Locations for Wedding Ceremony without Reception

wedding in the Terrace Gardens

Photo by Brownyn Duffield Photography.

Please note:

As we plan for the Garden Gateway capital project, we will no longer offer outdoor ceremonies in the locations below after October 2019. Please see this page for information about hosting a ceremony and reception 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: 30 min./100 max.


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: 30 min./100 max.


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: 30 min./50 max.

View your wedding package hereThen inquire about a date/location here.