We have a non-denominational officiant on staff that performs traditional spiritual ceremonies as well as non-religious ceremonies that are focused on love and commitment.
We will assist you in creating a ceremony carefully written with personal touches reflecting your personality and spirituality and will listen carefully to what has meaning to you. You may choose to write your own vows or add readings that are special to you as a couple or have a guest participate in offering a reading, blessing or song.
We also perform same-sex marriages.
We also regularly work with a number of other Officiants in the Ocracoke community.
MARRIAGE LICENSE REQUIREMENTS
Marriage licenses must be obtained from a NC Register of Deeds Office. The license can be obtained in any county in NC and the ceremony performed in another county; however, the license must be returned to the issuing county. No waiting period is required before the ceremony may take place. The license is valid for 60 days from the date it is issued. The cost is $50.00.
If the applicant is over 18 years of age, a photo identification and a social security card are required. Applicants should call the Register of Deeds Office in the county where they plan to purchase the license prior to their arrival to ascertain all requirements. The Hyde County Register of Deeds Office is located in the county seat of Swan Quarter on the Mainland and may be reached at 252-926-4182.
Any magistrate or ordained minister may perform the marriage ceremony. There must be two witnesses at any marriage ceremony, whether it is civil or religious. After the ceremony, whoever performs the ceremony is required to give the couple a marriage certificate. The minister or magistrate must sign the license and return it to the Register of Deeds Office in the issuing county where certified copies of the completed marriage license can be obtained, either by personal appearance or written request. The cost of a certified copy is $10.00. The original license remains on record in the Register of Deeds Office and a copy is sent to Vital Records in Raleigh, NC where they become permanent records.
Ocracoke is in the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, so getting married on the beach or the ground at the Ocracoke Lighthouse requires a Special Use Permit. The current $100.00 fee is non-refundable, so applicants are encouraged to wait until thirty days before the ceremony. The request must be made, in writing, and there are several requirements that must be adhered to. The permit is good only for four hours (two hours on each side of the stated ceremony time.) For more information, call the Special Use Coordinator at 252-473-2111, x 121.