If you’re planning a wedding in Raleigh, NC, we don’t have to tell you how wonderful the city is for celebrating your love with friends and family. From a diverse restaurant scene to an eclectic culture of arts and music, Raleigh truly has something to offer everyone. Raleigh wedding venues make for the perfect locations to hold your wedding!
We’re willing to bet that a wedding weekend in Raleigh won’t be enough for your guests. They’ll want to stick around and see all that goes on in this city! (Sounds like a perfect excuse for an anniversary gathering, huh?)
As you plan your Raleigh wedding celebration, you may be wondering where to tie the knot. Your guests may enjoy relishing in the many dining establishments, museums, and parks in the area, but your wedding venue is where the magic happens.
We’ve put together a list of our favorite Raleigh wedding venues to help you in your search. From modern to historic and minimalist to rustic, we know there’s a wedding venue in Raleigh that was made for you. We just need to find The One!
Top Raleigh Wedding Venues
Max. Capacity: 400 people
What can we say about our love for Bay 7? This gorgeous two-story venue is clad with panoramic windows, exposed brick walls, and wood + steel accents for the perfect urban chic wedding venue in the heart of Durham’s American Tobacco District. That means it’s only a short walk to guest accommodations, as well as the city’s top restaurants and bars. (Did someone say afterparty?!)
Bay 7 is the ideal destination for Raleigh couples that want an all-inclusive wedding experience. With ceremony and reception spaces onsite, Bay 7 also provides exclusive catering services through The Angus Barn, in-house furniture rentals, and an audiovisual setup that will keep guests entertained all night long.
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Max. Capacity: 180 people
The Melrose Knitting Mill is one of the best Raleigh wedding venues around! Situated on Dawson Street in downtown Raleigh, this one-of-a-kind space was designed with the stylish Raleigh wedding in mind. Exposed brick, crystal chandeliers, and grand floor-to-ceiling windows make this venue a beautifully rustic blank canvas for creative couples to bring their design ideas to life.
History buffs will especially love this historic wedding venue, which was built in 1900 as a—you guessed it—textile mill! Plus, engaged couples in the Raleigh area don’t have to worry about extra catering contracts. The Melrose Knitting Mill provides in-house food and beverage service through their exclusive catering partner, Mulino Italian Kitchen (which is onsite!).
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Max. Capacity: Varies depending on chosen space
Be still our Southern-loving hearts! The Merrimon Wynne House offers several spaces to tie the knot, from its sprawling Lawn to the luxurious Carriage House. When you book your Raleigh wedding at Merrimon Wynne, you gain access to the whole property for the day, so you can make it your own!
In terms of amenities, Merrimon Wynne offers a selection of bar packages to suit your needs and provides all guests with a Preferred Vendor list to choose the perfect caterer and planner to bring their Raleigh wedding day to life. (Fun bonus: Complimentary lawn games are available to give your guests the perfect icebreaker activities!)
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Max. Capacity: Varies depending on chosen space
The Umstead Hotel and Spa is truly a hidden gem of the greater Raleigh wedding scene. This all-in-one property provides guests with a seamless, luxurious experience that will have them heading home from your wedding feeling refreshed and revitalized. From a beautiful waterfront garden to a state-of-the-art Grand Ballroom, your Raleigh wedding will no doubt be one for the books.
With in-house catering, onsite accommodations, and a full-service spa to boot, Raleigh couples and their guests can retreat and celebrate together without ever stepping foot off the property. Talk about the perfect staycation. Who couldn’t use a couples’ massage after tying the knot?
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Max. Capacity: 300+ people
If ethereal is your aesthetic, look no further than Carolina Grove for your dream Raleigh wedding. (Cue all the heart eyes!) With 65 acres of natural beauty, this wedding venue is a little bit off the beaten path in Hillsborough (just 45 minutes from downtown Raleigh) — but that’s what makes this space truly special! Get away from the city and celebrate your love with friends and family while getting back to your roots.
Weddings at Carolina Grove include private use of the entire property, access to two dressing spaces, farmhouse-style rentals, lounge furniture, and on-site staff. Oh, and did we mention the speakeasy-inspired downstairs lounge? Yeah, you’re going to want to have a few drinks down there.
Max. Capacity: 250+ people
This quaint Raleigh wedding venue is just 20 minutes south of the city, situated on the eastern tip of Lake Benson. History lovers will appreciate knowing that this family-owned property has been owned and operated by the same family since the 1700s when it was acquired by the King of England. That’s right; this land has been in their family since before the birth of our nation!
In the 1800s, the family built the property that stands to this day (although it has been renovated to accommodate beautiful weddings and events!). Today, the family provides engaged Raleigh couples with indoor and outdoor spaces to say “I do” in its idyllic surroundings. They offer a number of packages to upgrade your wedding experience, with each package including custom wedding coordination services.
Max. Capacity: 350+ people
The Historic Wakefield is actually the sister venue to our #2 selection on this list, the Melrose Knitting Mill. But, where the Melrose Knitting Mill offers an urban aesthetic, the Historic Wakefield is all about open-air, rolling pastures, and all of the farmhouse glory you could ever ask for! Located just 30 minutes from downtown Raleigh, visiting the Historic Wakefield is like stepping into another world.
Between The Barn’s rustic features to the charming dressing rooms (aptly named The Mint Julep and The Tack Room!) to the lush pastures filling the area, Raleigh couples and their guests can enjoy all that Southern hospitality has to offer with just a short drive from the city. (P.S. Don’t miss the soaring ceilings in The Barn!)
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Max. Capacity: 200
Tucked in the heart of downtown Raleigh, The Stockroom at 230 offers everything a city wedding venue should! It’s central to Raleigh’s finest accommodations, restaurants, bars, and museums. Exposed brick walls are paired with beautiful wooden beams to create a space that is gorgeous as-is while accommodating any number of custom design themes.
Note: For engaged couples looking for a modern, intimate Raleigh wedding experience, check out The Glass Box, located upstairs from The Stockroom at 230. Due to COVID, their current capacity is 20 people, making it the perfect setting for micro-weddings, elopements, bridal showers, and other smaller celebrations. (Access to Glass Box is included when booking The Stockroom at 230.)
Max. Capacity: 275 people
For the art enthusiast and the contemporary couple alike, the North Carolina Museum of Art provides a unique backdrop for a wedding with its outdoor sculpture gardens and bright, airy indoor galleries. Located just 15 minutes from downtown Raleigh, the NC Museum of Art is easily accessible and provides a memorable experience for all wedding guests.
Better yet, the Museum serves as a one-stop shop for any Raleigh wedding. In addition to a magnificent space, the North Carolina Museum of Art offers wedding packages that include catering, rentals, floral design, audiovisual services, and onsite coordination. That’s right — you can have your dream Raleigh wedding without the stress!
Max. Capacity: 400 people
The Grand Marquise Ballroom is located in Anfesa’s Jewelers just south of Raleigh, so you can get the best of both worlds: Shop for your wedding bands, tour your venue, the works! This luxury Raleigh wedding venue was designed with the glam couple in mind — if you aren’t sparing any detail on your wedding day, this spot is for you! Just picture yourself talking down the grand staircase with all eyes on you. Swoon.
All wedding packages include full use of the space, access to exclusive onsite caterers, private dressing suites, table and chair rentals, custom lighting, and a custom monogram to display on the dance floor. Rest assured that your guests’ jaws will drop when they enter this opulent ballroom!
So, did you find your dream wedding venue in Raleigh? We’ll be updating this blog post with more venues regularly, so stay tuned for more of our faves!
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Max Capacity: 700 people
The Historic Market Hall boasts the largest venue space in all of downtown Raleigh, so it’s the perfect spot if you’re ready to throw down with your favorite people. Its central location makes it an easy walk to and from downtown accommodations, restaurants, stores, and museums. Cobblestone roads, market lights, and vibrant nightlife make the Market Hall an unforgettable setting for a Raleigh wedding to remember!
Better yet, the Historic Market Hall is a full-service venue that includes indoor and outdoor spaces, in-house catering and bar services, three mobile bars, table and chair rentals, two deluxe wedding suites, and a lunch spread for the wedding party as they get ready (mimosas and beer included!). It’s easy to see the appeal of this beautifully historic venue!
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Max Capacity: 500 people
This one’s for all the foodies out there! As its name suggests, The Cookery isn’t just your average wedding venue — it also houses a culinary incubator for entrepreneurs. Decked out with a state-of-the-art kitchen, your caterer will undoubtedly be ready to create magic. With over 12,000 square feet of space to entertain, your guests will be enamored by soaring 20’ ceilings, original brick walls, and a lush outdoor garden.
Set in the heart of Durham, The Cookery is just minutes from Duke Chapel, Duke Gardens, and all that downtown has to offer. All packages include a dressing suite, use of a 15’ projector screen, downtown valet parking for all guests, and rentals of tables, chairs, and glassware. Engaged couples can also choose to host a full bar in-house, inspired by the craft beers and spirits of North Carolina.
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Max Capacity: 270 people
Located in the Historic Seaboard Railroad Station, Traine is—you guessed it—a restored and renovated train station! Just minutes away from downtown Raleigh, Dark wood beams, a wall of garage doors, and a secluded garden terrace will steal your guests’ breath away, as Traine seamlessly blends indoor and outdoor spaces.
Their newest addition is a sweet, private lounge for up to 30 people. Perfect for rehearsal dinners, wedding day styling, and post-wedding brunches, you can have it all at Traine for a one-of-a-kind Raleigh wedding celebration.
Max Capacity: 200 people
History-loving couples planning a Raleigh wedding need look no further than All Saints Chapel. Built in 1875, couples have been saying “I do” in this chapel for over 140 years. With original wood beams, stunning 19th century stained glass artwork, and Gothic Revival architecture, it’s no wonder Raleigh’s All Saints Chapel was voted Prettiest Chapel in the South!
The chapel’s versatile layout makes it an easy flip from ceremony to reception, so you can stick around and party all night long. Packages include tables and chairs, a sound system, onsite suites for getting ready, and a rehearsal. Despite the venue’s origins, All Saints Chapel is a non-denominational venue that welcomes all couples planning their Raleigh wedding!
Max Capacity: 300 people
For Raleigh couples looking to get outside of the city for their wedding, The Pavilion at Carriage Farm provides the perfect, bucolic setting for your country vows. Situated south of the city, the Pavilion is a 10,000 square-foot red barn set on 112 acres of rolling hills and North Carolina pines in every direction. Inside the barn, guests will find towering 30’ ceilings, a gorgeous wood-burning fireplace, sparkling chandeliers, and antique details all around. Step outside to the outdoor patio, positioned perfectly to catch the sunset with loved ones.
All packages at The Pavilion at Carriage Farm include access to the full venue for the day, two luxury dressing suites, table, and chair rentals, a bar package, and an onsite venue manager. Raleigh couples are welcome to bring their own off-site vendors, but can also use The Pavilion’s preferred vendor list.
Max Capacity: 400+ people
Exposed brick, floor-to-ceiling windows, and rustic wood beams — need we say more? Originally a textile mill from the 1900s, The Cotton Room is a highly sought-after wedding venue in the Triangle for its stunning space and all-inclusive experience.
At The Cotton Room, engaged couples are provided with VIP treatment with in-house planning, catering, and bar services included. That’s right, you can check all of those boxes off your to-do list with a single contract! Oh, and don’t miss their new state-of-the-art bar that is as beautiful as it is functional!
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Max Capacity: 120 people
The Jiddi Space is downtown Raleigh’s hidden gem of a wedding venue, offering Triangle couples the perfect destination for a sweet, intimate nuptial celebration. Couples get access to the private indoor dining space and the sweet, enclosed courtyard. It’s perfect for micro-weddings, rehearsal dinners, and other wedding-adjacent celebrations!
Packages include use of the whole space, catering service from onsite restaurants Sitti (Mediterranean) or Gravy (Italian), tables and chair rentals, linen rentals, lounge seating, private use of the wedding suite, and a private bar.
Max Capacity: Up to 2,000 outdoors; Up to 150 indoors
Dreaming of a picture-perfect wedding? The Raleigh Little Theater has a number of indoor and outdoor spaces, including the Raleigh Rose Garden, the expansive Stephenson Amphitheatre, and the theatre itself. Their outdoor space can accommodate events, big and small, and is one of the most beautiful locations in Raleigh when the flowers are in bloom.
One thing to note: Due to the theatre schedule, weekends can be hard to come by — if your dream wedding is at the Raleigh Little Theatre, be sure to contact them well in advance and stay open to hosting a weekday wedding.
Max Capacity: Inquire for more information
The Bradford brings European elegance to the countryside of North Carolina for the ultimate wedding experience. Offering an all-inclusive weekend package, The Bradford is for Raleigh couples that are looking to retreat with their loved ones as they celebrate their love. With full access to the venue’s 12 acres of land, couples are free to host anything from wine tastings and brunches to yoga classes and sport clay shooting.
In the house itself, couples can make use of the downstairs space, two ballrooms, two private suites, a secluded terrace, and gardens. It really offers anything you can think of to make your Raleigh wedding one for the books!
Max Capacity: 300+ people
Overlooking the Durham Athletic Park, The Rickhouse just steps away from the accommodations, restaurants, bars, and parks in downtown Durham. Imagine watching a baseball game while sipping a cocktail on the balcony and celebrating love! Inside the venues, guests will appreciate the rustic details that make The Rickhouse a special backdrop for any Triangle wedding.
In addition to the use of the main event space, couples also get access to the private dressing suite, table and chair rentals, two bars, A/V equipment, and a team of experienced professionals to help execute your wedding without a hitch.
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