Umstead Hotel Weddings

Umstead Hotel Weddings offer an upscale fairytale wedding venue in the heart of Raleigh. Located just a short drive from Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill, The Umstead Hotel and Spa is perfect for small, intimate weddings and more significant, extravagant celebrations. No matter what you’ve always dreamed your special day will look like, weddings at the Umstead Hotel and Spa are magical enough to make all your dreams come true.

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About The Umstead Hotel and Spa

As one of the premier luxury resorts in North Carolina, the Umstead Hotel and Spa is located on 12 acres of beautiful, secluded woodlands in Cary, N.C., just outside William B. Umstead State Park. The Umstead is the only Forbes Five-Star Hotel in North Carolina, and it has received dozens of awards and accolades. Guests and members of the wedding party alike can stay in one of the Umstead’s 150 luxury guest rooms or suites, partake in a soothing treatment at the Umstead’s tranquil spa, or enjoy a gourmet meal at Herons, one of only 64 Forbes Five-Star restaurants in the world. These amenities, and many more, make weddings at the Umstead Hotel & Spa special and unique.

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Venues at the Umstead Hotel and Spa

No matter which of the three dazzling venues you choose, all Umstead Hotel & Spa weddings are unforgettable in their own way. The Umstead offers both indoor and outdoor venues. Both indoor venues also include access to an outdoor terrace, allowing each guest to enjoy the stunning three-acre private lake located at the heart of the Umstead. Finally, all venues are equipped with high-tech capabilities, so don’t worry: you’ll be able to dance the night away to your favorite band or DJ no matter which venue you choose.

Wedding Lawn

The stunning outdoor Wedding Lawn at the Umstead Hotel & Spa is ideal for any couple’s special day. With a wide stone pathway leading to the Umstead’s private lake, the Wedding Lawn showcases all North Carolina’s beautiful woodlands offer. The lake also features a gorgeous, dramatic fountain, and couples can exchange vows underneath a traditional white structure festooned with any curtains or flowers of their choosing. With space for as many guests as you want to share your special day with on the well-manicured lawns of the Umstead’s lakefront property, the Wedding Lawn is a perfect choice for couples looking for a gorgeous outdoor wedding in the spring, summer, or fall.

The Ballroom

Forget bland event spaces: the Umstead Hotel & Spa Ballroom is a stately, customizable room that will take your breath away. With 20-foot ceilings, custom lighting and carpeting, and state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment, the Ballroom is the perfect place for newlyweds and their loved ones to dance the night away. The Ballroom is also designed to allow you to enjoy a cocktail hour on the outdoor terrace before going inside for dinner and dancing. Larger gatherings can enjoy the entire Ballroom, while smaller, more intimate celebrations can partition the space to create a smaller (but equally magnificent) area. No matter how you envision your wedding celebration, the Ballroom is the perfect place to bring it to life.

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The Salon

If you want to enjoy a smaller celebration without sacrificing elegance, The Salon is the perfect venue for you. The Salon boasts brocade-lined walls and a dazzling Italian chandelier. It also includes an outdoor terrace overlooking the Umstead Hotel & Spa’s private lake, allowing you and your guests to enjoy the outdoors in style. Even better, the terrace includes a stunning fire pit. Your guests will never forget the outdoor cocktail hour they spent overlooking a serene lake next to the warmth of a crackling fire, and you’ll never forget how you celebrated all night long afterward in the beautiful Salon.

Amenities at the Umstead Hotel and Spa

As a world-class hotel and resort in the heart of North Carolina, the Umstead Hotel & Spa offers numerous amenities to make your special day unforgettable. Its rooms are perfect for out-of-town guests to stay before and after the wedding. Additionally, the Umstead’s spa and restaurant are ideal for you (and exhausted wedding guests) to relax and recover before or after the wedding. Finally, don’t forget to treat yourself at Herons, the Umstead’s world-class restaurant, before, during, or after your wedding.


The Umstead Hotel and Spa features 150 stunning rooms you and your guests will love. Enjoy amenities like free Wi-Fi and a minibar as you relax in your marble soaking tub before your big day. Get ready in the luxurious Governor’s Suite, which overlooks the private lake at the Umstead. After the wedding, spend your first night as a newlywed in the opulent Presidential Suite, which features a refrigerator with a wine cooler that’s perfect for chilling a bottle of celebratory bubbly. As a multiple-time winner of The Forbes Five-Star Award, the AAA Five Diamond Award, and several Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards, the Umstead Hotel & Spa is the ideal site for you and your wedding party to unwind and relax.


The Umstead is home to one of the best spas in North Carolina. Treat yourself and your wedding party to mani-pedis before the wedding. The spa offers a wide variety of facials so you can feel confident that you’ll look your best on your big day. If you’re tired after a long night of dancing, try a relaxing massage: the Umstead offers four massage packages that can be upgraded to include aromatherapy. Your guests will also appreciate the ability to enjoy some spa time before or after your wedding. Enjoying some relaxing spa time is key for a more blissful than stressful wedding.


Herons, the restaurant at the Umstead Hotel and Spa, is widely regarded as home to some of the finest dining in North Carolina. Led by Steven Greene, a 2019 James Beard Semifinalist, Herons offers a fine dining experience that will delight you and your guests. Enjoy your rehearsal dinner or post-wedding brunch in the Herons restaurant, or work with the catering team to create a custom seasonal menu for your wedding. The ingredients used at the Umstead are sourced from nearby farms, ensuring that you and your guests will enjoy food as fresh as it is seasonal.

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Capturing Moments

The Umstead Hotel & Spa is the perfect setting for a wedding that’s as magical and unique as you are. Umstead Hotel and Spa weddings in Cary are ideal for couples looking to celebrate their big days in a stunning natural setting without sacrificing elegance and extravagance. In His Image Photography has over 20 years of professional photographic experience in capturing the most important moments of your big day. Please contact us to learn more about how we can capture your wedding or engagement photos so you can remember them forever.

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