Your Wedding at The Historic Wakefield Barn
Past the concrete and the crowds of the city, just under thirty minutes from Downtown Raleigh, you will find The Historic Wakefield Barn. The Barn is a place where Southern hospitality and great service are a way of life. From the moment you arrive, you and your guests will be embraced by the scenic beauty and pastoral views. Because of it’s natural charm and exquisite updates, The Historic Wakefield Barn has become one of the most unique wedding destinations in the South, drenching your special day in historic charm.
From the rolling hills and farmland to the restored barn, this venue is truly unmatched. The Barn, originally built in the 1930’s, now anchors the property, surrounded by the vast property. The outdoor ceremony and cocktail hour boasts a grand weeping elm surrounded by plush lawns spilling woods’ edge. These stunning backdrops and their seasonal beauty offer an inspiring array of unique possibilities for staging the perfect wedding ceremony and reception.
The restored Historic Wakefield Barn was originally built in the 1930’s, surrounded by beautiful natural gardens, courtyards, and a spacious terrace. Today, The Barn has been restored with great care, creating a functional space for exquisite events, keeping it’s original charm. With the surrounding images of the weeping elm, rolling pastures and the natural property, The Historic Wakefield Barn is the perfect place for your dream wedding.
Our venue boasts two suites for the wedding party and their family to enjoy. The Mint Julep provides ample space for dressing areas, as well as hair and makeup for the bridal party, while the Tack Room offers the gentlemen a sophisticated, Southern lounge. Additional living spaces welcome family to relax before the festivities begin.
The Barn features large, open spaces with exposed beams and meticulously chosen finishes. The sophistication, Southern style and historic charm shine through when you walk in the door.
The venue creates a grand atmosphere with 32-foot vaulted ceilings and ten 48- inch round chandeliers. The majestic structure expands across the length of the property, overlooking 11.5 acres of manicured pastures. The layout allows for multiple options for both the ceremony and reception and is a canvas waiting to be customized for your special day.
The venue comfortably accommodates up to 250 guests seated and up to 350 guests for a cocktail style reception.
Venue Rental Pricing
Monday through Thursday
$3,500 | $4,000 F&B minimum Friday
$6,500 | $8,000 F&B minimum Saturday
$9,500 | $12,000 F&B minimum Sunday
$4,500 | $8,000 F&B minimum
Rental Packages Include
- Prior access to the venue for a two-hour engagement or bridal photo session and a one-hour rehearsal
- The use of our suites, the Mint Julep and Tack Room
- Setup and breakdown for the wedding ceremony and reception
- Standard round (72-inch) banquet tables, (8- foot) rectangular tables, cocktail rounds, 300 white folding chairs for outdoor ceremony, and 300 banquet chairs for inside ceremony and reception
- Classic tableware, cutlery, and glassware
- Complimentary parking with shuttle service add-ons available
Your planner will discuss menus for the wedding reception and festivities and set a date for a complimentary tasting for two with the chef. Tastings will include a specified sampling of the menu to enable final selections. Tastings are held once a month on Sundays from 12:00 – 4:00 p.m. based on the chef’s schedule, typically the first Sunday of each month. The cost is $25 per person for any additional guests, for up to 6 people. This includes a flight of red and white wines.
Wedding Sales Contract and Payments
Once the proposed menu and estimated headcount is confirmed, the Banquet Event Order (BEO) will be generated. For the deposit, half of the venue cost plus $2000 is due at the signing of the contract. The remaining balance and final numbers are due 15 days prior to the wedding.
Wedding Planner Requirement
A Day of Coordinator, at minimum, will be required to assist with the wedding design and décor and planning details for the event. This includes the wedding timeline, vendor selection and coordination, questions that you have throughout the planning process, and order for the rehearsal and wedding ceremony. The planner will also coordinate the flow of the reception to include announcement of wedding party and newlywed couple, first dances, cutting of the cake, any speeches, reception send-off, etc. A member from Southern Oak Events will discuss packaging and pricing with you at the time of your tour.