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Heart of NC Weddings Publishers Jenna Parks and Donna Parks

Your Guide for Heart of NC Wedding Planning

Shop Local with the Best Wedding Vendors in Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill

Welcome to your trusted guide for NC wedding planning! Our magazine is a resource guide for Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and Cary. Simply put, we help you shop locally for your NC wedding.

Our goal at Heart of NC Weddings is to bring joy and ease to your planning process. We understand that confidence in your decisions makes that possible. Therefore, we believe in introducing you to the highest quality vendors, in a wide variety of styles. As your NC wedding planning guide, we connect you with the small local businesses that we know and trust. Please note, we were known as Southern Bride and Groom for 33 years. Recently, we launched our new name, Heart of NC Weddings.

NC Wedding Planning with our Trusted Resource Guide

In our annual magazine and here on our website, you’ll meet our recommended NC wedding vendors. These are businesses and entrepreneurs that we personally know. Therefore, we are fully confident in recommending them to you.

If you’re newly engaged, you’ll love our guide to the best NC wedding venues and rehearsal dinner locations. It is focused on Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill venues. Additionally, our guide highlights top NC wedding destinations. This includes Eastern North Carolina, as well as coastal and mountain venues. Beyond venues, our guide features top NC wedding planners, caterers, bridal gown salons, florists, DJs and more.

A Community Magazine for Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill Weddings

Formerly known as Southern Bride & Groom, Heart of NC Weddings has been a community magazine since we were founded in 1986. Our team partners with local wedding vendors to create original wedding inspiration just for you. With these collaborations, we bring you the latest wedding ideas, etiquette tips, and real NC weddings. In other words, the planning tips and wedding inspiration we share are by vendor teams you can book for your own day!

As a local company, Heart of NC Weddings magazine attends dozens of local events each year. This includes wedding shows, open houses, tastings and trunk shows. Register with us to learn about these upcoming events.

Remember, our team is here to help, inspire, and bring more joy to your NC wedding planning. Welcome again, and congratulations!

– Donna and Jenna
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Plan a Triangle NC Wedding with Confidence

Browse Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill Wedding Events & Vetted Vendors
Venue Guide

Search our guide for the best wedding venues in Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill. Beyond the Triangle Area, our list also includes NC destination venues from the mountains to the coast.

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Shows & Events

The best part about being engaged in NC might be the wedding events! We share Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and NC bridal shows, tastings, open houses and wedding dress trunk shows.

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Explore our Preferred Vendors:

Fashion

There is no need to leave NC to find couture wedding dresses and bridesmaid dresses. The preferred Southern Bride & Groom bridal salons provide service, quality, reliability and some of the finest designer wedding dresses in all price ranges. Beyond that, they are all small businesses owned by wonderful individuals…

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Photography

It can be tough to know where to begin in your search for the perfect NC wedding photographer. There are so many choices, you might be tempted to see one photo you like, book online and call it a day. But please don't - if there is one wedding vendor…

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Florists

It never ceases to dazzle us to see a bouquet turn a girl in a white dress into a bride. How about magical floral design that transforms an event space into a wedding dream? Heart of NC Weddings magazine works with the most reputable wedding florists of Raleigh, Durham, Cary,…

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