What better place to bring family and friends together to celebrate, then to an area that has been hosting special gatherings for generations. The Long Beach Island Region is far from the city’s hectic pace, yet only an easy drive away. Long Beach Island has eighteen miles of sugar sand beaches and charming resort towns; while the mainland offers scenic bays, picturesque Pine Lands and quaint villages.
Whether it is an extravagant formal festivity or the simple elegance of an intimate affair, our region offers a variety of settings to fit every taste and budget. The Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce members provide quality service and expertise that will make planning your wedding a relaxed and enjoyable experience for you and your guests. From Start to finish, utilizing local vendors adds a distinctive flair that captures the beauty of this impressive destination.
Our site is your complete on line guide to planning a wedding in the Long Beach Island Region, also please stop into our visitor center at 265 West 9th Street in Ship Bottom to pick up a large variety of wedding service information including the Happily Ever After Wedding Guide published in partnership with The Sandpaper and the Chamber of Commerce.
Who do I contact to get married in the LBI region?
The Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center is the most comprehensive resource in the Long Beach Island Region to obtain maps, brochures, information and referrals to help you plan or to pass along to wedding guests, family and friends.
Please visit us at 265 West 9th Street, Ship Bottom, NJ or call 609 494-7211
The Long Beach Island Region is comprised of ten individual municipalities, each one with distinct public locations to hold your ceremony. Once you decide on where you would like to hold your ceremony, you must contact the town directly for a license (if neither bride or groom are New Jersey residents) or for a permit to hold ceremony. It is recommended that this be done as soon as you have set the wedding date. If neither the bride or the groom are New Jersey residents they need to apply for a marriage license in the town where their ceremony is taking place with one witness who has known each of you for at least one year. If the bride lives within the state of New Jersey, the application should be made in her town of residence. If the Bride does not live in New Jersey, but the groom does, they should apply in his town of residence.
Municipal phone numbers:
No permit needed for ceremonies in town.
Hotspots: Pavilion at Recreation and Lake Area on Rt. 532 (there is a small fee to rent), Wells Mills County Park (this is a county park so may have additional rules/regulations).
No permit needed.
Hotspots: Gazebo at Barnegat Dock on Bay or Bay Beach, Meadow Edge Park
No permit needed however reservations may be needed for certain locations.
Hotspots:Manahawkin Lake Gazebo, A. Paul King Park (County park so may have additional rules/regulations).
Little Egg Harbor
Notification of intent is needed if holding ceremony in their parks, etc..
Hotspots: Parkertown Bay Beach or Freedom Field (this is county park so may have their own rules/regulations).
No permits needed for wedding ceremonies at destinations in township.
Hotspots: South Green St. in the park on the bay, Tip Seaman County Park (county requires permit and has rules/regulations for ceremony or photos to be taken
No permit needed to get married on the beach in Barnegat Light. However a permit is needed to get married in the Lighthouse State Park. Contact is the park for permit/rules/regulations.
Hotspots: Barnegat Light State Park
Long Beach Township
A gathering permit from the police department is needed to get married on the beach or park.
Permit needed to get married at parks or on beach in town.
Hotspot: Sunset Park at the Pavilion.
No permit needed to get married on beach.
Hotspots- Bay Beach
No fee but permission needed via letter. Need to request permission in writing for the location, date, time, how many people, do chairs have to be set up, etc… Please call Kathleen Wells at town hall 609-494-7213 ext.116. Hotspots: 13th St (Sunset point on the bay with gazebo and garden), and 4th & 5th street bay beaches.
No permit needed.
Hotspots: Oceanfront Pavilions on Pearl St and 5th St. Also on 9th St there is a gazebo on the bay. For ceremony or rain date option for beach ceremony contact Long Beach Island Historical Association Museum on Engleside and Beach Avenues, Beach Haven 609 492 0700
Beach ceremonies are a popular choice for many brides! Permits must be obtained from the municipality where the beach is located.
Please contact the district directly to acquire the proper procedures necessary to hold your ceremony.
North End of the Long Beach Island
Borough of Barnegat Light – (609) 494-9196
Borough of Harvey Cedars – (609) 494-2843
Borough of Surf City – (609) 494-2843
Borough of Ship Bottom – (609) 494-1614
Borough of Beach Haven – (609) 492-0111
Township of Long Beach – (609) 361-1000 has jurisdiction over High Bar Harbor, Loveladies, North Beach, Brant Beach, Beach Haven Crest, Brighton Beach, Peahala Park, Beach Haven Park, Haven Beach, The Dunes, Beach Haven Terrace, Beach Haven Gardens, Bay Vista, Spray Beach, North Beach Haven, Beach Haven Heights, SIlver Sands, Beach Haven Inlet and Holgate.
The LBI Region offers countless option for Wedding Venues…Restaurants, museums, art galleries, historic places and more. Many Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce members offer a unique location for your wedding – visit our directory for more information!
Fire Company Rental Halls:
Beach Haven Fire House – (609) 713-0381
Stafford Fire House – (609) 597-7876
Surf City Fire House – (609) 494-6127
The bride, groom and witness must each bring two forms of identification (they must be government issued id, such as driver’s license, passport, visa, birth certificate, social security, one must be photo id) If the bride or groom were married before they must bring either an annulment order,death certificate or a copy of their divorce decree.
There is a 72 hour waiting period required between application and issuance, only one party is needed to pick up the license. Once the license is issued,it is valid for 30 days. It is recommended that you make application two weeks prior to the wedding date.
Once you receive the four part license (one pink, one blue and two white carbon sheets) you will need to give it to the officiate who will be performing the ceremony. After the ceremony, the officiate and any two witnesses (over age 18) must sign the license. You will then be given the pink copy (keep this one with you, as it is the only proof of marriage until after the license is filed) The officiate will keep the blue copy and must file the license in the municipality where the ceremony was performed with five days of the wedding. Once the license has been filed by the officiate the bride or groom can apply for a “Request for Marriage Certificate”. This can be obtained from the state government in Trenton or from the registrar of the municipality in which you were wed.
The Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce collaborates with wedding industry media, professionals and venues to bring destination weddings to the LBI Region. Brides and their entourages register to attend a free all day self-guided tour that allows them to learn about wedding options and services directly when touring.
All Southern Ocean County Chamber members in good standing are invited to participate in this annual event.