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Make a Grand Entrance at these Raleigh-Durham Area Wedding Venues

Elegant to Urban Staircase Entrances for Show-Stopping Brides

Your hair is perfect, your makeup is flawless, your dress is jaw-dropping, and your jewelry sparkles…now it’s time to lock arms with your father and make an entrance as the bride to the aisle where, at the end, your true love awaits.

There is something about the bride descending from above that really makes for a magical and memorable moment. SB&G has put together a list of several Raleigh-Durham area wedding venues that each feature a unique centerpiece staircase, perfect for that grand entrance!

Grand Marquise Ballroom

It’s in the name itself – the Grand Marquise boasts an all-around gorgeous ballroom setting that can be customized with flowers and lighting to suite your big wedding vision. The focal point of the room is a grand staircase that stretches the entire length of the room and makes a perfect entrance platform or place to take wedding part photographs. Large chandeleirs sparkle in the space.
The Grand Marquise BallroomTriangle wedding at the Grand Marquise BallroomPhotos by Neil Boyd Photography

Graylyn Estate

A stone castle: it’s the ultimate fairytale wedding and it’s a look any bride can have at Graylyn Estate in Winston-Salem. From the moment your drive up to it, you feel like a princess, and taking photos in this castle-like setting is a dream come true.
Graylyn_Estate_Carolyn_Scott_Photography_2-hgraylyn-estate-weddingTop Photo: Carolyn Scott Photography; Botton left: Live View Studios

Governors Club

The Governors Club in Chapel Hill, with an elegant iron wrought balcony and staircase, really makes a statement as you head for the aisle. This beautiful, grand and open air entry, provides the perfect place for guests to gather.

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Photo: Azul Photography

Prestonwood Country Club

Prestonwood Country Club also has a staircase that leaves a lasting impression. The ballroom itself is also part of the pizazz, with large crystal chandeliers that cast the perfect shimmering look above the dance floor where you and your sweetheart share a first dance as husband and wife.
Prestonwood Country ClubPhoto: Ariel Perry Photography

Park Alumni Center

For NC State alums, this majestic white and gold space with a sweeping staircase is the perfect place to tie the knot. The light and bright open-air room is perfect for ceremonies and then easily converts to a reception space with plenty of room for dancing.
The State Club NCPhoto: Jagg Photography

214 Martin Street

For a more modern, industrial vibe, make your entrance at 214 Martin Street with iron rail stairs that can be enhanced with flowing white curtains.
214-martin-street-weddingsPhotos: MKM Photography
214 Martin Street wedding

Bay 7

Make a modern entrance at Bay 7 at American Tobacco Campus in the heart of downtown Durham. A second story balcony with large floor-to-ceiling windows is the perfect place for a ceremony while the floor below is ready for dancing and dining during the reception into which the newlyweds can make their big entrance down the industrial staircase.
Urban Durham wedding venue Bay 7

Renaissance Raleigh North Hills Hotel

Perhaps you want your grand entrance moment to be shared between you and your love. The Renaissance Raleigh features a grand staircase in its lobby which is perfect for a first look portrait setting.

In this midtown Raleigh hotel, there’s an elegant spiral staircase decorated by modern art fixtures, like globe lights in shades of amber, green and yellow and sculpted drapery that creates modern art fixtures hanging from the center of the tall ceiling.
Hotel Weddings RaleighPhoto by Amy Allen Photography

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