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15 of Our Fave Wedding Venues in Downtown Raleigh

Downtown Raleigh Wedding Venue Guide

Weddings in the heart of the downtown Raleigh are known for their Southern charm and hospitality. From art museums to food truck rodeos, downtown Raleigh is alive with entertainment for every wedding party. On any weekend you will surely see bachelorette parties on beer trolley tours, or groomsmen posing in front of the giant acorn! With the revival and growth in the City of Oaks, you can host an entire weekend of events, all within walking distance of modern hotels. Let’s start planning your downtown Raleigh wedding with our guide of the best wedding venues!

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A Raleigh Wedding Venue with New South City Vibes, City Club

Give your wedding guests one of the best views of Raleigh at City Club wedding venue. Located on the twenty eighth floor, City Club is known for its elegance and show stopping views. Although City Club is a private member club, it is available for private event rental to non-members.

Renovated a few years ago, City Club Raleigh is now modern and offers the best aerial views of downtown. Imagine saying “I do” while having the entire skyline of Raleigh as the ceremony backdrop. Very few wedding venues in Raleigh will give guests a better view of downtown than City Club Raleigh.

Vidrio – An Upscale Downtown Raleigh Restaurant Wedding Venue

Stepping into Vidrio, Raleigh is like stepping into a modern art gallery with a whimsical atmosphere of the Mediterranean. This upscale downtown Raleigh wedding venue has a metropolitan vibe suited for hosting up to 250 people. Vidrio has two levels full of breathtaking decor including a wall covered in a rainbow of blown glass to match the venue’s name – Vidrio means glass is Spanish. Vidrio has multiple spaces that are perfect for wedding rehearsals dinners, small intimate wedding ceremonies, and big wedding receptions.

Downstairs at Vidrio you will find a comfortable bar area with over 50 wines on tap, and a large dining area with a raised smaller dining area surrounded by projection screens. Wow your guests with Vidrio’s vibrant small plates and larger courses. The food is as beautiful as the art on the walls! Choose from plates such as traditional beef skewers, to intricately prepared yellowfin tuna and so much more.

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VENUE Vidrio Raleigh | PHOTOGRAPHER Robin Lin Photography

Warehouse Wedding Venues with Style in Downtown Raleigh, Market Hall

If you are a bride or groom who is looking for a wedding venue to display distinct style, downtown Raleigh has tons of unique venues for everyone. Warehouse wedding venues such as Market Hall, stand out in the historic Moore Square at City Market. If only the exposed brick walls could talk and tell us the story of Raleigh. Market Hall has has 20-foot high ceilings and an Old World look. With two large industrial ballrooms under one roof, Market Hall is one of the most sought-after warehouse wedding venues in Raleigh.

The Market View room can host up to 350 seated with a dance floor, and most weddings are 150 to 250. Its white exposed brick walls, high ceilings, and ample natural light make it a great option for a daytime or nighttime event.

The Park View room can host up to 150 seated with a dance floor, and most weddings are 75 to 125. Couples love weddings in this space because of the blank canvas of the uber industrial building. It has an upstairs loft which can be used for a wedding ceremony, or a cocktail lounge. The black iron staircase that leads up and down to this loft is a centerpiece of the room. There is a giant wooden backdrop perfect for ceremonies, and windows line two of the walls.

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VENUE Market Hall | PHOTOGRAPHER f8 Photo Studios
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VENUE Market Hall | PHOTOGRAPHER f8 Photo Studios

The Stockroom at 230 and Melrose Knitting Mill – Whimsical Downtown Raleigh Wedding Venues

Another favorite is The Stockroom, an urban venue with big city “loft” flair situated on the second floor at 230 Fayetteville Street. This spacious historic Raleigh event space is easy to fall in love with. Exposed brick walls and wooden beamed ceilings open up to gorgeous windows. There is an elevated area, which can be used as a lounge, or for the cake display. There is also a chalk wall, which is fun for a ceremony or sweetheart table backdrop.

The Stockroom at 230 can host large weddings – up to 185 for a seated dinner or 275 guests at a standing reception. This wedding venue is also a short walk (or rickshaw ride) away from the downtown Raleigh hotels and restaurants.

There is also an on site bridal suite, called The Glass Box. This is a penthouse suite in the same building and a couple of floors above The Stockroom. This small venue can be rented for stand-alone intimate Raleigh events. The Glass Box is a beautiful getting ready suite for the wedding party, as well as a place for wedding portraits. Guests fall in love with its ample natural light and outdoor patio in the center of downtown Raleigh.

Melrose Knitting Mill is another excellent downtown Raleigh wedding venue choice. Situated above Mulino, the famed courtyard with its tile-laden pool can be used for cocktail hour before a warehouse wedding reception. Melrose is a warehouse wedding venue that has an open floor plan, beautiful chandeliers, and comes with all-inclusive event packages.

Originally built in 1900, the historic building is a multi-use property serving as the location for the third-story special events venue. The onsite caterer, Mulino Italian Kitchen & Bar is on the ground floor. In addition to onsite catering, the venue is managed by a wedding planning company who comes with the event packages. Southern Oak Events will help coordinate all that happens at the venue.

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VENUE The Stockroom at 230 | PHOTOGRAPHER Brian Mullins

Bridge Club – Intimate Downtown Raleigh Loft Wedding Venue

If you like the urban, warehouse venue look for your wedding, and are also a fan of Chef Ashley Christensen, then you must check out the Bridge Club – a Raleigh wedding venue and event space!

Located on the second and third floors of a beautiful historic bank building in downtown Raleigh, Bridge Club is a gorgeous loft event space and wedding venue in downtown Raleigh. Walk up the stairs above Death and Taxes and experience what feels like a well-heeled loft apartment. Accentuated with tasteful decor such as leather couches, the Bridge Club features minimalist drapes, and custom ambrosia cocktail tables.

Bridge Club can be used for a variety of intimate wedding eventsThe size of the venue also makes it hands down one of the best rehearsal dinner venues in Raleigh. If you don’t want a restaurant rehearsal dinner, but food and ambiance are important to you, Bridge Club is a perfect choice.

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VENUE Bridge Club | PHOTOGRAPHER Nick Pironio

The Jiddi Space and Courtyard – Open Air Patio and Warehouse Wedding Venue in Downtown Raleigh

You’ve probably eaten at Sitti and Gravy in downtown Raleigh – but did you know that they have an amazing industrial, warehouse style venue with a large open air courtyard nestled behind them? Jiddi Space and Courtyard might just be Raleigh’s best kept wedding venue secret.

Equal parts modern industrial and peaceful urban oasis, the Jiddi Space & Courtyard is truly a hidden gem in downtown Raleigh. This secluded indoor and outdoor venue is perfect for events of all varieties, including wedding ceremonies and receptions, rehearsal dinners, holiday parties, and corporate events.

The Courtyard comes equipped with market lighting, a full bar and lounge seating. There is adequate space for live music or a DJ, so if weather works out, the entire event can be open-air. Adjoining the Courtyard is a fully enclosed private dining room that is called the Jiddi Space. “Jiddi” means Grandfather in Lebanese.

Downtown Raleigh Wedding Venue with a Skyline View at The Fairview

If you are looking for the convenience of a wedding venue near downtown Raleigh, The Fairview is perfect for you! Located in the trendy Five Points area, The Fairview is near an endless supply of wedding furniture and decoration items. This venue has a modern warehouse vibe that can easily be customized to any theme. The Fairview is located right outside of downtown Raleigh, with a view of the city skyline from the outdoor patio. Fairview is one of the Triangle’s newest warehouse wedding venues.

The Fairview Raleigh venue is an addition to the showroom of ThemeWorks, a renowned party rental supplier in Raleigh. They have everything you can imagine in themed decor, specialty furniture, bars, and ambient lighting. The convenience of having all of the decorative furnishings for a wedding ceremony and reception is difficult to beat. Anything that a couple can dream of for their wedding day can become a reality thanks to the large variety of pieces that is on site by ThemeWorks.

VENUE The Fairview | PHOTOGRAPHER Steve Exum
VENUE The Fairview | PHOTOGRAPHER Steve Exum

The Merrimon-Wyne House – Historic Southern Elegance in the Heart of Downtown Raleigh

If a Southern estate is more of your style, now you don’t have to venture outside of downtown Raleigh to find your dream wedding venue. The Merrimon-Wynne House has it all – a historic home, a landscaped lawn, and an event pavilion. One of the most renowned wedding and special event venues in North Carolina. Nestled in a charming neighborhood of downtown Raleigh, the historic home is a perfect Southern backdrop for a wedding.

The property boasts charming and beautiful suites for a bride and her best girls to get ready for the day, as well as the groom and his groomsmen – both with plenty of natural lighting! After a couple gets ready they can head out to the grand staircase or the front porch. Which are both picture perfect areas for first looks and wedding portraits.

There is a lush green lawn for the perfect outdoor wedding ceremony or reception, as well as a Carriage House – a large Raleigh reception venue that can either pose as a backdrop for a ceremony or serve as an indoor wedding space. The Carriage House has beautiful chandeliers, exposed beams and large doors that open out to a pergola and lawn. It is perfect for a wedding reception and well suited to a fabulous dance party.

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Modern Museum Wedding Venues for Large Parties in Downtown Raleigh

There are several museums in downtown Raleigh, and each of them have their own distinct personality and style! You might not automatically think of them as a wedding venue, but with their large open spaces, and fun entertainment pieces, many of them make wonderful settings for a wedding.

Marbles Kids Museum and IMAX Theatre

Marbles Kids Museum is way more than a children’s educational and exploratory space. Its large open spaces and playful energy has allowed it to become a go-to Raleigh wedding venue. Convenient to everything in downtown, if you haven’t already visited Marbles for fun or for a great IMAX experience, walk in to be awed by its stunning architecture, sky high ceilings and vibrant and colorful exhibits. And surprise! Marbles Museum has spectacular spaces that are ideal for wedding ceremonies and receptions. Downtown Raleigh is the place to be, for fun, entertainment and yes, for your wedding day as well as the after-wedding party gatherings.

NC Museum of Natural Sciences

Make your wedding as unique as the two of you with a downtown Raleigh event at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences, the largest natural science museum in the southeast! Why a museum? The word is out that museums are one of the new favorite spaces for wedding couples around the US. Couples love the modern look and open architecture as a backdrop to their own festivities. Every floor has a unique opportunity for exploration and fun. Guests will enjoy relaxing with the view of a dramatic two-story waterfall, a scenic mountain cove, a variety of live animals, fascinating whale skeletons and impressive dinosaurs.

Luxury Hotel Wedding Venues in Downtown Raleigh for Ultimate Convenience

There are an abundance of Luxury hotel wedding venue choices in downtown Raleigh. Let’s explore!

The Sheraton Raleigh

If you are interested in having a downtown Raleigh wedding at a venue that is affordable and chic, check out The Sheraton Raleigh. Your guests will enjoy the classy accommodations, the on site restaurant, Jimmy V’s Osteria & Bar, and the access to all of the downtown entertainment. The Sheraton Raleigh Hotel is nestled in the historic downtown district, surrounded by many churches and some of the best restaurants, museums and theaters.

The Raleigh Marriott City Center

Located on Fayetteville Street in the heart of downtown Raleigh is a Marriott property that has everything you need for wedding accommodations or a large scale reception. The Raleigh Marriott City Center is a wedding venue that can host weddings for over 400 guests. The newly renovated guest rooms at the Raleigh Marriott City Center are one of the best places for wedding room blocks in the Triangle. Your guests will love being able to stay onsite at the Raleigh Marriott property, and exploring downtown during their stay!

Nondenomenational Chapels for Downtown Raleigh Weddings

Tie the knot at All Saints Chapel before moving on to a fabulous downtown reception. This is a beautiful, nondenominational chapel for the modern bride who wants to walk down the aisle. If you envision a wedding in a little white chapel, but are not a member of a congregation, visit this wedding venue!

All Saints Chapel has been called the “Prettiest Chapel in the South.” This little gem was built in 1875, and was saved from demolition by Empire Properties in 2006. A preservation team spent two years restoring All Saints Chapel to its original glory. Inside you’ll find a wooden beamed cathedral ceiling, stained glass windows lining the walls, and stunning woodwork.

Saint Mary’s School Chapel is another beloved wedding venue near downtown Raleigh. This sweet white chapel can be reserved for wedding ceremonies. Events can also take place on the school lawn or in the school event hall.

Saint Mary’s School Chapel is a true North Carolina treasure. Its campus is a beautiful site to behold, and it has a lovely, historic white chapel which is available for wedding rental from both alumnae and non-alumnae of the school. The on site Raleigh wedding chapel can host up to 230 guests.

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VENUE All Saints Chapel | PHOTOGRAPHER Grain and Compass

At the end of the day, we promise that you cannot go wrong with any of these incredible downtown Raleigh wedding venues. Happy wedding planning!

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