10 Best Outdoor Wedding Sites in North Carolina

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1. Grand Green

Downtown Charlotte has a park like no other: The Green Uptown is a 1.5-acre, 3-tiered space that can hold both your ceremony and reception. Stone stairs connect each level, so moving from ceremony to cocktail hour to reception (with help from an approved caterer) is easy. There's an interactive sculpture fountain with giant fish that can entertain any of the children at your party. (704) 944-1627, TheGreenUptown.com

2. Breathtaking Beachfront

The Outer Banks' Sanderling Resort & Spa offers an Atlantic-facing setting on the Main Inn Oceanside Deck, while the Oceanside Lawn has a backdrop of natural dunes. Receptions must be catered by the resort, and the tented Soundside Pavilion on the edge of the Currituck Sound can hold 250. Walk down to the gazebo at the end of the pier for some intimate sunset photo ops. (800) 701-4111, TheSanderling.com

3. Romantic Botanicals

The Nellie Rhyne Stowe White Garden at the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden in Belmont is, you guessed it, filled with white flowers. The grounds can hold up to 350 guests. For your menu, you can choose from the garden's five approved caterers. (704) 829-1268, DSBG.org

4. Natural Hideaway

The Sarah P. Duke Gardens on Duke University's campus in Durham bring nature to your nuptials: Stand near the Fish Pool or on the Iris Bridge during ceremonies. Or opt for the Angle Amphitheater. For your reception, the rustic North Terrace can seat 160, and the garden provides a list of preferred caterers. Seated receptions for up to 240 people can take place on the North Lawn. (919) 684-3698, HR.Duke.edu

5. Divine Vineyard

Looking for your "something blue"? Blueberry Villa & Banner Elk Winery in Banner Elk is a country-chic spot. The porch, terrace and garden overlook vineyards, mountains, blueberry fields and a trout pond. You can choose your caterer -- just don't forget to toast with blueberry wine! (828) 260-1790, BlueberryVilla.com

6. Elegant Estate

Capture the feel of your own backyard (but a whole lot better!) at The Fearrington House in Pittsboro. Ceremony spaces are decorated with seasonal flowerbeds and crabapple trees, while The Garden Terrace features winding brick paths, old-world columns and manicured lawns. You and up to 200 guests can enjoy a big Southern-style meal catered by the house. (919) 542-2121, Fearrington.com

7. Historic Manor

The Blue Ridge Mountains are the backdrop at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville. On a hill looking over the Biltmore House, the tented Diana at Biltmore venue can hold up to 550 guests, while the River Bend Barn has views of the French Broad River. The Vista at the Inn on Biltmore Estate as well as the Stable Courtyard & Gardens are good options too. The estate provides catering, so you can be sure the menu will be fit for a queen! (800) 211-9804, Biltmore.com

8. Old-School Appeal

Highgrove Estate on Laurel Lake has a pergola set against a lush green background for your ceremony. A luxurious tent with chandeliers can seat up to 225 for receptions, which are catered by the estate, and can be used with the patio that overlooks Laurel Lake. The front of the house is filled with charming accents -- white-tiered siding, black shutters and massive columns make a perfect backdrop for photo shoots on the porch! (919) 552-6154, Highgrove-NC.com

9. Paradise Island

For a tropical vibe, hold your ceremony at the palm tree-covered Ocean Terrace at Bald Head Island Club. With the water as your backdrop, get married under the dramatic trellis in front of up to 150 guests. Continue the festivities with a club-catered dinner beneath a tent next to manicured croquet greens. The Ocean Terrace is even more romantic when it's lit up at night, so don't miss that photo op. (910) 457-7300, BHIClub.net

10. Top Terrace

Dance under the stars at Kress Terrace, which is on the rooftop of the historic Kress Building in Greensboro. The luxurious, fourth-floor banquet hall opens up to a 4,500-square-foot, Art Deco-inspired patio that overlooks downtown Greensboro. You can bring your own caterer, and the terrace can seat 135 people -- or 285 if you're willing to bring some guests indoors. (336) 333-9030, KressTerrace.com

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