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Heart of NC Weddings 2022 Fashion Editorial

Guide for Wedding Dresses Near Me in Raleigh NC

Plus, Bridesmaids and Formalwear 

Skip the uncertain Google search of “wedding dresses near me in Raleigh.” Here, you’ll find the best wedding dress shops in Raleigh and throughout North Carolina. So, welcome to your local NC fashion guide! This wedding dress, bridesmaids shopping map is your key to finding the perfect fit. Plus, we’ve included formalwear – from fancy mothers’ gowns to custom suits. 

Yes, everyone deserves to find a wedding-day look that fits their style and budget. But that’s the bare minimum! Our team at Heart of NC Weddings wants you to find a wedding dress shop that will give you an experience. In other words, the moment you’ve been dreaming of since you were a child. Fair warning, pack tissues and don’t wear mascara that runs. 

NC Wedding Dress Shopping in 2022- Costs and More

Before we give you the inside scoop on NC wedding dresses, let’s start with the nitty gritty. Ahead, discover the current cost of wedding dresses near me in Raleigh & NC, what to consider before selecting a wedding dress. Lastly, learn how much to budget for your entire wedding-day look. Lucky for you, we took care of the research by talking to local wedding-attire experts. Keep scrolling for the scoop. 

BELOW:

Real-life couple, Carter Riley and Ashley McIntyre wear beautifully paired looks. Carter sports a white tuxedo from Bernard’s Formalwear, in Durham. Ashley glows in an Annie by Truvelle wedding dress from Gilded Bridal in Raleigh.

COST: Wedding Dresses Near Me in Raleigh & NC

Wedding dresses in NC, on average, cost about $2,500, but can range from $500 to $20,000. Tuxedo/suit rentals average out at $175 and include the coat, pants, shirt, vest, tie and shoes. Expect to pay $275+ for a suit or tuxedo purchase, which comes with the coat and pants.

COST: Hair and Makeup Styling for NC Weddings

Hair and makeup for the bride can range from $200 to $500 with a trial run. Hair and makeup for bridesmaids typically costs $100 to $250 per person. 

CONSIDER

Purchase your wedding dress 10 months to one year before the big day. Have your first fitting two months out and a final fitting one week out. Purchase or rent your tuxedo/suit four to six months out. We recommend that your wedding party members follow the same timeline due to high demand and shipping delays.

BUDGET

Don’t forget to budget for shoes, accessories and jewelry. Also, remember additional self-care treatments such as nails, hair removal, skin care treatments and spa services.

BELOW:

Jennifer Pelliccia, model, in a Kelly Faetanini wedding dress from Thornbury Brides in New Bern. She’s wearing jewels from Bailey’s Fine Jewelry in Raleigh.

BELOW:

Real-life husband and wife, Scott Erickson and AnnaLaura Erickson, cozy up in one of the beautiful guest suites at Heights House Hotel in Raleigh. Scott wears a tuxedo from Bernard’s Formalwear and AnnaLaura an Ellis by Rose+Williams wedding dress from Gilded Bridal. Both are adorned by floral accessories made by Folie à Deux Events.

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Wedding Dresses Near Me in Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, Cary and Beyond 

Some people know exactly what they want to wear on their wedding day. Perhaps you prefer satin and sleeveless, or lace and sweetheart necklines. And some people don’t know until they try it on. Either way, you want to look and feel amazing for one of the biggest milestones in your life.

Discover local wedding dress boutiques, formalwear stores, jewelers, beauty experts and event professionals within our Heart of NC Weddings 2022 fashion editorial.

About the 2022 Heart of NC Weddings Fashion Editorial – Heights House Hotel with Jillian Knight Photography

Heart of NC Weddings Editorial Shoot Director Becca Taylor led this styled shoot at Heights House Hotel alongside enthusiastic creatives wearing face masks. In the weeks leading up to Sept. 7, 2021, our team carefully planned timelines, discussed color palettes and studied the Heights House Hotel’s floor plan. Walk through the front gate, down the brick pathway and right into this magical venue through Jillian Knight Photography’s digital and film photos. You might even spy a fabulous bouquet by Folie à Deux Events that fits your wedding to a T!

When you see a dress, tuxedo, accessory or style that speaks to you in these pages, book an appointment with the vendor to find out if it’s the one.

Gilded Bridal: Wedding Dresses Near Me in Raleigh

Step inside Susan Langford’s world of wedding dresses at 421 N. Boylan Ave. Located just minutes away from Heights House Hotel, Gilded Bridal is a wedding dress shop that you simply must visit. Not only will Susan and her team of stylists help you find the one, they’ll also make you feel warm, welcome and worthy of all the love and confidence in the world.

Whether you’re a boho babe, a romantic rockstar, or a glamorous goddess, Gilded Bridal offers beautiful gowns handpicked from independent designers for everyone. Click here to learn more about the Gilded Bridal wedding dress experience.

BELOW:

Hannah Murdock, model, in a Coco by Claire La Faye wedding dress from Gilded Bridal and Bailey’s Fine Jewelry with hair and makeup by Reign Beauty.

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HAIR & MAKEUP Reign Beauty

Wedding Hair & Makeup by Reign Beauty  

Just like these models, your wedding party will spend a significant amount of time in the beauty chair on the big day. Getting ready with your best friends and closest family members can be one of the most fun parts of your entire wedding weekend. But it will not be as fun if you try to DIY or hire amateurs.

Reign Beauty wedding hair and makeup team was one of the first vendors to arrive on the day of our fashion editorial photo shoot. Reign Beauty has a team of 15 professional makeup artists and hair stylists. They believe that everyone’s beauty is unique, therefore everyone needs their own personalized, wedding look. The Reign Beauty team can create diverse glam, natural, boho, or edgy looks for all. The proof is in the photos!

Additionally, this team of pros has years of experience and know the latest beauty / wedding trends. Book an appointment at their gorgeous studio in North Raleigh or book services for on-site at your venue on the big day.

ABOVE:

Hannah Murdock in a Zelda by Daalarna wedding dress from Gilded Bridal and floral earrings by Folie à Deux Events.

BELOW LEFT:

Ashley McIntyre in a Sienne Gown by Alexandra Grecco from Gilded Bridal with earrings and a double-stranded pearl necklace from Bailey’s Fine Jewelry and a bouquet by Folie à Deux Events.

BELOW RIGHT:

Rheanna Ried, UC Model, in a Alexandra Grecco wedding dress from Gilded Bridal and a floral necklace by Folie à Deux Events.

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Flower Necklace Bride Sunset Gilded Bridal Wedding Dresses Near Me In Raleigh Reign Beauty Hair Makeup
DRESSES Gilded Bridal | FLORAL DESIGN Folie à Deux Events

White of Raleigh: Wedding Dresses Near Me in Raleigh

If you’re picky when it comes to finding the perfect fit for you, add White of Raleigh to your wedding dress store must-visit list. This downtown Raleigh bridal boutique has a thoughtfully curated selection of wedding dresses in a wide range of prices. White of Raleigh manager, Molly Burchins, promises an intimate and memorable appointment – one that is everything you have dreamed of.

White of Raleigh’s wedding dress designers are some of the most sought-after artists in the universe of bridal fashion. You will walk away from your appointment with a luxury, one-of-a-kind gown, and a feeling of utter bliss and confidence that you made the right decision. So, what are you waiting for? Click here to learn more about White of Raleigh and book an appointment. P.S Say hello and give a pet to Molly’s sweet pup Darcie, if she’s at the store!

BELOW:

Heart of NC Weddings 2022 cover models, Trevor Thomas Wilson and Rheanna Ried run down the brick pathway at Heights House Hotel in Raleigh. Trevor wears a polka dot tuxedo from Bernard’s Formalwear and Rheanna wears a Rivini by Rita Vinieris wedding dress from White of Raleigh.

BELOW LEFT:

Chermere Carr, model, stands before a magnolia tree at Heights House Hotel in a Romona Keveza wedding dress from White of Raleigh and jewelry from Diamonds Direct.

BELOW RIGHT:

AnnaLaura Erickson, model, in a Romona Keveza wedding dress and veil from White of Raleigh.

BELOW:

Chermere Carr in a Kamala by Savin London wedding dress and matching veil from White of Raleigh, with a bouquet by Folie à Deux Events and earrings from Jewelsmith.

Vow’d Weddings: Wedding Dresses Near Me in North Raleigh

As the newest kid on the block, Vow’d Weddings is shaking things up within the Raleigh wedding dress store scene. Get ready for a stress-free wedding dress shopping experience at this colorful storefront in North Hills. If you don’t have time to book an appointment, Vow’d Weddings is the place for you. Walk in and find the dress of your dreams, within minutes.

Whether you’re a walk-in or an appointment-booking bride, you will enjoy the warm vibe and playful details of Vow’d Weddings. Browse wedding dresses in a variety of styles and price ranges. The icing on top? Vow’d Weddings offers accessories such as belts, sashes, veils and jewelry that will give you that “this is the one” moment.

BELOW:

AnnaLaura Erickson wears a Keen wedding dress from Vow’d Weddings in Raleigh with beautiful hair and makeup by Reign Beauty and floral accessories by Folie à Deux Events. Her husband, Scott Erickson, looks dapper in a blue tuxedo and gold bow tie from Bernard’s Formalwear.

BELOW:

Chermere Carr in a Symphony wedding dress from Vow’d Weddings in Raleigh and jewelry from Jewelsmith in Durham.

DRESS Vow'd Weddings | JEWELRY Jewelsmith

Thornbury Bride: Wedding Dresses Near Me in Eastern NC

One of our favorite wedding dress stores, Thornbury Brides, can be found in the romantic coastal town of New Bern. But don’t let the quaintness of this historical town fool you. Store owner Nell Todd promises every guest a personalized and upscale wedding dress shopping experience. A local bride said that Nell showed up on her wedding day to personally steam and button up her bridesmaids gowns! Now that’s what we call amazing customer service.

Thornbury Brides offers a wide selection of designer wedding dresses from Canada, Spain, Italy and Australia. At Thornbury, you will find the best fit and style for you. Whether you’re from New Bern, Raleigh, Greenville or Morehead City, request an appointment today.

BELOW:

Real-life husband and wife, Daniel Pelliccia and Jennifer Pelliccia, pose for a wedding portrait at the Heights House Hotel. Daniel wears a grey tuxedo suit from Bernard’s Formalwear with a pink bow tie and Jennifer a Kelly Faetanini wedding dress from Thornbury Brides.

ABOVE:

Chermere Carr in an Eddy K Couture wedding dress with bow-tied sleeves from Thornbury Brides and jewelry from Diamonds Direct.

BELOW:

Jennifer Pellicia wears a Marchesa for Pronovias wedding dress from Thornbury Brides with a pearl necklace and bracelet from Jewelsmith. Her husband Daniel wears a burgundy paisley tuxedo from Bernard’s Formalwear.

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JEWELRY Jewelsmith | HAIR & MAKEUP Reign Beauty
Thornbury Brides Dress Bella Bridesmaids Reign Beauty Jewelsmith Heights House Jillian Knight Photography
DRESS Thornbury Brides | BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES Bella Bridesmaids

ABOVE:

Bride / Jewelsmith, Bridesmaid in Champagne / Bailey’s Fine Jewelry, Bridesmaid in Green / Jewelsmith.

BELOW:

Hannah Murdock wears a Champagne-colored Gemma by Jenny Yoo dress and AnnaLaura Erickson wears a green, Jensen by Jenny Yoo dress, both dresses are from Bella Bridesmaids in Cary.

Bella Bridesmaids: Bridesmaid Dresses Near Me in Raleigh/Cary

We hope that you get to experience the fabulous fun of bridesmaids dress shopping! When you’re ready to hype-up your “I do” crew, book an appointment with Bella Bridesmaids in Cary. You’ll be paired with your very own Bella stylist for the appointment. Your Bella stylist will help you sort through every color, fabric and style in the store until you see the wedding party fashion you envisioned. Because let’s face it, there is a big difference between blush and rose quartz, and we want you to make the best decision. Click here to find out what designers Bella Bridesmaids carries.

BELOW:

Bride, Chermere Carr, wears an Alto wedding dress from Vow’d Weddings while the bridesmaids wear mix and match Jenny Yoo dresses from Bella Bridesmaids and jewelry from Jewelsmith.

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HAIR & MAKEUP Reign Beauty | BOUQUETS Folie à Deux Events | DRESS Vow'd Weddings | BRIDESMAIDS Bella Bridesmaids | PHOTO Jillian Knight Photography | JEWELRY Jewelsmith
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HAIR Reign Beauty | FLORAL ACCESSORY Folie à Deux Events
Bella Bridesmaids Marigold Yellow Dress Folie a deux events Bouquet Reign Beauty Jewelsmith
DRESS Bella Bridesmaids | BOUQUET Folie à Deux Events | HAIR & MAKEUP Reign Beauty
Reign Beauty Wedding Hair Down Curls Folie a Deux Events Accessory Bella Bridesmaids Gemma by Jenny Yoo
HAIR Reign Beauty | FLORAL ACCESSORY Folie à Deux Events

Kannon’s Clothing: Mothers of the Couple Dresses Near Me in Raleigh

Nestled in the heart of the Village District is Kannon’s Clothing – a boutique clothing store that offers an array of elegant attire for any occasion. As one of the oldest family-owned businesses in North Carolina, Kannon’s treats every customer like part of the family. An important member of the Kannon’s family and in-store Assistant Manager / Buyer, Mary-Kannon Jefferson recently got engaged! She’ll be able to give you advice that’s genuinely helpful and comes from first-hand experience.  So, whether you’re the mother of the bride / groom / couple, the bride or a wedding guest, add Kannon’s Clothing to your list of go-to places.

BELOW:

Real-life husband and wife and parents, Melany Paden and Antoine Paden, look timeless in their wedding-day attire. Melany wears two looks: A navy blue cocktail dress by Jovani and a navy and silver, Teri Jon floor-length gown and earrings from Kannon’s Clothing in Cameron Village. Antoine wears an all-black tuxedo with a red handkerchief from Bernard’s Formalwear.

DRESS & EARRINGS Kannon's Clothing | HAIR & MAKEUP Reign Beauty

Bernard’s Formalwear: Tuxedos and Suits Near Me in Durham/ RDU

When you enter Bernard’s Formalwear on 9th St. in Durham, you’ll quickly observe that this is not-your-average tuxedo and suit rental store. It’s a diverse selection of sizes and styles paired with exceptional customer service that sets Bernard’s Formalwear at the top. General manager, Keith Smith, will awe you with his knowledge of luxury formalwear. From taking measurements to deciding between a suit or a tuxedo, Keith will help you make the most informed decision. Keep scrolling to see the latest formalwear fashion trends from Bernard’s Formalwear.

BELOW:

Real-life engaged couple, McCae Henderson and Ike Edwards, look handsome in coordinated white tuxedos from Bernard’s Formalwear in Durham and boutonnieres by Folie à Deux Events.

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Bernards Formalwear Grey Suit Groom Pink Bow Tie Heights House Jillian Knight Photography Folie à Deux Events
FORMALWEAR Bernard's Formalwear | BOUTONNIERE Folie à Deux Events
Bernards Formalwear Blue Suit Groom Gold Bow Tie Heights House Jillian Knight Photography Folie à Deux Events
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Bernards Formalwear Black Tuxedo Groom Jewelsmith Heights House Jillian Knight Photography Folie à Deux Events
FORMALWEAR Bernard's Formalwear | GEMSTONE PENDANT Jewelsmith
Bernards Formalwear Polka Dot Tuxedo Groom Heights House Jillian Knight Photography Folie à Deux Events
FORMALWEAR Bernard's Formalwear | BOUTONNIERE Folie à Deux Events
Bernards Formalwear Black Blue Tuxedo Groom Folie à Deux Events Heights House Hotel Jillian Knight Photography

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