One of the first important items to check off your “wedding to-do list” is selecting the perfect reception venue. It’s an imperative task since the setting for your reception should compliment the wedding’s theme and provide an enjoyable atmosphere for your guests. Luckily, if you’re a local bride, there’s nothing short of spectacular wedding reception venues in Raleigh. Whether you’re dream is to tie the knot surrounded by gorgeous gardens or a lively cityscape, you don’t have to look to far to find the ideal place to celebrate your happily ever after
Our Capitol City has no shortage of spaces to make for an unforgettable wedding reception. Consider hosting your event at one of these well-known Raleigh locations, set downtown. A reception in the downtown area provides convenience for out of town guests, due to several hotel options nearby. It’s also another way to show your guests all that Raleigh has to offer!
This popular downtown restaurant known for it’s authentic Italian cuisine. Their large dining rooms, with beautiful Tuscany-inspired decor, can seat up to 100 guests for a reception.
214 Martin Street
This venue is located in the City Market area of downtown. The historic building is surrounded by unique cobblestone streets, has a beautiful exposed brick exterior and high vaulted ceilings. The 3200 square foot space can seat up to 280 guests for a seated dinner.
Marriott City Center
This venue is located in the heart of downtown Raleigh. It has various ballroom options for a wedding reception and dedicated wedding planners to help bring your vision to life. Also, discounted room rates are available for large groups.
If luxury and glamour are your style, then exploring outside of Raleigh can lead to the grandeur you’re looking for. We’ve rounded up three stunning options, located just outside of Raleigh and guaranteed to have that, “wow,” factor.
The Grand Marquise Ballroom
Adorned with marble and crystal chandeliers, this grand ballroom is located in Garner, NC. The Grand Marquise Ballroom can seat up to 400 guests and has private bride and groom quarters.
The Hall and Gardens at Landmark
This venue offers ceremonies in their picturesque gardens, which include a koi pond, waterfalls and gazebo. Guests can then enjoy the reception in their european-style Marie Antoinette ballroom, which seats up to 240 people.
Noah’s Event Venue
With locations across the country, Noah’s Event Venue is an industry leader, known for exceptional customer service. They offer customizable options to help create your dream wedding. It’s local venue is located in Morrisville, NC.
If you’re looking for a venue with a vintage feel, then these two options are worth a visit. Each location has a unique story which shows in their remarkable structure and decor.
Second Empire Restaurant and Tavern
Built in 1879, the former home of Raleigh Mayor, William H. Dodd, is now a popular restaurant and reception venue. The ambiance of the Victorian-styled house and gourmet cuisine makes Second Empire an excellent option for a vintage-inspired wedding reception.
This historic inn was established around 1820 and located in Angier, NC. The building’s resemblance of a European castle makes it perfect for a fairy tale wedding. The grounds include gardens for the ceremony, with the reception taking place inside the stunning mansion.
With North Carolina being known for it’s rural beauty, there are numerous venue options with a rustic and romantic feel. If a stunning farm or authentic plantation sound like the ideal reception scene, then we certainly have some reception venue options for you!
Mountain View Farm
Located in Rougemont, NC, the setting of Mountain View Farm includes a private lake, towering trees and rolling fields. The landscape creates an idealistic backdrop for a rustic-style reception, large or small.
This romantic Inn offers an open floor plan with a terrace and two gardens. The ballroom can seat up to 85 for a seated dinner. The Bradford is located in New Hill, NC and allows accommodations for the night before the big day or entire wedding weekend.
Set upon 13 acres of land, this authentic plantation manor will give your guests a true southern experience. Wedding receptions take place in the Carriage House Pavilion and can accommodate up to 200 guests. Magnolia Manor Plantation’s all-inclusive package also includes overnight lodging during your wedding weekend.
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