Spectacular Wedding Sites

The Cape Fear area hosts more than its share of weddings each year, as people are drawn here to celebrate that special day. They choose this area because there are so many wonderful options and at prices that are affordable too.

An astounding number of options exist. There are spectacularly beautiful beaches, lovely historic churches, a castle fit for a king and queen, a beautiful historic theater, a huge riverboat and even a battleship. If a smaller venue is more suited, private rooms in restaurants and historic homes are available too.

Lots Of Reception Options

And after you have the perfect wedding ceremony, you’ll want the perfect reception – maybe a Carolina barbecue, a clambake or an elegant formal dinner at a luxurious oceanfront property. On the other hand, you might like a more intimate bridal affair at a charming historic venue. Whatever your preference, there’s a caterer here to fulfill your dreams.

If you’re yearning to host a sensational party for any reason, whether it’s to celebrate a graduation, have a family reunion, put on a rollicking holiday bash or hold an ice cream social, this area is a wonderful place to do it. We’ve got so much variety to choose from that you’ll have lots of fun contemplating your options.

Our restaurants and hotels, especially those with water views, are extremely popular for catered events, especially things like anniversaries and birthdays. They’re great for business and organizational meetings, too. Outdoor venues such as some of our beautiful wooded parks are wonderful for picnics, weddings, children’s parties and church activities. Considering a charity event? Think about using the Battleship North Carolina, the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher, the Henrietta III or Thalian Hall.

Spaces Available Downtown

The Beam Room at Front Street Brewery located just off Market Street is an affordable event and party space that is available for wedding receptions or rehearsal dinners. Front Street has a 12 foot digital projection audio video system available too, making it ideal for company parties, corporate meetings and seminars. Front Street is happy to work with you to give you the meal you want, and provides affordable off-site catering too.

Riverwalk Landing is a complete banquet facility located on the Cape Fear River in Historic Downtown. They offer a variety of spaces that can accommodate groups of 25 to 200, and there are beautiful views from both indoor and outdoor spaces. Elijah’s Restaurant and The Pilot House restaurant provide a host of food options as well as 30 years of reliable service.

Consider arriving at your reception in style if you are being married in one of downtown’s historic churches then going to the reception. The charming Wilmington Trolley is happy to arrange transportation for the wedding party and guests.

Celebrate On the Water

The Henrietta III, a lovely old riverboat docked on the Cape Fear River, can arrange for both day and evening wedding cruises. A reception on the decks of this grand ship is sure to create wonderful memories for this special day. Cape Fear Riverboats is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2013, and their longevity assures that clients will be pleased with the arrangements that are made.

Henrietta III can make all the arrangements for food, drink and flowers with you so that your only job will be to enjoy the day.

Unique Settings

The North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher is available for weddings and receptions too. Located just steps from the ocean in Kure Beach, the Aquarium offers spacious galleries, stunning views and an unforgettable atmosphere for such a special occasion.

They are happy to work with you to be sure that your enchanted event meets or surpasses your expectations.

Airlie Gardens in Wilmington is another gorgeous site for weddings. With formal gardens, sculptures, views of Bradley Creek and a 467-year-old live oak, there are a tremendous number of options for sites for a wedding day. Airlie Gardens is available for afternoon or evening weddings, rehearsal dinners or other special events from March through October.

A unique wedding site is available just north of Wilmington for those who’ve always wanted to spend time in a castle, a sensible place for a fairy tale wedding. The King’s Table at Castle Bay Country Club in Hampstead is available for wedding receptions and private parties throughout the year. The facility is perfect for a seated dinner for up to 100 guests and a separate room is available for smaller gatherings. Wedding ceremonies also can be held at Castle Bay with picturesque views of the golf course as the backdrop.

A one-stop resource for those planning a wedding in this area is the The Cape Fear Wedding Show, . It’s the perfect time to see all of the places and people who can help make your wedding special.

You can also get a free planning handbook now just by visiting the website; the handbook will remind you all the things you need to consider to make your day as perfect as possible.