The Top 23 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 23 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. Each one of these romantic wedding venues is a beautiful place to tie the knot in NC.

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. The Merrimon-Wynne House’s interior is elegant and clean with white walls, original fireplaces and oodles 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 NC wedding guests.

Merrimon-Wynne House
Jillian Knight Photography

River Landing, Romantic Cape Fear River Wedding Venue

Near the coast of Eastern North Carolina, discover River Landing for an idyllic destination wedding not far from 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. Think sparkling lakes, manicured golf courses and ancient river oak trees that tower over this romantic NC venue.

Recent couples who have experienced their own weddings in 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 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 that 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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Images by Amber Robinson

Modern Elegance at The Maxwell, Modern Wedding Venue in Raleigh

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

Less than four miles from downtown Raleigh, The Maxwell is a family-owned wedding venue. The Great Rooms is ideal for dancing and dinner, while a lounge, lawn and spacious patio provide additional 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. This Raleigh wedding venue has been on our list of the most romantic NC wedding venues for a few years running!

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Rachel Hotong Photography

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 UNC Chapel Hill’s historic campus, The Carolina Inn is well known for hosting a wide range of wedding events. From bridal shower teas and rehearsal dinners to magnificent weddings and receptions throughout elegant ballrooms and outdoor courtyards, The Carolina Inn is a NC wedding venue that is the very definition of romantic. The Inn’s classic look and dedicated event spaces are sure to wow your wedding guests.

If you like the look of this romantic Chapel Hill venue, view this Carolina Inn wedding captured by Heba Salama, one of our fave local photographers.

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 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.

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Jillian Knight Photography

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 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.

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Danielle Flake Photography

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

This family owned property is truly unique, and without a doubt one of the most romantic wedding venues 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 of this historic home. The upper floors are dedicated getting-ready spaces where you can prep and take photos with your wedding parties. The Leftwich House boasts Gothic-inspired architecture and is ideal for more intimate ceremonies and microweddings. In addition to McAlister-Leftwich’s indoor spaces, the lawn and Garden Nook host outdoor celebrations.

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Hilary Muelleck Photography

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.

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Blissmore Photography

Prestonwood Country Club, Cary Wedding Venue Perfection 

Overlooking the 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.

Prestonwood Country Club multicultural wedding ceremony
Pamela Jahnke Photography

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 sister team 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 was enhanced by their expert 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 (updated in 2022) that has a romantic ambiance. The Bradford is a hidden countryside gem with privacy and plenty of guest parking. Take a look through this holiday wedding at The Bradford that was featured in our 2022 print edition!

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Mina von Feilitzsch Photography

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. Take full advantage of this romantic venue’s extensive outdoor space as well.

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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. That means your guests won’t have to travel far away from their hotels or the airport to reach this beautiful, pristine estate. 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 photo shoot. 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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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!

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Photo by Heather Smith

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

Lavender Oaks Farm transports visitors instantly from the NC countryside 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!

Lavender Oaks Farm
Arika Jordan Photography

The Upchurch, Romantic NC Wedding Venue in Cary

The Upchurch-Williams House was built in 1905 and has been artfully restored by wedding industry veteran and seasoned 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! 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.

The Upchurch wedding venue

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 small ceremonies or seated dinner receptions. There’s also an outdoor garden patio and restored vintage airstream that serves as a private dressing room which will have you swooning over this sweet venue. In addition, The Parlour at Manns Chapel is led by a dedicated 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 NC venue for you! To see more of this charming chapel, scroll through this intimate garden wedding at The Parlour that was planned by Folie à Deux Events.

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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 one-of-a-kind 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!

The 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 home’s unique look. Enjoy a cocktail-style event in the Library or Parlour. Or, host a larger wedding on Heights House’s front steps or under a tent on the lawn. Naturally, the luxurious guest rooms can host your overnight guests. And, treat yourself to a stay in 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 romantic Raleigh wedding venue!

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Jillian Knight Photography

Donovan Manor – NEW Raleigh Wedding Venue From a Seasoned Team

On a private estate just a handful of miles from downtown Raleigh, Donovan Manor is now booking for 2024 and will offer multiple ceremony and reception sites — both indoors and outdoors — to any couple looking for a luxury event location. Construction and updates to the property are expected to be complete by fall 2023. Rental options allow full customization for a venue tailored specifically to your needs. The main house’s ballroom can host up to 250 guests, boasting a modern feel with updated finishings. Additionally, tables and chairs will be provided for up to 200 guests. One of the most exciting features of this new Raleigh wedding venue is that it’s being developed by the team behind Donovan’s Dish. If you haven’t had the pleasure of tasting Donovan’s delicious catering, you’re in for a treat! This experienced team has been catering Triangle weddings for many years and dishes up Southern favorites.

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Romantic Wedding Venue in Winston-Salem: Graylyn Estate

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. It’s enchanting style will make you feel like you’re within the walls of a European castle. The private home that was built for a tobacco barn has been transformed into a boutique hotel and event space with 85 guest suites and rooms. Your guests will 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 and the Reynolda House Museum of American Art. But, our favorite features of this venue – and the reason we couldn’t exclude it from our list of the most romantic NC wedding venues – is the estate’s stunning architecture and lovely gardens.

Tryon Palace – New Bern’s Historic Palace and Grounds

Believe it or not, you can host your North Carolina wedding at a real life palace. Tryon Palace‘s sculpture 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.

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Stetton Wilson Photography

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, and Old Edwards Inn and Spa is one of the best. This mountain event venue offers multiple sites, an award-winning inn and golf course and more, all submersed in the natural beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains. There’s many beautiful spaces to pick from to host your event, from The Farm at Old Edwards Inn and Spa, which can accommodate up to 275 guests, to spaces suited to intimate affairs like Piermont Cottage. When you host your event at Old Edwards Inn, your guests will definitely be pleased with the extensive amenities and on-site accommodations, plus Old Edward’s excellent culinary program.

Old Edwards Inn and Spa

City Club Raleigh – Downtown City Views From a Private Club

Located 28 floors above the City of Oaks, City Club Raleigh has celebrated a quarter century as a sought-after event venue among Raleigh locals. Dripping with glitz, glamour and modern style, this private members club is known for having an amazing view of the downtown Raleigh area from both floors of the venue. Don’t be afraid to rely on The Club’s wedding event planners — they strive to provide engaged couples with impeccable service and amenities that reflect their unique set of preferences. This club welcomes non-member events, too.

City Club Raleigh Silhouette of Bride and Groom dance at their wedding

The Cornealius Properties – Romantic Chapel in Eastern North Carolina

As far as wedding venues go, The Cornealius Properties in Goldsboro is one-of-a-kind — a farm venue with a charming Southern vibe, an open-air chapel and other fresh spaces. The Cornealius Properties offers a special way to celebrate your big day in Eastern North Carolina. We’d recommend hosting your reception inside the 3,000-square-foot hall designed to accommodate you and your guests’ fancy footwork. One of our favorite elements about The Cornealius Properties? This family venture is not only wedding venue, but has extended to a floral farm owned by one of the family members. You’ll love the custom floral arrangements that only have to travel a few minutes from the field to your venue. There’s also accommodations on-site where you, your wedding party and family members can spend the night.

To search and learn about more romantic NC wedding venues, peruse our newly redesigned Heart of NC Weddings Venue Guide.

This post was originally published on September 11, 2017 and updated on January 6, 2023.

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