As the capital city of North Carolina, Raleigh is one of the state's most popular wedding spots. Thanks to the city's rich agricultural history and charming downtown core, it has the perfect venue for almost every sort of wedding. Couples who want a chic, modern wedding can book an elegant downtown loft or hotel ballroom, while those who dream of a rustic farm wedding can hold their celebration in a converted dairy barn or on the rolling hills of a family-run farm. If you're planning to tie the knot in the City of Oaks, you can't go wrong by choosing one of the following venues!
Just outside downtown Raleigh, 1705 East is a stately manor house with beautifully manicured grounds and a welcoming porch with white columns that makes for an excellent ceremony site. The largest reception room can hold up to 260 seated guests, but there are several smaller rooms available as well. Brides will also have exclusive access to a luxurious bridal suite on the day of their wedding. The all-inclusive packages take care of catering, tables and chairs, and audiovisual equipment, and to make things even easier, couples will work with the same event planner every step of the way.
1705 E Millbrook Rd, Raleigh, NC 27609, Phone: 984-212-4651
2.All Saints Chapel
© All Saints Chapel
Constructed in 1875 and carefully restored in 2008, All Saints Chapel is a historic city landmark perfect for hosting unforgettable weddings. The space can accommodate both ceremonies and receptions; the upstairs chapel is a beautiful setting for couples to say their vows, and the downstairs reception room has white walls and basic decor that can be customized to fit almost any theme. Alternatively, the chapel itself can be used for the reception, and the venue's staff can transform the space while guests enjoy a cocktail hour out on the lawn. Couples will also have access to a bridal suite and groom's room before the ceremony.
1537, 110 S East St, Raleigh, NC 27601, Phone: 919-459-3212
Owned and operated by the City of Raleigh, the Borden Building can be found in Fred Fletcher Park. The building was built in 1900 to serve as a home for the superintendent of the Methodist Home for Children, and it now serves as a stunning venue for weddings with fewer than 100 guests. Outside caterers and beer and wine are welcome, and the venue's staff are available to provide recommendations for vendors as needed. Couples can also decorate the space as they like, and the space can be rented for a reduced fee the day before to streamline the process.
820 Clay St, Raleigh, NC 27605, Phone: 919-996-4363
© Bridge Club
Occupying the second and third floors of a historic downtown bank building, the Bridge Club is a loft-style venue with a modern feel and excellent views of the city. The floors can be booked either separately or together depending on the size and style of your wedding; the second floor resembles a luxurious apartment complete with leather couches and cocktail tables, making it perfectly suited to smaller receptions, while the third floor hall boasts soaring ceilings and can accommodate up to 100 seated guests. The venue's dedicated caterer offers an excellent selection of seasonally inspired menus, and alcoholic beverages can be arranged through the venue.
105 W Hargett St, Raleigh, NC 27601, Phone: 984-664-5105
5.City Club Raleigh
One of the most exclusive event spaces in the downtown core, the City Club Raleigh has long been known for its award-winning service. An elegant ballroom with cathedral ceilings and a built-in bar is located on the building's top floor, and receptions can also be held in the beautiful formal dining room, which boasts floor-to-ceiling windows and incredible city views. Wedding parties can also book small private rooms to get ready before the celebration begins. The all-inclusive wedding packages include tables, chairs, linens, china, and dishes, and catering options range from plated dinners to buffet or station-style meals prepared by the club's talented culinary team.
150 Fayetteville St #2800, Raleigh, NC 27601, Phone: 919-834-8829
6.Cypress Manor at Cary
Named for the splendid cypress beams that were used in its construction, the Cypress Manor at Cary is a beautifully rustic space that can be used for everything from ceremonies and receptions to bridal showers and engagement parties. The 9000-square-foot space is decorated with delicate chandeliers and majestic columns, and it can accommodate up to 350 people for a seated dinner or as many as 500 guests for a cocktail-style reception. The space can be furnished with a dance floor if desired, and couples are asked to choose from the venue's list of preferred vendors for catering and decor.
1040 Buck Jones Rd, Raleigh, NC 27606, Phone: 919-999-0233
7.Haywood Hall & Gardens
Also referred to as the Treasurer John Haywood House, Haywood Hall & Gardens is a remarkable Federal-style home that was constructed in 1792 as a private home. The Haywood family was known for their love of entertaining guests, and although they haven't lived in the house since 1977, the space is still one of the city's most popular venues for weddings and other special events. The rental fee includes access to both the house and the garden, which is decorated with twinkling lights. Couples are welcome to select all their own vendors, but the venue staff are happy to provide recommendations upon request.
211 New Bern Pl, Raleigh, NC 27601, Phone: 919-832-8357
© Market Hall
Found in the historic City Market, Market Hall is an industrial chic space with exposed brick walls, metal beams, and market lights. The space is made up of two rooms: Market View and Park View, formerly known as 214 Martin Street, and depending on the size of your wedding, the rooms can be rented separately or together to accommodate a maximum of 450 seated guests. For an additional fee, the venue can also arrange to have the street closed for an outdoor ceremony and cocktail hour. Tables and chairs are included in the rental fee, and food and beverage services are provided by the venue.
214 E Martin St, Raleigh, NC 27601, Phone: 984-232-8661
9.Melrose Knitting Mill
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As the name suggests, the Melrose Knitting Mill served as a functioning textile factory until 1930, but it's now a stylish event venue with a rich history and an open floor plan. Inside, the space features exposed brick walls, arched windows, and elegant chandeliers, and there is also an outdoor patio decorated with greenery, which makes the perfect setting for a cocktail hour. Couples can choose from day-of and full-service wedding coordination packages depending on how much assistance they'd like with planning and executing the details of their special day, and the on-site catering team offers customized menus and an excellent selection of beverage packages.
309 N Dawson St, Raleigh, NC 27603, Phone: 919-412-4260
10.Morris Peaceland Farm
Tucked away on a peaceful 13-acre property only seven miles outside of downtown, Morris Peaceland Farm is a family-run business that makes it easy for couples to get married in a beautiful countryside setting without having to travel too far from the city. The property is perfectly set up for both ceremonies and receptions; it offers a pond with a fountain and a dock where couples can stand while they say their vows, and there is a vintage-style barn where your guests can celebrate and dance the night away. Outside vendors are permitted, and furniture and audiovisual equipment is available for rent if needed.
4200 Graham Newton Rd, Raleigh, NC 27606, Phone: 919-624-7758
© Rand-Bryan House
Another spectacular farm wedding venue on the outskirts of the city, the Rand-Bryan House is a historic home built in 1871. The house is set on a breath-taking 135-acre property, and it boasts hardwood floors, a romantic wrap-around porch, and floor-to-ceiling windows that let in an abundance of natural light. The indoor space can hold up to 120 seated guests, and couples planning a larger wedding are welcome to have both their ceremony and reception outside, where the yard can be set up to accommodate up to 250 people. A variety of wedding packages are available, and couples can bring in their own vendors.
2518 Benson Rd, Garner, NC 27529, Phone: 919-995-1663
12.Renaissance Raleigh North Hills Hotel
© Renaissance Raleigh North Hills Hotel
Located in the chic North Hills neighborhood, the Renaissance Raleigh North Hills Hotel is a full-service wedding venue that combines modern elegance with traditional Southern charm. Thanks to its luxurious guest rooms and suites, it's a particularly excellent choice for weddings with lots of guests from out of town. Receptions of up to 300 people can be held in the stylish ballroom, which features floor-to-ceiling windows that let in plenty of natural light, and cocktail-hour access to an outdoor terrace can be arranged if desired. Catering is done in house, and the experienced culinary team can work with you to create a personalized menu.
4100 Main at North Hills St, Raleigh, NC 27609, Phone: 919-571-8773
13.Rev Ron Weddings of North Carolina
The right wedding officiant is just as important as the right venue, and Rev Ron Weddings of North Carolina is one of the most experienced officiants you can get. Before moving to Raleigh, Rev. Ron officiated weddings in Las Vegas for approximately 20 years, during which time he married more than 80,000 couples. He specializes in bilingual weddings for couples who would like their service to be in both English and Spanish, and he can even help couples write the perfect vows for their special day. Interfaith and non-religious ceremonies can be arranged as well.
6325 Falls of Neuse Rd Suite 35-403, Raleigh, NC 27615, Phone: 919-436-1156
14.Royal Banquet & Conference Center
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Housed inside the Royal Bakery, which has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1997, the Royal Banquet & Conference Center is a truly memorable wedding venue. The space features rich jewel tones, wrought-iron chandeliers, and an exposed brick wall, and it can hold up to 280 people. Couples are able to bring in their own caterer and outside vendors, but it's recommended that they work with the venue's preferred vendors to ensure the day goes as smoothly as possible. Tables, chairs, and audiovisual equipment are included in the rental fee, and a set up and tear down service is available if desired.
3801 Hillsborough St Suite 109, Raleigh, NC 27607, Phone: 919-621-0540
Conveniently located right downtown, Solas is an upscale nightclub and restaurant with three levels of entertainment space that can be used for ceremonies as well as receptions. The rooftop is the perfect place for couples to say "I do" with views of Glendon South in the background, and it can also be used for outdoor receptions. If you prefer an indoor celebration, the second floor features a large dance floor. Catering and bar services are done by the experienced in-house food and beverage team, and the venue can also provide event rentals as needed. Set up and clean up are included in the rental fee.
419 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh, NC 27603, Phone: 919-755-0755
16.Southern Star Ballroom Center
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Designed to serve as a gathering place for the local dance community, Southern Star Ballroom Center is a sophisticated dance hall with beautiful hardwood floors. The venue is incredibly versatile; it offers rooms of various sizes depending on the wedding's guest count, and couples are welcome to decorate the space as they like. Furniture and decor items can be rented through the venue if desired, and outside vendors can be brought in for everything except beverage service. As an added bonus, couples can also visit the center to take dance classes in preparation for their wedding day.
6625 Falls of Neuse Rd #015, Raleigh, NC 27615, Phone: 919-977-3467
17.The Cannon Room
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Perched on the top floor of a 1930s Art Deco building located right downtown, the Cannon Room boasts spectacular city views and original vintage plasterwork. The ballroom-style space features plenty of windows and is elegant enough that it needs little decoration, and it's right next to a bar and lounge that can be used for a cocktail hour before the reception. The rental fee includes tables and gold Chiavari chairs, and sound and lighting equipment can easily be arranged as well. Outside catering is allowed, and couples can also bring in their own alcohol as long as they secure the correct permits.
16 W Martin St 12th Floor, Raleigh, NC 27601, Phone: 919-665-7117
18.The Fairview Raleigh
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Featuring large windows and an outdoor terrace, the Fairview Raleigh is an urban chic banquet hall with breathtaking views of the city. The venue holds up to 548 people and it can be divided into two distinct spaces, one for the ceremony and another for the reception. In addition, a luxurious bridal suite is available for the bride to get ready in and for the happy couple to share a private moment together during the celebration. Tables, chairs, and lighting are included in the rental fee, and if you’d like extra décor, an excellent design company is conveniently situated in an adjacent building.
1125 Capital Blvd, Raleigh, NC 27603, Phone: 919-833-7900
19.The Meadows at Firefly Farm Preserve
Set on a 115-acre heritage farm and prairie preserve, the Meadows at Firefly Farm Preserve is an awe-inspiring natural setting for a wedding. The property can accommodate outdoor weddings of up to 1000 people, and it also offers an elegant event hall with a covered arbor that can be used for indoor/outdoor weddings with up to 250 guests. Brides can get ready for their big day in the charming French Provincial house, and there is also a ranch-style retreat with poker and ping pong tables for the groom and his wedding party to relax in before the ceremony.
5581 Harward Ln, Raleigh, NC 27606, Phone: 919-628-5012
20.The Merrimon-Wynne House
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Dating back to 1875, the Merrimon-Wynne House is a majestic Italianate-style home surrounded by manicured grounds dotted with pecan trees. Ceremonies can be held outside on the lawn, which couples are welcome to decorate with lights, drapery, and arbors, and complimentary lawn games are available for guest's entertainment between the ceremony and reception. Guests can then flow into the main house for a cocktail hour before sitting down in the newly constructed carriage hall for an evening of dinner and dancing. Tables and chairs are included in the rental fee, and couples are required to use one of the venue's preferred caterers and wedding coordinators.
500 N Blount St, Raleigh, NC 27604, Phone: 919-906-1026
21.The Pavilion at the Angus Barn
Made from Civil War era timber and stones from the original Fayetteville Street, the Pavilion at the Angus Barn is a beautifully rustic banquet hall hidden away in the heart of the William B. Umstead State Park. The pavilion boasts a large stone fireplace, wooden ceiling beams that can be strung with twinkle lights, and stunning views of the surrounding forest and nearby lake, and it can accommodate up to 400 people. The venue is also proud to offer an excellent selection of all-inclusive wedding packages that include decor, tables and chairs, audiovisual equipment, and the couple's choice of plated, station, or cocktail-style dinner.
9401-1 Glenwood Avenue, Behind Angus Barn, Raleigh, NC 27617, Phone: 919-781-2444
22.The Stockroom at 230
With its excellent location on Fayetteville Street, the Stockroom at 230 is an ideal venue for anyone who wants a chic wedding with easy access to downtown. The venue is housed inside a gorgeous Classical Revival building that dates back to 1902, and it features hardwood floors, exposed brick walls, and soaring lattice ceilings that make the perfect backdrop for both ceremonies and receptions. The space can accommodate up to 250 guests for a ceremony and up to 175 people for a seated dinner, and the venue provides tables, chairs, and a set up and clean up service at no additional fee.
230 Fayetteville St 2nd Floor, Raleigh, NC 27601, Phone: 919-459-3212
23.The Wedding Porch Venue
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Operated by Rev. Samantha L. Heart, the Wedding Porch Venue is a simple but sweet backyard ceremony venue surrounded by lush greenery. The porch is framed by white picket fences, and couples are welcome to bring their own decorations to customize the space however they like. Both religious and non-religious ceremony options are available, and the venue also offers unique biker weddings with a themed ceremony script and the option of setting up motorcycles to be used once the vows have been said. Rev. Samantha L. Heart is also available to come officiate the ceremony at a different venue of your choice.
2401 Old Milburnie Rd, Raleigh, NC 27604, Phone: 919-373-4267
Perfect for couples who want a wedding that acknowledges and incorporates the area's rich agricultural history, the Wakefield Barn is a century-old dairy barn that has been converted into a stunning event space with whitewashed walls and soaring arched ceilings. The space can hold between 80 and 250 people depending on the seating configuration, and it can be used for ceremonies as well as receptions. The venue's catering team prides itself on creating delicious food made with farm-fresh ingredients, and both plated and buffet dinner options are available. Open bar beverage packages are offered through the venue as well.
12617 Old Falls of Neuse Rd, Wake Forest, NC 27587, Phone: 910-315-9968
24 Perfect Wedding Venues in Raleigh This Fall
- 1705 East, Photo: olegparylyak/stock.adobe.com
- All Saints Chapel, Photo: All Saints Chapel
- Borden Building, Photo: oksana_bondar/stock.adobe.com
- Bridge Club, Photo: Bridge Club
- City Club Raleigh, Photo: fesenko/stock.adobe.com
- Cypress Manor at Cary, Photo: ruslanseradziuk/stock.adobe.com
- Haywood Hall & Gardens, Photo: Anastasiia/stock.adobe.com
- Market Hall, Photo: Market Hall
- Melrose Knitting Mill, Photo: Melrose Knitting Mill
- Morris Peaceland Farm, Photo: dron285/stock.adobe.com
- Rand-Bryan House, Photo: Rand-Bryan House
- Renaissance Raleigh North Hills Hotel, Photo: Renaissance Raleigh North Hills Hotel
- Rev Ron Weddings of North Carolina, Photo: Kateryna/stock.adobe.com
- Royal Banquet & Conference Center, Photo: Royal Banquet & Conference Center
- Solas, Photo: Solas
- Southern Star Ballroom Center, Photo: Daria Minaeva/stock.adobe.com
- The Cannon Room, Photo: The Cannon Room
- The Fairview Raleigh, Photo: The Fairview Raleigh
- The Meadows at Firefly Farm Preserve, Photo: syrotkin/stock.adobe.com
- The Merrimon-Wynne House, Photo: The Merrimon-Wynne House
- The Pavilion at the Angus Barn, Photo: dglimages/stock.adobe.com
- The Stockroom at 230, Photo: dmshpak/stock.adobe.com
- The Wedding Porch Venue, Photo: The Wedding Porch Venue
- Wakefield Barn, Photo: diy13/stock.adobe.com
- Cover Photo: Anastasia/stock.adobe.com