The Outer Banks is quickly becoming a popular wedding location.
Destination weddings, however, require a little more planning than a
traditional wedding. These tips will help to get your wedding plans
Notify your guests early of the wedding date. Although the standard
notification time is six weeks, most guests will need additional time to
make travel arrangements. Include information about accommodations and
activities in the area. The Tourism Department can provide you with
visitor information for all your guests free of charge; contact us at
book up early, so don't waste time or you may not get the location you
want. If you are planning on an outdoor ceremony, be sure to have a
secondary rain location in mind. If you are planning a beach ceremony
in Currituck County, there is no written permit required. However, the
following regulations apply:
Guests must park within designated parking areas. Carpooling or
private shuttle is recommended. For weddings held at vacation rental
homes, only the allowable number of vehicles may park in the driveways.
Amplified music and public address systems must not violate the county's noise ordinance.
Structures on the beach (tents, chairs, alters, flower
containers, tables, ropes, etc.) must not block beach patrol lifeguards
or other emergency responders. Structures and other items are required
to be removed from the site immediately following the event. 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.
Tents measuring over 200 square feet may be required to be
inspected by the Currituck County Fire Marshal. Permits may be obtained
at the Currituck County Inspections Department, 153 Courthouse Rd.,
Currituck (252-232-3378) or 1223 Ocean Trail, Corolla (252-453-8555).
Affixing signage or ribbons to public buildings, property, signs, poles or plants is prohibited.
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 must exercise care to avoid disturbing wildlife and
vegetation. Visitors, photographers and weddings are not permitted in
undisturbed dune areas. Note: There is an ordinance prohibiting people
from getting closer than 50 feet to the wild horses.
Pets are allowed at beach weddings; however, they must be on a leash and under the control of the owner at all times.
Fireworks and open burning (including bonfires) are not allowed along the beaches.
Weddings with 100 or more guests may be required to obtain a
Mass Gatherings Permit. Call the Currituck County Planning Office for
Keep your wedding location in mind when choosing footwear; high heeled
shoes may not be the best choice if attendants are walking on the beach
or in soft grass. Guests who are elderly or disabled may have
difficulty. Be aware, there are no wheelchair accessible beaches in
If you choose a beach location, be sure you are near a public parking
lot or select a vacation home with an adequate driveway. Currituck
Heritage Park, inns and hotels, churches, restaurants, and other typical
wedding locations should have sufficient parking.
Schedule a pre-wedding trip to the Currituck Outer Banks to scope things
out. The Outer Banks Wedding Expo is held in January; this would be
an excellent time to visit and meet local service providers. It is also
a good time to arrange a hair and make-up consultation with a local beautician.