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The Carolina Inn

Chapel Hill , NC
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LOCATION

211 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 US (map)

PHONE

919-918-2749

WEBSITE

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ABOUT US

The Carolina Inn has a long-standing tradition of helping brides and grooms fulfill their most cherished wedding dreams. From the exquisitely beautiful to the elegant and romantic, The... Read more
The Carolina Inn has a long-standing tradition of helping brides and grooms fulfill their most cherished wedding dreams. From the exquisitely beautiful to the elegant and romantic, The Carolina Inn has been transforming wedding fantasies into memories that live forever for more than eight decades. Providing an atmosphere of warmth and grace, the Inn’s intimate parlors, secluded courtyards and expansive ballrooms are perfect for wedding receptions or the exchanging of vows.

From the stylish Old Well Room, with its evocative Art Deco décor, especially popular for weddings, to the elegant John Sprunt Hill Ballroom, neoclassical in design, The Carolina Inn has been making wedding dreams come true since 1924. With a tradition of hosting memorable bridal showers, rehearsal dinners, champagne brunches, wedding receptions and banquets, it devotes equal care to events for ten guests or five hundred.

For many alumni and others with a fondness for the charm of historic Chapel Hill and The University of North Carolina, wedding events at The Carolina Inn are a family tradition. To learn more about our Chapel Hill wedding venues, please explore our Facilities Guide.
We have an entire staff of wedding specialists with the talent and experience to make your dreams come true including: - Dedicated Wedding Specialists - Master chefs & food designers - Access to the Region's Top Floral Wedding Designers - Personalized Attention and Service
For more information, please view our wedding brochure.

Photos copyright credits: Azul Photography, Carolyn Scott Photography, Luster Studios, Story Photographers, Graham Terhune Photography, Cyn Kain Photography, Dara Blakely Photography, Robin Lin Photography and Almond Leaf Studios Read less

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INFO FOR WEDDING VENUE

When was your venue built?
1924
When was your venue last renovated?
2013
Describe your venue:
Historic Site, Hotel
Describe the style of your venue
Classic / Traditional, Garden / Romantic, Vintage
What wedding services does your venue provide?
Ceremony, Reception
What is the maximum capacity of your venue?
300
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
7
Does your venue offer an indoor space?
Yes
Does your venue offer a covered outdoor space?
Yes
Does your venue offer an uncovered outdoor space?
Yes
Does your venue have on-site accommodations?
Yes
Number of guest rooms
185
Number of suites
7
What is the minimum rental fee for your venue?
0
Bar Service
Offered in-house
Is bar service included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Catering
Offered in-house
Is catering included in the minimum rental fee?
No
What is the average catering price per person at your venue?
120
Event Coordination
Offered in-house
Is event coordination included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Event Rentals
Offered in-house
Are event rentals included in the minimum rental fee?
No

REVIEWS

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Katie-Ann
Wedding:
11/22/2014
5.0/5.0
The Carolina Inn was the perfect place for our reception venue. It had meaning to us as it was on the campus my husband and I attended, as well as the school where my sister is a student and where my father audited a class. It was the perfect place with its southern charm and elegance as well as a place close to our hearts!

We worked with Kristen at the Inn who was a pleasure to work with. She knew exactly what we had in mind and worked closely with our wedding coordinator where everything on the day of the wedding went off without a hitch. She had coordinated with the kitchen on our meals including one gluten free, as well as special dishes such as shrimp and grits served in a martini glass and our dessert table where the Inn added a few special desserts we requested. We had discussed diagrams of the room and coordinated with CE Rentals for our linens and charger plates which all looked beautiful the day of the wedding.

Kristen did an excellent job coordinating with reservations so our guests also had an exceptional experience while at the Inn. They all received their welcome bags we had provided for them and all of the guests are still talking about how beautiful their rooms were. The reservations staff accommodated my husband and I with a beautiful suite as well as upgrading my suite on our first night checking in which was so convenient in laying everything out for the big weekend ahead and took into account my request for having our guests in the "medical" wing of the Inn with our background in dentistry.

We cannot express enough how pleased we were with the Inn for our wedding and highly recommend using them for your event in the future!
The Carolina Inn was the perfect place for our reception venue. It had meaning to us as it was on the campus my husband Read more...
The Carolina Inn was the perfect place for our reception venue. It had meaning to us as it was on the campus my husband and I attended, as well as the school where my sister is a student and where my father audited a class. It was the perfect place with its southern charm and elegance as well as a place close to our hearts!

We worked with Kristen at the Inn who was a pleasure to work with. She knew exactly what we had in mind and worked closely with our wedding coordinator where everything on the day of the wedding went off without a hitch. She had coordinated with the kitchen on our meals including one gluten free, as well as special dishes such as shrimp and grits served in a martini glass and our dessert table where the Inn added a few special desserts we requested. We had discussed diagrams of the room and coordinated with CE Rentals for our linens and charger plates which all looked beautiful the day of the wedding.

Kristen did an excellent job coordinating with reservations so our guests also had an exceptional experience while at the Inn. They all received their welcome bags we had provided for them and all of the guests are still talking about how beautiful their rooms were. The reservations staff accommodated my husband and I with a beautiful suite as well as upgrading my suite on our first night checking in which was so convenient in laying everything out for the big weekend ahead and took into account my request for having our guests in the "medical" wing of the Inn with our background in dentistry.

We cannot express enough how pleased we were with the Inn for our wedding and highly recommend using them for your event in the future! Read less
Services Used: Rehearsal Dinner, Wedding Venue
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Kaylie
Wedding:
11/8/2014
5.0/5.0
Where else would we have a Tar Heel/ Carolina themed wedding?! The Inn was such a beautiful venue, and the catering team was amazing to work with. They made sure that every detail was perfect that day. Also, they provide you with an amazing packet of vendors that they personally have worked with several times and trust, making my decision much less stress-free! Kristen was so adorable, and even after being away on maternity leave, she came back and was on top of every detail and every aspect of my wedding. Also, the food was delicious (typically wedding food is mediocre, but I still have people commenting on how amazing our Shrimp and Grits were!), and it was so nice to have every aspect of our wedding take place in the one area. It was PERFECT!
Where else would we have a Tar Heel/ Carolina themed wedding?! The Inn was such a beautiful venue, and the catering team Read more...
Where else would we have a Tar Heel/ Carolina themed wedding?! The Inn was such a beautiful venue, and the catering team was amazing to work with. They made sure that every detail was perfect that day. Also, they provide you with an amazing packet of vendors that they personally have worked with several times and trust, making my decision much less stress-free! Kristen was so adorable, and even after being away on maternity leave, she came back and was on top of every detail and every aspect of my wedding. Also, the food was delicious (typically wedding food is mediocre, but I still have people commenting on how amazing our Shrimp and Grits were!), and it was so nice to have every aspect of our wedding take place in the one area. It was PERFECT! Read less
Services Used: Rehearsal Dinner, Wedding Venue
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Jessica
Wedding:
9/27/2014
5.0/5.0
Our ceremony and reception was at The Carolina Inn in Chapel Hill, NC!
It was a great spot in the middle of town and easy to get shuttles and cabs to and from.
The team there was awesome and listened to every wish I had for the big day.
I worked with catering manager, Kristen Prescott, and she was lively, energetic, and concerned with making the two of us happy no matter what!
She explained every choice and detail that we had to make a decision on and carried it out perfectly. She also referred us to a couple of day-of planners and we decided to go with, Kailey Branham, from A Southern Soiree, and she did a phenomenal job putting every piece of our day together so I didn't have to worry!
Our ceremony and reception was at The Carolina Inn in Chapel Hill, NC!
It was a great spot in the middle of town and Read more...
Our ceremony and reception was at The Carolina Inn in Chapel Hill, NC!
It was a great spot in the middle of town and easy to get shuttles and cabs to and from.
The team there was awesome and listened to every wish I had for the big day.
I worked with catering manager, Kristen Prescott, and she was lively, energetic, and concerned with making the two of us happy no matter what!
She explained every choice and detail that we had to make a decision on and carried it out perfectly. She also referred us to a couple of day-of planners and we decided to go with, Kailey Branham, from A Southern Soiree, and she did a phenomenal job putting every piece of our day together so I didn't have to worry! Read less
Services Used: Catering, Lighting & Decor, Transportation, Wedding Venue
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Shelley
Wedding:
8/23/2014
5.0/5.0
We had 75 rooms booked for our wedding weekend, and held both the wedding and reception at the Inn. With most of our guests coming from out of town, we couldn't have found a better location. The Inn has beautiful sitting areas for people to congregate, and they did a masterful job with the wedding and reception. The food was fabulous, and the wedding coordinator was totally on top of everything. It was perfect.
We had 75 rooms booked for our wedding weekend, and held both the wedding and reception at the Inn. With most of our Read more...
We had 75 rooms booked for our wedding weekend, and held both the wedding and reception at the Inn. With most of our guests coming from out of town, we couldn't have found a better location. The Inn has beautiful sitting areas for people to congregate, and they did a masterful job with the wedding and reception. The food was fabulous, and the wedding coordinator was totally on top of everything. It was perfect. Read less
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Rachel
Wedding:
8/2/2014
5.0/5.0
The Carolina Inn staff was exceptional to work with! Our wedding day was perfect and all of our guests had a blast! We could not have asked for a more perfect day!

Melissa Sayre was amazing and handled every detail down to changing the ceremony from outside to inside due to weather. It was such a smooth transition that our guests thought it was scheduled to be inside the entire time!
The Carolina Inn staff was exceptional to work with! Our wedding day was perfect and all of our guests had a blast! We Read more...
The Carolina Inn staff was exceptional to work with! Our wedding day was perfect and all of our guests had a blast! We could not have asked for a more perfect day!

Melissa Sayre was amazing and handled every detail down to changing the ceremony from outside to inside due to weather. It was such a smooth transition that our guests thought it was scheduled to be inside the entire time! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Venue
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Jessica
Wedding:
5/30/2014
5.0/5.0
Working with The Carolina Inn was an absolute dream! At first I hadn't even looked at this venue because I assumed it would be outside of my budget, but I am so happy that I reached out for more information. I found The Carolina Inn to be the best value of any of the venues that I looked at, and throughout the process they were so transparent with pricing and so easy to work with. Elizabeth Rubio was great to work with and helped me find ways to get everything I wanted while staying within budget. At the wedding, their staff did an absolutely incredible job of making sure that everything was flawless! All of my guests couldn't stop talking about how beautiful everything was, and how amazing their entire experience at The Carolina Inn had been. During the planning process, I had never even looked at the actual "hotel" part of The Carolina Inn, but once I saw it at the wedding, it was SO beautiful! Every step of the planning process was so wonderful, and even once we got to The Carolina Inn their staff did everything they could to meet our needs, and our guests needs. I 100% recommend The Carolina Inn and I can't think of a single even slightly negative thing to say about the entire experience.
Working with The Carolina Inn was an absolute dream! At first I hadn't even looked at this venue because I assumed it Read more...
Working with The Carolina Inn was an absolute dream! At first I hadn't even looked at this venue because I assumed it would be outside of my budget, but I am so happy that I reached out for more information. I found The Carolina Inn to be the best value of any of the venues that I looked at, and throughout the process they were so transparent with pricing and so easy to work with. Elizabeth Rubio was great to work with and helped me find ways to get everything I wanted while staying within budget. At the wedding, their staff did an absolutely incredible job of making sure that everything was flawless! All of my guests couldn't stop talking about how beautiful everything was, and how amazing their entire experience at The Carolina Inn had been. During the planning process, I had never even looked at the actual "hotel" part of The Carolina Inn, but once I saw it at the wedding, it was SO beautiful! Every step of the planning process was so wonderful, and even once we got to The Carolina Inn their staff did everything they could to meet our needs, and our guests needs. I 100% recommend The Carolina Inn and I can't think of a single even slightly negative thing to say about the entire experience. Read less
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Kate
Wedding:
5/17/2014
5.0/5.0
Amazing venue...exactly what we had pictured for our wedding. We worked with JJ as our consultant and she was amazing. We have gotten a huge amount of compliments about the food, service and how beautiful the Inn was. We couldn't be happier with our experience.
Amazing venue...exactly what we had pictured for our wedding. We worked with JJ as our consultant and she was amazing. We Read more...
Amazing venue...exactly what we had pictured for our wedding. We worked with JJ as our consultant and she was amazing. We have gotten a huge amount of compliments about the food, service and how beautiful the Inn was. We couldn't be happier with our experience. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Our daughter's wedding and reception this past weekend at The Carolina Inn was just wonderful. We could not have been more pleased with how everything turned out. The Inn itself is just gorgeous and living history. Our guests enjoyed the ambience and all of the comments regarding the accommodations were very positive. The staff is extremely helpful and professional. As for the ceremony and reception, we felt both were flawless. Melissa Sayre, Catering Manager, went above and beyond to create a well paced evening, starting with the ceremony in the Bryan Courtyard, to the cocktail hour in the Old Well Wing, then finally dinner and dancing in the beautiful Old Well Room. The food was delicious and we had lots of compliments on taste and variety. Service was prompt and unobtrusive. Stations were chosen instead of a plated dinner and that really worked well - organized, neat, and I think our guests felt very relaxed with this approach. They flowed easily from the different rooms that were used for food stations and bar, and the photo booth centered in the gallery was a big hit. Melissa's recommendations were spot on and we had no issues at all. The bride and groom were very happy as were families and guests. So many compliments!
Our daughter's wedding and reception this past weekend at The Carolina Inn was just wonderful. We could not have been more Read more...
Our daughter's wedding and reception this past weekend at The Carolina Inn was just wonderful. We could not have been more pleased with how everything turned out. The Inn itself is just gorgeous and living history. Our guests enjoyed the ambience and all of the comments regarding the accommodations were very positive. The staff is extremely helpful and professional. As for the ceremony and reception, we felt both were flawless. Melissa Sayre, Catering Manager, went above and beyond to create a well paced evening, starting with the ceremony in the Bryan Courtyard, to the cocktail hour in the Old Well Wing, then finally dinner and dancing in the beautiful Old Well Room. The food was delicious and we had lots of compliments on taste and variety. Service was prompt and unobtrusive. Stations were chosen instead of a plated dinner and that really worked well - organized, neat, and I think our guests felt very relaxed with this approach. They flowed easily from the different rooms that were used for food stations and bar, and the photo booth centered in the gallery was a big hit. Melissa's recommendations were spot on and we had no issues at all. The bride and groom were very happy as were families and guests. So many compliments! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Cannot say enough about our New Year's Eve wedding at the Carolina Inn! They were incredibly responsive, professional, and attentive throughout the entire planning process and reception. The Inn specializes in weddings and special events, and it really shows--from bringing my husband and me food during our reception (there was no way we could get it ourselves!), to making sure all of the staff in charge introduced themselves, to making sure our event ran on schedule down to the MINUTE. The Carolina Inn was the perfect place for our wedding.

We especially appreciated that the pricing was clear up front and did not change--no hidden costs or add-ons later, which allowed us to stay on budget.

The Old Well room was absolutely gorgeous and the event was flawless--thanks to Kristen Prescott and the entire staff!
Cannot say enough about our New Year's Eve wedding at the Carolina Inn! They were incredibly responsive, professional, and Read more...
Cannot say enough about our New Year's Eve wedding at the Carolina Inn! They were incredibly responsive, professional, and attentive throughout the entire planning process and reception. The Inn specializes in weddings and special events, and it really shows--from bringing my husband and me food during our reception (there was no way we could get it ourselves!), to making sure all of the staff in charge introduced themselves, to making sure our event ran on schedule down to the MINUTE. The Carolina Inn was the perfect place for our wedding.

We especially appreciated that the pricing was clear up front and did not change--no hidden costs or add-ons later, which allowed us to stay on budget.

The Old Well room was absolutely gorgeous and the event was flawless--thanks to Kristen Prescott and the entire staff! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Venue
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
The Carolina Inn hosted our wedding ceremony and reception in December of 2013. The service that we received from the incredible team at this unbelievable hotel was unbeatable.

Melissa Sayre is truly exceptional. She went above and beyond to make our day exceptions. She responded to every email promptly and every small detail that we discussed over a year of planning our event was perfectly executed.

The food was amazing, the facilities were stunning. We could not have been happier. Our guests (99% of whom were not from North Carolina) could not stop talking about how exceptionally beautiful the Inn was, how great their guest rooms were, and how wonderful the overall wedding was.

Our wedding day was the best, most stress-free day of our lives. The vision that my husband and I had truly came to life. It is a day that we will always remember, and we owe much of that to Melissa and the wonderful staff at the Carolina Inn.
The Carolina Inn hosted our wedding ceremony and reception in December of 2013. The service that we received from the Read more...
The Carolina Inn hosted our wedding ceremony and reception in December of 2013. The service that we received from the incredible team at this unbelievable hotel was unbeatable.

Melissa Sayre is truly exceptional. She went above and beyond to make our day exceptions. She responded to every email promptly and every small detail that we discussed over a year of planning our event was perfectly executed.

The food was amazing, the facilities were stunning. We could not have been happier. Our guests (99% of whom were not from North Carolina) could not stop talking about how exceptionally beautiful the Inn was, how great their guest rooms were, and how wonderful the overall wedding was.

Our wedding day was the best, most stress-free day of our lives. The vision that my husband and I had truly came to life. It is a day that we will always remember, and we owe much of that to Melissa and the wonderful staff at the Carolina Inn. Read less
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