Bay 7 Wedding Venue - Wedding Planner’s Ultimate Guide

The Bay 7 wedding venue at the American Tobacco Campus in Durham, NC is one of our favorite venues. Its history, great location, and unique vibe make it one of the most popular wedding venues in the Raleigh-Durham area. As North Carolina wedding planners, we have planned and designed weddings at Bay 7 many times. If you’re considering a wedding here, here are a few of creative director Erin McLean’s best Bay 7 tips!

Wedding Planner Q&A All About Bay 7 in Durham, NC

Why do you love working at this venue?  

We love designing and planning in Bay 7 because it is a blank canvas that we get to customized for each of our clients. The Industrial look of exposed brick and metal allows a great juxtaposition with a formal event. 

What is special about Bay 7? 

I love the open ceiling and have had such a great time creating new ways to hang draping and floral installations. The metal wall behind the staircase always inspires us to create something new.

How have you transformed it in different ways to make it unique to each client? 

We have draped the whole space in lush dupioni silk draping to soften the space and make the space feel less vast. For one event, our couple had a favorite restaurant that had hanging greenery. So we suspended 20 feet of greenery installation over the head table. 

What type of couple would you recommend this venue to?  

I love this venue for a couple that has a creative vision or is open to us creating one! 

Any "insider" tips for weddings at Bay 7? 

We love to have each client plan on renting chairs for this space. The chairs make a huge impact, and we think it should be a priority.

We always recommend serving a duet for your guests here. The catering is done by the Angus barn and the duet showcases its award winning food the best! 


Real Bay 7 Weddings by McLean Events

Below are real weddings at Bay 7 planned and design by the McLean Events team.

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The Bay 7 Event Venue At A Glance

  • Location: At the American Tobacco District in Durham, North Carolina

  • Address: 324 Blackwell St #700, Durham, NC 27701

  • Phone: 919-278-2713

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  • Capacity: 70-400 guests

  • Square Footage: 10,000 sq ft

  • Exclusive Caterer: The Angus Barn

  • Events: Ceremony + Reception space

  • Dining Styles: Station, plated, cocktail style service 

  • Amenities Available: tables & decor, chairs, linen, china, hi-fi audio visual equipment, staging and service