It is no surprise that in 2018 the Outer Banks is a top destination for couples who travel from all over the East Coast and Midwest to tie the knot on these beautiful barrier islands. After all, the Outer Banks isn’t just about beautiful and pristine beaches. It’s home to dozens of amazing venues that make the perfect backdrop for a wedding ceremony or reception. Unsurpassed coastline, romantic sunsets and venues such as lighthouses, gardens and state parks, these islands are literally full of possibilities when it comes to finding the perfect setting to exchange vows. Take your pick.
Many couples love the idea of a sound side wedding under cotton candy skies at sunset or an ocean side wedding at high noon. But consider the lure of a ceremony at the beautiful Currituck Heritage Park and other historic and natural settings along the Outer Banks. There are dozens of picture perfect venues to say “I do.”
Whatever site you ultimately choose, one thing is for certain – when it comes to a picture perfect wedding, you are bound to find it here on the Outer Banks.
SITES – Outer Banks Wedding Venues
Churches By the Sea
There are plenty of choices on the Outer Banks if you are looking for a place of worship to exchange your wedding vows. 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 during the planning process.
Tip: Be sure to contact the church for requirements and reservations well in advance. They book up quickly!
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.
Tip: Check out obxbeachaccess.com for details on all local beaches. Also, 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. It may be worth 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 on the island.
Under the Sea, Under a Beacon, or On the Green
Just because you get married on the Outer Banks, doesn’t mean you have to exchange vows by the water. Local attractions and historical sites offer more than just entertainment for tourists. 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 “in case of rain.” 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.
You can also inspire your photographer’s creativity with a boating theme; on the Outer Banks, we have everything from deep-sea fishing boats to a replica of a 16th-century English ship available for wedding ceremonies and events.
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, go to www.nps.gov/caha/planyourvisit/wedding-permits.htm for more information, 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 – 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.
When it comes to accommodations for your guests and wedding party, it can be challenging to do so from out of town – but it’s not insurmountable. Real estate agencies and vendors on the Outer Banks are always ready to offer their help and answer questions. Whether you are taking on the task of finding a place for your guests to stay or just hoping to guide them, it’s a good idea to consider having everyone stay close together. Choose from neighboring rental homes, or hotels, motels and inns. Consider making reservations close to the reception site. Give rental managers and hotel managers an idea of how many guests you expect so they can strive to meet your personal and geographic needs.
Rental homes are a great choice if you are getting married on the beach. Couples can rent several homes close together for family and friends. Many larger homes have 12 or more bedrooms, dual kitchens and can accommodate multi-family groups
Tip: Consider hiring a personal chef or caterer for the reception and to possibly cook meals while you are in your beach house.
Hotels, Motels, Inns
From Corolla to Ocracoke, the Outer Banks is home to many superb hotels, quaint inns, cottage courts and beachfront motels. These accommodations are perfect for guests who may not be staying an entire week. Many couples block off rooms at a nearby hotel, motel, or inn in anticipation of the number of guests they will invite. Many hotel rooms have features like kitchenettes, pools, exercise rooms, and spa services. The options in this area are endless and are sure to leave your guests feeling right at home on the Outer Banks.
There’s no doubt that the Outer Banks offers some of the most beautiful landscape imaginable. Soak it all in as you choose the perfect venue in which to say “I do.” Relax and enjoy all the beach has to offer while you plan the details of your wedding on the beautiful Outer Banks.
The following RECEPTION SITES and wedding party ACCOMMODATIONS are listed in geographical order, from north to south.
Representing the largest selection of homes from Carova to Hatteras Island, Sun Realty offers luxury estates, cozy beach cottages, and condos. Our six offices can show you a variety of properties perfect for wedding ceremonies, receptions, guest housing, or honeymoons. More details about Outer Banks Wedding Venues & Accommodations from Sun Realty
The Wild Horse event home has 23 bedrooms and is privately located on 20 acres of undeveloped oceanfront land in Carova. Complete with an event hall and 11,000 square feet of decking, the Wild Horse has panoramic views and breathtaking horizons. This home is truly the ideal setting for a wedding! More details about Wild Horse Estates Outer Banks
Situated on 39 acres with unrivaled waterfront views, Whalehead radiates European elegance, Southern charm, and local, natural beauty. Nestled among large live oaks and lush lawns, this enchanting 1920s home is truly a magical setting for your special day. An ideal destination for events of all sizes. More details about Whalehead in the Outer Banks
The Inn at Corolla Light specializes in pampering your wedding guests. The Inn features 42 unique rooms and suites, many with fireplaces and whirlpools. Most rooms are available with king-size beds. All rooms have refrigerators, microwaves, coffee makers, and flat screen TVs. A complimentary continental breakfast is served every morning. More details about The Inn at Corolla Light Outer Banks
Nestled between the ocean and sound, the clubhouse overlooks a prestigious Rees Jones golf course. Select either indoor or outdoor spaces to host your wedding ceremony, reception, and other special events. The venue offers on-site catering and event coordination as well as a soundfront ceremony site. More details about The Currituck Club in Corolla, Outer Banks
Pine Island Lodge can accommodate up to 300 wedding guests and sleeps 80 people. With an airport directly across the street, keyless entry, a caretaker on call 24/7, plenty of overflow parking, a detached bridal suite, and tons of amenities, this state-of-the-art home is perfect for your destination wedding. More details about Pine Island Lodge in Corolla, Outer Banks
Enjoy the elegance of this beautiful 13-acre, ocean-to-sound location as the perfect setting for your wedding day. Choose from a variety of ceremony and reception locations while working with a dedicated on-site planner. Be pampered at the full-service spa featuring a salon, nail care and body treatments. More details about Sanderling Resort in Corolla, Outer Banks
The Blue Point enjoys a one-of-a-kind waterfront perch. The back BAR is a beautiful space to host a casual rehearsal dinner or small reception, or seated dinners in our private room. Request information at thebluepoint.com. More details about Blue Point in Duck, Outer Banks
Not only a vacationer’s destination, but the perfect location for your wedding, reception, or special event. Enjoy panoramic sound views, spectacular sunsets, three Tiki bars, and coastal cuisine reminiscent of the Keys and Caribbean as you celebrate your special occasion. More details about Sunset Grille in Duck, Outer Banks
Carolina Designs Realty provides event homes and guest accommodations (3-23 bedroom properties) from Corolla to South Nags Head. Many homes include private pools, rec rooms with bars, walkways to the beach, and dunetop decks and gazebos overlooking the Atlantic. More details about Outer Banks Wedding Venues & Accommodations from Carolina Designs
Twiddy & Company offers extraordinary vacation rental homes for your Outer Banks event. Each has been carefully designed and appointed to host every aspect of your celebration. Whether you dream of exchanging vows waterside with a backdrop of sunlight reflecting off the sea or prefer the relaxed elegance of a poolside soiree, our homes become the perfect venue for your rehearsal, ceremony, and reception. More details about Outer Banks Wedding Venues & Accommodations from Twiddy >
Trio is the perfect upscale casual setting for your event. From rehearsal dinners to private tastings, welcome to beach gatherings to bridal luncheons, our outstanding selection of fine wines, craft beer, artisan cheeses and inventive cuisine will make your event one to remember. More details about Trio in Kitty Hawk, Outer Banks
True love can outlast the sands of time and we certainly hope that is true but our beautiful oceanfront backyard would not be the same without you. More details about Quality Inn Carolina Oceanfront in Kitty Hawk, Outer Banks
Let your new life together begin at our full-service, classic beach resort. We offer on-site catering with an array of menus to please you and your guests. Here, oceanside ceremonies are just steps away from our event room! We focus on great guest service, delicious food, and traditional Outer Banks charm. More details about The Sea Ranch Resort in Kill Devil Hills, Outer Banks
Mako’s Beach Grille and Bar provides a great setting for rehearsal dinners and other events. Centrally located, they can accommodate intimate parties of 24 to 70 in their private rooms, or larger groups can reserve their entire restaurant in the off-season, which will accommodate 240 guests. They offer buffets or plated dinners, custom made for your event, tastes, and budget. More details about Mako’s Beach Grille in Kill Devil Hills, Outer Banks
Bring family and friends together! Our 86-room hotel offers a luxurious honeymoon suite, large newly renovated guest rooms, a picture perfect gazebo, indoor/outdoor salt water pools and a whirlpool spa. Shutters on the Banks is the ideal, central, Outer Banks location to host your guests and enjoy the first night of the rest of your lives together. More details about Shutters on the Banks in Kill Devil Hills, Outer Banks
Nags Head Golf Links is a full-service, soundfront wedding and reception venue that features spectacular sunsets and can accommodate up to 175 guests with both tented and clubhouse wedding options. More details about Nags Head Golf Links Outer Banks
Natural beauty combined with delicious island cuisine make Pamlico Jack’s the perfect place to celebrate your special day. You are sure to be charmed by its authentic Outer Banks feel as you delight in the breathtaking panoramic views of the beautiful Roanoke Sound from Pamlico Jack’s spacious and elegant dining room or open-air soundfront deck. It’s no wonder Pamlico Jack’s is a favorite when it comes to Outer Banks wedding venues. More details about Pamlico Jack’s Outer Banks
The Village Beach Club is an oceanfront wedding and reception venue that can accommodate up to 200 guests. This Nags Head venue with indoor and outdoor spaces overlooks the dunes and breathtaking horizon plus offers a large poolside deck where your guests can mingle. More details about Village Beach Club Outer Banks
Locally-owned Owens’ Motel is an intimate spot for a Nags Head beach ceremony. On the oceanfront across from Owens’ Restaurant and just a short distance from Jennette’s Pier, our motel affords your guests clean, comfortable rooms, a swimming pool, and fine dining. More details about Owens’ Motel Outer Banks
Walk down the aisle overlooking the Atlantic Ocean at Jennette’s Pier. The pier also offers a private reception area with a covered outdoor deck. Spacious enough for 175 guests, Jennette’s Pier is a spectacular backdrop for weddings, rehearsal dinners and much more! More details about Jennette’s Pier Outer Banks
The 13,000-square-foot Pavilion is perfect for weddings, receptions, and other special events. Enjoy beautiful views of the Roanoke Sound in a marina setting. On-site rental homes and condominiums are available. More details about The Pavilion at Pirates Cove in the Outer Banks
Overlooking the marina at Pirate’s Cove, Blue Water Grill & Raw Bar offers not only spectacular views, but fantastic, affordable food and exceptional service. Let us design your rehearsal dinner menu and we’ll treat you and your guests to an unforgettable experience. More details about Blue Water Grill Outer Banks
Avenue’s panoramic waterfront views are a magnificent backdrop for your reception or rehearsal dinner. Located in downtown Manteo and overlooking both the Queen Elizabeth II and the Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse, our modern interior complements every bride’s decor. We accommodate parties small and large up to 160. More details about Avenue Grille and Events Outer Banks ♥