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).
Stunning Event Spaces and Exceptional Food
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.
Service & Sophistication
The Carolina Inn has a long history of hosting the most memorable bridal showers, rehearsal dinners, brunches, receptions and banquets of all kinds. No matter the size of your wedding, small and intimate or large and spectacular, The Carolina Inn offers the services and sophistication you’re looking for. With planners on site, they will help you plan every aspect of the big day down to the little details that make your day even more special.
Crossroads Chapel Hill Restaurant
While on site, guests have the option of dining in a world class restaurant located in their very own Crossroads Chapel Hill. With regionally sourced ingredients, the chef has crafted a cuisine that is diverse and helps represent North Carolina by instilling Southern soul and Carolina spirit in the seasonal menus. Crossroads Chapel Hill offers breakfast, lunch, dinner and with free parking it all adds up to the perfect place for any occasion. Enjoy creative cocktails at the bar during happy hour or with your meal. Located on the University of North Carolina Campus, the restaurant is just a short walk from popular nightspots on the historic Franklin Street.
Carolina Inn Wedding Gallery
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
The Carolina Inn is a beautiful upscale hotel. They have a restaurant that offers room service or a dining room. The food is decadent and offers beer and wine as options with meals. The staff are all very professional and ensure you have a wonderful stately as well as dining experience. Be sure to place them at the top of your list for hotel accommodations when you are in the area.Nancy Hairston
We just celebrated our daughter's wedding at the Carolina Inn, and we couldn't have been more pleased. Everything from the reservations to the bridal brunch to the reception was A1 the staff is very accommodating, flexible and extremely professional. Bria in reservations and Kristen in catering were amazing. They were both very responsive and went above and beyond to make our weekend special. The rooms were immaculate, and everyone enjoyed their weekend. The food was delicious, and the service was exquisite.Julie Forlenza
My wife and I celebrated our wedding and were blown away by every detail. The staff were incredible, the facilities were beautiful, the food delicious, and the rooms very comfortable. It was a great way to start our marriage. We went back a few weeks ago to celebrate our anniversary and were happy to see the standards had remained the same. We ate at Crossroads and really enjoyed the food and cocktails.Gentry Lassiter