Melrose Knitting Mill – an Elegant, All-Inclusive Warehouse Wedding Venue in downtown Raleigh
One of the most elegant wedding venues in Raleigh is a restored mill. Melrose Knitting Mill is a warehouse wedding venue that has an open floor plan, beautiful chandeliers, and comes with all-inclusive event packages. This includes wedding planning services, catering, and bar. All of this makes for a seamless wedding experience in downtown Raleigh.
Originally built in 1900, the historic building is a multi-use property serving as the location for the third-story special events venue. The onsite caterer, Mulino Italian Kitchen & Bar is on the ground floor.
In addition to onsite catering, the venue is managed by a wedding planning company who comes with the event packages. Southern Oak Events will help coordinate all that happens at the venue.
I have attended many events at Melrose Knitting Mill over the years and have always been impressed by its beauty. I recently got to participate in a wedding as a bridesmaid, and this was an entirely new experience. It was a pleasure to work with the onsite planning team. They took great care of the bride and the wedding party, and the entire event went off without a hitch.
History of Melrose Knitting Mill
Melrose Textile Mill, which manufactured underpants and bathing suits, served as the building’s only resident until 1930. But like many mills and factories, it closed for good just a year after the stock market crash of Black Tuesday. Until 2009, the building sat vacant, except for occasional short-term tenants – which led the space to its fortuitous introduction to Abdul Zalal in 1969. A recent Afghani immigrant, Zalal began working at the roofing company and just before 1980 he purchased the mill. Zalal installed a new roof, boarded up the windows, and left the property vacant for several years until current operator and creative director Samad Hachby approached him with a vision for creating a destination dining property on the ground floor. Hachby opened then Babylon Restaurant in 2009, a Moroccan dining concept, which served as one of downtown Raleigh’s most vibrant evening and weekend destinations until the restaurant was re-imagined to the Italian eatery it is today: Mulino Italian Kitchen & Bar.
Another Raleigh Wedding Venue for Southern Brides
Samad Hachby also owns another impressive, large scale event space. The Historic Wakefield Barn is a restored dairy barn wedding venue near Raleigh. If contemporary Southern rustic is more your style, check them out. It comes with the same planning and catering team that you’ll find at Melrose.