Beach Wedding Permits

A beach wedding permit is not required for a simple, small ceremony that:

  • Will not section/cordon off an area of the public beach for exclusive use AND
  • Will not have any equipment (tents, chairs, arches, etc.) AND
  • Total number of attendees will not exceed 199

A beach wedding permit is required for a ceremony that:

  • Will section/cordon off an area of the public beach for exclusive use OR
  • Will have equipment (tents, chairs, arches, etc.) OR
  • Will total number of attendees will be 200 or more

A beach wedding permit will allow exclusive use of the public beach for up to a three-hour time frame. The three-hour time frame includes setup, ceremony and breakdown. The permit will also allow for use of equipment such as tents, chairs, arches, etc.

Amplified sound is permitted, however, the City may impose reasonable restrictions on noise at wedding ceremonies authorized by special event permits.

The beach wedding permit is for the ceremony only. The City of Virginia Beach does not permit private receptions on public property. Food and alcohol are not permitted.

Little Island Park (at Sandbridge Beach)

If you would like a beach location, but your wedding cannot be accommodated within the above guidelines, you may wish to consider Little Island Park. Located at the south end of Sandbridge and provides lifeguards, covered picnic areas with grills, bath houses/showers, lighted tennis courts, basketball court, children's playground and fishing pier. Picnic shelter reservations are available.

Bridal Party on the Beach
Flower on Rock

Park W​eddings

​​Weddings are welcome in designated parks and park facilities throughout the City of Virginia Beach. Information can be found on the Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation's Weddings in the Parks webpage or contact (757) 385-0465.

First Landing State Park has a beach on the Chesapeake Bay, and other facilities including a courtyard, gazebo and amphitheater which can be rented for weddings, conferences, special events and seminars. Call the park at (757) 412-2320 for details. You may also find more information online from the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation.