My gal and I are planning a Chapel Hill-area wedding for approximately 150 guests in June 2010 (soon!). We're both new to the area and thus not up to speed on our venue options. After a certain point, Google tends to repeat its results, mostly in uninspiring Yellow Page-ish format. But always the optimists, we're convinced that there's some place out there that we just don't know about yet.
In no particular order, our criteria are:
- Within 45 minute drive from downtown Chapel Hill
- Primarily outdoors, with indoor option in case of bad weather (and so my grandmother doesn't overheat)
- Able to bring in our own caterer (I've already seen that Allen & Son does weddings!)
- Quirky without being inconvenient or too weird. (Subjective, I know. We like the idea of a farm/barn, and I've romanticized the possibility of finding something like an abandoned schoolhouse, defunct social club, or shuttered historical society building that we can clean up.)
Thus far, here are the places we're going to be calling and/or checking out:
Carol's Garden Inn
Happy Trails Farm
New Hope Camp
Pine Lake Pavilion
Sarah P. Duke Gardens & Doris Duke Center Garden
Spruce Pine Lodge
Valhalla Retreat Center
The Inn at Bingham School
Pretty conventional, I know. Would love to hear from anyone who has any other suggestions. Thanks, everyone...