26 featured reviews
Member Since: 5/21/2012
We couldn't have imagined having our recpetion anywhere else beside 128 South. Food, service and venue is absolutely spectacular! Thank you for making our recpetion so special!
Member Since: 6/17/2012
Great food, drinks and value. Everything went very smoothly. Janna our wedding coordinator and her staff were very helpful without over doing it. We felt quite taken care of. In the past couple days, we have gotten so many compliments from friends and family about the service and food. It was the party we have ever had and we had an amazing wedding. All I had to do was say, "I do"!
Member Since: 8/13/2012
Awesome rustic site with amazing service! Very easy to work with and made our day one to remember.
Member Since: 9/18/2000
The staff was lovely and seemed to really enjoy their job. Everyone who attended our wedding had a great time and commented on what a great job 128 did. The venue is beautiful and made a large group of people feel like a small family gathering. Thank you!
Member Since: 1/24/2012
Unbelievable evening! Excellent service, exceptional food, professional and gracious staff! Everyone at 128 South made our evening a night to remember!
Member Since: 5/27/2012
Member Since: 1/15/2011
128 South was absolutely amazing from beginning to end. Not only was the venue gorgeous, but the staff did an incredible job and the reception was everything we wanted and more. The staff at 128 was able to work around our budget and did whatever they could to make our wedding day perfect.
Janna, the day of coordinator, was wonderful to work with. She knows what she’s doing, is very organized, and goes way above and beyond the call of duty to make sure everything runs smoothly. She made everything so easy and stress free. I wish everyone could have someone like that to work with on their wedding day, she was truly a blessing.
The food was also amazing. We had a sit down dinner for 130 on the deck. Everything was absolutely delicious. The beef tenderloin was cooked to perfection and the crab cakes were out of this world, so meaty (no filler). They even helped us incorporate some traditionally polish food into the appetizers that were served. The chef was also able to accommodate numerous food allergies, including one guest who was allergic to both garlic and onions. The service was also outstanding. All the servers were extremely attentive and friendly. They were just so on top of it!
To sum up, I would never choose anywhere else for my wedding!
Member Since: 2/19/2012
All I had to do when booking my ceremony and reception location is just see pictures of 128 South and I was sold. As the wedding approached and I'd tell other hired vendors where I chose, I heard nothing but rave reviews. After working with the people of 128 South and having my wedding there, I can completely understand why! They are incredibly professional and organized. They take a legitimate interest into your day and give you complete confidence that they will ensure it will be amazing. The food is AMAZING! All of my guests are still talking about how good the food was and I've been been told that it's the best food they've had at a wedding.. even better than a lot of restaurants they have been to. They allow you to hire another restaurant to cater, but I have no idea why you would. The food is honestly amazing! The style of the building is just gorgeous too. It provides an excellent feel to your day. I honestly could not be happier with my decision on 128 South and I trust you won't either!
Member Since: 5/20/2012
We could not have picked a better venue for our wedding ceremony and reception. The rooftop deck was perfect for a ceremony overlooking the river and great for our size wedding (fewer than 100 guests). The reception was held inside a beautiful, historic hall on the inside. It definitely had the elegant, old Wilmington feel we were going for.
We had our food catered by 128 South, and it was amazing. Because we no longer live in Wilmington, we relied on my bridesmaid for the tasting and everything she recommended was perfect. Our entrees were the blackened flank steak and the Easter & Western N.C. barbecue. Both were phenomenal.
We also rented chivari chairs from 128 South. They were not part of our contract, but absolutely worth the extra cost ($4.50 per chair). They were beautiful.
Janna, JJ and the whole staff at 128 South are phenomenal. Janna, especially, was responsive as I had questions throughout the process. She and our coordinator made sure the day went off smoothly without a hitch. They're truly great people, and we could not have asked for anywhere more perfect for our wedding. I cannot recommend 128 South highly enough.
Member Since: 6/29/2012
I have been married a week and have already recommended 128 South Events to two friends for upcoming weddings! From the start, you are in good hands with this establishment. Not only did they provide excellent advice, guidance, and service on their end- they also helped me to find the best coordinator, DJ, and party supply services. Despite many personal obstacles on our end due to family illness, 128 South made our road to "I Do" incredibly smooth and our BIG DAY was perfect!!!! Well done 128! The Arcieri's are forever grateful for your help and service!
Member Since: 5/10/2012
What a delight to work with the staff of 128 South. Our daughter's early March wedding was planned from California which was quite a challenge, but wonderfully executed by Janna (at 128 South) and our coordinator, Jill White. 128 South has a charming ambiance with so many opportunities for creativity—from elegant to artsy chic. So even from 3,000 miles away, everything we thought of, made and brought looked lovely.
Our vision was for a Tuscan, alfresco, family-style meal and the results were wonderful. We left our decorations at the venue the day before and were delighted at how well the staff used everything since we weren’t available to provide supervision.
We started with a cocktail hour on the first floor with tasty and nicely displayed hors d'oeuvers. We opted for the lounge furniture which worked nicely as an intimate spot for conversations. I felt the acoustics were very good considering we had about 100 guests.
Dinner was on the tented deck and every member of the staff was conscientious about our comfort since the weather was quite cool and windy. The menu created by the chef was excellent and received raves and even requests for the recipes!
The only mishap was my fault since I either misunderstood or had not read the contract carefully—real candles were not allowed on the deck per fire code. On the "day of" we got a call and almost panicked! But thankfully, Janna asked us to provide a pack of batteries and 128 South used their own faux candles instead. How accommodating is that?
Everything was accounted for with so much attention to our comfort and enjoyment. We couldn't have asked for a nicer reception or nicer people to work with. I know the memories will last a lifetime for our daughter and new son-in-law. Wilmington exemplifies the gentility and charm of the South and will have a special place in our hearts.
Member Since: 1/1/2012
From the second we walked in the door to the moment we walked out after our reception, the team at 128 South was attentive, responsive, caring, and all around AWESOME. They are so EASY to work with--accomodating, thoughtful, and professional. The food was DELICIOUS--we heard from multiple guests after our reception that it was "the best wedding food" they'd ever had, and some said it was some of the best FOOD they've had! JJ and Janna were quick to respond to emails, condusive to all of our requests, and just a pleasure to work with. The afternoon of our reception they had a plate of appetizers set aside for my husband and I, and were sure to keep our glasses full and were there at every turn to make sure we had what we needed. The location and venue speak for themselves--I will speak on behalf of the staff--they are AMAZING and exactly they type of professionals you want to deal with for your wedding. Thank you, 128 South!
Member Since: 3/25/2012
We love 128 South! Last year on 9-10 -11 my son was married and held his reception there--This year on 11-10-12 his twin sister had her wedding reception there. Because her brother had had such a terrific experience at 128, she and her fiance decided on the same venue. JJ Christy and Janna are just great to work with and the space has such charm--The food is so good and now the outdoor deck adds another dimension to 128 South. Both wedding receptions which were held there were just outstanding and we could not have been happier--
Member Since: 2/1/2012
The 128 South staff is absolutely phenomenal! We planned our wedding in 10 months and they were there to help us and guide us with any and all of our questions and decision making. We never felt stressed or pressured about any of our decisions. They were available to meet with us whenever we needed them and responded within hours to all of our emailed questions. I cannot rave enough about this crew of people, they we completely dedicated to making our planning experience and wedding day absolutely perfect.
The 128 South catering and bar service are also amazing. Every single guest at our wedding raved about the food being the best food they have ever had at a wedding! All of the servers and the bartender were incredibly friendly and great at their job.
The venue itself is nothing short of breathtaking. We had our ceremony on the deck overlooking Wilmington and the Cape Fear River and our reception on the deck and inside. The beautiful historic building with hardwood floors, brick walls, stain glass windows and gorgeous lighting is completely amazing. The venue already has such a romantic atmosphere the need for extra decorating is unnecessary.
I recommend 128 South to everyone planning a wedding or any other event in the Wilmington area. We could not be happier with our experience and how perfectly everything turned out! We are so thankful for this crew of amazing people!!!
Member Since: 2/4/2012
They were amazing! The staff was wonderful and very helpful. We live in a different state, so there were logistical challenges. 128 South made it a seamless process, from the schematics to the execution, everything was perfect. We were able to coordinate over the phone and though email, and they answered our questions quickly. They were very accommodating and offered their suggestions.
Member Since: 11/18/2010
Not only is 128 South a beautiful, historic, romantic venue for a wedding, but the staff was exceptional to work with. Our daughter’s October 20 wedding was a destination wedding for our guests. Much of our planning was done from afar, and we did not opt to have a wedding director help us. While worrisome at first, we found the staff at 128 South to be most attentive to our needs, prompt in responding to our many questions and requests for advice, always polite and accommodating even to the nth hour. They are truly professionals and a calming presence when emotions run high. A joy to work with – we couldn’t have found a better venue for this special time in our daughter’s life and better people help us make her dream come true. Everything was beautiful. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!
Member Since: 4/17/2011
I was married and held my reception at 128 S. in September 2012. The wedding went off without a hitch and overall I have nothing but good things to say about the staff. We used their catering too for our wedding dinner, and followed their suggestions for our DJ, baker, etc. and were pleased with those suggestions as well. Basically, 128 S. was deeply involved in our wedding, and if they hadn't been easy to work with and flexible, it would not have been the great event that it was.
My only concern for those considering 128 S. is that if you plan to have any part of your event during the evening on their new river view deck, remember that there are restaurants with their own decks very close by next door. These other businesses often have live music going on the deck, especially in the warm months. It was a problem for us but we were able to plan around it. You have to erect a tent with sidewalls, and honestly, that doesn't prevent you hearing the next door band much at all. Our DJ stopped playing music halfway through dinner and we were all serenaded by the next door band. It sounded like they were playing just for us. This is something you'll need to be aware of if you're thinking of an outdoor evening event like a wedding.
128 S. can help you work with that, but they can't keep others from playing or totally eliminate the noise using a tent.
Other than that, I have nothing but good things to say. Consider getting a room at Stemmerman's Inn (it is literally in the same building as 128 S.) for your wedding party to get ready in. It makes life easy for you and your photographer, and the rooms are pretty enough for it, with exposed brick walls and wood floors. Bring your own beverages and ice, however, as this remodeled old building does not have typical vending amenities.
Member Since: 8/25/2011
By far the best wedding venue in Wilmington! The place is stunning even before it is decorated. The food was fantastic, the drinks were great, and the staff goes above and beyond to make your event one to remember! They exceeded our expectations in every way. We are trying to find an excuse to throw another party with the 128 South team, by the end of the night they were like family!
Member Since: 6/3/2002
Our weekend was perfect. Everyone at 128 South was super helpful in the planning, especially since we don't live in the area. They recommended other vendors for us to check out and were flexible with our requests.
And the venue, food & service were exactly what we wanted for our wedding ceremony, reception and brunch on the following Sunday. Only regret is that the weekend had to end.
Member Since: 3/6/2012
128 South created the most beautiful reception venue I could have ever imagined. They communicated and worked well with the outdoor special lighting vendor, DJ and florist making the set up, breakdown and ambiance of our wedding seamless and flawless. I have never been so relaxed in my life. The food was excellent. The chef did a fantastic job making sure all the food was at gourmet quality, served warm and their was plenty of it for our large crowd! Prior to the wedding the 128 South team was consistently flexible with my changing needs and helped me with all the small details that I would have easily forgotten. On the wedding day they had Janna their manager stay at the venue making sure the reception timeline went smoothly. She ensured everyone was where they needed to be at the proper times and was the middle man (woman) doing all the behind the scenes work. You will not be disappointed in choosing this venue for your wedding.
Historic charm…meets modern elegance.
Located on the banks of the Cape Fear River in downtown Wilmington, 128 South offers the premier indoor/outdoor venue with spectacular views from the 128 South River View Deck. Ideal for all your wedding needs. Adjoining accommodations are well-suited for you or your guests.
- Price Range: $$$
- Outdoor Ceremony Area: Yes
- Indoor Ceremony Area: Yes
- Outdoor Reception Area: Yes
- On the Water: Yes
- Tented Area: Yes
- Wheelchair Accessible: No
- Onsite Catering: Yes
- Outside Caterers Allowed: Yes
- Kosher Available: No
- Liquor License: Yes
- Onsite Overnight Accommodations: Yes
- Onsite Parking: No
- Valet Parking: No
- Onsite Wedding Consultant: No
- Liability Insurance: Yes
- Site Fee: Yes
- Capacity: Up to 250
- Style: Banquet/Reception Hall, Hotel/Resort, Mansion/Historic Site, Unusual/Alternative
awards and affiliations
- The Knot Best Of Weddings Hall Of Fame
- The Knot Best Of Weddings 2014
- The Knot Best Of Weddings 2013
- The Knot Best Of Weddings 2012
- The Knot Best Of Weddings 2011