Outer Banks Weddings

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Weddings in Outer Banks

A beach wedding is a beautiful and romantic way to celebrate your relationship and the love you have for your spouse. The sound of the waves, the smell of the ocean air, and the sight of the endless horizon create a truly magical atmosphere. If you're dreaming of a beach wedding, there are a few things you need to know to plan the perfect day.

Outer Banks Wedding Venues

The first step in planning a beach wedding is to choose a venue location for the ceremony.  Hatteras Island beaches are the perfect wedding destination due to the smaller crowds and more natural setting.  You'll have several options to choose from along this 50-mile island. Once you've chosen a location, you'll need to decide on the date and time of your wedding.

The Knot is a great resource when locating a wedding venue in the Outer Banks since it lets you filter venues on the island by price, capacity, outdoor space, and more.

Some vacation homes in the Outer Banks have private docks where you can hold your wedding.  Or, a popular option is to hold your wedding on the beach itself.  An oceanfront vacation home that allows events is a good choice for a beach wedding.

Beachfront Wedding Ceremony

Outer Banks NC Wedding Expectations

When planning a beach wedding, it's important to be aware of the weather. Beach weddings are typically held in the spring or fall, when the weather is mild. However, even in the off-season, there's always a chance of rain or wind. It's a good idea to have a backup plan in case of bad weather.  You might want to book a large vacation home which could accommodate your party.  You could also look for multiple adjacent large homes such as Seas the Breeze I & Seas the Breeze II.  Each of these homes sleeps up to 24 guests.  Rent both homes for your wedding party up to 48 people combined.

How Much Do Outer Banks Weddings Cost?

The cost of a beach wedding will vary depending on the location, the number of guests, and the amenities you choose. However, in general, beach weddings are more expensive than weddings held in other venues.  A small wedding could only be a few hundred dollars if needed.  As with many things in life, you can also spend as much as your budget allows.

How Many Outer Banks Wedding Guests Should You Invite?

The number of guests you invite will depend on the size of the beach you choose and your budget. If you're having a small wedding, you may be able to get away with having it on a public beach. However, if you're having a larger wedding, you may be better off with a private venue.

Wedding House Rentals

If you're having a wedding in the Outer Banks, you'll need to find a place to stay for you and your guests. There are many vacation rentals available near beaches, so you'll have plenty of options to choose from.  Look for a home large enough to fit your guests.  There are also some adjacent homes designed for large events such as such as Seas the Breeze I & Seas the Breeze II in Avon, NC.

Beach Wedding Couple

Outer Banks Wedding Checklist

When planning your Outer Banks Wedding, don't forget these items:

  1. Who will provide the cake?
  2. Do you need wedding equipment rentals?
  3. Find a professional Outer Banks wedding photographer.
  4. Choose beach-friendly wedding attire for you and your guests.  This includes dresses, shoes, hair, makeup, etc.
  5. Hatteras Island is home to some of the best beach vacation rentals.  Find a vacation home(s) that fits your wedding needs.
  6. Do you plan to hire other professionals such as a wedding singer?
  7. How will you set up a honeymoon fund?

Outer Banks Wedding Considerations

When planning a beach wedding, there are a few things you need to consider. These include:

  • The weather
  • The number of guests
  • The location
  • The amenities
  • Your budget


Planning a beach wedding can be a lot of work, but it's worth it for the magical memories you'll create. By following these tips, you can plan the perfect beach wedding for you and your loved ones.

Here are some additional tips for planning a beach wedding:

  • Choose a beach that is not too crowded.
  • Consider the time of day for your wedding. Morning or evening weddings are often more pleasant than afternoon weddings.
  • Make sure you have a backup plan in case of bad weather.
  • Decorate with natural elements, such as shells, sea glass, and driftwood.
  • Serve light and refreshing food and drinks.
  • End your evening with a bonfire on the beach.

I hope this blog post has helped you plan your beach wedding. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

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