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As a romantic destination, the Outer Banks has become one of the top locations for destination weddings. Whether saying, “I do” with sand between your toes, or making your union official in front of a lighthouse, the Outer Banks can provide just the setting you are looking for to begin your happily ever after. Love is special and so should be the place where you exchange your vows and bring family and friends together in celebration. The Outer Banks is renowned for its beach weddings and island receptions. Affordable venues and memorable locations make this the ideal destination for a destination wedding.

As one of the hot spots for destination weddings in the U.S., there are several things to keep in mind. First, with the popularity of the Outer Banks, couples should try and start planning their weddings at least a year in advance due to the competition for venues and vendors. The good news is, because of the popularity of events here, couples have a huge range of wedding professionals to chose from that can handle every aspect of the big day.

When it is time to make it official, marriage licenses are issued by the Register of Deeds located in Manteo. Both parties must be present at the office to apply for the license. The following items must be presented:

  • A picture ID
  • Social Security card or another certificate with your social security number listed, such as a W2 form or old pay stub
  • Birth certificate if under 21
  • If previously married, divorce papers with Judge’s signature

The cost of a marriage license is $60 and good for 60 days after issuance. The Register of Deeds can be reached at (252) 475-5970, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The office is closed holidays and weekends. Dare County uses a local magistrate instead of a justice of the peace to perform wedding ceremonies. These ceremonies are performed in the magistrate’s office in Manteo on Driftwood Drive, (252) 475-9228. A marriage license application can be filled out at locations throughout the state of North Carolina and can be used anywhere within the state.

Please contact the town in which your ceremony will be held regarding any additional permits or restrictions.

Town of Duck – (252) 255-1234

Town of Southern Shores – (252) 261-2394

Town of Kitty Hawk – (252) 261-3552

Town of Kill Devil Hills – (252) 449-5300

Town of Nags Head – (252) 441-5508

Town of Manteo – (252) 473-2133

Cape Hatteras National Seashore Recreational Area – (252) 473-2111

If you are planning a wedding in Corolla or Ocracoke, remember, those areas are not located in Dare County. You will need to contact the Currituck County Register of Deeds for Corolla, at (252) 232-3297. For Ocracoke, the Hyde County Register of Deeds can be reached at (252) 926-3011.

An Outer Banks wedding is a memorable event for all those involved. Guests will love your choice of locale, and you’ll love the friendly, small-town atmosphere and helpful, professional wedding service providers.

For more information, or to start your planning, visit the Outer Banks Visitor Bureau here.

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