Planning Your Pleasure Island Wedding

As wedding destinations go, Pleasure Island is tough to beat. With the stunning Atlantic Ocean as the backdrop, picture perfect weather and friendly locals to handle all of the details, it’s no wonder that scores of happy couples are choosing to tie the knot right here. Boasting a pristine beach strand, charming cottages, quaint churches, island inns, party boats and elegant hotels, there are plenty of enchanting settings to choose from. There are also an amazing number of venues for rehearsal dinners, bridal showers, and send-offs.

Regardless of what you’d like, from a down home oyster roast to a champagne brunch or bridesmaid’s luncheon-no problem! Another big plus is that friends and family love it here too. After the bouquet has been tossed and the newlyweds are sailing off into the sunset, many guests often prefer to stay awhile, soak up some sun and explore the area.

In addition to the sheer coastal beauty, perhaps the next best thing about exchanging vows along Pleasure Island, Carolina Beach and Kure Beach is convenience. Don’t be fooled by the laid-back island vibe-the area is filled with experienced wedding planners, caterers, florists, officiates, photographers and musicians. As you plan your special day, please visit our wedding guide to discover which of our members may offer the exact services that you’re considering.

In the meantime, we’d like to suggest a few:

A Wedding at the Beach -- Don’t forget to make your union legal! Contact the professional wedding officiates at 307 Charlotte Avenue in Carolina Beach or call (910) 471-7545.

The Checkered Church -- Just the place for unusual and unique gifts, tasteful tableware and more. How about a cookbook for the groom? Located at 800 St. Joseph Street in Carolina Beach. Phone: (910) 458-0211.

Big Apple Café and Bakery -- Leave it to these talented bakers to create the wedding cake of your dreams! With over 40 years of combined experience, these are the pros! Because seeing is believing and tasting is even better! Visit them online or drop by 1206 N. Lake Park Blvd. Unit D or call (910) 458-8200.

Carolina Beach Pontoon Rental -- Perfect for a pre-wedding getaway this dog-friendly business has two Carolina Beach locations to better serve you and your wedding party. Visit their informative website here.

The N.C. Aquarium at Ft. Fisher -- If you’re after a one-of-kind wedding and reception venue, this could be it! Imagine saying “I do” surrounded by breathtaking tropical fish, iridescent jellies or in a lush garden conservatory. Please look here for more details: http://www.ncaquariums.com/fort-fisher-weddings

P3 Picture Perfect Planning -- Offering wedding planning and photography, this is a true one stop shopping experience! Even better, the owner is a talented face painter and offers several party and wedding package options that combine her unique skill set: http://pthreeplanning.com/contact-us/

Music -- Whether you’re interested in a harpist, violinist, live band, a rockin' dj or something in between, the Pleasure Island area is full of accomplished musicians, singers and performers. Here are a few to check out: http://www.jollymondadj.com/, http://lynneandthewave.com/, and Edge Entertainment: (910) 508-0349.

Swag -- Give your guests a little something to help them celebrate your union. How about a water bottle or insulated beverage holder imprinted with your names a message, such as: “To have and to hold and keep my beverage cold”? This Carolina Beach business can help with that: http://store.doctorprinter.com/

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