The Outer Banks has become one of the most popular wedding destinations in the United States and for many reasons; the main one being its beautiful natural setting. Perhaps our location is a bit remote, but the Outer Banks is centrally located on the east coast, and there are literally hundreds of professionals who reside in our area who specialize in creating memorable and personalized destination weddings.
Selecting a site to say your vows is an essential part of any wedding, and the Outer Banks offers many unique locations to accommodate your event. A tip for couples planning an outdoor ceremony is to always include an alternate indoor location in the event of unforeseen weather events.
Carolina Designs represents over 65 homes that allow weddings and special events. These properties range in size from 5 bedroom homes to 22 bedroom estates. Many are oceanfront with private pools and feature extravagant indoor and outdoor amenities. View our Wedding and Special Event page for more information.
With world famous beaches from the tip of Ocracoke to the Virginia state line, the Outer Banks has a wide variety of beach locations from which to choose. Fresh coastal breezes and the lull of the surf is the perfect backdrop to create beautiful everlasting memories. Please note that most beach weddings are scheduled during our spring and fall months to avoid the summer heat. Weddings are often scheduled in the early evening when lighting is ideal for photographers.
National Park Service
Outer Banks beaches from South Nags Head to the Village of Ocracoke are part of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, and a permit is needed to have a wedding on CHNS land. This does not include Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge which occupies the northern part of Hatteras Island. Don’t let the $100 permit discourage you. It allows for a wedding anywhere on CHNS land, including historic sites, although some restrictions do apply.
Not every waterfront wedding on the Outer Banks is on the oceanfront. Some of the most beautiful settings are on the soundside, especially for those dreaming of a sunset ceremony. One of the most sought-after wedding venues on the Outer Banks is the historic Whalehead Club. Its popularity stems from the picturesque beauty of a classically designed art deco estate located on beautifully manicured grounds framed by massive live oak trees and the Currituck Sound.
NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island
For anyone looking for a unique wedding setting, why not get married surrounded by fish? The aquarium is available for private parties and weddings are included on that list. The only caveat is it must be planned for after business hours. The ceremony can be held indoors surrounded by floor to ceiling tanks or on landscaped grounds with captivating views of the Roanoke Sound and a private pier that’s perfectly suitable for a sunset wedding.
Roanoke Island Festival Park
If you’ve ever wanted to be married onstage, it will be difficult to top this waterfront venue. This peaceful location features an outdoor stage framed by the tranquil Shallowbag Bay as it opens into the Roanoke Sound. The site hosts outdoor concerts so the grounds can easily accommodate hundreds. It is also very convenient to a number of businesses that specialize in wedding parties. Serene beauty, location and size are just three reasons the RIFP is rising in popularity as an Outer Banks wedding venue.