The Melrose Knitting Mill is a 19th century building, located in Downtown Raleigh. Melrose Knitting Mill was formerly a local manufacturer of ladies under garments. You can see some faded outlines of the ‘underwear’ in the mural. Currently, Melrose Knitting Mill is a premier venue in Downtown Raleigh. The tall ceilings, arched windows and open floor-plan allow couples to create an elegant and unique space that their guests are sure to enjoy.
Melrose Knitting Mill can accommodate up to 180 guests for seated dinner or 220 guests for a cocktail styled event (this includes room to dance).
The Courtyard can accommodate 200 seated and 250 for standing room only.
Find photos in the gallery, located in the Blog section here on our website.
Our rates cover the use of Melrose Knitting Mill. We provide chairs, tables, tableware and a list of preferred vendors that are licensed and insured professionals. You can request a list of our preferred vendors though your planner. The Hanging Gardens and Suite, located downstairs, are all additional spaces that can be rented only after you have rented Melrose Knitting Mill.
Our caterer Mulino, provides all necessary tables, chairs, tableware, glasses, etc. All linen rental is coordinated through your event manager. It will be left up to you to choose what styles and colors you would like, but your event manager will be there to assist you with any rental needs.
They will ensure that you get the right size, style, and number of items for your event.
The ceremony can take place in Melrose Knitting Mill at a fee of $450.00. This is for pipe and drape.
The cocktail hour may be conducted inside Melrose Knitting Mill or in The Court Yard at a fee of $600 until 6pm
A seated or buffet dinner can take place inside Melrose Knitting Mill if your guest number is between 60 and 180 seated, 250 cocktail style. Please reach out to Melrose knitting Mill staff for options.
Yes, you are not required to tent The Courtyard, but if you wish to rent a tent, the staff will coordinate the details for you with our exclusive tent vendor. They have a custom-built tent for our courtyard, guaranteeing a perfect fit.
Part of the urban feel of the property is the fact that there is little outside noise. There is some soft residual noise from the downtown Raleigh traffic outside The Courtyard , but most background noise from the passing traffic in the distance it is quickly drowned out by activity in the space as your guest enjoy selected music, delicious hors d'oeuvres and refreshing cocktails.
Yes, Absolutely. Please have them removed by 10 AM the following day.
No. During the event, guests are not permitted to use The Courtyard as part of your event space. You are permitted, however, to continue your event downstairs in The Hanging Gardens after your event has been completed, separate from the contract with Melrose Knitting Mill.
No, unfortunately we do not have a designated room for the bride or groom to gather with your bridal party.
Most of our clients do tend to hold their wedding ceremonies here as well as their reception, but you are not required to do so. Pipe and Drape is required and can start at $450. Speak with your Event Manager for more information about pricing
Like any other raw space facility, we require a certificate of insurance that covers general liability. If alcohol is being served, liquor liability must also be included. You can also acquire one at PrivateEventInsurance.com.
No, the historic preservation of the Knitting Mill prevents us from having an elevator. Please note The Courtyard is wheelchair-accessible.
Our on-site Event Manager, will be inside the venue attending to duties before, during, and after the event. Prior to guests arriving, our Event Manager assists with setup in numerous ways, some of which include: ensuring all furniture is in place as directed in the floor plan; helping vendors with any questions or concerns upon arrival; directing deliveries to the proper area (Hanging Garden, Melrose Knitting Mill etc.); setting up The Hanging Gardens (if you should decide to rent it); assisting DJ/band/etc.; taking phone calls (guests calling for directions, etc); maintaining temperature control in the space; overseeing the in-house lighting; directing vendors as to where to dispose refuse; maintaining the cleanliness and supplies in the bathrooms; assisting the doorman at the end of the evening with guests who may need car services; overseeing the general cleanliness of the space during the event; shutting down the facilities; collecting any lost items after the guests are gone; etc.
We provide an abundance of parking in our private lot in addition to street parking that is available for your guests.
It is a good idea for a vendor who is unfamiliar with the space to visit Melrose Knitting Mill and The Courtyard at Mulino.
Melrose Knitting Mill uses Mulino as our exclusive caterer on site.
Melrose Knitting Mill offers 9.5 hours for the rental rate. These 9.5 hours should cover time for setup, the event itself and breakdown. The curfew for your guests and music is up to 11:00 PM. At the close of your event the guests will depart the space and your vendors can begin breaking down. The vendors will have 1 hour to strike the event and leave the space. The guest curfew can be extended for an overtime charge for $500 per hour.
Confetti, rice, sparklers, smoke machines and helium balloons are not allowed inside the venue or in The Hanging Gardens. Candles must be contained in a cup, hurricane lamp or on a base. Items may not be placed in the pool. Any ornamentation attached to brick work must be done without nails, duck-tape, screws or staples. Command Strips may be used in the The Hanging Gardens and in Melrose Knitting Mill. If sound or lighting equipment needs to be taped down, gaffers tape needs to be used to avoid damage to our floors. Client is responsible for all damages.
Tours are conducted by appointment, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Friday and Saturday mornings along with some Sunday mornings. Please contact an event planner with Chad Biggs Event Planning for details and to schedule an appointment. 919.391.8350
Yes. There is a rear loading entrance to Melrose Knitting Mill. All deliveries to need to be completed no less that one hours before the ceremony.
No, we only book one wedding per day.
50% deposit is due upon booking a date at Melrose Knitting Mill.
$2,000 deposit towards catering.
>50% your Event Planning Contract with our preferred Exclusive Event Planning Firm, Chad Biggs Event Planning & Design.
* The Venue can accept checks, money order or cash as forms of payment. We do not accept credit cards for the initial deposit.
The remaining balance is due 15 days prior to the event.
Yes, Melrose Knitting Mill does require a professional licensed and insured Event Planner to be on-site for your wedding – either Full Service Coordination or Day-of Coordination. However, our venue offers in-house planning services exclusively with Chad Biggs Event Planning & Design.
Unlimited consultations with you via telephone and email, beginning at execution of this contract and continuing throughout the completion of the reception.
Upon request, a preferred vendor list can be provided.
Advisement on wedding etiquette.
Review and advisement for vendor contracts.
Development of a detailed wedding timeline and floor plan for contracted vendors and bridal party; distributed to all vendors no less than one week prior to the wedding day.
Professional wedding assistant to aid in coordination.
Orchestration of wedding rehearsal and proposed wedding party logistics.
Distribution of final payment and gratuities to all vendors.
Transportation of ceremony and reception decor, collected and delivered and set up at location. Oversized pieces or large quantity of items require prior approval.
Provide a fully stocked emergency kit for your wedding day.
On-site supervision of both ceremony and reception set-up and design.
Following the completion of the reception, all personal items, including gifts, will be loaded into assigned vehicle for transportation.
Additional services are available upon request, please inquire with our office staff for more information.
A rehearsal can be held at Melrose Knitting Mill, however, we require the event to be scheduled no more than 30 days from the Wedding. Due to the large amount of events taking place on Fridays and Sundays, rehearsals may be scheduled during the week. Off-site rehearsals can be staged through your planner.
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