Say Yes to an Outer Banks Beach Wedding

Outer Banks Wedding
Have you recently said yes? Are you wondering where to have your wedding? How about an Outer Banks beach wedding! There are over a hundred miles of pristine beaches, loads of local resources, and an easy to reach location from almost anywhere. We have the perfect place for your special day.  However, we don't want you to just take our word for it. Take a look at the video below to get an idea of just how beautiful and special an OBX beach wedding can be. We don't want to brag, but we think its hard to beat the beauty of the OBX. 

Don't Leave Home Without It: North Carolina Marriage License

North Carolina like all states requires a marriage license be obtained before to the big day. Here is what you need to know to obtain a marriage license. You can obtain a marriage license in any county, but you will need to return to that county to have it filed after the wedding. Both applicants must apply in person and be 18 years of age or older. Underage marriage is permitted under special conditions. Applicants must provide social security numbers pay a fee of $60.00 in a cash, certified check, or money order.

OBX Wedding Fest

Looking for all the latest vendors, wedding ideas, and unique features of planning an OBX wedding? On August 26, 2018, join the Outer Banks Wedding Assoc. for their OBX Wedding Fest which features dozens of caterers, officiants, DJs, photographers, florists, and much more. Click here for details.

Elan Military Discount Program 

North Carolina is home to several of the nations largest military bases, as is Virginia just to the north of us. Here at Elan, we understand North Carolina may not be home, but we are proud of our service members who both serve and/or vacation here on the OBX. So if you've decided to tie the knot here, please take a moment to check out our Military Discount Program which offers 5% off the base rental rate of participating properties. Just another great reason to have a beach wedding!

Three Amazing Places To Say Yes

With so many great places to choose from it might bet a little overwhelming trying to choose just the right place to say yes. Here are three spectacular choices that you can't go wrong with. 

Roanoke Island Festival Park 

This incredible park offers one of the best settings on the Outer Banks for a wedding. The park can handle big or small weddings. Parking is included in the price. Please note you do need to have a wedding planner to lease this venue.

Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station

In the quiet village of Rodanthe, on Hatteras Island you'll find the historic Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station. This wonderful historic setting is the perfect place to say yes. 

Elizabethan Gardens 

With its beautiful grounds, colorful plantings, classic sculpture and serene Outer Banks location. The Elizabethan Gardens is an unforgettable location for your wedding. The gardens can accommodate large or small wedding parties. 

The Essential Wedding Checklist 

In reality you can make a wedding checklist with a hundred items and you probably should. But hey, this is the beach, and whether you are having a small gathering of your closest friends or inviting your closest five-hundred friends there are a few critical items you have to do to make sure the day ends in an "I do" and not a disappointment. We've all been to weddings, and no matter how well you plan your event things can get overlooked. Here are ten essential items that a noted wedding planner suggested. With this list, you're sure to avoid the biggest pitfalls of the day. Don't worry, no matter what, at the end of the day a beach wedding is a great wedding. 


Marriage license-Let's face it, without this nothing happens. Sadly some couples forget this important step. 

Restrooms-Beach vacations can present a challenge, but not having restrooms for guests isn't one you want. Make sure to take this into account when planning a beach wedding.

Parking-Make sure you've addressed parking issues. Is there enough? Will you need valets? Is there handicap parking available? All these things are important to address before the big day. 

Rings-We've all seen it happen in the movies, but it does happen in reality as well. Make sure to have one person in charge of keeping the rings.

Photographer-Make sure to interview your photographer, to discuss the pictures you want well before the big day.

Reserve Your Location Early-Nothing is worse than having the perfect mate and being unable to have your wedding at your dream location because you didn't book early.

Invitations-A wedding planner mentioned a wedding nightmare. The new couple forgot to send out the invitations. It just slipped through the cracks. Hey, it happens.

Food-We all love food, so make sure you've considered this carefully and interviewed your caterer to make your wishes known. 

The Dress-On the big day make sure to have someone in charge of the dress. Making sure it is clean and pressed, and above all, that it actually gets to the wedding destination.

The Official- Whether you are having a justice of the peace or a religious wedding make sure to give them a friendly reminder a few days ahead of time. One nightmare story shared with us was the minister forgot to arrive. It was an honest mistake, he just forgot.


Print Your Beach Wedding Check List

If planning your wedding is getting stressful, let us help you relieve at least one small part of the wedding planning. Our friendly staff can help you take the stress out of finding the perfect OBX vacation home for you and homes for all your wedding party. Give our reservationists a call at (866) 760-3526 or go online by clicking the button below. 

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