Durham and Chapel Hill Venue Spotlight

Nearby cities of Durham and Chapel Hill, North Carolina have a lot to offer when it comes to wedding venues! While these two places offer very different aesthetics and guest experiences, they’re right down the road from each other. 

Durham has more of a city feel, with industrial-chic buildings and tons of amazing foodie eats. Chapel Hill on the other hand is a bit more country, with the bulk of the activity happening around the University of North Carolina’s campus and Franklin Street. 

While Durham will attract couples coming from big cities near and far, Chapel Hill will attract couples who have a special tie to the location and school. 

Here are some of my favorite wedding venues in the area! 


The Durham Hotel Mid-century modern at its finest! The Durham Hotel is the place to be in Downtown Durham. With its amazing rooftop bar and mod decor, your guests are sure to be wowed. 

Photo by Seth Parker | via The Durham Hotel

21c Hotel Boutique hotel meets art museum in this trendy Downtown Durham venue. 21c is the ideal backdrop for a modern and minimal affair where guests can experience local artwork and historic architecture. 

Photo by Merritt Chesson | via The Lion House Co

The Cotton Room The Cotton Room is a brick, light-filled space that serves as an elevated industrial backdrop for your wedding. Built in a restored tobacco production building, this venue has all the charm Historic Durham has to offer! 

Photo by Anna Peeples Photography | via The Cotton Room

Chapel Hill

The Barn of Chapel Hill This modern barn has Joanna Gaines written all over it! The barn is rustic, yet still elegant and clean with its white exterior and gorgeous landscape. With stunning locations both indoors and outdoors, there are tons of possibilities for your ceremony, cocktail hour and reception. 

Photo by Krystal Kast | Planning Kast Events & Co | via Barn of Chapel Hill

The Carolina Inn An iconic wedding venue for UNC Chapel Hill grads and fans alike. The Carolina Inn is a traditional and historic hotel that’s perfect for the classic couple. 

Photo by John James Wedding Photography

The Parlour at Mann’s Chapel This venue is a renovated historic chapel with tons of Southern charm. Ideal for smaller gatherings, there are both indoor and outdoor spaces loaded with potential! 

Photo by Jenna Goetze of AJ Dunlap | Planning Kast Events & Co | via The Parlour at Manns Chapel

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