JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University




Nestled on North Carolina State University’s sprawling campus, the JC Raulston Arboretum provides soon-to-be-wed couples with a versatile and decidedly charming venue. Say your “I do’s” in the Klein-Pringle White Garden, a classic outdoor space where you can say your “I do’s” beneath a white arbor or gazebo surrounded by blooming white flowers and a lush green lawn. Channel a sense of timeless romance at the Finley-Nottingham Rose Garden, with its stone terrace, iron arbors, and over 3,000 blooms during peak seasons. The A.E. Finley Rooftop Terrace provides a dramatic open-air reception space complete with moody lighting and fragrant plants. These are only some of the many garden spaces available for your big day! Prefer an indoor celebration? No problem! The JC Raulston Arboretum boasts expansive auditoriums for reception dinners, all with gorgeous garden views and opening up to the beautiful south terrace. Combining sophistication with natural beauty, the JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University is sure to please couples and guests alike!

Venue Style

Historic/Landmark Building, Outdoor


Indoor/Outdoor Ceremony, Indoor/Outdoor Reception


Max Indoor Ceremony: 215 guests
Max Outdoor Ceremony: 120 guests
Max Indoor Reception: 150 guests
Max Outdoor Reception: 400 guests

Time Restrictions

Flexible set up start time. Early morning can be arranged. Events must end by 11:00PM.

Rental Fees

The rental fee ranges from $225 to $265 for a reception and includes 1 hour of event time excluding set up and clean up time. The set up fee for a ceremony ranges from $190 to $225. Additional hours can be arranged for a fee of $265/hr. A refundable security deposit of $250 is required if paying by check. Please inquire with venue for additional options.

Wedding Cost

The average wedding cost at JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University is estimated at between $3,682 and $11,377 for a ceremony & reception for 100 guests.





Amenities Included

Ceremony arch
Venue set up and clean up
Day of onsite manager
Kitchen for prep only
Large parking lot
Reception tables and chairs provided

Special Restrictions

BYO alcohol
No rice, birdseed, confetti, etc.
Approved outside caterer allowed
Amplified music OK indoors only
Smoking in designated areas only
Alcohol must be served by licensed bartender/caterer
Music must end by 11:00PM