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 sites 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.
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.
Outer Banks Wedding Venues
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.
It’s important to consider accommodations for your out-of-town guests who are coming to celebrate your special day. Luckily, 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 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 image 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 geographical order, from north to south.
Sanctuary Vineyards is the perfect site for your Outer Banks destination wedding. Our vineyards are greeted by brilliant sunrises and kissed by ocean breezes. Life begins anew each year on our estate; let your new life together start here. Also offering wine tours, wedding gifts, and free wine tastings.
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. More Info >
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. More Info >
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. More Info >
Inn at Corolla Light
The Inn at Corolla Light specializes in pampering your wedding guests! Featuring 42 unique rooms and suites, many with fireplaces, whirlpools, and kitchenettes. All rooms have refrigerators, microwaves, coffee makers, and tvs. Guests have free access to all amenities of the Corolla Light Resort including continental breakfast, bicycle loans, and wi-fi. More Info >
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. More Info >
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 gatherings or their main dining room for larger events, and their covered deck and bar are also available. More Info >
The Black Stallion
The Black Stallion, designed as an ideal wedding venue, is a unique 24-bedroom home, located in the heart of the Currituck Club community. There is no other home in the Outer Banks that matches The Black Stallion’s combination of luxury, privacy, location, comfort, and amenities. More Info >
Pine Island Lodge
Plan your dream wedding and accommodate your guests in one of our event homes! The Pine Island Lodge can accommodate as many as 250 guests. The 28 bedroom is one of the largest event homes on the Outer Banks, located in Corolla, NC. It offers every luxury including a reception hall, expansive wrap around decks, catering kitchen, private pool, hot tub, theater room, elevator, and a pool house that is equipped with restrooms and an upper level bridal suite. More Info >
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 Info >
Village Table and 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’re able to provide everything from casual, buffet to multi-course, seated dinners.
Carolina Designs Realty
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 dune-top decks and gazebos overlooking the Atlantic. More Info >
Kitty Hawk Pier House
Make your special day a memory that lasts a lifetime on our beautiful oceanfront property in Kitty Hawk with everything right where you need it! Enjoy breathtaking views from the oceanfront Pier House that accommodates up to 150 guests. Enjoy our indoor banquet facility, the Wrights Ballroom that opens up to beautiful courtyard, honeymoon suites, in-house catering, beach or pier ceremonies, and customized wedding packages, along with an on-site wedding coordinator to make sure you have the wedding of your dreams! More Info >
Carolina Catering & Events
We fully embrace your wedding vision by providing your every need, from venue & accommodations to custom catering, photography and more. Let us take care of your wedding from groups as small as 10 and as large as 1500. More Info >
Trio Bar & Bistro
Our private mezzanine is the perfect setting for parties up to 50 guests including rehearsal dinners, welcome to the beach gatherings, and bridal showers. Our full restaurant is available for larger gatherings up to 150 people. Visit our marketplace for unique selections of wine, beer, cheese, gourmet foods and more! More Info >
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. More Info >
Mako’s Beach Grille and Bar
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. Larger groups can reserve the entire restaurant which will accommodate 240 guests. Mako’s offers buffets or plated dinners, custom made for your event, tastes, and budget. More Info >
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 a free breakfast. More Info >
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! More Info >
See Sea Motel
Located directly across from the beach access in Kill Devil Hills, this beautifully renovated vintage motel offers villas, suites and apartments encircling a large pool. Have your beach wedding guests stay at the See Sea. More Info >
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. More Info >
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. More Info >
Pamlico Jack’s Soundfront Restaurant & Bar
Natural beauty combined with delicious island cuisine makes 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 Info >
First Colony Inn
Experience the romance and charm of old Nags Head at the historic First Colony Inn. Nestled on four acres of manicured lawn, which accommodates the largest tent, a private walkway to the beach, and grand wrap-around porches. More Info >
Tar Heel Motel
Having your wedding at Jennette’s Pier? Consider staying at the sassy Tar Heel, just a quick walk to the Pier. Renovated down to the studs, individually decorated, with a new pool. Right across from the beach access. More Info >
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 Info >
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 Info >
Blue Water Grill and Raw Bar
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 Info >
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. More Info >
Avenue Events and Grille
Avenue’s panoramic waterfront views are a magnificent backdrop for your reception or rehearsal dinner. Located in downtown Manteo we overlook 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 Info >
The Roanoke Island Inn
With over an acre of landscaped garden, The Roanoke is the perfect backdrop for your Outer Banks wedding. A weekend spent in this waterfront Inn will provide memories and pictures that will last a lifetime. More Info >
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. More Info >
Vista Creek Event Venue
Vista Creek features stunning sound front views, a grand ballroom lined with crystal chandeliers, large veranda, bridal suite, and a breathtaking outdoor ceremony site. Located on the Roanoke Sound, just ten minutes from both a beach access and charming downtown Manteo!