The Carolina Inn is a classic wedding venue in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. This venue has a long-standing tradition of helping couples fulfill their most cherished wedding dreams. From the exquisitely beautiful to the elegant and romantic, this space has been transforming wedding fantasies into lifelong memories for more than eight decades. They provide a warm and graceful atmosphere, intimate parlors, secluded courtyards, and expansive ballrooms that are ideal for wedding receptions or vow exchanges. Whether you’re planning a small, intimate event or a spectacular occasion, this inn delivers the setting, services, and sophistication you’re looking for in a Chapel Hill wedding venue. From the moment you arrive until you depart on your journey as a married couple, The Carolina Inn is proud and honored to be a part of your celebration.
Facilities and Capacity
This 30,000 square foot inn consists of eight event spaces that can accommodate up to 300 guests for your wedding ceremony and reception. They offer both indoor and outdoor wedding locations to give an extraordinary setting with versatile options. The Annie Watts Hill Courtyard is the inn’s largest courtyard, tucked into the brick exterior of the Inn and a grand magnolia tree. This space is great for large wedding parties. The Bryan Courtyard is a charming, private space offering a brick terrace that overlooks a quaint courtyard and is a perfect site for small to medium-size wedding parties and ceremonies. The John Sprunt Hill Ballroom is the largest ballroom at the Inn. In honor of founder Hill, the 14-foot ceilings and crystal chandeliers provide spacious elegance. They even have a generous pre-event area for a reception or classic dessert displays. The Chancellor’s Ballroom features 14-foot ceilings and is great for medium-sized wedding parties. It is close to lobby areas and adjacent to a gracious black and white hallway. The Old Well Room & Parlors features art deco-inspired décor and offers a multi-room event space perfect for mingling.
They have an entire staff of wedding specialists with the talent and experience to make your dreams come true. From event coordinators to master chefs and food designers, they have it all. You will even have access to the region’s top floral wedding designers. Their planners can help you with a virtually endless variety of culinary offerings and their professional eye for detail. Plus, you will receive their high-quality personalized attention and service. They offer these other event services including:
The Carolina Inn also offers 185 guestrooms and seven luxurious suites for you and your guests to enjoy. Experience fine dining at the award-winning Crossroads Chapel Hill & Bar, right in the hotel.
Recommended by 93% of couples
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User4854714 · 2+ years ago
For a reception venue, I honestly cannot imagine a better place than the Old Well Room at the Carolina Inn! The room is absolutely gorgeous, and you can really make it work with any color scheme. It is a classic Southern ballroom, and the black and white floors make such an amazing back drop for dance floor photos! Our guests were blown away by the beauty of the venue. In addition, the staff at the Carolina Inn are amazing - they are so hospitable, friendly, and willing to help! Our social catering manager was Kristen, and we cannot say enough about how wonderful she is to work with! We were initially working with another staff member who left right after we booked the Carolina Inn, and Kristen stepped in for our event. She was so responsive to all my emails and phone calls, and she was willing to help us with whatever she could. From helping us to find a date that worked for my out of town parents to come for the tasting, to suggestions for the welcome bags, to advice about add-ons, to helping our day-of coordinator to make sure that everything for the reception went as planned, Kristen was there for us every step of the way. Kristen helped to make sure that we had appetizers and drinks brought to us while we were doing photos during cocktail hour, and she helped to make sure we had a few moments in the Old Well Room before the guests entered to take it all in. Seeing Kristen on our wedding day really felt like seeing a best friend! Also, the food for our reception was amazing! Our guests raved about the food and were in awe that such quality could be produced in such quantity. They also loved the dessert bar and late night snack, and the staff did a wonderful job of keeping these stations stocked. Finally, 80-90% of our guests were from out of town, and about 90% of those stayed at the Carolina Inn. All our guests loved the Inn and had such a wonderful experience during their stay. The valet, front desk, and housekeeping staff are so courteous and helpful!Sent on 05/10/2016
Rachel · Married on 08/10/2019
We had a wonderful experience with the Carolina Inn! Kayla was a great venue coordinator and they were able to work with us to include some unconventional traditions to help create our perfect day!Sent on 08/15/2019
Lauren · Married on 04/07/2018
Had the most amazing time at the Carolina Inn! To start with the front desk staff who were so helpful - Nils and his team know how to run that front desk- providing first class service. The reception with stations were truly amazing, food was delicious and the station attendants were so friendly. The bartenders did fantastic job of keeping the drinks flowing. Post wedding breakfast ran 1.5 hours over, but they never made a comment and made sure we were taken care of!!! Charmain was the best to work with- she really cares about what she is doing!!Sent on 04/21/2018
The Carolina Inn is such a fantastic venue. It has a truly unique vintage character in-line with its 1920's heritage. As a photographer, I can definitely recommend the Inn as a fantastic venue if photography is important to you. Aside from that, the planning staff are always so detail-oriented and personable and the food and service is top-notch across the board. Definitely one of my favourite places to shoot weddings in and I can't recommend it highly enough!