The Top 20 Most Romantic Wedding Venues in NC

Picturesque and Romantic NC Wedding Venues in the Triangle, Triad and Coast

The second decision you make after getting engaged is finding the perfect place to say “I do.” Your wedding will reflect the true love you share. Go for sheer romance. Check out our top picks for the most romantic NC wedding venues from the Triad to the Coast, and everywhere in between. These wedding venues are some of the most dreamy and beautiful locations in North Carolina to exchange vows with the one you love. Each one of these romantic wedding venues is a stunning place to tie the knot in NC.

The Merrimon-Wynne House Wedding Venue

Downtown Raleigh’s Most Romantic, Historic Venue

Located in the heart of downtown Raleigh, the historic Merrimon-Wynne House was built in 1876 and carefully restored to its original grandeur in 2013. The Merrimon-Wynne House’s interior is elegant and clean with white walls, original fireplaces and tons of natural light. We’ve seen many gorgeous weddings take place here, and even hosted our own annual vendor party at the venue a few years back. Enjoy a large wedding reception or your indoor ceremony in the Carriage House, while the private lawn makes for picturesque outdoor celebrations. The Merrimon-Wynne House is truly a romantic wedding venue that will wow your guests.

Romantic Cape Fear River Wedding Venue

Near the coast of Eastern North Carolina en route to Wilmington, you’ll find River Landing. This is an idyllic destination wedding venue not far from the Triangle. This picture-perfect spot has world-class amenities along with the privacy and charm of its peaceful surroundings. Think sparkling lakes, manicured golf courses and ancient river oak trees that tower over this romantic NC venue.

The Clubhouse offers an elegant Grand Ballroom with seating for up to 350. This large space can also be adjusted for smaller weddings. Those who want to incorporate the outdoors for their ceremony – or just for mingling with guests – will love River Landing’s expansive terrace and verandas. These offer panoramic views of the lush landscape. If you’re considering getting married in Eastern NC, put River Landing on the top of your must-visit list!

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Modern Elegance at The Maxwell in Raleigh

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The contemporary architecture and beauty of this Raleigh wedding venue makes for luxurious events. Abundant natural light is complimented by a statement brick fireplace, sleek chandeliers and overall minimalist design.

The Maxwell is a family-owned wedding venue about four miles from downtown Raleigh. The Great Room is ideal for dancing and dinner, providing a comfortable yet elegant space for you to celebrate with loved ones. And, complimentary Champagne adds to the ambiance while you prep for your big day in the private dressing suite. The open-air patio and lawn host lovely outdoor ceremonies under the warm glow of string lights and gas-powered lanterns. The Maxwell has topped our list of the most romantic NC wedding venues for a few years now!

The Carolina Inn, Classic Wedding Venue in Chapel Hill

One of the Triangle’s most sought-after venues for weddings by Carolina alum and Southern belles alike is the The Carolina Inn. Located right on the UNC Chapel Hill campus, the Inn has a stellar reputation for hosting a wide range of wedding events. From bridal shower teas and rehearsal dinners to magnificent weddings and receptions throughout ballrooms and outdoor courtyards, The Carolina Inn is a NC wedding venue that is the very definition of romantic.

Countryside Romance at Rose Hill Wedding Venue 

Nestled at the end of a private country lane lined with crepe myrtle trees, Rose Hill is a picturesque countryside estate in Nash County, NC. Guests will be enchanted by Rose Hill‘s 18th-century Manor House. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Rose Hill offers guests a serene and beautiful setting. In addition, Rose Hill has first-class amenities and an expert staff. Beautiful flowers, perfectly manicured grounds and lush rolling hills at Rose Hill make every couple’s wedding day exactly what they’ve dreamed. Rose Hill is undeniably one of the most romantic settings in central NC!

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Find Romance and Luxury at This Cary Wedding Venue

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The Umstead Hotel & Spa is tucked into a serene woodland setting in Cary, NC. The hotel caters to couples who are drawn to it’s sophisticated ambience, artistic spirit and the natural beauty of its surroundings. The property’s beautifully landscaped lawn is a natural choice for an elegant outdoor wedding, allowing couples to exchange vows against a spectacular and serene backdrop. Wide stone pavers create a dramatic aisle path leading to the The Umstead‘s private lake. This area is also surrounded by woodlands and accentuated with a dramatic fountain. Inside, the walls of the Grand Ballroom easily shift to host parties of any size. Floor-to-ceiling windows look out over the lake and let in lots of natural light, too.

Prestonwood Country Club: Cary Wedding Venue Perfection 

Overlooking the rolling green hills of Cary’s championship golf course, this country club deserves to be on any list of romantic NC wedding venues. Prestonwood Country Club’s Grand Ballroom is the perfect location for ceremonies and receptions for hundreds. A dramatic staircase, crystal chandeliers and soaring ceilings set the tone indoors. Outside, an expansive veranda invites guests to enjoy beautiful daytime views and stunning starlit nights.

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North Carolina’s Romantic Venue with French Country Estate Vibes

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The Bradford is a romantic event space that was built in a rural area near Jordan Lake. This amazing wedding venue comes from sister team Dana and Courtney, who also run a wedding planning company called C and D Events. They began building this romantic venue in 2013. They envisioned this European-style estate unlike any other event space in the area. The venue design is enhanced by their expert knowledge of how to run a wedding day. 

The white brick manor house with entry circle has a ceremony lawn and a side garden that has a romantic ambiance. There’s also an indoor ballroom and courtyard lit by market lights. The Bradford is a countryside hidden gem inspired by French manor houses with all the amenities you need on your big day.

Board & Batten: Barn Venue with Modern Sophistication 

This modern barn venue is nestled on about 60 acres in Lexington, NC. The all-inclusive event space blends rustic charm with modern-day sophistication. The Board & Batten team can manage every detail you could imagine for your wedding celebration. In addition, the elegant venue is the perfect setting for any event because it was designed and built with weddings in mind. The event space radiates warmth and elegance. Take full advantage of this romantic venue’s extensive outdoor space as well.

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River Dunes: Romantic Coastal Chapel

If your idea of romance includes waterfront views and the warmth of a coastal Southern town, River Dunes may be just place to host your unforgettable wedding weekend. Welcome guests with all the sights and entertainment that this venue has to offer. Fishing, boating and relaxing at the spa can all be part of your wedding experience here. And, there’s options for both indoor or outdoor ceremonies at the charming chapel. The River Dunes Harbor Club features exceptional catering and service. Or, choose the Lake House for a more casual event. There’s even more event spaces at River Dunes to suit any size of gathering.

To top it off, River Dunes offers ideal accommodations for all your guests. One-, two- or three-bedroom cottages as well as suites can be rented. Overall, River Dunes is the most romantic destination community to host a wedding at the NC coast!

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The Upchurch, Romantic NC Wedding Venue in Cary

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The Upchurch-Williams House was built in 1905 and has been artfully restored by wedding industry veteran Cara Powell of f8 Photo Studios. Imagine taking sunset photos on the wraparound porch, or enjoying cocktail hour on the serene multi-level patio! Adjacent to the restored house, a 2,000-square-foot lawn features lush landscaping and is ideal for an outdoor ceremony. The property and home was granted Apex Historic Landmark status in 2018. Cara also added a second event space to The Upchurch property, custom built for weddings and events. The Conservatory offers a modern, contemporary feel and open floor plan to allow for large seated receptions or any ceremony configuration you desire.

Heights House Hotel, A Raleigh Landmark and Upscale Venue

Once known as Montford Hall, this historic mansion was completely renovated by a local couple. Sarah Shepherd and Jeff Shepherd stepped in to restore this Boylan Heights mansion to its former glory. Now, the nine-room boutique hotel is now one of the best intimate wedding venues in Raleigh. If you’re searching for a unique, upscale venue for an elegant Raleigh wedding, look no further!

Heights House Hotel‘s signature feature is a restored rotunda that leads to a stunning stained-glass skylight. Other notable details like arched doorways, refinished wood from the 1800s and exposed brick add to the hotel’s unique look. Enjoy a cocktail-style event in the Library or Parlour. Or, host a larger wedding on the front steps or under a tent on the lawn. Naturally, the luxuriously appointed guest rooms can host your overnight guests. And, treat yourself to a stay in the Honeymoon Suite!

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Donovan Manor – NEW Raleigh Wedding Venue From a Seasoned Team

On a private estate just a handful of miles from downtown Raleigh, Donovan Manor‘s impressive ceremony and reception sites — both indoors and out — cater to any couple looking for a luxurious location. Rental options allow full customization for a venue tailored specifically to your needs. The main house’s ballroom can host up to 250 guests, and has a modern feel with updated finishings. One of the most exciting features of this new Raleigh wedding venue is that it’s operated by the Donovan’s Dish team. If you haven’t had the pleasure of tasting Donovan’s delicious catering, you’re in for a treat! This experienced team has been serving Triangle couples for many years.

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New Bern’s Historic Palace

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Believe it or not, you can host your North Carolina wedding at a real life palace. Tryon Palace‘s gardens and grand event spaces are a match for many NC couples who want that extra wow factor! A blend of reconstructed 18th century architecture and modern comforts, this venue allows you to step back in time on your big day. The Palace boasts nine beautiful and historic event spaces on 22 acres of gardens and waterfront property in downtown New Bern. You’ll find that these event spaces range from formal indoor sites to outdoor areas displaying effortless Southern charm.

Old Edwards Inn and Spa

The Most Romantic NC Wedding Venue in the Mountains: Old Edwards Inn

Our list of the most romantic wedding venues in NC wouldn’t be complete without a Western North Carolina venue! Old Edwards Inn and Spa is one of the best. This mountain resort offers multiple event spaces, an award-winning inn and golf course and more, all surrounded by natural beauty in the Blue Ridge Mountains. There’s many beautiful spaces to pick from to host your event. The Farm at Old Edwards Inn and Spa, which can accommodate up to 275 guests, while other spaces like the Piermont Cottage are perfect for smaller groups. When you host your event at Old Edwards, your guests will be pleased with the extensive amenities and on-site accommodations. Plus, the venue has an excellent culinary program.

Eastern North Carolina’s Romantic Open-Air Chapel

As far as wedding venues go, The Cornealius Properties in Goldsboro is one-of-a-kind. This farm venue has a charming Southern vibe. The open-air Birdsong Chapel is a beauty. We’d recommend hosting your reception inside the 3,000-square-foot hall. One of our favorite elements about The Cornealius Properties? This family owned venture is not only a wedding venue, but has extended to a floral farm owned by the daughter of the founders. You’ll love that custom floral arrangements only have to travel a few minutes from the field to your venue. There’s also accommodations on-site where you and your loved ones can spend the night.

English Manor-Inspired Countryside Estate

Dreaming of a sunny garden ceremony? Britton Manor near Kinston, North Carolina, is an 80-acre countryside venue with the feel of an English country estate. The venue’s owner was even inspired by classic literature when he designed the house and grounds. What could be more romantic?

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Covington Gardens: Romantic Venue in Central NC

Have you been looking for a romantic venue with modern updates? Covington Gardens is just the one as its Victorian-era main house has been beautifully restored and paired with a new event lawn and tent. The house’s wood floors, molding and ceiling beams give it a classic feel. The rest of the seven-acre property includes secluded gardens and a pond. This family owned venue could be just what you’re looking for.

North Carolina’s All-Inclusive Farm Venue

This all-inclusive wedding venue will keep your wedding planning at ease. At Fearrington Village, the service team will manage on-site floral design, planning, rentals and linens. They even have a catering and pastry team to tailor your wedding menu, wine list, and cake or desserts. Each of the multiple event spaces at Fearrington Village has romantic elements that will exceed your expectations. There is the terrace immersed in gardens, the barn with magical chandeliers and rustic details, the cottage for a romantic, intimate gathering and more.

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Oxbow Estate: Romantic New NC Wedding Venue with Riverfront Views

This sophisticated countryside estate has multiple event spaces to host your dream wedding. Oxbow Estate‘s 8,000-square-foot main house has a refined European feel with gilded details and marble floors.

A huge open-air veranda and patio can host large gatherings of up to 700 guests. The whole property overlooks the Neuse River. This is one NC wedding venue that’s not short on romance!

Honorable Mentions: Even More Romantic NC Wedding Venues

Romantic Wedding Venue in Winston-Salem

Graylyn Estate is a luxury event venue in Winston-Salem with a rich history. This 55-acre estate was constructed in a Norman-Revival style during the Roaring ’20s. Its enchanting style will make you feel like you’re within the walls of a European castle. The estate has been transformed into a boutique hotel and event space with 85 guest rooms. Visitors enjoy fine dining, cocktails, Graylyn’s seasonal pool, tennis courts, a fishing pond, lawn games, trails and more amenities. Plus, Graylyn Estate is right across the road from Reynolda Village. But, our favorite features – and the reason we couldn’t exclude it from our list of the most romantic NC wedding venues – are Graylyn’s stunning architecture and lovely gardens.

Intimate Chapel Hill Wedding Venue

One of the best intimate wedding venues in the state, this charming chapel was refurbished to host weddings of up to 100. The chapel is ideal for small ceremonies or seated dinners. There’s also an outdoor garden patio and restored vintage airstream that serves as a dressing room. In addition, The Parlour at Manns Chapel is led by a dedicated team who pride themselves on the unique space. So, if an intimate ceremony is your dream scenario, The Parlour might be the most romantic NC venue for you!

Greensboro’s One-of-a-Kind Wedding Venue

The McAlister-Leftwich House is actually comprised of a pair of historic homes. Today, a chic black-and-white tiled hallway connects the two buildings. This family owned property is truly unique, and without a doubt one of the most romantic wedding venues in Greensboro, NC.

The Gant-McAlister House is the larger of the two houses and can comfortably seat 125, or host 150 for a cocktail-style reception. Elegant bay windows and high ceilings add to the wow factor of this historic home. The upper floors are dedicated getting-ready spaces. The Leftwich House boasts Gothic-inspired architecture and is ideal for more intimate ceremonies and microweddings. There’s also the lawn and Garden Nook for outdoor celebrations.

Classic Southern Charm in Wake Forest, NC

Oak, pine and magnolia trees border the 7-acre property of this special event and wedding venue near Raleigh, NC. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this estate is more than 200 years old and is the epitome of historical charm. Without question, we had to add The Sutherland to our list of the most romantic wedding venues in NC. There’s ample options for an outdoor photo shoot with your new spouse in the extensive gardens. Inside the main building, a bridal getting-ready suite and dedicated spaces for the wedding party are accompanied by an expansive pavilion that’s designed specifically to host receptions. If you’re seeking an outdoor ceremony spot, don’t fret – The Sutherland has plenty of options from the lush lawn to a rustic-themed event with a woodsy setting.

A Romantic Barn Wedding Venue in Chapel Hill

Lavender Oaks Farm transports visitors instantly from rural NC to the south of France. Two barns overlook fields of blooming lavender. The property was designed specifically to host events by owners Karen Macdonald and Robert Macdonald. The pair thought of every detail and the property includes luxury getting-ready suites, a gourmet catering kitchen and plenty of photogenic landscaping. The 7,000-square-foot Main Barn was built in 1900 and carefully restored. A second, open-air barn is perfect for cocktail hours and ceremonies. This peaceful treasure near Chapel Hill won’t disappoint!

Beautiful Wedding Venue in Apex

The Oaks at Salem delivers all the historic charm on 11 acres just a few minutes from Apex and Raleigh. That means your guests won’t have to travel far away from their hotels or the airport to reach this beautiful estate. Oak trees, brick walls and rolling hills surround the historic main house, pond and barn. The experienced team of on-site event coordinators can help you plan your ideal wedding. Imagine romantic photos with a backdrop of a cozy fireplace, sunset over the pond or on the elegant veranda. Truly, The Oaks at Salem is one of the most romantic wedding venues in the Raleigh area.

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