The Carolina Inn – The Most Classic Wedding Venue for Chapel Hill Brides and UNC Alum
One of the best wedding venues in NC is none other than The Carolina Inn. It is synonymous with Chapel Hill weddings. The most beloved wedding venue in Chapel Hill is a destination for Southern and traveling brides alike. Couples come from all over the state and country to get married at this historic inn in the center of Chapel Hill and located on the campus of the University of North Carolina. It’s not just UNC – Chapel Hill alums who are eager to exchange vows at The Carolina Inn, but those individuals might top the list.
The Carolina Inn has a meticulously well-kept property. There are multiple outdoor lawn areas which can be used for a couple’s outdoor nuptials or cocktail hour. Two of these locations are large enough to be tented for an outdoor Chapel Hill wedding reception. Regardless of where you exchange your vows, every Carolina Inn wedding will surely entail photos around the gorgeous grounds! (And if you are one of the aforementioned UNC alumni weddings, please note that The Carolina Inn is the closest Chapel Hill wedding venue to the famous Old Well).
Of course, it’s the inside of The Carolina Inn, a true Southern gem, that will steal your heart – especially with the most recent round of renovations that have managed to keep its historic beauty while giving it a modern flair. There are six traditional ballrooms, each with unique modern and Southern details. Then there is the classic Old Well ballroom – possibly the most famous room at The Carolina Inn – with black and white checkered floors and gold accents from floor to ceiling. A bride couldn’t ask for a more stunning ballroom of its own accord. Adding flowers and wedding reception décor only emphasizes the natural beauty of each room.
If you are having a Carolina Inn wedding, you can rest assured that the food will be excellent. The Carolina Inn has always been known for fine cuisine and specializes in large wedding receptions. The staff of Heart of NC Weddings magazine has not only attended dozens of events at The Carolina Inn over the years, but we have even hosted our own client event here. So we can personally attest to the high quality of food service at this Chapel Hill wedding venue.
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Small Wedding Events and Wedding Room Blocks at The Carolina Inn
Beyond the ballrooms, there are several small private rooms at The Carolina Inn, which are great options for a bridal shower, engagement party or small rehearsal dinner in Chapel Hill. No two rooms are alike – and each parlor has its own character.
Not only does The Carolina Inn have beautiful spaces for wedding celebrations, they also have the built-in convenience of the finest Chapel Hill accommodations, and of course, they offer group room blocks for their wedding clients’ guests. The Carolina Inn guest rooms on site are luxurious and perfect for hosting out of town wedding attendees.
Finally, take note that The Carolina Inn can host a very chic and timeless, traditional Southern afternoon tea bridal shower for the bride before all the festivities begin.
What more could a couple want in a venue? No wonder The Carolina Inn is one of the most requested wedding venues in NC.
Chapel Hill was also the place where Christopher’s parents lived after they first were married and it just seemed like a special place to start our marriage. We loved the thought of having so many family ties to The Carolina Inn and wanted to add to the special memories made there.Hannah George, Winter 2019