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Merrell Estate & Gardens

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About Merrell Estate & Gardens

Merrell Estate & Gardens, located in Salter Path, North Carolina, is a mansion wedding venue nestled in the heart of the Crystal Coast. This gorgeous property with grand spaces, expansive greens, and a stately Southern charm makes a stunning location for a destination wedding full of drama and grandeur.

Facilities and Capacity

The house at Merrell Estate & Gardens features intricate classic southern estate details with a modern twist. Large wooden doors open into their elegant Grand Foyer, a spacious and welcoming space, that is suitable for welcoming guests or intimate gatherings with seating for up to 100 guests. The Merrell Ballroom & Bar is their primary event space which can accommodate 200 guests for a ceremony or 175 for dinner. The area is also suitable for a dance floor with space for a DJ or band. If you are looking for an outdoor venue, the Portico with its high-ceilings and garden view offers extensive rain cover and heating options. This large covered outdoor seating area can accommodate up to 175 people for dinner and has space for a dance floor and live band. The property also features a Luxury Bridal Suite with plush furniture and individual makeup stations and a Groom’s Room featuring a pool table, stocked bar, large televisions, and outdoor games. The meticulously landscaped gardens span over two acres and feature a variety of native and tropical flora. The Lawn, their largest outdoor ceremony space, features seating for over 300 people in the open air or under a tent. The Aisle of Palms provides a dramatic cathedral-like setting for a wedding march set against a lush green backdrop and under the open sky. The Wild Garden offers private alcoves and hideaways perfect for intimate moments and photos created by the flowering trees and wild coastal brush.

Services Offered

Merrell Estate & Gardens offers a selection of wedding packages from which to choose. Their most popular package includes:

  • 12-hour venue access on the wedding day
  • Event assistance with day-of coordination, event timeline, setup, breakdown of house items, and vendor coordination
  • Unlimited access to event team through email or phone before the event
  • Luxury Bridal Suite with dry and steam saunas, plus snacks and beverages
  • Private Salon & Spa with massage parlor, hair station, manicure & pedicure stations, and makeup stations
  • Groom’s Room with dry and steam saunas, games, snacks and drinks
  • Lounge for the wedding party to relax in with a pool table, large-screen televisions, and a mini-bar
  • Pool and hot tub access for the wedding party before the event and the day after
  • Use of banquet tables and cocktail tables
  • White folding chairs for ceremonies and receptions
  • A standard linen package
  • White china plates, glassware, flatware, and service items
  • Cake cutting sets and service
  • Outdoor heaters and outdoor fireplace
  • Guest parking with attendants
  • Security on site


Merrell Estate & Gardens offers first-class hospitality and food and beverage packages featuring fresh, seasonal, chef-driven food from award-winning on-site catering company 81 Hospitality Group.

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5 Reviews for Merrell Estate & Gardens

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5 Merrell Estate & Gardens Reviews


Married on 06/08/2019

  • Quality of service 5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Professionalism 5.0
  • Responsiveness 5.0
  • Flexibility 5.0

A perfect evening

Our original wedding venue was unable to reopen in time due to serious hurricane damage. We were so fortunate that the newly opened Merrell Estate & Gardens became an option for us in relocating. This ... Read more This beautiful place is gem. Whatever your wedding vision is - I really think Merrell Estate & Gardens can bring to life. The owners, Liza & Clark, are so patient and organized. Liza listened to my rather unorganized hopes for my wedding and put together an event that was just right for us. I didn't really stress a thing on my wedding day as the awesome team at this venue along with my wonderful coordinator (Christina Fulcher) kept the day smooth and easy. I did not worry about the quality of our food and drinks as the Merrells are successful restaurateurs (Circa 81 is a personal fave!) and I knew they had it covered. They didn't disappoint! Delicious food, desserts, and beverages. It was all presented beautifully and the service was outstanding from start to finish. I can't say enough about how PRETTY it is there. The grounds are so green and their team has done an incredible job renovating the landscape. I loved to watch my friends and family mingle on the giant lawn among palm trees and flowers! The building itself is stunning. The Merrells and their team have transformed it into a true beauty of a venue. I assure you that it is a must-see when considering your options! If you seek a gorgeous place to wed and great people to help you do that, I 100% recommend Merrell Estate and Gardens.

Susan Skinner

Getting married on 04/05/2021

  • Quality of service 5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Professionalism 5.0
  • Responsiveness 5.0
  • Flexibility 5.0

Catering experience

The staff is great to work with, very reliable and professional. Liza and Clarke have catered 3 parties and all turned out wonderful. The food was great, along with their staffing and commitment to ... Read more providing great service and quality. Highly recommend.

Dayna Spiece

Getting married on 12/04/2019

  • Quality of service 5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Professionalism 5.0
  • Responsiveness 5.0
  • Flexibility 5.0

Excellent Venue!

We were their first venue after opening and they made everything perfect! From the food, to decorations, the building and grounds, and their professionalism, everything was beautiful! This was for a ... Read more prom and everything was so wonderful that we have already booked them again for next year! Great place, great people!

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