Destination Weddings in Raleigh, Durham, Cary, and Chapel Hill

One of the best things about living in North Carolina is that you don’t have to go far to get a destination wedding experience right here at home. On the East Coast, we have the beaches of Wilmington and the Outer Banks islands; to the West, we have the stunning Blue Ridge Mountains with the bustling towns of Asheville and Boone. Whether you prefer sand between your toes or fresh mountain air, or something in-between, a North Carolina destination wedding is never more than a few hours’ drive away.

Tips for Planning a Destination Wedding in Raleigh

Planning a wedding from afar can present a bit of a challenge, but there are plenty of resources that can help you make it happen. Here are some of our top tips to guide your efforts.

  • Make sure it has what you need. The charming beach town where you spent your childhood summers won’t work if it doesn’t have a hotel that can accommodate all your guests.
  • Notify guests well in advance. This will give them time to block out calendar space, request time off and/or childcare, and budget for the expenses.
  • Look for ways to save. Speaking of expense, destination weddings tend to be pricey. You can cut costs by choosing a naturally beautiful venue that doesn’t need a lot of decorations. Similarly, try catering whatever’s local and in season—you may be able to work out a deal with a farmer or supplier.
  • Dress for success. As pretty as the photos may look, wearing a full ball gown on a beach in August might make you feel more miserable than magical. Likewise, wearing a strapless gown in a charming mountain venue might leave you rather chilly. Plan clothes that will suit the destination, and never, ever put a wedding dress in with checked baggage.
  • Visit the venue in person. Ideally, you should visit your destination wedding venue twice–once prior to booking, and once again a few months before the wedding to finalize details. When wedding week arrives, arrive a few days early to give yourself a buffer for last-minute mishaps.

Below are just a few of our favorite destination wedding venues in Raleigh, Durham, Cary, Chapel Hill and beyond. Want your venue to be featured on our Raleigh Destination Weddings page? Click here to learn how to become one of our awesome vendors.

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