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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.

Dazzling Diamonds Direct Raleigh Engagement Wedding rings and bands f8 Photo Studios

Diamonds Direct Designer Showcase

Friday, July 26, 2019 - 10am-8pm
Saturday, July 27, 2019 - 10am-8pm
Sunday, July 28, 2019 - 12pm-6pm

Add something sparkly to your soulmate’s attire. Don’t miss this summer’s Diamonds Direct Designer Showcase in Raleigh! Expect 20% savings on virtually everything storewide! Shop collections from a dozen of the country’s top bridal jewelry designers available exclusively in Diamonds Direct’s Raleigh showroom for three days only! Enjoy cocktail hour from 5-7pm on Friday with delicious bites provided by Seasons 52. Sweetwater Ices will be on site with free Italian ice for customers on Saturday 2-4pm. 


Gorgeous Wide View Shot of Outdoor Wedding Ceremony in Front of Rustic White Barn and Doors Same Sex Love Photo Krystal Kast

The Barn of Chapel Hill Open House

Sunday, August 4, 2019 - 4pm-6pm
Come and tour The Barn of Chapel Hill, a stunning wedding and event venue on Wild Flora Farm. This event is for engaged couples, vendors and community members! Some of the top wedding pros in the Triangle will be on-site to meet with you!
This event is FREE and if you book within 2 weeks of the open house, you get an additional free hour on your rental!
Hosted by Harmony Weddings and Events
Forever Bridal Raleigh NC Wedding Shows

Forever Bridal Wedding Show | August Edition

Saturday, August 10, 2019 - 11am-4pm
Sunday, August 11, 2019 - 11am-4pm

Join Forever Bridal for the hottest wedding show event of the summer. Meet the best wedding pros and get modern inspiration at one of the biggest showcases of the year – Forever Bridal is back with gorgeous Summer wedding designs that will leave you speechless. Located at the Raleigh, NC State Fairgrounds.


Use the code SBGBogo and you will get two tickets for the price of one! This code lasts the entire year of 2019, and works only on single admission tickets.

NC Mountain Wedding Venue Overlook Barn in Banner Elk NC

Married in the Mountains Wedding Showcase at Overlook Barn

Sunday, August 11, 2019 - 12pm-4pm
Visit Overlook Barn for some of the most incredible views and wedding inspo. Bring your wedding vision to life by actually seeing it in front of you! What better way to plan your celebration than to come to ours?
Begin your day at our Cliffside Barn for cocktail hour. Live music, snacks, signature drinks, decor, and a photo booth will make you feel like you’re celebrating the newly-married couple!
After “cocktail hour,” walk over to the main barn to enjoy the reception! Vendors from the High South Event Professionals are teaming together to create vignettes of different wedding styles and decor throughout the barn. As you take it all in, you’ll have time to enjoy food provided by our caterers, stop by the bar for refreshments, then head to the dance floor for the DJ showcase, check out gorgeous gowns with our fashion show and meet your dream team.

Anfesa’s Jewelers The Wedding Band Event

Friday, August 16, 2019 - 10am-6pm
Saturday, August 17, 2019 - 10am-5pm
Join Anfesa’s Jewelers for their event of the year! Discover collections from top wedding ring designers! Direct pricing for two days only.
PROMO Code: AJBRIDAL19 – $100 Off
Call or email Anfesa’s Jewelers today for an appointment
Big Fake Wedding Raleigh at Merrimon Wynne House by Morgan Caddell Photography

The Merrimon-Wynne Bridal Showcase

Sunday, August 18, 2019 - 1-4pm

One of the best wedding venues in downtown Raleigh is hosting a bridal show this August. The Merrimon Wynne Bridal Showcase is an experience not to miss. Three wedding vendors from each category of service will showcase their work through ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception displays. That means oodles of inspiration for you as you plan your Raleigh wedding! And, lots of great vendors to meet. Attendees will be treated to champagne, hors d’oeuvres, a swag bag and other surprises.

100% of proceeds will be donated to a charity, to be announced soon

Historic Wakefield Barn near Raleigh Anna Taylor Photography

The Historic Wakefield Barn Open House

Sunday, August 18, 2019 - 11am-2pm
The Historic Wakefield Barn invites all brides and grooms to join them at their 2019 Open House!
Meet great vendors while enjoying hors d’oeuvres and sipping on a signature cocktail. Southern Oak Events planners will be onsite.
Admission is free, but they do ask that guests RSVP in order for catering to prepare adequately.

#INNfluenced Social Media Conference

Friday, August 23, 2019 - 3pm-
Saturday, August 24, 2019 - 7am-6:30pm
Sunday, August 25, 2019 - 7:30am-1pm

Attend the premier social media conference in North Carolina to take an in-depth look at the latest trends and connecting with your target market along with learning about the ever-changing industry landscape: new algorithms, technology and metrics.

A talented and experienced group of speakers will be in attendance that come from multi-million dollar e-commerce companies to life and style content creators and major social media influencers who will discuss how to develop and maximize your social media marketing efforts. Whether you are new to the scene or a social media veteran, this conference has the all of the information you need to take your social media efforts to the next level and generate the results you’ve been waiting to see!

Conference begins on Friday, August 23 and concludes on Sunday, August 25.

Get your ticket here. 

P.S You might recognize one of the guest speakers as one of our SB&G family members!

OBX wedding venue Jennettes Pier

OBX Wedding Fest

Sunday, August 25, 2019 - 10am-4pm
The OBX Wedding Fest is a casual summer wedding planning event where engaged couples have the opportunity to meet with vendors of all types during one of the most beautiful times of the year.
The OBX Wedding Fest will take place at two locations brimming with vendors to help you knock out all the details of planning! Meet and mingle with vendors, sample cuisine + sweet treats, take advantage of booking discounts, win $500 towards your wedding, and more!
Durham Warehouse wedding venue at The Rickhouse, In His Image

The Rickhouse Wedding Showcase

Sunday, August 25, 2019 - 12pm-3pm
The Rickhouse invites you to come by Sunday, August 25th to meet the team, their favorite vendors and get a glimpse at the space all gussied up!
Located in the heart of Durham, this wedding venue has an amazing vibe and soul.
Free wine tasting and yummy bites from all their Preferred Caterers. Meet some of The Rickhouse’s favorite local Florists, Event Planners, Photographers, DJ’s and other event professionals!

The Carolina Wedding Market

Sunday, September 8, 2019 - 10am-6pm

Don’t miss out on the The Carolina Wedding Market! This is truly an outdoor wedding show unlike any other. At this special showcase you will get incredible wedding planning inspo and the opportunity to meet local vendors. These vendors will help you create a wedding that expresses you and your partner. Walk the aisles of tents to meet artisans who create locally-themed wedding favors and attendant gifts. Talk to caterers who can tell you where the grits were milled and photographers who can highlight the best moments of your unique day!

Located in the rolling hills Southeast of Raleigh, the Marketplace will be transformed with tents, music and food trucks.

Forever Bridal Raleigh NC Wedding Shows

Forever Bridal Wedding Show | Fall Edition

Sunday, October 6, 2019 - 1pm-5pm

The Forever Bridal Wedding Show | Fall Edition is a Sunday afternoon like no other. Save the date for an afternoon of wedding planning in an intimate, relaxing environment. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres courtesy of the Hilton North Hills while taking in the finest in fall wedding 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.

Forever Bridal Raleigh NC Wedding Shows

Forever Bridal Show | Winter 2020

Saturday, January 4, 2020 - 11am-4pm
Sunday, January 5, 2020 - 11am-4pm

Bring in the new year with one of the biggest wedding showcase events of the year. This two-day event features hundreds of North Carolina’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 eat. Remember your cameras to snap pictures of your favorite dresses at the interactive fashion show!

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


The Wedding Dress Shoppe

2516 Independence Blvd, Wilmington, NC
By Appointment


Lana Addison Bridal

302 S Academy St, Cary, NC
By Appointment

Gilded Bridal

421 N. Boylan Ave, Raleigh, NC
By Appointment