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 underway.
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 877-287-7488.
Facilities 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 details (252-232-6027).
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 Currituck County.
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.