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Reception
$5,000 starting price
Ceremony
$3,250 starting price
Bar service
$45 per person
Reception
$5,000 starting price
Ceremony
$5,250 starting price
Bar service
$45 per person

About

On WeddingWire since 2010

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 sumptuous accommodations, delicious meals, and stunning coastal views at River Dunes. You'll find a full complement 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, ideally 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 furnishings 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 spirits 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 dessert are the centerpiece for any reception, and our baker can provide you with flavors and designs to make your dream come true. Reserve a tour today, and let's get started!

Frequently asked questions

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?

$5,000

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season?

$5,000

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?

$3,250

What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season?

$5,250

Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

Bridal Suite

Which of the following are included in the cost of wedding catering?

Cake Cutting

What is the starting price per person for bar service?

$45

Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service?

House Beer
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Reviews of River Dunes

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99% recommend it
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Weddingwire
5.0/5 6 reviews
Google
4.7/5 160 reviews
Lindsey Pichette
Lindsey Sent on 07/06/2016
5 out of 5 rating
We choose River Dunes for our venue for multiple reasons. One is because it is absolutely amazing there. The staff were great and took care of us completely. The food was outstanding. We rented out the cottages that they have available next to the chapel. Literally all of our guests had an great time and couldn't get enough of River Dunes. They made sure everything was how we wanted it. Great place for a wedding.
Karen
Karen Sent on 06/21/2014
5 out of 5 rating
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!
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Hope Sent on 09/28/2010
5 out of 5 rating
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.
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Awards

6

Professional Network & Endorsements

2 Endorsements
The French Bee Events The French Bee Events 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 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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