Hotel Ballast is a wedding venue located in Wilmington, North Carolina. Couples will appreciate the gorgeous rooms at this classic, elegant hotel. Their indoor and outdoor settings are stunning, and offer beautiful views of the Cape Fear River. Whatever you need, Hotel Ballast would be happy to provide it for you. Our inclusive wedding packages allow a relief of stress and will make your special day one you can enjoy.
Facilities and Capacity
Couples may host up to 1,000 guests at Hotel Ballast for their ceremonies, receptions, engagement parties, and bridal showers. This lovely hotel features 12 event spaces couples may choose from to enjoy their wedding events. They have lovely, tastefully decorated banquet halls and ballrooms that allow couples to add their own personality and charm to the area. Comfortable carpeted flooring, crown molding, and recessed and wall wash lights add an air of sophistication as well as comfort. There are also beautiful, rustic-inspired yet still elegant outdoor areas overlooking the waterfront. Such a beautiful backdrop will elevate any celebration.
Hotel Ballast wants to make sure couples have a fantastic wedding. Their staff is professional and reliable and will do what they can to help ensure your events go smoothly and stress free. They offer many services to ensure this happens, including an on-site wedding planner who will help coordinate your wedding. Couples may also rent event items from the hotel, including audio equipment, centerpieces, chair covers, chairs, a dance floor, decor, drapery, furniture, lighting, a photo booth, tables, and tents. Overnight guests will also be able to stay in one of 272 guest rooms and suites. The Hotel Ballast also offers the following other services:
Hotel Ballast’s bridal suite is a beautiful, modern room complete with all the amenities you might need to get ready for your big day. The chic room features a 49-inch LCD television, a powder room, a refrigerator, microwave, three makeup consoles with professional lighting, and a luxurious bed.
Hotel Ballast is conveniently located at the center of downtown Wilmington, near many attractions, shops, and restaurants on the downtown Riverwalk, which starts in front of hotel. Couples and their guests will also appreciate the hotel’s own amenities, including a sundecked swimming pool and cabana bar and a fitness center. The hotel also includes Board & Barrel, their own restaurant, as well as Ruth’s Chris Steak House and Buffalo Bayou.
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47 Reviews for Hotel Ballast
Recommended by 98% of couples
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Julie · Married on 10/30/2020
Karen is beyond amazing
Hotel Ballast is a gorgeous venue. Being a modern hotel right on the river walk was just what I had envisioned for my wedding. All of that was wonderful, but what made my wedding experience ten times better was Karen, the event coordinator. My original wedding date had to be rescheduled due to Covid and Karen took over for my previous coordinator and I’m so glad she did. She was beyond helpful, the communication and quick responsiveness was 100% and she did everything in her power to make sure my husband and I were happy and comfortable. Definitely consider the hotel if you’re looking for a wedding venue!Sent on 11/01/2020
Hotel Ballast's reply:Thank you Julie, you and Larry and both of your families were absolutely amazing and it was an honor to work with all of you!! Wishing you both the happiest lives together and hope to see you both again soon.
Alexandra L. · Married on 01/09/2021
Perfect from Start to Finish
I am SO happy that we decided on Hotel Ballast for our ceremony and reception venue. The wedding packages they provide, you cannot beat! Literally everything you need to make a ceremony and reception happen, is included in their packages. I can't even imagine having to find and hire each individual vendor ourselves; they do all that work for you, and that was a huge load off our shoulders. We went with the Amethyst package and had an open bar for 3 hours. We had so many of our guest come up to us and tell us how stunning the venue is, how amazing the food was, how beautiful the decor is, etc. Karen was our wedding coordinator and she was so helpful and kind during each and every step of our planning! Both the ceremony and reception were held indoors; she ensured that the chairs during the ceremony and the tables during the reception were socially distanced. Highly recommend this hotel as a venue, and ask for Karen!Sent on 01/17/2021
Katie · Married on 11/16/2019
Absolutely gorgeous venue!
Hotel Ballast was the perfect location for our wedding! Gabby Rivera and Brooke Bloomquist were absolutely amazing when it came to making our wedding day so beautiful. They were both so patient and helpful as we talked through what we envisioned for our big day, and we were blown away by how great everything looked! One of the most awesome parts about choosing the Ballast is that is right on the riverwalk, and you simply cannot beat the view! The food was amazing, the ballroom was absolutely gorgeous, and my husband and I had the greatest time dancing the night away with our guests knowing that the incredible staff at this venue had EVERYTHING handled (and I mean everything!). I wish we could relive the night over and over again!Sent on 12/22/2019
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We worked at the Hilton Wilmington Riverside for a corporate event earlier this year and the staff was phenomenal to work with. They were very accommodating of our needs. One thing that stood out was their willingness to make meal arrangements for one of our staff who was vegetarian. Everyone we came in contact with was friendly and helpful.
I have been fortunate to have used the Hilton Wilmington Riverside Hotel for events and am pleased to endorse them for wedding and event venue.
Top Notch Service and Professionalism! One of the best locations in the downtown Wilmington area for an event or Wedding.