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Raleigh, Cary, Durham and Chapel Hill NC Wedding Events, Bridal Shows, Tastings, Open Houses, Trunk Shows and Community Events

Be sure to attend several Raleigh-Durham NC wedding shows and events for an opportunity to meet area experts. The events you’ll find on this page are all from our Southern Bride and Groom magazine recommended vendors. That means, vendors that we personally know and work with on local events and magazine features. These are the best bridal shows and events, from the best Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill wedding vendors you will find!

We feature various events, which include everything from large scale wedding shows with over 100 Raleigh wedding vendors, to intimate open house wedding events. There are also regular tastings from the best Raleigh wedding caterers, bridal gown trunk shows, and even engagement ring sales here in Raleigh-Durham. All of the events come from our local highly recommended shops. Pick a few that appeal to you and add them to your calendar. This is not only an important part of wedding planning, but it is FUN!

SB&G also regularly features local community events and fundraisers in the Raleigh-Durham area. Events we feature include art openings, charity projects, shopping events, and fashion shows. If they make it onto this page, that means there is a public or ticketed event that we think our readers might be interested in attending or supporting!

NC Wedding Shows in Wilmington, Outer Banks and other NC wedding destinations

In addition to attending all of the best Raleigh NC wedding shows, Southern Bride and Groom magazine also covers also several amazing wedding events in Wilmington and the Outer Banks among other beaches on the NC Coastline, as well as bridal events in the NC Mountains. Check back regularly for the best NC destination bridal events.


Diamonds and Couture at Bailey’s Greenville

Saturday, September 22, 2018 - 4-7pm

Join Bailey’s for a night in Italy. Featuring the best in Italian jewelry from Bailey’s, and bites from Nino’s.

The event will include 6pm fashion show of wedding dresses from Unveiled Couture.

Whitaker & Atlantic industrial warehouse Raleigh wedding venue

Whitaker & Atlantic Open House Party

Sunday, September 23, 2018 - 3-6pm


The coolest new wedding venue and event space in Raleigh invites you to experience it during an open house and party. Taste delicious fare from the on site caterer, PoshNosh, and enjoy a fun and festive celebration. Whitaker & Atlantic is the event space behind (and from the same owner as) Hummingbird Raleigh. It is in the same strip as Lynwood Brewing Concern and the Loading Dock. If you haven’t checked it out yet, you must! RSVP to

Durham Wedding Venue University Club

Oktoberfest at UClub: Cheers to Bier!

Friday, September 28, 2018 - 7-10pm

$35 for Club members, $45 for non-members, includes all food stations & German bier!

Prost! Don your lederhosen and dirndls, and raise your stein at the Club’s 2nd Annual Oktoberfest celebration. Chef Alejandro will prepare German-inspired food stations, and there will be plenty of Oktoberfest & German bier in our Biergarden.

Bavarian Oompah entertainment by The Bloomsbury Boys from 7-9 pm.

Contact Jessica at 919-323-4815 or email for more information.

Diamonds Direct Raleigh wedding and engagement rings

Diamonds Direct’s September Events: Trunk Show & 5 Year Financing

Sunday, September 30, 2018

5 Year financing in Raleigh for Engagment Rings and More:

Diamonds Direct at Crabtree in Raleigh is having their annual September financing event for engagement rings and more! This promotion is the biggest financing event all year, with five years financing running from September 1-30. Whether you are buying delicate pearl earrings, wedding bands, an engagement ring, or a mother’s gift, any purchase of any value can be applied. Diamonds Direct is usually closed on Sundays, but will be open the final Sunday of September from 12pm-6pm. Come join them at Crabtree Valley Mall! More details can on the event can be found HERE

Christopher Designs Designer show
September 14-15
Diamonds Direct has various designer events throughout the year. From September 14-15, one of their ring designers, Christopher Designs, will be in the showroom just for the event! The designer will bring in their full line of jewelry for anyone in the Triangle to purchase (Plus, you will receive a free gift from Christopher Designs with your purchase). Stop by and see Diamonds Direct to enjoy their fabulous designer show along with delicious catered hors d’oeuvres – and don’t forget to ask about their five year financing!
Vintage Diamond with Sapphire Engagement Ring with Wedding Band

September Sales at Anfesa’s Jewelers

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Anfesa’s is offering special savings on sapphire jewelry this month – the birthstone of September Virgos! They are also giving away free totes with any appointment for a Karl Lagerfeld engagement ring.

Bride and Bridesmaids Wedding Party in Shades of Blue Gowns by Alexias, Renee Sprink2

Liancarlo Trunk Show at Alexia’s

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Alexia’s is hosting a Liancarlo bridal trunk show October 11th – 13th featuring the Fall 2019 collection

A trunk show is when a designer sends their newest collection of gowns fresh from the runway for an exclusive selling event.  Special incentives will be offered for all Lela Rose custom order gowns purchased during the show.

To schedule your personalized appointment simply call 919.829.5900 or feel free to click here to submit an online appointment request.

Royal Tasting Experience at The Cloth Mill

Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 6pm - 9pm

Join the 2nd Annual Tasting Experience at The Cloth Mill! This an event designed to delight your palate with deliciously crafted  presentations from some of our exclusive caterers with a royal distinction. Impressive fare will be from Beau Catering, Cook Shack Catering, and Sage & Swift Catering of the Triangle Area.

The evening will begin with mingling, hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, and music in The Cloth Mill’s beautiful outdoor courtyard, followed by the main event inside. Once seated, you’ll enjoy dinner experience like no other provided by three of their exclusive caterers. You’ll indulge in a complete sensory experience with brilliant decor, specialty lighting and soothing music. After dinner, you’ll have a chance to tour the gorgeous venue and speak with the caterers and vendors who were involved in putting together such a beautiful event.

*** Tickets are required for this event. $25/per person and seats are limited. This is a 21 years & up event only. Purchase Here!

*** Cocktail attire is required. A donation will be make to the Wounded Warrior Project from ticket price.

Forever Bridal Fashion Show

Forever Bridal Wedding Show – Fall Edition

Sunday, October 28, 2018 - 1-5pm

Tickets include: free parking, admission to show, a $200 gift card to and a one-year subscription to Bride’s Magazine for the engaged couple.
$8.00 online | $10.00 at the door

The Forever Bridal Wedding Show | Fall Edition is a Sunday afternoon like no other. Join us for an afternoon of wedding planning in an intimate, relaxing environment. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres courtesy of the Hilton Raleigh North Hills while taking in the finest in fashions, florals, tastings and more. Take time to mingle with the top wedding professionals who know how to make your wedding the day of your dreams. All in one day, all in one place. Perfect.

Raleigh Durham Wedding Dress SHop Gilded

Wild Honey and Magic Hour by Alexandra Grecco Trunk Show at Gilded Bridal

Thursday, November 15, 2018

November 15-24

Gilded Bridal in downtown Raleigh is thrilled to be hosting the entire Wild Honey collection, along with part of the Magic Hour collection from Alexandra Grecco! This trunk show will last two weekends, and we foresee that it will book up fast – don’t miss your chance to try on these gorgeous indy gowns from one of our favorite designers! Note that we will have limited appointment availability Thanksgiving week, and there is no discount on these gowns. Call or email to book your appointment, or book your appointment online after October 15th.

Forever Bridal Fashion Show

The Wedding Show 2019

Saturday, January 5, 2019 - 11am-4pm
Sunday, January 6, 2019 - 11am-4pm

Tickets go on sale October 29th, 2018
Tickets include: free parking, admission for both days and a one-year subscription to Bride’s Magazine for the engaged couple.
$12.00 online | $15.00 at the door

Since 1992, The Annual Wedding Show in January is North Carolina’s longest running, largest and most popular wedding show and expo. This two-day event features hundreds of the Triangle’s Wedding Pros that will get you off to the right start. Don’t forget your taste buds for all the catering, cake samples and drinks you can sample.  Remember your cameras to and snap pictures of your favorite dresses at the fashion show.

Tickets for this show are good for both days so start planning a weekend of fun, excitement & entertainment. Remember, successful planning is a successful wedding. So make sure you visit our Tips for Attending page for some of the best show tips to make each show a success. We will walk you through how to prepare for the show, what to do at the show and how to gather and process everything you just learned.

Upcoming Spring NC Wedding Dress Trunk Shows

Below are NC’s top bridal salons, each has regular trunk shows and lists them on their website. For up-to-date monthly information on bridal gown sales and trunk show events delivered straight to your inbox, register for our E-Newsletter

Bella Bridesmaids

2425 Kildaire Farm Road, Cary, NC
By Appointment

Alexia’s Bridal

400 W. North Street, Unit 100, Raleigh, NC
By Appointment

Gilded Bridal

421 N. Boylan Ave, Raleigh, NC
By Appointment

Coastal Knot Raleigh 

445 Daniels Street, Raleigh NC
By Appointment

Savvi Formalwear

6220 Glenwood Avenue, Raleigh, NC
By Appointment

Tre Bella Bridal

124 East Main Street, Durham, NC
By Appointment

Lana Addison Bridal

302 S Academy St, Cary, NC
By Appointment

Coastal Knot Wilmington 

4113 Oleander Drive Unit C, Wilmington, NC
By Appointment

Coastal Knot Shallotte 

5041-1 Main Street, Shallotte, NC
By Appointment

Traditions by Anna Bridal Boutique

4035 Lake Boone Trail #103
Raleigh, NC 27607 (map)