Outer Banks Wedding Venues 2020: A Place By The Sea

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You already know that the Outer Banks will provide the most splendid backdrop for what will be the happiest, most romantic day of your lives. Whether you have your ceremony on the beach at sunrise, the sound at sunset, or under a lighthouse, we have virtually endless wedding venues on our shores that will turn your destination wedding into the one you’ve always dreamed of. Arguably, there is no better place on earth to say “I do.” With all of our venue choices, you will be sure to find the picture perfect place that will suit your needs, well, perfectly.

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If you want a traditional religious ceremony, the Outer Banks can provide a place of worship that will delight you, your groom, and all your family and friends. The Outer Banks has everything including large, spacious churches with large reception halls to quaint little chapels. However, 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 your wedding place of worship directly. 

Tip – You may want to contact your church early to schedule the date of your wedding. Also, be sure you know what their particular requirements might be. You don’t want to have any surprises in the days leading up to your wedding!

The Beach 

Who doesn’t want to get married at the beach? Soft sand between your toes. The sound of waves lapping at the shore, and the beautiful skies overhead, provide the picture perfect wedding setting. 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 out obxbeachaccess.com for details on all local beaches. 

Tip – Know ahead of time that parking may be difficult, so some planning is in order. The various towns on the Outer Banks have their own parking regulations when it comes to beach access. You may want to consider hiring a trolley or van to shuttle your guests to and from the ceremony. Also, be sure to check out the tide charts. It is one thing to have waves lapping at the shore. It is another to have your ceremony invaded by the upcoming ocean.

Soundside Ceremonies 

They say that people are divided into two groups; sunrise, and sunset people. If you fall into the latter, consider having your wedding on one of the sounds of the Outer Banks. There are countless miles of sound beaches that will provide a beautiful backdrop on your special day. 

Under the Sea, Under a Beacon, or On the Green 

As you are no doubt aware, the Outer Banks provides more than just beautiful beaches for your wedding. We have lighthouses, historical sites, or even the site where you and your soon to be spouse first fell in love. The clubhouses and dance floors at an oceanfront pier or golf course are also popular venues. Plus, their buildings offer a back-up plan just in case Mother Nature doesn’t cooperate on your wedding day. Let’s also not forget venues that may have a built-in theme to its setting. Places like the aquarium, a marina, or maritime forest.

Maybe you’d like to tie the knot on the water. Good news! Everything from deep-sea fishing boats to a replica of a 16th-century English ship can provide a special venue to all the water loving couples getting married on the Outer Banks. 

Tip – There is a $100 fee to host ceremonies within the Cape Hatteras 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.htm for more information, or call 252.473.2111.

The Comforts of Home: Renting an Event House

There are oceanfront homes on the Outer Banks that are built and designed specifically with weddings and receptions in mind. You can take your pick from a wide array of beautiful homes that are available from Corolla all the way down to Ocracoke. Many of these homes feature large decks, spacious gathering areas, gazebos, and wooden walkways that will take you and your guests over the dunes down to the beach. Receptions can also 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.


Especially in-season, it is important to think ahead about out of town accommodations for the guests planning on coming to your destination wedding on the Outer Banks. Fortunately, there is a plethora of real estate agencies and vendors that are always ready and poised to offer their help in this regard. Whether you are taking on the task of finding a place for your guests, or simply just helping guide them, it makes things easier by having them all stay close together. The Outer Banks has a wide array of choices for you and your guests; from rental houses, to hotels and inns. With so many options, you’ll find something to suit the needs of all attending your Outer Banks wedding.

Rental Homes 

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 not only for the reception, but also to cook meals while you are in your beach house!

Hotels, Motels, Inns 

The Outer Banks is home to many wonderful 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.

No matter what venue 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! 

The following RECEPTION SITES and wedding party ACCOMMODATIONS are listed in alphabetical order.

108 Budleigh

In the heart of quaint downtown Manteo, on Roanoke Island, just one block from the waterfront, is where you will find our magical location. Stately churches, the Marshes Lighthouse, boardwalks, the waterfront gazebo, charming inns, restaurants, and shops surround us in this picturesque walking town. Read More>

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Atlantic Realty

Plan your dream wedding and accommodate your guests in one of our oceanfront event homes in Corolla, NC!  The Pine Island Lodge has 28 bedrooms that sleeps 80 people and can host weddings for up to 250 guests. Crew Quarters and Knot Home have 16 bedrooms that sleep 38 people and can host weddings for up to 80 guests. Read More>

The Black Stallion

The Black Stallion, designed to be an ideal wedding venue, is a unique 24-bedroom home, located in the heart of the Currituck Club community. There is no other home on the Outer Banks that matches The Black Stallion’s combination of luxury, privacy, location, comfort, and amenities. Read More>

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Brindley Beach Vacations & Sales

Planning a destination wedding? Let Brindley Beach help you find the perfect event home! We have homes in all price ranges on both oceanfront and soundfront, from single family to multi-family homes (2-18 bedrooms). Each offering an array of amenities. Brindley is sure to find something for everyone in your party. Read More>

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Carolina Designs

Carolina Designs Realty provides event homes and guest accommodations (3-27 bedroom properties) from Corolla to South Nags Head. Many homes include private pools, rec rooms with bars, walkways to the beach, and dune-top decks and gazebos overlooking the Atlantic. Read More>

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Haven on the Banks

Luxury meets convenience at this new, all-inclusive venue in Nags Head. Haven on the Banks features 6 private cottages accommodating 10 guests each, and an on-site event center. Enjoy upscale amenities throughout. Convenient to the beach access with a flexible rental schedule. Onsite event center available. The perfect destination for any event. Read More>

Inn at Corolla Light

The Inn is an intimate, cozy retreat located on the Currituck sound, featuring 42 unique rooms and suites, many with kitchenettes. Amenities can include fireplaces, whirlpools, and private decks. There is a pier, gazebo and pool. Daily hot and cold continental breakfast and complimentary loaner bikes. All amenities of the renowned Corolla Light Resort are included with your stay. Read More>

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Jennette’s Pier

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! Read More>

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Mako’s Beach Grille & Bar

Mako’s Beach Grille and Bar provides an exceptional site for rehearsal dinners, receptions, parties and special events. Centrally located, we accommodate groups of 24 to 70 in private rooms and up to 250 guests when reserving the entire restaurant. Mako’s chefs offer plated or buffet style dinners of your choosing, tastes and budget, plus a large upper level dance floor for entertaining. Read More>

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Mike Dianna’s Grill Room 

The perfect location for your special event, offering custom menus along with great specialty cocktails and an extensive wine list. They offer a private room for intimate gathering or their main dining room for larger events, and their covered deck and bar are also available. Read More>

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North Carolina Aquarium  

The North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island is a truly unique venue that tantalizes the imagination and creates an unforgettable experience featuring soundfront ceremonies with gorgeous sunsets on our 200’ pier and special celebrations surrounded by our curious critters. Read More>

Outer Banks Brewing Station

Outer Banks Brew Station now has a new food truck, complete with a full kitchen so you can now add the Brewing Station’s flair to your event. Have your meal freshly prepared and cooked directly at your venue! Read More>

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Owens’ Motel

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. Read More>

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The Pavilion at Pirate’s Cove

The 13,000-square-foot Pavilion at Pirate’s Cove 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. Read More>

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Ramada Plaza Nags Head Hotel

Create a beautiful moment with us. Our oceanfront hotel, experienced staff, and exceptional food will make your wedding celebration one you will remember for a lifetime. Relax and have the time of your life at our Ramada Plaza Nags Head Hotel. Read More>

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Resort Realty

Featuring top of the line amenities, luxury touches, and the perfect space to get ready for your big day, Resort Realty has the event home for every bride. Choose from a wide array of event homes from oceanfront, to soundfront, spanning from Corolla to Hatteras Island, say “I do” with Resort Realty. Read More>

Sanderling Resort

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. Read More>

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The Sea Ranch Resort

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. Read More>

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Seaside Vacations 

Let Seaside Vacations help you find the perfect Outer Banks event home and make your upcoming wedding, reception, or gathering a huge success! Visit OuterBanksVacations.com to view our event homes. Read More>

Shutters on the Banks

Start the first day of your new life together by waking to a spectacular view of the ocean. Shutters on the Banks offers a luxurious multi-room Honeymoon Suite and 85 other rooms for family and friends. Shutters on the Banks is the ideal, centrally located, Outer Banks location to host your guests and begin your new life. Featuring a picture perfect gazebo, indoor/outdoor salt-water pools, a whirlpool spa, and free breakfast. Read More>

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Sun Realty

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 perfect for wedding ceremonies, receptions, guest housing, or honeymoons. Read More>

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Twiddy & Company Realtors

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. Read More>

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Village Table & Tavern

Our location on the Currituck Sound makes the Village an ideal spot for weddings. Our lawn is stunning for warm-weather events, while the restaurant is a cozy setting for winter gatherings. We are able to provide everything from casual, buffet, to multi-course seated dinners. Read More>

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Whalehead in Historic Corolla

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. Read More>

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7 Comments on “Outer Banks Wedding Venues 2020: A Place By The Sea”

  1. Hello Michelle, wonderful blog! It’s very informative and helpful specially for those who are getting married and confused about the venue. There are lots of options in your blog. Thank you and keep posting!

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