Visit Lake Norman offers wedding packages

CORNELIUS – Visit Lake Norman will celebrate local weddings in February and March by promoting its Say “I Do!” Wedding Package. 

To be eligible to win, planners must use Visit Lake Norman’s complimentary hotel-lead service, which secures discounted hotel rates for out-of-town guests and like VLN’s facebook page. 

 “The wedding market continues to be our second strongest sales market after sports, and we continue to receive more and more inquiries regarding available venues and assistance with hotel accommodation needs,” said Travis Dancy, sales director for Visit Lake Norman. “The interest in waterfront weddings is particularly strong and we want to build on that.”

The wedding package includes a two-night weekend stay at one of Lake Norman’s popular wedding host hotels and a $50 restaurant gift card. The package is valued at $350. 

Contact Travis Dancy at 704-987-3300 or to take care of your wedding group’s hotel needs and be entered to win. Wedding package submissions will be accepted until May 31. 


Sippin’ Bridal Show comes with wine

HUNTERSVILLE – Historic Rural Hill is hosting the “Sippin’ Bridal Show,” an intimate setting for brides and vendors to meet while enjoying complimentary wine, food and door prizes.

The show will give brides-to-be an opportunity to get to know local vendors and see their capabilities.

Vendors attending include caterers, bar service, bakeries, photographers, a wedding planner, DJ, florists and venue directors. 

The event will be held 1-5 p.m. Feb. 23 at Rural Hill, 4431 Neck Road.

The reception-style event is free, but reservations by Feb. 16 are required. 

Details: or Lauren Petervary, or 704-875-3113.


Carolina Bridal Fair offers 'bridal bucks' for attending show 

CONCORD – The staff at Cabarrus Arena and Events Center is hosting Carolina Bridal Fair, a show for brides, grooms and vendors.

There will be photographers, florists, bakers and wedding dress stores ready to meet and help brides and grooms plan their weddings.

Register online through Feb. 12 for free entrance or pay $10 at the door.

Registered brides and grooms are eligible to participate in contests to win door and grand prizes throughout the day. Also, brides who register online and attend the show will receive $1,000 in Carolina Bridal Bucks to spend with participating vendors in attendance.

Carolina Bridal Fair will be held noon-5 p.m. Feb. 16 at Cabarrus Arena, 4751 N.C. 49 N.

Details: or Brenda Clem, 704-920-3976.


Soirée offers swanky bridal event

CHARLOTTE – Fashionable brides-to-be will gather for a “Winter Wonderland” night of wedding inspiration and a high-energy bridal fashion show.

The Soirée is geared toward the bride and her maids. Bridal style will be on display during the fashion show, which will feature gowns and accessories from local boutiques and designers.

Guests will sip on sparkling “Something Blue” cocktails while a butler passes around tempting treats.

Each vendor will create an inspiration design room specific to their brand for brides to browse and begin brainstorming their wedding.

The event takes place Feb. 20 at The Mint Museum, 500 S. Tryon St. Tickets cost $20 in advance and $25 at the door.

Studio White, founded in July 2012, is an appointment-only, self-planning wedding boutique.



Mack Center offers intimate show

MOORESVILLE – The Charles Mack Citizen Center will host the Southern Flair Bridal Affair show.

Vendors include caterers like A Tasteful Solution and Nona’s Sweets; hotels like Candlewood Suites and SpringHill Suites; and florists like WillowBranch Flowers.

The show takes place 1-4 p.m. Feb. 23 at the center, 210 N. Main St. Those who register in advance are eligible for a grand prize valued up to $800.

Details: or 704-662-3334.


Garden provides setting for showcase

BELMONT – The Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden will provide couples ideas to plan their dream wedding at its annual showcase.

Representatives will be on hand to explain to guests how they may hold weddings at the garden. Vendors include food, wedding dress, flowers and other services.

The event takes place noon-4 p.m. Feb. 16 at the garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road.

Admission is free for brides and members of the garden. Others pay general admission of $12 for adults, $11 for ages 60 and older, and $6 for children 4-12.

Details: or 704-825-4490.