Of all the places to elope in the United States, North Carolina is probably one of the most underrated destinies for eloping couples. From the beautiful Outer Banks, to the picturesque Smoky Mountain range in North Carolina and the breath-taking town of Asheville – North Carolina is the perfect place to run off and get married quickly!
As with any state, it is important to know the marriage license requirements before planning your elopement. North Carolina is a state with no waiting period between applying for and receiving your marriage license, however you must show proof of age and proof of your social security number. Your payroll stub or W-2 is an adequate source of proof should you not have your actual social security card on hand. NC also does not require that you be a resident of the state or even the country to receive a license. There is no physical or blood test required and your license will be valid for 60 days from the day it was issued. That is plenty of time to apply for your license and marry.
Outer Banks: The Carolina Coast is a favorite travel destination for those who are looking for a beach setting without the over-crowding. This makes the Outer Banks an idyllic location for weddings. Whether you want a larger catered affair or a romantic ocean side sunset ceremony just for two – you'll find an affordable option that fits your needs. The beautiful think about eloping in the Outer Banks is that there are dozens of beaches and resorts to choose from. You have The Winds resort beach club on Ocean Isle or Sunset Beach of the Brunswick County barrier islands – the possibilities are really endless.
Smoky Mountains NC: If you've never visited the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina – you're really missing out on a great experience. Maggie Valley Weddings takes the guess work out of planning your elopement. With the beautiful natural backdrop, you can have your ceremony stream side or fireside. Their packages include 2-7 night stays at one of several cottages or suites and they are very accommodating to any guests that you may bring.
Asheville: Asheville is home to the magnificent Biltmore House Estate. A French style chateau, it is privately owned by the Vanderbilt family – and is the largest privately owned home in the US. Biltmore Estate sits on over eight thousand acres and the grounds are meticulously kept. They do allow elopements, but depending on your officiant, they may require 14-21 day notice. If you're looking for something else, Ponder Cove is located just north of Asheville. It's a scenic bead and breakfast located on a private 91 acre lot. The B & B facility can handle from 2 to 25 guests.
If you live in the South East United States – or anywhere for that matter, put North Carolina on your short list of elopement destinations – you will not regret it!