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 elegence 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.
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Jennifer Munoz · Married on 07/20/2019
Beautiful venue, amazing team!
Choosing the Merrimon-Wynne as our wedding venue was the first and easiest decision we made -- as soon as we walked in, it felt right! The venue itself is absolutely beautiful. It is classic & timeless and very Raleigh -- we loved getting to share it's character with our many out of state guests! The team at the Merrimon-Wynne made the wedding planning process so much easier. We worked with Abby and she was absolutely amazing! She was willing to help with anything we needed and always made us feel like her number one priority! She gave great, honest advice and never pressured us to pick a particular vendor or to do anything we were not comfortable with. She always seemed genuinely excited about our wedding day AND our marriage. She clearly wanted us to be happy first and foremost! The day itself was a dream -- we loved getting ready in the bridal suite. We had an offsite ceremony, then came back to the most beautiful reception. We really enjoyed being able to have separate spaces for the events. We had cocktail hour in the main house followed by dinner and dancing in the carriage house. We had plenty of room for our band and our 150 guests! We also had great weather and our guests were able to enjoy the outdoor space to have lawn games and get dessert! The house also provided the most beautiful backdrop for pictures. The day could not have gone better! We are so thankful we had not only the most gorgeous venue, but experts to help us every step of the way. It was the most beautiful wedding day & we are so thankful to the Merrimon-Wynne team! Highly recommend :)Sent on 08/13/2019
Mariah Laliberte · Married on 06/14/2019
Wedding day dreams come true!
My husband and I got married here on Friday June 14th 2019. The Merrimon-Wynne was the most incredible venue for our wedding day. We worked with Kaila Anderson as our venue representative throughout our entire wedding planning process, from the first tour we took at the Merrimon-Wynne all the way to our wedding day. Kaila is incredibly professional, helpful, answers emails insanely fast and was there to support us and help us with our every need throughout the entire process and down to the last minute of our wedding day! Definitely request to work with Kaila!! The Merrimon Wynne house itself is absolutely stunning. The bridal preparation suite was beautiful and filled with complementary champagne and sodas on arrival. The set up is perfect for a large bridal party with plenty of room to change, eat and hang out. The grooms suite was filled with beer and soda on arrival—which the groomsmen really appreciated! One of my favorite things is the fact that the lawn is perfect year round—it looks absolutely incredible in pictures!! Oh and the air conditioned reception space is a huge plus— Especially in the summer months!! Trust me, you and your guests comfort is worth the price. Do be warned that there are alcohol minimums based on the day you choose on top of the venue rental price. Overall we had the best day ever and would do it all over again at the Merrimon-Wynne House!!Sent on 07/24/2019
Suzanne · Married on 05/24/2019
We wouldn’t have gotten married anywhere else!
The Merrimon-Wynne House was the perfect venue, and working with Abby was an absolute dream!Sent on 06/15/2019
The Merrimon-Wynne is both elegant and charming; right in the middle of downtown Raleigh, it’s chic, perfectly southern, and oh so homey. We knew we had to have our wedding there from our very first tour. The bridal suite is lovely and my girls absolutely adored getting ready and taking pictures together there! My husband and his groomsmen also loved their suite, and took advantage of the poker table to pass the time while the women got ready.
We hoped to have our ceremony on the lawn, but it was sweltering on our wedding day so we moved the ceremony to the carriage house. In retrospect, we were so happy it turned out that way! We had about 175 guests, and the carriage house still felt cool and spacious. We were even able to use our hanging branch installation above the ceremony instead of an arch, and received so many compliments on that!
We held cocktail hour in the house and on the lawn, and our guests loved playing corn hole and other yard games outside, especially the children! Then we went back to the carriage house for the most perfect reception. I truly can’t compliment the space enough. The estate is so lovely that we tried to go more minimalist with our decor to really emphasize the details of such a gorgeous historic home!
Abby, our venue coordinator, was just incredible. I can’t fully capture my appreciate for her in words. She was so organized and attentive to our needs during the planning process, and always made sure we had a drink in our hands the day of! We loved working with Abby and can’t recommend her and the Merrimon-Wynne enough. You won’t regret choosing them for your venue!
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!