Doris Duke Center reception

Sarah P. Duke Gardens is one of the most picturesque settings on Duke University's campus, and it's an ideal location for weddings. From the simple to the sublime, envision your romantic wedding in this acclaimed botanic garden.

(Ceremonies with Doris Duke Center receptions may only be in the Angle Amphitheater.)


Fill this airy hall with family and friends and enjoy a relaxed, sophisticated atmosphere. Featuring a high ceiling with organic tones that complement exposed wood beams, expansive windows, gorgeous Brazilian wood flooring, and contemporary organic lighting, the Doris Duke Center creates a feeling of warmth and natural elegance. Enhanced by the adjoining John J. Piva Terrace, an intimate space set apart from the celebrations, the Doris Duke Center is the venue where a wedding feels like a gathering and not simply an event.

•    80-100 for seated dinner with dance floor
•    150 for seated dinner on Piva Terrace. (Requires the addition of a tent for more than 100.)
•    140 for wedding ceremony in Angle Amphitheater

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Locations for Ceremony without Reception:

Please note: The Angle Amphitheater is only available for people holding receptions in the Doris Duke Center.


As the focal point in the Terrace Gardens, the pergola is an elegant structure that frames the lush landscape and creates a backdrop that turns your vow exchange into a work of art (think of all the Instagrams!). Add delightful fountains and layered terraces—featuring a lavender and purple palette of interlaced tulips, irises, foxgloves and alliums in the spring, and a succession of delightful colors through the seasons—and you'll see how architecture and nature blend together to create a timeless setting.

Capacity: 100


Located at the far end of the Terrace Gardens and set against a gently cascading stone waterfall, the fish pool is the perfect location for a wedding ceremony. A water garden with plants selected for minimal color, coupled with the sound of rippling water, contributes to the overall harmony of this location and provides a backdrop that balances beauty with simplicity. Your wedding photos will be infused with a quiet elegance that inspires photographers.

Capacity: 100


The overlook is the most intimate ceremony site at Duke Gardens. Guests stroll through the Terrace Gardens before reaching this delightful location, which is set on a hill and provides dappled shade by mature trees. The Overlook is oriented so guests may gaze in wonder at the seasonal kaleidoscopes of natural color in the Terrace Gardens, a breathtaking backdrop that’s perfect for exchanging vows.

Capacity: 50

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