WEDDINGS & HONEYMOONS
IN NORTHEASTERN NORTH CAROLINA
Your wedding will be unforgettable, here on the Currituck Outer Banks. The excitement has just begun to set in, and the planning has started. This is the day you’ve dreamed of since you were a child. So, on this special day, everything needs to be just right. The dress, the pictures, the cake, the invitations... the setting must be magical.
Breathtaking seascapes, spectacular sunsets and unspoiled beaches make the Currituck Outer Banks the ideal setting for your unforgettable day. Visualize the two of you hand-inhand on the beach, sea breezes blowing and waves gently rolling; or pledging eternal love surrounded by friends and family with the historic Currituck Beach Lighthouse majestically standing guard.
Follow your heart to the perfect wedding destination: North Carolina’s Currituck Outer Banks.
A wedding ceremony is one of the most beautiful and important celebrations of our lives. It is a ceremony that deserves a memorable setting, and the Currituck Outer Banks offers the perfect surroundings for any style of wedding the bride and groom may have in mind. Whether the couple is seeking a traditional church wedding, a sunset or beach-side wedding, or even a simpler ceremony in a home setting, there is sure to be a perfect match on the Currituck Outer Banks.
The interdenominational Corolla Chapel has been a part of Outer Banks life since its founding in 1885. Still retaining much of its original look and feel, the church recalls a simpler time, and the parsonage is able to handle larger wedding parties.
One of the most spectacular settings on the Outer Banks is the timeless roaring 20s era Art Nouveau architectural masterpiece known as Whalehead in Historic Corolla. This storied house museum is located in the heart of Historic Corolla on 39 acres within Historic Corolla Park. Whalehead features beautifully manicured lawns, a historic wooden footbridge and a gazebo overlooking the Currituck Sound. The Currituck Beach Lighthouse also makes for a stunning backdrop, and, like Whalehead, features breathtaking views and an awe inspiring natural setting.
On the Currituck Mainland, views of the Currituck sound give way to glorious wide-open expanses, southern hospitality and rustic charm. The CCRC (Currituck County Rural Center) offers all this and more, as do several mainland golf clubs and vineyards located on or around the majestic Currituck Sound.
The Outer Banks Wedding Association Weekend Expo is held each year and features a variety of activities including:
• The Wedding Tour, a self-guided tour of many of the reception and ceremony sites available on the Outer Banks.
• A welcome reception and fashion show for brides and other attendees.
• Exhibits of over 200 Outer Banks wedding vendors available to help you plan your dream wedding.
For more information on The Outer Banks Wedding Association Expo, please visit obxwa.com.
Spectacular sunsets, pristine beaches, and majestic historical attractions provide unforgettable back-drops for a magical wedding ceremony. Before selecting the ideal location and vendors for your nuptials, consider the following when planning your wedding:
Schedule a pre-wedding trip to the Currituck Outer Banks to visit ceremony and reception sites. Reserve your chosen location as early as possible; many venues book up fast. Meet with local wedding vendors; these “experts” can help you navigate the wedding planning process. If you plan to hold your wedding outdoors, have an alternate plan ready.
Send “Save the Date” notices far in advance of your wedding. This will give your guests and family members time to make travel and lodging arrangements.
There are many experienced wedding professionals on the Outer Banks including caterers, florists, wedding cake designers, musicians, equipment rental companies and more. You can search for available vendors online at VisitCurrituck.com/weddings. With stunning natural beauty and a relaxed way of life, the Currituck Outer Banks is the perfect place to combine your destination wedding with a romantic honeymoon getaway. Let your imagination run wild, and enjoy planning your big day.
The sweeping, magnificent grounds of Historic Corolla Park and nostalgic streets of Corolla Village host some of the finest celebrations on the Eastern seaboard. In the park, thirty-nine acres of spacious waterfront lawn offers spectacular views of the Currituck Sound.
The park is a photographer’s dream location, with unforgettable sunsets and incredible natural beauty.
The Currituck Beach Lighthouse towers in the background, and Whalehead, a beautifully restored 1920’s era historic home, is a focal point in the park. The house, along with a historic footbridge and boathouse, provide a wonderful backdrop for both weddings and receptions.
For more information, please visit these websites: whaleheadwedding.com, corollachapel.com and obcinc.org.Corolla Chapel Whalehead
The Currituck Outer Banks offers a wide variety of vacation rental homes that may be used for wedding ceremonies, ranging in size from two-bedroom cottages to homes that can sleep as many as 50 people. Several of the rental homes include elevators, gourmet kitchens, sweeping staircases, pools and theater rooms. Smaller homes can host intimate weddings, while larger homes can accommodate extended family and friends.
Corolla offers lavish event homes ranging from 14–28 bedrooms with 7904–20,697 sq feet of living space. Many of these home’s amenities include enormous rooms with spectacular ocean views, as well as expansive decks overlooking the Atlantic. For information on vacation rental homes suitable for weddings, please contact one of the area’s property management companies.
Marriage licenses can be obtained at the Register of Deeds office on the mainland: Judicial Center–2801 Caratoke Highway, Suite 300, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday, excluding holidays, 252.232.3297.
Please note that marriage licenses will not be issued after 4 p.m.
Marriage licenses may also be obtained in any county in North Carolina. A marriage license is valid for sixty (60) days. There is no waiting period before or after obtaining a marriage license. Physical examinations are no longer required.
Any ordained minister can conduct a marriage ceremony on the Currituck Outer Banks. The officiant does not need a special license to perform a ceremony in North Carolina. Magistrates can also perform marriage ceremonies; you can reach a Currituck County magistrate by calling 252.232.6219.
There is no written permit required for weddings held on public beaches in Currituck County; however, if you will have 100 or more guests in attendance, a mass gathering permit may be required. Permit office number is 252.232.6027.
Yes, however, structures on the beach (tents, chairs, altars, tables, flower containers, ropes, etc.)
MUST NOT block beach patrol lifeguards, emergency responders, or the public vehicular lanes. Structures and other items are required to be removed from the site immediately following the event. Tents measuring over 200 square feet may be required to be inspected by the Currituck County Fire Marshal. Permits can be obtained at the Currituck County Inspections Dept., 153 Courthouse Rd., Currituck: 252.232.3378 or
1223 Ocean Trail, Corolla: 252.453.8555.
For weddings held in the four-wheel-drive area, vehicles must not be parked as to inhibit the flow of traffic. The shoreline and the dune line are designated Fire, Emergency and Vehicular traffic lanes; parking in these areas is prohibited. Guests must park within designated parking areas. Carpooling or private shuttle is recommended. For more information on obtaining a permit, visit parkingonthebeach.com. For weddings held at vacation rental homes, only the allowable number of vehicles may park in the driveways.
All trash must be placed in trash containers. If the site does not have containers, or if trash volume exceeds container capacity, trash must be bagged and removed from the site.
Guests should exercise care to avoid disturbing wildlife and vegetation. People are not permitted in undisturbed dune areas. Also note: there is an ordinance prohibiting people from getting closer than 50 feet to the wild horses.
Fireworks and open burning (including bonfires) are not allowed along the beaches.
Furry family members at weddings are more popular than ever with dogs and even cats playing roles as ring bearers, flower “girls,” and welcome hosts. With a little preparation, you can plan a wedding on the Currituck Outer Banks that is fun for your family, friends, and pets.
In Currituck County, dogs are welcome on the beach as long as they are leashed. Cats are not subject to this requirement, but must be in the control of their owner at all times.
Amplified music and public address systems must not violate the county’s noise ordinance. Affixing signage or ribbons to public buildings, property, signs, poles or plants is prohibited.
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Corolla Visitor Center
500 Hunt Club Drive, Corolla, NC • 252.453.9612
( At Ocean Club Centre, 3 miles south of TimBuck II Shopping Center)
Currituck County Welcome Center
106 Caratoke Highway, Moyock, NC • 252.435.2947
( At the North Carolina/Virginia State Line)