What You Need to Know About a Wedding on the NC Coast

What You Need to Know About a Wedding on the NC Coast

Are you in search of a beach wedding destination on the breathtaking North Carolina coast where there are stunning shorelines, picturesque sunsets and idyllic beaches where nature's backdrop can be your wedding canvas? Then look no further. We've gathered up all of the wedding information and resources every soon-to-be bride and groom need to know to start planning the biggest day of your lives right here on the Crystal Coast of NC. 
In addition to the beautiful setting, you'll also find that the Crystal Coast is rich with wedding resources, venues and all the help you need to create the picture-perfect wedding of your dreams. Read on for everything you want and need to know to get started with planning your North Carolina beach wedding.

Marriage Requirements 

North Carolina Marriage Requirements     


Applications are accepted at Register of Deeds offices Monday-Friday. Times may vary by county, so it's best to call for hours of service. Here's what you need to know and what to bring with you for your NC marriage license application to be processed.

  • For couples wishing to marry, both individuals must be present when applying.
  • $60.00 cash payment due at time of application. (Some offices accept credit card payments, too.)
  • No physical required.
  • Immediately upon issuance, the license is valid for 60 days.
  •  Regardless of where your wedding is actually held in the state, you may use a license issued at any NC Register of Deeds office, but the license must be returned to the issuing office for filing. 
  • Divorced applicants must provide the date of their divorce and some counties will request an original or certified copy of the Divorce Decree. Because not all counties are uniform in their requirements, it is recommended that you call the office at which you intend to apply to learn of their specific requirements before you go.
  • Likewise, should either of the individuals applying not be American citizens, it is best to call the office at which you intend to apply for your license to learn what paperwork will be required of you. Please be sure to allow ample time in your planning if further paperwork is required as international mailing times can vary greatly.
Both applicants must present identification. Applicants age 21 years of age or older may use:

  • Current driver’s license
  • Current state ID card
  • Current passport
  • Current military ID
Applicants 20 years of age or younger must have a certified copy of their Birth Certificate and meet all requirements of their county. Both applicants must provide their Social Security numbers with verification through their Social Security Cards or W-2 Forms.



Click here for Carteret County Marriage License information. 

Bridal Shows, Fairs, & Other Events 

Bridal Shows, Fairs & Other Events

January is the month for all wedding events on the Crystal Coast of North Carolina. If you're a bride, a groom, or family of the couple-to-be, you might want to consider booking a January beach trip to the NC coast and take full advantage of these annual bridal shows and fairs. They are wonderful resources to assist you in your wedding planning and preparation for the big day.

Crystal Coast Bridal Fair

Brides-to-be don’t want to miss the largest bridal event on the Crystal Coast held annually at the Crystal Coast Civic Center in Morehead City, NC. Celebrating its 25th year this year, the Crystal Coast Bridal Fair brings together over 50 of the area’s top wedding professionals. Talk with wedding vendors on a one-to-one basis about the services and products they offer with zero pressure to purchase anything. Enjoy fashion shows featuring the latest trending styles in weddings. Sample delicious fare from the best caterers and see the work of top wedding photographers and florists. There’s live music, prizes, samples and discounts, too! You can read more about The Crystal Coast Bridal Fair here.

Crystal Coast Wedding Salon 

Another favorite bridal event on the coast of NC is the Crystal Coast Wedding Salon held each January at the Coral Bay Club in Atlantic Beach, NC. This isn't your average bridal show as it includes a full weekend of beach wedding planning with world-class vendors at the Wedding Showcase, a tour of the best wedding venues on the Crystal Coast in style by chauffeured limousine, mouthwatering samples from regional wedding caterers and bakers, and an after-party celebration. Whew, it's a full weekend of wedding planning fun for everyone. You can read everything you need to know about The Crystal Coast Wedding Salon here. 


Wedding Venues 

Wedding Venues on the Crystal Coast

With so many gorgeous choices for wedding locations on the Crystal Coast of North Carolina, you're sure to find the ideal spot for this most special day. Wedding venues span the spectrum and include both land and sea options, all with beautiful backdrops to make your wedding day setting complete. This is not a comprehensive list, but here are some of the most popular and locally loved wedding venue options here on the coast. 

Beaches of the Crystal Coast

Beaufort Historic Site

Core Sound Waterfowl Museum

Crystal Coast Civic Center

Fort Macon State Park

Golf Courses & Country Clubs

The History Place

NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores

NC Maritime Museum

Parks & Community Centers

The Train Depot

Wedding Cruises

Yacht Wedding


Event Planners & Wedding Consultants 

Event Planners & Wedding Consultants

Don't go it alone! Planning the biggest day of your life can be a little overwhelming. Allow our Crystal Coast wedding professionals to guide you every step of the way as you turn your dreams of a beach wedding into a lovely reality. Take the burden off of your shoulders and place it in the capable hands of our area wedding experts who will make your wedding planning as stress-free and easy as it can be. Here are a few suggestions for local wedding consultants, event planners and other bridal resources.

Bridal by the Sea

Crystal Coast Bride

Total Package Events

Vintage Weddings & Garden Estates


Wedding Services & Professionals 

Wedding Services & Professionals

When it comes to getting married, there are so many small details that make a big impact on the success of your wedding day. From your dress to your venue and from the food and drink to the entertainment, these are only a few of the finer details of your big day. Lucky for you, the Crystal Coast has an abundant selection of wedding services and capable professionals that will guarantee happy memories to last you a lifetime. 

There are clergy, florists, catering, gowns and tuxedos, rental suppliers, entertainment and photographers to plan for. Oh my! Don't worry, you can find a helpful list of Crystal Coast wedding services and professionals right here to get you started.


Beach Rentals and Accommodations 

Beach Vacation Rentals & Group Accommodations

Let Sun-Surf Realty take care of your beach vacation rental needs when it comes to providing large, group accommodations for your guests, family and friends who are traveling in to town. Peruse these large, family-friendly vacation rentals suited just for these occasions.


Beach Wedding FAQs 

Beach Wedding FAQs

We truly hope you've found this article helpful for giving you everything you need to know about planning a wedding on the coast of North Carolina, specifically the Emerald Isle and greater Crystal Coast region. You may have a few more questions, so we've included some Frequently Asked Questions about NC beach weddings and the answers you need. Of course, feel free to contact us if you have any other inquiries.

Q: What specific beach rules and regulations do I need to know about when planning a Crystal Coast beach wedding?

A: Here's where you can find helpful information on beach weddings in Atlantic Beach, Emerald Isle and Fort Macon.

Q: What's the best timeline for planning a destination wedding?

A: You can use this wedding timeline to assist you with your planning and guide you on what you need to do and when. 

Q: Is there a beach wedding checklist I can use?

A: Yes! We've already created a downloadable, printable wedding checklist for your convenience.

Have we missed anything in your search for information on planning a beach wedding on the coast of North Carolina? Feel free to let us know! We value your input and your readership. Cheers to beach weddings in beautiful destinations!

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