With 45 miles of unspoiled beaches, you’re never without a “something blue” for your wedding. Whether your ideal setup is an intimate micro-wedding on the beach walking down the aisle with sand between your toes or eloping at the top of a lighthouse overlooking the water, you can find the ideal venue for any wedding in North Carolina’s Brunswick Islands.
The five barrier islands and coastal towns that make up North Carolina’s Brunswick Islands offer numerous unique wedding venues sure to make your big day memorable. No surprise here, but my favorite venue option for couples on their wedding day is right on the beach! With six to choose from, there’s a beach fit for every bride and groom in the Brunswick Islands.
Beach House Weddings
If an intimate wedding, surrounded by family and the closest of friends, is your dream, consider renting a generous-sized beach house. Every detail of your special day can be focused on the moment the bride and groom exchange vows in a homelike setting, on a deck overlooking the ocean or on the front porch of a beautiful southern beach cottage.
Feeling spontaneous and looking to elope? The sky is the limit! In North Carolina, the only requirements for a wedding are an officiant, two witnesses and the happy couple! Adventurous couples can trek to the Oak Island Lighthouse, which was the last lighthouse to be built in North Carolina. Switch out those wedding heels for sneakers and climb to the top for a truly unique wedding with a spectacular view out over the water that can be seen for miles.
For those looking to hold a micro-wedding with loved ones at a more “official” venue there are many options to consider including the Silver Coast Winery, The Barn at Rock Creek, Brick Landing Venue, Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson Historic Site, Ingram Planetarium or the Museum of Coastal Carolina.
About Brunswick Islands
The 45 miles of untouched and uncrowded beaches include six beautiful beaches stretched across five barrier islands. Most beaches are pet-friendly. The five barrier islands include plenty of charming coastal towns along the southernmost coast of North Carolina between Myrtle Beach and Wilmington.
Visitors can choose from bed and breakfasts, inns, or one of hundreds of rental homes for their stay depending on the size of their party – many places are on the water and include private docks for docking your boat.
Many local restaurants offer scenic views, and some also have private docks for pulling up on your boat for your meal. Seafood is about as fresh as it can be with many restaurants receiving a fresh catch from boats in the nearby vicinity. In addition to great food there is also Makai Brewing and 34 Degree North Experiment Station for delicious craft beers and Silver Coast Winery for award-winning wine.
Recently, Sunset Beach was on National Geographic’s List of 21 Best beaches in the World. Southport was recently named one of America’s happiest seaside towns and is home to the filming locations of multiple Nicholas Sparks films. The small fishing town of Calabash is the Seafood Capital of the World.