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Facility Guidelines

We Strive to Make Your Dream Event a Reality

Here, amidst the gentle sounds of waves and the panoramic views of the Outer Banks, our venue is more than just a location for events; it’s a stage for life’s most cherished memories. Whether it’s your dream wedding, a private celebration, or a corporate event, we are dedicated to providing exceptional service and ensuring that every detail is meticulously crafted. To assist you in planning your event with ease and clarity, we’ve outlined important guidelines and policies below. Keep scrolling to find answers to common queries about our venue.

What is the capacity of The Waterfront Trellis for weddings and events?

The venue can accommodate up to 150 guests comfortably for seated events and up to 200 guests for standing receptions.

Do you offer catering services, or can we bring in our own caterer?

We have an exclusive partnership with our sister restaurant 1587 Restaurant & Lounge, as well as many excellent local caterers to provide exquisite culinary experiences for your event. However, we’re open to discussing options if you have specific preferences.

Is there parking available for guests?

Yes, there is ample free town parking available downtown and around the venue for your guests’ convenience. While we do not have dedicated private parking, our team is available to assist in coordinating parking arrangements for your event.

What is the rental fee, and what does it include?

Rental fees vary depending on the date, time, and specific requirements of your event. The fee typically covers venue rental, setup, cleanup, basic furniture, and access to our amenities. Additional services may be available upon request.

Can we hold both the ceremony and reception at The Waterfront Trellis?

Absolutely! Our venue offers versatile spaces suitable for both ceremonies and receptions, providing a seamless transition between events for you and your guests.

Are there outdoor spaces available for ceremonies or cocktail hours?

Yes, we have picturesque outdoor areas overlooking the waterfront that are perfect for ceremonies, cocktail hours, or simply enjoying the beautiful surroundings.

What is the booking process, and how far in advance should we reserve our date?

To secure your desired date, we recommend booking as early as possible. Our booking process typically involves an initial consultation, contract signing, and deposit payment to confirm your reservation.

Do you have any restrictions on decorations or vendors?

We have certain guidelines in place to ensure the safety and integrity of our venue, but we’re flexible and open to discussing your decoration ideas and preferred vendors.

Are we required to use a local Wedding Planner?

It is strongly encouraged to use a local wedding planner for coordination of all the aspects of your big day. Our Venue Manager and team will work with your selected planner to bring your dream to life!

What happens in case of inclement weather?

We understand that weather can be unpredictable, especially in coastal areas. We have contingency plans in place to accommodate indoor events if needed, ensuring that your celebration proceeds smoothly regardless of the weather conditions.

What if I have more questions?

Our exemplary staff is available to answer any other questions you may have. Just send us an inquiry online to get all of the details you need! We’re here to help you in any way we can.

Event Pricing

Rehearsal dinners and other social gatherings are priced based on event needs. Please inquire for more information.

What’s Included?

  • Access to the venue as early as 9 AM
  • 5 ft round tables
  • Up to 100 black Chiavari chairs
  • Cocktail tables
  • Bar stools
  • Patio tables & chairs
  • Glassware for bar service

Capacity & Event Areas

The Waterfront Trellis boasts over 5,000 square feet of multi-purpose space, full commercial kitchen and bar, and direct breathtaking views of the Roanoke Sound. In addition to its picturesque indoor event space accommodating up to 200 guests, The Waterfront Trellis also features a spacious outdoor patio area for gathering, complete with views of the Town of Manteo marina and a porch overlooking the Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse.

Deposits & Payments

A nonrefundable initial deposit of 50% of the estimated cost is due with the signed contract at the time of reserving an event date. The deposit will be applied towards the event balance. After the initial deposit, the payment schedule is as follows:

  • The remaining 50% (full estimated payment less consumption bar estimates) is due 30 days prior to the event date.
  • Bar total and outstanding balances are due within three days of the event’s completion. All deposits are nonrefundable. A modified structure is available for non-wedding events. All events require a credit card number on file to secure the event.


If a cancellation occurs at any point, deposits and any partial payments will not be refunded. The cancellation terms will be clearly outlined in your contract.

Taxes & Service Charges

Bar purchases are subject to a 6.75% sales tax and a mandatory 22% service charge, with a portion distributed to venue employees. The service charge is separate from tips or gratuities and does not apply to the facility fees.

Event Time

Event space is available beginning at 9 AM and events must conclude by 11 PM. Please keep in mind there is an 11 PM noise ordinance in the town of Manteo for all events. Music in our courtyard is limited to ceremony and cocktail hour music.

Beverage Policy

Our venue must provide all alcoholic beverages. The North Carolina Alcoholic Beverage Commission regulates the sale and service of all alcoholic beverages; therefore, alcoholic beverages cannot be brought into the venue from outside sources. Beverage selections must be finalized by client no later than 30 days prior to event. Certain minimum requirements may be enforced to ensure adequate portions are offered to your guests; however, we do not have a monetary beverage minimum requirement.

Guest Guarantee

The final guest count must be confirmed at least 14 days before the event. If a final guarantee is not provided, the higher of the estimated number of attendees or the most recent count will be considered the guarantee.

Room Blocks

The event host can place a block on the entire inn or a partial block of a select few rooms. Blackout dates do apply. For partial inn blocks, we hold up to 6 rooms at our regular rate without a credit card on file up until 45 days prior to arrival. After this date, blocks are released at prevailing rates. To hold over 6 rooms, we require a $150 non refundable fee with the same release restrictions.