There is nothing quite like having the salt breeze in your hair, and the sounds of the ocean in the background on your wedding day. But the towns in the Outer Banks each have different requirements to have a ceremony on their beaches. If you are renting a house on the OBX, and you plan to host your ceremony there, be sure to ask your rental agent if there are any permits or policies you need to be aware of ahead of time.
Town of Kitty Hawk: Application is required for weddings with 50 or more people in attendance. There is no fee. Application must be received no less than 15 working days before the event. www.townofkittyhawk.org (see Forms & Information/Outdoor Gathering Permit)
Town of Kill Devil Hills: Contact Donna Elliott (252) 449-5310
Town of Nags Head: A permit is not required for ceremonies on the beach; however, guests should observe the “no parking” signs on S. Virginia Dare Trail and South Old Oregon Inlet Rd. Alcohol may not be served on the beach. Tents are not allowed on the beach, in order to maintain clear access by beach patrol lifeguards. Forty chairs are allowed on the beach during ceremonies. Reception tents over 400 sq. ft. must be inspected by Nags Head Fire & Rescue; call (252) 441-5909.
Cape Hatteras National Seashore, which includes beaches south of South Nags Head: Event permit is required. Cost: $100. Application must be received 30 days in advance of event. No flowers, garlands, arches or rice/birdseed are allowed; only chairs for handicapped persons are allowed. www.nps.gov/caha/planyourvisit/wedding-permits.htm
Currituck County (includes Corolla and the 4-WD Beaches): No event application is required; however, if a tent will be erected, an application for a Tent Permit is required: http://co.currituck.nc.us/pdf/form-planning/temporary-use-permit.pdf. Tent application fee: $50. Temporary tents designed for less than 50 people located on residential properties do not require a temporary tent permit.