weddings on the Crystal Coast

Venue Locations

Each year, hundreds of brides and grooms choose North Carolina's Crystal Coast for their big day, and we want to help make your "I do!" as special as possible. Learn more about your Crystal Coast wedding.

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275 Old Hwy 58, Cape Carteret, NC 28584, United States

(252) 222-5836


Core Sound Waterfowl Museum

Core Sound welcomes events of all kinds – weddings, receptions, anniversary gatherings, community fund-raisers, homecoming celebrations, meetings and conferences.  We love sharing our facility and grounds with friends and family who would like to add a “taste of Down East” to their event.  Rental fees also help us sustain our year-round operation, bring new visitors to our museum and allow us another way to serve our community, so thank you for your interest and support of the museum by holding your special occasions with us.

The maximum seating capacity for any event shall be no more than four hundred (350) theatre style or two hundred fifty (250) banquet style. The seating area shall be confined to the Community Hall area. The maximum attendance for any event shall be no more than five hundred (450).

We look forward to working with you to make your experience the best ever!

1785 Island Road, Harkers Island, NC 28531, United States

(252 ) 728-1500


Beaufort Historic Site

Located in the heart of historic Beaufort-by-the-Sea, a charming and picturesque coastal North Carolina seaport, the Beaufort Historic Site offers a spacious outdoor venue in which to hold your wedding, reception, or other memorable celebration! The Beaufort Historic Site transports guests back in time, offering not only the perfect setting for your celebration, but also tours and activities for guests of all ages. The two-acre site provides a beautiful backdrop for your celebration, whether under the shade of the magnolia trees or classic white tents, or inside the the  Carteret County Courthouse c. 1796, which has recently been restored in award-winning detail.

A popular extra for those holding their wedding or other big event on the North Carolina coast is the Beaufort Historic Site’s vintage red English double decker bus. Gather your wedding party and other guests for a special tour of the town atop our bus which can carry up to 72 people! Even if you’re not holding your wedding or big event at the Beaufort Historic Site, the red double decker bus is available for rental, and has been used for transporting guests to wedding receptions at nearby North Carolina beaches, etc.

150 Turner Street, Beaufort, NC 28516, United States

(252) 728-5225|(252) 728-5225


Crystal Coast Civic Center

Let us find the perfect place to celebrate the biggest day of your life! Imagine the possibilities at one of the most amazing views of the Crystal Coast with the most affordable prices Carteret County has to offer.

The Crystal Coast Civic Center located right off of Highway 70 provides over 11, 000 square feet of ballroom space for your fairytale Coastal wedding reception. The wind swept oaks at the entrance and the Intra Coastal Waterway at the back door provides an impressive atmosphere for any event. Choose from four custom-tailored wedding packages fit for your special day.

Accommodates up to 1000
Banquet seating- 600-850
Wedding reception- 500

3505 Arendell Street, Morehead City, NC 28557, United States

(252) 247-3883 | (888) 899-6088


Celebration Cottage

We are now the only public oceanfront beach venue in Atlantic Beach. Celebration Cottage is the sister to our restaurant, Island Grille, ensuring that food and service are always the center of our focus. Menus are personal, ceilings are dripping with chandeliers. All around is a warm salty breeze, crashing waves and a handful of skillful people who are there to make your very special day truly exceptional. Let your imagination run barefoot…

At Celebration Cottage you can relax while planning your biggest day so far..

Our one price all inclusive package includes a full day’s use of the cottage including access to two dressing suites. Unlimited Planning services including vendor referrals, floor plans, set up, breakdown & execution of your timeline. Tables and chairs for up to 100 guests. Fine china, menu planning sessions, a full menu including appetizers, salads, entree and sides, linens, wedding cake, servers, taxes, permits..

You just bring the flowers, the band, the photographer and the dress.

This is personal attention, just when you need it most.


(910) 467-7717


1316 Hibbs Road, Newport, NC 28570, United States

(252) 726-8986 | (252) 241-9629


Islander Hotel & Resort

Offering oceanfront ceremonies, receptions, and suites on the Crystal Coast Beaches of Emerald Isle.

As Emerald Isle’s only ocean front hotel, the Islander Hotel & Resort offers a unique setting for your destination wedding. With the Atlantic Ocean as your backdrop, your guests will enjoy not only your ocean-side ceremony, but also a delectable cocktail on the terrace and an elegant reception on the paved patio. When the night ends, simply walk to your suite. With 100 rooms to choose from, the stress of travel is irrelevant.

With your design details in mind, Islander Hotel & Resort can provide an unforgettable setting for your Dream wedding day.

A 10% discount is offered for AARP, AAA, Senior Citizens and Military Guest.

102 Islander Drive, Emerald Isle, NC 28594, United States

(252) 354-3464


The Inn at Pine Knoll Shores

All oceanfront rooms with private balconies, microwaves, refrigerators, and cable TV. On site restaurant and lounge. Open year round.

We have 3k sq ft of meeting space, indoor & outdoor.
We can accommodate 120 ppl for ceremony/reception
102 oceanfront rooms, newly renovated in 2017
Banquet staff, full service restaurant, bar, outdoor pool, pool bar in season, hot tub
Room Units – 102
Indoor Corridors – Yes
Handicapped Accessible – Yes
Complimentary Breakfast/Restaurant on Site – No/Yes
Security Service Available – Yes
Meeting Room Classroom Style – 1 = 100 | 1 = 30

Salter Path Rd., Atlantic Beach, NC 28512, United States

(252) 247-4155 | (800) 338-1533


Hampton Inn Morehead City

The Hampton Inn Morehead City is located on Highway 70 east just minutes away from miles of sandy beaches, the largest fishing fleet on the North Carolina Coast; many fine golf courses, Fort Macon State Park and historic Beaufort. Then Hampton Inn Morehead City is also conveniently located a few short minutes from the Crystal Coast Civic Center. Throughout the year, Morehead City finds itself home to many festivals and fishing tournaments. All of these events take place only minutes away from the Hampton Inn and easily accessible from Highway 70.

The Hampton Inn of Morehead City is located on Bogue Sound. With a pristine view and a manicured lawn, this is the ideal, romantic spot for your special day. We offer 118 modern guest rooms, outdoor swimming pool, complimentary breakfast, fitness center, intimate reception space, and high-speed wireless internet.

4035 Arendell Street, Morehead City, NC 28557, United States

(252) 240-2300 | (800) 467-9375


The Watson House & Gardens

The Watson House and Gardens, your premiere vintage wedding garden venue on the East Coast. This twenty year old estate is nestled on seven acres of picturesque, coastal waterfront and features lavish gardens throughout the property, making it a truly one-of-a-kind place to say “I Do”. This waterfront venue in NC features abundant gardens, rustic fountains, horses in pasture, and panoramic coastal views of the Bogue sound that will surround you and your guests as you live out your wedding day dream. The Watson House vintage wedding garden venue will comfortably accommodate any bride’s design layout for their wedding details and allows you to host your ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception all in one location. This hidden gem on Emerald Isle’s Crystal Coast is also within walking distance to local beaches and offers many nearby accommodations for your guests. Let your dream wedding have the best of both worlds with waterfront views and Southern charm at The Watson House and Gardens.

10114 Coast Guard Rd, Emerald Isle, NC 28594, United States

(252) 422-1841


1001 Arendell Street, Morehead City, NC 28557, United States

(252) 808-0440


Leon Mann Senior Enrichment Center

The Leon Mann Senior Enrichment Center serves independently functional older adults who can meet to participate in different activities and programs.

3820 Galantis Drive, Morehead City, NC 28557, United States

(252) 247-2626


2303 East Fort Macon Road, Atlantic Beach, NC 28512, United States

(252) 726-3775


Emerald Isle Realty

There’s no better place to say, “I do,” than an Emerald Isle wedding. Our beautiful island is the perfect location for a North Carolina beach wedding. We offer a relaxing atmosphere, beautiful beaches, gorgeous sunsets, amazing emerald-colored water and a variety of wedding venues that can accommodate the smallest and largest of Emerald Isle wedding parties. We also offer a variety of large beach house rentals to lodge your wedding guests.

7501 Emerald Dr, Emerald Isle, NC 28594, United States

(252) 354-6155


The History Museum of Carteret County

Accommodates 150 seated / 200 theatre

1008 Arendell St., Morehead City, NC 28557, United States

(252) 247-7533


DoubleTree by Hilton Atlantic Beach Oceanfront

When it comes to starting forever together…Let it begin with us, at the beach.

Want to feel your feet in the sand while you say your vows? Both our Hotel and our Private Clubhouse have beach entrances to offer Oceanfront Ceremonies right on the water.

Our Private Pier is the perfect place to host your Ceremony, a Cocktail Hour and/or Reception nearly any time of year!


2717 West Fort Macon Road, Atlantic Beach, NC 28512, United States

(252) 240-1155


Morehead City – Beaufort Elks Lodge #1710

4500 Sq. Feet

Accommodates 200 banquet / 400 theatre

Morehead City & Beaufort Elks, 400 Miller Farm Road, Morehead City, NC 28557, United States

(252) 726-4472


NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores

The North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores offers a unique wedding venue with incomparable backdrops for your rehearsal, ceremony, reception or all three! The Aquarium can even help with an unforgettable, surprise proposal.

You and your guests will find the atmosphere relaxing and memorable as you venture through our North Carolina aquatic environments. The Aquarium is available for rental during business hours for 130 or fewer, and for evening functions for up to 300.

1 Roosevelt Blvd, Pine Knoll Shores, NC 28512, United States

(252) 247-4003 | (866) 294-3477


614 Broad Street, Beaufort, NC 28516, United States

(252) 728-2141


Carolina Home & Garden

Carolina Home and Garden Center on the Crystal Coast is your full service garden center providing a variety of plants, flowers, trees, fruit/vegetable plants and trees, as well as tools, landscaping services, outdoor design supplies, outdoor entertainment decor, indoor and outdoor home accessories and much more. Our website is designed to inspire and navigate you through the ins-and-outs of your gardening and landscape design visions. Our team of experts are ready to assist you with your projects or walk you through how to do it yourself. We also deliver everything we sell!

4778 Highway 24, Newport, NC 28570, United States

(252) 393-9004


Oceanana Family Resort, Motel & Fishing Pier

The Oceanana offers a family-friendly, fun-loving atmosphere on the shore of Atlantic Beach. This venue offers a wide view of our sandy beach next to the Oceanana Fishing Pier. We offer exceptional service and perfect on-site locations for your rehearsal, ceremony, reception, and guest accommodations all in one location.

Our clean, white-sand beachoffers a wide view of the Atlantic Ocean, the perfect backdrop to any event. Unlike other venues, our beach is privately owned, meaning we’re able to reserve and rope off your area, keeping onlookers at a respectful distance. Accommodates 100.

The grassy lawn is an easy middle ground between the beach, pool, or playground. Its location is perfect for children’s birthday parties, family reunions, or outdoor baby showers. The lawn is popular for wedding receptions after the beach ceremonies. Accommodates 50.

If you choose the Oceanana pier, you can choose to host your event underneath the pier, at the very end of it near the bar, or you can book the entire pier. Receptions on the pier are catered by the Oceanana Pier House Restaurant. Accommodates 75.

700 E Fort Macon Rd, Atlantic Beach, NC 28512, United States

(252) 726-4111


Fort Benjamin Recreation Center

Fort Benjamin Recreation Center includes an urban park, events, athletic leagues and more. Catering to individuals of every age in Newport, NC.

100 McQueen Avenue, Newport, NC 28570, United States

(252) 222-5858


Butterfly Kisses Pavilion

The most unique and versatile outdoor event venue in Eastern North Carolina. We offer spacious, professionally manicured grounds, a wide variety of event options, amazing photo opportunities, a beautiful private lake, fire pit, indoor and outdoor seating and so much more. Accommodates 144-240.

8115 U.S. 70, Newport, NC 28570, United States

(252) 223-2766


Country Club of the Crystal Coast

Our waterfront location with lush green lawns, gorgeous sunsets, and magnificent panoramic views of the Bogue Sound and Intracoastal Waterway set the stage for an amazing and unique setting for your wedding ceremony and reception. It’s truly a one-of-a-kind setting that has to be seen to be believed. We have received a 5-Star Rating from WeddingWire which is the #1 bridal and groom website on the web for the past 3 years. This rating places us in the TOP 5% for wedding venues in the nation for 2015, 2016 and 2017.

Add in a delectable menu by Chef Scott and our professional, experienced, and friendly staff for your wedding and it will be simply unforgettable that will have you and your guests talking for months!

152 Oakleaf Dr., Pine Knoll Shores, NC 28512, United States

(252) 726-1034


Merrell Estate & Gardens

Merrell Estate & Gardens is a gorgeous property nestled in the heart of the Crystal Coast with grand spaces, expansive greens and a Southern stately charm. It is a popular destination for weddings and events of all sizes with a variety of unique spaces that flow together to accommodate any celebration or gathering.

The 18,000 square foot house includes The Grand Foyer which can seat 100, and the Merrell Ballroom which seats up to 200 people for a ceremony or 175 for a seated dinner. The Ballroom can also accommodate a large dance floor with room for a DJ or band. The house features a fully equipped private salon and bridal suite, as well as break-out rooms for business meetings.

The Portico is the largest covered outdoor space on the Crystal Coast. It overlooks the gardens in the back and offers extensive rain cover and heating options for up to 175 seated guests, plus space for a live band and a dance floor.

The Lawn offers space to seat 300+ people surrounded by our meticulously landscaped gardens infused with native and tropical flora. It can be tented to provide even more covered outdoor space for large events.

1700 Salter Path Rd, Indian Beach, North Carolina 28512

(252) 773-0592


Camp Albemarle

Camp Albemarle aims to reach out to students, youth and adults to assist them in fostering a deeper connection with our God, each other, and with the world.

156 Albemarle Drive, Newport, NC 28570, United States

(252) 726-4848


Beaufort Hotel NC, an Ascend Hotel Collection Member

Create a memorable experience at the Beaufort Hotel NC, an Ascend Hotel Collection Member. Our boutique 133-room hotel offers relaxing accommodations and friendly staff members who can introduce you to the unique sights and experiences in Beaufort, North Carolina.

Our waterfront wedding venue is one of the only premier luxury event locations in Eastern North Carolina. Our staff will treat your event as an exclusive, unique celebration, with customized bar and catering options, as well as a multitude of event spaces to choose from—your event is our top priority.

The Beaufort Hotel is here to host not only your wedding ceremony and reception, but also rehearsal dinners, cocktail parties and farewell brunches!

We can accommodate weddings from 50 to 500 with our indoor or outdoor space under a tent.

Say ‘I Do’ to us for a picture-perfect wedding. Contact us today to speak with our social catering sales manager and certified wedding planner to begin planning your special day.

It’s the waterfront wedding location you’ve been dreaming about…

Beaufort Hotel NC, an Ascend Hotel Collection Member, 2440 Lennoxville Road, Beaufort, NC 28516, 252-728-3000,

2440 Lennoxville Road, Beaufort, NC 28516

(252) 728-3000


North Carolina Maritime Museum

The Maritime Museum in Beaufort reflects coastal life, studies marine science and ecology, and houses artifacts from various moments in history.

315 Front Street, Beaufort, NC 28516, United States

(252) 504-7740


Bluewater Weddings and Events

Location is everything. Especially when it comes to planning your Emerald Isle wedding or special event. Whether you choose indoor or outdoor, intimate or grand, we have a variety of properties and romantic settings that will make your special occasion on the beautiful Crystal Coast truly memorable. Bluewater Weddings and Events team offers exceptional event coordination services. We are dedicated to capturing your vision, style and personality to create a memory that can be passed down through your family for generations to come.

We provide a variety of packages to choose from or we can create a package to fit a specific theme or any size budget. From beginning to end, you can entrust us to handle the fine details in carefully carrying out your vision. It is our job to work with and for you in coordinating services, negotiating contracts and scheduling vendors. We micro-manage the details so you won’t have to. You can just sit back and relish in the moment of your Emerald Isle wedding.

Contact our Certified Wedding Planner, Zena Underwood and let Bluewater Weddings and Events create an Emerald Isle wedding that not only your guests will enjoy but that you will cherish forever.

200 Mangrove Drive, Emerald Isle, NC 28594, United States

(252) 354-6135