First of all, congrats, you’re engaged! If you’re determined to defy all odds and plan a wedding that steps out of the norm—you know, outside of the handful of basic (but beautiful) restored mills and historic houses that fill our Insta feeds every weekend—then we’re here with a few unique ideas.
Lavender fields, need we say more?! This isn’t your average outdoor wedding venue. From May to July, you’ll find sustainably farmed purple fields, historic barns and 60 acres of forest. Make your wildest Provence wedding fantasy come true right in NC.
Co-working space by day, gorgeous event space by night (and weekend)! HQ Raleigh’s Cannon Room is perched 12 stories up in the heart of downtown Raleigh providing sweeping views of the city. Keep an eye out for Art Deco architectural details—the trim and floors are original to the building.
For a craft beer lover, you probably can’t beat getting married in a world record holding beer garden. If you’re somehow not familiar with Raleigh Beer Garden, the multi-level, indoor-outdoor beer garden that holds the record for most beer taps in the world at over 350, is conveniently located in Glenwood South neighborhood. The ambling space provides plenty of opportunities for couples to creatively use the space for their special day.
Nestled off the beaten path in the Warehouse District, the recently opened Junction West is sure to be on every bride’s radar soon enough, so book it while you can. The updated historic warehouse is all exposed brick and natural light, plus there’s an A+ patio for taking in the skyline and the sunset.
If you live in Raleigh, you’ve definitely been to the Rose Garden, hell, ya probably got engaged there. But, did you know you can also say “I do” in the garden? Sure can! And bonus, just think about all the money you’ll save on flowers.
Transfer isn’t technically open yet with their killer lineup of vendors, but they’ve been keeping the anticipation alive by throwing and hosting buzz-worthy events. Transform the 50,000 sq. ft. space with their help, for a ceremony that’s guaranteed to be a good time (no really, GM Nick Neptune moonlights as Good Times Assurance Co.).
The historic Forest Theatre on UNC Chapel Hill’s campus is a gorgeous stone amphitheater that’s been around for 70 years. Originally conceived to celebrate the tercentenary of Shakespeare’s death, the theatre is still used regularly today. It’s available for ceremonies only as it’s technically part of the Botanical Gardens, but if your vibe is rustic or you and your boo have a thing for the Bard, then the Forest Theatre is calling to you.
Note: you can also book the Coker Arboretum and NC Botanical Gardens.
For those with eclectic taste, walking into Union Camp is like beaming up to heaven. In this funky home goods store, you’re surrounded at every turn by vintage and antique treasures. The shop owner has a true talent for transforming the space for events. So, if you really are in the mood for something unique, take a peek at UCC.
Music lovers know the Haw River Ballroom is pretty much the pinnacle of concert-going experiences in the Triangle. Get hitched on the same stage that your favorite artists have crooned on, and then let the disco ball drop for a rad reception.
We’re back on Glenwood for another venue that’s been hiding in plain sight. Vidrio’s known for its epic blown glass wall, but little-known fact, they also have second story event spaces (yes, plural) that are just as stunning. Decorated with Mediterranean-style tile, an overlook to gaze down on the glass wall, this space packs a punch.
Movie buffs, perk up. Full Frame, Durham’s theater at the American Tobacco Campus, is perfect if you’re looking to go all in on a theme. So, roll out that red carpet, pop some popcorn, and get ready to see your in lights on the marquee.