Top 5 Wedding Venues in Raleigh, NC

Raleigh, and the surrounding towns forming the Triangle, are home to a large number of premier wedding venues. Beautiful greenery and fantastic vistas define this area and offer an ambiance that will cater to the wedding of your dreams.

As North Carolina’s premier wedding bar service provider, we deal with some of the country’s best wedding venues, here in Raleigh, NC.

If you’re wondering what venue would be the best to host your dream wedding, look no further. Yes, The Brewmaster has visited them all. I’ve partied my way through the best and worst wedding venues in Raleigh, North Carolina and I’m here to give you the lowdown.

Below, I detail the best wedding venues in Raleigh, NC. Hopefully, one will play host the wedding you’ve always imagined. Read away, and let me know any questions or comments you may have in the comments section!

Chatham Station

Chatham Station - One of Raleigh, NC's premier wedding venues.
Chatham Station – One of Raleigh, NC’s premier wedding venues. Credit to

The first Raleigh, North Carolina wedding venue worth discussing is Chatham Station. It is one of the newest and most chic venues in the area. While the venue itself is new, the property it sits on is historic, dating all the way back to 1838 when it was purchased by Eli Yates from Chatham County.

The venue has a gorgeous industrial vibe and is located along the railroad tracks in the heart of historic downtown Cary.

With 4,500 square feet of open space and a glass garage door wall, the venue has ample natural lighting, providing an ethereal space to celebrate your love.

The industrial feel provided by the glass garage doors along with the exposed brick, metallic accents, and natural wood combines with the natural light to create a magical and chic backdrop fit for the trendiest of fairy tales.

Renting the venue for your special day includes ten full hours of venue access, private, enclosed outdoor space for the cocktail hour and/or ceremony, access to two changing suites, chandeliers, market lights, a custom built bar, custom furniture and lounges, and in-house planning services.

In addition to reception hosting, Chatham Station is happy to accommodate the ceremony itself. Couples can take advantage of an assortment of wedding packages based on wedding size, ranging from large to elopement.

With Chatham’s in house planning, couples can host the intimate and detailed wedding they have always dreamed of without the stress that regularly accompanies traditional wedding planning.

This option is perfect for couples who want to relax and enjoy their big day without having to focus on the logistics that go into making it perfect. If you want to sit back and relax, enjoying the most perfect day of your life while leaving the stressful planning to the experts, this is the plan for you.

Chatham Station’s is a truly beautiful venue to host your special day. Learn more about Chatham Station.

The Meadows at Firefly Farm

The Meadows at Firefly Farm reception hall. Credit to Sarah Joann Photography.

The next venue on our list also stands out among other wedding venues in Raleigh, North Carolina as it offers three different serene locations to help host your guest on your big day. The venue also is home to a small picturesque nature preserve.

The Meadows is located on a 115 acre heritage farm where you will find rolling meadows and eye-catching forests. Rental includes private use of their three main spaces; Heron Hall, Aerie House and The Roost.

Heron Hall

Heron Hall includes both an indoor and outdoor spaces. With an inner courtyard set against a thick pine forest backdrop, guests dine and dance under their selection of lofted ceilings, covered arbor, or the open night sky where the rustic atmosphere can be enhanced by the option to roast marshmallows around a fire.

From informal to black-tie affair, Heron Hall is perhaps the best wedding venue in Raleigh, North Carolina for receptions aimed to make guests feel like they are in an enchanted forest.

Aerie House

Aerie House creates an atmosphere that combines southern sophistication with the beauty of the French countryside.

With a fully equipped kitchen and spacious dressing rooms for the entire bridal party, this space is perfect for giving brides a refreshed at-home feeling as they prepare to finally tie the knot.

The Venetian style glass chandelier and formal dining rooms will class up your wedding, perfect for those wishing to host a traditional, formal wedding.

The Roost

The Roost is an area for the men to relax and enjoy each other’s company as they get ready for the big day. In addition to the bedrooms, fully equipped kitchen, and rustic fireplace, there are big screen tv’s, poker and ping pong tables, a bar, and a dedicated beer fridge.

While the women prepare and pamper, the Roost provides a retreat where the boys can be boys. This focus on the groom and his best buddies, set this venue apart from other wedding venues in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Learn more about The Meadows at Firefly Farm.

The Oaks at Salem

The Oaks at Salem rainbow. Credit Lindsay Aikman Photography

The Oaks at Salem is another premier Raleigh wedding venue option. This venue is a combination of classic southern charm and modern luxuries with multiple options for both indoor and outdoor entertainment. Gorgeous views of the landscape at every single vantage point highlight this incredible location.

Over 11 acres of rolling green hills will provide endless photo opportunities for your guests and wedding party. The rustic atmosphere, cozy fireplace, large pond, and barn are some of my favorite features contributing to this inviting locale.

Aside from the absolutely beautiful setting, the attention to detail from the on-site talent coordinators contribute to immaculate wedding receptions.

Couples looking to get married at the Oaks have access to their vendor marketplace to help them plan their ideal wedding and reception. This marketplace includes vendors for catering, photography, florists, hair and makeup, transportation, DJs, food, drink, and more services that are crucial to nailing down the reception of your dreams.

Learn more about The Oaks at Salem.

The Merrimon-Wynne House

Outdoor reception space at the Merrimon-Wynne House. Credit

Next on the list is this premier Merrimon-Wynne House venue right in the heart of downtown Raleigh. This location combines the history and charm making it an elegant, sophisticated place to host your wedding.

This historic house was built in 1876 and has been carefully restored to reflect its original magnificence. In addition to the building, the vast property has been well-maintained and is the picture of beauty. This historical landmark is located only a few houses down from the governor’s mansion.

Choosing the The Merrimon-Wynne House as the site of your wedding allows all-day access and complete use of the house and its grounds.

The bridal suite includes a steamer, sparkling wine, coffee, water, and orange juice, while the groom’s room includes beer and soft drinks.

The wedding party is allowed an on-site rehearsal ceremony before the wedding, as well as separate spaces for the ceremony and reception and even back up plans in the unfortunate case of inclement weather.

Chairs and tables for the guests are provided as well. Another aspect of this venue that makes it one of the more fun wedding venues in Raleigh, North Carolina are the lawn games the guests are able to play. These games include cornhole, bocce ball, and giant jenga.

For a true taste of southern elegance, The Merrimon-Wynne House is your spot! Learn more about The Merrimon-Wynne House.

The Pavilion at the Angus Barn

The Pavilion reception area. Credit

Last on our list of the best wedding venues in Raleigh, North Carolina, is the Pavilion at the Angus barn. Although the Angus Barn is widely known as the best steak house in the area, The Pavillion is considered one of the best kept secrets.

Quick Fun Fact: the banquet is a real, live piece of history as it was built using original stones from Fayetteville and timbers that were salvaged from Sherman’s March through Raleigh that took place during the civil war!

The Pavilion itself is home to gorgeous panoramic views of the Angus Barn lake. Guests have the pleasure of enjoying incredible food cooked by Five Star chef, Iron Chef winner, and Brewmaster approved Walter Royal.

The Pavilion at the Angus Barn is one of the largest wedding venues in Raleigh, North Carolina and can accommodate anywhere from 70 to 400 guests.

All-inclusive options are available for the ceremony and reception, including station, plated, and cocktail style service.

Enjoy Your Special Day!

I hope that you’ve enjoyed my list of the top 5 wedding venues in Raleigh, North Carolina, and that you’ve found it useful to help narrow down your dream location. When it comes to wedding venues in the area, there are so many great options it can be hard to choose. Ultimately, what matters is that you choose the place that makes the most sense for you, and your wedding.

If you have any questions regarding any aspect of your wedding, please feel free to ask in the comments section or email me through our contact page. I’ll do my best to answer promptly.

As always, I’m here to help and truly wish you the best on your special wedding day!