Wedding Chapels in Raleigh and Chapel Hill, NC
You don’t need to be a member of a congregation to get married at the little white chapel of your dreams! If you want the feel of a Christian wedding but aren’t getting married at your own family church, take a look at these beautiful wedding chapels in NC that allow ceremonies of non-members. These wedding chapels in NC rent their space for weddings of any denomination, any faith or no faith. At any of these venues, your wedding will have the feel of a traditional, intimate chapel. If you’re not getting married at your own church, synagogue or mosque, you will also need a wedding officiant. These recommended celebrants are trusted wedding officiants in the Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill area. They work with all faiths and backgrounds so that your wedding ceremony can be both meaningful and unforgettable.
The Parlour at Manns Chapel, a Charming Intimate Wedding Chapel
The Parlour at Manns Chapel holds a soft spot in the hearts of many. The historic chapel was stablished in 1887 and decommissioned in 1985. In recent years, this sweet little chapel has been refurbished. Today, it’s one of the best intimate wedding venues in Chapel Hill. Thanks to much thoughtful re-purposing, the chapel is living a second life as a one-of-a-kind space for weddings and other spirited events.
If you envision your dream wedding setting with long farm tables filled with friends and family, passing food while sharing old memories and making new, then The Parlour at Manns Chapel is a must-see. Perfect for a NC wedding of up to 100 guests, your day at the chapel will be filled with personal touches that leave your loved ones feeling valued and inspired. The outdoor garden patio can be used as the ceremony space, cocktail hour or for post-dinner dancing under the stars! For a sweet add-on, “Ida Lou,” a 1976 airstream can be used as a suite for getting ready. The beautifully restored airstream features a private dressing area, luxurious velvet seating and curtains, gown racks, and storage for all of your accessories.
This intimate white chapel is a charming choice for engaged couples of any faith. As a dedicated full-time wedding venue, The Parlour at Manns Chapel offers more flexibility in dates than other wedding chapels in NC.
All Saints Chapel: Experience the Gorgeous Venue Where Couples Have Been Getting Married For 140 Years
There’s no doubt that All Saints Chapel is one of the prettiest wedding chapels in Raleigh. The historic Raleigh chapel wedding venue is open for any couple to rent. This gorgeous chapel was built in 1875. Today, you can still admire its original glory thanks to extensive restoration the building has undergone. Inside All Saints Chapel, you’ll find beautiful stained glass windows, a wood beam cathedral ceiling and intricate woodwork. All Saints Chapel is also flexible. You can choose to hold your entire celebration at the chapel, or hold your ceremony at All Saints and choose a second reception location.
- Ceremony-style seating in the main chapel: 200 guests
- Seated reception in the main chapel: 140 guests
- Seated reception in the downstairs ballroom: 120 guests
- Cocktail-style reception in the main chapel: 200 guests
- Cocktail-style reception in the downstairs ballroom: 140 guests
One of the best parts about this venue is that you can book Empire Eats Catering for your wedding at a reduced rate! All Saints Chapel is operated by the Empire group, which also owns The Pit Durham – plus its sister location in Raleigh – Sitti, the Raleigh Times Bar and Gravy. The Empire Eats Catering group offers dishes from each of these restaurants. But don’t fret if you have your heart set on another caterer. All Saints Chapel allows outside caterers, too!
Saint Mary’s Chapel, Raleigh’s Historic White Chapel
Saint Mary’s Chapel in Raleigh might be the warm and intimate setting you’ve been searching for to host your wedding. This elegant white chapel sits on the campus of Saint Mary’s School. The campus itself is a beautiful sight to behold, while Saint Mary’s Chapel is considered the heart of the Episcopal boarding school. You don’t need to be alumni or Episcopalian to book this Raleigh wedding chapel.
Saint Mary’s Chapel is one of the most quaint and charming wedding chapels in NC. Architect Richard Upjohn designed the chapel in the popular Gothic Revival style. Many gorgeous architectural details that will make your ceremony unforgettable. Saint Mary’s Chapel was built in 1856 and retains many of its original elements. The steep gable roof, lovely octagonal stained glass window above the entrance and the gabled entryway are all original. Saint Mary’s Chapel has the capacity to host up to 250 guests.
River Dunes: Coastal North Carolina Wedding Chapel
This waterfront Eastern NC wedding venue is situated where the Pamlico Sound meets the Neuse River. River Dunes is located in a town called Oriental, NC. The unique setting of this intimate chapel within a coastal community means that there’s no shortage of attractions and activities for wedding guests to enjoy. River Dunes can accommodate indoor or outdoor ceremonies at the chapel, depending on your guest count, the time of year and your preference. Conveniently, nearby spaces like the Harbor Club, Lake House and Boat House Pavilion and Amphitheater provide settings for receptions and rehearsal dinners.
More Wedding Chapels in Raleigh and Durham, NC
Greg Poole, Jr. All Faiths Chapel in Raleigh – This modern chapel located at Dorothea Dix Park in Raleigh was built in 1955. The chapel features terrazzo floors, decorative wood details and a beautiful rose stained-glass window. The chapel was renovated in 2020 and now offers modern features while retaining it’s original charm.
Location: 1030 Richardson Dr., Raleigh
Duke Chapel – To book this highly coveted Durham chapel, you or your betrothed, or your parents or grandparents, must be a current full-time Duke University student, Duke graduate or full-time employee of the university. Eligibility also extends to current members of the Board of Trustees, and faculty and staff who retired from Duke after fifteen or more years of continuous service plus their children and grandchildren. Keep in mind, Duke Chapel is in very high demand, and couples have been known to camp out in order to book their desired date!
Location: 401 Chapel Dr. Durham
Other details: No alcohol is permitted. The Chapel accepts reservations one year before the wedding month.
Unity Center of Peace in Chapel Hill – This “little chapel in the woods” is a nondenominational wedding chapel option in Chapel Hill that welcomes all couples.
Location: 8800 Seawell School Rd., Chapel Hill
Pricing: Sanctuary = $55 per hour for up to 5 hours/$333 per day
Kitchen with deck access = $22 per hour up to 5 hours/$133 per day
Chapel/Classroom = $17 per hour up to 5 hours /95 per day
Call (919)-968-1854 to schedule a tour of facilities
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Raleigh – The sanctuary can accommodate up to 450 people. Other event spaces can be added on, and multiple packages are available.
Personalized and Meaningful Ceremonies with Expert Wedding Officiant Gwen Downs
While these chapels do not provide clergy for weddings, we’ve got you covered with the best of the best when it comes to officiants.
Gwen Downs is an ordained non-denominational minister. Her ordination allows her to legally wed couples in North Carolina and in many other states as well. She works with couples from across the spectrum of religion, spiritual and lack thereof. The majority of her couples identify as non-religious, and are seeking a ceremony that is meaningful and full of love. She works with each of her couples to make sure she is using language that feels right to them and reflects their beliefs. Her ceremonies are modern, fresh, fun and embrace gender equality and fluidity.
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Introducing Rev. Katherine Dupree
Reverend Dupree offers a variety of wedding packages, including Fully Customized Weddings, where she invites couples to draft a meaningful ceremony alongside her incorporating any faith symbols or traditions important to the couple. Her Custom Elopements and Micro Weddings Package includes all the features of a Fully Customized Wedding for fewer guests and at a lower price. For couples looking to streamline the process, Reverend Dupree offers a Simple Ceremonies Package, where they can choose a ceremony and adjust it to match their faith or traditions accordingly. Every package includes a meeting, consultation, marriage certificate filing, and commemorative certificates. With Katherine, you can feel confident your wedding will be organized and authentic to your love story.