Abilena Plantation

September 8, 29 and October 13 2018 are still available!

Approved Vendors

We keep a current list of our dream team of approved vendors that have done a great job here for several years, or you can bring your own. We want to work with you to help you have the wedding of your dreams!  

Im finishing my new magazine for New Bern Weddings. If you are a wedding professional in New Bern that has worked at one of our venues and want to be listed for free in our wedding directory CALL ME or TEXT by 7-16-18  252-876-7599

This magazine will have a list of all services wedding related including...

FOOD TRUCKS! If you have a food truck and cater receptions and parties in New Bern i need your information

PHOTOGRAPHERS! After 15 years photographing weddings I retired from wedding photography last year, and would like to list several wedding photographers as choices. If you know of someone that does a great job, please share with them.

Wedding Planners
Hair and Makeup
Tent and Rental Companies
Limo and Shuttle services
Wedding Dress and Tuxedo shops
Table and centerpiece designers
Photo Booth
Jewelry stores

Geneva Kolb Party Perfection
Chuck Kolb CK Entertainment
Jennifer Bertling Graceful Tables
Jean Lloyd Blush Boutique Wedding Gowns
Danny Keith Strange Strange and Sons Catering
John Angelo Photography
Pam White DuVal Promised Hearts and Joe's Bar
Leslie Wheat Two Chefs Catering
John Thompson Officiant
Thee Catering Company
John May DJ
Cynthia Rose Cano Photography
Jim Woltjen Photography
Karen Doody Photography
Fox Feltman BTA Entertainment
Mary Gierie-Merrell Florist Harris Teeter
Georgia Papadopoulos Vogiatzis Famous Bakery Wedding
Sugarplum Bakery 
Donna Akers-Shuler Florist
Sabrina Bengel New Bern Tours
Carleton Borden officiant
Donna Brown Officiant
Windy Price Occasions To Celebrate
The Flame Catering
The Chelsea Catering
David Cook Sr. Bear Town Tents
Victor Brew Brothers Bartending
Michelle Lynn Tables, chairs, rentals
Publix New Bern Wedding Cakes 
Anita Gaskins Anita's Print and Copy Warehouse Invitations etc
Laura McGovern Magnolia Jane Salon 
Laura Henagan Horse and Carriage

If you know anyone that would like to be listed in our free New Bern Weddings Magazine directory please tag them!

Call or text for information 252-876-7599.



After owning several beach properties and photographing hundreds of weddings, John and Mary Ann Williams purchased and renovated this property with weddings receptions, and reunions in mind. After years of seeing other outdoor and waterfront venues, we modified the property for these types of family and church functions.  We have a private waterfront ceremony and reception sites and and rain back up plan!  The Carriage House is our 1600 Sq foot pavillion that is perfect for waterfront receptions.  Dinner and dancing overlooking the water! 

Inside the original building is our bar and buffet set up space.  The wedding cake is also kept inside.  The pavillion seats up to 120 guests, and with addition of a tent can go up to 150 guests.

Weddings & Receptions

Welcome to our site.  Abilena Plantation sits high on the Neuse River in historic New Bern NC.  Built in 1927, the 5 acre waterfront estate has been a New Bern jewel for over 90 years.  The property is private and peaceful, and welcomes wedding parties and family reunions, class reunions, etc. It was a primary residence until the Williams family purchased and opened it to the public in 2008.  Additions were made and changes made to the property to allow for weddings and receptions.  Abilena hosts 25- 30 weddings and events annually, and many more smaller functions in our off season. Our wedding season is from March - November.  Prime dates fill up quickly!


2814 Old Cherry Point Road New Bern, North Carolina  252-876-7599

Wedding Planning &


We have preferred wedding planners we work with or you may bring your own.  One of our staff are always on call throughout the entire wedding process to answer any questions about the venue.

Waterfront weddings, receptions, vacations, and events


Our wedding package includes use of the plantation from Friday morning until Sunday  afternoon.  You may have the rehearsal and dinner here also.

The wedding party stays here like a large vacation home.(Sleeps up to 12)!

We provide tables chairs etc for up to 120 guests

On site staff during each event to handle and venue coordination.

Package #1---$7,900.  Friday 9 am-Sunday at 1pm

Package #2- $9,900 Use of Abilena starting Wednesday.  Includes planning

Package 3-$19,900 all inclusive (bring your own photographer and officiant)

*Packages may be modified to suit your needs*


10% discounts for military, firefighter, nurses, teachers, and law enforcement.


Abilena sleeps up to 12 people.  Usually the wedding party or family.  We have a salon room for hair and make up and a private dressing room for the wedding gown,  There are rooms for the guys to get ready as well.  

Need assistance with your planning?  Dont know where to start?  Please call or text us 252-876-7599 for a free hour tour and consultation.

Nightly and weekend rental rates for non-weddings call for details.

For reservation and tour information call or text 252-876-7599


$7900......Check in Friday, check out Sunday.  Sleeps up to 12, includes tables chairs etc for up to 120 guests for the wedding and reception.

Booked Dates.....

July 5-7

​July 20-21 Available

July 27-28

August 3-6

August 11

August 18 Available!

August 24-25

September 1 

September 7-8 Available!!!

September 13-15

Spetember 21-22

September 28-29 Available

October 5-6

October 12-13 Available!!

October 19-20

October 26-27 

November 3 Available!!

November 10 Available!!

November 17 

November 21-24

November 30- Dec 1

Off season Rates for December - January   Call for details 252-876-7599

2019 dates

February 1-2 Available 35% off

Feb 8-9 Available 35% off

Feb 15-16 

Feb 22-23 

March 1-2 Available 25% off

March 8-9 Available 25% off

March 15-16 Available 25% off

March 22-23 Available 25% off

March 29-30 Available 25% off

April 5-6 Available

April 12-13 Available

April 19-20

April 26-27 Booked

May 3- 4-5 Available

May 10-11 Available

May 17-18 Available

May 24-25 Available

June 1 Available

June 7-8 Booked

June 12-15 Booked

June 21-22 Available

June 28-29 Available

July 5-6 Booked

July 12-13 Available!!

July 19-20 Available!!

July 26-27 Available!!

August 2-3 Available!!

August 9-10 Available

August 16-17 Available 

August 23-24 Booked

August 30-31

September 6-7

September 13-14

September 21-22

September 28-29

​October 5-6

October 11-12

October 18-19

Nov 1-2  Available 25% off

Nov 8-9  Available 25% off

Nov 15-16 Available 25% off

Nov 22-23

Nov 29-30 Available 25% off

December 6-7  Available 25% off

December 13-14 Available 25% off

December 20-21 Available 25% off

December 27-28 Booked