Weddings on the Coast

Weddings on the Coast

Imagine Bald Head Island Lighthouse as the backdrop for your wedding

There’s a perfect coastal wedding spot awaiting you on North Carolina’s coastaline. Whether formal or relaxed, a sit-down dinner or a beach cookout, you can choose from inns and resorts that are renowned for their attention to wedding details or select one of our unique locations for the most important day of your life. North Carolina’s many options offer waterfronts, historic architecture, sunrises or sunsets as backdrops for your wedding memories.

Here are four coastal possibilities:

Bald Head Island

Brunswick Islands
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.

For couples, this Brunswick County island offers several beautiful sites for an unforgettable ceremony, including 14 miles of pristine Atlantic Ocean beaches, the oceanfront Shoals Club, Harbour Village’s tent pavilion, the Bald Head Island Club, and the non-denominational marshfront Bald Head Island Chapel, which stands beside Old Baldy Lighthouse and centuries-old twisted live oaks.

For wedding guests, vacation rental homes run the gamut in size and location, so there are plenty of cozy cottages, as well as grand homes located on the beach, marsh, harbor, or in the ancient maritime forest. There are also plenty of activities for guests before and after the festivities such as relaxing on the beach, strolling through the forest or, for the more adventurous, a kayak tour through the creeks or sailing lessons. A climb to the top of Old Baldy, North Carolina’s oldest lighthouse, provides spectacular views of the island.

North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores

Atlantic Beach
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 a 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.

Sanderling Resort

Thanks to a design transformation that made the resort better than ever, Sanderling Resort’s 16-acre ocean-to-sound location provides the ideal setting for your special day. The only full-service resort on the Outer Banks features a professional and detail-oriented staff and a wide variety of venues to provide you with a world-class and memorable wedding experience.

Sanderling’s stretches of sandy beach offer romantic backdrops for private ceremonies; the Event Lawn located on the south end of the property channels the ocean air through the surrounding dunes and accommodates more than 200 guests; and the climate-controlled Pavilion at Sanderling, positioned on the 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 may gather at the Keeper’s Loft on the second floor of Lifesaving Station restaurant or at Kimball’s Kitchen, the property’s 4 Diamond restaurant.

The White Doe Inn

Escape to the Outer Banks and the coastal village of Manteo for your dream wedding. The White Doe Inn is a historic Victorian bed & breakfast home with seven diverse room selections, all richly appointed. Choose to have your ceremony on their beautifully landscaped grounds or inside the beautiful parlour. Dockside and seaside weddings are popular choices, too. The Inn has six all-inclusive wedding packages to choose from or a wedding coordinator will help tailor a package of your personal preferences.


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