Brooklyn Arts Center and The Annex is an historic wedding venue in Wilmington, North Carolina. The venue is located near the Cape Fear River and downtown Wilmington. Both buildings have been restored to host wedding ceremonies and special events. With a 130-year-old history and an iconic church, it makes for an evocative location for ceremonies and receptions.
Facilities and Capacity
Brooklyn Arts Center and The Annex can host up to 250 guests. The venue has two event spaces within the arts center for couples to choose from. It also has an iconic cathedral featuring 50-foot ceilings, brick-and-plaster walls, arched windows, and LED-lit drapes. It can host up to 220 seated guests for a banquet and more than 300 guests for cocktails. The venue also offers a private garden, which can accommodate up to 250 guests, and a bridal suite, which functions as a dressing room and relaxing area for couples.
Brooklyn Arts Center and the Annex offers various services for wedding ceremonies and receptions, including professional event coordinators for planning and assisting couples. There is ample parking available for guests.
Recommended by 97% of couples
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giselle · Married on 06/16/2018
We had our perfect wedding here this June- Thanks Rich!! Highly recommend!
Lori · Married on 05/18/2018
If you want a “Downtown Wilmington Wedding” this is the place to be! Our daughter chose the Brooklyn Arts Center for her May 2018 wedding due to her love of what this venue had to offer, most importantly its historic beginnings of being a church and the beautiful renovation that showcased the vintage architecture. It was an outstanding experience and a day that our memories will never forget! Rich Leder (Executive Director) and Charyl Williams (Social Butterfly) promised it would be a beautiful, magical setting and they lived up to their word! The set up for the ceremony was perfect; we were able to highlight the religious significance of marriage as there was no doubt we were in a church! Then amazingly the transformation for reception and accommodations for a live band was above and beyond what we expected…the wow factor was there! Our desire to have “outdoor time” was planned around a courtyard cocktail hour, however the weather prediction was not in our favor. The thoughts of having a tent with fans was not exactly what we envisioned. Rich and Charyl came to the rescue and cocktail hour was moved to the Annex. It was an absolutely gorgeous place with the stained glass windows and beautiful woodwork! We were blessed to have had this whole venue! If possible, we highly recommend securing the Annex for cocktail hour, photos and extra room for event needs. We are grateful that BAC also included the “Bridal House”! To be able to have a low key bridesmaid gathering in such an accommodating and relaxing area sets this venue a notch above others! It was awesome to have a room specifically designed for hair and make-up artists, a large table for spreading out food and snacks and a refrigerator for drinks (especially mimosas). Wow, what a lovely place with every convenience! We were especially impressed with Rich Leder’s kind words, day of wedding advice actions that showed how much he cares about the bride's experience. Unique venue for a special wedding day!
Elizabeth · Married on 03/17/2018
We're not even sure where to begin with the Brooklyn Arts Center - nothing but wedding greatness!!! Rich is by far the best wedding venue director in Wilmington, hands down. Super professional, responsive, and can answer any question. Highly, highly recommend the Brooklyn Arts Center for any event. He made our wedding day beyond special - he made it perfect. We had a night wedding at the BAC & it couldn't have been a more perfect choice - it's absolutely gorgeous at night with lit candles, so romantic!!! So magical. Thank you so much for making our day incredibly memorable. -Elizabeth & Harrison
Brooklyn Arts Center and the Annex are so special! A renovated church, they both have exposed brick and wood that evokes a rustic feel, though you can design anything in either space! Hosting more than just weddings, the Brooklyn Arts Center is a unique space that allows you to find your design style and bring your event to life. The entire team at Brooklyn Arts Center & Annex is professional & knowledgable, having hosted hundreds of events throughout the years it's been open, as well as passionate and a pleasure of with to work. We love working with couples from the Brooklyn Arts Center and the Annex!
We absolutely love performing weddings at Brooklyn Arts Center. Rich and his team are undeniably some of the best in the industry. They care and it shows. The venue itself is gorgeous and historic and can handle your ceremony and reception in one downtown location steps from the Cape Fear River. You will love it!
This is one of our favorite places in Wilmington, NC to film! Rich and his staff have created a truly wonderful and memorable venue.