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It’s Wedding Wednesday here at The Umstead and today we are talking about wedding weekend attire. You have your dress picked out, your shoes, undergarments, hair, but what about those other wedding weekend events, such as the rehearsal dinner or bridal lunch? With all the planning and energy you have put into the wedding day, these other events are easy to forget. So we are here to offer a few helpful suggestions to make it a little easier.

  • Most brides wear white throughout the entire weekend and to all of their bridal events. And while that is a brilliant idea, you are not bound to those limitations. Feel free to pop some color in there, such as your wedding colors. You can do that in the jewelry you wear or the entire outfit, the choice is up to you.
  • You can also try adding fun textures or patterns if you plan on wearing white. Try white on white patterns such as stripes or polka dots. Consider adding accessories too, such as a belt for added depth. It is a great way to add a little more contrast to the dress.
  • If you are wearing white try wearing it in a different way other than a dress. Perhaps a white jumpsuit, silk white tank top and white pants, or a white crop top and pencil skirt. There are plenty of ways to incorporate white without it being a dress but still looking sharp.
  • While you are getting ready – be it in your something blue romper or button up, be sure it is something you can easily get over your head, so you don’t have to worry about ruining your hair that you just finished getting done. Also consider open toed shoes or sandal or at least shoes with a little give to avoid ruining your freshly painted toes. Even our late fall and winter brides should consider this, as the photographer will be getting a close up of you putting on your garter and shoes and you don’t want any distractions.

Whatever you do, be sure you pick outfits you absolutely love! The only thing you need to worry about is feeling good in what you are wearing.




There are all sorts of fathers out there, from dog dads to uncles, husbands and grandfathers, this is the month we celebrate all the dads in our lives. They tied our shoes and took us fishing, warmed our cars on cold mornings, and said yes when mom said no. So how do you show how much you appreciate all that they do? We have a few suggestions, and you can find them all in The Umstead Gift Shop.

Jason Van Duyn Wooden Bowls – These incredible sculpted bowls from local artist Jason Van Duyn are perfect for a dad who appreciates anything handcrafted. The turned woodworks have been made from reclaimed southern hardwoods at the end of their life cycle. Each item is unique and unexpected.

Cutting boards by Edward Wohl – For those chef dads out there, or ones who love to grill, the new maple cutting boards from Edward Wohl will go a long way. This master woodworker and designer creates pieces with structural integrity and utility, allowing the wood to do the work.

Peter Millar button downs and polos – These comfortable and relaxed button downs and polo shirts are great for golfing fathers everywhere. With classic styles made in the finest quality materials, each piece is versatile and can be worn to work or play.

Marble trays from Pigeon and Poodle – If your father is anything like mine he comes home with change, keys, sunglasses, cash, his wallet, phone, and anything else he can fit in his pockets. So why not get him somewhere to put it all? These marble trays from Pigeon and Poodle are perfect to hold everything they might need. Whether they are a minimalist dad with only a house key, have more than they can carry, these trays are here to help them stay organized.

Still at a loss? The Gift Shop also carries an array of cufflinks, ties and of course, Umstead Gift Cards. The Gift Shop is open daily from 7:00 am until 10:00 pm, kindly call 919-447-4065 for more details.


Summertime is here! We are excited to welcome this warm weather and enjoy days by the pool, cool cocktails, and trips to the beach. Summertime also means outdoor movies are back, and with plenty of locations to choose from it’s easy to pick a movie everyone can agree on. Our favorites are the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh, Koka Booth Amphitheater in Cary, and of course the City Plaza downtown, all with great lineups this season. Or we head out Henderson to the Raleigh Road Outdoor Theater for the full drive in experience. But before we take to the movies, we are headed out to these events in June.

Step back into the medieval times at the North Carolina Museum of Art’s Family Renaissance Fair on Sunday, June 4th. This kid friendly event features music, games, mask-making, blacksmithing, and live performances. Spend the afternoon with princesses and pirates, kings and comedians, acrobats and fairies as you roam through the renaissance village. Events take place both indoors and out come rain or shine. Food trucks will also be onsite, so be sure to grab a turkey leg for the full experience. More information can be found here.

Interested in trying some new restaurants or visiting a few of your old favorites? Triangle Restaurant Week is June 5th through 11th and we are excited to get out on the town for it. Some of our favorite participants this year are Garland, who’s chef Cheetie Kumar was just named a James Beard Semifinalist for 2017, Linus and Peppers for the best deli sandwiches in town by far, Vidrio for Mediterranean style cuisine, perfect for the summer heat. For a full list and details, tap here.

Closing out restaurant week is another of our amazing Downtown Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo’s! Beginning at noon on June 11th, Fayetteville Street shuts down as the food trucks pile in. If this is your first time at the rodeo, check out La Farm Bakery, Gonza Taco, Pho Nomenal Dumpling. Otherwise, we’ll be at the lobster roll truck waiting. Details available here.

It wouldn’t be North Carolina if we didn’t talk about our craft beer, and we here in Raleigh have some of the best. To see for yourself, check out Beer Camp on Tour at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts on June 17th and celebrate the craft beer community. With hundreds of craft beers, food trucks, live music, it is a great way to spend your Saturday. Tickets available here.

Don’t forget about Dad this June 18th as we celebrate Father’s Day. Take him to brunch in Herons or stop by The Gift Shop to find the perfect present. Cufflinks, coasters, and clothing, there are plenty of options to choose from, or purchase a gift card and let him decide. The Gift Shop is open daily from 7:00 am to 10:00 pm or visit our online store here.

If you don’t feel like heading into Raleigh, then head down the street for Cary’s Downtown Chowdown food truck rodeo on June 25th. In addition to the food trucks, local wine and beer will be available as well as live music. Full details available here.

For more to do in our great city, speak with our Concierge at 919-447-4030.



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