Where to find beautiful wedding venues in Charlotte, NC

Where to find beautiful wedding venues in Charlotte, NC

Carrigan Farms has multiple options for various sizes of weddings.

Carrigan Farms has multiple options for various sizes of weddings.

Carrigan Farms

Planning a wedding? Look no further than the Charlotte area. According to a new study by Wallet Hub, Charlotte ranked as one of the best places to get married in 2023.

Based on factors like cost to venues and event spaces per capita to hotel availability, the city was selected among 20 spots from around the country for cheapest and most convenient wedding destinations.

There are plenty of traditional venues around Charlotte, including churches and hotels. And if you choose, you can rock your vows center stage at a concert venue or have your special day at your favorite brewery.

Here’s a list of the most unique places you can say “I do.”

Alexander Homestead

Location: 4717 Shamrock Dr, Charlotte, NC 28215

Price: $12,000-$22,000

Alexander Homestead is an elegantly restored Queen Anne Victorian-styled 1903 estate with both indoor space and outdoor gardens. Couples can have a garden gazebo ceremony with a garden cocktail party and indoor barn reception. Its all-inclusive package takes care of food, floral arrangements, music, decorations and more.

Unique because: You get access to the lush property’s natural beauty while getting personalized party services.

With weddings at Alexander Homestead, couples can have a garden gazebo ceremony with a garden cocktail party and indoor barn reception. Haylie Noelle Photography/courtesy of Alexander Homestead Haylie Noelle Photography/courtesy of Alexander Homestead

The 1932 Barn

Location: 3900 Rocky River Rd, Charlotte, NC 28215

Price: $8,750-$9,850

The 1932 Barn is a historic venue at Hodge’s Family Farm with multiple indoor and outdoor spaces for wedding ceremonies and receptions, including a cocktail site with a bar and lawn games. You can also book additional services such as an outdoor dance floor, a s’mores bar, a coffee bar and a bonfire.

Unique because: You can add some fun, memory-making components to your reception with outdoor games and a bonfire with s’mores.

Carrigan Farms

Location: 1261 Oakridge Farm Hwy, Mooresville, NC 28115

Price: $90/per person

Have an outdoor wedding like no other at the Quarry at Carrigan Farms. Couples can have their ceremonies on the white sand beach or a lush green lawn framed by a waterfall above crystal blue water. Packages include the space and catering, but there’s also the option to request photography, floral arrangements, music and more.

Unique because: You can have a farm-to-table dinner at your reception with freshly grown foods from Carrigan Farms’ restaurant. With the cliffs, waterfall and sand, you get a mountain vibe with beach elements.

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Carrigan Farms

The Duke Mansion

Location: 400 Hermitage Rd, Charlotte, NC 28207

Price: $35,290+

You can have the Bridgerton wedding of your dreams at the historic Duke Mansion. Built in 1915, the mansion has several indoor and outdoor spaces you won’t find anywhere else, including 20 luxurious guest rooms for you and your guests.

Unique because: The charming historic site can double as the venue for your big day and the lodging for you and your guests.

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The Duke Mansion

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The Fillmore

Location: 820 Hamilton St, Charlotte, NC 28206

Price: $9,000+

Rock your vows center stage at The Fillmore Charlotte. Couples can book the concert venue and spend their special day in the same spotlight as popular musicians and artists. The Underground, Skyla Credit Union Amphitheatre and PNC Music Pavilion can also be booked for weddings through LiveNation.

Unique because: You can take the stage for all to see and say ‘I do’ in the same space as your favorite musicians.

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Get married like a rock star at The Fillmore Charlotte, which is traditionally a concert venue. Thomas Geist / Critsey Rowe Photography

McGill Rose Garden

Location: 940 N Davidson St, Charlotte, NC 28206

Price: $11,000

Couples can have a rose garden ceremony at this hidden gem between Uptown and NoDa. Home to Rosie’s Coffee and Wine Garden, the McGill Rose Garden wedding packages include all-day access to the two-acre garden, coordination and floral arrangements. You can also request its reception space, which includes a dance floor.

Unique because: You can have an intimate garden ceremony in the same location as your favorite coffee and wine bar, surrounded by rose bushes.

Mint Museum Uptown

Location: 500 S Tryon St, Charlotte, NC 2820

Price: $3,200+

You can tie the knot in one of the city’s most popular art museums, right in the heart of Uptown. The Mint Museum has a wide array of rooms, gardens and terraces available to rent for your special day, featuring pieces of art from around the world.

Unique because: You can get married next to a stunning work of American art or a visiting exhibit.

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NASCAR Hall of Fame

Location: 400 E M.L.K. Jr Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28202

Price: $420-$4,200+

Whether you’re having an intimate ceremony or a bigger celebration, you can book your wedding with the NASCAR Hall of Fame as a backdrop. If you’re looking to have a smaller-scale celebration, there are two package options introduced during the pandemic: the Mini-Mony for up to 25 guests and the Micro-Wedding for up to 50. Both include an on-site officiant, food and a livestreaming option.

Unique because: You can tie the knot in front of the iconic Glory Road, which features nearly two dozen stock cars on display.

NASCAR Hall of Fame rehearsal dinner
Couples can book the NASCAR Hall of Fame and hold ceremonies along the iconic Glory Road, which features stock cars on display. LunahZon Photography

The Ruth by Beau Monde

Location: 2122 Thrift Rd Unit C, Charlotte, NC 28208

Price: $3,000-$8,000

Tucked away in Wesley Heights, The Ruth is a renovated production facility with an outdoor patio and green space. The event venue opened last year, and the indoor space can be transformed from a ceremony site to a reception area while guests enjoy cocktail hour outdoors. The owner also has another venue property in South End called The Collector’s Room.

Unique because: There are several areas inside and outside that can be used to include whatever you want, like a live band or even a mechanical bull.

the ruth venue
Amanda Somerville

Sugar Creek Brewing Company

Location: 215 Southside Dr, Charlotte, NC 28217

Price: $600+

Imagine a day of brews and I dos with a wedding at Sugar Creek Brewing Company. The brewery’s private event space and taproom include a decorated, private outdoor area with picnic tables, a dedicated bar and an overhead audio-visual system. You’ll have the option for a full range of beers and food services

Unique because: Your favorite brewery can be the setting for your big day, served with your favorite drinks on tap and a casual vibe.

U.S. National Whitewater Center

Location: 5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy, Charlotte, NC 28214

Price: $1,800+

Experience the outdoors in a romantic way with a wedding at the Whitewater Center. Couples can hold their ceremony beneath the forest canopy at South Ridge and enjoy a reception at the open air Ridge Pavilion. Day passes are included for newlyweds, and catering and bar services are available, as well.

Unique because: You can go climbing and then say ‘I do’ in a wedding dress.

Queens University of Charlotte Belk Chapel

Location: 2287 Radcliffe Ave, Charlotte, NC 28274

Price: $1,125+

The chapel at this local college has been the site for thousands of weddings in Charlotte. Nestled in Myers Park, Belk Chapel at Queens is a classically designed space for ceremonies, both big and small. The school also has several other spaces on campus available to rent for cocktail receptions and dinners.

Unique because: There’s multiple photo-worthy spots on the Myers Park campus, such as the residential quad or the mural on the campus arts and civic engagement center by famous street artist Shepard Fairey.

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Chyna Blackmon is a service journalism reporter for The Charlotte Observer. A native of the Carolinas, she grew up in Columbia, SC and graduated from Queens University of Charlotte. She’s also worked in local television news in Charlotte, NC and Richmond, VA.