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25+ happily ever after venues in Raleigh

From historic houses to kid’s museums, check out this list of local venues to host your special event in the City of Oaks.

A wedding ceremony with the bride and groom holding hands.

Historic Market Hall is located in the heart of downtown Raleigh.

Photo courtesy of Historic Market Hall/Melissa Maureen Photo

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Whether you’re getting a jump start on your holiday party planning or preparing for an upcoming wedding reception or family reunion, check out this list of more than 25 rentable venues in the City of Oaks.

Note: Guest counts and rates are based on estimations and various options available on each venue’s website. Please contact venue owners to inquire about current availability and current pricing.

Intimate gatherings

Planning a shower, reunion, or other small party? Here are a few of our favorite venues for intimate gatherings (read: fewer than 150 guests) around Raleigh.

All Saints Chapel, 110 S. East St.

  • Rate: Standard venue package starts at $3,500
  • Accommodates: Up to 120 seated dinner guests
  • Key features: Historic Episcopal chapel, original heart pine wood beams

Cannon Room, 16 W. Martin St., 12th floor

  • Rate: Packages start at $2,500
  • Accommodates: Up to 130 guests
  • Key features: Panoramic downtown views, bright + airy

Chatham Station, 110 N. Walker St., Cary

  • Rate: Packages start at $2,500
  • Accommodates: Up to 150 guests
  • Key features: Downtown Cary, glass garage doors, exposed brick, chic-industrial

Haywood Hall House and Gardens, 211 New Bern Place

  • Rate: Pricing available upon request
  • Accommodates: Up to 150 people for an outdoor wedding
  • Key features: Historic estate completed in 1799, large manicured lawn, brick terrace, charming bridal suite

Heights House Hotel, 308 S. Boylan Ave.

  • Rate: Pricing available upon request
  • Accommodates: Up to 149 guests, sweet spot is 50-80 guests
  • Key features: Boutique hotel, Italianate-style mansion, stay required

The Jiddi Space and Courtyard, behind Sitti + Gravy, 137 S. Wilmington St.

  • Rate: Package base rates start at $10,000
  • Accommodates: 20 to 120 guests
  • Key features: Versatile rustic outdoor space with market lighting

The Mayton, 301 S. Academy St., Cary

  • Rate: Pricing available upon request
  • Accommodates: Up to 140 in The Park Room + Peck & Plume Restaurant
  • Key features: Catered by Peck & Plume, terrace overlooking the new Downtown Cary Park
A bride and groom kissing after their wedding ceremony.

JCRA offers stunning backdrop of world-famous plant collections.

Photo by Anna Haddock

Multiple options

The venues in this section truly have it all. From smaller spaces for tight-knit groups to expansive areas fit for a wedding venue. Here are a few spots with more to love around every corner.

AIA NC Center for Architecture & Design, 14 E. Peace St.

  • Rate: Pricing starts at $200 per hour
  • Accommodates: Standing reception 150 to 300 guests
  • Key features: Modern, eclectic, and sleek space

City Club Raleigh, 150 Fayetteville St., Ste. 2800, 28th floor

  • Rate: Pricing available upon request
  • Accommodates: Up to 150 guests for the Sky Ballroom and 90 guests for The 919 room
  • Key features: Sweeping skyline views, upscale features, world-class cuisine

Historic Market Hall, 215 E. Martin St.

  • Rate: Peak date starts at $6,000
  • Accommodates: Up to 400 in the Market View room
  • Key features: A large covered patio overlooking City Market’s lit cobblestone streets, largest historic wedding venue in downtown
A couple during their first dance on a checkered dance floor.

Take your pick from two indoor rooms, Park View and Market View, at Historic Market Hall.

Photo by Whitney Gremaud Photography, provided by Historic Market Hall

JC Raulston Arboretum, 4415 Beryl Rd.

  • Rate: Gardens start at $190 per hour
  • Accommodates: 30 to 400 guests, depending on the area
  • Key features: 10-acre arboretum and botanical garden

Marbles Kids Museum, 201 E. Hargett St.

  • Rate: Pricing available upon request
  • Accommodates: 250 banquet, 500 standing in Curiosity Square
  • Key features: Colorful exhibits, vaulted ceiling, vibrant colors

North Carolina Museum of Art, 2110 Blue Ridge Rd.

  • Rate: Pricing available upon request
  • Accommodates: 100 to 275 guests, depending on the event space
  • Key features: Modern galleries, beautiful gardens + sculptures, bright and airy

The Meadows at Firefly Farm Preserve, 1945 The Meadows Ln.

  • Rate: $4,800+
  • Accommodates: Up to 350 guests
  • Key features: 150 acre preserve, multiple indoor and outdoor ceremony spots, elegant getting-ready spaces

Vidrio, 500 Glenwood Ave., Ste.100

  • Rate: Pricing available upon request
  • Accommodates: Up to 250 people
  • Key features: Multiple room options, views of the breathtaking glass orb wall, upscale Mediterranean restaurant

The Westin Raleigh-Durham Airport, 3931 Macaw St.

  • Rate: Pricing available upon request
  • Accommodates: 70 to 320 seated guests
  • Key features: Upscale new hotel located near the airport, four flexible spaces, catering available from Il Falo

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Located just outside of downtown, The Maxwell is a sophisticated space with plenty of natural light.

Photo by Alaina Ronquillo Photography/provided by The Maxwell

Larger venues

If you’re planning your wedding or a similar large-scale gathering, this is the list for you. With options for hundreds of guests, these are a few Raleigh spots ideal for wedding venues, class reunions, fundraising events, and more.

The Barn at King Hill Farm, 6048 King Farm Ln., Knightdale

  • Rate: Venue package starts at $5,000
  • Accommodates: Up to 225 seated guests
  • Key features: 50-acre full-service working farm, custom designed barn

Brier Creek Country Club, 9400 Club Hill Dr.

  • Rate: Ceremony fee is $1,500, rental fees are $1,100–$2,000, depending on the space, food + bev minimum is $5,000–$10,000
  • Accommodates: Up to 250 guests
  • Key features: Elegant ballroom with crystal chandeliers, lush outdoor space

Junction West, 310 S West St., Ste. 110

  • Rate: Pricing available upon request
  • Accommodates: Up to 300 guests
  • Key features: Industrial chic, located in the Warehouse District, modern aesthetic

Melrose Knitting Mill, 309 N. Dawson St.

  • Rate: Rental pricing starts at $8,400+
  • Accommodates: Up to 180 guests seated
  • Key features: Located above Mulino Italian Kitchen & Bar, old textile mill, exposed bricks
A couple kissing during their first dance.

Prestonwood Country Club features two elegant facilities perfect for a fairytale wedding.

Photo provided by Prestonwood Country Club

Prestonwood Country Club, 300 Prestonwood Pkwy., Cary

  • Rate: Pricing available upon request
  • Accommodates: Up to 350 seated guests
  • Key features: Golf course, the choice between The Grand Ballroom or The Main Clubhouse

Raleigh Union Station, 510 W. Martin St.

  • Rate: Weekday pricing starts at $2,500
  • Accommodates: Over 700 people in The Grand Hall, a terrace ceremony accommodates 150 guests
  • Key features: Rooftop terrace, panoramic city views, industrial-chic space, “Raleigh” neon sign

The Distillery, 101 Rand Mill Rd., Garner

  • Rate: Pricing starts at $3,500
  • Accommodates: Up to 300 guests
  • Key features: Outdoor patio, luxury lounge, 15 minutes from Raleigh

The Maxwell, 330 Gideon Creek Way

  • Rate: From $4,500 to $10,500, depending on the date
  • Accommodates: Up to 290 guests
  • Key features: 7,500 sqft lawn, contemporary architecture, 18' vaulted ceilings
An older house's backyard, fit for a wedding.

The Merrimon-Wynne House was built in 1876 and restored with its original charm.

Photo by Anna Haddock

The Merrimon-Wynne House, 500 N. Blount St.

  • Rate: Pricing available upon request
  • Accommodates: Over 200 guests
  • Key features: Restored mansion built in 1876, southern charm, sweeping porches

The Pavilion at Angus Barn, behind Angus Barn, 9401-1 Glenwood Ave.

  • Rate: Facility fees start at $4,000 with a $15,000 food + bev minimum.
  • Accommodates: Up to 360 people
  • Key features: Rustic space with panoramic water views, catered by the Angus Barn

The Pavilion at Carriage Farm, 1913 Pagan Rd.

  • Rate: Pricing starts at $5,000
  • Accommodates: Up to 280 seated
  • Key features: 34-foot fireplace, rustic space with rolling pastures
A couple saying their vows to each other.

The Stockroom boasts exposed brick, hardwood floors, lofty ceilings, market lighting, and natural light.

Photo by Anna Haddock

The Stockroom at 230, 230 Fayetteville St., second floor

  • Rate: Standard venue package starts at $4,800
  • Accommodates: Up to 175 seated
  • Key features: Downtown, The Glass Box luxury suite, constructed in 1902
  • Bonus: The Stockroom is hosting an open house Tuesday, Sept. 26.

Walnut Hill, 1804 Carl Williamson Rd.

  • Rate: Pricing available upon request
  • Accommodates: Up to 200 seated
  • Key features: Multiple ceremony options, modern white barn pavilion, tree-lined lake
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