FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

From beach wedding permits to visitor guide requests and recommendations for venues, here’s our list of most frequently asked questions and answers about hosting a wedding or reunion in Wilmington and our Island Beaches.

1.  Does the CVB provide Visitors Guides and Guide Maps?

Yes, the services manager can provide copies of the Visitors Guide and Guide Map to the bride and her guests at no charge. The services manager can also provide you with a Wedding and Reunions Resources list to assist you in planning your special day or event.

2.  Can I get married on Carolina, Kure or Wrightsville Beach?

Carolina Beach does not require permits for beach weddings, however, tents and chairs are not permitted.  For more information, call the Carolina Beach Parks & Recreation department at 910-458-7416.

Kure Beach allows weddings on the beach, however, no chairs or tents are permitted.  For more information, call the Kure Beach Police Department at 910-458-7586.

Wrightsville Beach requires a special event permit application for weddings. The three full-service hotels at Wrightsville Beach, Blockade-Runner Beach Resort, Holiday Inn Resort and Shell Island Resort, will arrange for your wedding to take place in front of their oceanfront properties. However, if you would like to be married at the south inlet public gazebo or other public beach locations, call the Wrightsville Beach Parks & Recreation Department at 910-256-7925.

3. I'm looking for a unique location for my bridal shower, wedding, rehearsal dinner, or reunion. What venues are available?

Wilmington and our island beaches offer several unique locations for a truly memorable event. Several unique locations include:

  • B&Bs/Inns
  • Beaches
  • Boats/Sailing Charters
  • Chapels
  • Historic Mansions
  • Museums/Aquariums
  • Public Gardens/Parks

4.  What requirements do I need to meet to get married in North Carolina?

You do not have to be a resident of North Carolina to be married here, but you do need a license. You can get one from the Register of Deeds office in any county in North Carolina. There is no waiting period, blood test or physical exam and once issued, the license is valid for 60 days.

In New Hanover County and Wilmington, you can apply for a marriage license at the Register of Deeds office at 320 Chestnut Street, Suite 120 in downtown Wilmington or the satellite office at 230 Government Center, Suite 185. Hours of operation are 8am – 5pm. 910-798-4530. Fee for a license is currently $60.

For more information contact:

Karen Warren
Visitor Services
800-222-4757, ext. 119