A newly married couple stand behind the spadefish fountain. The man kisses the woman's forehead. The spadefish fountain is in the foreground.


Say "I Do!" at the Aquarium

The North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores offers a unique wedding venue with incomparable backdrops for your rehearsal, ceremony, reception, or all three! Walk down the aisle through lush maritime forests, dance the night away in front of the Caribsea and Living Shipwreck, and spend an evening of enchantment with sea turtles and otters. Our event planners can even help plan an unforgettable, surprise proposal. 

You and your guests will find the atmosphere relaxing and memorable as you venture through our North Carolina aquatic environments - from the feeling of a mountain waterfall to the color and variety of ocean life. The Aquarium is available for rental during business hours for 130 or fewer, and for evening functions for up to 300. 

military wedding with the couple facing each other leaning against a dock railing with a sunset over the marsh behind them

Contact Us or Fill Out The Form Below
Special Events Coordinator Kerri Sommer
252-247-4003 x260, [email protected]
Assistant Special Events Coordinator Amber Mallard
252-247-4003 x291, [email protected] 

A young black woman in a wedding dress sits in front of the living shipwreck habitat. Behind her is a part of the replica shipwreck in an aquarium habitat.


The Aquarium made our marriage so special and perfect that one would think weddings were the sole purpose of the Aquarium. Blew our expectations how they went above and beyond.

- From a Bride and Groom 2022