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  • Abilena Plantation

  • Waterfront Weddings Receptions, Vacations and Events

2814 Old Cherry Point Road   New Bern NC

John Williams       252-876-7599

  • The 2014 Abilena Wedding Show is Sunday April 13 from 1-4 pm!  There is no admission fee.  Please come out to see the property and meet the caterers,  florists, DJs, photographers and wedding planners.  This is a great time to book for 2015 Weddings! 

     

  • Abilena Mansion

  • and Riverfront Plantation 

  • call or text 252-876-7599

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    "Abilena Plantation" is a 5 acre riverfront plantation and mansion on the Neuse River in New Bern NC.  The home was built in 1927 and is the areas only riverfront mansion that can be rented for Weddings, Receptions, Vacations, Retreats, and events. 

      This is the dream for most Brides...secluded yet only 5 minutes from town.  Heavenly views of the Neuse river and the sky. Several acres for parking and events, yet at its core it is still a charming home that will create lasting memories from the moment you drive down the tree covered lane.  Take a few minutes to see why this may be the perfect location for your precious day.

All remaining dates in February, March, April, and May

 2014 are 30% off!!!

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photography by john williams

 

 

 

photography by john williams

 

photography by john williams

 

 

 

 

 

Have you ever asked yourself

what makes a perfect Wedding?

 

A Wedding is supposed to be breathtaking.

A Wedding is supposed to be one of the best days of your life.

  A Wedding is supposed to bring together new families and old friends.

       A Wedding is supposed to inspire everyone that attends the special day.

  A Wedding is supposed to have a backdrop decorated by the sky.

A Wedding is supposed to be at one with nature.

A Wedding is supposed to be emotional.

A Wedding is supposed to be a symbol of Love.

A Wedding is supposed to be romantic.

But most of all, A Wedding is supposed to be unforgettable.

 

 

If all of these things are what you think a Wedding should be.....then you need to discover Abilena Plantation.  These are the reasons we opened Abilena. 

John and Mary Ann Williams

 

 

 

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****10% Military discount for active or retired military (discount applies to bride or groom or their parents)

5% off for early booking (12 months out or more)

 

 

  •  Events here include....

     

    • Historic three story riverfront southern mansion built in 1927.  Over 5300 square foot home and all 5 acres are yours to walk, relax, explore and enjoy!
    • 250' wide waterfront property with amazing views of the mile wide Neuse River!!!
    • Private waterfront ceremony site that is perfectly suited for weddings with its own private beach.
    • The original Carriage House with a 1600 square foot Pavilion for weddings, receptions, and rehearsal dinners.  The Pavilion can be enclosed with white sides for weddings all year long!!
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    • Rental of the entire home, unlike a Bed & Breakfast, you will not be sharing the home with other people during your stay
    • 26x40 in ground private pool! 
    • 8 person in ground Jacuzzi tub with a river view!
    • Bath towels and linens provided.
    • Full kitchen with coffee maker, refrigerator, stove, dishes and silverware
    • Formal Dining room that seats 8, but can be used for any purpose needed and the table can be moved if needed.
    • 7 Queen beds, 2 sleeper sofas, sleeps 16 people
    • 3 full baths on the second floor and a half bath on the first and third floor. 
    • Bath house outside with two bathrooms for wedding guests and for pool parties.
    • Cable TV/VCR/DVD
    • Wireless High Speed Internet Service
    • off street parking for up to 250 people!
    • Stainless Steel gas grill for the guests
    • Private room just for the Wedding Dress!!
    • Salon with two chairs for hair and make-up!!
    • (2) 2 person Kayaks are included and may be used free of charge

      (15) 60 inch round tables, (4) 6 foot rectangle tables (4) pub tables

      120 White chairs for the reception

      White benches for the ceremony that seat 100 people

      Third floor game room with poker table, pool table, flat screen TV/ DVD. Wii in the 3rd floor game room, bring your games!!

 

Abilena Weddings

  • Let the dreams begin........

"The Riverfront"  Wedding  location #1

 

photography by john williams

 

The above music was performed by 

www.trentriverchamberplayers.com

 

 

"The Riverview Terrace"

 

"The Terrace"  Perfect for cocktail hour, rehearsal dinners, and poolside parties.

 The Terrace allows Weddings, Receptions, or Events to take place beside the pool and overlooking the majestic Neuse River!!  This area can be seat up to 120 people for Ceremonies.  This space can also hold a tent of up to 20x40 if needed.  Perfect for Rehearsal Dinners, cocktail hour, dancing, etc.

                                         

 

#3  The formal living room and the adjoining rooms in the mansion can have intimate indoor weddings of up to 30-35 people.  This room is also used for part of the indoor receptions.  The mansion can be used for indoor receptions of 60 people seated and can hold up to 100 people standing for informal events.

 

 

"The Carriage House"   

The Carriage House

"The Carriage House" is the perfect setting for outdoor weddings and receptions, but with the safety of a roof and sides that can be added if needed. The main space is a 40' x 40'  pavilion with  a 20x40 enclosed room for bar, food setup, and wedding cake. We built this building because nobody should attempt to have a Wedding or Reception in a tent!! 

The Carriage House can be used for rehearsal dinners, cocktail hour, receptions, or even ceremonies in case of rain.  It is the perfect riverfront reception site. 

 

The kitchen is very modern and can be used by the guests.

 

 

   

Every event includes parking assistance and a golf cart shuttle during the wedding and reception.

 

Frequently asked questions

"Can we bring our own beer, wine, and alcohol?"

Yes.  It is your private party and you do not need any permits as long as there is a licensed bartender serving the alcohol.  Your caterer may provide the bartender or you may hire one.  We have a list of bartenders you can hire for around $200.

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"How many people can sleep at Abilena?"

There are 7 queen beds and two futons for a total of 16 people.

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"Can we use the pool and hot tub?"

Yes, the pool is warm by April and stays nice until October.  The hot tub stays warm all year!

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"Can I bring my own caterer?"

Yes.  We offer a list below of preferred caterers but you may bring your own or prepare the food here yourself.  The preferred caterers have each catered receptions and rehearsal dinners here over the years and all do a wonderful job.

Preferred Caterers

 

Two Chefs Catering  www.twochefscatering.net (252)-670-9904

 

Strange and Sons Catering www.enccatering.com  (252)349-9601

 

Floyds 1920 Restaurant and Catering  www.floyds1921.com (252)-727-1921

 

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"Can we bring a boat?"

Yes.  The river here is great for boating and a flat bottomed skiff or pontoon boat will come right up to our beach.  A sailboat or deep v hull boat would need to be anchored out and you can use our kayaks to row back and forth.

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"Are there hotels close by?"

Yes.  There are plenty of local hotels close to Abilena. 

The Doubletree

Best Western

The Bridgepoint

Comfort Suites

Springhill Suites Marriott

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"Does New Bern have an airport?"

Yes.  Abilena is only 2 miles from Craven Regional airport.  Delta and US Air fly into New Bern.

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"Are sheets and towels provided?"

Yes.  The beds are made when you arrive.  There are plenty of towels for the house, you should bring beach towels for the pool and river activities.

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"How do payments and deposits work?"

The deposit for any booking is $2000.  The balance is set up in a payment plan that works with each couples budget so that everything is paid before the wedding date.

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Wedding Package #3

$14,500

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday night!

Includes Photography and $2500 in catering!!!

 

  Checking into Abilena on Wednesday allows two full days to decorate and set up for the wedding.  During that time, the pool, hot tub, kayaks, and game room will keep everyone entertained! The Bride and Groom each get their own room on the 2nd floor to get ready.  There is a private room just for the wedding dress!  Salon with two chairs for hair and Make-up.  Wedding and Reception on the grounds or in the Carriage House.  With this package your wedding party can stay in the mansion just like a vacation home!  Abilena sleeps up to 14 people!!

All remaining dates in February, March, April, and May

 2014 are 30% off!!!

Carriage House is included

120 White Chairs are included

20 white benches for the ceremony seats 100 people

15 60inch round tables for the reception

4 72inch rectangle tables

4 pub tables

Arbor for the ceremony (choice of white or black)

Parking attendant and golf cart shuttle service for the wedding day

Abilena can be used  on the Friday night for the Wedding Rehearsal and Dinner.

Professional Photography of the Wedding and Reception by John Williams. (All images are given to the customer on high resolution DVDs with copyright releases to all photography

Includes the Brides choice of engagement photography or a one hour Bridal portrait session

This package includes (1) 16x20 of the brides choice of the Bridal session or engagement session

This package includes a $2500 catering allowance that is based on a reception for up to 100 people

Package #3 $14,500

without photography---$12,900

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Wedding Package #2

Check in Friday morning, check out Sunday at noon!!

The Bride and Groom each get their own room on the 2nd floor to get ready.  There is a private room just for the wedding dress, and a salon with two chairs for hair and Make-up.  Wedding and Reception on the grounds or in the Carriage House. 

***With this package your wedding party can stay in the mansion just like a vacation home!  Abilena sleeps up to 14 people!!

Carriage House is included

120 White Chairs are included

20 white benches for the ceremony seats 100 people

15 60inch round tables for the reception

4 72inch rectangle tables

4 pub tables

Arbor for the ceremony (choice of white or black)

Parking attendant and golf cart shuttle service for the wedding day

 

 

Professional Photography of the Wedding and Reception by John Williams. (All images are given to the customer on high resolution DVDs with copyright releases to all photography!

 

 Package 2   $9,900

without photography--$8,800

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Wedding Package #1

 

Friday and Saturday!!

This package is great for couples that want to have the property for all day Friday, Saturday, and until 1 pm on Sunday afternoon! Check in is at 10am Friday morning.  The Bride and Groom each get their own room on the 2nd floor to get ready.  There is a private room just for the wedding dress!  Salon with two chairs for hair and Make-up.  Wedding and Reception on the grounds or in the Carriage House.

Carriage House is included

120 White Chairs are included

20 white benches for the ceremony seats 100 people

15 60inch round tables for the reception

4 72inch rectangle tables

4 pub tables

Arbor for the ceremony (choice of white or black)

Parking attendant and golf cart shuttle service for the wedding day

Wedding Package 1   $7,900

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Preferred Caterers

 

Two Chefs Catering  www.twochefscatering.net (252)-670-9904

 

Strange and Sons Catering www.enccatering.com  (252)349-9601

 

Floyds 1920 Restaurant and Catering  www.floyds1921.com (252)-727-1921


 

Preferred Wedding Planners

Party Perfection   252-876-7143

Promised Hearts Wedding Planning    252-671-6939

 

Preferred Rental Suppliers

Country Aire Event Rental  252-636-8368

Promised Hearts Wedding Planning and Rentals   252-671-6939

Chair and Equipment Rentals  252-726-6219  www.chairandequipmentrentals.com

Preferred DJ

The areas best Wedding DJ!! ---- Chuck Kolb 252-229-8844

CK Entertainment

 

Preferred Wedding Cake

Ali Smith Cakes

 

We have 120 white folding chairs for your event. 

 

call or text 252-876-7599

 

10% Military discount for active or retired military

5% off for early booking (12 months out or more)

 

Before booking anywhere, take the time to see why Abilena Plantation offers more than any other Wedding venue.  I always ask Brides...

"Do you want your Wedding experience to last four hours or four days?"  ! 

 Please call or text John Williams 252-876-7599 for availability.

 

   

Abilena Plantation & A Wedding to Remember
New Bern, North Carolina
John Williams, Owner and Photographer

2006, A Wedding to Remember. All Rights Reserved.