Summer has finally arrived! Birds are singing, flowers are blooming, the sun is shining, and love is in the air. Yes, that’s right—it’s wedding season! For centuries, June has been the most popular month for marriages, and the trend continues to this day. Couple that with the fact that southeastern North Carolina is a premier destination for weddings, and you might find yourself in Wilmington before you know it!

Luckily, weddings in Wilmington are a pleasure, for the happy couple as well as their guests. The Port City is full of stunning venues, unique entertainment, and beautiful beach house rentals for out-of-town guests, making it an ideal place to start your marriage.

Below are some of our favorite wedding venues in Wilmington. If you’re attending a ceremony in one of these locations, consider yourselves lucky! And if you’re in the process of planning your own wedding, be sure and bookmark this post.

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Outdoor Wedding Venues

Airlie Gardens
300 Airlie Road
Wilmington, NC 28403

Airlie Gardens is a much-loved spot in Wilmington. Full of wildlife, formal gardens, sculptures, and great views of Bradley Creek, it’s the perfect place for a romantic outdoor wedding.


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Wedding Venues Downtown

The Balcony on Dock
33 S. Front Street
Wilmington, NC 28401

Built in the 1840s but updated for modern times, The Balcony on Dock Street remains one of Historic Downtown Wilmington’s best wedding venues. Large windows, high ceilings, exposed brick walls, hardwood floors and two balconies make this a timeless setting for a wedding.


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128 South
128 S. Front Street
Wilmington, NC 28401

A unique venue and reception space, 128 South features an open floor plan that includes a 2nd-floor mezzanine overlooking the central lower levels. It’s the epitome of charming and spacious enough to accommodate anything from a 250 person cocktail party to an intimate dinner.


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The RiverRoom

18 South Water Street, Suite 2
Wilmington, NC 28401

Located right on the Cape Fear River, the RiverRoom is a venue with great views and a rustic vibe. It’s also flexible—you can select an outside caterer and stock the bar yourself. Best of all, this venue can accommodate both the ceremony and the reception, thanks to the picturesque deck attached to the building.


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The Brooklyn Arts Center

516 N. 4th Street
Wilmington, NC 28403

You have to see the Brooklyn Arts Center yourself—words can’t do it justice. Located in an 1888 historic landmark church and featuring 50-foot cathedral ceilings, arched windows that are two stories tall, and 125-year old stained glass, this is a one-of-a-kind venue you’ll never forget.


Have you ever attended a wedding in Wilmington, or did you get married here yourself? If so, feel free to share any advice you have for the happy couples currently planning their big day on our Facebook page.