Because it sets the stage for your wedding and will make such a huge impact on your guests, choosing the perfect venue for your day is such an important decision! Luckily, there are plenty of amazing wedding venues in Durham, NC.
The venues below are just a few of our favorites because they are classically designed, look great in photos, and have amenities that make wedding planning a breeze! We can't wait to hear about the one that you choose for your day!
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Couples of any faith are welcome to host their ceremony at Duke Chapel -- as long as they are a Duke student, faculty, or staff member, or one of their children or grandchildren. Even though we are Tar Heels, this architectural beauty takes our breath away. 1400 guests can be accommodated for a ceremony here, and Durham has many great reception venues to continue the celebration. Investment starts at $2100.
This former tobacco warehouse is located on the American Tobacco Campus. We love that couples are steps away from iconic portraits of the Durham water tower and the ATC lawn. The venue is catered by the legendary Angus Barn, so it's a perfect venue for steak lovers! It boasts century old brick and wood and a gorgeous balcony with panoramic windows. Bay 7 can accommodate up to 400 guests.
Located near the Central Park region of downtown Durham, We love that it looks over the beautiful Durham Athletic Park, home of the former Bulls Stadium, and has gorgeous brick walls and reclaimed wood throughout. The space can accommodate up to 400 of your closest friends and family and includes the backdrop of their sibling distillery, Revival Spirits. Investment starts at $500.
Originally built in 1887, the Cotton Room is located in Golden Belt in downtown Durham. It used to be part of the historic Bull Durham Tobacco Company. With its beautiful brick walls, gorgeous hardwoods, and large windows that let in gorgeous light, this venue can hold up to 375 guests. There are bridal and groom suites on site so that you can get ready and get married all at one place. Investment starts at $2000.
Situated in the center of downtown Durham, this hotel is perfect for art lovers who feel at home in museums. We love the Vault area, which used to be an old bank, because it makes for iconic portraits! The Counting House is the restaurant located within the hotel, and it serves up delicious fare for you and your guests as you dine among artwork. The hotel can accommodate up to 250 guests. Investment starts at $1000.
Duke Gardens is one of our favorite places in Durham. Beautifully maintained throughout the year, you can't ask for more picturesque surroundings for your wedding, especially for portraits! The Gardens have many different options for locations for both your ceremony and reception, including indoor and outdoor options, and can accommodate up to 200 guests. Investment starts at $4500.
With the feel of a bed and breakfast, this sweet venue located near downtown Durham serves gourmet breakfasts and an afternoon tea. Originally a home for aging women, this venue was revitalized and turned into a bed and breakfast recently. The Inn features 3 event spaces and 17 luxury guest suites and can accommodate up to 100 of your guests. Investment starts at $8000.
Located on the corner of Foster Street and Morgan Street in downtown Durham, the Armory has ample space for large weddings. It can accommodate over 500 guests and is a wonderful option for those who prefer an indoor wedding, especially if you want to have fun with decor! With beautiful brick walls and hardwoods, this venue is very "Durham"! Investment starts at $350 for 6 hours.
Located next to The Wine Feed in downtown Durham, this is the perfect venue for couples who live wine and are looking for an intimate celebration with family and friends. Pine and Poplar is named for the historic intersection on which the venue stands. The large map wall of Durham is one of our favorite features of this venue. Your rental includes full day access to the space and can accommodate up to 120 family and friends.
This one-of-a-kind venue is perfect for Durham foodies. In terms of decor, the exposed brick gives the Cookery a very "Durham" vibe, while the state of the art food production facility also serves as an incubator for local food entrepreneurs. The grounds come with ballroom, the Front Room, outdoor garden, dressing suite, and courtyard to hold up to 330 guests. Investment starts at $3000.
Located on Duke University's Campus, this premiere destination hotel is situated on 300 acres of old pines and has over 250 guest rooms and suites for those traveling in from out of town. The Washington Duke Inn is Durham's only four diamond hotel and you can choose to celebrate outside on its beautifully maintained lawns or the indoor ballrooms. Investment starts at $12,000.
This mid-century modern boutique hotel is full of charm and is one of our favorite spots in downtown Durham. The rooftop has lovely views of het city and is perfect for intimate celebrations, and the lobby restaurant is great for receptions, featuring fare by James Beard award-winning chef and local legend, Andrea Reusing. The penthouse suite is perfect for the couple to get ready and the hotel itself has 53 guest rooms for those coming in from out of town.