What’s trending for 2020 and 20201 weddings? Outdoor wedding venues! COVID-19 has rocked the world. Many states have “closed” to encourage social distancing. North Carolina is slowly staring to open up but there are still restrictions on mass gatherings. Outdoor events and gatherings are encouraged over those that are held indoors. If you are planning a wedding and would like to invite as many guests as possible, consider holding an outdoor wedding. We’ve complied a list of beautiful outdoor wedding venues in North Carolina!

Ceremony surrounded by palm trees - Merrell Estate & Gardens - Forever Bridal Wedding Shows


Everyone can use an excuse for a little beach vacation right now. why not your wedding?! The beach is one giant outdoor wedding venue. You can host a beautiful ceremony outside on the sand then utilize one of the wedding venues listed below for your reception.

Islander Hotel and Resort

The Sea Ranch Resort

Merrell Estate and Gardens

River Forest Manor and Marina

River Ridge Golf Club - White Ceremony Chairs on Front Lawn in front of Club House - Forever Bridal Wedding Shows

County Club

Country Clubs make for beautiful outdoor weddings. The venues listed below have lush green lawns and plenty of space to separate guests. These venues offer picturesque backdrops for wedding photos. Anyone up for a round of golf?

Carolina Trace Country Club

Pinehurst Resort

River Ridge Golf Club

River Landing

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Another great wedding location with lots of land would be any of these barn wedding venues. Weddings at these locations tend to be low-key and causal which is perfect for an outdoor setting. Host a wedding reception under the stars and dance all night long!

The Carolina Barn

The Pavilion at Carriage Farm

Shady Wagon Farm

The Barn at Lloyd’s Dairy

Copper Ridge on the Neuse

Rand-Bryan Backyard Wedding

Historic Home

These historic home wedding venues are another great location to host an outdoor wedding. Guests can take a tour around the grounds and discover some great photo ops during cocktail hour!

Rose Hill Plantation

The Rand-Bryan House

Hudson Manor Estate

Preston Woodall House

Harvest House and Catering

Amelia Grove

Flowers Landing

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Other Venue Options

Want a more unique setting for your wedding? Check out the list below! We’ve included museums, parks and even a local Raleigh hidden gem!

Durham Parks and Recreation

NC Museum of Life and Science

Rumbling Bald Resort

The Terraces on Sir Tyler

The Jiddi Space and Courtyard