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North Carolina

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Is your dream to rent a large beach house (or a few!), and invite your closest friends and family to share a wedding trip/vacation on the ocean?  Or perhaps a mansion nestled in the mountains?  Look no further, North Carolina may just be the perfect choice.

The Outer Banks, dotted by some of the most picturesque lighthouses in the country stretches over 100 miles along the North Carolina coast.  In fact, Ocracoke Island was named the number one beach on Dr. Beach’s annual America’s Best Beaches list of 2007.  And, if mountains are your preference, the Smoky Mountains in southwestern North Carolina have some cost effective venues that should definitely be explored!  

Quick Facts

  • Time Zone:       Eastern
  • Airports: Charlotte Douglas International Airport, Greensboro Piedmont Triad International Airport, Raleigh-Durham International Airport, Wilmington International Airport
  • Weather:   The warmest month in North Carolina is July with highs in the 80’s and the coldest is January with average high temperatures in the 40’s.  North Carolina enjoys 4 distinct seasons with precipitation occurring evenly throughout the year.

Marriage Requirements

You do not have to be a resident of North Carolina to be married there and there is no waiting period, blood tests or physical exams required.  You will need to show proof of age (driver’s license, military or state ID, passport or certified birth certificate.) to get a marriage license, which is valid for 60 days.  If either of the couple has been divorced, you will need to supply the date, and if it was with the previous 60 days, a signed copy of the divorce decree is needed.


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