Outer Banks Weddings
Getting Married on the Outer Banks.
If you’re considering holding an Outer Banks wedding, then no doubt you’re familiar with the natural beauty this unique setting provides. But you might not know that Outer Banks weddings rank top among destination weddings in this country. This means several things for you. First, it means that you need to start planning your Outer Banks wedding at least a year in advance if it’s of any size due to the competition for venues and vendors. It also means that, because of the popularity of such events here, you have a massive range of Outer Banks wedding professionals who can help with every aspect of your wedding, from the planning to the reception. Don’t be fooled by the small-town atmosphere on these beaches. The Outer Banks is home to world-class caterers, wedding planners and florists with style, bakers who create delicious, fabulous wedding cakes and talented musicians who can accompany the ceremony or liven up the reception. Outer Banks wedding venues range from opulent to simple. There are spas located up and down the Outer Banks that provide luxurious treatments to pamper the bride and her attendants before the big day. And locally owned shops and boutiques are the perfect places to shop for Outer Banks-inspired gifts.
Your guests will love using your Outer Banks wedding as an excuse for a vacation, and there are many choices of accommodations for housing out-of-town guests. Some accommodations can perform double-duty as a location for some of the wedding events, like the rehearsal dinner or even the reception. Inns, hotels and some rental homes can provide space for gatherings. Renting a large, oceanfront home is a big trend in Outer Banks weddings. No longer are the palatial beach homes located exclusively in Corolla and Hatteras; now there are many spectacular homes in every town. If you rent a large home, you can house the wedding party, hold the ceremony on the beach in front of the house, then head poolside for the reception. Most of the time, you have to get a special contract with the rental company to do this, so make sure you check.
An Outer Banks wedding is a memorable event for all those involved. Guests will love your choice of locale, and you’ll love the friendly, small-town atmosphere and helpful, professional wedding service providers. Note that each area of the Outer Banks has its own charm. If you’re familiar with the towns that dot the islands from north to south, you’ll know that a wedding held on Roanoke Island will differ in style, surroundings and mood than one held on the beach in Nags Head or one on Ocracoke Island. Get a jump start on your planning with our destination guides: Corolla weddings, Duck weddings, Nags Head weddings, Roanoke Island weddings, Hatteras weddings and Ocracoke weddings.
A word about Outer Banks weather: It can be unpredictable. If you’re planning any portion of your big day to take place outdoors, have a rain plan so you won’t be disappointed if the weather doesn’t cooperate. Some couples rent a tent from their caterer or a rental company to ensure the reception won’t be hindered by rain or wind.