Q: What is the maximum capacity of guests for the facility?
Seated reception: 175
Cocktail/standing reception: 275
Ceremony-style seating: 200
*These numbers reflect full capacity. Capacity may be reduced due to COVID-19 restrictions. Please inquire for details.
Q: Do you offer time for ceremony rehearsal?
Yes, if you are having your ceremony with us, your rental includes a complimentary one-hour rehearsal time. Your rehearsal time is determined one month prior to your event date.
Q: Where should guests park?
Guests can find parallel parking spots along the street or park in one of the nearby parking decks, Moore Square or Alexander Square. Both are within walking distance of the venue. Ride services like Lyft or Uber are great options to eliminate this step from your day.
Q: Where should out of town guests stay?
The Sheraton, The Marriott, and The Residence Inn are great options and are the closest hotels to the venue. Longleaf, Origin, and the Guest House are other nearby options. See Location page for links to these accommodations.
Q; Is the facility accessible for guests with different levels of mobility?
Yes, we have an elevator and a ramp inside of the facility.
Q; What is the earliest that I may access the venue on the day of the event?
Your access to the venue (including getting-ready suites) begins at 10am, unless you have contracted otherwise. Additional hours for earlier access are available at $200/hr.
Q; Do you have spaces to get ready in?
Yes, we have two getting-ready suites called The Glass Box and The Lounge. The Glass Box is located on the fifth floor, and The Lounge is located on the second floor across from the Stockroom. Access to The Glass Box and The Lounge is included in your rental of The Stockroom at 230 unless otherwise noted.
Q; Where should I take pictures?
Both The Glass Box and the exposed brick walls in The Stockroom provide excellent backdrops for photography in the venue. For outdoor photos, we recommend Fayetteville Street, Moore Square Park, and The Capitol Building and surrounding landscapes. Some locations may require a permit, so be sure to check with your photographer.
Q; Can a ceremony and reception be held in the same space?
Yes, many of our couples opt to host the ceremony and reception in the same space. To do this, we “flip” the space, during which the ceremony is changed over into the reception setup during the cocktail hour. This flip can be completed in the one hour cocktail hour time.
Q; Where do guests go during the flip?
Our landing area of the venue can accommodate up to 120 guests during cocktail hour. However, if you have over 120 guests and/or you would prefer for guests to not be in the venue during the flip, we recommend sending guests for a cocktail hour at a nearby location on Fayetteville Street.
Q; Am I required to use the vendors on your preferred list?
You are welcome to bring in any professional vendor for services, with the exception of catering. We do require that you choose a caterer on our Exclusive Catering List, which can be found on the first page of our Preferred Vendor List. This list has been curated over the years to include vendors that continually provide excellent service to our guests.
Q; Are there alcohol restrictions?
You can obtain alcohol through the caterer, hire a bartending company to supply alcohol, or provide your own alcohol and have the caterer provide a bartender to serve it. You will need to apply for a “Limited Special Occasion Liquor License” from the North Carolina ABC Commission if liquor is being served. You will need an approved, licensed, and insured bartender to serve all alcoholic beverages.
Q; Do you require a planner/day-of coordinator?
We highly recommend, but do not require, that you hire a professional planner/day of coordinator. We do have an excellent list of local coordinators and planners who would be happy to assist you on your day.
If you choose not to hire a planner, we do require that you appoint a day-of contact on your end who will be the primary contact for our facility team. This person is responsible for certain necessary tasks on your wedding day.
Q: What are the guidelines regarding decor?
You are allowed to have live flame candles provided they are in a container. You may hang items from our hanging strips which are located in the entrance hallway, in the brick inlets, and over the chalkboard wall. You may use Command strips to hang decor from the walls in lieu of nails. Confetti and glitter are not permitted.
Q: What is the tear-down process after the event has ended?
During the standard rental time, typically one hour is used to tear-down, although we recommend two hours if you have hired a live band or musician. No items may remain overnight. You do not need to break down the tables and chairs provided by the facility, as we take care of your setup and breakdown of those items.