Aptly nicknamed as the "City of Oaks," Raleigh offers a variety of beautiful venues for weddings, receptions, ceremonies, and other special celebrations. The oak-lined streets of this green city boast an array of places to say “I do” and share your special day with family and friends, ranging from the historic site of the All Saints Chapel or the dynamic architecture and modern white galleries of the North Carolina Museum of Art to the tranquil oasis of the Haywood Hall & Gardens. Here are some of Raleigh’s most popular venues for getting married.
1.The North Carolina Museum of History
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The North Carolina Museum of History hosts a variety of special events throughout the year, including wedding receptions, cocktail receptions, and holiday parties. Three spaces are available within the museum to use for celebrations, including the Museum Lobby, which can accommodate up to 300 guests for a reception and up to 250 for a sit-down dinner and features a dance floor and a band. The Demonstration Gallery is surrounded by three glass walls and is ideal for intimate gatherings, while the Daniels Auditorium has a seating capacity of 307 guests and state-of-the-art audiovisual equipment for special presentations and performances. Arrangements can even be made for guests to have access to the exhibits and galleries to explore the works, and the museum provides a list of preferred vendors for services such as catering, décor, flowers, and photography, and décor. Read more
5 East Edenton Street, Raleigh, North Carolina 27601, Phone: 919-807-7900
2.The Merrimon-Wynne House
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Exuding timeless grace, elegance, and charm, The Merrimon-Wynne House is a premier wedding and special events venue in downtown Raleigh. Built in 1876 on the birth site of Dr. Jane McKimmon and beautifully restored to its former glory, The Merrimon-Wynne House is a picturesque building surrounded by expansive, exquisitely maintained grounds. It is an idyllic venue for weddings, receptions, intimate ceremonies, and other special celebrations. Rental of The Merrimon-Wynne House includes the use of the house and grounds for the whole day, two bridal preparation suites and a groom’s preparation suite, an on-site ceremony rehearsal a few days prior to the actual wedding, separate ceremony and reception spaces, and 150 ceremony and/or reception chairs and 20 high-top cocktail tables.
500 North Blount Street, Raleigh, NC 27604, Phone: 919-906-1026
3.Mulino Italian Kitchen & Bar
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Mulino Italian Kitchen & Bar is an award-winning Italian restaurant that can be used as a venue for wedding receptions and rehearsal dinners. Offering an unforgettable gastronomic journey across the Italian culinary landscape with sumptuous cuisine and fine wines, Mulino also provides a splendid setting for a theme or outdoor weddings and special rehearsal dinners. The warm and welcoming restaurant boasts Moroccan décor that exudes an ambiance of a bygone era and provides gourmet Italian cuisine accompanied by fine wines from around the world. In addition to an attractive venue, acclaimed cuisine and wine, and a laid-back, relaxed atmosphere, Mulino Italian Kitchen & Bar also provide professional wait staff and an events manager to ensure every function runs smoothly.
309 N. Dawson Street, Raleigh, NC 27603, Phone: 919-838-8595
© Borden Building
Located in Fred Fletcher Park, the Borden Building and Fred Fletcher Amphitheater are beautiful venues that can be rented for weddings, parties, and other special events. The Borden Building has several indoor and outdoor spaces that can accommodate up to 150 guests for a seated dinner and features a bride's room and groom's room on the upper level of the house. The Stone Circle to the west of the Borden Building can also be used for intimate outdoor ceremonies and receptions. The Fred Fletcher Amphitheater accommodates up to 300 people for a lavish outdoor event with or without tented cover. Note that no alcohol is allowed in the amphitheater.
820 Clay St, Raleigh, NC 27605, Phone: 919-996-4363
5.City Club Raleigh
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The City Club Raleigh's has been providing a go-to destination for destination weddings and outstanding personalized service for more than 25 years. Boasting breathtaking views of the City of Oaks, City Club Raleigh offers beautiful spaces, award-winning cuisine, and stellar service along with a team of wedding event planners to assist with the event from start to finish. Exclusive wedding packages include gourmet cuisine and personalized menus, exclusive use of the private event rooms during the reception, tables, chairs, and luxury linens, a parquet dance floor, customized wedding cake and cake cutting service, and a state-of-the-art audiovisual and sound system with microphones.
150 Fayetteville Street, 28th Floor - Wells Fargo Building, Raleigh, NC 27601, Phone: 919-834-8829
6.Cypress Manor at Cary
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Situated in the heart of the Triangle, Cypress Manor at Cary is a private venue for weddings, social gatherings, or corporate events. Blending rustic charm and modern amenities, the multi-level facility offers the perfect backdrop for transforming visions for romantic ceremonies and grand receptions into reality. Some of the venue’s exclusive amenities include banquet tables and Chiavari chairs for up to 250 guests, a fully equipped on-site kitchen with refrigerators, two full service wet bars, a dance floor, professional stage and state-of-the-art sound system, and a professional event planning team to ensure a hassle-free event. The venue also offers complimentary parking for up to 160 cars.
1040 Buck Jones Rd, Raleigh, NC 27606, Phone: 919-999-0233
© Delightful Inspirations
Hailed as one of Raleigh’s “best-kept secrets,” Delightful Inspirations is an all-inclusive events company that caters for weddings and other special celebrations. The venue offers beautifully appointed indoor and outdoor venues ranging from a white gazebo surrounded by manicured gardens for intimate ceremonies to an elegant ballroom for grand receptions of up to 280 guests. Premium amenities include tables, chairs, luxury linens, décor that can be personalized to suit every taste, lighting, audiovisual equipment and sound systems with microphones if required, preferred vendor lists for catering, floral arrangements and entertainment, and a professional event planning team to assist with the details.
5511 Avent Ferry Rd, Raleigh, NC 27606, Phone: 919-854-9543
8.Haywood Hall & Gardens
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A tranquil oasis in the heart of downtown Raleigh, the historic Haywood Hall & Gardens is a popular venue for weddings and private events. Nestled among ancient oak trees in a picturesque garden, the former residence of John Haywood, one of Raleigh’s most prestigious residents, Haywood Hall is now one of the city’s most popular venues for romantic weddings and special celebrations. The elegant house and appealing gardens offer a selection of places to celebrate your special day with family and friends, from the elegant rooms of the house to the pristine gardens and grounds for outdoor gatherings. The Haywood Hall & Gardens provides a list of preferred vendors for catering and other services, as well as knowledgeable and professional staff who are on hand to help run the event seamlessly.
211 New Bern Place, Raleigh, NC 27601, Phone: 919-832-8357
9. North Carolina Museum of Art
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Boasting dynamic architecture, modern white galleries filled with extensive collections of modern art, beautiful outdoor sculpture gardens, and innovative cuisine, the North Carolina Museum of Art presents an ideal location for destination weddings, receptions, or other important events. In addition to providing artistic and unique venues for large or small receptions and elegant dinners, the museum also provides gourmet catering services with customized menus from the on-site Iris restaurant, along with a variety of premium services such as musician or entertainment booking, audiovisual coordination, and rental and floral services.
2110 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh, NC 27607, Phone: 919-839-6262
10.Renaissance Raleigh North Hills Hotel
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Situated in the heart of midtown Raleigh, the Renaissance Raleigh North Hills Hotel presents an array of creative catering for special occasions such as weddings, receptions, ceremonies, and more. The hotel boasts over 11,000 square feet of flexible and stylish event spaces across nine rooms that can be customized to suit a range of events for up to 550 guests. You’ll have access to a variety of specialist event services such as skilled Marriott Certified Wedding Planners to coordinate every event from start to finish, including catering and tailor-made menus, floral arrangements, table settings, music and entertainment, and photography.
4100 Main at North Hills Street, Raleigh, NC 27609
11.Royal Banquet & Conference Center
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The Royal Banquet & Conference Center is an exceptionally appointed historic events venue at the edge of downtown Raleigh. Located in the historic Royal Bakery building across from Meredith College, the center is decorated in neutral tones with elegant jewel accents, and it features Old World décor that adds to the building’s historic charm. An ideal location for timeless weddings and receptions, The Royal Banquet & Conference Center also provides a list of preferred vendors for catering, entertainment, floral arrangements, and photography, along with professional wait staff and an event or wedding planning team to ensure a smooth, hassle-free event, or wedding.
3801 Hillsborough St, Raleigh, NC 27607, Phone: 919-621-0540
12.Solas Entertainment Venue
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Solas Entertainment Venue offers the perfect space for any event with five unique private event spaces under one roof that can accommodate parties of up to 800 guests. Solas features three levels of dining and entertainment areas, ranging from a restaurant on the first floor and second-floor dance floor and bar to a weatherized rooftop area with private cabanas and a full-service bar. The first floor boasts a plush open-air patio with seating for 90 guests, and it can be divided to offer private dining options to more intimate groups of up to 50 guests. The second floor hosts a spectacular glass-bottom dance floor with surround sound system and has seating capabilities for 150 or 250 guests. The stunning rooftop features plush private cabanas and can be customized for an outdoor or entirely covered event with breathtaking views of Glenwood South. Things to Do in Raleigh
419 Glenwood Avenue, Raleigh, North Carolina 27603, Phone: 919-755-0755
13.Southern Star Ballroom Center, Inc.
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Southern Star Ballroom Center, Inc. is a unique and versatile venue for dance, fitness and social events, and it can be rented for special celebrations such as weddings and receptions. The facility features a 2,500-square foot Master Ballroom with smooth wooden flooring, neutrally toned elegant décor, and subtle lighting, the 1,500-square foot Mezzo Ballroom, and the 900-square foot Minor Ballroom, all of which are available to rent 24 hours per day, seven days per week. Rental of any of the rooms at the Southern Star Ballroom Center, Inc. includes access to exclusive Gentlemen’s and Ladies’ lounges, complete with dressing areas and showers.
6625 Falls of Neuse Rd Suite 015, Raleigh, NC 27615, Phone: 919-977-3467
14.A Step to Gold International Ballroom
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A Step to Gold International Ballroom, a large multi-purpose facility used for ballroom and other types of dancing, can be rented for social events, private banquets, and weddings. The facility features spacious rooms with elegant décor that can be customized according to guests’ desires, and it provides a range of services, from full service bars and wait staff to entertainment and music, floral arrangements, catering services, photography, and event planners. Additional services such as accommodation for the bridal party and guests can also be arranged on request.
6278 Glenwood Ave Ste 200, Raleigh, NC 27612, Phone: 919-578-4411
© Stonewall Farm
Located just off Capital Boulevard in Youngsville, Stonewall Farm is a family-owned and operated farm wedding venue set on 50 acres of beautiful natural landscapes and farmland. Offering picturesque scenery of rolling meadows with grazing horses, a tranquil lake, vintage farmhouses, an authentic barn and courtyard, and glorious countryside views, Stonewall Farm is the perfect setting for a storybook wedding. It serves as an elegant venue and offers an array of exceptional photographic opportunities, as well as lists of preferred vendors for décor, lighting, entertainment, catering, and more.
1408 Sid Mitchell Road, Youngsville NC 27596, Phone: 919-606-5160
16.The Stockroom at 230
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Located on the 5th Floor of 230 Fayetteville Street in the heart of Downtown Raleigh, The Stockroom at 230 is an urban venue and gathering space ideal for weddings, receptions, meetings, or other special events. The venue features exposed brick walls and high lattice ceilings, hardwood floors, sash windows that flood the space with natural light, and an elevated platform for live music and entertainment. The venue also features The Glass Box, a chic suite bathed in natural light from floor to ceiling windows, hardwood floors, and a private outdoor balcony for more intimate celebrations. Amenities and services that come with the rental of the venue include tables, chairs, and luxury linens for up to 200 guests, a butler’s pantry for catering purposes, a sound system with wireless microphone, and cocktails and hors d'oeuvres for a reception of up to 275 guests.
230 Fayetteville St, 2nd Floor, Raleigh, NC 27601, Phone: 919-459-3212
17.The Matthews House
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Located on Chatham Street in historic downtown Cary, The Matthews House is a stately Greek revival mansion surrounded by giant oaks and beautifully manicured flower gardens that offer a picturesque setting for weddings or other social events. The venue offers the use of the exquisite gardens and grounds along with the historic house, which features a grand ballroom for receptions and three smaller private rooms for more intimate gatherings. These rooms can also be used as dressing areas for the bridal party. The house also offers a romantic bridal suite for the bride to get ready and provides a list of preferred vendors for services such as catering, flowers, photography, and more.
317 W Chatham Street, Cary, NC 27511, Phone: 919-467-1944
© 1705 Prime
1705 Prime is a private company that offers a range of classy venues for weddings, receptions, and ceremonies. Set in a beautifully restored Southern mansion just outside downtown Raleigh, 1705 Prime features a variety of both smaller and large rooms for intimate ceremonies and grand receptions of all sizes. 1705 Prime is also home to Rocky Top Catering, the preferred caterer to some of the most exclusive venues in the Triangle, and they provide gourmet catering and customized menus for all budgets and tastes. Rocky Top Catering is also the sole caterer for the NC Museum of Natural Sciences in downtown Raleigh and The Blue Zone at Kenan Stadium in Chapel Hill, which can be hired as venues for special events and functions.
1705 E. Millbrook, Raleigh, NC 27609, Phone: 919-850-2340
19.The Museum of Life & Science
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The Museum of Life & Science can be rented for special celebrations, functions, and events with a variety of indoor and outdoor spaces available for every type of occasion. Custom rental packages include a professional event coordinator, a complimentary ceremony rehearsal, a beautifully appointed bridal room, complimentary golf cart transportation, set-up and clean-up of the venue, access to the 84-acre campus for wedding photography, and complimentary parking for the wedding party and guests. Sites in and around the museum include the Main Building, the Magic Wings Butterfly House, the Special Events Tent and Lawn, and the Gallery.
433 W. Murray Avenue, Durham, NC 27704, Phone: 919-220-5429
20.The Pavilion at the Angus Barn
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The Pavilion at the Angus Barn Restaurant is an ideal spot for a special celebration such as a wedding, reception, or party. Located in the heart of William B. Umstead State Park, the Pavilion is a rustic facility built with the original stones from Fayetteville Street and timbers salvaged from Sherman's March through Raleigh during the civil war. The spacious building boasts panoramic water views of the Angus Barn lake and can accommodate up to 400 people. The venue also offers all-inclusive ceremony and reception packages that include tables, chairs, fine linens, décor, audiovisual equipment, staging and sound systems, and acclaimed cuisine from the Angus Barn restaurant, along with plated cocktail style services.
9401 Glenwood Ave. Raleigh, NC 27617, Phone: 919-781-2444
21.All Saints Chapel
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Built in 1875 as the chapel for the congregation at The Church of the Good Shepherd in downtown Raleigh, the All Saints Chapel was saved from demolition in 2006 and restored to its former glory. It now serves as a resplendent venue for weddings, receptions, parties, meetings and special events. Featuring 18-foot high ceilings, stained glass windows, and a spacious open-plan interior, the Chapel offers several options for on-site receptions of up to 200 guests, ranging from the grand reception hall to the manicured gardens. Exclusive wedding packages include the use of the chapel and surrounding grounds, a wedding rehearsal, a private bridal suite and groom’s study, a state-of-the-art sound system, and ample secure parking.
110 S East Street, Downtown Raleigh, NC 27601, Phone: 919-459-3212
22.The Virginia Dare Ballroom at Sir Walter Apartments
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Formerly known as The Sir Walter Raleigh Hotel and now a designated Raleigh Historic Landmark, the Virginia Dare Ballroom at the Sir Walter Apartments is one of Raleigh's excellent event venues. Built on a corner of Fayetteville Street between 1923 and 1924, The Sir Walter features a regal ballroom that exudes the glamor and grandeur of the 1920s with soaring 18-foot ceilings, original wallpaper, stunning diamond marble flooring, and vintage chandeliers. Signature round top windows look out to beautiful views over Fayetteville Street, and first-class amenities include a complete prep kitchen with two full-size refrigerators and a stand-alone freezer, along with fully restored and modern restroom facilities.
400 Fayetteville Street, 412 Fayetteville Street (Main Office), Raleigh, NC 27601, Phone: 919-333-8826 or 919-832-1300
23.The Wedding Porch Venue
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The Wedding Porch Venue offers beautiful wedding ceremonies and receptions in a scenic rural area of Raleigh. The charming venue is set on three-and-a-half acres of rolling landscapes and features a Bride’s Walk with double doors for grand entrances, manicured lawns for ceremonies, receptions, and fun entertainment, a romantic wedding bridge and Kissing Bench, and a lace curtain backdrop for photographic opportunities. Ceremonies are conducted by Rev. Samantha L. Heart, and the venue offers a list of preferred vendors for additional services such as gourmet catering, live music and entertainment, flowers and floral arrangements, centerpieces and décor, and photography.
2401 Old Milburnie Rd, Raleigh, NC 27604, Phone: 919-373-4267
© Wakefield Plantation
Nestled in North Raleigh’s Wakefield Plantation community, Wakefield Plantation is a private club and haven for golf and active family lifestyles. The plush club features a modern 38,000 square foot clubhouse that can be used for special events and functions such as weddings, receptions, and social gatherings. The clubhouse offers a variety of venues ranging from an authentic Tavern and the family-friendly Plantation Room to the cozy fireplace-centered Reserve and the elegant Williamsburg Ballroom. Premium amenities and services at the club include award-winning catering, a double-sided bar with a selection of fine wines and spirits, wide verandas with breathtaking views of the golf course, and a list of preferred vendors for music and entertainment, flowers, and photography.
2201 Wakefield Plantation Dr. Raleigh, NC 27614, Phone: 919-488-5100
25 Best Raleigh Wedding Venues
- The North Carolina Museum of History , Photo: The North Carolina Museum of History
- The Merrimon-Wynne House, Photo: The Merrimon-Wynne House
- Mulino Italian Kitchen & Bar, Photo: Mulino Italian Kitchen & Bar
- Borden Building, Photo: Borden Building
- City Club Raleigh, Photo: City Club Raleigh
- Cypress Manor at Cary, Photo: Courtesy of Boggy - Fotolia.com
- Delightful Inspirations, Photo: Delightful Inspirations
- Haywood Hall & Gardens, Photo: Haywood Hall & Gardens
- North Carolina Museum of Art, Photo: Courtesy of dalequedale - Fotolia.com
- Renaissance Raleigh North Hills Hotel, Photo: Renaissance Raleigh North Hills Hotel
- Royal Banquet & Conference Center, Photo: Royal Banquet & Conference Center
- Solas Entertainment Venue, Photo: Solas Entertainment Venue
- Southern Star Ballroom Center, Inc., Photo: Courtesy of dashadida1225 - Fotolia.com
- A Step to Gold International Ballroom, Photo: A Step to Gold International Ballroom
- Stonewall Farm, Photo: Stonewall Farm
- The Stockroom at 230, Photo: The Stockroom at 230
- The Matthews House, Photo: The Matthews House
- 1705 Prime, Photo: 1705 Prime
- The Museum of Life & Science, Photo: The Museum of Life & Science
- The Pavilion at the Angus Barn, Photo: The Pavilion at the Angus Barn
- All Saints Chapel, Photo: All Saints Chapel
- The Virginia Dare Ballroom at Sir Walter Apartments, Photo: The Virginia Dare Ballroom at Sir Walter Apartments
- The Wedding Porch Venue, Photo: The Wedding Porch Venue
- Wakefield Plantation, Photo: Wakefield Plantation
- Cover Photo: Courtesy of Artem - Fotolia.com