There’s a perfect oceanfront wedding venue awaiting you on the North Carolina coast. Choose from inns and resorts on the beach that are renowned for their attention to wedding details, or select a unique coastal attraction to host one of the most important days of your life. North Carolina’s many beach wedding venues offer waterfronts, historic architecture, sunrises or sunsets as backdrops for your big day.
Here are eight coastal possibilities:
1 Sanderling Resort
1 Sanderling ResortDuckSee on map
As the only full-service resort on the Outer Banks, Sanderling features a professional and detail-oriented staff and a wide variety of venues to provide you with a world-class wedding experience. Its stretches of sandy beach offer romantic backdrops for private ceremonies. The Event Lawn channels the ocean air through the surrounding dunes and accommodates more than 200 guests; and the climate-controlled Pavilion at Sanderling, positioned on Currituck Sound, offers breathtaking sunset views and a private dock and gazebo. The Oceanside Event House boasts a coastal elegance for an indoor, seated reception up to 100 guests, and the Deck expands the space and takes advantage of beach breezes. For more intimate affairs, guests can gather at the Keeper’s Loft on the second floor of Lifesaving Station restaurant or at Kimball’s Kitchen, the property’s AAA Four Diamond restaurant.
2 Old Baldy Lighthouse
2 Old Baldy LighthouseBald Head Island
Because of its unique geographic position, Bald Head Island is one of the few places along the East Coast where the sun actually rises and sets over the Atlantic Ocean. Thus, each day begins and ends on a decidedly romantic note at this unique venue. Built in 1817, the historic lighthouse transforms into setting fit for a film set, with moss-draped trees, salt marsh views, and the option of adding a tent on Old Baldy’s lush lawn. The variety of photo ops alone make this spot an excellent choice.
3 Sea Ranch Resort
3 Sea Ranch ResortKill Devil HillsSee on map
As a WeddingWire Couples’ Choice winner for five years running, the Sea Ranch Resort makes for a convenient event destination since it sits only 10 miles from the mainland. Couples rave about the attentive staff, and the oceanside reception space will make your party feel like they never left the sand after your beach ceremony. Plus, this area of the Outer Banks has the largest number of accommodations and activities to keep out-of-town guests happy and occupied all weekend (or week!) long.
4 Beach Club at Koru Village
4 Beach Club at Koru VillageCape HatterasSee on map
Hatteras Island sits between North Carolina’s mainland and famous Outer Banks, and Koru Village’s Beach Club serves as the island’s only oceanfront venue. Your guests – the club can accommodate up to 200 people – will love the 4,000-square-foot covered pavilion and private boardwalk to the Cape Hatteras beach, frequently named one of the top beaches in the U.S.
5 North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores
5 North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll ShoresPine Knoll ShoresSee on map
Wild, pristine and hauntingly beautiful, the Crystal Coast, North Carolina’s southern Outer Banks, is the perfect place for a wedding. And saying “I do” at the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores provides another unique coastal setting as your guests meander through their aquatic environments. With space available for up to 1,500 guests, a 300,000-gallon ocean tank, exhibits and animals from across North Carolina’s varied habitats, the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores offers incomparable backdrops for your ceremony, rehearsal dinner, reception or all three. It also offers experienced event coordinators to assist with all the details of your special day.
6 Jennette’s Pier
6 Jennette’s PierNags HeadSee on map
The North Carolina Aquarium actually offers several venue options, including the recently renovated Jennette’s Pier – a beautiful option for couples who want to get married literally on the water. But, the pier isn’t the only attractive aspect of getting married here; couples can also rent the pier’s 3,500-square-foot banquet room filled with natural light thanks to its 22-foot-high cathedral ceilings and large windows providing prime ocean views. The space accommodates up to 175 guests and even includes a fireplace for cool evenings.
7 Blockade Runner Beach Resort
7 Blockade Runner Beach ResortWrightsville BeachSee on map
Technically, this event venue sits right on the ocean, but for couples who want to forgo a sandy ceremony, the seaside gardens and lush lawns at Blockade Runner provide a unique twist on the classic beach wedding. Enjoy the ocean breezes while surrounded by colorful flowers, tall palm trees and walls of green privacy expertly manicured to will provide just the right touch of color to all your wedding photos. Plus, guests will love the convenient location as the resort is located just 12 miles from charming port city Wilmington. Couples will love Blockade’s wedding package choices laid out by style, too: Social, Coastal, Traditional or Contemporary, each with several variations. From there, parties select their space and optional amenities.
8 Ocean’s Edge Restaurant & Event Center
8 Ocean’s Edge Restaurant & Event CenterNorth Topsail BeachSee on map
On North Carolina’s southern coast, Ocean’s Edge serves as the premier event center and only full-service wedding venue on Topsail Island. In days of yore, folks would visit here to search for Blackbeard’s treasure, and today, couples venture here for other treasures, like the destination’s panoramic views since the venue sits at the highest point on the island. Groups can choose between three venues, each with walls of windows that make the beach part of your entire day from ceremony to reception, as well as two buffet choices starting at $29 per person with plenty of upgrade and a la carte additions possible. Bonus: The ocean blue floors will make you and your sweetie feel like you’re dancing the night away on top of the waters of the Atlantic Ocean.