A weekend of shopping for the big day

CorrespondentJanuary 23, 2013 


Local brides-to-be will get plenty of help planning their big day with several bridal events in the Triangle this weekend.

• Alexia’s bridal boutique in Raleigh will hold a Monique Lhuillier designer spotlight event Thursday through Saturday. Brides can see some of the designer’s latest styles and receive incentives with purchase. To schedule an appointment, call 919-829-5900 or email

• The Wake Forest Wedding Show brings dozens of local wedding professionals to The Cotton Company 2-5 p.m. Sunday. Champagne mimosas and hors d’oeuvres will be served.

Attendees can register for free at

• In Chapel Hill, the Carolina Inn hosts its annual bridal show 14 p.m. Sunday. A bridal fashion show, mimosas, hors d’oeuvres, plus 75 wedding vendors are on tap for the event. Attendees can also purchase $5 raffle tickets for a chance to win one of several prizes, such as a $5,000 floral design credit from Fresh Affairs and a $500 wedding invitation credit from Paper Café. A portion of proceeds from raffle tickets will benefit TABLE, a nonprofit hunger relief organization focusing exclusively on local childhood hunger. Tickets for the show are $15 and available at

A more selfless sale

To clear excess inventory while doing something to help the community, Grimball Jewelers in Chapel Hill will host a one-day clearance sale Saturday to benefit the Compass Center for Women and Families. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., shoppers can save 50 percent on all clearance items with 10 percent of sales benefiting the charity that provides support and programs for women and families who are victims of domestic violence. Grimball Jewelers is at 79 S. Elliott Road, Chapel Hill, 919-929-2580,

Uplift others

Bras are one of the most needed, yet least donated, clothing items. Soma Intimates will help rectify that problem with their bra donation drive through Feb. 14. Women can bring gently used bras they no longer want to Soma stores (in Cary Towne Center and The Streets at Southpoint in the Triangle) to be distributed to local women’s shelters through the National Network to End Domestic Violence. For more info, visit

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