Exploring Durham: Getting hitched in the Bull City

May. 31, 2014 @ 12:02 PM

This month Exploring Durham is looking at places in Durham to celebrate life from a more personal perspective.

Marriage is a time to gather, celebrate and throw a heck of a party. But where to do that is a question many couples ponder as a first consideration after a successful proposal.

With a fortunate mix of urban and rural settings, Durham offers a broad spectrum of locations depending on the needs of the couple. This week, take a look at three options in Durham that are known spots to create memorable affairs.

On the farm

Just 20 minutes north of downtown Durham lies what was once the country house of the historic Mangum family. Currently a 21-acre spread and today known as Elodie Farms, this property features a foursquare-style farm house, as well as a pond, field and several farm buildings that create a backdrop for weddings year-round. Not only does the farm offer its own catering, but it welcomes a select list of area caterers as well.

In the city

On the east end of downtown Durham lies the adaptively repurposed Golden Belt Manufacturing Plant that is today a mixed-use 600,000 square-foot complex of historic buildings, artist studios, residences, and The Cotton Room.  At 11,000 square feet, this facility enhances affairs with natural light streaming from floor-to-ceiling windows and a monitor roof, warm exposed brick walls, and the natural wood of the warehouse floor and columns. A similar space is Bay 7 on the south side of downtown Durham in the American Tobacco Historic District. 

In the garden

The 55-acre Sarah P. Duke Gardens are among the most popular public gardens in the United States and they are so popular as a wedding location that there are often several weddings happening there at the same time. Between the Doris Duke Center and several outdoor locations around the garden landscape, the options for hosting a picturesque wedding are plentiful.  Despite the volume of opportunity, book early as these locations are all extremely popular.

Indoor or out, city or country, Durham is a great place to get hitched. Learn more about all the venue options in town online at meetings.durham-nc.com.

Did You Know? The Duke Chapel, a Durham icon and popular wedding spot, will be closed for renovations from May 2015 through the spring of 2016.

The Durham Convention & Visitors Bureau (DCVB) is Durham’s official marketing agency. For more information about things to see and do in Durham, visit www.Durham-NC.com and www.DurhamEventCalendar.com, or stop by the Visitors Information Center at 101. E. Morgan St. in Downtown Durham and pick up the Official Durham Visitor & Relocation Guide.