Getting engaged is the first step in the rest of your life as married couple, so if you choose to have a traditional wedding you'll likely be wondering where to start. Before you book your photographer (hi, it's me), you will need to secure your date with a wedding venue.
Which wedding venue will be perfect for the vision you have for your wedding date? Will they be able to accommodate the style you want to have? Will they have a variety of options for hosting your ceremony, reception, cocktail hour, and guests? Will they have a rainy day plan? Do you want an indoor or outdoor wedding?
I won't go into detail on all of these questions in this article, but you can read all about things to consider when planning an outdoor wedding here. No matter what venue you decide to go with, one thing is for certain: you want the venue to match the beauty of your wedding date perfectly. Here are some venues in the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area that have different styles and levels of guest capacity that would be great for all couples looking to tie the knot.
Cate's Farm at Cane Creek
Hillsborough, North Carolina
Style: Rustic barn and Country Chic
If you're looking for a venue with adequate green space that can accommodate around 150-200 guests, Cate's Farm at Cane Creek in Orange County would be great to consider. While Hillsborough is on the outer end of the Triangle, it is still very close to Chapel Hill, Durham, and Raleigh and could entertain guests for a covered outdoor or fully outdoor wedding ceremony and reception.
See if they have your wedding date available and schedule a venue tour at https://www.catesfarmatcanecreek.com/
The Umstead Hotel and Spa
Cary, North Carolina
Style: Resort and Luxury Getaway
The Umstead Hotel and Spa is a Forbes 5 star hotel located in Cary and is part of the Umstead State Park experience. If you're looking for an upscale, lakefront venue that includes a rainy day ceremony venue with every package, The Umstead Hotel and Spa is a great venue to consider.
See if they have your wedding date available and schedule a venue tour at https://www.theumstead.com/weddings
The Glass Box, The Stockroom at 230, All Saints Chapel
Raleigh, North Carolina
Style: Urban and Intimate
The Glass Box, The Stockroom at 230, and All Saints Chapel are joint owned venues all in the heart of Raleigh. The Glass Box serves as a getting ready venue or small wedding venue with a capacity of about 45 people. The Stockroom at 230 has a capacity of about 185-275 depending on the use of the space. All Saints Chapel was voted prettiest chapel in the south, need we say more?
See if they have your wedding date available and book a tour at https://www.thestockroomat230.com
Durham Wedding Exchange
Durham, North Carolina
Industrial and Historic
Downtown Durham has many gems and the Durham Wedding Exchange is among them. This beautiful venue is undergoing renovation to enlarge their current space capacity of about 80 guests. Making its mark as a mid-sized venue in Durham, it's the perfect place for couples and their guests to explore the area attractions.
See if they have your wedding date available and schedule a venue tour at https://durhamweddingexchange.com/
Are you a local looking to get away from Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill? Here are two bonus venues in our neighboring states of Virginia and South Carolina that are only a short drive away that would be great to consider!
Cottontail Weddings and Events
Industrial warehouse with a suburban flare
Sitting next to a brewery and across the street from a market, Cottontail Weddings and Events is just miles away from the North Carolina and Virginia state border. Cottontail Weddings and Events is a short and easy drive from Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill and can host between 150 and 200 guests. Danville is the perfect small town getaway with big city perks.
See if they have your wedding date available and schedule a venue tour at http://cottontailweddingsandevents.com/
21 Main Events at North Beach
North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Beachfront with a view
Last but certainly not least, who doesn't want to get married on the beach?! 21 Main Events at North Beach is a venue in North Myrtle Beach that will keep you and your guests feeling easy, breezy, beautiful, and (most importantly) cool on a warm sunny day. You can even enjoy a nice steak at their highly rated restaurant during your honeymoon following your wedding festivities.
See if they have your wedding date available and schedule a venue tour at https://21maineventsatnorthbeach.com/
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