Why Raleigh, NC, is a great place to wed

Raleigh isn’t just the capital city of North Carolina, it’s also a spectacular city to plan a wedding. From rich history to art, contemporary style to downhome country cooking, Raleigh has something for every couple that spans the spectrum from simple and affordable to over-the-top glamorous. The most important aspect of a wedding, besides the couple, is the location. Raleigh has many top wedding venues within blocks of one another that cater to all styles and budgets. For classic and timeless weddings, the area abounds with options from the quaint All Saints Chapel to the Merrimon-Wynne House and Gardens.

For the more modern affair, Raleigh is home to the North Carolina Museum of Art, where your contemporary and stylish dreams can become a reality. Dine and dance within their crisp, bright halls and immerse yourselves in the colorful culture of this most cherished city.

If you're hoping for something in between modern and traditional, The City Club Raleigh, Raleigh’s most glamorous venue, features bold, modern design that’s a fresh, perfect canvas for your wedding. You can also host a chic event right in the heart of downtown thanks to the beautiful Stockroom at 230, an exposed-brick venue that will make you feel like a socialite.

But it doesn’t stop there. There are also several rustic locations right on the outskirts of this bustling city that appeal to the country-loving hearts of any Carolina couple. The Pavilion at Angus Barn, the Pavilion at Carriage Farm and the Melrose Knitting Mill are just a few of the hidden gems that are perfect for a Southern ceremony steeped in tradition.

And for the academically-inclined, you're right next door to Research Triangle Park. It's comprised of North Carolina State University, Duke University and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. From the Duke Chapel to the North Carolina Botanical Gardens, each campus features amazing architecture, landscapes and noteworthy landmarks sure to appeal to traditional wedding styles. With venues comes all the other amenities you could want for your wedding and Raleigh boasts many top wedding vendors to conveniently outfit your day. Photographers, caterers with Southern fare and rental companies that have everything you need are right at your fingertips.

And an added bonus is that the Raleigh-Durham International Airport is easily accessible for your out-of-town guests or for making a quick dash to catch that honeymoon flight! Whether you're a resident or planning a destination wedding, Raleigh has so much to offer a couple who are in the throes of planning. From classic venues to contemporary corners, this big city has big opportunities to create the wedding of your dreams. Ride on in to Raleigh to explore everything this charming, yet vibrant Southern city has to offer!

Photo Credit: North Carolina Wedding Photographers