We have a Beautiful Oceanview Ballroom with floor to ceiling windows overlooking the Ocean. Cocktail Hour can be on the patio in front of the ballroom overlooking the Ocean!
Amenities + Details
Indoor Event Space
Covered Outdoors Space
Outdoor Event Space
Up to 300
Ballroom, Beach, Waterfront, Hotel, Restaurant
Venue Service Offerings
Bar & Drinks, Food & Catering, Planning, Service Staff
Shell Island Resort Reviews
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Reviewed On 6/21/2021 by Alexandria K
My husband and I are so glad that we held our ceremony and reception at Shell Island Resort! Everything was absolutely perfect! This was a destination wedding for us and Meredith, the venue sales coordinator did everything to make it go smoothl...
y and easily! Not only was it a beautiful location with amazing rooms and beach set up, everyone was extremely nice and welcoming! We were surprised that something this beautiful fit our budget! If you are looking for a perfect beach wedding, you have to have it here!!!
Reviewed On 10/21/2018 by Rob B
We got married in June at Shell Island Resort. We were very happy with how everything went.
Wedding coordinator- Alex was responsive and helpful throughout the process.
Venue- 3.5/5 The outside of Shell Island looks ok but once youre in...
side youll forget all about it because the inside is very nice. The setup of the reception room was good for about 85 people, if we had more the room would have been very tight. We hired a band and the only drawback was that the dance floor was not large enough to hold everyone but we made do! The room also has pillars that are somewhat in the way but do add accent.
Wedding day/Beach- 4.5/5 Everything went really well the day of, we lucked out with the weather. Alex was helpful coordinating everyone to where they needed to be. The beach is stunning and the dunes are also a great spot to take pictures. The pictures came out great so highly recommend shell island if you care a lot about pictures.
Food- 4/5 - Shrimp and grits is the way to go. We did a buffet style and we loved how that went. Everyone was really happy with buffet style. The apps were good too.
Drinks- The options were a bit limited but overall 4/5. Everyone was pretty happy and the bartenders were really cool and would make what people requested.
Overall 4/5. Thank you Shell Island for making it a great weekend!
Reviewed On 7/29/2018 by Alexandria V
Having our wedding at Shell Island was the best decision we could have possibly made. For all of you destination brides out there is the place you want to be!! We are from upstate NY, but my brother is stationed at Fort Bragg, and we were luck...
y enough to find this treasure. I don't have the words to describe how amazing Alex and all of the staff at Shell Island are. Alex took care of everything for us, and did everything to ensure that our day was perfect and smooth. It was amazing being able to show up and just enjoy our weekend knowing that everything was taken care of. She always responded quickly to my thousands of emails and constant questions without complaint. The other staff at the resort were fantastic as well. Our rooms were always kept clean, and the bar and wait staff were welcoming and helpful. I even had a bartender run through the bushes to bring me a fresh beer (without me even asking) when he saw I was running low! Alex was also great at making sure we stayed within our budget. She was always helping us find ways to save a buck here or there without sacrificing quality or what we wanted for our big day. The food at Shell was also amazing. Our guests couldn't say enough about how great both the cocktail hour and main meal were. All of this great service overlooked the ocean...we couldn't have asked for more. Highly recommend Shell Island Resort for all celebrations!!!
Reviewed On 7/26/2018 by Bridget C
The staff at Shell Island was amazing. The bar tenders, especially Brad and his sister were INCREDIBLE!!
We did have SEVERAL issues though. First Shell REFUSED to let any of my wedding guest park in the parking garage, even though we had previ...
ously discussed that the guest would be allowed to park there just not over night. The second issue was the dinner, it was nothing like the food they had us sample at the taste testing. The beef tasted like leather, the chicken was great though! There was a huge mess up with the seating chart and tables and Shell did NOTHING to help solve the problem and left it up to the bride and groom to sort it out. And I will end with GEORGE. HE IS THE RUDEST MAN I HAVE EVER MET. I have never been so disrespected in my life, it is mind blowing that he works in the hospitality industry. He was rude to my guest, he was openly rude to his staff, and he made the bride hysterical cry at the end of the night before of how disrespectful and rude he was being. It was such a shame to end such a wonderful night on such an awful note. Thank you George. We wont be back.
Reviewed On 6/09/2018 by Wendy W
Shell Island Resort was absolutely fabulous! We had the ceremony out on the beach in front of the resort, with the ocean and the wildlife preserve as a gorgeous backdrop. Kalie, the wedding coordinator, made everything very easy, and she cor...
ralled our huge wedding party of 14 (no simple task). The reception was fabulous and the food was delicious. The staff were incredibly friendly and helpful all night, and kept making sure I had everything I needed (including appearing now and then to make sure I had water). The outdoor cocktail area was a great spillover for non-dancing guests. I couldn't have been happier, and the entire night was magical.
Reviewed On 10/18/2017 by Kate I
I cannot say enough wonderful things about Shell Island Resort. We knew we were taking a risk when we opted for a beach wedding because the weather can always go either way, but Kym Purvis and her team were there to reassure us every step of th...
e way. Shell Island provided everything we could have hoped for in order to have the most beautifully perfect wedding. The resort set everything out for the beach ceremony, which was beautiful. For our reception in the Ocean View Ballroom, we had minimal decorations because the view of the ocean is just so beautiful. The food was delicious, and the team at Shell Island was so incredibly helpful when setting up and taking down the decorations we did have. Every single staff member that came by offered help. Our pictures turned out so beautiful both on the beach, and we even walked across the street to take some with the sound in the background. All of our guests were blown away at how beautiful the ceremony and reception were, and how smoothly the wedding went. We are so lucky we were able to have our wedding at Shell Island!
Reviewed On 6/09/2017 by Malissa D
Alex Lorenz was our event planner and I can't say enough wonderful things about her! She helped me resolve my crisis of finding fabric to go on the arbor for our outdoor beach ceremony and so many other things as well! The outdoor site for beac...
h ceremonies is absolutely breath taking and I couldn't ever imagine a more perfect place to say "I do" to my best friend! If you're looking to have an outdoor beach wedding I would definitely recommend this beautiful place!
Reviewed On 9/13/2015 by Paula N
Shell Island was a perfect venue for my wedding. The beach ceremony was perfect, the staff was extremely helpful, and the reception ballroom was beautiful. Leigh was so wonderful. I emailed her constantly with a million questions and she never ...
complained once! She was always responsive and on the day of, she made me feel like I was the top priority. All of my guests oo'd and aah'd about the wedding and said it was one of the best weddings they had ever been to. Not to mention that the food was delicious and the bartender at the reception was also lovely. I have no complaints!
Reviewed On 8/06/2015 by Lauren B
Absolutely blown away by this venue and the people helping to put the wedding together. Sasha is incredible. Not only did she answer all of our questions, which were a lot, but she let us visit the venue multiple times, with multiple people lea...
ding up to the wedding. I do not think she ever said told us no! I worked closest with Sasha, but every single staff member went above and beyond to help make our day unbelievable. We had our ceremony here as well and it was truly something out of a fairy tale. Even though there were a few hiccups as there always will be, everything turned out just perfect. We were even able to get in early to decorate which was amazing. I cannot thank the staff of Shell Island enough for their hard work and dedication to weddings. A few tips, if you have a multi flavored cake, be sure to tell the staff. We forgot! And, designate a member of your wedding party to bring you drinks. I promise, the staff is super busy taking care of your guests, as it should be. I cannot imagine having our wedding anywhere besides Shell Island. If you are looking for a beach wedding, you cannot get a better venue or staff. Dream come true. Thank you to everyone!
Reviewed On 7/13/2015 by Maggie H
Leigh Seymour and her staff make planning a wedding here a breeze! They take care of everything and make sure it is exactly what you want down to the last little detail. I did not have to worry about a thing on the day of the wedding. I ment...
ioned one thing to Leigh about the arbor flowers looking like they were falling off the arbor and she had already noticed it and was getting ready to fix it for me. Our guests are describing our wedding as "perfect", "the best wedding they've been to in years", and "a great time"! As a bride who was ultimately wanting her guests to enjoy themselves, I don't think I could have asked for a better response. The food here was much better than we had anticipated due to our experiences at resort weddings and none of our guests left hungry. We utilized the rentals, cake, and flowers package which was a great deal for us.
If you are looking for a venue in this area, this is it! Set up a meeting with Leigh and you will see exactly why this venue is a top choice for your wedding. Location, service, and food are all quality at Shell Island!
Reviewed On 5/19/2015 by Mary H
Despite the overwhelming presence of Tropical Storm Ana on our wedding day our wedding was still absolutely beautiful. I wasn't able to fulfill my dream of getting married on the beach but Sasha and the Shell Island staff were absolutely terri...
fic with moving our ceremony inside. We were married in the ocean front ballroom where our reception was held and made the best of a less than ideal situation. I was told be many people that it was one of the most intimate ceremonies they had ever witnessed. Everyone we worked with leading up to the wedding was so helpful and easy to get along with. Any issues or questions I had were quickly answered to my satisfaction. And the food was absolutely delicious! I would highly recommend working with Shell Island!!
Reviewed On 11/06/2014 by Brandi J
Shell Island was awesome! They take care of the necessary permits to have the wedding on the beach and it is set up beautifully in front of the dunes. The ocean front ballroom is a beautiful place for the reception. The staff is very professio...
nal and friendly. They did an awesome job! I 100% recommend this venue for anyone interested in a beach wedding.
Reviewed On 8/31/2014 by Stacey B
Meredith was our wedding coordinator and she did an amazing job. George is the manager there and was at our reception and post-wedding brunch. Meredith was so responsive and took care of every single detail for our wedding day--we are so grat...
eful for having had all of her help. George was amazing. Our guests loved him and he took care of anything and everything that needed to be taken care of on the night of the wedding and the day after. The whole staff at Shell Island was terrific and we couldn't have been happier.
Reviewed On 5/18/2014 by Rachel B
We had our wedding ceremony and reception at Shell Island, so Meredith was our wedding planner/coordinator. I cannot speak highly enough of her. She made the entire process so much smoother - even answering every one of my many questions. :) Sh...
e was such a pleasure to work with - very friendly and laid-back - even on the day of.
Reviewed On 10/28/2013 by Michelle W
Beautiful place for a wedding and reception. Meredith (the wedding planner) is amazing! She is always quick to respond to emails/voicemails.
Reviewed On 6/19/2013 by Anne S
Shell Island helped me create the most beautiful wedding experience! I always wanted a beach wedding but this experience far surpassed anything I ever dreamed of! the staff was wonderful from the front desk to the bartenders! Meredith, the coor...
dinator on staff, is so accommodating and helpful, she relieved so much of my stress
Reviewed On 6/07/2013 by Emily K
My beach wedding at Shell Island was perfect! The team there made everything special and I was so lucky because there was nothing wrong or out of place for our special day. I would Definitely recommend this location if you are looking for a bea...
chside wedding and reception!
Reviewed On 8/29/2012 by sasha h
The entire staff was sooo friendly and helpful. Each of them went above and beyond!! The wedding coordinator, Meredith Swicegood, was so nice, honest, and so helpful, just absolutely amazing!! Everything was soo beautiful!!
Reviewed On 6/15/2012 by Melissa G
Wedding location was on the beach in front of the Shell Island Resort and the reception was held in their Oceanfront Ballroom. It was gorgeous! The beach is beautiful and the view from inside the ballroom looking out at the beach and ocean was ...
magnificent!! The staff is extremely helpful with everything! They make sure your wedding day is the day of your dreams and goes off without any problems! They handle the site setup, all the food and cake services, (Their chef is Amazing!!!) and have chairs and arbors for use for your beach ceremony. I would definitely recommend this venue to anyone looking for that perfect beach wedding! My guests are still talking about what a great time they had and how beautiful the place was!
Reviewed On 6/02/2012 by Nicole C
Meredith, the wedding cordinator was great. She was very attentive, answered all questions quickly and was incredibly thoughtful and friendly. The venue was gorgous and the food terrific. I had a great flawless wedding and I couldn't have done ...
it without them!
Reviewed On 10/31/2011 by Jennifer L
Everything went great. The only downfall to using this vendor was I advised Meredith the Wedding Coordinator a couple of times that I wanted help from her staff decorating and nobody helped on the day of. Good thing I had enough people that w...
ere willing to help my aunt set up. Also, she advised that they would have candles including votives and floating for our use. She did not provide these for us, so my decor didn't have the lighting of the candles. But that is small things compared to what could of happened. If you don't get a package, they won't comp your room though. :)
The food was GREAT!! The wait staff and bartender were phenomenal as well. All the guests had nothing but good things to say about the choice of food.
Reviewed On 9/20/2011 by Ashley C
super friendly staff. Hurricane Irene came through wilmington the weeekend before the wedding and the hotel ended up being closed for our wedding/reception. I found this out 3 days before our big day. Meredith, the event planner at the resort ...
told me not to worry, and i didnt. She relocated the entire reception and took care of all the details. I couldnt have been happier or more confiendent that it would be the best day ever.
Reviewed On 6/28/2010 by Raven C
Shell Island has an amazing oceanview ballroom where you can see the beach during your wedding without all the mess and noise. They handled everything- the florals, the catering, the cake, they got me a deal with the DJ, etc. We had the cerem...
ony & reception there and the guests stayed there, too, so it was wonderfully convenient. The staff were all incredibly helpful and I didn't have to worry about a thing. I gave them my favors & the few things that I was providing and they made sure everything was where it should be without any stress on my part. And the honeymoon suite was spectacular!!
Reviewed On 5/10/2010 by janine l
The great service the view from the room. I also liked that my guest could stay in the same place at a reasonable rate.;I would just get the ocean front room even though it costs more. The other room is very dark.
Contact Info for Shell Island Resort
2700 North Lumia Avenue, Wrightsville Beach, NC(910) 344-0893