705 Savings Place, Ste. 113, Charlotte, NC
By Appointment

Tre Bella Bridal

124 East Main Street, Durham, NC
By Appointment

Nitsa’s Apparel Winston-Salem

107 S. Stratford Road, Winston-Salem, NC
By Appointment