Southern Bride & Groom Magazine’s Picks: The Best Farm and Barn Wedding Venues in Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill, NC
North Carolina is a true destination for any couple who envisions a Southern rustic wedding. The Triangle Area of NC – Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill, might be turning into a major metropolis, but we have some of the best farm and barn wedding venues in NC. Both inside the Triangle Area city limits, as well as a short driving distance outside of Raleigh, there are several wedding venues set upon picturesque animal and flower farms, expansive pastures, and wooded lakes. That means you can host a rustic Raleigh wedding while allowing your guests to still enjoy the amenities of the Triangle Area such as great places to stay and eat.
Each of the Southern Bride & Groom Magazine picks for the best farm and barn wedding venues in the Raleigh Area of NC are unique in their own right but still hold the same rustic charm you’d expect from this type of property. Read on to learn more about the variety of rustic Raleigh and Chapel Hill wedding venues.
The Barn of Chapel Hill – a Luxury Barn Wedding Venue and NC Flower Farm
Just a few minutes from the heart of downtown and UNC Campus is The Barn of Chapel Hill. Set on a twenty-two-acre NC flower farm, this has quickly become one of the best farm and barn venues in Chapel Hill.
The on-site wedding venue is a beautifully modernized historic barn that was transported to the NC farm from New York. The crisp white Chapel Hill barn venue has sky-high vaulted ceilings with exposed wooden beams, and an elegant charm. Many ceremonies take place outside of the barn, under the permanent ceremony arbor, or set against the wooden barn doors. Weddings can make use of the beautiful local flowers grown by their very own flower farm and design studio, Wild Flora Farm.
Het Landhuis – One of the Best Farm Wedding Venues on the Pittsboro – Siler City area near Chapel Hill
Het Landhuis is a barn wedding venue near Chapel Hill. This rustic barn wedding venue in Pittsboro, NC, is filled with elegant details. The family who owns it is Dutch, and they designed the barns with European inspiration such as the Dutch crest in the reception barns, and iron gate features by indoors and outdoors. The overall vibe of the venue is welcoming and warm; in fact, “Het Landhuis” is Dutch for “the home place.”
Het Landhuis has a natural and rustic setting with its quaint overnight cottages set upon beautiful pastures, large tree-filled spaces and a picturesque pond. Yet it also has lots of modern amenities such as the elegant reception barn, and a lakeside pool.
Many wedding ceremonies at Het Landhuis take place in their forest nook. The bride descends a wooden staircase crafted into the hill, into a stunningly beautiful and natural cove. Other options are to have the ceremony in the open air on a rolling pasture, by the waterfront, or against the mahogany wooden gate beside the barn. While most receptions take place in the barn, we have also seen couples host large affairs in a tent on this Pittsboro farm venue. There are so many charming features on the grounds including a wishing well, bride’s bridge, a pool terrace and more! You’ll also enjoy seeing the farm animals strolling around on the wedding day.
Lavender Oaks Farm – One of the Best Barn Wedding Venues in Chapel Hill
If Instagram has anything to say about the photo-ops that come along with lavender fields, it should not surprise you that a local family decided we needed one here in NC. Thus began the concept of Lavender Oaks Farm – a true destination wedding venue in Chapel Hill NC.
Two historic barns have been brought from up north and are receiving new life with Chapel Hill weddings. The Lavender Oaks Farm reception barn has been fully modernized to maximize comfort for an inside wedding celebration. The Pavillion Barn is a charmingly rustic open air barn with modern features such as chandeliers to add character to the historic structure.
You might want to consider going local with your wedding favors from the on-site Chapel Hill lavender gift shop! The property also has on-site cottage guest houses, which are perfect accommodations for the wedding party or close family. All of these features make Lavender Oaks Farm one of the best barn venues in Chapel Hill! And the owners have even more plans, for festivals, a hops farm, and more!
Barn at Valhalla – A Retreat Style Chapel Hill Barn Wedding Venue and Lodge
Toss all you think you know about Chapel Hill and discover The Barn at Valhalla. This barn wedding venue is unique in its natural woodsy vibe that makes guests and couples feel as though they are at a destination wedding.
Nestled within the beautiful meadows and pines is a lakeside barn, perfect for intimate Chapel Hill weddings. It can also be extended with a tent and made into a large reception venue. A walkway leads to an outdoor deck fireplace which is perfect for a ceremony, or even outdoor dancing under a starlit sky. The lodge has a full kitchen and wide open space with ceiling-to-floor windows that is perfect for a rehearsal dinner. It also has a large game room downstairs and several guest rooms including a luxurious sweet for the bride and groom.
The Barn at Valhalla books out the entire weekend for weddings, which makes it a mini-retreat. The property can accommodate up to 24 wedding guests. Couples who have pictured their weddings being one with nature but don’t want to travel out of the Triangle, The Barn at Valhalla is a sure bet for you! This is one of the most beloved and best barn venues in Chapel Hill, NC!
Historic Wakefield Barn – a Luxurious and Elegant Barn Venue in Raleigh NC
One of the best new farm and barn venues in Raleigh is the Historic Wakefield Barn. It is easy to fall in love with this majestic venue even just from a photo, so as you can imagine, if you step onto the property you will be over the moon.
Historic Wakefield Barn sits on over eleven acres of historic “beauty” and this architectural gem has been renovated to become one of Wake Country’s most talked-about and sought-after wedding and event venues. It offers everything you’ve imagined for an elegant county wedding in a natural setting – and it’s conveniently close to all points of the Triangle.
Located within Wake Forest, just 20 minutes from Durham and about 20 minutes from Falls of Neuse in North Raleigh, near the entrance of a serene neighborhood of exquisite homes, the farm is like finding a jewel in a stream. It offers a level parking area for most any number of guests at the top of a country lane -perhaps 1/8 mile walk along wooden fences, lush trees and flowering bushes to the heart of the farm
Overlook Barn – A Rustic Mountain Wedding Venue in Banner Elk, NC
The Overlook Barn is one of the best NC mountain wedding venues. If you’re seeking a rustic barn wedding but also loves the idea of sweeping views of the Blue Ridge Mountains as the backdrop to your ceremony, this venue will be your dream come true.
The star attraction on the property is a renovated historic barn that is perched atop Beech Mountain, NC. It is a white barn which gives it an elegant air, even as it is rustic. When you walk in, you first are awestruck by the 30-foot arched ceilings with original exposed wood beams.
The Overlook Barn was fully renovated in 2015 with brides and grooms in mind. It is the epitome of upscale rustic elegance. Renovations included installing high-end acid-stained concrete floors, opening stalls for additional event space, renovating four bathrooms, and building two upscale suites for brides and grooms to get ready in: The Styling Suite and Polishing Room. Additionally, the Overlook Barn has pre-installed string lighting and electric outlets generously dispersed throughout the property to allow flexibility for all events. The Overlook Barn can accommodate 250 guests for a seated dinner.
Bonus Tip: Johnston County Wedding Venues
Just a little bit off the beaten path, outside of Raleigh NC, is Johnston County. “JoCo” is known as “small towns with a big welcome” – which should comes as no surprise if you have ever visited Smithfield, Benson, Clayton, Selma, Four Oaks or any of the others. Johnston County is a great area to check out if you want to find some of the best farm and barn venues in NC that are affordable, yet lovely. From the pastureland of these farm venues, to the quaint small towns in Johnston County, this is a perfect wedding choice for locals who want their wedding guests to experience a mini getaway. Explore JoCo and their various wedding venues by perusing the Johnston County CVB website.