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Tips to find your perfect North Carolina wedding venue

North Carolina is full of spectacular VENUES for you to choose from! Here are our top tips to consider when touring your options.



Of course, you want a venue that fits the theme and vision you have planned for your big day, yet there are also some other elements to consider. For example:

  • Can the venue accommodate your guest count?
  • Does your venue offer accommodations? If not, how close is the venue to guest accommodations, especially if you have lots of loved ones coming from out of town?
  • How far is the venue from your ceremony site?
  • Are their scenic spaces nearby for you and your photographer to capture some amazing wedding photos?



  • Does the cost of the venue fit within your budget?
  • What’s included in the rental price?
  • How many hours does the rental fee include, and is there an overtime fee if your party goes longer than planned?
  • Are there any hidden fees that may increase your expense, such as chairs, tables, and linens?
  • What is the payment plan, when is it due, and is it refundable?
  • What is the venue’s cancellation process?
  • Do they have a weather contingency (backup) plan for outdoors spaces?



  • Does the venue provide ample parking for your guests, including handicap spots if needed?
  • Will there be other events taking place the same time that may interfere with yours?
  • Do they offer valet service?



  • Do they have a list of ‘preferred’ caterers, or can I hire my own?
  • Is the venue staff friendly and professional?
  • Is the venue clean and welcoming, including restrooms?
  • What services do they offer, such as security services and coat check, and is this included in the price?
  • What hands-on assistance will the venue staff handle on the day of your wedding?
  • Are there any décor restrictions?
  • Will the staff be involved with setting up and breaking down the décor?
  • Do they offer spaces for the wedding party to get dressed?



Explore your options before booking a venue, unless you know, without a doubt, it’s the venue you want. If your heart is set on one venue, be flexible with your date and book early!


Photos by Yasmin Leonard PhotographyBrian Anthony Photography | Brynn Gross Photography | Katrena Wize Artography 

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Following this handy list of to-do’s for the year leading up to your wedding day is sure to keep you on task, on track, and on budget!