Located in North Carolina, Durham is a city that more than six million people visit each year – just to enjoy a multitude of activities and visit attractions centered on nature, science, golfing, art, and entertainment. Referred to as 'Medicine City' because of its abundance of medical centers, Durham forms the 'Triangle' with the neighboring cities of Raleigh and Chapel Hill. As you plan a wedding in Durham, the number of resources at your fingertips will surprise you.
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Durham Wedding Planning: Highlights of the City
With plenty of museums, art galleries, and theatres (like the historic Carolina), Durham enjoys a trendy arts culture. The city is home to thirteen historic sites, three art centers, and twelve annual events that draw the attention of tourists on a national basis. The infamous Duke University is found in Durham, which offers a great deal of intriguing Gothic architecture. Other attractions throughout the city include the Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Nasher Museum of Art, the Durham Bulls Athletic Park, Museum of Life and Science, and St. Joseph's Performance Hall. Durham is also an intriguing location for American Civil War buffs to explore.
Durham Wedding Planning: Weather Considerations
The moderate climate of Durham brings four separate seasons, where the summer is typically warm and sunny, and the winters bring cool breezes with the occasional light snowfall. One of the most pleasant times of the year to schedule a wedding in Durham is in the springtime, when April temperatures are around 72 degrees. Weddings set for the months of July and August will encounter fairly hot weather conditions. These months are also the wettest of the year – so be prepared to dodge some heavy rain.
Durham Wedding Planning: Tips and Ideas
When you're ready to start browsing for vendors and inspiration for your Durham wedding, head for Ninth Street – a pedestrian-friendly oasis with plenty of opportunities to shop, dine, and enjoy a variety of entertainment. Other locations about town to look for wedding dresses, rings, catering, and other accessories are the boutique shops and nationally-recognized restaurants of Brightleaf Square, and the Streets of Southpoint – off of Interstate 40.