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New Runway Show Highlights The Carolina Inn’s 17th Annual Bridal Fair on January 29, 2012

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (November 16, 2011) – What hot new trends will be unveiled at The Carolina Inn’s Bridal Fair 2012, the region’s most exclusive showcase of the top wedding professionals in the Triangle on Sunday, January 29 from 1 pm-4 pm?

The Carolina Inn joins Chapel Hill Magazine and over 80 exceptional vendors to offer an elegant day full of information and ideas for all things wedding for more than 1,200 attendees.

Brides and their friends and family can enjoy a beautiful day of wedding planning beginning with a warm greeting by The Carolina Inn staff in their very finest attire serving mimosas. Once inside the doors guests will find an array of wedding related products from cakes and flowers, a full array of the finest Carolina Inn hors d’oeuvres, strolling models in bridal couture, stationers, unique favor ideas, hair and makeup specialists, wedding décor displays, tent options and strolling musicians. It is definitely a showcase that will allow you to plan your wedding in one day.

The Carolina Inn also announces the new addition of a runway show produced by Alexia’s Bridal Boutique which will take place in the Old Well Room at 1 pm and 3 pm. Also a new addition this year is a raffle to include $5,000 in floral design from Fresh Affairs, $1,500 wedding cake gift certificate from “The Cake Boss,” Jenny Packham Shukura Gown from Tre Bella Bridal Salon, $300 bridal portrait session from Neil Boyd Photography and $200 disc jockey discount from Joe Bunn DJ Company. Raffle tickets are $5 each and the drawings take place at 2 pm in the Old Well Ballroom.

As the region’s weddings capital offering Classic Southern Elegance since 1924, the historic hotel on the UNC Chapel Hill campus hosts more than 125 weddings annually. On January 29th, brides having their wedding at The Carolina Inn enjoy exclusive access from 11 am-1 pm and the event is open to the public from 1-4 pm.

For more information, call 919-918-2749, email weddings@carolinainn.com or visit www.CarolinaInnBride.com.

Event tickets are $15 per person and will be sold online beginning January 3, 2012. As always, tickets remain complimentary for any bride that is getting married at The Carolina Inn. Please contact your catering manager for details. Raffle tickets for designer giveaway items are $5 per person, will be sold online beginning January 15th and can also be purchased on site.

The Carolina Inn has a long-standing tradition of helping brides fulfill their most cherished wedding dreams. From the exquisitely beautiful to the elegant and romantic, The Carolina Inn has been transforming wedding fantasies into memories that live forever for almost nine decades. Providing an atmosphere of warmth and grace, the Inn’s intimate parlors, secluded courtyards and expansive ballrooms are perfect for wedding receptions or the exchanging of vows.

From the stylish Old Well Room, with its evocative Art Deco décor, especially popular for weddings, to the elegant John Sprunt Hill Ballroom, neoclassical in design, The Carolina Inn has been making wedding dreams come true for 87 years. With a tradition of hosting memorable bridal showers, rehearsal dinners, champagne brunches, wedding receptions and banquets, it devotes equal care to events for ten guests or 500 guests.

About the Carolina Inn
Built on the campus of UNC Chapel Hill in 1924 by John Sprunt Hill – distinguished alumnus, successful businessman and University trustee – The Carolina Inn’s original concept was “to provide for the special wants and comforts of the University alumni...and University visitors.” The historical Carolina Inn features 185 charming and well-appointed guestrooms including 7 luxury suites. www.CarolinaInn.com

About Destination Hotels & Resorts
Destination Hotels & Resorts is a privately held hospitality management company headquartered in Colorado. With more than 35 independent, luxury and upscale hotels, resorts and golf clubs, Destination is the third largest hospitality management company in the country. The company’s portfolio features more than 8,450 guest rooms, 15 golf courses and 16 full-service spas. Destination Hotels & Resorts properties are located in key metropolitan and resort markets including Washington, D.C., Seattle, Denver, San Diego, Santa Fe, Aspen, Austin, Phoenix, Portland, Palm Springs, Palos Verdes, Maui and Lake Tahoe. The company is a subsidiary of Los Angeles-based investment, development and management firm Lowe Enterprises. For a complete list of properties in the Destination Hotels & Resorts collection, please visit www.destinationhotels.com.

Michelle Voelpel
Marketing and Public Relations Manager
919.918.2722
mvoelpel@carolinainn.com




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