The Oaks at Salem Est. 2011

Apex, NC, United States

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Situated on eleven pastoral acres with mature hardwoods and a rustic barn perfect for photography.
Combining centuries-old charm with the best of modern conveniences, the setting is designed to capitalize on the views from every vantage point.
The Lowdown
Type
Banquet Hall / Event Facility
Barn / Farm / Ranch
Beach / Lake / Waterfront Location
Castle / Château / Manor
Estate / House / Mansion / Villa
Views
Lagoon/Pond
Meadow/Field
Style
Classic
Elegant
Garden Party
Romantic
Traditional
BEST type of CELEBRATIONS
Anniversary / Engagement Party
Baby Shower
Birthday Party
Charity Event
Corporate Event
Dinner Party
Elopement / Vow Renewal
Family Reunion
Holiday Party
LGBT Weddings
Rehearsal Dinner / Welcome Reception
Retreats: Corporate, Spa, Wellness, Etc.
Wedding Ceremony
Wedding Reception
Workshops: Creative, Photo, Etc.

Venue Setting

Combining centuries-old charm with the best of modern conveniences, the setting is designed to capitalize on the views from every vantage point. Situated on over eleven pastoral acres with mature hardwoods and beautiful landscaping, The Oaks at Salem provides a plethora of photo opportunities beyond your imagination. The main level of the house offers a cozy fireplace and over one thousand square feet of veranda overlooking our ceremony wall, serene, one-acre pond, and newly acquired rustic barn!
Fees
(Prices listed here are estimates only & are subject to change)
Price Range

Does this include catering fees?

No

Additional Charges

Sales tax of 6.75% for the facility and a refundable security deposit

Insurance

Additional Insurance May Be Required Depending On The Event

Capacity

Seated
300
Buffet
300
Standing
300
Celebrations Hosted Here Since
2011
Curfew
11 PM
Venue Spaces
Indoor & Outdoor Venue Spaces Available
Catering
Client Must Select A Caterer From The List Provided By The Venue
Alcohol
BYO Permitted – You Can Bring Your Own Alcohol
Licensed Server Is Required
Music
Indoors & Outdoors
Smoking
Designated Smoking Areas Only
Accommodations
Grooms retreat and bridal suite for dressing. Complimentary shuttles provided by partnering hotels. 
Eco/Green Events
Yes
Pet-Friendly Events
Yes
Kid Friendly Events
Yes
Handicap Accessible
Yes
Amenities
  • Bridal Suite/Changing Rooms Onsite
  • Valet Parking
  • Wifi
  • Ample Parking Onsite
  • Dining Chairs
  • Dining Tables
  • Onsite Restrooms
Venue Features
The Scene:
The property was once owned and farmed by the Howell family for many years. After purchasing the last 5 acres of the farm, the owner of The Oaks, April Maness, remained friends with the matriarch of the Howell family. She told April that the area was once named "Salem Community".... hence the name, The Oaks at Salem. It was April's dream to buy back some of the original land and return it to a working farm. Today, The Oaks is just over 11 acres. We have blueberries, vegetables, flowers, and bees. 
Design:
Included in our package is a spacious, 3,000 sq. ft. white tent. It is a direct extension from the facility, situated over our paver stone terrace which doubles as a dance floor. With our tent we include: 
-Elegant white fabric tent draping 
-Custom, dimmable market lighting (draped in a crisscross pattern)
-Clear tent sides that can be utilized in case of rain or cold weather
-Heater packages are available in winter months at an additional cost
-White fans mounted on every other tent pole for guest comfort during warm weather
-Custom, built-in speaker system for DJ & Band use
-Stationary wine barrels
Standout Venue Features:
A new addition to our property is The Oaks at Salem Vendor Marketplace, located in the rustic barn overlooking the pond. It is a year-round bridal show. Couples get to see, in real time, the top wedding vendors in the triangle area in a low pressure setting. You will see caterers, photographers, videographers, florists, DJs, musicians, bakeries, make-up artists, hair stylists, transportation services, hotels, wedding planners, travel services, and much more. Couples are welcome to come back as much as needed to pick up information or meet with their vendors in a casual, secluded setting. Even if you do not book with The Oaks, we encourage you to stop by and see this one of a kind wedding planning experience! These vendors can go anywhere you decide to have your wedding.

Included in our package when you book with The Oaks is a wedding coordinator. We provide a planning packet that contains all the necessary information for planning your big day, but our coordinators are always available via email for any questions along the way. They schedule an on-site planning meeting with you and your vendors 6-8 weeks prior to the event and create a custom timeline and layout that is emailed to all of your vendors. Additionally the coordinator will conduct your rehearsal practice and remain on site throughout your entire event to take care of you and your guests so you can enjoy your day. 
Extra Perks:
-10 hour use of the property
-1 hour rehearsal practice
-2-hour bridal portrait session
-Four ceremony location options
-On-site coordination services- spanning from the moment you book to the last dance
-Includes a lead coordinator (creates timeline, layout, etc.) and a day-of assistant coordinator
-Bridal Suite & Groom's Retreat for dressing (located on separate floors of the facility)
-Elevator
- 300 white chairs
-14 (60") round tables + 5 (6ft) rectangular tables
-Table linens in any color of your choice 
-Set-up and break down of all ceremony & reception tables and chairs
-Glassware & decor (vases, votive holders, mirrors, lanterns, mason jars, log slices, 4' easel)
-On-site valet parking
-Golf cart for transporting guests who need assistance & accessing photography spaces on the property
-Carriage house for catering use
-Mulched area for lawn games
-Fire pit with Adirondack chairs
-Built-in video projector for displaying photo slideshows during reception
-Facility cleaning after the event
Awards & Notables WeddingWire Couples' Choice Award 

Featured in The Carolinas Magazine

Featured on Weddings Magazine's Blog
Eats & Drinks
Food, Restaurants, Cafes, Bars & Lounges
Food, Restaurants, Cafes:

Listed Below are our Preferred Caterers:

39 West Catering

Backyard Bistro

Beau Catering

Cannon Catering

Catering By Design

Catering Works

Cook Shack Catering

Donovan’s Dish

Empire Eats

Funky Fresh Food Truck

Mitchell’s Catering

Rocky Top / Southland BBQ

The Catering Company of Chapel Hill

The Garden on Millbrook

Triangle Catering

Under the Oak Farm

Unforgettable Food Affairs

Bars & Lounges:

Below are our preferred Bartending Services:

Artful Libations

Triangle Wine

POUR Bar Services

Brewmasters

VENDOR VERIFIED TIPS

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