Heart of NC Weddings Favorite Warehouse Wedding Venues in Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill
Weddings today are all about customization. The uber popular warehouse wedding venues serve as perfect blank canvases on which couples can reflect their own love story, personalities and aesthetic preferences. These industrial venues abound in the Raleigh-Durham area of NC, due to the revitalization of our downtown areas over the past decade. Historic buildings and factories are being repurposed and turned into stunning wedding and reception venues that offer charming features like brick walls, wood floors, giant windows, or exposed beams. For the perfect mix of modern elegance, check out our list of urban chic warehouse wedding venues in North Carolina.
1 – The Cotton Room
Located in the historic Golden Belt District of Downtown Durham, The Cotton Room is an elegant, unique, and all-inclusive warehouse wedding and event venue. The Cotton Room is a part of a part of a historic cotton factory that created the drawstring bags for the tobacco being harvested a few minutes down the road at the American Tobacco District. Featuring beautiful, exposed brick, floor-to-ceiling windows, timeless architecture, and all-inclusive services. The Cotton Room was the original warehouse wedding venue in Durham NC, and it’s easy to see why it’s still one of the best venues North Carolina has to offer! Be sure to check out their new venue addition Belt Line Station. Once an old train depot, today Belt Line Station is a beautiful indoor-outdoor event space with unique character and soul.
Calling all UNC Chapel Hill alum! Sure, you spent many an afternoon sipping Blueberry Wheat beers on the rooftop of “TOPO,” but did you know that there is an incredible event space on its lower level? Located in the space once occupied by the legendary Carolina Theatre on Franklin Street, The Great Room’s exposed brick and soft industrial feel gives a grateful nod to Chapel Hill’s past while simultaneously embodying its bright future with clean lines, hardwood floors and subtle interiors. Completely flexible menus and floor plans with a professional planning staff allows each client to tailor their next event exactly to their liking. This warehouse wedding venue comes with a built in after-party spot in the Back Bar, which is open to the public but rentable for private events.
The newest and most intimate venue on the roster, the Bridge Club, is located on the 2nd and 3rd floors of a beautiful historic bank building in downtown Raleigh. Conceived by James Beard Award-winning chef Ashley Christensen, it is the upstairs neighbor of her restaurant Death & Taxes. The 2nd floor is designed like a loft apartment with leather couches, cocktail tables and a fully loaded demo kitchen. This space is perfect for intimate weddings or rehearsal dinners for under 100 guests. The 3rd floor has sweeping ceilings and incredible views, and could serve as its own venue or can be paired with the other floor for transitional events (think: wedding cocktail hour or after party). Raleigh foodies will be pleased to know that the Bridge Club menu consists of many favorite Christensen crowd-pleasers, and is happily quite flexible and affordable.
From the award-winning Raleigh catering group, Catering Works, comes a warehouse wedding venue for corporate and social events, conveniently located in Midtown Raleigh. The Laurelbrook is an eclectic industrial space, with a stained concrete floor and three walls made of poly-carbonate windows framed in metal struts, it allows for amazing natural light and a blank canvas for creating a multitude of thematic designs. Catering Works also hosts regular events at The Laurelbrook. They host intimate cooking classes that are super fun date nights. They also host special themed dinners – such as Tuscan themed or Italian wine themed. Straight from the kitchen of one of the best Raleigh wedding caterers, these dinners are a wonderful way to experience fine cuisine and get a taste of what Catering Works can do for your own wedding or private event.
Market Hall is a historic multi-use space located in the center of City Market in downtown Raleigh. This unique and beautiful building has undergone several renovations and reinventions over the last 100 years, and celebrated its Centennial in October 2014. Say your wedding vows on the cobblestone streets, or transform the warehouse venue into a romantic ceremony site with draping and lights. The white walls at Market Hall lend themselves to any wedding look from funky to elegant.
Born of a membership kitchen for food entrepreneurs in the historic Durham Food Co-Op building, The Cookery is now one of the most sought-after warehouse wedding venues in Durham. Beautiful exposed brick walls are complemented beautifully with its signature metalwork salvaged from Durham landmarks (you’ll notice similar looks at Dashi and Ponysaurus Brewing Co, other projects by owners Nick Hawthorne-Johnson and wife Rochelle Johnson that also make cool out-of-the-box event venues). A large mezzanine offers guests a bird’s eye view, and an outdoor patio can be tented for extra seating, cocktail hour, or a ceremony.
Smack dab in the middle of downtown Raleigh on Fayetteville Street, The Stockroom at 230 is an expansive space that manages to feel romantic and cozy at the same time. Its exposed brick walls are complimented by hardwood floors and high lattice ceilings creating an open, relaxed vibe. An elevated platform at the front of the warehouse wedding venue is the perfect place for cocktail hour, cake cutting, or even live music. Another fun feature is its chalk wall! (And don’t forget to ask about their bridal suite upstairs called The Glass Box). The Stockroom is under the Empire umbrella which operates several favorite Raleigh restaurants like The Pit, Sitti and Gravy. Brides who book here can use Empire Catering at a special rate, or bring in their caterer of choice.
Another new downtown Raleigh venue can be found in a restored warehouse space above Mulino restaurant. A stunning urban space with tall ceilings, arched windows and an open floor-plan, Melrose Knitting Mill allows brides to create their own wedding fantasy. Unlike many downtown venues, ample, free parking is available onsite. The delightful menu comes from the brand new Mulino kitchen.
9- Cross + Main
Formerly The Boondocks, Cross + Main is the most charming venue located in the heart of downtown Youngsville. This building has been it all over the years! From the home to horse drawn carriages, a fire station and an auction house. Now its stunning structural beauty and historical charm is restored to a perfect urban and charming wedding venue and event space!
10- Fairview Raleigh
Connected to ThemeWorks, an out of this world rental company, is their brand new warehouse wedding venue. With an industrial charm and a view of Downtown Raleigh, you really can’t help but love Fairview Raleigh. Not to mention it comes with the convenience of having any rental you desire for your event, only a few steps away!
You’ve probably eaten at Sitti and Gravy in downtown Raleigh – but did you know that they have an amazing industrial meets warehouse style venue with a large open air courtyard nestled behind them? Jiddi Space and Courtyard might just be Raleigh’s best kept wedding venue secret. Equal parts modern industrial and peaceful urban oasis, the Jiddi Space & Courtyard is truly a hidden gem in downtown Raleigh. Tucked behind our Sitti and Gravy restaurants, this secluded indoor and outdoor venue is perfect for events of all varieties, including wedding ceremonies and receptions, rehearsal dinners, holiday parties and corporate events.
Rocky Mount Mills is the most exciting thing that’s happening in Eastern NC! This campus was developed by Capital Broadcasting Company. They beautifully renovated a historic cotton mill into an area that has business offices, homes, an entertainment center, and amazing wedding spaces. The centerpiece event facility is The Power House at Rocky Mount Mills– a warehouse wedding venue. Explore this amazing new development to find industrial class situated along the Tar River. With 4,000 square feet, this Rocky Mount venue can accommodate weddings for up to 200 people.
If you are an Oak City dweller you are probably aware of the hip new restaurant known for all day eats and cocktails, Hummingbird Raleigh. Its industrial vibe is carried through to an incredible warehouse event space adjoining the restaurant. Whitaker & Atlantic is one of the best new wedding venues in Raleigh. This modern event space features a grand room with high ceilings, textured concrete floors, and gold accented fixtures. A spacious three-season porch runs the length of the ground floor. A beautiful handcrafted wooden bar is tucked beneath a staircase that leads to an elegant bridal suite with its own private bathroom. This Raleigh venue includes natural wood and steel, soft grays, and blush and ivory hues. While Whitaker & Atlantic is certainly handsome, it is also perfectly feminine for the modern bride.
14- The Graham Mill
A brand new historic wedding venue, The Graham Mill, is set to open in April 2020! The Graham Mill is a stunning, spacious mill with an industrial, yet romantic feel. Exposed brick, natural light, metal beams, and a spacious outside area, what more could you possibly want in a wedding venue! It brings both history and charm to make up the perfect place to say I do. The Graham Mill is an affordable option for a venue with a lot to offer. Harmony Weddings and Events, a Triangle-based wedding and events company that has been serving the area since 2015, owns the mill and is able to deliver you exceptional service!
15- The Rickhouse
Located in the Central Park District, the Rickhouse in Durham is located just a few blocks from the center of downtown Durham. Exposed ceilings with wooden beams and copper metal accents give you a beautiful slate to which you can add your wedding decor. Its large balcony overlooks the famed Durham Athletic Park, the original home of the Durham Bulls! If you’re a Durham native who grew up with the Durham Bulls as your childhood team, this is the venue for you.
In addition, the Rickhouse’s indoor space comfortably seats 400. The venue also has a chalk wall and a wall made of tin with eclectic stars embedded into the metalwork. But best of all, one wall of the venue is entirely covered with glass windows that look into a distillery, filled to the brim with gorgeous copper equipment. Instead of a traditional view, you can enjoy the metal accents as the backdrop to your wedding ceremony or cocktail hour.
16 – The Distillery
Get excited because soon there will be a new NC warehouse wedding venue! The Distillery is located just 15 minutes away from the heart of Raleigh. The space will be an 8,300-square-foot event hall and will be offering three luxury gathering spaces that can be used for your ceremony and reception. The private Modern Cottage is ideal for starting the day, the White Room can accommodate 300 guests and the outdoor patio is perfect for cocktail hour or smaller ceremonies. Its urban garden is also a beautiful setting for bridal or engagement photos.
The contemporary elegance of this venue is something you won’t be able to pass up. Each room is adorned with gorgeous details like gold metal accents, polished concrete floors and urban light fixtures. When you rent this venue, you will be able to use the beautifully landscaped grounds for 12 hours. Your rental also includes catering, a food prep kitchen, tables and chairs and two custom mobile bars. Anyone who books their upcoming wedding or event at The Distillery will have their every want, need and expectation met.
Make your wedding vision a reality at Suite4. Located on the East side of Downtown Durham at 506 Ramseur Street, Suite4 is easily accessible from anywhere in the Triangle area. The venue offers 12,000 square feet of available space so that you can have your event the way you want! With its original industrial features and an outdoor patio it’s a beautiful space. The Durham event space offers large garage windows, a modern warehouse feel and blank brick walls that can be decorated to your liking. Suite4 can accommodate up to 250 guests for a seated event and up to 400 for a cocktail style event. The options for designing your dream event are endless with the flexible space. The company stands by their promise, “our space is yours.”
While The Martinsborough is not exactly a warehouse venue, it’s sure to provide you with the same customization, large windows and modern feel that you may be seeking. Voted the Best Event Venue in Greenville, The Martinsborough perfectly combines classic North Carolinian charm with modern sophistication. Located in the restored historic Jefferson Blout-Harvey building, the space’s stunning windows allow plenty of natural light inside, illuminating the gorgeous hardwood floors and rustic brick walls. The all-inclusive event space accommodates up to 250 guests, and takes care of all the details for you. From candles to centerpieces to linens to fine crystal, they’ve got you covered! The event space is gorgeous enough on its own, but with options to customize lighting and decor, you can truly personalize your experience and make it your own.