You don’t need a passport to have your dream destination wedding. In North Carolina's Brunswick Islands, five unique barrier islands are filled with pristine beaches, charming accommodations for wedding parties and guests, delicious restaurants, and savvy wedding planners who make beach wedding planning a breeze for brides and grooms. Read on for a helpful list of everything from wedding venues to guest accommodations, so you can be sure your bases are covered as you begin planning your destination wedding. 

Choosing The Perfect Venue. 

Whether you prefer to walk down the aisle with sand beneath your feet as the ocean breeze catches your veil or you wish to celebrate with loved ones at a lavish reception that's filled with southern charm, the Brunswick Islands are sure to have the perfect scene for your dream wedding. From a picturesque beachfront ceremony at Ocean Isle Inn that offers an on-site wedding director, discounted group rates on rooms, and wedding packages, to an eclectic venue at Silver Coast Winery where guests can enjoy a picturesque vineyard, the venue options are endless in the Brunswick Islands. Need some inspiration? Visit our blog post for ideas and information about the different types of wedding venues our area has to offer. And, be sure to explore our full list of venues to get every detail necessary, from guest capacity to indoor/outdoor space, catering, and local accommodations. 

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Accommodations and Activities for Wedding Guests.

Two of the most common (and often unexpected) stressful parts of planning a beach wedding include selecting accommodations for guests and finding activities to keep guests entertained outside of the wedding. Rest assured, the Brunswick Islands offer a wide variety of accommodations and things to do that will please any wedding party and additional guests. From hotels and resorts to charming bed-and-breakfasts, our places to stay page will help you find lodging based on your desired style, size, and budget. The area is also filled with many types of fun attractions and activities to satisfy everyone’s interests. Guests can play golf, peruse antique shops and art galleries, go kayaking, or simply relax and unwind on the beach. With so many amazing options to choose from, you may want to schedule an outing for your entire party or simply let your guests fan out to explore on their own.  

Wedding Services – Planners, Photographers, Caterers, and More.  

Many (and sometimes an overwhelming amount) of details must come together to create your perfect wedding day, but our wedding services directory puts all of those details together by listing wedding planners, photographers, and caterers in the area directly at your fingertips. Our wedding professionals have received high ratings and rave reviews for their unique ability to take your style and add touches that bring your mind’s picture to life. And, due to the variety of people who call the islands home, we also have every possible service available locally, from boutiques and bakeries to musicians and DJs, seating and equipment rentals, limo services, and more.  

Logistics – Weather & Traveling.  

Weather is a huge factor for beach weddings and, although the Brunswick Islands remain temperate throughout most of the year, your preferred weather conditions are important to consider. We’ve laid out the average temperatures for each month of the year to help you plan for your optimal experience. Another important factor to consider is travel logistics. The beaches and towns of NC’s Brunswick Islands are conveniently located within driving distance of two international airports and many major southern and east coast cities. We have you covered with the average drive times from surrounding major cities and local airports laid out on our planning page

Beach Wedding Basics.  

There are a few general beach wedding tips that you should be aware of, especially if you have a more intimate reception and decide to forego one of the area’s expert wedding planners. Here are some important things to consider before you start planning your Brunswick Islands wedding.   

  1. Is the beach accessible to everyone?  

  1. Consider a sound system if you don’t want your vows to mix with the sound of waves.  

  1. Make sure your decor is windproof, especially your flower bouquets.  

  1. Is there enough shade for everyone? This one is particularly important if it’s a warm, sunny day.  

  1. Have refreshments on hand along with proper food storage to avoid spoiling.

  1. Select appropriate beach wedding attire.  

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Ready to start planning your dream destination wedding in North Carolina's Brunswick Islands? Our wedding page has everything you'll need to get started. And, be sure to check out our Official Wedding Guide which provides all of the wedding information you need in one convenient place.