River Dunes

465 E. Harborside Road, Oriental, NC 28571 Map · Phone number · Visit website
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About River Dunes

River Dunes is a wedding venue located in Oriental, North Carolina, just 35 minutes from New Bern. This beautiful location offers several venue options, accommodations, activities and catering for your wedding weekend.

You and your guests will enjoy the sumptous accommodations, delicious meals and stunning coastal views at River Dunes. You'll find a full compliment of bespoke gathering places - from ceremonies in a quaint chapel to evening receptions in the Harbor Club - all with water views and classic architecture.

Celebrations unfold in the picture-perfect Harbor Village, in the heart of River Dunes. This charming streetscape on Grace Harbor is the foundation for creating a one-of-a-kind coastal experience for your family and friends. The venues can accommodate a wide range of special events and menus, perfectly suited to the North Carolina Coast.


Facilities and Capacity
Couples may host up to 150 or more of their friends and loved ones for their ceremonies, receptions, bridal shower, and engagement parties. River Dunes has a variety of event spaces and rooms for couples to choose from. Bring your vision and let it be created here with an indoor reception area offering couples a gorgeous, sophisticated yet inviting space with hardwood floors, exposed wooden beams, and a magnificent brick fireplace. Natural lighting floods the area from above and on the sides, filling the room with a gorgeous glow. Chic accents also liven up the room. The outdoor wedding ceremony area on the waterfront allows couples to host their event in front of the harborside chapel. Smaller groups can be hosted at our unique Lake House. Parties can be staged at different areas throughout the weekend, giving your family and friends a variety of sites and experiences. The Landings at River Dunes has a beautiful, serene environment for you and your attendants to prep for that walk down the aisle. Describe your vision to us and we'll get started!

Services Offered
River Dunes offers various services to make sure your wedding events are successful. Our professional wedding coordinator will help you plan and design any part or all of the weekend to make sure you take advantage of all our venue has to offer. The most exciting part of the venue is the option for you and your guests to stay on-site in our luxurious, cozy cottages and suites. Host your family from out of town and spend time around a bonfire or poolside. We have everything you need to make your guests welcome. Your venue rental includes all furnishing for a Harbor Club reception, with set-up and clean up included. Bartenders will staff an open or limited bar with house beer, wine, and liquor and specialty beer and wine. Let us create a signature drink made just for you or prepare that special champagne toast. You can even have a water departure on the harbor after everyone has danced the evening away! River Dunes can also coordinate the following:

  • Music
  • Flowers
  • Wedding Cake
  • Outdoor Seating
  • Linens
  • Officiant
  • Spa Day
  • Fishing/Boating Trip


Cuisine
Food here at River Dunes is exciting and delicious. Our professional Chef creates amazing southern coastal NC specialties, with the option of bringing your recipe for that memorable meal your family will be surprised to see. Whether you want something elegant and refined or casual and delicious, they would be delighted to make it for you. They offer cocktail hours, stations, buffets and traditional Low Country Boils. Wedding cake and desserst are the centerpiece for any reception and our baker can provide you will flavors and design to make your dream come true. Reserve a tour today and let's get started!

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6 Reviews for River Dunes

Recommended by 99% of couples


5.0 out of 5.0
  • Quality of service 5.0
  • Professionalism 5.0
  • Flexibility 5.0
  • Value 4.8
  • Average response time 5.0
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  • Karen

    Karen · Married on 06/14/2014

    5.0
    • Quality of service:
      5.0
    • Responsiveness:
      5.0
    • Value:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    Such a beautiful venue for our wedding, could not have asked for a more perfect place!! There was always constant communication and they were willing to go above and beyond to make us happy. One of the things I loved most about River Dunes was the cottages that are available to rent. We had our entire immediate family & wedding party stay at the venue which made things so much easier, plus the cottage are absolutely ADORABLE! Also, River Dunes does the catering and we received so many compliments on the food. Overall our guest were blown away with River Dunes and my husband and I could not be more satisfied with how our wedding day turned out!

    Sent on 06/21/2014
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    Hope · Married on 08/28/2010

    5.0
    • Quality of service:
      5.0
    • Responsiveness:
      5.0
    • Value:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    River Dunes offers a premier venue loaded with fun for all parties involved. The groomsmen never had a dull moment as well as the bridal party spending some intimate time in their lavish houses. The chapel, pool, reception hall, and accomodations are so convenient with the harbor begging for attention. Photo opportunities are absolutely endless and the tranquility of River Dunes makes this a must see for potential wedding parties. Inevitably, the bride and groom will enjoy their day together; however, the response from the guests at our wedding regarding how perfect the venue was was truly overwhelming. Each aspect of River Dunes is, without a doubt, worthy of a five-star rating; whether it's the staff, accomodations, views, tranquility, or quality River Dunes is worthy of the praise. We plan on going back each year and will give this same review to all those who ask.

    Sent on 09/28/2010

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River Dunes FAQ

  • 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?
    $ 5000
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season?
    $ 5000
  • 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?
    $ 1250
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season?
    $ 1250
  • Which of the following are included in starting site fee?
    Bridal Suite
    Chairs
    China
    Clean Up
    Event Planning
    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?
    $ 5
  • Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service?
    Bartender(s)
    House Beer
    House Wine
    Signature Drink
  • What is the maximum capacity of your venue?
    150
  • What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?
    30
  • How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
    8
  • Describe your venue:
    Boat/Yacht
    Campsite/Cabin
    Country/Golf Club
    Garden
    Marina
    Park
    Religious
    Resort
    Restaurant
    Waterfront
  • 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
    Outside Vendors
    Preferred Vendors Only
    Set Up
    Wifi
  • What catering services do you offer?
    Buffet
    Cocktail Reception
    Dessert
    Family Style
    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
    Premium Liquor
    Signature Drink
    Specialty Beer
    Specialty Wine
  • What event items are available?
    Centerpieces
    Chairs
    Dance Floor
    Decor
    Furniture
    Tables
    Tents
  • What food and beverage items are available?
    Barware
    China
    Flatware
    Glassware
    Linens
  • What transportation and access is available?
    Parking
    Shuttle
    Wheelchair Access
  • What months are included in your peak season?
    January
    February
    April
    May
    June
    July
    August
    September
    October
    November
    December
  • What months are included in your off-peak season?
    January

Professional Network & Endorsements

2 Endorsements

  • Anne Griggs Productions Wedding Florists

    A beautiful venue for a wedding. River Dunes is a wonderful choice for a wedding, it offers such a warm and inviting atmosphere

  • Merrymaking Events Wedding Planners

    WOW! River Dunes level of professionalism and hospitality is unmatched. Every single member of their staff was helpful, polite and positive... making for a wonderful team to produce such spectacular events! They have AMAZING food (not "wedding food") and beverages, unparalleled service and the most gorgeous all-inclusive location you can imagine... with the most beautiful and quaint white chapel. I hope that I can help plan many more events for River Dunes in the future!

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  • 465 E. Harborside Road Oriental, NC, 28571 See on map
    252-351-2228 (Phone number)
    8009759565 (Other Phone Number)
    2522492324 (Fax Number)
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