Wedding Planning in Eastern NC | Onslow County

Eastern North Carolina Weddings - The Details

Onslow County has many locations for a wedding venue or place to pop the question! Such as:

The New River Waterfront Park, the gazebo at Wilson Bay Park, Onslow Beach, North Topsail Gazebo, Swansboro’s Hammocks Beach State Park and Bear Island, Swansboro’s Centennial Park or any of the town/city/county parks in Onslow County.

If you’d like additional information, please contact Onslow County Tourism at 910-347-3141 ext. 222.

For a detailed list of businesses ready to help you achieve your dream wedding, please visit the Jacksonville Onslow Chamber of Commerce online at

Getting Married in North Carolina General Info:

Please keep in mind:


When getting married on the beach in Eastern North Carolina, please keep in mind the tides. We’d hate to have any of our guests set up for their wedding early in the day and come back only to find everything swept away! For information on times of tides, please visit


Hurricane Season

Hurricane season on the Atlantic coast officially runs from June 1st through November 30th, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Hurricanes affect southeastern North Carolina most frequently between late August and mid to late September.


Laws and Regulations Regarding Getting Married on the Beach:

Onslow County:

Onslow County Register of Deeds Office is located at 109 Old Bridge Street, Jacksonville, NC 28540; 910-347-3451 or you can visit them online at


Surf City:

If the wedding is held within the town limits of Surf City a permit is not required, but it's a good idea to check with the Parks & Recreation Department at 910-328-4887 to see if anything else will be happening at the location that you want to use. Also, make sure the Police Department (910-328-7711) is aware of the event. The wedding party and guests should be aware that cars must be parked completely off all paved streets, bike paths and sidewalks and walking on or disturbing the dunes is not allowed.

If you are going to have a band or DJ, you must get a noise permit from town hall.


North Topsail:

There are no permits required to get married on North Topsail Beach. As long as you leave the beach the way you found the beach, you are good to go!

If you would like to reserve the gazebo or picnic shelter please contact Kim Weaver at 910-328-1349.


Onslow Beach

Onslow Beach is available for weddings. No permit is required to use this beach. However, to use Onslow Beach for your event requires a sponsor in either the form of a government employee or military personnel.

Marston Pavilion is also available for use for the reception. To use Marston Pavilion, a sponsor is also required. Marston can and will cater the reception with either a standard catering menu, available online at, or they will work with you to customize your menu. Marston will also cater at different venues should you choose to keep the reception at the beach, or hold it elsewhere on base.