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!
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
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.
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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 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.
Merrell Estate & Gardens frequently asked questions
What items and services are included in the starting site fee at Merrell Estate & Gardens?
- Bridal Suite
- Clean Up
- Set Up
At Merrell Estate & Gardens, what items and services related to wedding catering are included in the cost?
- Cake Cutting
- Wedding Cake
At Merrell Estate & Gardens, what does the bar service starting price include?
- House Beer
- House Wine
What are the most important characteristics of Merrell Estate & Gardens in terms of venue type, style and location?
- Banquet Hall
What kind of indoor/outdoor options are available at Merrell Estate & Gardens for wedding events?
- Covered Outdoor
- Uncovered Outdoor
- Scenic Views
What kind of wedding events does Merrell Estate & Gardens offer?
- Bridal Shower
- Engagement Party
- Rehearsal Dinner
What services does Merrell Estate & Gardens offer for wedding events?
- All Inclusive Packages
- Bar Services
- Catering Services
- Clean Up
- Event Planner
- Event Rentals
- Get Ready Rooms
- Lighting / Sound
- Outside Vendors
- Pet Friendly
- Set Up
What furniture and decorations does Merrell Estate & Gardens have available for wedding events?
- Audio Equipment
- Dance Floor
- Photo booth
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