Duke Mansion

Duke Mansion

The Vibe
Carolina brides looking for a venue with distinctly southern elegance have found their match. Many hold their ceremony under the white pergola at the end of the terrace, while the solarium and outdoor gardens make for a picturesque reception.

The Cost
To rent the entire main floor (which is recommended for both space and privacy), the fee is $3,000, along with a $10,000 food-and-beverage minimum. The venue restricts the number of guests to 150.

What's Been Done?
One bride decked out the mansion in green lighting, handed out blinking plastic jewelry at the reception, and even offered a kids' entertainment space with a movie, magician, and a popcorn machine.

The Cool Factor
Driving up from the pristine Hermitage Road, guests will see a white patio wrapping the front of the house with enormous white rocking chairs. Once guests enter the mansion, they'll walk into the black-and- white marble floor Grand Foyer, where the cake is usually displayed. The really cool part: A free wedding night in the luxurious Dowd suite, where a king-sized bed, porch, and spacious Jacuzzi await the bride and groom.

Before & After
In proper estate style, the Duke Mansion is tucked away from city noise, but it is just a few blocks from Dilworth nightlife options, where Picasso's sports Cafe might take the edge off an otherwise traditional night.

Similar Options
The Point Lake and Golf Club on Lake norman, offers brides a 500-person reception hall that opens to a veranda, where guests will find a gorgeous lake view.

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