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Your NC Wedding Planning Website & Blog

Shop Local: The Best Wedding Venues Vendors in Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill

Welcome to your trusted wedding planning website. We hope you'll use our planning guide for weddings in Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and Cary. Peruse top NC wedding venues and vendors, by category of service. Then, enjoy our inspirational blog. Here you will find real weddings, styled shoots and planning tips, spanning the entire state of North Carolina.

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. Therefore, we believe in introducing you to the highest quality venues and vendors. Equally importantly, we seek to share vendors that represent a wide variety of styles. As your NC wedding planning website, we connect you with 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 Website and Trusted Guide

In our annual magazine and here on our NC wedding planning 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!

– Jenna Parks and Donna Parks
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Search our website guide for the best wedding venues in Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill. Beyond the Triangle Area, our list also includes North Carolina destination venues from the mountains to the coast.

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We believe that every bride deserves to be spoiled when shopping for her wedding gown. Lucky for you, our recommended Raleigh-Durham NC wedding dress shops are here to make your dreams come true! Our local bridal gown salons specialize in everything from indie to couture. They provide service, quality, reliability…

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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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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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