When it comes to celebrating a special occasion, whether romantic weddings and golden anniversaries or sweet sixteen birthdays and prom nights, Charlotte, North Carolina has an array of beautiful venues to choose from.

Ranging from five-star, full-service sites to self-catering spots, here are some of the city’s best venues for special occasions.

1. Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden

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The Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden is a beautiful venue for special occasions such as weddings, anniversary celebrations, bridal luncheons, and corporate events. Certain areas of the garden can be hired for private events and offer a variety of packages such as engagement and wedding packages, corporate and holiday rentals, portrait sessions, birthday parties, and more. Services vary according to each package, but include access to specified garden areas, the Great Hall and the Wren Room if required, rehearsal time, set-up and clean-up, event management staff, and complimentary parking for all guests. More info

6500 South New Hope Road, Belmont, NC 28012, Phone: 704-825-4490

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2. Levine Museum of the New South

Levine Museum of the New South
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The Levine Museum of the New South is an interactive museum dedicated to honoring and presenting a comprehensive interpretation of post-Civil War Southern history. The museum can be hired for special affairs such as weddings, rehearsal dinners, and corporate events for up to 600 guests and features several beautiful venues in which to host them. The New South Lobby and Sally Dalton Robinson Atrium are located in the heart of the museum and offer a spectacular space with high ceilings, skylights, and a wooden dance floor for receptions and parties. The Harris Hall is a flexible multi-purpose room that can accommodate a variety of functions and can be combined with the atrium for dining, cocktails, and dancing. Services include a catering kitchen, a full-service bar, and complimentary parking.

200 E. 7th Street, Charlotte, NC, 28202, Phone: 704-333-1887

3. BanquetOne

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BanquetOne is an elegant venue that caters for special occasions such as weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, proms, and parties. Located in Charlotte near Huntersville with easy access from the I-77 and I-485, BanquetOne is fully equipped with stylish tables, chairs, and tablecloths for up to 150 guests and offers catering services if required. Services include set-up and cleaning of the venue, a state-of-the-art sound system with DVD and CD players, two HDTVs, high-speed wireless Internet, a kitchen with refrigerator, microwave, ice maker, and sink, and a separate bar area with a granite bar. The venue has plenty of free parking for guests.

10616 Metromont Pkwy #100 Charlotte, NC 28269, Phone: 704-315-8908

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4. Big Chill

Big Chill
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Big Chill is a full-service events venue that caters for a variety of special occasions from weddings and receptions to rehearsal dinners, corporate events, and birthday parties. Originally a jazz supper club with live music and celebrity acts, Big Chill is now one of Charlotte's premier special events venues with ample space for large groups, highly qualified professional staff, and all-inclusive packages. The 13,000-square-foot facility features a 1,000-square-foot dance floor and can cater for up to 300 guests for a sit-down dinner or 650 guests for a cocktail-style reception. Services include event management, complimentary hors d’oeuvres, all tableware with various linen options, and professional wait staff and bartenders.

911 East Morehead Street, Suite 100, Charlotte, NC 28204, Phone: 704-347-4447

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5. Hilton Charlotte Center City

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Located in downtown Charlotte, the Hilton Charlotte Center City presents an elegant venue for weddings and other special events. The award-winning hotel features over 30,000 square feet of flexible event space, including a grand ballroom and several smaller rooms that can accommodate up to 1,100 people. Located directly across from the Charlotte Convention Center, the hotel is ideally placed for both leisure and business functions and features an array of services, including onsite catering and banquet services, professional staff, access to the hotel’s luxurious accommodations and amenities, and ample free parking.

222 East Third Street, Charlotte, North Carolina, 28202, Phone: 704-377-1500

6. Le Meridien Charlotte

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Blending European chic and Southern hospitality, the award-winning Le Méridien Charlotte hotel provides a beautiful venue for weddings, receptions, and other special experiences. Located in the heart of uptown Charlotte, the hotel boasts over 65,000 square feet of shared, flexible event space that can cater for a variety of occasions, from intimate wedding ceremonies to lavish soirées and gala dinners. The hotel features five ballrooms, including a grand ballroom that can host up to 990 guests banquet style or 1,800 with cocktail tables, as well as smaller halls and rooms for more intimate celebrations. Services include wedding specialists and event management, professional staff, tailor-made packages, access to the hotel’s first-class accommodations and amenities, and ample parking for guests.

555 South McDowell Street, North Tower, Charlotte, NC, 28204, Phone: 704-372-9610

7. McGill Rose Garden

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The McGill Rose Garden is a beautiful old-fashioned garden nestled on the edge of the NoDa Arts District that caters for significant affairs and occasions such as weddings, receptions, and anniversaries. This unique wedding venue offers a range of packages for up to 100 guests that include the use of a professionally landscaped 2-acre garden, tables and chairs, an event planning and management team, accent tables for cakes, gifts and book signing, a PA system with microphone, and ample parking for guests. Additional services include an assortment of lights, from twinkle lights to vintage chandeliers. More ideas: Waterfalls Near Charlotte, NC

940 N Davidson St, Charlotte, NC 28206, Phone: 704-333-6497

8. Omni Charlotte Hotel

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Centrally located in the heart of Charlotte’s financial district, the Omni Charlotte Hotel is the perfect destination for special celebrations such as weddings, receptions, and corporate events. Linked to the city via a sky bridge, the Omni Charlotte Hotel boasts an ideal location with over 16,000 square feet of elegant gathering spaces as well as attentive service and an inviting atmosphere. The award-winning hotel offers two beautiful venues to choose from – a grand ballroom with 16-foot ceilings, crystal chandeliers, and upscale décor that can accommodate up to 500 guests, and the Pomodoro Room, with dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows and spectacular views for more intimate affairs of up to 100 guests.

132 E. Trade Street, Charlotte, North Carolina 28202, Phone: 704-377-0400

9. Pine Island Country Club

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The Pine Island Country Club offers a picturesque setting for weddings, receptions, and other celebrations. Conveniently located within easy access from uptown Charlotte and the Charlotte-Douglas International Airport, Pine Island Country Club caters for all types of events, from intimate ceremonies to large gatherings of up to 200 guests. The club also offers an array of accompanying services, such as meal and beverage options with extensive catering menus, audio and visual amenities, full service bars, in-house event planning and management, and professional wait staff. More ideas: Zoos near Charlotte, NC

1701 Stoneyridge Drive, Charlotte, NC 28214, Phone: 704-394-1422

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10. Renaissance Charlotte SouthPark Hotel

Renaissance Charlotte SouthPark Hotel
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Boasting an elegant blend of boutique elegance and contemporary style, the Renaissance Charlotte SouthPark Hotel offers a beautiful venue for weddings, receptions, and other momentous occasions. Tailor-made wedding packages offered by the hotel include a selection of stunning venues, ranging from grand ballrooms to intimate gathering spaces, culinary services, and tasting menus to a certified wedding planner, event manager, parquet dance floor, and staging for musical entertainment. Additional services include floor-length cotton linens and napkins colored to choice, votive candles, glass hurricane globes with taper candles, a cake cutting service and a Champagne toast for bride, groom, and guests.

5501 Carnegie Blvd, Charlotte, North Carolina 28209, Phone: 704-501-2510

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11. Skyline Terrace

Skyline Terrace
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Skyline Terrace is a stunning rooftop event space located within minutes of uptown Charlotte. Boasting spectacular skyline views of the city, Skyline Terrace offers an excellent locale for all types of occasions, from intimate weddings to private year-end corporate events. While the venue does not have a dedicated dance floor, a dance space can be created on request, as well as space for live music, DJs, and other entertainment or bands. A preferred list of vendors is supplied as well as an on-site event planning and management team, and additional services include secure parking in the building.

1601 West Trade Street, Charlotte, NC 28216, Phone: 704-409-7476

12. The Ballantyne

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The luxurious Ballantyne Hotel offers more than 30,000 square feet of unique indoor and outdoor venues, ranging from elegant ballrooms and picturesque lawns to formal meeting rooms and boardrooms for all types of events. First-class services and amenities include an experienced event planning and management team, award-winning culinary and catering services, and professional audiovisual services. Adjacent to the hotel and golf course is a 40,000-square-foot group retreat known as The Lodge, which features 35 private guest rooms and ample meeting spaces for exclusive events. Additional services include natural lighting, video production services, and complimentary wireless Internet.

10000 Ballantyne Commons Parkway, Charlotte, North Carolina, 28277, Phone: 704-248-4000

13. The Duke Mansion

The Duke Mansion
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Built in 1915 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, The Duke Mansion exudes an elegant blend of Southern charm and modern luxury. Located just 2 miles from the city center, the elegant mansion offers an ideal location for weddings, receptions, and other celebrations. With limited availability for only 25 weddings a year, the luxurious villa can accommodate up to 150 wedding guests, with all food and beverages provided by the hotel’s executive chef and culinary team. Guests can stay in the 20 beautifully appointed guest rooms and have full access to the mansion’s first-class amenities. More ideas: Beaches Near Charlotte, North Carolina

400 Hermitage RoadCharlotte, North Carolina 28207, Phone: 704-714-4400

14. The Morehead Inn

The Morehead Inn
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Located in one of uptown Charlotte’s most picturesque neighborhoods, the Morehead Inn is a historical Dilworth home that offers luxurious accommodations, exceptional amenities, and a beautiful location for special events. The elegant Southern estate boasts a distinct character with exquisite architecture and spectacular gardens, which provide a gracious setting for various gatherings such as weddings, social functions, and family gatherings. Services include first-class catering with private menu tastings, professional wait staff, and wedding portraits by appointment.

1122 E. Morehead Street, Charlotte, NC 28204, Phone: 704-376-3357

15. The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery

The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery
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The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery is one of Charlotte’s favorite local breweries and features a state-of-the-art 60-barrel brewery, a spectacular 8-acre German-style Biergarten, and a dine-in Brauhaus. The brewery can be used for special events and functions in the 2,500-square-foot Festhalle, which has its own Biergarten and can accommodate large groups of guests. The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery also offers off-site catering for special occasions by providing customized beer plans and professional staff.

4150 Yancey Road, Charlotte, NC 28217, Phone: 704-525-5644

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16. The Palmer Building

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Recently restored to become an elegant reception and special events venue, the 1939 Palmer Building provides banquet and reception accommodations with a spectacular backdrop for any event. The newly refurbished venue boasts a state-of-the-art audiovisual system and a one-stop shop for rentals of tables, chairs, linens, and décor as well as lists of preferred vendors, while professional wait staff can be arranged to serve food and drinks at all types of functions.

2601 E. Seventh Street, Charlotte, NC 28204, Phone: 704-331-4737

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17. The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte

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Exuding a seamless blend of style, sophistication, and a touch of old-school glamor, The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte is an award-winning luxury hotel that offers exquisite accommodations and a first-class collection of amenities, including stunning function and events venues. These range from the 6,844-square-foot grand ballroom with its 18-foot ceilings and breathtaking chandeliers and space for up to 450 people for dinner to the beautiful, multi-venue glass-roofed Urban Garden, with 10,000 square feet of space in three settings for parties of up to 350 guests. A variety of wedding packages is offered and include a Champagne toast, wine service with dinner, a full service deluxe branded bar, butler-served hors d’oeuvres, and a custom-made Designer Bar Cocoa wedding cake, among others.

201 East Trade Street, Charlotte, NC 28202, Phone: 704-547-2244

18. Alexander Homestead Weddings

Alexander Homestead Weddings
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Exuding the elegance and charm of a bygone era, the Alexander Homestead is a beautifully preserved all-inclusive Queen Anne Victorian historical wedding venue in the heart of Charlotte. The circa 1903 estate caters for both indoor and outdoor weddings with magnificent gardens and an exclusive renovated dairy barn with space for up to 225 guests and a charming carriage house, which houses the estate’s Bridal Suite. The full-service wedding venue offers an array of services and packages, including event management and coordination, professional staff and parking attendants, complete set-up and clean-up, complimentary hors d’oeuvres, a gift table and guest book stand, and ample free parking.

N.S. Alexander Homestead, 4717 Shamrock Drive Charlotte, NC 28215, Phone: 704-737-1023

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