Gorgeous sunsets over the water, cute shops and seafood restaurants along the boardwalk, and small town laidback charm makes Beaufort, NC a beautiful destination for a wedding. We photograph engagement sessions, bridal portraits and weddings in Beaufort all year long and have become very well acquainted with this sweet little town by the sea.
If you're planning a Beaufort, NC wedding, you will love these venues!
At the end of Front Street (which is canopied by live oak trees) is the Boathouse at Front Street Village. The Boathouse offers three different waterfront spaces for weddings of various sizes. As the name suggests, the venue is also an operating boathouse, which makes it a uniquely authentic coastal wedding experience. When you're done having portraits taken on the docks, and under the pretty live oaks, you may even get to take a few photos inside the boathouse with all the boats as your backdrop.
As part of the North Carolina Maritime Museum, the Harvey W. Smith Watercraft Center is primarily used for boatbuilding demonstrations and preservation and restoration. This unique wedding venue only offers a handful of dates each year, so you have to grab one early and may have to choose your date based solely on what they have available. If you do land one of their free dates, it's well worth it. The Watercraft Center is in the heart of historic Beaufort and has a prime spot on the water. The building itself along with all of the maritime paraphernalia inside provides a unique backdrop to a wedding ceremony or reception. When the large doors are open facing the water, guests can mingle on the dock overlooking Taylor's Creek.
If you want to be close to the water but don't have your heart set on a waterfront venue, Beaufort Historic Site is the perfect compromise. The beautiful outdoor wedding venue is only a block from the town docks on Taylor's Creek and is surrounded by charming historic homes and pretty magnolia trees.
Red Double Decker Bus - http://www.beauforthistoricsite.org/weddings/
Mullet Line Trolley - http://www.frontstreetvillage.com/#!transportation/c19gi
Diamond Limousine - http://www.adiamondlimousine.com
Beaufort Grocery Co. - http://www.beaufortgrocery.com
The Spouter Inn - http://www.thespouterinn.com
Front Street Grill at Stillwater - http://www.frontstreetgrillatstillwater.com
Clawsons - http://www.clawsonsrestaurant.com
Aqua - http://www.aquaexperience.com
Blue Moon Bistro - http://www.bluemoonbistro.biz
Backstreet Pub - http://historicbeaufort.com/backstreet_pub1.htm
- Beaufort, NC is a small, walkable town. Wedding guests staying at any of the inns listed above will have easy walking access to the town docks, waterfront restaurants and bars and shops.
- Your guests will enjoy turning your Beaufort wedding into a full weekend getaway with such easy access to the beach and all of the fun water activities. Providing a list of area accommodations, your favorite restaurants and fun nearby activities is recommended.
- If you can coordinate it, an exit by boat at the end of the night is quintessential Beaufort.
- If you're planning your ceremony and reception for two separate locations within Beaufort, making the short walk from your ceremony site to your reception site can make for a fun, cute photo op.
- Shades of blue and coastal/nautical design elements are timeless and classic for a Beaufort, NC wedding.
- Beaufort, NC is roughly a 3 hour drive from Raleigh and a 5-5.5 hour drive from Charlotte.
- The nearest beach is Atlantic Beach, NC, a short 10 minute drive from Beaufort.
- The nearest "major" retail shopping (TJ Maxx, Belk, Wal-Mart, Ulta) is in Morehead City, NC, a short 5-10 minute drive from Beaufort.
- More local wedding vendor information can be found at Crystal Coast Bride - http://www.crystalcoastbride.com