The Clayton Center




Located just half an hour from Raleigh, the Clayton Center’s historic ambience and small-town charm with a modern twist make a unique backdrop for your special day. Arched doorways with wide windows allow for natural light to shine through, and the exposed brick wall adds to the rustic charm. Wedding ceremonies are impressive when performed in our stately, impeccably restored 1926 auditorium. The theatrical lighting and excellent acoustic qualities in the auditorium, combined with two backstage dressing rooms and other amenities, place the spotlight right where it should be – on the bride and groom. Enjoy cocktails and a delectable dinner in the Lobby Gallery - with its exposed antique brick, atrium-like openness and overhead Terraces, it is the perfect space for mingling and dancing with your family and friends. Dance the night away as lights twinkle above you and guests “ooh” and “ahh” at the elegance exuding from the night. The experienced staff will work with you to ensure that this day is uniquely yours!

Venue Style

Event Center


Indoor Ceremony, Indoor Reception


Max Indoor Ceremony: 600 guests
Max Indoor Reception: 330 guests

Time Restrictions

Set up time can start at 6:00AM. Events must end by midnight.

Rental Fees

The rental fee ranges from $1,800 to $2,600 for a reception and includes 10 hours of rental time including set up and clean up time. The fee for a ceremony is $700 with reception rental or $1,150 for a ceremony-only wedding with no reception. Additional hours can be arranged for a fee. Please inquire for exact pricing and details. A refundable security deposit of $250 is required.

Wedding Cost

The average wedding cost at The Clayton Center is estimated at between $6,430 and $12,060 for a ceremony & reception for 100 guests.





Amenities Included

Bride's dressing area
Groom's dressing area
Dance floor
Tables and chairs provided
Venue set up and clean up
Day of onsite manager
Kitchen for prep only
Large parking lot
Coat rack

Special Restrictions

BYO alcohol
Venue must approve all decorations
Approved outside caterer allowed
Amplified music OK indoors only
Smoking in designated areas only
Music must end by midnight
No bartender required but permit required to serve liquor
Rice, birdseed, confetti, glitter allowed outside only