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
(25) Eight-Foot Tables for Guest Seating
Five 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.
103 Reviews for Merrimon-Wynne House
Recommended by 99% of couples
87 User photos
Ellen D. · 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
Cindy · Getting married on 11/27/2021
The Merrimon-Wynne House was a magical place for our daughter's wedding!Sent on 06/25/2018
My daughter and I visited every highly recommended wedding venue in North Carolina over several days and the Merrimon-Wynne House was the last one we saw. We knew it was the perfect place the moment we drove up. It is a historic home (so it makes you feel transported to another time) but it is light and airy with all the white wood and glass (so it doesn't feel old or stuffy).
The team led by Amy Yarborough worked with us throughout the planning process and Sara Lane was very attentive the day of the wedding. The bridal suite is so beautiful and the perfect place for the bridal party to get ready --- and was set up with mimosas for the bridal party. The groomsmen had their own space with a refrigerator full of refreshments.
The Main House was an ideal place for cocktail hour and our guests loved playing corn hole on the lawn before the reception (Father Alfonse beat everyone!).
The Carriage House was the most magical place for the reception - even our guests from the hotel industry were impressed by the venue.
We would highly recommend the Merrimon-Wynne House for an unforgettable wedding experience!
Danny M. · Married on 06/27/2021
Amazing venue and team!
From the minute we found MW online, we felt like it was such a special and unique place. After touring, we could envision ourselves there so perfectly, so we snagged a date quickly (definitely necessary at this venue!). Communication from Kaila and Lucy was really great throughout the process, and we loved that MW included fun lounge sets, lawn games, and tables/chairs in our rental! On the day of the wedding, Lucy and her assistants were so wonderful to work with, and they made sure everything went incredibly smoothly! It was a perfect day at the most beautiful venue! We are so grateful to the MW team for their kindness and support! The only drawback of booking here for us was that all alcohol must be bought through MW, and we found the pricing on that to be very high. For us, it was worth it to be at MW, but it is a good thing to note when looking at venues!Sent on 07/15/2021
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!