Getting Married on the Outer Banks, NC

Your Outer Banks Wedding

The Outer Banks of North Carolina has quickly become a top location for a destination wedding.  For some, the experience is a combination of being married in a special place entwined with a time of vacation and play with family and guests. For others, it is the beautiful scenery of being married along the oceanfront, at a sound front home, at a favorite lighthouse or historic attraction. 

Those who are not familiar with the Outer Banks should consider a wedding coordinator who lives and is familiar with local government regulations and who has the business contacts to ensure a perfect event.  A list of wedding consultants and service providers can be found in the chamber’s on-line business directory, on the Outer Banks Wedding Associations's and

NC Marriage License Information:

Both bride and groom must present identification. Please review the Identification requirements which may vary per age available at or 

1. Marriage License:

a) The license is good immediately upon issuance and is valid for 60 days. You can get your license in any county in the state of North Carolina and get married anywhere in the state of North Carolina, but it is very important to return the marriage license to the issuing county within 10 days after the marriage ceremony. The fee for the marriage license is $60.00. (Cash, checks, or money orders are accepted at most facilities but verify)

There are no justices of the peace in North Carolina.

For the complete set of rules or to contact a magistrate:
*Dare County or  (252)475-5970.   If you plan to be married by a Magistrate, please contact Dare County at 252-475-9228 or Currituck County at  252-232-3404 for information regarding the office hours and other information regarding the ceremony and fees. 

Dare County also offers a Marriage Kiosk: 

*Currituck County  or  (252)232-3297.
*Ocracoke Island or (252)926-4198.

There must be 2 witnesses to any ceremony whether it is civil or religious.

The job of your officiant, minister or magistrate is to sign your marriage license and return it to the location in which you received it.  This is the official record of your marriage.  Certified copies can be obtained from the Register of Deeds office.

There are several spectacular places on the Outer Banks to get married or “pop the question”.  In addition to a traditional church wedding, other people have used some of these notable places:

 On Roanoke Island: The Elizabethan Gardens, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island, Manteo Waterfront, Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse, sound front housing communities

 The North Beaches of Duck & Corolla: Whalehead in Historic Corolla, The Currituck Lighthouse, large oceanfront homes, a vineyard, hotels and resorts, The Duck Town Park

 Nags Head, Kill Devil Hills, Kitty Hawk: The sunset on Jockeys Ridge State Park, an airplane from the Wright Brothers Memorial, a pier, a gazebo, aboard a large boat or yacht, or at an oceanfront rental home

Hatteras & Ocracoke Islands: Pea Island Refuge, Chicamacomico Lifesaving Station, Salvo Day Use Area, Haul Over/Canadian Hole, Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum, Ocracoke Lighthouse, Springer's Point,  sound front housing communities, large oceanfront homes & hotels, a pier, a gazebo, aboard a large boat or yacht

*The National Park Service can be contacted at 252-473-2111 for beach permits and fees.

Need additional information, call our chamber office at (252)441-8144. 8:30 am – 5:00 pm, Monday-Friday.

Photo Courtesy of Coastal Shots and Roanoke Island Festival Park  

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