OBX Wedding Venues
Couples from all over the country have discovered the Outer Banks as a premier wedding destination, traveling hundreds of miles or more to experience one of the most important days of their lives along our sandy shores. There are so many amazing OBX wedding venues that make an unforgettable backdrop that the extra work of a destination is well worth the end result. Just imagine your wedding ceremony with your toes buried in the sand, under a majestic lighthouse or surrounded by Elizabethan-era gardens. The wedding venues on the Outer Banks are literally endless, and filled with natural breathtaking beauty and unforgettable views. (Full list of OBX Wedding Venues below)
From beautiful sound side weddings under cotton candy skies and at high noon on the ocean, to the romance of having a ceremony at the gorgeous Currituck Heritage Park and other historic settings, the Outer Banks is the perfect place to say, “I do.” With all the venue choices, you’ll be sure to find the picture perfect one that is just right for you.
Churches By the Sea
If you want to exchange wedding vows in a place of worship, you’ll be delighted by all the choices on the Outer Banks. From large, spacious churches with reception halls to quaint seaside chapels, couples can take their pick. Remember that many churches require couples to use the in-house minister or priest and may require certificates of pre-marital counseling. Additional requirements may also apply for visiting couples, so be sure to contact the church directly and keep the lines of communication open throughout the planning process.
Tip – It’s a good idea to contact the church early not only to make reservations but to be clear on what their particular requirements are. That way, there won’t be any surprises in the final days of planning!
There is no doubt that the ocean provides the perfect backdrop for a stunning, romantic wedding ceremony. Soft sand, lapping waves, and beautiful sunsets are just a few reasons why couples are lured to the edge of the sea on their special day. If you and your significant other are beach lovers and are looking to tie the knot along our shores, know that local towns and counties have jurisdiction over their beaches and access areas. Be sure to check and follow town, county, or National Park Service regulations. Check out obxbeachaccess.com for details on all local beaches.
Tip – Parking for guests and vendors during a beach wedding can be tricky, so it deserves some careful thought. Rental cottages have parking spaces that are based on the number of bedrooms in a cottage, and towns have some regulations regarding parking at various beach accesses. Consider hiring a trolley or van to shuttle guests to and from your ceremony.
Miles and miles of sound beaches also make a beautiful backdrop for an Outer Banks wedding and if planned right, will surely come with some stunning sunsets. You’ll discover many, many spots along the sounds of the Outer Banks that are arguably the most romantic and serene venues here. Be sure to have fun and explore all the beautiful spots when looking for just the right venue.
Under the Sea, Under a Beacon, or On the Green
Remember there is more to the Outer Banks than just miles of beautiful shoreline. Other local attractions and historical sites are popular wedding venues. Many happy couples are choosing to host their weddings and receptions alongside the very lighthouses or overlooking the same sites where they first fell in love. The clubhouses and dance floors at an oceanfront pier or golf course are especially popular venues, and their buildings offer that back-up plan just in case of inclement weather. Ceremonies that are immersed in the beauty of yacht clubs, marinas, and maritime forests, or among an aquarium’s fish tanks, have the added advantage of having a built-in theme and décor.
If you’d like your wedding day to be actually on the water, the Outer Banks has that, too. Everything from deep-sea fishing boats to a replica of a 16th-century English ship holds special appeal to all the water-loving couples tying the knot on the Outer Banks.
Tip – There is a $100 fee to host ceremonies within the National Park Service property. Please keep in mind that receptions are not permitted on these properties and regulations apply. If you wish to apply for a wedding permit, visit nps.gov/caha/planyourvisit/wedding-permits, or call 252.473.2111.
The Comforts of Home: Renting an Event House
If the idea of sharing your special day in a gorgeous event home appeals to you, the Outer Banks has an abundance to offer. You can take your pick from a wide array of beautiful homes that are available from Corolla to Ocracoke. These oceanfront homes are built and designed specifically with weddings and receptions in mind. Many feature large decks, spacious gathering areas, gazebos, and wooden walkways that meander over the dunes to the beach. Receptions can easily be held next to your private pool or indoors. Industrial-sized kitchens and large gathering areas both inside and outside make event homes a hit with caterers. Game rooms, wet bars and other features enhance the wedding experience. Occupancy limitations apply, so be sure to check with property management companies.
No matter which of the many OBX wedding venues you settle on, there’s no doubt that you’ll find the most beautiful places you can imagine right here on the Outer Banks. Take your time, relax and enjoy the process as you discover these amazing Outer Banks venues, one of which is sure to be the perfect spot to begin your new life together!
Sanderling Resort’s Ocean-to-Sound location provides the ideal setting for your special day. Our wide variety of venues and commitment to detail, service, and presentation will provide you with a memorable wedding experience. Our Banquet Staff is dedicated to providing exemplary service and the finest southern coastal cuisine. Your dedicated Wedding Coordinator will work with you every step of the way to plan your perfect day.
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1461 Duck Road
599 Laughing Gull Ct • Corolla, NC
The Black Stallion is a unique 24 bedroom home, located in the heart of the gated and meticulously groomed Currituck Club community and designed to be an ideal environment for families, friends, and/or business colleagues to build lasting memories together.
777 Sunset Boulevard • Corolla, NC
Located in the Timbuck II shopping center in Corolla, we’re the perfect place to host your rehearsal dinner or wedding reception, and our chefs are pros at anything from family style barbecue dinners to custom creative 5 course meals.
374 Airport Rd. • Manteo, NC
Unforgettable wedding receptions are surrounded by our curious critters such as stingrays, sea turtles, otters, alligators and more. Your event can be set in front of our 285,000 gallon Graveyard of the Atlantic exhibit featuring the largest collection of sharks in North Carolina.
5219 S Croatan Hwy • Nags Head, NC
You deserve a home as special as your event! Whether you’re looking for a memorable Outer Banks event home for a wedding ceremony and reception, or wedding accommodations for you and your guests, Resort Realty has plenty of options for you.