Wedding Spots At The NC Coast
A beach wedding on North Carolina’s Coast can be formal or relaxed, ranging from a sit-down dinner at the Bald Head Island Club to a beach cookout on the Outer Banks. Historic seaport towns like Edenton and Wilmington offer waterfronts and historic architecture as backdrops or watch the sun rise and set over the waters of the Atlantic Ocean from any of the Brunswick Islands.
Bald Head Island
If you’re dreaming of an island wedding, the intimacy, romance and timeless beauty of Bald Head Island is your dream come true. Luxurious accommodations, full service wedding planning, catering and a variety of creative wedding sites await you and your guests on this private paradise located just off North Carolina’s southern coast.
Quiet, serene and rich in history and natural beauty, Bald Head Island sets a romantic mood the minute you step off the passenger ferry into this no-cars-allowed beach community. The island’s unique geography allows you to watch the sun rise and set over the Atlantic Ocean with only the waves and seagulls for background music.
Choose from a variety of both indoor and outdoor sites perfect for your nuptials including 14 miles of pristine, white-sand beaches, the classic country club atmosphere of the Bald Head Island Club or the nondenominational Bald Head Island Chapel next to Old Baldy, North Carolina’s oldest lighthouse.
With beaches to comb, ancient maritime forest trails to wander, kayaks and canoes to paddle, a historic lighthouse to climb and a seaside golf course to conquer, Bald Head Island is the prefect wedding and honeymoon destination.
Time moves slowly in the islands and relaxation is the daily plan. If a laid back, toes-in-the-sand beach wedding is your idea of marital bliss, come to the Brunswick Islands. As North Carolina’s southern-most beaches, the Brunswick Islands enjoy a year-round temperate climate, romantic sunrises and sunsets over the water, and miles of uncrowded, pristine beaches.
Each of the islands and mainland towns that make up the Brunswick Islands has a unique character. Historic Southport was a fishing village while Calabash lays claim to “Seafood Capital of the World.” Sunset Beach is residential and secluded and Bald Head Island is elegant and upscale. Ocean Isle Beach, Caswell Beach, Oak Island and Holden Beach offer over 28 miles of family beaches and activities. Accommodations range from intimate homes to oceanfront hotels and full service resorts.
Wedding venues are equally varied. Choose from sandy beaches to a vineyard wedding at Silver Coast Winery or go “under the sea” at the Museum of Coastal Carolina. You can even be married at sea by a ship’s captain. Let your unique style choose your place in the sun.
With activities ranging from beachcombing to golf there’s plenty to keep you and your guests satisfied.
Like a delicate strand of pearls dangling off the North Carolina coast, this favorite Atlantic beach destination of generations is also one of the few remaining natural barrier island systems in the world. Wild, pristine and hauntingly beautiful, the Crystal Coast, North Carolina's Southern Outer Banks, is the perfect place for a wedding.
From Shackleford Banks with its wild ponies roaming free for more than 500 years to Cape Lookout National Seashore with its trademark lighthouse, you’ll find the Crystal Coast has everything you want for a destination wedding and honeymoon getaway.
Relax on Emerald Isle in an oceanfront mansion with ten or more bedrooms and plenty of bathrooms to prepare for the big day. Then kick off your flip-flops and head to the beach for a sunset ceremony. For more intimate accommodations, choose from one of several historic bed and breakfasts in Beaufort such as the Pecan Tree Inn.
For a gorgeous beach backdrop and over-the-top accommodations for the entire family, mouth-watering coastal cuisine and adventurous activities like scuba diving and kayaking to ease those pre-wedding jitters, the Crystal Coast provides an unforgettable wedding experience for you and your guests.
Travel back in time to a place where ladies “spoke” with their fans and gentlemen bowed and kissed your hand. It’s not far away in historic Edenton. Settled in 1712 on the Inner Banks of the Albemarle Sound in Eastern North Carolina, Edenton features a vibrant downtown shopping district and nearly 300 years of outstanding architecture. With waterfront views, history, beauty, and small-town charm, Edenton is the perfect place for your historic wedding.
Among the many fine examples of architectural styles throughout the village, much of it on the National Register of Historic Places, you’ll find backdrops for a variety of wedding themes. Choose from the picturesque waterfront, Queen Anne Park, the 1767 Chowan County Courthouse, or the wooden Edenton Bay Bridge. You’ll find romantic settings around every corner.
The Barker House, once the home of Penelope Barker, organizer of the 1774 “Edenton Tea Party,” offers large porches and a lawn leading to the waterfront, a truly romantic spot to exchange vows, and you can let the town trolley be your wedding day transportation.
For a period wedding or just the romance of a bygone era, let Edenton’s timeless beauty enhance your special day.
Emerald Isle Realty
Few events are as romantic as a seaside wedding. The gentle breezes, the splash of ocean waves and the cries of gulls overhead all say you’re in a special place on your special day. Emerald Isle Realty can help you find that place.
Located on Emerald Isle overlooking the deep blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean on North Carolina’s Crystal Coast, Emerald Isle Realty has been helping “barefoot brides” say “I do” since 1962. They offer exclusive wedding packages and services and are dedicated to “Making your event everything you’ve envisioned...and more.”
Emerald Isle Realty’s professional Event Planning Specialists work closely with you during the planning process, seeking your ideas and input, so that your special day truly reflects your tastes, style, and budget. They can handle every detail from booking accommodations to complete rehearsal, ceremony and reception planning, offering expertise that is second to none.
Exchange vows as you stand on the warm sandy beach, dance under the stars, and celebrate your special day with your dearest loved ones. With an idyllic setting of clear skies, crystal blue ocean and beautiful beaches, Emerald Isle is a premier wedding and honeymoon destination.
edited by Pam Watson
added: May 1, 2009
updated: September 13, 2010
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