North Carolina couples who are planning to celebrate their wedding in Wilmington are spoiled for choice when it comes to choosing an ideal venue. In the popular historic Downtown Wilmington area there are several lovely old historic buildings that are now operated as wedding/events venues – choosing your favorite may be something of a dilemma. Couples who would prefer to tie the knot surrounded by nature can choose from several outdoor wedding venues, such as Airlie Gardens, Greenfield Lake, Marker 137, or Riverwalk Landing. Another popular outdoor venue is the delightful “hidden” urban garden at The Atrium. There are also several popular hotels and bed and breakfasts that can both host your wedding and accommodate your out-of-town guests.
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Nothing can beat a beautiful garden as a perfect setting for a romantic wedding celebration. Airlie Gardens are spread over a generous 67 acres, which encompass stately old oaks, beautiful seasonal blooms, romantic walkways, and lakes, all of which offer an excellent variety of perfect settings for romantic wedding ceremonies and receptions between March and October. The venue hosts ceremonies and photo sessions from Tuesdays to Saturdays but can only accommodate receptions on Saturdays. You can stage your dream outdoor wedding in one of four beautiful settings, including the unique Minnie Evans Bottle Chapel, and you have the option of a back-up tented pavilion in case of inclement weather.
Airlie Gardens, 200 Airlie Rd, Wilmington, NC 28403, Phone: 910-798-7700
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Located on the corner of Front St and Orange St in the heart of historic Downtown Wilmington, Bakery 105 is situated in a 1930s industrial-style former bakery that oozes charm and character. The venue includes a lovely garden courtyard (formerly the bread loading dock), which is ideal for your outdoor ceremony and pre-reception cocktails. The main building boasts exposed-brick walls, steel girders, and a large skylight and is the ideal setting for your reception. Your venue rental includes the use of tables and up to 150 chairs for both your ceremony and reception, and Bakery 105 offers a full on-site catering and bar service.
Bakery 105, 105 Orange Street, Wilmington NC 28401, Phone: 910-399-1709
3.Bellamy Mansion Museum
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The beautifully preserved Bellamy Mansion, carriage house, and slave quarters, together with the meticulously re-constructed historic gardens, date back to the eve of the Civil War and offer an ideal backdrop for an elegant period-style wedding. Brass chandeliers, grand columns, ornate moldings and wraparound porches provide an impressive backdrop for both your ceremony and reception, and the gardens offer excellent photo opportunities. You can choose to exchange vows outside (in front of the historic antebellum mansion), host cocktails on the porch, and then move inside to one of the elaborate and elegant reception spaces. The venue will provide couples with a list of trusted vendors who can provide everything from food and drink to flowers, photographers, and an event coordinator.
Bellamy Mansion Museum, 503 Market Street, Wilmington, NC 28401, Phone: 910-251-3700
4.Belle Vue Wilmington
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Conveniently located right in the heart of historic Downtown Wilmington, Belle Vue Wilmington is an elegant venue for your perfect intimate wedding for up to 50 guests. Gleaming crystal chandeliers, polished wooden floors, and a built-in bar perfectly set the scene for a delightful smaller wedding celebration. The venue features huge windows that flood the room with natural light – perfect for both photographers and makeup artists. The venue rental includes the use of sound equipment, couches, tables, chairs, linen, glassware, flatware, and cutlery as well as the long bar, which is ideal for serving a buffet. The venue will be happy to recommend trusted vendors to supply everything else you need.
Belle Vue Wilmington, 20 Princess Street, Suite 20, Wilmington, NC 28401, Phone: 910-297-6526
5.Brooklyn Arts Center
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Formerly St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, the historic Brooklyn Arts Center was built in 1888 and today offers couples a beautiful and historic venue where they can host their dream wedding. In addition to the elegant and impressive BAC Church building (which is ideal for both ceremonies and receptions), the venue also has a stunning garden courtyard if you prefer to exchange vows and host your reception outdoors. The main building boasts two-story windows, which bathe the interior in natural light, and offers a large stage and dance floor and 60-foot beautifully draped ceilings. The adjoining manse is perfect for pre-ceremony preparations.
Brooklyn Arts Center at St. Andrews, 516 North 4th St, Wilmington, NC 38401, Phone: 910-859-4615
6.The Worth House Bed & Breakfast
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The historic C.W. Worth House exudes gracious Southern charm, which makes it an excellent venue for an elegant Wilmington elopement wedding for up to 12 guests. The bride and groom can tie the knot in the elegant parlor surrounded by their closest relatives and friends before enjoying a romantic champagne and cake reception. The beautiful gardens are ideal for your photographs and the inn has seven beautifully furnished rooms where the happy couple and their friends can spend the night. The entire wedding party can round off the celebrations with a delicious farewell breakfast. The inn offers several inclusive elopement packages, some of which include accommodation for the bride and groom.
W.C. Worth House Bed and Breakfast, 412 South 3rd Street, Wilmington, NC 28401, Phone: 910-762-8562
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7.Cameron Art Museum
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Couples looking for something a little different for their dream indoor/outdoor wedding should arrange a tour of the Cameron Art Museum, which offers a number of modern and unique spaces for both your ceremony and your reception. The semi-enclosed courtyard faces a lovely garden and provides a beautiful and unusual area for an outdoor ceremony. The indoor Reception Hall features high ceilings, gleaming cherrywood floors, and a dramatic feature window – perfect for indoor receptions. (The conference room, roof terrace and café are ideal for smaller weddings). CAM has an on-site event coordinator, who will assist couples in arranging every aspect of their big day, from catering and bar services to décor and sound.
Cameron Art Museum, 3201 South 17th Street, Wilmington, NC 28412, Phone: 910-395-5999
8.City Club of Wilmington
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The charming City Club of Wilmington is located in a lovingly restored antebellum mansion in the heart of historic Downtown Wilmington. The club is renowned for serving delicious food and wine and can be beautifully dressed up for an elegant wedding. The lovely terraced garden is a photographer’s dream and the ideal place for you to exchange vows, while the romantically draped front porch makes an elegant venue for pre-reception cocktails. The interior of the club is equally impressive and you will have the dedicated services of an on-site event coordinator to take care of all the details so that you can relax and enjoy your big day.
City Club of Wilmington, 23 South 2nd Street, Wilmington, NC 28401, Phone: 910-343-1880
9.Country Club of Landfall
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Nestled in the heart of the gated community of Landfall, the Country Club of Landfall is a gracious wedding venue surrounded by acres of greenery. The club offers a choice of two outdoor and an indoor venue for your ceremony – most couples opt to exchange vows on the Ceremony Lawn (overlooking the lake) or in the Temple Gardens. The club offers a variety of indoor options for your reception, depending on the number of guests, and there is an on-site event planner to assist you with orchestrating your dream wedding. The catering and bar packages can be tailored to suit your requirements.
Country Club of Landfall, 800 Sun Runner Place, Wilmington, NC 28405, Phone: 910-256-8411
10.Events! On Front
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Located right in the heart of historic Downtown Wilmington, Events! On Front has everything you need to set the scene for your dream wedding. The venue offers spacious stylish rooms for your ceremony and reception, featuring a raised stage (the perfect spot to say “I do”), a permanent dance floor, and a large and elegant bar for your drinks and buffet. The venue can accommodate up to 175 of your nearest and dearest friends for a cocktail reception or 125 guests for a seated dinner. You have free choice when it comes to choosing vendors to supply catering and beverages and will have the services of an event coordinator to take all the worry out of arranging your big day.
Events! On Front, 130 North Front Street, Wilmington, NC 28401, Phone: 910-777-2887
11.Kenan Chapel at Landfall
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The Frank. H. Kenan Chapel is located in the exclusive gated Landfall community, where it provides an interfaith facility for couples who would like to exchange vows in a traditional church setting. The chapel is beautifully furnished and provides an elegant and serene atmosphere for a religious ceremony. In addition to the chapel, the adjoining Memorial Garden Labyrinth and Chapel Woods are ideal for outdoor ceremonies and photos. Although the chapel is only suitable for your ceremony, it is just a 5-minute drive from the Country Club of Landfill, which is a popular wedding reception venue for weddings of up to 800 people.
Frank. H. Kenan Chapel, 510 Arboretum Drive, Wilmington, NC 28405, Phone: 910-256-9578
12.Front Street Brewery
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A graceful crystal chandelier and large built-in bar form the focal points of the elegantly appointed Beam Room on the top floor of the Front Street Brewery. The Beam Room is a popular choice for your rehearsal dinner, wedding reception, or even your farewell brunch and can provide everything you need for a stylish celebration under one roof. The Beam Room offers a fully inclusive package that not only covers all your beverage and catering needs but also includes audio equipment, tables, chairs, linens, glasses, cutlery, and various décor items. The beam room can accommodate around 70 guests with room for a dance floor and cake area.
The Beam Room at Front Street Brewery, 9 N. Front Street, Wilmington, NC 28401, Phone: 910-769-4085
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Greystone Inn is located in historic Downtown Wilmington, where it offers an elegant and stylish venue for both intimate elopement celebrations and larger weddings for up to 150 guests. The historic inn dates back to 1906 and features beautiful architectural elements including a grand entrance flanked by stately Corinthian pillars – the perfect backdrop for memorable wedding photos. Ceremonies and receptions are held on the main floor of the inn, while the ground floor is perfect for your dance floor and DJ. The lovely gardens and verandahs are the ideal place to serve pre-reception cocktails. The inn offers the services of an on-site event coordinator to ensure that everything goes according to plan on your big day. There are nine beautifully appointed rooms and suites where the bridal party and family can spend the night.
Greystone Inn, 100 South 3rd Street, Wilmington, NC 28401, Phone: 910-763-2000
14.Greenfield Lake Fragrance Garden
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Located adjacent to the Greenfield Amphitheater in Greenfield Lake Park, the Fragrance Garden offers a beautiful natural setting for an outdoor wedding. The rental rates are very reasonable but there are some drawbacks – the venue is only available during the daytime (from 10am to 2pm), there is no shelter in case of inclement weather, and no alcohol is allowed. You will need to organize vendors to supply everything you need for your celebration and also to set up and break down. On the plus side, you will get to tie the knot surrounded by beautiful trees and gardens without breaking the budget.
Greenfield Lake Fragrance Garden, 1963 Amphitheater Drive, Wilmington, NC 28402, Phone: 910-341-0230
15.Hilton Wilmington Riverside
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Also known as Hotel Ballast, the Hilton Wilmington Riverside is part of the exclusive Hilton Tapestry Collection. The hotel is spectacularly situated right on the Cape Fear River and offers two beautiful water-front ballrooms that are ideal spaces for an elegant wedding reception and an indoor ceremony. If you prefer, you can say “I do” overlooking the water on the spacious Riverview Terrace, which is also perfect for photos and pre-reception cocktails. The hotel’s events team will ensure that everything runs according to plan and all you need for a memorable event is provided on site. As an added bonus, the hotel has plenty of accommodation for both the bridal couple and their out-of-town guests.
Hilton Wilmington Riverside, 301 North Water Street, Wilmington, NC 28401-3934, Phone: 910-763-5900
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The exposed brick walls and age-old timbers of the Ironclad Brewery provide a very special industrial-style atmosphere for couples who are looking for something a little different on their big day. The brewery has two floors of event space, which enables you to let your imagination run wild and plan the wedding of your dreams. Couples usually stage their ceremony on the lower floor and then proceed to the second-floor gallery for their reception. Your venue rental fee includes the use of tables and chairs, glassware and bartenders, and a stage and sound system. There is a minimum bar-tab requirement, but you are free to arrange your own catering.
Ironclad Brewery, 115 North 2nd Street, Wilmington, NC 28401, Phone: 910-632-2900
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Marker 137 is an outdoor events venue located on three manicured acres along the Intracoastal Waterway, across from Masonboro Island. The venue lends itself to a variety of options for both your ceremony and your reception, and there is a charming on-site cottage where the bride and her attendants can prepare. The venue will supply you with a list of local vendors who can supply everything you need from a tented pavilion to chairs, tables, linens, catering, and bar and there are several local event planners who can coordinate it all for you. The mature trees and gardens, together with the beautiful waterfront setting, are a photographer’s dream.
Marker 137, 175 Whippoorwill Lane, Wilmington, NC 28409, Phone: 910-523-5328
18.St. Thomas Preservation Hall
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Oozing charm and atmosphere, the 1846 St. Thomas Preservation Hall is an ideal Downtown Wilmington wedding venue. The lovely understated interior of the hall means that you have free reign to decorate in any style you like and there is plenty of time for your decorators to set the scene – venue hire includes 18 hours of use. The hall offers a spacious kitchen for your caterer and there is a lovely bridal boudoir for the bride and her attendants. The experienced staff and event coordinator at the hall will do all the set-up and break-down according to your needs so that you can relax and enjoy the day with your friends and family.
St. Thomas Preservation Hall, 208 Dock Street, Wilmington, NC 28401, Phone: 910-343-0346
19.The Atrium by Ligon Flynn
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At The Atrium you can anticipate walking down the red-brick aisle to exchange vows against the backdrop of beautiful plant-clad walls in a very intimate “secret garden” setting. This lovely wedding venue is tucked away between the buildings in Downtown Wilmington – a serene and magical place to say “I do.” After your ceremony, The Atrium staff will quickly transform the lovely garden setting into a beautiful candle-lit outdoor reception area. There is plenty of space for a dance floor and The Atrium “day-of” event coordinator will ensure that every detail is perfect. You have the freedom to choose your own vendors – several local vendors have offices on site to make things really easy.
The Atrium by Ligon Flynn, 15 South 2nd St, Wilmington, NC 28401, Phone: 910-520-7956
20.The Loft on Front
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The Loft on Front is an ideal blank canvas that can be decorated to suit any theme for couples hosting smaller weddings for up to 50 guests (65 for cocktail receptions). The light-filled space features pale brick walls and gleaming wooden floors and can be set up for both your ceremony and your reception. Venue rental includes the use of tables and chairs (for 50 guests) and you are welcome to bring in your own preferred vendors to supply everything else your need, including catering and bar services. The bride and her attendants have the use of the bridal suite for their preparations.
The Loft on Front, 27 North Front Street, Wilmington, NC 28401, Phone: 910-297-6526
21.The River Room
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Occupying a prime waterfront site in historic Downtown Wilmington, the River Room is the answer to your dreams for an indoor/outdoor wedding venue with sensational views. Besides the spacious River Room, the venue boasts a further two spaces that can be combined to suit your requirements. If you are tying the knot in summer, you can have your ceremony set up on the outdoor deck; it offers fabulous views of the Cape Fear River and can also be used for receptions for up to 90 seated guests. Larger receptions can be set up indoors in the River Room, and the bride and her attendants can use the lovely Sunset Flat for all their preparations.
The River Room, 18 South Water Street, Suite2, Wilmington, NC 28401, Phone: 910-251-8902
22.The Riverwalk Landing
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The Riverwalk Landing offers couples who dream about an outdoor waterfront wedding an ideal alternative to the beach. The venue offers unbeatable views out over the Cape Fear River and the Wilmington Bridge, and the outdoor tented pavilion can be dressed up or down to suit your theme. In-house catering is provided by Elijah’s Restaurant or The Pilot House, both of which will be happy to tailor a menu to suit your taste and budget. Your venue rental includes use of tables, chairs, standard linens, and servers and there is a bridal dressing room for the bride and her entourage. The event coordinator, Jodi, will work alongside you to ensure every detail is covered.
The Riverwalk Landing, 2 Ann Street, Wilmington, NC 28401, Phone: 910-343-0408
23.The Terraces on Sir Tyler
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The Terraces on Sir Tyler is a versatile wedding venue perfect for indoor/outdoor wedding ceremonies and receptions for up to 250 guests. Larger groups can make use of both interleading ballrooms and outdoor terraces, while smaller celebrations can be staged using one of the ballrooms and its adjoining outdoor terrace. The ballrooms are elegantly appointed with several lovely features and can be easily adapted to suit most wedding themes. You will be able to sit back and relax while the experienced staff and event coordinator take care of all the details. You will be allowed to choose your own vendors for everything and supply your own drinks, which is great news for budget-conscious couples.
The Terraces on Sir Tyler, 1826 Sir Tyler Drive, Wilmington, NC 28405, Phone: 910-473-5550
24.The Upper Room 1871
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The Upper Room is another of Downtown Wilmington’s historic gems that provides a wonderfully elegant and sophisticated wedding venue. The entire space is indoors and can accommodate nearly 300 seated guests. If your wedding party is smaller, you can have part of the space set up for your ceremony. One of the big plusses of renting the Upper Room is that you have the freedom to choose all your own vendors and bring in your own drinks, and you can use the space all weekend, so your vendors will have plenty of time to decorate, set up, and break down. The Upper Room offers the services on an on-site event coordinator to ensure that everything is absolutely perfect.
The Upper Room, 412 Ann St, Wilmington, NC 28403, Phone: 910-538-9885
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Wrightsville Manor perfectly combines historic indoor architectural features with a lovely patio verandah and a romantic mature garden. The spacious venue is ideal for indoor/outdoor weddings and the lovely main room can be dressed up or down to perfectly fit your theme. Most couples choose to hold their ceremony under the huge old oak in the garden before moving inside to enjoy the elegant reception area. Both the garden and the verandah are perfect for pre-reception drinks and photos. Venue rental includes the use of a lovely bridal suite, a prep kitchen, and chairs and tables for up to 150 guests.
Wrightsville Manor, 1952 Allen’s Lane, Wilmington, NC 28403, Phone: 910-508-7224
25 Best Wedding Venues in Wilmington, NC
- Airlie Gardens, Photo: Courtesy of Fotolia.com
- Bakery 105, Photo: Courtesy of ronstik - Fotolia.com
- Bellamy Mansion Museum, Photo: Courtesy of pupae - Fotolia.com
- Belle Vue Wilmington, Photo: Courtesy of Ekaterina - Fotolia.com
- Brooklyn Arts Center, Photo: Courtesy of elisabeth3 - Fotolia.com
- The Worth House Bed & Breakfast, Photo: Courtesy of alenazamotaeva - Fotolia.com
- Cameron Art Museum, Photo: Courtesy of ShevarevAlex - Fotolia.com
- City Club of Wilmington, Photo: Courtesy of waranyu - Fotolia.com
- Country Club of Landfall, Photo: Courtesy of denisgruba - Fotolia.com
- Events! On Front, Photo: Courtesy of Igor Link - Fotolia.com
- Kenan Chapel at Landfall, Photo: Courtesy of kovalnadiya - Fotolia.com
- Front Street Brewery, Photo: Courtesy of Boggy - Fotolia.com
- Greystone Inn, Photo: Courtesy of Fotolia.com
- Greenfield Lake Fragrance Garden, Photo: Courtesy of Fotolia.com
- Hilton Wilmington Riverside, Photo: Courtesy of photographmd - Fotolia.com
- Ironclad Brewery, Photo: Courtesy of yakimenkoanton - Fotolia.com
- Marker 137, Photo: Courtesy of Lana Winter - Fotolia.com
- St. Thomas Preservation Hall, Photo: Courtesy of Lenslife - Fotolia.com
- The Atrium by Ligon Flynn, Photo: Courtesy of Tydav Photos - Fotolia.com
- The Loft on Front, Photo: Courtesy of alenazamotaeva - Fotolia.com
- The River Room, Photo: Courtesy of Denis - Fotolia.com
- The Riverwalk Landing, Photo: Courtesy of nataliakabliuk - Fotolia.com
- The Terraces on Sir Tyler, Photo: Courtesy of illustrissima - Fotolia.com
- The Upper Room 1871, Photo: Courtesy of alenazamotaeva - Fotolia.com
- Wrightsville Manor, Photo: Courtesy of illustrissima - Fotolia.com
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