Top Ten Wedding Venues in North Carolina

By Mackenzie •  Updated: 04/21/21 •  5 min read

Arguably one of the most stressful parts in planning your dream wedding is looking for the perfect venue. Especially now with the pandemic, there are a lot of guidelines that you need to consider to keep you and your guests safe.

That is why we listed the top ten wedding venues in North Carolina that are safe for both small and large weddings without sacrificing comfort and style. North Carolina has always been the go-to destination for couples who fancy rustic and fairytale-like weddings. Most venues here have spacious amenities perfect for outdoor weddings which became a trend after the COVID-19 guidelines were implemented.

If you are excited to know where these places are, read more to find out.

Carolina Trace Country Club

Address: 2100 Country Club Dr., Sanford, NC 27332

Phone Number: (919) 499-5121

Awarded as WeddingWire’s Couples’ Choice from 2015 to 2018, the Carolina Trace Country Club is truly a crowd-favorite for weddings. Couples and guests can enjoy the beautiful view of Lake Trace and two clean golf greens. It is also perfect for intimate weddings since it is secluded from the city.

Merell Estate and Gardens

Address: 1700 Salter Path Road, Indian Beach, NC

Phone Number: 252-773-0592

For that picturesque garden wedding, check out Merelle Estate and Gardens. It has 2 acres of land which includes three superb settings, namely: The Lawn for large weddings with more than 300 guests, The Aisle of Palms for that perfect bridal entrance, and The Wild Garden which is closer to nature.

The Merelle Estate and Gardens was awarded as WeddingWire’s Couples’ Choice in 2020.

The Pavilion at Carriage Farm

Address: 5832 Carriage Farm Road, Raleigh, NC 27603

Phone Number: (919) 621-2648

This 10,000-square-foot Pavilion houses spacious amenities perfect for your pre-wedding needs. It is tucked away from the hassle of the city which makes it a perfect wedding getaway.

The Pavilion was designed and built by a North Carolina Family and was opened in 2017. It has a catering kitchen, indoor restrooms, and an area for cocktail hour. The reception venue can house up to 300 seated guests and you can still add a dance floor. You need to arrive three hours before the wedding for the preparation.

Hudson Manor Estate

Address: 908 Moulton Road, Louisburg, NC 27549

Phone Number: 919-219-9139

Being the only venue with a chapel on site, the Hudson Manor offers exclusive fun for the couple and guests in their 50-acre land. Some of their amenities are the Manor House’s newly-remodeled front porch, a lush Ceremony Garden, a 2,000-sq. feet Chapel which can house 20-180 guests, the Grand Ballroom with a 14-foot tray ceiling, and the Covered Veranda which is attached to the Grand Ballroom.

Couples can freely use the estate for bridal portraits and engagement photos provided that they have already booked their wedding.

White Doe Inn

Address: 319 Sir Walter Raleigh St., Manteo, NC 27954

Phone Number: (252) 473-9851

For couples who prefer small weddings, the White Doe Inn offers packages that can be suited for your needs. They have three settings that you can choose from to fit your theme, namely: White Doe Inn and Gardens, Manteo Waterfront Overlooking Shallowbag Bay, and Nags Head Beach.

Old Edwards Inn and Spa

Address: 41 Church Street Highlands, NC 28741

Phone Number: 828-787-2610

Dreaming of a rustic-themed wedding surrounded by the enchanting Blue Ridge Mountains? Then, The Old Edwards Inn and Spa is the one for you. They take pride in their local farm-to-table cuisine and wedding spa and salon treatments for that fun prep day with your chosen attendants.

The Matthews House

Address: The Matthews House, 317 West Chatham Street, Cary, NC 27511

Phone Number: 919-467-1944

With wedding packages that start at $4,000, couples can experience the Southern grace and urban versatility right at the center of North Carolina. The Matthews House is perfect for fully exclusive weddings. The House, Grounds, and Ballroom are for exclusive use and all are perfect for both outdoor and indoor weddings and receptions. You can also bring your chosen caterer or opt their in-house option.

The State View Hotel

Address: 2451 Alumni Dr., Raleigh, NC 27606

Phone Number: 919-743-0055

Another venue that can host an intimate wedding is The State View Hotel. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, their indoor event spaces can only house less than 10 people, while the outdoor ones (poolside outdoor terrace and lakeside) can handle 25 people or less. Nevertheless, you can be guaranteed that the place is perfect if you are going for that minimalist theme.

They also have their own team of wedding planners. Their boutiques and plush rooms provide a comfortable space for your guests.

Pinehurst Resort

Address: 80 Carolina Vista, Pinehurst, NC 28374

Phone Number: 800-659-4653

The Pinehurst Resort is perfect for couples who have a knack for golf or just simply wish to have an England-style village wedding setting. Its 2,000 acres of space is perfect for social distancing if you have a large number of guests. They also offer a ballroom setting if you prefer to have an indoor wedding instead.

Home to some of the historic golf moments, the resort has been around since 1895 and is well-maintained, making it a perfect place for beautiful photo opportunities.

Castle Ladyhawke

Address: 1698 Shook Cove Road, Tuckasegee, NC 28783

Phone Number: 833-522-7853

Achieving that enchanting fairytale wedding is definitely possible at Castle Ladyhawke. They have packages available for large weddings, micro-weddings, and elopements. This 10,000-square-foot castle was designed after Scottish Border castles. It has three stories, multiple terraces and balconies, 30-inch stone walls, and the iconic tower. Plus, you’ll get to experience to be served by the award-winning Chef Johannes Klapdohr.


Compared to pre-pandemic times, planning a wedding has been more challenging and stressful now. That is why we compiled a list of these breathtaking wedding venues in North Carolina for couples who are willing to take on the challenge. We sincerely hope that this lightened the burden in a way. Best wishes and have a blissful married life!

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Mackenzie is a freelance writer with over ten years of experience writing on all things weddings. She received her BA in English from the University of California in Los Angeles. When she’s not writing about weddings, Mackenzie enjoys spending time with her husband and 2 kids (twin boys) exploring the beautiful California countryside. While in nature, she captures picturesque images of mountain lakes, the beach, and more. Mackenzie is also a pet parent to two Siamese cats. She appreciates their individuality and the fact they pretty independent. But they love to snuggle at the end of day, which is one of the things Mackenzie enjoys in the evenings to relax after a busy day at work.

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