After owning several beach properties, a historic home downtown  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.


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.

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!



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



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.

Package 3-$12,900 includes catering for up to 100!!!

*Packages may be modified to suit your needs*


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

Abilena Plantation

Waterfront weddings, receptions, vacations, and events

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!  


DoubleTree by Hilton 100 Middle St, New Bern
Phone: (252) 638-3585

Courtyard by Marriott New Bern 218 E Front Street, 252-636-0020

Hampton Inn New Bern 252-637-2111 200 Hotel Drive New Bern

Bridgepointe Hotel and Marina 252-636-3637 101 Howell Road, New Bern

Candlewood Suites New Bern 3465 Dr MLK Jr Blvd New Bern 252-638-8166

SpringHill Suites by Marriott New Bern 252-637-0017 
Comfort Suites 1006 Old Cherry Point Rd, New Bern (252) 649-1717

Comfort Suites 1006 Old Cherry Point Rd, New Bern, NC 28560 (252) 649-1717

Wedding Planners
Geneva Kolb Party Perfection 252-876-7143
Occasions To Celebrate 252-637-9100 3910 Dr MLK Blvd 
Pam White DuVal Promised Hearts 
Zena Heverly Underwood Knot a Second Thought Coordination 252-725-1728

DJ/ Entertainment
Chuck Kolb Kolb CK Entertainment 252-670-1184
Fox Feltman BTA Entertainment DJ, Videography and
Sam Lewis DJ
Bryan Sears Mayer Mayer Band
"The Bears Band" 607-205-7309 The 50's, Classic Rock, Surf
John May DJ 252-342-5556
Patti Smith Harrison The Crystal Coast Band Cleve Haddock 252-917-3389
AP Entertainment Services / Mobile DJ Ashley B. Peed

Danny Keith Strange Strange and Sons Catering 252-636-3663
Leslie Wheat Two Chefs Catering 
Thee Catering Company Andrea Irene
Haley Lawson Bengal Hospitality 252-229-3213
The Flame 252-633-1193
The Chelsea 252-637-5469
Beer Army Catering 252-617-6716
Moore's BBQ New Bern 252-638-3937
Smithfield's Chicken and BBQ

Jim Woltjen Distinctive Photo Images
Cynthia Rose Cano Photography 
Bridgett Baysden Bridgett Baysden Melton Photography
Karen Doody Photography 
Bob Mackowski Open Aperture Photography 252-571-8100
Chad Winstead Photography 252-342-8794
Lauren Palumbo Photography 910-526-0582
LCA Advertising Videography Scott Andrews 252-671-7678
Allie Miller Photography 910-305-4501

Dance Lessons
Ania LeRoy Dance Lessons Rivertowne Ballroom! 252-474-3784

Bakery/Wedding Cake
Maria Harris Mrs Vingerber Sweets 910-326-3997 
Georgia Papadopoulos Vogiatzis Famous Bakery 
Stephan Hall Sugarplum Baker
Amber Manning Hawkins Your Perfect Cake
Bakers Kitchen Catering and Wedding Cakes 252-637-0304
Publix New Bern- Wedding Cakes

Donna Akers-Shuler Fabulous Florals
Carolyn Jean Mechanye Avalon Event Floral 910-381-6366
Mary Gierie-Merrell The Flower Gallery inside Harris Teeter 252-514-0060
Occasions To Celebrate 252-637-9100 3910 Dr MLK Blvd 
Michaels Florist 1017 N Craven St 252-633-9971

Wedding Officiants
John Thompson Officiant
Carleton Borden officiant
Donna Brown Always Faithful Wedding Service

Rental Companies
Michelle Lynn Guestbook Event Services Tables, chairs, rentals
David Cook Sr. Bear Town Tents 252-229-5133
Island Essentials Table and Tent Rental 1-888-398-8887
Charming and Quaint vintage and rustic Rentals Charlene Clark 252-240-9291
Jennifer Bertling Graceful Tables 252-259-2041

Victor Wanga Brew Brothers Bartending
Joe Cadorette Joe's Bar

Sabrina Bengel New Bern Tours 252-637-7316

Print Shop

Anita Gaskins Anita's Print and Copy Warehouse Invitations

Laura McGovern Magnolia Jane Salon 252-633-1333
Jennifer Maier Amici Salon 252-635-6900
Darcy Lynn Stanifer and Makeup 252-349-5883 
Crystal Dunn Dun'artie Salon & Day Spa 252-637-5507
Elkie Brabble Advanced Attractions 204 Craven St 252-638-6191 
Hot Locks 252-633-3254

Wedding Dress Shops
Jean Lloyd Blush Boutique Wedding Gowns 252-497-8875

Horse Drawn Carriages

Laura Henagan Southern Charm Carriages LLC

Gary Sessoms S and S Carriage Rides 910-289-0899

Travel Agent
Anita Herhold English "My Travel Agent" 252-638-4134

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 booked

October 12-13 Available!!

October 19-20 booked

October 26-27 booked

November 3 Available!!

November 10 booked

November 17 Available

November 21-24

Dec 1 Available

Dec 8 Availiable

Dec 15 Availiable

Dec 22 Available

Dec 29 Available

2019 dates

February 1-2 Available 

Feb 8-9 Available 

Feb 15-16 

Feb 22-23 

March 1-2 Available 25% off

March 8-9 Available 25% off

March 15-16

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 booked

May 24-25 booked

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 Booked

October 11-12Booked

October 18-19 Booked

Nov 1-2  Booked

Nov 8-9  Available 

Nov 15-16 Available 

Nov 22-23

Nov 29-30 Available 

December 6-7  

December 13-14 

December 20-21 

December 27-28 Booked