The Carolina Inn

The Carolina Inn


Chapel Hill’s Gem, located on UNC Campus


One of the best wedding venues in NC is The Carolina Inn. This most beloved Chapel Hill wedding venue is a destination for Southern and traveling brides alike. Couples come from all over the country to get married at this historic inn. Over the years, the Inn has managed to keep its historic beauty while gaining a modern flair. The hotel is located on the campus of the University of North Carolina. It’s not just UNC alums who are eager to exchange vows here, but they might top the list.

The Carolina Inn – Luxury Wedding Venue in Chapel Hill

You might know of The Carolina Inn as a place for grand weddings. There are six traditional ballrooms, each with unique Southern details. With its black-and-white checkered floors, the Old Well ballroom is possibly the most famous event space in Chapel Hill. The Hill Ballroom can host larger events. 

There are multiple lawn areas which can be used for an outdoor wedding ceremony or cocktail hour. Two of these locations are large enough to be tented for an outdoor Chapel Hill wedding reception. Regardless of where you exchange your vows, every Carolina Inn wedding will include photos around the gorgeous grounds! And if you’re UNC alumni, please note that the Old Well is just a block away.

Rehearsal Dinners, Showers or Intimate Events

There are several small private rooms at The Carolina Inn. These are great options for a shower, engagement party or rehearsal dinner in Chapel Hill. No two rooms are alike, and each parlor has its own character. Finally, take note that The Carolina Inn can host a traditional Southern afternoon tea, which is great for pre-wedding activities.

Service & Sophistication 

With venue coordinators onsite, the team will make sure you’re set for the big day. They’ll also set you up with great list of recommended planners (many whom we recommend at Heart of NC Weddings – make sure to cross reference your vendor lists). It’s also worth noting, you can rest assured that the wedding food will be excellent. After all, the Inn is also famous for its onsite restaurant, Crossroads Chapel Hill.

The staff of Heart of NC Weddings magazine has not only attended dozens of events at The Carolina Inn over the years, but we have even hosted our own client event here. Therefore, we can personally attest to the high quality of food service at this Chapel Hill wedding venue.


Bride and Groom in front of Carolina Inn Chapel Hill Venue

Venue Features

Downtown Locations, Outdoor Space On-Site, Accommodations On-Site, Restaurants, Rehearsal Dinners, On-Site Catering
Guest Count
Less than 100, 100-200, Over 200, Over 400

Contact Information

Chapel Hill