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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 saying “yes” to being engaged, is finding the perfect place to say “I do.” Your wedding vision will be reflective of the love you share. Go for sheer romance. Check out our top 19 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, stunning and beautiful NC locations to exchange vows with the one you love and celebrate your wedding day.

The Merrimon-Wynne House in downtown Raleigh

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. Get married on the expansive, beautifully maintained grounds or inside the gorgeous home with white walls, original fireplaces and oodles of natural light. Enjoy a large wedding reception in the brand new Carriage House! The Merrimon-Wynne House is truly a romantic wedding venue that will wow your NC wedding guests.

The Village at River Landing, Romantic Cape Fear River Wedding Venue

Near the coast of Eastern North Carolina, discover The Village at River Landing for an idyllic destination wedding close to the Triangle. This picture perfect spot, directly en route to Wilmington, encompasses world-class amenities along with the privacy and charm of its peaceful surroundings of sparkling lakes, manicured golf courses and ancient river oak trees.

Recent couples who have experienced their own weddings in The Village at River Landing have described it as “beautiful,” and the perfect place for “a magnificent wedding weekend.” The Clubhouse offers an elegant Grand Ballroom with seating up to 350 or adjusted for smaller weddings. Those who want to incorporate the outdoors for their ceremony or just for mingling with guests will love its expansive terrace, verandas and panoramic views of the lush landscape.

Modern Elegance at The Maxwell, Wedding Venue in Raleigh

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

Less than four miles from Raleigh, The Maxwell is a family-owned wedding venue. The Great Rooms is ideal for dancing and dinner, while a lounge, lawn and patio provide spaces for your to enjoy relaxing 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 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 on UNC Chapel Hill’s historic campus, the Inn is known for hosting a wide range of wedding events. From bridal shower teas to magnificent weddings and receptions in the elegant ballrooms and outdoor courtyards. The Carolina Inn is a NC wedding venue that is the definition of romantic.

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The Sutherland – 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 and stately elegance – 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 a newly constructed 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.

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Countryside Romance at Rose Hill Wedding Venue 

Nestled at the end of a private country lane lined with brilliant 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 picturesque setting. 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.

Greensboro’s One-of-a-Kind Wedding Venue – McAlister-Leftwich House

This family owned property is truly unique, and without a doubt the most romantic wedding venue in Greensboro, NC. The McAlister-Leftwich House is actually comprised of a pair of historic homes that were purchased by Kaitlin Holland, Clay Holland and Cheryl Briley in 2017. Today, a chic black-and-white tiled hallway connects the two buildings.

The Gant-McAlister House serves as the larger event space and can comfortably seat 125 for a ceremony or reception, or 150 for a cocktail-style reception. Elegant bay windows and high ceilings add to the wow factor. The upper floors are dedicated getting-ready spaces. The Leftwich House boasts Gothic-inspired architecture and is ideal for more intimate ceremonies. In addition to McAlister-Leftwich’s indoor spaces, the lawn and Garden Nook host outdoor celebrations.

The Umstead Hotel & Spa, Luxury Wedding Venue in Cary

Tucked into a serene woodland setting in Cary, The Umstead caters to couples who are drawn to the hotel’s sophisticated ambience, artistic spirit, and the natural beauty of its surroundings. The property’s expansive and 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-like pathway leading to the The Umstead’s private lake, surrounded by woodlands and accentuated with a dramatic fountain. Inside, the walls of their Grand Ballroom easily shift to accommodate parties of any size and is filled with an abundance of natural light streaming in through floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the lake.

Prestonwood Country Club, Cary Wedding Venue Perfection 

Overlooking rolling green hills of Cary’s championship golf course, Prestonwood Country Club is an incredible NC wedding venue. Prestonwood Country Club’s Grand Ballroom is the perfect location for ceremonies and receptions of up to 350 for a seated dinner or 1,000 standing. A dramatic staircase, crystal chandeliers, and soaring ceilings set the tone indoors. While outside, an expansive veranda invites guests to enjoy beautiful daytime views and stunning starlit nights.

The Bradford, Wedding Venue with French Country Estate Vibes

The Bradford is an elegant event space that was built in a rural part of Wake County near the Jordan Lake area. This amazing Raleigh area wedding venue comes from sisters Dana and Courtney, who own a wedding planning company called C and D Events. They began the work of creating an idyllic wedding venue in 2013. Their process in building this European style estate unlike any other event space in the Triangle Area was enhanced by their knowledge of how to run a wedding day. The white brick manor home with entry circle has an adjacent ceremony lawn complete with a side yard garden has a romantic ambiance. The Bradford is a hidden countryside gem with privacy and plenty of guest parking.

The Park Alumni Center, A Modern Ballroom on NC State University Campus in Raleigh

The Dorothy and Roy Park Alumni Center is a perfect place for NC State grads and fans to get hitched.  The elegant ballroom features gorgeous marble floor. Plus, the double staircase and tall windows add to the grandeur. The Park Alumni Center also boasts crystal chandeliers, fireplaces and a scenic view of Lake Raleigh.

Board & Batten, Lexington Wedding Venue with Modern-Day Sophistication 

Board & Batten is nestled on approximately 60 acres in Lexington, NC. The all-inclusive event space blends rustic charm with modern-day sophistication. The Board & Batten team offers every amenity you could imagine for your wedding celebration. In addition, the elegant venue is the idyllic setting for any event because the team precisely designed and built it with your special day in mind. The expertly designed event space radiates warmth and elegance. Likewise, each custom aspect makes entertaining effortless.

Paramount Event Venue, Wedding Venue in Morrisville

Only a twenty minute drive from downtown Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill, Paramount Event Venue is a beautifully designed wedding and event venue perfect for your big day! Family-owned by Steve and Loretta, Paramount Event Venue has state-of-the-art lighting, elegant ceiling drapery decorations, and amenities tailored and customized for your wedding day.

With various event locations available, including the Dogwood Ballroom, the Pine Room, multiple meeting rooms, and numerous outdoor patio areas, you’re sure to find the best fit for your day. With seating capacity of 250 in the Dogwood Ballroom and 144 in the Pine Room, Paramount Event Venue can accommodate parties of varying size. The venue also offers two getting ready suites catered to meet the needs of your wedding party.

The Oaks at Salem, Beautiful Wedding Venue in Apex

Looking for a beautiful, countryside estate for the wedding of your dreams? The Oaks at Salem delivers all the historic charm on 11 stunning acres just a few minutes from Apex and Raleigh. Oak trees, brick walls and rolling hills surround a pond and the historic main house, along with the rustic barn. The experienced team of on-site event coordinators can help you plan your ideal wedding.

Easily host your rehearsal dinner, and take advantage of many settings for a wedding photoshoot. 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 Raleigh.

River Dunes, Coastal Destination Wedding Venue in Oriental, NC

Dreaming of waterfront views and the warmth of a coastal Southern town? River Dunes is the perfect place to host an 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 plenty of options at River Dunes for an indoor or outdoor ceremony at The Chapel. The River Dunes Harbor Club features exceptional catering and service. Or, choose the Lake House for a more casual event. There’s also the Boat House Pavilion, Ampitheater and more!

Imagine, a dream getaway for your wedding weekend that includes the ideal accommodations for all your guests. At River Dunes, one-, two- or three-bedroom cottages as well as suites are available. Or, rent a private home nearby the Harbor. Overall, River Dunes is the most romantic, destination community to host a wedding in Oriental!

Lavender Oaks Farm, A Romantic NC Wedding Venue on in Chapel Hill

Lavender Oaks Farm transports visitors instantly to the south of France. Two barns overlook fields of blooming lavender plants and wooded trails. The property was designed specifically to host weddings and 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!

Sanderling Resort and Spa, Inclusive Beach Resort and Wedding Venue in the Outer Banks

Tie the knot with your toes in the sand on the Carolina Coast. The Sanderling Resort and Spa isn’t just a beautiful wedding venue – it’s also a Four-Diamond resort. The oceanfront destination offers beaches, pools, dining and a spa to satisfy every guest. The property can host ceremonies and receptions indoors or out. And, the full-service event team is on hand to help your wedding dreams come true!

The Upchurch, Romantic Wedding Venue in Cary NC

The Upchurch-Williams home built in 1905 has been artfully restored by wedding industry expert and photographer Cara Powell of f8 Photo Studios. Imagine taking sunset photos on the wraparound porch, or enjoying cocktail hour on the serene multi-level patio! 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 has plans to add an additional building to The Upchurch property, custom built for weddings and events.

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The Parlour at Manns Chapel, an 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 guests. The chapel is ideal for seated dinner receptions. The outdoor garden patio, sweet yet simple chapel and restored vintage airstream that serves as a private dressing room will have you swooning for this venue. The Parlour at Manns Chapel is led by a team who pride themselves on the unique space. So, if a refined, intimate ceremony is your dream scenario, The Parlour might be the most romantic venue for you!

Heights House Hotel, A Raleigh Landmark and Upscale Venue

This historic mansion, once known as Montford Hall, was completely renovated by a local couple, Sarah Shepherd and Jeff Shepherd, in 2021. 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 wedding, look no further!

The Heights House Hotel‘s signature feature is the 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 home’s unique look. Enjoy a cocktail-style event in the Library or Parlour. Or, host a larger wedding under a tent on the lawn. Naturally, the luxurious guest rooms can host your overnight guests. And, treat yourself to the Honeymoon Suite!

The Heights House Hotel was featured on the cover of Heart of NC Weddings 2022 magazine. Click here to read more about the cover and see more shots of this gorgeous wedding venue!

For more romantic NC wedding venues, peruse our Heart of NC Weddings Preferred Wedding Venues.

This post was originally published on September 11th, 2017 and updated on January 7th, 2022.

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