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Jiddi Space & Courtyard

Raleigh, NC View map Visit website
Rating 4.9 out of 5
80 reviews
$8k - $9k For 100 Guests
Up to 140 guests

About

$8k - $9k For 100 Guests
Up to 140 guests

About

This historic hidden gem in the heart of Downtown Raleigh accommodates up to 120 seated guests for indoor/outdoor celebrations. Inside, the Jiddi (meaning "grandfather" in Lebanese) is a fully enclosed space that seats up to 100 guests, with market lighting, exposed brick, and high ceilings. In the Courtyard, there is a marble-top outdoor bar, lounge seating, and a stage area, perfect for live music, ceremonies, welcome parties, and full capacity seating of 120. The Courtyard offers an enchanting atmosphere with our house market lights, and is equally romantic under a clear-top tent rental from a third party vendor! This urban oasis is tucked behind two street-facing restaurants: Sitti Authentic Lebanese and Gravy Italian Kitchen, both serving as exclusive caterers to the venue. At the Jiddi Space & Courtyard, we are committed to excellent hospitality and crafting an experience as special as the occasion!

Wedding/Getting-ReadySuite
Get ready for your Big Day in our beautiful suite that overlooks the Courtyard! This space is inlcuded with the venue. The space is available for 6 hours before guest arrival/ceremony for your event. Capacity of 20 guests max. Light bites, lunch, and refreshments are also available.

Services
Our friendly staff members are assets to the establishment and ready to help assist in your big day. The venue provides a range of services/amentites, including:

  • In-house catering and bar, from Sitti or Gravy
  • Market Lights (indoors and outdoors)
  • Setup/Cleanup of all house items
  • Wifi, sound system, microphone
  • Banquetware
  • Linens and tealight candles
  • Tables/Chairs
  • Cake Cutting

Food Services/Cuisine
The Jiddi Space & Courtyard is catered exclusively by Sitti or Gravy, and our private dining menus reflect the food you know and love from these two award-winning restaurants. Our food and beverage offerings include:

  • In-house service staff and bar staff
  • Tastings
  • Champagne toast
  • Signature drink
  • Cash bar or Open bar
  • Third-party cake/dessert is allowed

Other Services
The Jiddi Space & Courtyard is a popular venue for a wide variety of wedding-related celebrations as well:

  • Elopement
  • Bridal shower
  • Engagement party
  • Rehearsal dinner and/or welcome party
  • Ceremony
  • Reception
  • Post wedding brunch

History

As part of the Heiling Levine complex on the corner of Wilmington and Hargett streets, the Jiddi Space & Courtyard share a rich history. Now occupied by Sitti Authentic Lebanese restaurant, the Heilig Levine building proper was home to 2 hotels, a furniture store, and a grocery store before W. A. Heilig and Albert L. Levine's furniture business came to the space in 1936.

The Jiddi Space & Courtyard were used as storage for the businesses around it – for carriages in the late 1800s to early 1900s, then for furniture and other goods in the mid-1900s. When Empire Properties bought and restored the Heilig Levine complex in 2005, the Jiddi Space & Courtyard were used as a workshop during the renovation.

Location
Nestled in the heart of downtown Raleigh, just blocks from Marbles Museum, North Carolina State Capitol, and the North Carolina Museum of Science. 23 minute drive from RDU airport.

Frequently Asked Questions

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?

$500

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season?

$5,500

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?

$500

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
Clean Up
Flatware
Glassware
Lighting/Sound
Linens
Set Up
Tables

Which of the following are included in the cost of wedding catering?

Cake Cutting
Dessert
Server(s)

What is the starting price per person for bar service?

$30

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?

140

What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?

20

How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?

4

Describe your venue:

Ballroom
Banquet Hall
Historic Building
Loft
Restaurant

What kind of settings are available?

Indoor
Uncovered Outdoor

Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

Ceremony
Reception
Bridal Shower
Engagement Party
Elopements
Rehearsal Dinner

What event services do you offer?

All Inclusive Packages
Bar Services
Catering Services
Clean Up
Event Rentals
Get Ready Rooms
Lighting / Sound
Outside Vendors
Set Up
Wifi

What catering services do you offer?

Buffet
Cocktail Reception
Dessert
Family Style
Hors d'oeuvres
Outside Cake
Server(s)
Stations
Tastings

What bar services do you provide?

Bartender(s)
Cash Bar
Champagne Toast
House Beer
House Liquor
House Wine
Limited Bar
Open Bar
Premium Liquor
Signature Drink
Specialty Beer
Specialty Wine

What event items are available?

Audio Equipment
Chairs
Dance Floor
Furniture
Lighting
Tables

What food and beverage items are available?

Barware
Flatware
Glassware
Linens

What transportation and access is available?

Wheelchair Access

What months are included in your peak season?

April
May
September
October
November
December

What months are included in your off-peak season?

January
February
March
June
July
August

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    Stephany S. Married on 11/01/2021
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    Beyond our wildest dreams!

    A great space for a wedding with an amazing staff. We had a 20 person wedding and held the ceremony and reception inside. Coming from out of state, we were unable to visit the space in person or sample the food prior to the event. But the Empire Eats event coordinators Amy and Kat made booking the Jiddi space and all the planning very easy. They were very helpful in answering all of our questions.

    The food from Gravy was amazing and the staff took great care of all our guests. Arancini, chicken marsala, braised beef, and tiramisu were all delicious. There wasn’t a single item we picked out that we didn’t love! The space looked amazing and everyone had a great experience. We are very thankful to everyone at Gravy and Jiddi that helped make our wedding go so smoothly and a truly memorable day.
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    Christie M. Married on 09/09/2020
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    Amazing experience from booking to wedding day!

    I can't say enough good things about booking the Jiddi Space for my wedding reception. From day 1, which I booked about a year in advance, the event coordinator Devan was extremely helpful and responsive. They thought of every last detail so I didn't have to! I love this venue because it's all inclusive. All you have to bring is entertainment and any decor you want and you're going to have a fantastic night. All my guests raved about how much fun they had, and it's all thanks to the team at Sitti/Jiddi that made it happen. I'm so glad I chose to have my wedding reception here.

    Jiddi Space & Courtyard's reply:

    We are so happy you chose us to celebrate your big day! Glad we made it an easy planning process so you can enjoy. These pictures are beautiful. 💗

Awards

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  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2020 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2019 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2018 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2017 Winner

Real Weddings

  • Peter & Zeina
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Team

Devan Leicht
Devan Leicht
Sales Event Manager

Congratulations!

Originally from Chicago, bringing a blend of energetic hospitality to our couples. With 20 years experience in the food, beverage, and service industry I take pride in making events memorable for every guest. Building relationships while making the planning process less stressful is my passion.

I focus on our teams delivery of food & beverage service and hospitality within our venues. My job is rewarding to see a vision come full circle, whether watching couples tie the knot, helping them throw a surprise party, or just celebrating life!

Let's connect soon and make your event great!

Kat Kopchak
Kat Kopchak
Event Logistics Manager

Over 18 years in the wedding industry making this a career that I truly LOVE.

I handels details of menu selections, bar, and other service aspects within our wonderful veneus. Working with our guests during Tasting and Logistics meetings, and overseeing day of the event kick off.

Looking forward to working with you soon.

Professional Network & Endorsements

3 Endorsements
All Around Raleigh DJ Company All Around Raleigh DJ Company Wedding DJs

We have been a part of many event at the Jiddi Space & Courtyard and it is one of Raleigh's hidden event space gems. There are very few courtyards in the area and no others in downtown Raleigh. Of course the food is unbelievable good since this is a part of Sitti! The people that run the events are as good as they come and are very accommodating. Awesome space!

DeeJay's Event Rentals DeeJay's Event Rentals Wedding Rentals

We love working with our friends over at the Jiddi Space!  Not only is it a beautiful space inside (the Jiddi space has an old world charm) and out (gorgeous courtyard), but the food is delicious.  On top of that, the Event Managers - Amy and Devan - always ensure a quality experience from beginning to end.  Our customers are always happy.  You can’t beat that!

Fallon's Flowers Fallon's Flowers Wedding Florists

We absolutely love working with this venue - and our brides love it too! The atmosphere is wonderful and the staff is always accommodating and helpful. Not to mention we've heard rave reviews about their food! We will happily continue working with this wonderful group of people.

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137 South Wilmington Raleigh, NC, 27601
919-592-7176

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