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I'm ecstatic that you're getting tying the knot in Jacksonville! In this article, you'll find out how to get married in Jacksonville.

Here's how to Elope in Jacksonville, NC

  1. Get a Marriage License at Register of Deeds - Onslow County.
  2. Fill out a Marriage License Application Form. Get it here.
  3. You'll need a Valid Photo ID & Social Security document.
  4. $60 fee.
  5. Schedule and complete a ceremony with the courthouse magistrate or Officiant
  6. Appear at your ceremony with 2 witnesses.
  7. Congrats! You're married!

Register of Deeds Onslow County

602 Anne St, Jacksonville, NC 28540

(910) 347-3451

Open from 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM - Monday - Friday

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Can you get married on the same day?

Yes, it is possible to get married on the same day. As soon as you get your marriage license and an appointment with the Courthouse Magistrate or Officiant, it is possible to get married within 24 hours.

How much does it cost for a marriage license?

$60. You can pay in cash or card at the Register of Deeds.

How long does it take to get your marriage license?

You can get it immediately. You'll need both people to appear to get your marriage license.

Getting your marriage license

Both of you and your partner need to appear at the Register of Deeds.

This is their address: 602 Anne St, Jacksonville, NC 28540

Feel free to call ahead: 910-347-3451

They require you to fill out a marriage form. You can complete the form before arriving there.

Make sure you have $60 in cash or card, a photo ID and a Social Security Card or official documents(Tax forms, Pay Stub, W-2, etc.)

Submit your form and all of your documents.

Congrats! They'll provide your license immediately.

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Getting married at the Courthouse

Once you obtain your marriage license you can head directly to the courthouse and ask what their availability.

This is their address: 602 Anne St, Jacksonville, NC 28540

You can also call them: 910-478-3600

You must have a 2 witnesses and your marriage license.

Once you've scheduled and completed your ceremony, your married!

You can get a copy of your marriage certificate for $10.

Getting married with an officiant

It's the same procedure as getting married at the courthouse. They'll provide you all of the information on how to get married. They'll also need a marriage license and 2 witnesses to proceed with the ceremony.

The only difference is, you can get married anywhere within the state of North Carolina. The beach, park, home, where ever their travel allows.

The average cost of Officiant is $300.

What to ask your Officiant

  • Can you customize our vows to match X tone?
  • Can you marry us at X location?
  • How long does it take to get a copy of my marriage license?
  • How far can you travel?
  • Are you available on X date?
  • If we plan to utilize the outdoor area for part of our ceremony, what contingency plans should we discuss in case of inclement weather?
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Popular Elopement Locations in Jacksonville

Military Base

Given Jacksonville's strong military presence, due to Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, some couples opt for ceremonies on base, in chapels or officers' clubs, especially if one or both partners are service members.

Marston Pavilion - Camp Lejeune

730 Seth Williams Blvd, Camp Lejeune, NC 28547


Beaches and Waterfronts

The proximity to the Crystal Coast and other beautiful North Carolina beaches offers picturesque settings for beach weddings. Emerald Isle, Topsail Beach, and Swansboro provide stunning backdrops for ceremonies with views of the Atlantic Ocean or the Intracoastal Waterway.

You'll need an event permit to elope at the beach

  1. Topsail Beach
  2. Swansboro

Hotels and Resorts

Hotels and resorts in the area cater to weddings, providing convenience for out-of-town guests and offering a range of services from ceremony spaces to catering and accommodations, all in one location.


Rustic Barn at Halfmoon

The Tiny Chateau at Downtown

Farm 58

Devon from Detailed Event Visions can help you arrange your wedding from planning to day of coordination.

Churches and Chapels

For those desiring a traditional ceremony, Jacksonville and its surrounding areas have numerous churches and chapels of various denominations.

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Jacksonville, NC Elopement Photography

This is the part I get super excited about. I absolutely love photographing couples who are WILDLY in love on the Beach.

As a coastal wedding photographer, I think the coast is one of the most romantic places on earth. Especially were all secluded.

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Hey I'm Glenn!

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As a "hell yes!" photographer, it's my favorite job to capture your love for each other. Whether you're eloping or having a traditional wedding. I am always there to get your authentic self.

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