August 25, 2016 | 128 South - Bakery 105 Events Planning your wedding in Wilmington, NC? If so, there’s a new trend on the scene…bridal suites. What is a “Bridal Suite”? A location for the bride (or groom) and bridal party (or groomsmen) to gather on the big day for the pre-wedding preparations, brunch, and photos. These facilities are available for day rental (read: not for overnight stays) and are specifically designed for intimate gatherings. Some wedding venues provide an onsite bridal suites. Those options range from the more traditional hotel room or small conference space available in the area hotels to the more unique options like “The Manse” located at the Brooklyn Arts Center. With so many venues tucked into non-traditional downtown buildings, most are not configured to provide the onsite bridal suite. (Necessity is truly the mother of invention.) This trend in bridal suites is working to fill that demand as well as offering uniquely appointed options to brides. Our own bridal suite – The Cottage on Orange Street – along with The Loft on Front Street and Belle Vue are available for rent to anyone. In addition to the bridal suite, each of these locations can be rented for a myriad of other purposes like a bridal shower, baby shower, birthday party, or a social gathering. These locations have each preserved the historic charm that has become synonymous with Downtown Wilmington while updating the facilities to meet the needs of the modern bride. We may be a little biased, but we love this trend. For details and availability about The Cottage on Orange Street, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 910.399.1709.