Hotel Ballast

301 North Water Street, Wilmington, NC 28401 Map · Phone number · Visit website
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About Hotel Ballast

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.

Services Offered
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:

  • Cake
  • Clean up
  • Lighting/sound
  • Set up
  • Barware
  • China
  • Flatware
  • Glassware
  • Linens
  • Parking
  • Shuttle
  • Valet
  • Wheelchair access


Other Facilities
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.

Location
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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46 Reviews for Hotel Ballast

Recommended by 98% of couples


4.9 out of 5.0
  • Quality of service 4.9
  • Professionalism 4.9
  • Flexibility 4.9
  • Value 4.9
  • Average response time 4.8

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    Katie · Married on 11/16/2019

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    • Responsiveness:
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    • Value:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    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
  • Danielle

    Danielle · Married on 06/01/2019

    5.0
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    • Value:
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    Best Venue Ever

    We had the best time at The Hotel Ballast. Brooke made everything so easy for us and so stress free. Everyone LOVED the food, drinks and atmosphere. I would highly recommend this venue to anyone.

    Sent on 06/14/2019

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Hotel Ballast Pricing

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Hotel Ballast FAQ

  • Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue?
    Yes
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during peak season?
    $ 1000
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season?
    $ 500
  • Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue?
    Yes
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during peak season?
    $ 1000
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season?
    $ 500
  • Which of the following are included in starting site fee?
    Chairs
    China
    Clean Up
    Event Planning
    Flatware
    Glassware
    Linens
    Set Up
    Tables
  • Which of the following are included in the cost of wedding catering?
    Cake Cutting
    Dessert
    Server(s)
    Wedding Cake
  • What is the starting price per person for bar service?
    $ 13
  • Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service?
    Bartender(s)
    Champagne Toast
    House Beer
    House Liquor
    House Wine
    Limited Bar
    Open Bar
    Premium Liquor
    Signature Drink
    Specialty Beer
    Specialty Wine
  • What is the maximum capacity of your venue?
    800
  • What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?
    25
  • How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
    4
  • Describe your venue:
    Ballroom
    Banquet Hall
    Hotel
    Waterfront
  • What kind of settings are available?
    Indoor
    Uncovered Outdoor
    Scenic Views
  • Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?
    Ceremony
    Reception
    Bridal Shower
    Engagement Party
    Rehearsal Dinner
  • What event services do you offer?
    Accommodations
    All Inclusive Packages
    Bar Services
    Cake
    Catering Services
    Clean Up
    Event Planner
    Event Rentals
    Get Ready Rooms
    Lighting / Sound
    Outside Vendors
    Set Up
  • What catering services do you offer?
    Buffet
    Cocktail Reception
    Dessert
    Family Style
    Hors d'oeuvres
    Outside Cake
    Plated
    Server(s)
    Stations
    Tastings
  • What bar services do you provide?
    Bartender(s)
    Cash Bar
    Champagne Toast
    House Liquor
    House Wine
    Limited Bar
    Liquor License
    Open Bar
    Premium Liquor
    Signature Drink
    Specialty Beer
    Specialty Wine
  • What event items are available?
    Audio Equipment
    Centerpieces
    Chairs
    Chair Covers
    Dance Floor
    Decor
    Drapery
    Furniture
    Lighting
    Photo booth
    Tables
    Tents
  • What food and beverage items are available?
    Barware
    China
    Flatware
    Glassware
    Linens
  • What transportation and access is available?
    Parking
    Shuttle
    Valet
    Wheelchair Access
  • What months are included in your peak season?
    April
    May
    June
    September
    October
  • What months are included in your off-peak season?
    January
    February
    March
    July
    August
    November
    December

Professional Network & Endorsements

13 Endorsements

  • K2Productions DJ Wedding DJs

    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.

  • Crystal Coast Weddings & Events
    Crystal Coast Weddings & Events Wedding Officiants

    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.

  • Bryce Lafoon Photography Wedding Photographers

    Top Notch Service and Professionalism! One of the best locations in the downtown Wilmington area for an event or Wedding.

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  • 301 North Water Street Wilmington, North Carolina, 28401 See on map
    910-778-1600 (Phone number)
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