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Raleigh rocks y'all. And our little city has some fantastic places to get married. I'm honestly incapable of picking only 10 of my favorite venues, so this "Top 10 Raleigh Wedding Venues" list is for venues that (a) are actually IN Raleigh and (b) are traditional venues, in the sense that hosting events is their primary purpose.
We've got another whole page dedicated to our favorite wedding venues *near* Raleigh (i.e. in Durham, Chapel Hill, Cary, etc.) and one dedicated to some of our favorite 'non-traditional' wedding venues (museums, etc.).
I know I'm missing some good ones, but this is my short-list, so without further ado, an alphabetical list of my favorite Raleigh wedding venues (all of which are welcoming to the LGBTQ+ community):
All Saints Chapel wasn't voted the prettiest chapel in the South for nothing. This historic chapel is one of my favorite buildings in town, not just one of my favorite Raleigh wedding venues. The stained glass is stunning, and the hardwoods are a dream. All Saints works beautifully for both your ceremony & reception, but it's also popular as just a ceremony venue.
See some All Saints Chapel wedding photos and get inspiration from real weddings there: Claire & Greg, Allie & Paul
Check out All Saints Chapel's website
All Saints Chapel phone number: 919-459-3212
All Saints Chapel address: 110 S East Street, Downtown Raleigh, NC 27601
All Saints Chapel starting cost
City Club might just be Raleigh's top wedding venue. Get it? Because it's on the 28th floor of the Wells Fargo Building? It's okay to roll your eyes at me. Okay, okay, I'm sorry. But seriously, the views cannot be beat, and the food is delicious too. It's great to be right in the heart of downtown Raleigh, because it's easy to run over to the gorgeous Capitol grounds for portraits or to send your guests to your favorite bar for the after-party. I think all the pros for City Club far outweigh the fact that my ears pop on the elevator EVERY SINGLE TIME.
See some City Club wedding photos & get inspiration from a real wedding there: John & Nicole
Check out City Club's website
City Club phone number: 919-834-8829
City Club address: 150 Fayetteville Street, 28th Floor - Wells Fargo Building, Raleigh, NC 27601
City Club starting cost
If you're looking for a gorgeous outdoor option for a downtown Raleigh wedding venue, then Haywood Hall & Gardens is your spot. The house itself is gorgeous and full of incredible antique furnishings. But the Gardens are where your party will happen. Most people don't even know the grounds are hiding just two blocks away from the Capitol, but once you stumble across them, you feel transported from the city.
See some Haywood Hall & Gardens wedding photos & get inspiration from real weddings there: Julia & Kurt, Lace & Frank
Check out Haywood Hall's website
Haywood Hall & Gardens phone number: 919-832-8357
Haywood Hall & Gardens address: 211 New Bern Place, Raleigh, NC 27601
Haywood Hall & Gardens starting cost: $2,500
I haven't gotten to photograph a wedding at The Laurelbrook yet, so I'm kind of cheating by including them in *my* top Raleigh wedding venues, but I really, really want to photograph a wedding there. I think it's positively gorgeous and has such a unique vibe. It used to be a greenhouse, which in and of itself is really cool, but on top of that, it's a good sized space with a gorgeous industrial look, giant windows, and a fantastic courtyard.
Check out The Laurelbrook's website
The Laurelbrook's phone number: 919-793-8180
The Laurelbrook's address: 2319 Laurelbrook Street, Raleigh, NC 27604
The Laurelbrook's starting cost: $3,000
These two venues share a wall and management, so I think it's fair to write about them together. Market View and Park View (formerly 214 Martin) together make up Market Hall, which sits in the center of downtown Raleigh's historic City Market district. City Market features cobblestone streets with market lights strung above, and Moore Square Park is just across the road. Need I say more?
You don't need to book both sides of the venue, and both are gorgeous in their own right, but you can book both Market View and Park View if you want. And for anyone with a huge wedding, that's exactly what you'll want to do. They can seat more than 400 if needed!!
See some Market Hall wedding photos & get inspiration from real weddings there: Lauren & Kevin, Emily & Matthew
Check out Market Hall's website
Market Hall's phone number: 984-232-8661
Market Hall's address: 214 E. Martin Street, Raleigh, NC 27601
Market Hall's starting cost: $4900 for Park View, $5900 for Market View
The Meadows is one of the newest Raleigh wedding venues in the game but they've really made a name for themselves. This venue sits on a huge swath of land southwest of downtown Raleigh. The land is really the feature that draws people in, because there are wooded areas, clearings in those wooded areas, a farmhouse with a giant tree (and tree swing) in the front yard, and, of course, the namesake meadows full of tall grass. But the interior spaces are fantastic too. Two huge houses for getting ready, a hall for your reception dinner and a connected space next to it for your bar and dance floor.
See The Meadows Raleigh wedding photos & get inspiration from a real wedding there: Dale & Jake (note that Dale & Jake's wedding was before The Meadows finished their expansion).
Check out The Meadows Raleigh's website
The Meadows Raleigh's phone number: 919-628-5012
The Meadows Raleigh's address: 5581 Harward Lane, Raleigh, NC 27606
The Meadows Raleigh's starting costs
Raise your hand if you love exposed brick! Me!!! I do! And I love huge windows. If that's your thing, then Melrose Knitting Mill might be your dream Raleigh wedding venue. Melrose was, believe or not, a textile mill. But now it's a sun-drenched open space perfect for wedding ceremonies and receptions. Cocktail hours in the restaurant's courtyard below are also quite wonderful.
See Melrose Knitting Mill wedding photos & get inspiration from a real wedding there: Renee & Kyle
Check out Melrose Knitting Mill's website
Melrose Knitting Mill's phone number: 919-412-4260
Melrose Knitting Mill's address: 309 N. Dawson Street, Raleigh, NC 27603
Melrose Knitting Mill's starting cost
For the couples looking for something classic, the Raleigh wedding venue that best fits that bill is, without a doubt, The Merrimon-Wynne House in the historic Oakwood neighborhood. The Merrimon-Wynne team very rightfully call the space charming & elegant. I honestly couldn't pick better descriptors.
See Merrimon-Wynne House wedding photos & get inspiration from a real wedding there: Chelsea & Brad
Check out The Merrimon-Wynne House's website
The Merrimon-Wynne House's phone number: 919-906-1026
The Merrimon-Wynne House's address: 500 North Blount Street, Raleigh, NC 27604
The Merrimon-Wynne House's starting costs
And last but not least we've got The Stockroom at 230. Since it's just a couple stories up, and right on Fayetteville Street, this is the venue for people who want to be downtown. Everyone looking for an urban-feeling Raleigh Wedding Venue loves this place. For an awesome bonus, book the Glass Box upstairs too, and have the most perfectly lit space for getting ready (or just chilling with your wedding party).
See The Stockroom wedding photos & get inspiration from a real wedding there: Eric & Jessica, Sarah & Monty
Check out The Stockroom's website
The Stockroom's phone number: 919-459-3212
The Stockroom's address: 230 Fayetteville St, 2nd Floor, Raleigh, NC 27601
The Stockroom's starting costs
We believe that love is bright and colorful and your wedding photographs should be bright and colorful too.
Kivus & Camera are Raleigh Wedding photographers who create bold, colorful, magical memories of your wedding day with beautiful, artistic portraits AND enthusiastic, genuine moments. Your unique love story deserves to be told through unforgettable, breath-taking photographs that stand out from the crowd. Kivus & Camera love creating that magic. After all, as past bride Courtney says, we’re photography sorcerers.
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