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Rehearsal Dinners

Restaurants for Wedding Rehearsal Dinners in Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill NC

This page is all about where to host rehearsal dinners in Raleigh, Durham, Cary, Chapel Hill and NC. The possibilities are as endless! In the end, your choice will depend on the type of event you want to host! Large or small, intimate dinner or dance party, there is a venue for everybody. Below, take a peek at the many different types of venues across our state. Peruse dozens of fine restaurants with private event spaces, absolutely perfect for rehearsal dinners. Additionally, don't rule out the event spaces that you think of as wedding reception venues. These can also be utilized for the rehearsal dinner. In fact, many have special rehearsal dinner packages. Hopefully, you'll find your perfect location!  

Restaurants with Event Space for Rehearsal Dinners in Raleigh, Durham, Cary and Chapel Hill

For convenience and cost, most couples choose a restaurant with private event space for the rehearsal dinner. If you’re getting married in the NC Triangle this is an especially appealing option. After all, we are quite the “foodie” area!

Usually, the rehearsal dinner is a relatively intimate gathering of family and wedding party members. For events of up to 50 guests, it’s easy to see why restaurants are so popular. The private event spaces that some restaurants have are cozy enough where everyone can mingle – and also hear the speeches.

Also, restaurants are great event options because almost everything you need is onsite. The food is the centerpiece of most rehearsal dinners, and that’s covered. Restaurants already have tables, chairs, linen and flatware – so no need to rent. (That is, unless you want to upgrade!)

NC Wedding Venues as Rehearsal Dinner Venues

For many, the rehearsal dinner has become a larger event. This is especially true if the couple has a very large family, or a large number of people who are traveling from out of town. In these cases, it is expected for everyone to be invited. Sometimes, it is simply a matter of preference to host a big rehearsal dinner party.

Clearly, we are all about a party here at Heart of NC Weddings. So we want you to keep all of our fabulous wedding venues in mind for your rehearsal dinner. Many of the traditional reception locations offer special rates for Thursday and Friday night events. As mentioned above, many even offer rehearsal dinner packages with a group of their favorite vendors.

Please note, many of our venues can also be considered even if you are hosting a smaller rehearsal dinner. For example, a hotel or resort might have a smaller private event space you don’t yet know about.

We advise touring venues with both events in mind!

Durham Wedding Venue University Club

University Club

The Penthouse Floor of Durham's Tallest Building. Delicious Menus and Beautiful Views.
  • Location: Durham

The Carolina Inn

Chapel Hill’s most famous historic hotel and venue, located on UNC Campus
  • Location: Chapel Hill, NC
Carolina Club Chapel Hill wedding venue

The Carolina Club

Classic ballroom venue with great cuisine on UNC-Chapel Hill campus.
  • Location: Chapel Hill, NC
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Graylyn Estate

The perfect place to host the luxurious wedding of your dreams
  • Location: Winston-Salem, NC
The Mayton Boutique Hotel in Downtown Cary Places to Get Married in NC That You Haven't Considered

The Mayton

Amenities of a First Class Hotel with the Intimacy of a Bed & Breakfast
  • Location: Cary, NC
Best Barn and Farm Wedding Venue in NC The Carolina Barn Rustic Farm NC Wedding Venue Morgan Caddell

The Carolina Barn

Barn Wedding Venue with Rustic Elegance and Southern Charm
  • Location: Spring Lake, NC
Raleigh Wedding Venue Governors Club

Governors Club

Stunning lake setting both indoors and outdoors with exceptional services.
  • Location: Chapel Hill, NC
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The Oaks at Salem

Create Memories You'll Cherish For A Lifetime
  • Location: Apex, NC
Downtown Raleigh Bachelorette Spot Raleigh Times

The Raleigh Times Bar

Three Bars, Great food and Rooftop Patio Views for a Lucky Few!
  • Location: Raleigh, NC
Grey Barn Oakland Farm NC Wedding Venue with Barn, Pavilion and Farmhouse Tiffany Johnson Photography 8(1)

Oakland Farm

Charming countryside venue with barn, pavilion and farmhouse
  • Location: Bear Creek, NC
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Cross and Main

Warehouse Venue near Wake Forest NC
  • Location: Youngsville
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Hayfield at Murchison Farms

New Barn and Farm Wedding Venue
  • Location: Liberty, NC
The Museum of Life and Science Butterfly House Wedding Venue Durham NC Carolyn Scott Photography

The Museum of Life & Science

The Museum of Life and Science Wedding Venue For Events Full of Magic and Wonder
  • Location: Durham, NC
Blue Reception Melrose Knitting Mill Warehouse Wedding Venue in Downtown Raleigh Ceremony Design Kelsey Nelson Photo

Melrose Knitting Mill

A chic, urban reclaimed downtown Raleigh mill with tall ceilings, arched windows and an open floor-plan.
  • Location: Raleigh
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Raleigh Marriott Crabtree Valley

Newly-Renovated Modern Hotel near Crabtree Valley Mall
  • Location: Raleigh
Durham Rehearsal Dinner Venue Dashi


Rehearsal Dinner Space with a Cozy Environment
  • Location: Durham, NC
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Walnut Hill

A Historic Farmhouse and Gorgeous Event Barn
  • Location: Raleigh, NC
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1705 East

Southern Charm. Modern Sophistication.
  • Location: Raleigh
Ceremony Places to Get Married in NC That You Haven't Considered The Willard Rooftop Lounge at AC Hotel

The Willard Rooftop Lounge

New Raleigh Venue With Spectacular Skyline Views
  • Location: Raleigh, NC
The Kinsleeshop Farm Statesville NC Wedding Venue Farm and Barn Urban Bloom Photography

The Kinsleeshop Farm

Historic Family Farm Renovated into Romantic Wedding Venue
  • Location: Statesville, NC

The Laurelbrook

An industrial space with three walls made of oversized windows with metal accents
  • Location: Raleigh, NC
Outside mural and sign of The Cookery, venue in Downtown Durham

The Cookery

Brick Walls, Exposed Metals, and Two Courtyards make this a unique warehouse venue near downtown Durham
  • Location: Durham, NC
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The Durham Hotel

A mid-century modern boutique, hotel in the heart of downtown. Incredible localized details from its namesake city.
  • Location: Durham, NC
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The Rickhouse

Warehouse Venue Overlooking the Historic Durham Bulls Stadium
  • Location: Durham, NC
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The Machaven

Intimate Wedding Venue in Rocky Mount
  • Location: Rocky Mount, NC
Unique Durham Hotel and Museum Wedding Venue 21c

21c Museum Hotel Durham

A luxury downtown Durham boutique hotel with a modern art museum on site.
  • Location: Durham, NC
Historic Sutherland Estate in Wakeforest at Sunset

The Sutherland

Historic Southern Home with Beautiful Gardens and an Event Pavilion
  • Location: Wake Forest

Jiddi Space and Courtyard

Courtyard and Event Space behind Sitti and Gravy of Empire Eats
  • Location: Raleigh, NC
The Upchurch wedding venue

The Upchurch

Restored Romantic Wedding Venue in Apex
  • Location: Cary, NC
Gravy downtown Raleigh


Italian-American Kitchen
  • Location: Raleigh
Barn of Chapel Hill Wedding Venue

The Barn of Chapel Hill

A flower farm with a beautiful white barn featuring french doors and a 35-foot vaulted ceiling
  • Location: Chapel Hill, NC
bride and groom walking outside of the Merrimon Wynne House downtown Raleigh wedding venue

The Merrimon-Wynne House

A Historic Venue in Raleigh and its Carriage House Ballroom
  • Location: Raleigh, NC
Couple dancing in wedding reception at Carolina Club in Raleigh

The Carolina Club

Classic ballroom venue with great cuisine on UNC-Chapel Hill campus.
  • Location: Chapel Hill, NC
Chapel Hill Country Club wedding event venue golf course

Chapel Hill Country Club

Create your very own "Tradition on the Hill"
  • Location: Chapel Hill, NC
Barn Summerfield Farms Barn and Farm Wedding Venue Near Greensboro NC Griffin Davis

Summerfield Farms

Farm Venue nestled between the Triad and Triangle Areas
  • Location: Summerfield, NC
North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences Choose Downtown Raleigh for a Unique Wedding Experience NRC 1 First Dance

North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

Various Event Spaces in downtown Raleigh NC's most unique museum
  • Location: Raleigh
Funky Wallpaper at Whitaker and Atlantic in Raleigh by Live View Studios

Whitaker & Atlantic

Funky Industrial Event Space adjoining Hummingbird Raleigh
  • Location: Raleigh, NC
Wedding Ceremony on front porch of plantation venue, Rose Hill

Rose Hill Estate

Romance and Countryside Class
  • Location: Nashville
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Tryon Palace

A Destination NC Wedding Venue
  • Location: New Bern, NC
WinMock at Kinderton barn wedding venue

WinMock at Kinderton

The Gem of the Triad Area
  • Location: Bermuda Run, NC
Bride and groom outside The Orpheum wedding venue in downtown Oxford NC. Fancy This Photography

The Orpheum

Restored Art Deco Movie Theatre Built in 1940s
  • Location: Oxford, NC
Lauren and Everett cotton room

The Cotton Room

An architecturally rich all-inclusive wedding venue in Durham
  • Location: Durham, NC
McAlister Greensboro boutique wedding venue

McAlister-Leftwich House

A boutique wedding venue in Fisher Park where history becomes part of your legacy
  • Location: Greensboro, NC
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The Jarvis at 220

Luxury accommodations in the heart of downtown New Bern
  • Location: New Bern, NC
The Parlour at Manns Chapel Hill Wedding Venue

The Parlour at Manns Chapel

Love Big, Celebrate Small
  • Location: Chapel HIll, NC
The Bradford – a French villa styled country estate near Chapel Hill and Raleigh Jillian Knight Photography

The Bradford

A French Villa Styled Venue nestled in the outskirts of Raleigh
  • Location: New Hill, NC
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Market Hall

A large restored warehouse venue nestled in historic City Market in the heart of downtown Raleigh
  • Location: Raleigh
The Distillery NC Wedding Venue Places to Get Married in NC That You Haven't Considered

The Distillery

New Industrial Venue unlike any other, 15 minutes from downtown Raleigh
  • Location: Garner, NC
Wedding Reception and Rehearsal Dinner Space in Durham, Parizade


Mediterranean Dining Experience and Off-site Catering via Giorgios Hospitality
  • Location: Durham, NC
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Hilton Raleigh North Hills Hotel

Event Venue in North Hills Raleigh that can host 800+ guest counts
  • Location: Raleigh, NC
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Mediterranean Restaurant with Artistic Decor and a second floor adaptable event space and bar.
  • Location: Raleigh
Couple Engagement Photos Bluebird Meadows Farm Mid-Century Wedding Venue in Louisburg, NC Danielle Flake

Bluebird Meadows Farm

Family-owned wedding venue in Louisburg, NC
  • Location: Louisburg, NC
Indoor Wedding Ceremony Setup Paramount Event Venue Family Owned Wedding Venue in Morrisville NC

Paramount Event Venue

Elegant Family-Owned Wedding Venue
  • Location: Morrisville, NC
Photo of Timeless Chapel, All Saints Chapel

All Saints Chapel

Voted Prettiest Chapel in the South
  • Location: Raleigh
Carolina Inn Venue

The Carolina Inn

Chapel Hill’s most famous historic hotel and venue, located on UNC Campus
  • Location: Chapel Hill, NC
Wedding Lobby at JB Duke Hotel in Durham NC

JB Duke Hotel

A Contemporary Hotel on Duke University campus
  • Location: Durham
Wedding Guest Accomodations and downtown Raleigh wedding venue at Sheraton Raleigh Hotel

Sheraton Raleigh Hotel

in the center of downtown Raleigh
  • Location: Raleigh
Raleigh Rehearsal dinner at Sitti


Authentic Lebanese food. Event space and courtyard behind restaurant, called The Jiddi.
  • Location: Raleigh, NC
Golf course wedding at Washington Duke Inn Golf Club

Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club

Classic and Elegant Resort and Golf Club in Durham with Multiple Indoor and Outdoor Event Options
  • Location: Durham
Outdoor Wedding Ceremony Circle Arch Waterfront View New Bern Riverfront Convention Center

New Bern Riverfront Convention Center

Renovated Ballroom with Floor to Ceiling Windows Overlooking the River
  • Location: New Bern, NC
Outside Patio of La Residence

La Residence

A Chapel Hill Favorite French Restaurant for over 30 years. Historic home with a spacious patio and fresh florals from the local garden.
  • Location: Chapel Hill
Outside cocktail hour set up on patio at Matthews House

The Matthews House

Greek Revival Mansion with Manicured Grounds and Ballroom
  • Location: Cary, NC
Historic Home Heights House Hotel, A Historic Raleigh Landmark and Wedding Venue Sarah Shepherd

Heights House Hotel

Boutique Hotel & Event Venue
  • Location: Raleigh, NC
The Meadows at Firefly Farm Preserve outdoor ceremony

The Meadows at Firefly Preserve

Wedding venue located on 150 acres of rolling meadows
  • Location: Raleigh, NC
Full View Plan Your Dream Wedding and Vacation at Beaufort Hotel NC Danielle Flake

Beaufort Hotel NC

Discover America's Favorite Town
  • Location: Beaufort, NC

The Dock

A Wedding and Special Event Venue at Historic Seaboard Station
  • Location: Raleigh, NC
The Plant at Chatham Beverage District Pittsboro NC

The Plant at Chatham Beverage District

Where Weirdly Wonderful Weddings Happen
  • Location: Pittsboro, NC
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Lavender Oaks Farm

Pristine White Wedding Barn Amid 60 Acres of Lavender
  • Location: Chapel Hill , NC
Unique Wedding Venue in Museum of NCMA in Raleigh

North Carolina Museum of Art

NCMA has crisp modern white galleries, outdoor sculptures and innovative cuisine
  • Location: Raleigh
Country club wedding reception Prestonwood Country Club

Prestonwood Country Club

Multiple rooms for events of all sizes, luxurious ballroom a cascading staircase
  • Location: Cary, NC
St. Michaels Sunrise Explore Charleston - Plan Your Wedding, Honeymoon, Bachelorette Party

Explore Charleston

See Charleston through the eyes of locals
  • Location: Charleston, SC
Sheraton hotel Chapel Hill

Sheraton Chapel Hill Hotel

Luxury Hotel and Wedding Venue in Chapel Hill
  • Location: Chapel Hill, NC
Romantic Wedding Portraits of Bride Groom Blush Florals Belt Line Station The Cotton Room in Durham, NC Caddell

Belt Line Station

Historic Train Station Wedding Venue in Durham NC
  • Location: Durham, NC
Outdoor Wedding Ceremony Umstead Hotel and Spa Cary NC Wedding Venue Images by Amber Robinson

The Umstead Hotel & Spa

Luxurious Wedding Venue at NC's five star property. A retreat vibe in the center of the Triangle.
  • Location: Cary, NC
NC Mountain wedding venue

Overlook Barn

Cliffside Barn Near Banner Elk, Overlooking the Blue Ridge Mountains
  • Location: Beech Mountain, NC
downtown Raleigh wedding venue

Marbles Kids Museum & IMAX Theatre

Versatile and fun event spaces in this downtown Raleigh museum
  • Location: Raleigh, NC
The Story Places to Get Married in NC That You Haven't Considered Franklin Street in Chapel Hill

The Story

New Event Venue on Franklin Street in Chapel Hill
  • Location: Chapel Hill, NC
University Club Tower in Durham NC

University Club

The Penthouse Floor of Durham's Tallest Building. Delicious Menus and Beautiful Views.
  • Location: Durham
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The Pit Raleigh

Whole Hog and Pit-Cooked Authentic Barbecue
  • Location: Raleigh
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Raleigh Marriott City Center

Marriott Property on Fayetteville Street, in the heart of downtown Raleigh
  • Location: Raleigh
Sweetheart Table Affordable Elegance at The Cannon Room in Downtown Raleigh NC Brett Seay

The Cannon Room

Host with the Most Beautiful View in Town
  • Location: Raleigh, NC
Grand Staircase at the Park Alumni Center in Raleigh NC

Park Alumni Center at NC State University

Elegant Club with Stately Staircase and Balcony with Beautiful Views
  • Location: Raleigh, NC
Lake o the Woods NC Wedding Venue

Lake O’ The Woods Estate

Experience Unique Southern Charm in NC Countryside
  • Location: Warrenton, NC
White Barn Venue Union Grove Farm, Chapel Hill's Newest Barn Wedding Venue Salama

Union Grove Farm

Barn and Farm Wedding Venue in Chapel Hill
  • Location:

The Hibiscus Raleigh

Newly renovated affordable event venue in north Raleigh
  • Location: Raleigh, NC
Estate HighRock Farms Picturesque NC Wedding Setting Jocelyn and Ryan

HighRock Farms

A slice of heaven located in Granville County, NC
  • Location: Oxford, NC
Wedding Reception Tables Forest Hall at Chatham Mills NC Wedding Venue Morgan Caddell Photography

Forest Hall at Chatham Mills

A historic brick mill tucked away in the forest
  • Location: Pittsboro, NC
Herons Umstead Catering for weddings

Herons at The Umstead Hotel & Spa

Forbes Five Star Restaurants in Cary
  • Location: Cary
Historic Wakefield Barn Wedding Venue near Raleigh Anna Taylor Photography

The Historic Wakefield Barn

1930s Dairy Barn, Restored into a Stunning Event Venue
  • Location: Wake Forest
Historic Chapel In Raleigh NC, Saint Marys Chapel

Saint Mary’s Chapel

A beautiful, historic campus with a beloved chapel
  • Location: Raleigh, NC
Couple outside of wedding at Renaissance Raleigh kissing

Renaissance Raleigh North Hills Hotel

Newly-Renovated Chic Property in North Hills Beautiful Ballroom, Terrace, On-site Dining
  • Location: Raleigh, NC
Carolina Inn Restaurant

Carolina Crossroads at The Carolina Inn

Contemporary Restaurant On Site at the Historic Carolina Inn on UNC Campus
  • Location: Chapel Hill
Wedding Ceremony at Stockroom at 230 in Raleigh

The Stockroom at 230

Urban Warehouse Venue in the center of Downtown Raleigh
  • Location: Raleigh
Wedding Chapel Ceremony River Dunes NC Destination Venue Dickie-Cook Couple and Chapel

River Dunes

Coastal Destination Wedding Venue
  • Location: Oriental, NC
Cozy area to sit at small venue The Glassbox in downtown Raleigh

The Glass Box

Intimate Downtown Event Loft with Floor-to-Ceiling Windows
  • Location: Raleigh
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The Power House at Rocky Mount Mills

Historic Cotton Mill situated along the Tar River, operated by Rose Hill Estate
  • Location: Rocky Mount, NC
The Pit Durham event venue

The Pit Durham

Historic downtown Durham venue with city views and barbecue
  • Location: Durham, NC
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The House at Gatewood

A complete wedding experience with custom catering in Hillsborough, NC
  • Location: Hillsborough, NC
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The Cornealius Properties

Family-Owned Farmland Wedding Venue
  • Location: Goldsboro, NC