If you want a wedding venue actually in Raleigh, then click here to check out our top 10 Raleigh wedding venues. This page is all about our favorite wedding venues *near* Raleigh (e.g. Chapel Hill, Durham, Cary, Chatham County, etc.)
Looking for more offbeat or non-traditional wedding venues? Then you definitely need to check out our favorite non-traditional wedding venues in the Raleigh area in this list.
Raleigh and the rest of North Carolina's triangle region have so many great wedding venues, but these are our short-lists, so without further ado, an alphabetical list of our favorite wedding venues *near* Raleigh.
Some of our photographs that get the most attention are ones from The Barn at Valhalla in Chapel Hill. This venue is absolutely gorgeous. You'll find the namesake barn at the edge of some pretty fields alongside a small pond on the outskirts of Chapel Hill, and then beyond the barn there's a large house set back into a wooded area. In between is a network of decks. You can get married in the field, on the deck next to a gorgeous outdoor fireplace, in the main house next to floor to ceiling windows, you name it.
See some Barn at Valhalla wedding photos and get inspiration from real weddings there: Laura & Charlie, CJ & Alex, Jacky & Ashton
Check out Barn at Valhalla's Website
Barn at Valhalla's phone number: 919-360-4922
Barn at Valhalla's address: 1040 Duffy's Way, Chapel Hill, NC 27516
Barn at Valhalla starting cost
Two Barn wedding venues in a row for you! The Barn at Woodlake Meadows in Bear Creek, NC is not just a great wedding venue though. It's also a functioning farm. Like other venues with plenty of land and space, there are numerous options for where to do things, but it's hard to beat the ceremony space overlooking the water.
See some Barn at Woodlake Meadows wedding photos & get inspiration from a real wedding there: Shu & James
Check out The Barn at Woodlake Meadows' website
The Barn at Woodlake Meadows' phone number: 919-545-1139
The Barn at Woodlake Meadows' address: 3809 McLaurin Road, Bear Creek, NC 27207
The Barn at Woodlake Meadows starting cost
An alpaca named Abraham Lincoln lives at the Chapel Hill Carriage House. And he'll come to your wedding. Need I say more? I suppose... Aside from the alpacas and goats, my favorite feature of Chapel Hill Carriage House is the "open air cathedral." Just look at how gorgeous that is down there! Could you ask for a perfect outdoor ceremony space near Raleigh?
See some Chapel Hill Carriage House wedding photos & get inspiration from a real wedding there: Josh & Sarah
Check out Chapel Hill Carriage House's website
Chapel Hill Carriage House's phone number: 919-260-2986
Chapel Hill Carriage House's address: 3110 Jones Ferry Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27516
Chapel Hill Carriage House starting cost
The Cookery has that awesome exposed brick and market light vibe that I absolutely love. The "Front Room" has a balcony area overlooking your dance floor and it's simply to die for. They've also got private courtyards and a great large dining room/ballroom. And it's just outside Durham's downtown loop so it's easily accessible to plenty of hotels and *wink-wink* after party locations.
See some Cookery wedding photos & get inspiration from a real wedding there: Andie & Josh
Check out The Cookery's website
The Cookery's phone number: 919-908-8974
The Cookery's address: 1101 W. Chapel Hill Street, Durham, NC 27701
The Cookery starting cost
Continuing with the exposed brick and industrial vibe, we've got another awesome Durham wedding venue for you. The Cotton Room is located in the awesome Golden Belt campus and it used to be a textile mill. When sunshine comes through the giant windows this place positively glows. And this venue is HUGE. They can hold over 400 if you want. But if you're having a smaller wedding, don't be intimidated. It looks just as gorgeous with under 100 and some lounge areas.
See The Cotton Room wedding photos & get inspiration from real weddings there: Jennifer & Wade, Kellan & Samantha, Chelsea & Mark
Check out The Cotton Room's website
The Cotton Room's phone number: 919-530-8380
The Cotton Room's address: 807 East Main Street, Building 2, Room 350, Durham, NC 27701
The Cotton Room starting cost
Okay. I might bleed Carolina Blue, but even this die-hard UNC fan can admit that Duke Chapel is one of the most jaw-droppingly gorgeous wedding venues in the Raleigh area. Duke Chapel is the icon of Duke's campus in Durham, NC, and it's one of the most sought after wedding ceremony venues in North Carolina. Not just anyone can get married there and there's a whole complicated process, but if you qualify, then go for it, because it's absolutely beautiful.
See Duke Chapel wedding photos & get inspiration from a real wedding there: Samantha & Kellan
Check out Duke Chapel's website
Duke Chapel's phone number: 919-681-9488
Duke Chapel's address: 401 Chapel Drive, Durham, NC 27708
Duke Chapel's starting cost
Looking for something that combines nature with that old mill vibe? Willing to head out into the country just a little bit? Then Forest Hall is a fantastic option. It's only about a half hour drive from Raleigh (and even closer to Chapel Hill) and it's got giant windows that look out over the most perfect tree-lined lawn. And the hardwood floors inside? Perfect for dancing :-)
See Forest Hall wedding photos & get inspiration from a real wedding there: Dean & Lauren
Check out Forest Hall's website
Forest Hall's phone number: 919-219-1185
Forest Hall's address: 480 Hillsboro Street, Pittsboro, NC 27312
Forest Hall starting costs
The Graham Mill is the Raleigh area's newest wedding venue - it *just* opened in 2020. This historic mill building in Graham, NC is going to be a crowd-pleasing wedding venue though, and I know they will be booked up consistently. The Graham Mill is owned by Harmony Weddings & Events, one of our favorite Raleigh wedding planning companies and we just know that this gorgeous space is going to be incredibly popular.
I don't have any real wedding inspiration from The Graham Mill yet, because it's so new, but I can't wait for my first couple to get married there!
Check out The Graham Mill's website
The Graham Mill's phone number: 919-219-1185
The Graham Mill's address: 205 West Harden Street, Graham, NC 27523
The Graham Mill starting cost
And last but not least we've got The Rickhouse, which sits right in the heart of downtown Durham. The Rickhouse overlooks the old Durham Bulls ballpark so it's in that Central Park neighborhood with a bunch of my favorite places like Cocoa Cinnamon, Fullsteam, Motorco, and more. This is a pretty quintessentially Durham venue, so for someone who wants to have a Bull City vibe wedding, this is your spot for sure.
See The Rickhouse wedding photos & get inspiration from real weddings there: Heidi & Keith, Andy & Laura
Check out The Rickhouse's website
The Rickhouse's phone number: 919-264-1038
The Rickhouse's address: 609 Foster Street, Durham, NC 27701
The Rickhouse 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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