Do you dream BIG?  Wanna WOW your guests?  Then look no further than a Mansion in North Carolina.  There are two that come to mind quickly: Bella Collina and Graylyn.  If you want to host a black tie affair or even a fancy barbeque than why not have a mansion as the backdrop to set the tone of your event.  Both of these venues can be dressed “to the nines” or offer a southern grace of hospitality.  The hardest decision is if you want “grits & grace” or a fancy formal plated reception.

   Graylyn is set on a private estate in Winston Salem.  This venue demands your attention the moment you pull into the front stone entrance.  As you come up the drive, the main house will take your breath away.  From the Butlers greeting and personal knowledge of your arrival you will be whisked away to another world.  Taking a tour of the different wings will make it very difficult to pick which room you will want to host your big celebration.  They have several gardens, sunrooms, lounge areas, dining rooms, huge courtyards, unique areas and a gorgeous front lawn to host tented events.   

Graylyn offers in-house catering to provide a stress-free evening of entertaining.  While they have a preferred vendors list, they will allow you to bring your own vendors (all except catering and bar service).  Make a weekend of your wedding by having all of your family and friends book their 86 guest rooms and cottages.  Just image having all of your guests together from Thursday until Sunday.  Make it a destination wedding with a welcome cocktail party and dinner, a spa day and bridal luncheon while the guys play yard games and enjoy a cookout in one of the gardens before the rehearsal.  Allow Graylyn host your rehearsal dinner and dessert to celebrate the pre-wedding celebrations.  Waking up the morning of your big day, allow a make-up artist and hair stylist team come and doll you and your wedding party up for your grand entrance down the steps into the garden.  The gazebo in the garden will offer a beautiful backdrop for a wedding of 200 or less. 

        Want to know a secret about Graylyn? They specialize in casino nights and themed weddings.  They’ve hosted casino themed weddings and events several times and have the rental needs and “the look” down to a science.  The staff at Graylyn truly go above and beyond to give you and your guests an experience they will be talking about for years to come.  Allow them to show you the way around their magical venue. (photos are from their website/facebook fanpage)

Looking for a venue with a million dollar view?  Bella Collina in Stokesdale with amazing lake views that will create a romantic and beautiful sunset backdrop.  They have an incredible eye for detail that each nook and corner is yet another breathtaking view or photo opt.  Getting married in front of the lake has casted one of the best seats for a ceremony in the area.  The sunset seems to set in just the perfect location to create captivating light.  Your guests will await your arrival on the upper terrace or in their downstairs event space following the ceremony during the cocktail hour with beer, wine & champagne only.  Once the wedding party has been seated entertain your guests by dancing rooftop your first dance under the beautiful skies. 

        One of our favorite stops during our tour was their special areas for the wedding parties to get ready. At Bella Collina, you have the option to rent additional areas in the mansion to get ready onsite.  There are two different options for the bride and a “tower” for the groom and his men to relax and prep for the day without seeing one another.   

They offer elopement packages for those that are wanting a dream wedding, on budget or just want to make things happen a little faster.  Allow Cher & Joe to handle all of your quick planning needs to say I DO without the stress.  Follow them on Facebook to see all the incredible specials, ideas and upcoming events they have coming up.  You never know when they might give away another wedding.  They truly love seeing those in love and our honored to open their home to couples ready to start their journey of marriage in their backyard.  Once you become a Bella Bride you become a part of the Bella Family.

        The best part of Bella Collina is they offer a stress-free one-stop-shop for couples.  They have packages ranging from $9,995*-$18,000* for 100 guests daily for up to 6 hours.  (*with the options to upgrade, adding additional amenities, and not including taxes.)   They will set interviews for couples to meet their preferred catering companies, DJs, Photographers, videographers and pick out their fairytale floral packages depending on which packet you choose.  You can bring in your own cake baker and even provide your own coordinator, although they offer complimentary cake cutting services.   No matter your style the mansion provides an amazing blank canvas for your dreams to come alive.