First Colony Inn is a classic wedding venue in Nags Head, North Carolina. Since the 19th century, this beach wedding venue has been popular for its two-story, shingle-style encircling verandas which can serve as a fantastic backdrop for a romantic wedding. First Colony Inn also includes a private walkway to the beach for seaside ceremonies.
Facilities and Capacity
First Colony Inn offers an outdoor event space for both intimate and large gatherings with a maximum capacity of 1,000 people. Families and guests can also lodge into its 26 vintage-inspired, fully equipped rooms with eclectic antiques and fine toiletries. Select rooms also include a jacuzzi tub and screened porch. This 28,000-square-foot facility offers other amenities such as a second floor library that can be used as a bridal suite and access to the local YMCA which includes outdoor and indoor pools, a sauna, and a fitness center.
First Colony Inn has a great team of staff who helps couples with their needs. This venue also offers the following services:
20 Reviews for First Colony Inn
Recommended by 98% of couples
23 User photos
Renee · Married on 11/23/2019
Our Home away from Home!
When we were searching in the OBX for our wedding venue, we fell in love with the charm of The First Colony Inn! Our plans were to have a small, intimate wedding with family and friends. We stayed over for a night to get a feel for it, and we felt so cozy and comfortable! Hannah and Kanda are so welcoming and accommodating in so many ways. Even though out the chaos of us having to post-pone our wedding due too Hurricane Dorian! They made sure guests rooms were re-booked and everything was right.
We had our ceremony on the Beach across the street, and our reception in a tent in the side yard, it unfortunately rained... which caused a muddy mess under the tent! This was our ONLY complaint. The property manager should defiantly do something about this, since they have events often in the yard and I was told it always floods.
We spend the weekend at FCI and it was sunny the rest of the time. It is so enjoyable waking up to see the sunrise on the beach that is so conveniently close. My daughter and I enjoy sitting on the balcony swings to watch the sunsets too!
We had stayed there about 3 other times prior to having our wedding and we will continue to come back every year because it feels like home away from home :)
Sent on 01/27/2020
Deirdre Orem · Married on 06/04/2019
Beautiful Wedding Venue
This was the perfect backdrop for our wedding – we wanted a beach ceremony with a tented lawn reception and despite the slightly chilly temps in early April, everything was gorgeous! The staff was wonderfully accommodating to our group and made sure everyone was well taken care of. Delicious hot breakfasts, large and comfortable rooms and the beautiful grounds just contributed to our amazing weekend. Hannah was so helpful throughout the planning process and keeping track of all our room reservations and guest counts. We went back and forth over email many times and Hannah’s responses were always quick and very informative. I’d highly recommend this as a wedding venue or even just for a weekend getaway!Sent on 04/20/2019
First Colony Inn's reply:Thank you so much for your kind words, Deirdre! We are so glad you had such a memorable experience at First Colony Inn for your gorgeous wedding. Your tidy, respectful and FUN group was so great to have on the grounds to kick off our 2019 wedding season! Best wishes for a happy life as Mr & Mrs Hirt
Paige · Married on 11/03/2018
Beautiful, Unique, Historic Wedding Venue
The first time my husband, family and I visited the First Colony Inn I was sold!! No other venue that I saw compared. I fell in love with it's charm, great location and history. First about the venue itself: beautiful cedar siding, reminiscent of old style nags head cottages; all the rooms are named after lost colonist; each door has an actual key to unlock (which I loved); time-period and historic decor and art throughout each room; amazing homemade rotating breakfast each day; wine & cheese happy hour everyday. An amazing place to stay any time of the year!!
Wedding related perks: You can block off the entire 26 rooms over your wedding weekend, which is so great because all of my family and friends were able to stay here in one place. We didn't have to worry about transportation, and it was one spot everyone could be together for the entire long weekend - I would often come outside to see family and friends just sitting together on the back deck catching up and having a great time. There are several other hotels and homes located nearby for additional guests who were able to walk over for a visit and for the wedding.
All of my wedding vendors (DJ, caterer, photographer, bar tenders, coordinator, etc) had worked other weddings at FCI, which was SO helpful for planning my wedding from up in PA. They all knew the FCI layout and exactly how/what they needed to set-up, etc. This was a huge help that FCI is a well-known venue. We also purchased our beer and wine from FCI. They take care of the entire process! We were provided a generous list of available options to choose from. FCI orders it all a few weeks before the wedding, takes care of delivery, chilling, and getting it set-up with our bartenders, etc. It was a very easy process.
Another wonderful thing - the entire Inn and its grounds make such a beautiful back drop for photographs. We barely had to decorate - there are colorful flowers throughout the grounds (even during November), evergreen shrubs enclose the entire property, and the white porches are STUNNING. I am obsessed with themSent on 01/20/2019
First Colony Inn's reply:Paige! Thank you for such a thorough, thoughtful review! We couldn't have said it better ourselves. We're so glad that you and your loved ones fell in love with this special place while celebrating such a wonderful time in your lives. Come back and see us!
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Beautiful location! Well done & great people!
The First Colony Inn is an absolutely stunning and joyful place to work. The venue itself is well kept by their knowledgeable staff, with neatly manicured lawns, and common areas that are kept tidy and beautiful, with great attention to detail. Not only is it a wonderful place to relax and enjoy all the Outer Banks has to offer (while being walking distance to the ocean of course), but it's also a wonderful place to get married. The surrounding foliage makes the location feel secluded while still being in a desirable location. The event staff are very thorough, and make sure that all details are in place for your big day. As caterers we feel very confident that there will be no surprises when headed to the First Colony. We cannot speak high enough of them as a venue, and would recommend them to anyone looking for a place to celebrate their big day!
One of our All time favorite venues here on the Outer Banks. If you are looking to capture the true essence of the banks, look no further. This is your place.