River Dunes

River Dunes

Inner Banks Harborside Wedding Weekend Experience


Where the Neuse River meets the Pamlico Sound, a very special destination awaits you. Picture waterfront views, a steady breeze and the warm welcome of a Southern coastal town. For couples hoping to create an unforgettable wedding weekend, River Dunes in Oriental, NC is an ideal venue. It combines the luxuries of a destination wedding with the feeling of home and activities and venues that highlight the beauty of the NC coast.

River Dunes – Oriental NC Venue Perfect for a Coastal Destination Wedding Weekend

River Dunes is not a typical, cookie-cutter wedding venue. It is a destination community, and it’s designed to be a bubble of sights and entertainment. Welcoming guests is what they do best. Which means, there is a plethora of things to do, as well as many options for how to craft the wedding itself.

First, let’s talk about the wedding event locations at River Dunes! As you read, imagine how you could host an entire weekend here.

River Dunes Harbor Yacht Club

In the heart of the community, you’ll find River Dunes Harbor Club. This is a private yacht has earned status for its exceptional service and impressive facilities. It overlooks the Grace Harbor marina basin. The design recreates the feel of an authentic coastal homestead.  It houses an experienced chef who uses locally sourced ingredients to create seasonal menus with local flair, giving each guest a taste of the best of what North Carolina has to offer.

The Chapel at River Dunes

Steps away from the Harbor Club, The Chapel can host indoor or outdoor ceremonies depending on the couple’s desire and guest list. Surrounded by stately, classic Southern homes with the harbor as its backdrop, The Chapel sets the tone for a fairytale wedding. When greenery is draped over its interior glass windows, or boastful roses are fastened to it’s outside stoop, it is the Chapel that every love story dreams of.

The Lake House

For a more casual wedding setting, or maybe for a welcome party or rehearsal dinner, look to the Lake House. Find this charming venue tucked beneath pine treats on a fly-fishing lake. Of course, it’s specialty is oyster roasts. It features horseshoes, oyster tables and a fire pit surrounded by rocking chairs. Additionally, use the screened-in Sun Porch for seated dinners overlooking the lake. Add music, and you have everything needed for a coastal NC soiree.

The Boat House Pavilion & Amphitheater

Now, back to the southern end of the marina basin. The Boat House Pavilion and Amphitheater offer a more secluded but open location for an outdoor wedding near the harbor. This wide-open space is home to a concert stage and large grassy area that you can use as a blank canvas to create a party unique to your specific vision.

Custom Plans

Couples can inquire about more precise locations such as the private dining room and outdoor porches or create their own space by having a tented reception. Or, ask about a custom plan.

Also, there are lots of options for accommodations. So, read more about the guest experience at River Dunes. Or, enjoy some real wedding inspiration.


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Venue Features

Chapels & Stand-Alone Ceremony Rentals, Golf & Private Clubs, Waterfront Views, Outdoor Space On-Site, Outside Catering Allowed, Accommodations On-Site, Restaurants, Rehearsal Dinners, On-Site Catering
Guest Count
Less than 100, 100-200

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