The Ultimate Chapel Hill Wedding Venue Guide

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Rustic farms, big ballrooms, renovated industrial spaces – no matter what kind of wedding you’re throwing, our venue guide will help you find the perfect spot to host your big day

The Ultimate Chapel Hill Wedding Venue Guide
The Barn at Valhalla. Photo by Long Yau Photography

 Compiled by Renee Ambroso

AC HOTEL CHAPEL HILL DOWNTOWN 

The 625-square-foot Rosemary Room can hold 25 to 30 for a formal seated meal, or more for an informal event. The AC Kitchen hosts semiprivate, reception-style events, and the covered, 400-square-foot Front Patio offers outdoor space for 20 guests. A 1,000-square-foot patio is also available for up to 75 guests. 

Contact: 919-969-2800; [email protected] 

ALOFT CHAPEL HILL 

This stylish boutique hotel breaks the traditional hotel mold and offers three spaces with a combined total of 1,600 square feet. The largest room hosts 80 people for theater-style seating or a reception, and 42 for a banquet. The lively on-site bar offers delicious craft cocktails and live music. Special wedding group blocks and rates are available on request. 

Contact: 919-442-2773 

ARDENWOOD FARM 

This 47-acre equine farm near Chapel Hill has various tranquil indoor and outdoor settings to host a ceremony. Pick a spot for a custom tent, or book the large covered pavilion that has indoor space attached. All wedding packages include dressing rooms and parking assistance, while on-site staff handles setup. Prices range from $2,500 to $4,500 for an event weekend. 

Contact: 919-523-2237; [email protected] 

THE BARN AT LLOYD’S DAIRY 

This 750-acre family-owned farm in Efland hosts weddings from the end of March through June, and from Sept. 1 to mid-November. The 20,000-square-foot main barn includes a bridal suite, restrooms and plenty of options for a combination of indoor and outdoor seating for up to 450 guests. The barn is dressed up with string lighting and drapes, with lots of vintage touches and antique decor. Couples have access to the working farm for pictures or outdoor seating and ceremony spaces. 

Contact: 919-730-9365; [email protected] 

THE BARN AT VALHALLA 

Chandeliers, polished mahogany floors and wraparound porches stand out at this barn that can host up to 125 people for a seated reception, 149 for a ceremony or more with a tent added. The 40-acre serene property features an enclosed gazebo on the pond, outdoor patio, fire pit and hot tub. There’s also a bridal suite, two three-bedroom houses and room for up to 30 overnight guests. Choose a weekday overnight or full weekend with on-site planning and coordination which includes options to add an on-site massage, yoga class, brunch or cocktail hour. 

Contact: 919-360-4922; [email protected] 

THE BARN OF CHAPEL HILL AT WILD FLORA FARM 

Celebrate your big day at this beautifully restored 19th century white barn with soaring ceilings and hand-hewn wood beams, located 12 miles from downtown Chapel Hill on a 22-acre flower farm. Choose the Garden Elopement package for an intimate event, or pick from two signature packages for larger celebrations starting at $11,800. The in-house floral design team offers customized plans, and packages include full private access to the barn, gardens and grounds. 

Contact: 919-590-0955; [email protected] 

THE CAROLINA CLUB 

The perfect spot for a Tar Heel wedding is located on the UNC campus in the George Watts Hill Alumni Center. The 7,200-square-foot Alumni Hall ballroom can accommodate up to 350 people and features a large outdoor terrace spanning the length of the space, ideal for cocktail hours or an intimate ceremony for up to 120. The stunning ballroom includes a built-in stage for entertainment to keep the celebration going. 

Contact: J.J. Oppegard; 919-962-1101; [email protected] 

The Ultimate Chapel Hill Wedding Venue Guide
Carolina Grove. Photo by Brett Seay Photography

CAROLINA GROVE 

This modern, airy venue offers ideal spaces for both indoor and outdoor ceremonies. Surrounded by 65 acres of scenery, the grove with string lights, covered veranda or indoor reception space make for romantic events. Indoor seating can accommodate up to 220 guests, and up to 300 for formal seating in outdoor spaces. Wedding package rates for weekends range from $8,500 for Friday or Sunday to $9,800 for a Saturday date. 

Contact: 919-213-1652 

THE CAROLINA INN 

Whether you’re planning a small, intimate event or a spectacular occasion, this inn delivers the setting and sophistication. A variety of indoor and outdoor spaces and impeccable accommodations give the unique Southern charm and grace that make Chapel Hill ceremonies special. Planners offer a professional eye for detail and help with an endless variety of delightful culinary offerings. Multiple courtyards, ballrooms and the front porch offer spaces for up to 350 guests for a standing reception, or 250 seated. 

Contact: 919-933-2001; [email protected] 

CATES FARM AT CANE CREEK 

The restored 1940s dairy barn and working farm equidistant from Hillsborough, Mebane and Carrboro can accommodate up to 150 guests for a rustic, charming wedding. Couples are encouraged to “dream away” to create their preferred experience with full access to the garden and fire pit, and can enjoy the tranquility of the farm during any season.

Contact: 919-622-8646; [email protected] 

CHAPEL HILL CARRIAGE HOUSE 

This family-owned property provides a unique setting for an outdoor ceremony and reception in the beautiful open-air barn. An outdoor chapel, pond and rustic fireplace offer gorgeous scenery, while the farm’s alpaca, llamas and a putt-putt course spice up cocktail hours. Wedding packages for 2022 dates start at $8,200. 

Contact: 919-260-2986; [email protected] 

CHAPEL HILL COUNTRY CLUB 

At this private country club, your indoor or outdoor ceremony and wedding package can include a golf or tennis outing. 

Contact: Maggie Correll; 919-945-0410; [email protected] 

THE CLOTH MILL AT ENO RIVER 

Exposed brick walls, hardwood floors, massive original windows, tall ceilings, wood beams and columns plus a private outdoor courtyard make this industrial venue located in Hillsborough’s historic Eno River Mill one of a kind. The Cloth Mill can comfortably accommodate up to 350 guests for an on-site ceremony with a seated reception. Weddings are hosted on Saturdays and Sundays only, and prices start at $5,000. 

Contact: 919-241-4855; [email protected] 

COKER ARBORETUM 

This 5-acre garden on UNC’s campus provides a serene outdoor setting for ceremonies at any time of year. The Arboretum is managed by the North Carolina Botanical Garden and follows its green event policies for environmentally conscious celebrations. 

Contact: 919-537-3819; [email protected] 

The Colonial Inn. Photo by Morgan Caddell Photography

THE COLONIAL INN 

Tie the knot at this historic and stately inn located in downtown Hillsborough. The 2,000-square-foot courtyard offers seating or standing room for up to 100 guests, and the 1,800-square-foot ballroom can accommodate just as many. Wedding packages range from $750-$7,500 and include a two-evening stay in the honeymoon suite, day-of planning services, tables and chairs for up to 75 and more. 

Contact: Elise Tyler; [email protected] 

COURTYARD BY MARRIOTT CHAPEL HILL 

Across five spaces, this hotel offers 27,163 square feet of space to accommodate guests. Easily host a rehearsal dinner, work with the catering team or treat guests to cocktails at the hotel’s restaurant, The Bistro. 

Contact: 919-883-0700 

FOREST THEATRE 

Plan your spring or summer nuptials at this amphitheater nestled in the woods. A Chapel Hill landmark, the Forest Theatre hosts ceremonies during daylight hours. The venue is managed by the North Carolina Botanical Garden and follows environmentally friendly event policies.

Contact: 919-537-3819; [email protected]

Governors Club. Photo by Bronwyn Duffield Photography

GOVERNORS CLUB 

Nestled on Edwards Mountain in Chapel Hill, the property lends itself to creating unforgettable memories. Exchange your vows against a lush green backdrop overlooking the lake or host your reception in the elegant ballroom with expansive views. The venue can host a maximum of 220 guests inside and up to 250 for an open-air event. The $3,500 package includes tables, chairs, linen and napkins, table settings and setup and breakdown. All packages include a premium bar and hors d’oeuvres. 

Contact: Katarina Baskey; 919-918-7216; [email protected] 

GRADUATE CHAPEL HILL 

This hotel on Franklin Street is full of Tar Heel charm. Choose the 1,512-square-foot Davie Poplar Room for up to 125 guests or the 945-square-foot Dorrance Room that offers space for 50. A full kitchen and catering is available. 

Contact: 919-442-9000; [email protected] 

HAMPTON INN & SUITES CHAPEL HILL-CARRBORO DOWNTOWN 

This hotel offers 2,615 square feet of event space with a dance floor for weddings of up to 100 people. The pool area can accommodate cocktail hours or rehearsal dinners, and 142 guest rooms offer plenty of space for overnight guests. 

Contact: 919-969-6988 

HORACE WILLIAMS HOUSE 

This historical home in Chapel Hill dates back to the mid-1800s and boasts original woodwork, windows and more. The property offers classic settings both indoors and outside on the lawn for an elegant ceremony or reception. 

Contact: [email protected] 

THE HOUSE AT GATEWOOD 

This property offers multiple spaces across the 16-acre property for weddings, with room for formal seating for 110 inside the restaurant and an additional 100 can be seated on outdoor patio spaces. Enjoy a seasonal, handcrafted menu created for you by celebrated chef and owner Ron Spada

Contact: 919-241-4083; [email protected] 

HYATT PLACE CHAPEL HILL/ SOUTHERN VILLAGE 

This hotel, located 2 miles from downtown Chapel Hill and an easy walk to Southern Village, specializes in attentive guest services and is centrally located to many fabulous wedding venues in the area. Inquire about discounted rates when booking room blocks for wedding parties and guests. The hotel’s three meeting spaces offer up to 1,740 square feet for receptions. 

Contact: Kristi Kass; 984-214-1000 

LA RESIDENCE 

The luscious covered garden patio is a romantic spot for a ceremony, conveniently heated and cooled for comfortable year-round events. The patio can hold up to 150 seated guests or 225 for a standing ceremony. Formal indoor dining rooms for receptions can include either plated or buffet-style dinners for 60 people seated or 90 standing. 

Contact: 919-967-2506; [email protected] 

The Ultimate Chapel Hill Wedding Venue Guide
Lavender Oaks Farm. Photo by Arika Jordan Photography

LAVENDER OAKS FARM 

This lavender farm that sits on more than 60 acres in Chapel Hill looks as if it could be in the south of France. Established in 2015, owners Karen Macdonald and Robert Macdonald designed the property specifically to cater to couples’ needs. The elegant 7,000-square-foot Main Barn overlooks blooming lavender fields. There’s also an open-air Pavilion Barn and 1,000-square-foot loft, luxury getting-ready suites, a wrought-iron gazebo and a gourmet kitchen for catering. 

Contact: Karen Macdonald; 919-909-7417; [email protected] 

MERRY HILL 

A classic two-story farmhouse and small cottage boast countryside views and overlook sandstone paths and lawns. Choose a package with or without a tent for outdoor receptions. 

Contact: 919-563-8510; [email protected] 

NORTH CAROLINA BOTANICAL GARDEN 

Hold your wedding among the landscaped grounds and display gardens. The covered porch and Reeves Auditorium that can hold up to 160 people provide indoor options, and Reeves Auditorium North is available for a smaller event. Weddings must align with the Garden’s green event guidelines such as using compostable materials and bulk beverages. 

Contact: 919-537-3819; [email protected] 

OLD LYSTRA INN

Located on 10 acres nestled beneath towering oaks and magnolia trees, the Inn is a breathtaking location. The stunning remodeled 1890s farmhouse was once the home of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Paul Green. A 40-by-80 tent with cathedral sides included for receptions can seat up to 176 guests with room for a dance floor and buffet. 

Contact: 919-397-1377; [email protected]

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The Parlour at Manns Chapel. Photo by Java Rose Photography

THE PARLOUR AT MANNS CHAPEL 

An intimate venue for up to 100 guests, this restored chapel is designed for the highly curated guest list and refined events. It features an outdoor patio, Euro-inspired courtyard and garden for a charming ceremony, reception, cocktail hour or dancing. A restored Airstream serves as a private, swanky dressing area, photo booth or hip band backdrop. 

Contact: [email protected] 

POST 6 

At the newly opened building, there is more than 15,000 square feet of event space. The Ballroom can hold up to 180 guests under its 35-foot copula ceiling; the Club Room features a double-sided fireplace ideal for cocktail receptions; and an outdoor courtyard can host a ceremony or be the backdrop for photos. 

Contact: Jo Ellen Munsee; 919-619-0630; [email protected] 

RIGMOR HOUSE 

This hidden gem features a 1,700-square-foot main room with floor-to-ceiling pine, an overlooking second-story loft and the option for a dance floor. Wraparound screened porches open to the landscaped 10-acre grounds with perfect sunset views. Other amenities include a well-equipped kitchen, five bedrooms, plenty of seating and table options and outdoor spaces like a pergola and fire pit. 

Contact: Ben Bork; 919-933-7177 

RIZZO CENTER 

The DuBose Home offers several spaces for varying sizes of pre-wedding events and rehearsal dinners. Enjoy the pergola or pool courtyard that can host up to 100 people for a fun outdoor event, or choose the Meadowmont Grill or Magnolia Room for indoor celebrations. 

Contact: 919-913-2227 

ROCK QUARRY FARM

This farm that dates back to the 1890s has three sites to host your ceremony; the arbor, gazebo or porch. The barn and grounds include a catering shed, farmhouse with bridal suite, designated space for groomsmen to get ready, benches and chairs and optional linens, tableware and other coordinated vendors. 

Contact: [email protected] 

SHERATON CHAPEL HILL HOTEL 

The hotel has a total of 19,564 square feet of space available for weddings. Options include an outdoor deck that can host a ceremony or reception for about 100 people, the 6,927-square-foot grand ballroom, a second ballroom of 3,430-square-feet, the 1,200-square-foot Carolina Room and the boardroom. Couples can upgrade to the club lounge for a reception and are offered a complimentary one-night stay. 

Contact: 919-968-4900; [email protected] 

THE SIENA HOTEL 

This 79-room hotel’s Lombardi, Terrace and Tuscany rooms provide options for weddings of up to 100 people. Outdoor spaces like a dining area that can hold up to 30 people, a bocce court, lounge and fountain make for a pleasant atmosphere to relax and enjoy the company of friends and family. 

Contact: 919-929-4000 

STONECHURCH FARM 

Set on 33 acres of farmland near Hillsborough, the barn can accommodate 150 guests for dinner, dancing and celebrating and has additional space in the 1,500-square-foot loft. Choose a spot beside the 3-acre pond or in the grassy pasture for a ceremony. The guest cottage hosts overnight guests, and there’s plenty of parking for all attendees. 

Contact: 919-238-9199; [email protected] 

THE STORY VENUE 

Three floors and a rooftop overlook West Franklin Street at this 4,700-square-foot venue featuring exposed brick and rustic accents. There’s also a basement game room and a private suite for your big day. 

Contact: 919-914-6032; [email protected] 

The Ultimate Chapel Hill Wedding Venue Guide
The Barn at Union Grove Farm. Photo by Heba Salama Photography

THE BARN AT UNION GROVE FARM 

This family-run farm has a 4,000-square-foot climate-controlled post and beam barn with newly completed restrooms. The venue is surrounded by picturesque vineyards, orchards, waterfalls and gardens minutes outside of Chapel Hill. 

Contact: [email protected] 

WINDY HILL FARM 

This 70-acre working farm offers several wedding package options for up to 160 guests as well as options tailored to an intimate wedding of up to 30 guests or elopements. Amenities include dedicated getting-ready spaces in the historic farmhouse, optional in-house catering, linens and vintage table settings, goat’s milk soap favors and a stay in the honeymoon suite. 

Contact: 919-439-4638; [email protected] 


For a full comprehensive guide to venues and vendors across the Triangle, visit Heart of NC Weddings magazine.

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