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Ever wish you could do a trial run of your wedding day? Where you could see how your lighting will look in your reception space, how your rentals will look at your ceremony, how your florist’s creations will size up, and how your band will look and sound? Well, we can’t line up your exact wedding day details, but if you’re a bride getting married in Wilmington, North Carolina, we’ve got the next best thing!

Courtyards & Cobblestones is a highly curated wedding planning and inspiration event designed to help you find your wedding day style and plan your Wilmington wedding, taking place January 14 and 15th, 2017!

Every January in Wilmington, North Carolina, a group of hand-picked creatives brings to life seven mock weddings and showcases them to brides through a downtown walking tour: Courtyards & Cobblestones, A Walk Through Wedding Row.

Your ticket gets you access to seven fully-styled venues in Wilmington, each one designed by a different crack team of the best wedding vendors in Southeastern North Carolina. Each team creates a fully styled wedding and reception at their chosen venue, allowing brides to experience their artistry firsthand.

On the C&C Tour, couples take part in a wedding planning experience like none other with live music, table settings, flowers, lighting, cake tastings, savory samplings, beverages, photo booths, and incredible giveaways from REEDS Jewelers, Pressed Cotton, Party Suppliers & Rentals, High Performance Lighting & Power, and Courtyard by Marriott Downtown/Historic District.

For the past six years, this creative wedding event has provided a relaxed and inspirational atmosphere for couples to plan their wedding. Each bride also walks away with a swag bag full of goodies from the C&C creatives and sponsors as well as several bridal magazines (including Southern Weddings, of course!).

The photos in this post are from last year’s Courtyards & Cobblestones event, giving you an idea of what you’ll encounter on this year’s tour! Pretty incredible, right?! It really is a super fun time, and so helpful for all of our Wilmington brides, too! Be sure to check out the behind-the-scenes video from our Blue Ribbon Vendor Life Stage Films, below.

To purchase your ticket for this year’s tour or for the C&C Mix & Mingle Brunch on January 15th, head to the Courtyards & Cobblestones site!

And now, the giveaway! Enter via the widget below to win two tickets to the C&C venue tour on January 14th, two tickets to the C&C Mix & Mingle Brunch on January 15, and a one-night stay at the Courtyard by Marriott Downtown/Historic District in Wilmington, NC. Best of luck! :)

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Photography: Millie Holloman Photography | Videography: Life Stage Films | Design, paper, and florals: Salt Harbor Designs | Venue: Brooklyn Arts Center

This post is brought to you by Courtyards & Cobblestones. Thank you for your support of the brands who make Southern Weddings possible!

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This post is brought to you by Pop Shop Houston–thanks for your support of the brands that make Southern Weddings possible!

My family lives outside of Houston, and today’s post has me wishing I was a little closer to home! For those of you who do have the pleasure of being within driving distance of my hometown, I am excited (and a little jealous!) to let y’all in on an amazing event coming up soon: Handmade Weddings!

Pop Shop Houston and Anne Marie D’Arcy Photography have teamed up to bring Houston brides this unique wedding event at Spring Street Studios. Part pop-up shop, part intimate bridal show, and part crafting workshop, Handmade Weddings is going to be a great resource for DIY-loving brides! One of our favorite tips for craft-savvy brides is to choose your projects realistically, based on the time/funds/skills you have available, and leave others to the pros. The concept of Handmade Weddings reminds me so much of this advice, because it’s bringing together a network of local artists that you can shop from right at the event–everything from invitations to decorations and gowns to menswear will be available to purchase. There will also be a number of wedding professionals on hand to chat with, and with so much of wedding planning being done online nowadays, this is a unique opportunity to meet potential vendors and talk to them in a relaxed, face-to-face setting.

Along with the opportunity to shop and talk to vendors, you’ll also be able to attend workshops to learn to craft special things for your big day. Over the course of the weekend, there will be six free workshops (fresh herb centerpieces, paper poms, and cocktail stirrers, to name a few–so fun!), as well as a few workshops that require a small supply fee. Almost all of the fees are under $25–so worth it considering what you can learn and apply to your pre-wedding craft nights. I would love to work on my calligraphy skills (or lack thereof) if I was in Houston!

We are delighted to be giving away two tickets to Handmade Weddings! It will be held on September 20 and 21 from 10 A.M. till 6 P.M. at Spring Street Studios (1824 Spring Street). Enter via the Rafflecopter below by Wednesday, September 17 for a chance to win. You can also purchase tickets here–the $20 ticket includes small bites, beverages, and supplies for the six free workshops.

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Good luck!

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  1. avatar Arlissa Vaughn / Special Event Painter reply

    Aw, this sounds so awesome! Wish we had a handmade vendor opportunity in the Carolinas! :)

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Y’all know Southerners know how to throw a party. Now pair that hospitality and down home fun with the coolest wedding creatives in the Dallas-Ft.Worth, Texas area and what do you get? The Swoon Event! Y’all, even the name makes me happy!

Pull on your cowboy boots, because we’re giving away two pairs of tickets to a couple of lucky readers! If you’re searching for some wedding inspiration before your big day, the Swoon is here to help. Shopping, giveaways, food, DIY projects and great music will surround you as a group of wedding professionals help you find the perfect details. Don’t be afraid of overwhelming crowds or over-zealous vendors. Everyone’s here to help — and they’ll do it with the best Southern charm! Show up with a friend and stroll through the options available. They’ll have you swooning with delight! (I’m so funny.)

Are you pumped? I wish I could go!

To Enter: Leave a comment here telling us what makes you swoon about weddings. For an extra entry, tweet “I just entered the @theswoonevent giveaway on @iloveswmag!” and then leave a SEPARATE comment here telling us you did so!

Win: Two people will win two tickets each (one for you + a friend) to the Swoon Event!

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  1. avatar Taylor Livengood reply

    I would absolutely love to attend!! My southern roots haven’t changed just because I moved out of the south! :)

  2. avatar Taylor Livengood reply

    The best swoon moment at weddings is looking at the groom while the bride walks down the aisle.! All the love is written all over his face!

  3. avatar Elizabeth P. reply

    So glad this is happening in Dallas! My favorite thing about weddings is when you can see how much in love the bride and groom are. Nothing else matters compared to that.

  4. avatar Katherine reply

    I love watching the bride walk down the aisle and seeing the look on the grooms face – makes me tear up everytime!

  5. avatar Katherine C reply

    I just tweeted about the giveaway! (user @katxc)

  6. avatar Shelby Price reply

    My favorite swoon moment is watching the couples reactions to one another as soon as they are pronounced husband and wife! Some of the sweetest expressions come from that moment! :)

  7. avatar megan reply

    I love everything about weddings, but if i had to pick just one thing – it would be all the little details that show the couples personality and all the cute things the couple does together to show their love for one another.

  8. avatar Jen reply

    The sweetest moment is seeing the couple look into each other’s eyes at the alter. How can you not swoon after seeing the anticipating smile of a handsome Southern groom gazing into his sweetheart’s eyes in their last moments before marriage?

  9. avatar Jen reply

    Just tweeted my entry! Twitter: jenretter

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