If you’re planning (or planning to plan) a wedding, you know wedding season is quickly approaching. We looked at some of the top-rated venues in the Triangle area and compiled a list of our favorite to help you narrow down your list. While the vows – and your gorgeous gown – are the focal point of the day, the perfect venue will create an easy, open atmosphere that will make the ceremony and reception effortless for you and your guests.
Located about 35-40 minutes from downtown Raleigh, this picturesque estate overlooks Lake Laurel. The award winning venue includes outdoor ceremony options with a paved sidewalk – no bride or guest wants to trip on gravel or have a heel stuck in grass on the way down the aisle, so this is a great feature of the property. Indoor fireside nuptials are also an option and the reception can be held in the ballroom or on an outdoor patio area. The venue also includes a full bridal suite and an in-house chef. Overall, this venue is flexible, thoughtful and well-designed.
If you ever dreamed of a fairy tale princess wedding, this is the place for you! Guests arrive to a castle-inspired façade and enter into an elegant ballroom. The ceremony can be held in the quaint garden featuring a paved walkway and a turret-style gazebo and arbor nestled in dreamy flowers and trees. Your photography will be storybook perfect whether you pose by the statue pool in the spring or the garland-draped fireplace for Christmas. For a local version of Hogwarts or Windsor, this luxurious villa is nothing short of magical.
Beauty, reverence and convenience, all under one historic roof. Adorned with arches and stained glass windows, the venue welcomes all denominations. Couples appreciate the traditional chapel for its historic symbolism and architectural novelty. Ceremonies are held in the chapel while receptions can be held outdoors or in the lower level reception hall.
Your friends and family are coming to town for your wedding. Why not have them stay with you at this 13 bedroom bed and breakfast? You can celebrate all weekend long, reserve a room for yourself and your betrothed, or just offer breakfast for your honored guests. This “historic 1910 Queen Ann residence” offers both indoor and outdoor reception and ceremony options, an in-house chef with a customizable menu, a bridal suite, parlor, decorated foyer and grand ballroom. For the traditional or vintage-inspired bride, this venue offers a glimpse into history for the first day of your future.
Exposed brick and industrial settings are a trendy, upscale option for modern couples. This combo venue offers easy access to downtown and can accommodate around 200 guests for both ceremony and reception. Above the Stockroom is the Glass Box: a glass-walled area perfect for the bridal suite, praised for its natural light and open atmosphere. Drink mimosas in style while you prepare for your big day!
For the urban bride and groom, this “social house” is located in the heart of downtown. Architect is crafted for an intimate, cozy reception or classy party atmosphere. Couples rave about the ease and professionalism of its wedding coordinator and value the custom feel of the experience. Best of all, the venue has a secret bar, tucked behind a bookcase, offering unique cocktails and drink specials. Hidden gem? We think so.
If you want to really enjoy your wedding food and leave guests pleasantly surprised, we have the venue for you. Recently obtained by the Angus Barn, this venue celebrates North Carolina’s history as part of the American Tobacco Campus in Durham. Couples applaud the atmosphere, food, service and planning process – so basically everything! The open-concept space offers a full kitchen operated by the Angus Barn, a bridal suite, a stage and a mezzanine all surrounded by the unique amenities of the campus.
Just outside of Apex lies a wholesome family-owned farm with a few surprises. Elegance meets country rustic and North Carolina nostalgia at this all-inclusive venue. Guests can shop the country store and enjoy an old fashioned soda and moon pie while waiting for the ceremony to begin. The bridal party and groomsmen prepare in the “primping parlor” and “grooming station,” fashioned with stop & go signs (controlled by the bride) to avoid taboo pre-ceremony sightings. Receptions can be held in the barn or under a tented area, while the ceremony is held lakeside, with an indoor “plan B” option. For an all-American rustic wedding – y’all head on over to the Shady Wagon!
The Oaks venue is conveniently located 15 miles from Raleigh in the town of Apex. For an outdoor wedding with indoor options, this venue’s appeal is its expansive property and breathtaking views. A veranda overlooks the pond and barn area, with a fireplace in the main floor of the house, accompanied by a bridal suite. Brides say their wedding day here was stress-free and more beautiful than they could have imagined.
With a 5-star rating and multiple couples-choice awards, this venue truly has it all. Rental of the venue includes 2 bridal suites, a groom suite, rehearsal time and space, ceremony and reception areas and accommodations for up to 150 guests. The house combines modern luxury with historic beauty and both outdoor and indoor reception and ceremony options are available. While the music must stop at 11, you don’t have to! The house is located in downtown Raleigh, so the bridal party can hit the town for an exclusive after-party.
No matter what you and your fiancé are looking for, you can find it in the Triangle! From historic homesteads and modern lofts to upscale warehouses and rustic barns, the Raleigh area has exquisite venues for every couple.