The Charlotte area is BIG, and with more people moving here and more businesses opening up every day, it is not easy to keep track of your options. This applies to keeping up with the latest restaurants, but it certainly goes for wedding venues too, with literally dozens of options.
To simplify your search process a bit, we put together a list below of some of our favorites. There is variety in price and style here, so if you don’t see one you like in the first few, just keep reading.
When the hit show “Married at First Sight” came to Charlotte for Season 9, they searched the area for the perfect spot for their multiple wedding ceremonies. In the end, they chose Alexander Homestead. This property is “an oasis,” as the owners describe it, in the middle of central Charlotte. There is an historic farmhouse, a large renovated barn, water features, a beautiful gazebo for outdoor ceremonies and much more. They also do all the work of planning the event, taking a lot of the stress off your shoulders.
Another venue with an historic feel in the heart of Charlotte is the Terrace at Cedar Hill. This location, however, has a much more city vibe with a skyline view of uptown. The inside is an elegant 4,500 square feet at the top of a historic building just west of the city center. Then, as the picture above shows, there is an additional 2,000 square feet of terrace space outside where you can get the best views. With a location like this, you can imagine it gets booked fast, so move quickly if you don’t want your date to get scooped up.
If you really want a downtown wedding, you can’t get much more downtown (or I guess in Charlotte’s case, uptown) than the Mint Museum. The location is directly adjacent to hotels where out-of-town guests can stay, and they can go out to eat or drink at local restaurants and bars. The museum actually offers a Friday or Sunday package, where if you agree to one of those days for your wedding, you are given 15% off room rates, no bar minimum, complimentary chairs and complimentary champagne toast for the bride and groom.
Now for some options that are NOT right in uptown, like the regal Duke Mansion southeast of town. This mansion was once home to James Buchanan Duke, and the Duke family planned many of their most notable legacies — including Duke Energy, the Duke Endowment and Duke University — at the estate. Now it is largely used for events and as a hotel, lucky you, so you can have your magic day like Tar Heel royalty (or should that be Blue Devil royalty?). There is an onsite catering team, rooms for you and your guests to stay the night, and even 4 ½ acres of beautiful gardens.
While the garden is in bloom, from late April to early November, the McGill Rose Garden is used as a small wedding venue. Located in the NoDa Arts District, but in close proximity to uptown, the gardens are a great location for up to 100 people to celebrate your big day. The venue exclusively works with QC Catering for food, and their on-site wine bar, Rosie’s Coffee and Wine Garden, takes care of all beverage needs.
A country-club wedding isn’t for everyone, but don’t dismiss it until you see what they have to offer. The Palisades is a pristine 1,600-acre grounds in southwest Charlotte along Lake Wylie and just north of Rock Hill, South Carolina. The club is just south of the Charlotte-Douglas Airport, too, which is convenient for family coming from out of town. Their New England-inspired club house makes a great backdrop to wedding photos, as does the rolling hills of their famous golf course. There is catering on site and a dedicated staff to help you plan every detail.
In south Charlotte’s Design District, a newly renovated 9,000-square-foot event space has everything you need to pull off a grand wedding celebration. Best Impressions Caterers own the venue, so this world-class caterer will provide for all of the food and beverage options. The building was built in 1929 as a textile mill, and still has the historic charm in its refurbished state.
Only a small sampling
These are just some of the Charlotte area’s plethora of amazing wedding venues. There are others that could just have easily made the list: like Whitehead Manor, Morehead Inn and the 1932 Barn. Take your time, visit a couple, and we’re sure you’ll find one that will be the perfect fit for your big day.
And if you have a venue that would accommodate some fun lawn games (like cornhole and giant jenga) during the reception, remember Triangle Lawn Games Charlotte is just a phone call away. We have great event packages and even drop off and pick up at exactly the time and place of your choosing. Regardless, we hope your wedding is everything you dreamed and this list sparked some interest in at least one of Charlotte’s great wedding options.