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Built in 1876, The Merrimon-Wynne House has been carefully restored to its original grandeur. In addition to the picturesque building, The Merrimon-Wynne House has expansive, beautifully maintained grounds. Located in the heart of historic downtown Raleigh, it sits only a few doors away from the Governor's Mansion. Your guests will be enamored by the rich history and grand beauty of the majestic mansion. From the Southern pecan trees to the luxurious architecture, Merrimon-Wynne House sets the tone for the most perfect “I do.”
We invite you to be our guest and experience the charm and elegance of The Merrimon-Wynne House, Downtown Raleigh's luxury wedding and special events venue.
Facilities and Capacity
Depending on the reception style, The Merrimon-Wynne House can accommodate up to 250 guests for indoor and outdoor celebrations. The spacious lawn provides a charming space for a memorable outdoor ceremony. The Main House provides the perfect space for guests to mingle and enjoy cocktail hour. In the Carriage House, crystal chandeliers will light up your reception in the midst of exposed white washed beams and rolling glass doors.
Rental of The Merrimon-Wynne House includes the following:
Complete use of the house and the beautifully landscaped grounds beginning at 10AM.
Large bridal preparation suite with ample natural light that includes: a steamer, sparkling wine, coffee,
water and orange juice provided upon arrival
Groom’s preparation room which includes a mini fridge stocked with assorted beer and soft drinks
An on-site ceremony rehearsal 1-2 days prior to your wedding
Separate Ceremony and Reception Spaces
Ceremony back up plans are available for inclement weather
200 Ceremony/Reception Chairs
20 Adjustable High Top Tables
(20) Eight-Foot Tables for Guest Seating
Three White Wooden Bar Fronts
Lawn Games including Cornhole, Bocce Ball, Giant Jenga
Access to Merrimon-Wynne logos and other artwork
Bridal Portrait or Engagement Session
Food & Beverage
Due to the historic nature of the property and our liability policy, all alcohol must be controlled and therefore purchased through The Merrimon-Wynne House. Absolutely no offsite alcohol is permitted. The Merrimon-Wynne House offers a variety of bar packages to meet all of your needs.
Renters are required to use a caterer and a coordinator from our Curated Vendors List.
The Merrimon-Wynne House Lawn allows couples and their guests to experience the beautiful North Carolina weather under a canopy of century-old trees. With luscious landscaping outlining the grounds, this outdoor setting becomes the perfect ceremony backdrop.
The Lawn is also a great option for couples that would like to host their dinner under the stars. The Merrimon-Wynne Lawn can accommodate up to 300 guests, and can have a tent or market lights added to create a romantic, intimate feel in the middle of downtown Raleigh.
The Main House
The Main House is the most popular space for cocktail hour. Often guests will flow from the wedding ceremony into the house and mingle throughout each of the rooms on the main level while sipping a cocktail and enjoying appetizers prior to the reception.
The Carriage House
The Carriage House is Merrimon-Wynne’s newest addition and can host up to 200 guests for a seated dinner and up to 250 guests for a mingling-style event. It is the perfect complement to the main house’s rich character and crisp neutral canvas. Chandeliers and crystal sconces carry throughout both spaces and accentuate the natural light that floods in during the day. The Carriage House is the perfect place for dinner, dancing and hosting a wonderful celebration!
The inside of the Carriage House is also great for couples who prefer to have an indoor ceremony. It can also serve as a quick and easy backup plan in the event of rain, heat or cold. The climate-controlled space gives you a crisp, clean backdrop for your ceremony with gorgeous chandeliers to line your aisle.
99 Reviews for Merrimon-Wynne House
Recommended by 99% of couples
79 User photos
Ellen Dale · Married on 08/07/2020
Amazing Experience in 2020
The Merrimon-Wynne is a dream venue - even in the midst of a pandemic. We locked in our date just a few days after our engagement in December 2019. When it was clear we needed to push our wedding date from June to a later date, Kaila (and our amazing planner, Amanda Blair by Design) was on top of it. She presented us with our options, and we ultimately locked in August 7th. At the time, we were hopeful that our original plan of having a ceremony and reception would still be able to take place. In the weeks leading up to August 7th, we were at the mercy of the Governor's mandates, and ended up keeping the date for our ceremony (the best part!!) and pushing our reception to June 6, 2021. The Merrimon-Wynne was extremely communicative and gracious as our plans shifted again. I think the most important thing to convey about our experience with the Merrimon-Wynne though was that our wedding day could not have gone any smoother or been any more perfect. In the midst of a pandemic, Haleigh and the team gave us a day that I'd change zero things about. Coupled with the planning of ABBD, the Merrimon-Wynne made me forget about the fears of the world as I prepared for and ultimately said "I do" to my person on August 7th. We are excited to get to return next year to celebrate, but we are still on cloud nine after our wedding at the Merrimon-Wynne.Sent on 08/18/2020
Shelby Bickel · Getting married on 11/11/2020
It's why they are the best
Getting married is supposed to be this magical fairy tale of a time for everyone, what they don’t tell you is how hard and how much work it is to make a vision come to life. There were two decisions that didn’t take any thought – first was this venue. A girlfriend of mine used to bar tend at the MW House and I saw a wedding on her snapchat, messaged her immediately and the rest was history – I knew before I was even engaged that that was where I was getting married.Sent on 11/26/2019
Fast forward to signing the dotted line. The MW House is like THE wedding venue in Raleigh, so they’re booked crazy far in advance, but they were flexible with me in that they give you a bit of time to “hold” a date before you cough over the funds. That’s huge in making sure any other “must have” vendors or guests/friends/family can make that date work. Because of this, I got a date I was super happy with and just has a nice ring to it. 11.23.19. The best day ever.
Fast forward again to planning time, I had a few requests that the MW was able to accommodate, ie earlier start times, vendors not on their recommended list, alcohol selections, you name it. I wouldn’t say I was a bridezilla, but I definitely had high expectations and wanted everything to go the way that I envisioned it. For all the requests, there were reasonable accommodations made to the best of their ability that I was incredibly happy with.
Now here is where MW differs from everyone else (at least I’m guessing they do). Timeline as follows,
Day before the wedding: my bar check bounced because I am an idiot, my MW contact, Abby, literally drove TO MY HOUSE, to come get a new check from me so that I didn’t have to squeeze that in the day before.
Day of wedding: I ALWAYS had a drink in my hand (that they asked me ahead of time to ensure it was the right one), food was brought out for my fiancé and I so we didn’t have to stand in lines and could eat and start greeting guests asap and someone always had an eye out for us to offer any help needed.
Post wedding (and arguably the biggest and most important thing that I think puts the MW House, and specifically Abby, apart from everyone else): My mother had gifted me a pair of diamond earrings that she had owned for 15 years. I had already bought earrings to coordinate with my dress, but these were my mother’s diamonds so I couldn’t decide on if they were what I should wear that day, so to be safe I brought both. Like a complete idiot, after deciding to wear the original earrings, I didn’t put the diamonds back in my bag, I just left them out. I realized I didn’t have them late that night, came back to the MW the next day and dug through trash, texted every vendor and was truly devastated. Here I was, supposed to be in wedding bliss and it had literally turned my weekend into a nightmare. Abby went back AND DUG THROUGH THE DUMPSTER, and found them. Please tell me a coordinator who cares so much – they are few and far between, I’d guess.
I could tell you all of the beautiful things about the MW House, but you know them – the location, perfect; the upkeep of the home, perfect; everything you look for in the vibe of a wedding, the MW nails – but what really separates them from the pack, is their customer service, attention to detail and overall professionalism.
To the MW House Team – thank you for making this the best day of my life, and for everything you have done for Bobby and myself over the last year and a half of planning. I will never forget this day. Also, Abby deserves a raise 😉
Alexa Ringley · Married on 08/28/2020
We are so excited for our wedding here next year! Kaila has been very responsive in answering all my questions and has catered to everything I have requested. The property is beyond beautiful in person!!Sent on 12/05/2019
Merrimon-Wynne is amazing Venue right in the heart of Raleigh! You wont regret having your wedding at this charming venue!
We have loved playing at The Merrimon-Wynne house since it opened! The grounds and inside the house are beautiful with so many places to get a great picture both inside and out. We can't wait to see the carriage house and work more with the staff there!
The Merrimon-Wynne House is hands down the most beautiful wedding venue in downtown Raleigh and the rave reviews that it consistently receives from both wedding professionals as well as couples are absolutely spot on. From the moment you walk onto the grounds of this exquisitely restored historical Victorian home, you know that you are somewhere that truly is the definition of southern charm. From the manicured gardens to the bright yet romantic and naturally lit rooms, the Merrimon-Wynne is a joy to photograph. And working with Jodi, Kaila and their team of professionals is absolutely a pleasure. They are attentive, courteous and professional beyond compare, providing an experience for their couples that does not go unnoticed. I love working with the women of the Merrimon-Wynne and look forward to making photos there again!