With wedding planning season in full swing, local brides have a variety of events this week to help them prepare for the big day. Heres the rundown:
• Alexias Bridal Boutique celebrates its 10th anniversary on Thursday with a cocktail party and runway show from 7-10 p.m. Cocktail attire is required, and attendees should RSVP. Alexias is at 400-100 W. North St., Raleigh; email@example.com.
• Traditions by Anna Bridal Boutique in Raleigh will host a Romona Keveza trunk show Friday through Saturday. Brides can peruse the designers latest fitted lace and flowing silk gowns, priced from from $3,000 to $4,500. To make an appointment, call 919-783-8652.
• The Carolina Inns annual bridal fair brings more than 80 wedding vendors the Chapel Hill hotel from 1-4 p.m. on Sunday.
The show will feature such local companies as Alexias Bridal Boutique, Raleighs Bella Bridesmaid, Bernards Formalwear and A Southern Soiree, among others. Attendees can taste cakes, see bridal fashion displays and register to win a number of raffle prizes.
Tickets are $20 (free for those holding weddings at the Carolina Inn) and available at carolinainnbride.com.
Meredith Colleges department of Fashion Merchandising and Design will once again hold its Cinderella Project dress drive to provide prom dresses for local girls who may not be able to afford a new dress. The department currently is accepting donations of new or gently used formal dresses no more than five years old. Donors can drop off dresses at 204 Martin Hall on the Meredith campus, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., through the end of March.
Kids Exchange Sale
Triangle parents can score big deals on new and gently used childrens clothing and accessories at the Kids Exchange Sale this week in the Jim Graham Building at the N.C. State Fairgrounds. The sale ends Sunday, when all items will be half off. Admission is free. For daily hours and more details, visit kidsexchange.net.