It FINALLY happened - you’re engaged. You get to start planning your wedding and making allllllll those dreams a reality. We're incredibly lucky to have such a wide variety of wedding venues in Charlotte, North Carolina. We have everything from huge barn venues to modern and industrial venues, small intimate wedding venues, and historical houses to fit your every need. We're lucky enough to have shot at a lot of these venues, but we wanted to give shout outs to the ones that we haven't as well! We'll try to include as much information as possible in these descriptions, and link to blog posts that we have for any of these venues.
We’ll hopefully be updating this blog post frequently, so as of writing, this post was updated on 09/14/2022.
Managed by Best Impressions Caterers, this massive Uptown venue is perfect for large events, and for weddings, it can make for an elegant extravaganza. When you choose Founder’s Hall, you not only get a gorgeous event hall that can fit a ton of people, but full catering is now also included. We love the uptown setting, the massive glass ceiling, and the two story design. Best Impressions is also able to add tables, chairs, linens, draping, and uplighting to the space to give it a crazy cool ambiance.
Also managed by Best Impressions Caterers, this venue is located at the very edge of 277 to the west. This venue is one of our favorites because of the variety of setups that you can have in the space. You can have your ceremony and reception in the exact same space, and there’s a TON of parking for all of your guests as well. The view of Uptown Charlotte is like no other. Check out Kelly and Ryan’s Terrace at Cedar Hill Wedding!
An art gallery, an outdoor terrace, and a solarium (big open room surrounded by glass) in the middle of the city? Sign us up. Located inside of Hearst Tower, this modern wedding venue screams class, and it has sweeping views of Uptown to accompany it.
With skyline views and many built-in amenities, SpringHill Suites Charlotte Uptown is not to be overlooked. The Hornets Nest Ballroom is located on the 16th floor of the hotel and has floor to ceiling windows and access to two private outdoor patios. Guests can stay on-site and it’s right in the middle of uptown with easy access to public transportation and restaurants. And, if you ask nicely, you may also get permission to take photos on top of the hotel parking deck, which can be hard to get in uptown.
Not to be confused with the other location of The Mint Museum on Randolph Road, this venue offers one of the most unique settings and reception spaces all around – in an art museum. The main ceremony space has a massive glass window backdrop and is surrounded by wall to ceiling sculptures and art. For your reception, the Grand Room upstairs has a gorgeous and open space for all of your guests, and an accessible patio to be able to get some fresh air. You can pick and choose your spaces here and really customize your day!
The Grand Bohemian Hotel is located right uptown and is relatively new to the city. There are SO many cool spaces, patios, gardens, and unique settings in and around the hotel, making it a photographer’s playground. Not only are the rooms gorgeous, but the garden out to the side is a perfect place for a ceremony or first look, along with the spacious patio with a wall of flowers and a beautiful view of the city. Pair all that with an in house Argentinian catering service, and you’ve got yourself a winner.
Combined lodging as well as indoor and outdoor options make this a definite favorite for us. The Morehead Inn is easily accessible from Uptown, and is incredibly gorgeous. In addition, it has 12 rooms for guests to stay in, enabling couples to stay the night there and wake up and get ready for their day. They also have a tent setup available in case of bad weather, making it absolutely worry-free.
Even though our beloved 8.2.0. has closed, it has recently reopened as The Hamilton Event Spaces. The Hamilton offers five event spaces and they kept the private karaoke room as one of them! You can choose to rent out the whole venue for a large gathering, or just a portion of the space for a more intimate affair. The Full Event Room can be decorated with lights and drapery, and can fit a surprising amount of people to have a pretty large open dance floor as well as a flipped ceremony/reception space. The in-house catering still serves some of the old 8.2.0. favorites, but they’ve expanded their offerings to include a breakfast buffet, grab and go sandwich platters for lunch, and a full dinner and drink menu.
For those who are looking for something more quaint and religious, but still surrounded by the city, this tiny chapel might go unnoticed if you don’t know what you’re looking for. This beautiful place was designated a historical venue since 1975, and is actually owned by Mecklenburg County. However, don’t be fooled, because between the gorgeous stained glass and proximity to the greenway for portraits, St. Mary’s still can hold it’s weight against the largest uptown venues for ceremony spaces. We’ve seen most couples have their ceremony here, and then travel to somewhere larger for a reception.
Adjacent to the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, the Urban Garden boasts a massive atrium space with an epic staircase and multiple settings to accommodate all parts of the wedding day. There are 3 levels: the Overlook (pictured here), Upper Garden, and Lower Garden. Generally we’ve seen the Lower Garden used for cocktail hour, the Upper Garden for ceremony, and the a combination of the upper spaces for reception seating and dancing. All the natural light and indoor trees make this venue unlike any other!
Triple C Barrel Room is across the street from the Charlotte brewery, Triple C Brewing. It’s a fully dedicated event space that bring dark tones in a really nice enclosed space in the heart of South End, Charlotte. With a fully equipped kitchen and AV system, alongside a FULL tap room, Triple C is the perfect location if you’re thinking of a low key event that’s surrounded by Charlotte’s favorite craft drink 😉
What started out as a jazz and supper club (hosting big names like John Legend and more!) has turned into a unique venue to host your wedding in Charlotte! Featuring a huge dance floor and a built in stage, and onsite food and beverage, The Big Chill is a hidden gem of a place to host a wedding reception, especially if you’re considering a live band.
Byron’s South End is a banquet venue in the heart of South End, Charlotte, owned by Best Impressions Catering. And you know what that means – AWESOME food and catering is inevitable. Byron’s has exposed brick, modern chandeliers, and a big open space, which makes it perfect for a really elegant wedding. It’s proximity to the rest of South End also puts you in a PRIME position to go after a celebratory night!
Actually located right around the corner from Bryon’s South End, The Design Center Atrium is a unique two story indoor venue. This place is often looked over, but can provide an incredible wedding day experience. The space is almost infinitely customizable, and can be used for both a ceremony and a reception with a quick flip. With exposed brick, metal beams, and an awesome staircase connecting the two, the Design Center Atrium is a unique and historic venue that any couple that has an eye for design would adore.
If anybody has an affinity with exposed wood , Norfolk Hall is the PERFECT place to bring a bit of an industrial feel to your wedding. This venue is actually managed by QC Catering, which means that all of your food needs are in good hands. You’ll also be right next to Suffolk Punch, which can cater all of your beer needs throughout the night!
This is another awesome venue managed by Best Impression Caterers and is a private event space separate from the rest of the Catawba Brewing Company tap room. With barrels stacked from floor to ceiling in what used to be Famous Amos cookie factory owned by Kelloggs, it is historic, romantic, and any beer-lover’s dream!
The Canopy by Hilton Charlotte Southpark is a relatively new, open ballroom type space, and with 5 spaces available for your use, there are so many possibilities to host your wedding here. The ballroom is the perfect place for a large reception, both seated and standing. The ease of having a hotel for your guests to stay and a built in kitchen to your venue can also be absolutely invaluable, and for that reason, we think it’s definitely a venue to consider!
A beautiful all-inclusive venue, Alexander Homestead has a gorgeous property with the actual house for getting ready, a ceremony space outdoors with a gazebo and string lights, and a fully indoor barn to host your reception. And between them all, you’ll find perfectly manicured gardens and a small pond that really turn this venue into a little oasis.
We love this venue for it’s historic charm and picturesque locations for both ceremony and reception. We personally recommend saying your vows in front of a beautiful arcing tree branch covered in vines that’s located to the side of the house. Then send your guests to the courtyard for the reception which is strung up with lots of market lights and a clear tent top for dancing under the stars!
The 1932 Barn is one of our favorite barn venues, due to the spacious reception area and separate designated getting-ready rooms. With an outdoor ceremony space that’s under the cover of a large tree, a fully indoor reception space, and cocktail hour scattered around the property with little nooks for people to relax, this place is as upscale rustic as it gets. We adore working here, as the property is also a working farm and has animals roaming around! Check out Hannah and Ethan’s 1932 Barn Wedding!
Just barely outside of Charlotte (less than 30 minutes), Sweet Magnolia Estates checks all the boxes. It has a beautiful outdoor ceremony space as well as a large indoor banquet hall and on-site getting ready areas for both bride and groom. The décor is simple, yet elegant and leaves room to bring your own personal style to the space.
McGill Rose Garden is a private getaway for a small wedding. Although it’s right outside of uptown, you’re fully surrounded by greenery in a magical garden setting. This venue gets bonus points for being connected to Rosie’s Wine Garden to help out with cocktail hour 😉
One of Charlotte’s newest venues is nestled right off the Plaza! Renovated and managed by Best Impression Caterers, it is beautiful all on it’s own and doesn’t need much in the way of décor. The terrace to the side of the house is massive with a view of the gardens, which makes it perfect for both ceremony and reception with a cocktail hour inside the historic home. There is also a large bridal suite with lots of windows and mirrors and a few other smaller getting-ready spaces on-site.
The Hotel Concord is a gorgeously renovated hotel from the 1920’s, right in downtown Concord. It has a large ballroom with tons of natural light and a bridal suite on-site. It is now just an event venue, not a hotel, so you’ll have the whole place to yourself. The marble floors and art deco fixtures give this place a sophisticated feel and offers many opportunities for cool photos!
Just outside of Charlotte, Vesuvius Vineyards is a beautiful historic venue with numerous options when it comes to choosing a ceremony location. You can have your ceremony facing the house for a more historic feel or choose a backdrop of tall trees out on the lawn. They also have a Wedding Chapel that can be used for ceremonies or cocktail hour. The whole property is over 700 acres and you technically have access to as much as you’re willing to trek to. The Venue Coordinators, Jay and Kristy, are two of the nicest people we know and they will work hard to make sure your day is exactly as you want it.
Looking for a big venue? Look no further! The “Lab Mill”, as it is affectionately called, is a massive old cotton mill that was later used as a medical laboratory. Now, it has been fully renovated into a wedding venue with two main indoor event spaces that can be used on a wedding day. A river runs behind the mill (it used to power it) and there’s a small beach you can cross to reach it and take pictures in front of the falls.
It’s a beautiful mansion with a massive formal garden. What more could you ask for? Well, there are multiple outdoor areas for portraits as well as large getting ready areas for both bride and groom on the second floor of the mansion. The main floor serves as the reception space and you can have your big entrance by descending down the grand staircase. This place just exudes elegance and romance.
If you’re looking for a venue with a gorgeous backdrop, but not a lot of frills, definitely take a look at The Quarry at Carrigan Farms. Ceremonies are generally held on the granite cliffs overlooking the Quarry and you can have them time it to turn on the waterfall when you say “I Do”. Receptions are held under a covered pavilion, which is open-air during the warmer months. Farm-to-table meals are included in all wedding packages and prepared on-site. At night they light the fire pits and set up colored lights on the falls!
Located on a working tree farm, the Arbors offers beautiful scenery and a gorgeous backdrop for a wedding. They have two different indoor spaces, each with an epic grand fireplace.
This is another Best Impressions venue! Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden offers a variety of daytime and evening rental packages with varying access to the Orchid Conservatory, Crape Myrtle Grove, Four Seasons Lawn, the White Garden, and the Great Hall.
We love the combo of the lakeside views and large ballroom that you get at Catawba Falls. They have a variety of options for ceremony sites and they only host one wedding per day to allow you full access to the grounds.
Looking for luxury? Check out the The Ballantyne Hotel. It’s elegant and timeless interiors bring a classic look to your day. The grand staircase is a beautiful spot for photos and maybe even a first look. Guests can enjoy the beautiful amenities such as an on-site spa as well as the convenience of overnight accommodations. The The Ballantyne Hotel is also known for it’s incredible food!
Old Mill turned open-air pavilion, tall ceilings and wood beams, lots and lot of square footage. Sign me up! The big open windows provide a ton of natural light throughout the venue and there are several locations on the property that can be used for a wedding ceremony.