Weddings

Merrell Estate & Gardens

Salter Path, NC View map Visit website
2021 Couples' Choice Awards Winner

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2021 Couples' Choice Awards Winner
Up to 500 guests

Merrell Estate & Gardens, located in Salter Path, North Carolina, is a mansion wedding venue nestled in the heart of the Crystal Coast. This gorgeous property with grand spaces, expansive greens, and a stately southern charm makes a stunning location for a destination wedding full of drama and grandeur.

Facilities and Capacity

The house at Merrell Estate & Gardens features intricate classic southern estate details with a modern twist. Large wooden doors open into their elegant Grand Foyer, a spacious and welcoming space, that is suitable for welcoming guests or intimate gatherings with seating for up to 100 guests. The Merrell Ballroom & Bar is their primary event space which can accommodate 200 guests for a ceremony or 175 for dinner. The area is also suitable for a dance floor with space for a DJ or band. If you are looking for an outdoor venue, the Portico with its high-ceilings and garden view offers extensive rain cover and heating options. This large covered outdoor seating area can accommodate up to 175 people for dinner and has space for a dance floor and live band. You can also combine any of these options, as we do numerous indoor-outdoor events since the spaces are all easily connected.

The property also features a Luxury Bridal Suite with plush furniture and individual makeup stations and a Groom’s Room featuring a pool table, stocked bar, large televisions, and outdoor games. The meticulously landscaped gardens span over two acres and feature a variety of native and tropical fauna. The Lawn, their largest outdoor ceremony space, features seating for over 300 people in the open air or under a tent. The Aisle of Palms provides a dramatic cathedral-like setting for a wedding march set against a lush green backdrop and under the open sky. The Wild Garden offers private alcoves and hideaways perfect for intimate moments and photos created by the flowering trees and wild coastal brush. We also have beach and sound-side access for ceremonies of 100 or fewer guests or for just bride-groom photos, sunset pictures of the couple are a great option on the water!

Services Offered

Merrell Estate & Gardens offers a selection of wedding packages from which to choose. Their most popular package includes:

  • 12-hour venue access on the wedding day
  • Event assistance with day-of coordination, event timeline, setup, breakdown of house items, and vendor coordination
  • Unlimited access to event team through email or phone before the event
  • Venue access for ceremony rehearsal and rehearsal dinner
  • Luxury Bridal Suite with snacks and beverages
  • Groom’s Room with snacks and drinks
  • Use of banquet tables and cocktail tables
  • White folding chairs for outdoor ceremonies and receptions
  • Chiavari chairs for indoor ceremonies and receptions
  • A standard linen package
  • White china plates, glassware, flatware, and service items
  • Cake cutting sets and service
  • DJ and MC services
  • A standard lighting package
  • Outdoor heaters
  • Guest parking with attendants

Cuisine

Merrell Estate & Gardens offers first-class hospitality and food and beverage packages featuring fresh, seasonal, chef-driven food from award-winning on-site catering company 81 Hospitality Group.

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?

$7,450

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

$7,450

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?

$7,450

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

$7,450

Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

Bridal Suite
Chairs
China
Clean Up
Flatware
Glassware
Linens
Parking
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?

$20

Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service?

Bartender(s)
House Beer
House Wine

What is the maximum capacity of your venue?

500

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

30

How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?

12

Describe your venue:

Ballroom
Banquet Hall
Beach
Garden
Mansion

What kind of settings are available?

Indoor
Covered Outdoor
Uncovered Outdoor
Scenic Views

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?

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

What catering services do you offer?

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

What bar services do you provide?

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

What event items are available?

Altar/Arch
Audio Equipment
Chairs
Dance Floor
Decor
Furniture
Lighting
Photo booth
Tables

What food and beverage items are available?

Barware
China
Flatware
Glassware
Linens

What transportation and access is available?

Parking
Wheelchair Access

What months are included in your peak season?

March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December

What months are included in your off-peak season?

January
February

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    Dr. B. Getting married on 11/03/2022
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    Merrell Estate and Gardens

    We're from out of state and didn't know anyone. I found this venue on line near the location we needed. I called and instantly connected with the owners who offered so much advice and help. They already had wonderful reviews. We booked with them but it didn't stop there. Lize, the owner, offered me a vendor list if I wanted it. I was so thankful she offered it. We were able to book everyone we needed. Her staff was so professional the day of the wedding and accommodating. They helped us through the wedding day with ease. I'm so thankful we booked with Merrell. It was the best decision we have made!

    Merrell Estate & Gardens's reply:

    Thank you so much for your kind feedback! We are so glad you were happy with your choice. It was our pleasure to help you and your sweet family celebrate such a special day! We wish you all the very best. Thank you again for sharing!
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    Laine M. Married on 10/22/2021
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    Exceptional Coastal Venue!

    When we were searching for a wedding venue we knew instantly that Merrell Estate and Gardens was it as soon as we stepped on the property. With the coastal breezy air surrounding, beautiful landscape, and sprawling property it had everything we were looking for. The Merrell family was incredibly prompt in all of our communications and made the entire process so easy. We chose their luxury all inclusive package and that is exactly what it was. They worked with us to bring our vision for our wedding to life and the end result was more than we could have every imagined! The food was phenomenal and fresh and we were able to taste everything well in advance and choose from multiple delicious options. Every request we made was so easily accommodated! The luxury bride and grooms suites were clean and spacious which was so comfortable for our large bridal party. The bridal party had tons of room and comfy places to sit as well as individual hair and makeup stations which was a dream for our hair/makeup team. The team at Merrell Estate and Gardens was so lovely to work with and all of our guests complimented their service and kindness. The entire night was perfect and it really is thanks to their team! We cannot recommend this venue enough and the owners are not only incredibly easy to work with, they are genuinely just lovely people. This venue will forever hold such a special place in our hearts!

    Merrell Estate & Gardens's reply:

    Thank you so much, Laine! We had a great time helping you and Corey celebrate - your vision for the event was so special and turned out to be unique and beautiful. We loved getting to know you both and were honored to be a part of your celebration. Thank you for your kind feedback and we wish you both only the very best!

Awards

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  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2022 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2021 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2020 Winner

Team

Clarke Merrell
Clarke Merrell
Owner

Most of what you see at Merrell Estate & Gardens is the result of Clarke's creative vision, along with the talent of his family and team at 81 Hospitality. Clarke has over two decades of experience in the hospitality industry spanning everything from fine-dining, to fast-casual restaurants, to high-end catering and events. He currently owns and operates multiple restaurants and gourmet retail locations around the Crystal Coast, including his award-winning team at Circa 81 Tapas & Cocktaileria who provide all of the catering for Merrell Estate & Gardens.

Liza Merrell
Liza Merrell
Owner

Liza Merrell oversees the service and hospitality for our guests. From intimate parties to major industry conferences, Liza has decades of experience coordinating and directing events of all sizes and styles. She brings a warmth, finesse and precision that completes our team in creating the experience of your dreams.

Map

1700 Salter Path Road Salter Path, NC, 28557
252.773.0592
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Merrell Estate & Gardens frequently asked questions

What items and services are included in the starting site fee at Merrell Estate & Gardens?

Merrell Estate & Gardens includes the following items and services for wedding events in its starting site fee:
  • Bridal Suite
  • Chairs
  • China
  • Clean Up
  • Flatware
  • Glassware
  • Linens
  • Parking
  • Set Up
  • Tables

At Merrell Estate & Gardens, what items and services related to wedding catering are included in the cost?

Merrell Estate & Gardens includes the following items and services in its wedding catering costs:
  • Cake Cutting
  • Dessert
  • Server(s)
  • Wedding Cake

At Merrell Estate & Gardens, what does the bar service starting price include?

The bar service starting price at Merrell Estate & Gardens includes:
  • Bartender(s)
  • House Beer
  • House Wine

What are the most important characteristics of Merrell Estate & Gardens in terms of venue type, style and location?

The space offered by Merrell Estate & Gardens for wedding events is known for:
  • Ballroom
  • Banquet Hall
  • Beach
  • Garden
  • Mansion

What kind of indoor/outdoor options are available at Merrell Estate & Gardens for wedding events?

Merrell Estate & Gardens offers the following indoor/outdoor options for weddings:
  • Indoor
  • Covered Outdoor
  • Uncovered Outdoor
  • Scenic Views

What kind of wedding events does Merrell Estate & Gardens offer?

Merrell Estate & Gardens offers the following types of wedding events:
  • Ceremony
  • Reception
  • Bridal Shower
  • Engagement Party
  • Elopements
  • Rehearsal Dinner

What services does Merrell Estate & Gardens offer for wedding events?

Merrell Estate & Gardens offers the following services for wedding events:
  • Accommodations
  • All Inclusive Packages
  • Bar Services
  • Cake
  • Catering Services
  • Clean Up
  • Event Planner
  • Event Rentals
  • Get Ready Rooms
  • Lighting / Sound
  • Outside Vendors
  • Pet Friendly
  • Set Up
  • Wifi

What furniture and decorations does Merrell Estate & Gardens have available for wedding events?

Merrell Estate & Gardens offers the following furniture and decor items for weddings:
  • Altar/Arch
  • Audio Equipment
  • Chairs
  • Dance Floor
  • Decor
  • Furniture
  • Lighting
  • Photo booth
  • Tables

What percentage of users recommend Merrell Estate & Gardens and which are the most valued aspects of their wedding services?

Merrell Estate & Gardens is recommended by 100% of couples who have used their services. Their overall rating is 5.0, with the same score awarded for quality of service, flexibility, value, professionalism and average response time.

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