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Durham, Chapel Hill and Raleigh NC Wedding Shows

Tastings, Open Houses, Trunk Shows and Community Event Listings

Be sure to attend several Raleigh NC wedding shows and events for an opportunity to meet area experts. We recommend events produced by our family of wedding vendors. That means, venues and vendors that we personally know. These bridal shows are 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!

Heart of NC Weddings 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, we also cover 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.

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2020 Vision Board Event with Heidi Gessner

Saturday, January 25, 2020 - 9:00am to 4:00pm

Take part in a full-day immersion class to focus on your authentic life and your ideal outcomes. Heidi Gessner, certified wedding officiant and life coach, is leading this Vision Board event to give you the space you need to intentionally define your dreams for 2020 and beyond! You’ll be creating a Vision Board that will effortlessly attract your ideal outcomes to you. Lunch is included!  

Getting clarity on your life requires time + space to dream, create and anchor into what you want. Heidi will lead you in prep exercises that are geared to helping you hone in your vision. Once you get clarity, you’ll be selecting images and words from magazines, and pasting them onto a big poster board. Seeing this board each day aligns your brain with the outcomes you most want to attract (Oprah and Ellen Degeneres swear by Vision Boards!). Also, there is a vortex created in the group that makes your vision even stronger (being with like-minded people for the day creates this).

Afterward you’ll be invited to join an Envision Facebook Group, where we share wins and cheer each other on. Plus, Heidi will post tips to keep you aligned with your intentions.

Email: to register!

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The Sandhills Bridal Wedding Expo 2020

Sunday, January 26, 2020 - 12pm-5pm

The Sandhills Bridal Wedding Expo 2020 will allow you and your entire bridal party to sample wedding cake and food choices, hear music, meet photographers, talk to wedding vendors face-to-face, try some make-up and jewelry, and gain hundreds of wedding ideas and tips. Plus, experience some of the best wedding gowns, flowers, lighting, and designs on display for you to touch, smell, and see!

Register for your VIP Experience and be treated like VIPs by entering the Sandhills Wedding Expo 1 hour earlier than general admission for more one on one time with vendors, champagne passed upon arrival, passed hors d’oeurves, Golden Ticket Grand Prize exclusive to VIPs, and a swag bag!

THESE TICKETS ARE LIMITED so get them before they are gone!! VIP HOUR 12:00-1:00 pm day of Expo

Fabulous Door Prizes donated by local businesses located at each booth. Every registered bride & groom receives 1 ticket into the GRAND PRIZE drawing and ADDITIONAL tickets for registering & paying online in advance.


Bluewater Waterfront Grill Bridal Open House 2020 Wilmington NC Wedding Venue

Bluewater Waterfront Grill Bridal Open House

Thursday, January 30, 2020 - 6pm-8pm

Looking for a little more than just something blue? Grab the love of your life, best friend, or family and take a road trip to Wilmington, NC to view one of the best coastal wedding venues Bluewater Waterfront Grill. Taste cuisine by Bluewater’s culinary team, sip on signature cocktails, meet Wilmington’s top wedding vendors, and stroll through our unique event spaces. The first 50 guests will receive goodie bags! See for yourself what makes Bluewater an incredible NC wedding venue!

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Gavin Christianson Bridal Trunk Shows

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Save the date for these special Gavin Christianson Bridal trunk shows in 2020! Book your appointment today 919-797-0028

When you arrive for your scheduled appointment at #GC Bridal this is what you can expect: A beautiful open space with comfortable seating (for you, mom, and besties) and a personal bridal stylist who will help you curate your own personalized customized bridal selection based on your budget, style, and dreams. Prepare yourself for a thoughtful discussion about your wedding venue, bridal party styling and wedding day preferences. Then your GC bridal stylist will pull a variety of selections from their sample designer wedding gowns in sizes ranging from 2-32.

Upcoming Events

Matthew Christopher Trunk Show – January 30th through February 2nd

Glam Designer Showcase – January 30th through February 9th

Kitty Chen Trunk Show – February 6th through February 16th

Curvy Designer Showcase (Sizes 14-32) – February 13th through February 23rd



Matthews House Open House

Saturday, February 8, 2020 - 1:00pm-4:00pm

Searching for a cozy venue for your wedding with lots of Southern charm? 💕

Then look no further! The Matthews House, located in Cary, North Carolina, will be having their Open House on Saturday, February 8 from 1-4 pm! 

Come take a look at this vintage mansion with unique offerings such as gardens, a string-lit patio, and a grand ballroom, and also meet their best vendors. 🥂

Tickets to the Matthews Open House are free, but be sure to RSVP

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Southern Noir Weddings Bridal Experience at Durham Convention Center

Sunday, February 16, 2020 - 12pm-4pm

The Southern Noir Weddings Bridal Experience at the Durham Convention Center, is a wedding show curated for the Southern bride of color. Join us for the 3rd annual Southern Noir Weddings Bridal Experience. At this show, guests are immersed in an unparalleled experience throughout the entire event. Each attendee will meet amazing vendors and experience delicious food, delightfully inspirations and wonderful takeaways.

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Lavender Oaks Farm & Beau Catering “Tasting & Tour”

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 6:00-8:00 PM

Lavender Oaks Farm & Beau Catering are excited to invite you for our next Tasting and Venue Tour! Savor the best bites, and see our beautiful venue!


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Instagram: @lavenderoaks




The Carolina Inn’s 25th Annual Wedding Showcase

Sunday, February 23, 2020 - 1pm-4pm

Join us as at The Carolina Inn for an elegant and information-packed afternoon with the most talented and experienced wedding and event vendors in Chapel Hill, the Triangle and the Carolinas. Enjoy this creative gathering where you will be able to delight in a feast of sample wedding cakes, view the most exquisite wedding gowns from top couture designers, and experience an interactive approach in choosing your most valued wedding vendors.

Save the date for this FREE and public event! Sunday, February 23rd.

Heart of NC Weddings Planning Guide

Hall and Gardens at Landmark Open House

Saturday, February 29, 2020 - 2:00pm-4:00pm

Hall and Gardens at Landmark is excited to host their first Open House Event of the year!
They will be showcasing the venue along with amazing local vendors. JOIN US!

Landmark will be highlighting their gorgeous event spaces & giving tours of their Garden and Marie Antionette Ballroom. The vendor team for this event is AMAZING and will be providing small bites, entertainment, drinks provided by Pour Bar Services, giveaways and much more!

Be sure to register for this FREE event. Can’t wait to see you there!

Art in Bloom NCMA

Art in Bloom at NCMA

Thursday, March 19, 2020

North Carolina Museum of Art’s annual festival of art and flowers, “Art in Bloom,” features floral designers from across NC and beyond, including Heart of NC Weddings florists. From March 19th-22nd explore more than 50 floral designers from around the country. The four-day event also includes floral workshops, lectures, and events, as well as special extended hours and expanded food options. Follow along on the Museum’s social media channels @ncartmuseum and hashtags #NCMAbloom and #PNCartinbloom. Tickets are available at or (919) 715-5923

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Grand Opening of The Graham Mill

Sunday, March 29, 2020 - 2:00pm to 5:00pm

The Graham Mill is currently under construction and is anticipated to open in April 2020. We would love for you to pencil in our Grand Opening on Sunday, March 29th from 2-5pm! The Graham Mill can accomodate up to 240 seated guests and has indoor and outdoor ceremony locations. The Graham Mill is located in Downton Graham, just 30 minutes from Durham, Chapel Hill and Greensboro and less than an hour from Raleigh and Winston Salem. We can’t wait for you to see it for yourself!

Raleigh NC Wedding Dress Trunk Shows and Sample Sales

In addition to the wedding and community events listed above, consider attending a bridal gown trunk show. Additionally, NC’s top bridal salons often host sample sales. Attend these to find a great deal on your wedding dress.

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