Bridal Celebration Showcase Partners with bridebook!

Bridal Celebration Showcase has recently teamed with bridebook to help promote their event this coming fall.  Both have a passion for weddings and will combine their talents to create a fun, memorable experience for brides & their friends and families.

The Bridal Celebration Showcase team has been hard at work since this past May creating a new bridal show that will take place at The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center on October 22 from 12-4pm. The show will feature wedding professionals of all kinds and styles from around SW Virginia and provides an opportunity for brides and grooms to discover vendors for their own wedding, hassle-free.

bridebook is a regional wedding magazine, published by Leisure Media 360, in Roanoke, Va.  They feature wedding love stories from real Virginia couples, list venues and vendors in their resource guide, and provide beautiful wedding inspiration.  Recently, Bridal Celebration Showcase reached out to the bridebook team and the two parties have now decided to combine their expertise for the event. News and updates about Bridal Celebration Showcase will be seen in bridebook’s upcoming online newsletters and social media and the bridebook team will be in attendance at the event.

Brides attending the show will not only receive a free copy of bridebook, but will also be entered for a chance to win a 2-page spread featuring their own wedding in the magazine!  The Bridal Celebration Showcase team couldn’t be more excited to announce this news and continue to work with both vendors and brides preparing for the event.

For more information about the Bridal Celebration Showcase event in the fall and ticket purchasing inquiries, visit or call Gabby Stephenson, Event Coordinator, at 540.315.7251.  Bridal Celebration Showcase is still booking vendors for this event and currently has a discount offer running through the month of September.  Follow Bridal Celebration Showcase on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for updates!  Also visit to learn more about being featured in their next annual issue!

Gabby Stephenson
Starshine Events & Bridal Celebration Showcase
Phone: 540.315.7251
Fax: 540.951.2280

Destination Wedding Activities from Giles County

Editor’s Note: Today’s guest post is from our friends at Giles County, who are sharing great ideas for entertaining your bridal party or guests during their wedding celebration stay.

When having a destination wedding, one of the hardest tasks is keeping your bridal party and your guests entertained. Giles County is a perfect choice for a destination wedding, not only because of the beautiful locations available, but also because of the endless outdoor activities. There’s a reason it’s called Virginia’s Mountain Playground™.

There are activities well suited for groups such as the Mountain Lake Treetop Adventures rope course, taking a day trip on the New River Water Trail by means of tubing, kayaking, or canoeing; as well as hiking one of the many trails in Giles County. Mill Creek is a great two and half mile round-trip hike that is suitable for large groups of any age as well as families. The most popular trail hike leads up to the Mill Creek Falls which has history as being the town of Narrows’ water source. Fishing is also a popular activity in Giles County, which isn’t surprising due to access to the 37 miles of the New River as well as many creeks that run through Giles. The New River Water Trail offers a multitude of float trips via our eight public boat landings. Any one of the local outfitters and guides can outfit your entire group with all equipment and make the perfect recommendation for you. Information on the different classes of rapids can often be found at the launching site or on the website.

The Palisades is a hot spot for rehearsal dinners, brunch, or bridal lunches. A must see for your guests, history, good food, and more.

In addition to Giles County’s ample outdoor activities there is a mass of historical sites that are open to the public. Some of these historical sites include the Andrew Johnston House, Sinking Creek Bridge, and The Palisades Restaurant. The Palisades Restaurant is located in the old general store in the village of Eggleston. The Palisades is a great place to accommodate large parties for fine dining while taking in a Giles County historical site. Consider them for your rehearsal dinner or bridal lunch. Giles County houses a winery, Giles Mountain Vineyard and Winery, as well as a brewery, Right Turn Clyde Brewing Company. Either of these locations would be a great place for you and your guests to rewind and possibly even host a bachelor/bachelorette party.

Your guests can find more ways to make memories in Giles County, Virginia- here’s a top five list:

  1. Taking a float or fishing trip down the New River Water Trail
  2. Hiking one of our many beautiful trails through wilderness or to a scenic overlook
  3. Enjoying live music with dinner at The Palisades
  4. Mountain Lake Lodge activities both indoor and outdoor
  5. Sharing in more moments together with a glass of local wine or beer

Right Turn, Clyde in an old bank building features small batch craft beers, friendly atmosphere and regular live musical performances.


Giles County, Virginia is located in Southwest Virginia approximately 40 minutes south of Roanoke and just west of Blacksburg and Virginia Tech. With easy access to the New River, world class dining and lodging properties, and historical attractions for the entire family, Giles offers adventure in Virginia’s Mountain Playground™. Come find your playground at our Visitors Center located at 203 N Main Street, Pearisburg, VA 24134 or find us online at or by calling 540-921-2079.

Venue Spotlight: Hollins University

Our students aren’t the only ones who start new lives at Hollins!


We have two indoor chapels, as well as several outdoor options, which can accommodate ceremonies from 25 – 600 and multiple reception spaces (both indoor and outdoor) which can accommodate from 25 – 350.

From the southern charm of the Green Drawing Room, the tall trees and meandering stream that define the Beale Garden, or the stately porches and lush foliage of the Front Quad, we have what you are looking for to make your wedding a memorable event for you and your guests.

Many people are surprised to learn that our students aren’t the only ones who start new lives at Hollins. In fact, we host a large number of weddings and special events each year.

In addition to our beautiful facilities and grounds, Hollins offers exclusive catering by Meriwether Godsey, as well as two unique lodging options for your bridal party and guests.  Whether you’re looking for a small, intimate space or a large, outdoor gathering, Hollins is the place to make your wedding unforgettable!