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Haywood Hall Museum House & Gardens

Raleigh , NC
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LOCATION

211 New Bern Place
Raleigh, NC US 27601 (map)

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919-832-8357

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Haywood Hall Museum House & Gardens offers a wedding and/or reception venue with historic character and classic Southern charm. Conveniently located in the heart of downtown Raleigh, we... Read more
Haywood Hall Museum House & Gardens offers a wedding and/or reception venue with historic character and classic Southern charm. Conveniently located in the heart of downtown Raleigh, we can accommodate outdoor weddings for up to 150 people.

Our rate for weddings and/or receptions is $1,950. That rate provides access to the gardens all day and to the the house for eight hours. Set-up and clean-up times are included within those eight hours.

We are also available for rehearsal dinners, bridal luncheons, bridal showers, bridal portrait sessions, and other events. For more information, please contact the resident manager at 919-832-8357 or haywoodhall@bellsouth.net. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Greg is great and I had so many compliments on the venue :)
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
4.9/5.0
Haywood Hall has so much charm, I immediately knew we had to get married there! The location also sold me... it is downtown, right near the capitol (so make sure to take some pictures there!). We used it as our ceremony and reception venue, which helps with costs. It's such a beautiful house inside and outside. I loved getting ready upstairs while seeing all of the guests arrive for our wedding through the windows :) We had the reception outside in the garden area, but we made sure guests visited the inside of the house (since it's a museum)... we had a fruit and cheese station inside, as well as a place for the guest book and gifts. They have recently installed more lighting outside which makes it look even more beautiful at night! It is very do it yourself, so be prepared to spend $$$ on rentals and lots of time deciding everything else.
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Jennifer
Wedding:
11/9/2013
4.8/5.0
It was such a delight to have our wedding and reception at Haywood Hall! The grounds are well kept and beautiful. Greg, the house manager, is incredibly great to work with. He was always available to answer any questions and provide advice from the get-go. He emailed me pictures of weddings they've had at Haywood around the same time of year as mine, so I knew what to expect with the changing of the leaves in the Fall. One regret I have, was not having enough lighting in the gardens so my guests could see once the sun went down. We had our tent very well lit, but not enough lighting outside of it. We also had to do our rehearsal in the dark because Greg could not be there to keep the lights on infront of the house, so that was very difficult. Regardless, Haywood Hall is a great venue to have a wedding, reception, or party. I will always recommend it to anyone!!
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Amanda
Wedding:
9/7/2013
5.0/5.0
We had our September wedding at Haywood Hall, and it was such a wonderful experience! Our wedding had only 50 guests, so the venue was intimate and the perfect place. My husband and I loved that we could pick our own caterer and bring our own alcohol.

Greg, the site manager, bent over backwards to assist with the wedding. He was very responsive and flexible. Overall, the experience was great and I'd recommend Haywood Hall as a wedding venue to anyone looking for a cozy, outdoor wedding!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
4.3/5.0
Beautiful historic home right on the edge of downtown Raleigh. I wanted my friends and family from all over the country to be right in the heart of my hometown and I got what I wanted! The site manager is super friendly (SUPER friendly... he will absolutely talk your ear off) but was very laid back so we got to do pretty much whatever we wanted. Our wedding was extremely low-key and we barely needed any decorations because the grounds are stunning. I would absolutely do it again - but I would rent fans! It got HOT outside!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
10/27/2012
4.6/5.0
Loved Haywood Hall as our ceremony/reception site! One downside I would give this place is that it does not have much of a space for rain. We thought we had a plan for our wedding of 110 people, but if we had had the ceremony under the tent (the same area as our reception site) it would have been a tight fit. The cost of Haywood Hall can add up fast since we had to rent several tents (for fear of rain that day) all of our chairs, tables, linens etc. We also had to make sure it was all cleaned up ourselves...when you rent here mostly all you get it the space, nothing comes with it. I hired a coordinator for the day of who set things up for me and cleaned up that night, so that made it easier. You can hire anyone you want as a caterer so that offset some cost and you can bring your own alcohol, so that helped justify the price as well. It would have been even easier to do the reception at a place that did full service catering, but I feel like a lot of the charm of the house was worth the work involved. Also, Greg was so so great to work with. He really loves what he does at Haywood Hall and always happy to answer emails, lets you visit and check out the space and even will give tips of his own as he has seen lots of weddings done at this venue. Some things are a little odd-our receipt for the balance paid was just a letterhead with a handwritten letter that said we were paid plus a follow-up email that could be used as our receipt, didn’t look very official, but since there were no problems it never became an issue. Greg even called a few days before the wedding when it looked as if it may rain to make sure that I had a rain plan that worked. He was able to recommend what tents I should get and even was willing to call the company himself to make sure I got what I needed. He even let us come by the day after the wedding to get our leftover cake!! I would recommend this place for sure if you are willing to spend some money on rentals. they do book fast!
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Shannon
Wedding:
10/20/2012
5.0/5.0
Greg, the Hall Manager,bent over backwards to assist with my wedding. I visited the hall probably 30 times in the last year and he was there everytime. He sent me emails and even called a vendor for me. I had a great experience largely because of him.

As for the hall---simply amazing. It is very well kept and cozy.
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webster7
Wedding:
4/29/2012
4.0/5.0
Lovely place, hidden gem in downtown Raleigh, on a cul-de-sac with beautiful private garden. Inside is interesting, but I wouldn't want to have an indoor wedding there...a bit gloomy. Outside is peaceful and naturally beautiful.

They are seriously low-tech there. Couldn't get an electronic version of the contract, wouldn't accept scanned images, barely used email, wanted only cash because they couldn't process credit cards and even checks gave them heartburn. They even warned us that the power may go out if the DJ drains too much (Hello, it's no longer 1992!)

Their charges for a dinner party are minimal, but when they hear it's a wedding, cha-ching! Get ready to spend 4 times as much. They book up quickly on Saturdays, so book early. Be prepared to spend a fortune on rentals. We had to rent several tents, chairs, tables, linens, dishes, silverware, lights, mugs, coffee maker, serving dishes, tongs, barware, wine glasses, oven, fryer, and on and on. They have absolutely nothing there already. It's not like a catering hall. You're basically renting a lawn and a bathroom.

Getting ready inside the house was awkward. They have almost no 3-prong electrical outlets, the upstairs is hot and stuffy, they don't allow food or liquids upstairs. We got ready in the parlor downstairs, which was OK, but there was only one mirror. There is also no way to easily get from the inside/back of the house to the front center aisle for the ceremony without driving around the block. There should be some sort of pathway to make it easier to arrive unseen.

The front yard makes a pretty ceremony setting, but your guests will have to walk through grass and uneven mulch to get to their seats. The giant trees are beautiful and block direct sun quite nicely. The garden is a nice setting for the reception. The brick area is used for the tent and dance floor. The lights on the gazebo are a nice touch. Has a genuine nice Southern feel to it.

The caretaker seemed a bit rigid. We couldn't enter the house on our wedding day until 2 hours before the ceremony (no clue why). He was supposed to provide tours of the house, but didn't do so. The music had to be completely off at 11pm.

Overall, it was lovely, but an expensive headache to coordinate. They don't make anything easy for you. They don't even have a plan of the rental area, or a map for parking, either.
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MPC1231
Wedding:
12/31/2011
5.0/5.0
It was absolutely beautiful! I couldn't have asked for a better ceremony and reception venue. We were allowed to visit as often as we liked to get ideas for our receptions decorations. Everyone was very helpful!
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cnapora
Wedding:
10/15/2011
4.8/5.0
We had our October wedding at Haywood Hall, and I can't say enough good things about it! The front walkway was the perfect site for our outdoor ceremony, and the gardens have plenty of room for a huge tent, plenty of tables, food, and mingling space! I loved that we were able to choose our own caterer and bring our own alcohol; everyone loved our home-brewed beer and I couldn't imagine our reception without it! Greg was extremely helpful in helping us find the perfect vendors (especially the cakes and photographer) and was a great presence on the day of the wedding. At the end of the day, our local friends were already talking about what other types of parties we could have at Haywood!
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Carly
Wedding:
9/17/2011
5.0/5.0
A friend of ours suggested Haywood Hall while we were planning our wedding and I am so glad they did! It is such a beautiful place for an outdoor wedding in downtown Raleigh. We also really enjoyed working with Greg! I love his enthusiasm for both the home and weddings in general. He was so helpful and accommodating throughout the entire process, always answering his phone when we had questions. It did happen to rain on our wedding day, but Greg and our catering company did a fantastic job implementing a rain plan. The show did go on and everyone had such a great time! Many thanks!
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janeholshouser
Wedding:
4/23/2011
5.0/5.0
We had our wedding at Haywood Hall and it was the perfect venue! Greg worked with us on all our requests and helped make the day perfect. Thank you!
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Lu
Wedding:
11/6/2010
5.0/5.0
Haywood Hall is a gorgeous place for a wedding! We had an evening party with a surprise ceremony in the middle of the party. Everyone we worked with was just incredible. They tried to accommodate our wish to make our night special.
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thingsarejejune
Wedding:
10/2/2010
5.0/5.0
i was planning my wedding from afar (nyc) and i booked this place after seeing some photos that my mother-in-law had taken. the house itself is quirky and beautiful without being stuffy. the gardens are well-kept but not perfectly manicured, which i like. this place definitely has some personality. the house manager we worked with, greg, was more than accommodating and was always available to answer our questions. the only thing that may be a problem for some people would be if you pick a time of the year when it might rain...the rain back up plan for this place is not ideal. so, i'd make sure that you check a weather almanac to see what the chances are that rain will fall on your wedding day. but, we got so many compliments on this venue and it's such a deal at a little over $2K!
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LWP2009
Wedding:
10/3/2009
5.0/5.0
Haywood Hall was an amazing venue for our ceremony and reception - the house and gardens were absolutely beautiful!

The Manager, Sheryl was wonderful to work with - she met with us multiple times before the big day to answer all questions we had and worked with all of our vendors to make sure everything ran smoothly.
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perfectpear
Wedding:
5/24/2008
4.8/5.0
Sheryl was so wonderful to work with and made the entire process very fun! She responded very quickly everytime I had a question. Both the house and gardens are a beautiful place for a wedding/reception at any time of the year! Mt friends still talk about what a great time they had!
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kcharr77
Wedding:
10/27/2007
5.0/5.0
Haywood hall and the staff there gave me my absolute dream day! i can't say enough positive things about it=i HIGHLY recommend it to any and everyone.
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