(Closed) Outer Banks wedding tips?

posted 8 years ago in North Carolina – Research Triangle
Post # 3
110 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

The whalehead club is so lovely, although I really wish you could actually use the house instead of just the grounds!

I would think that a lot of people — looking at your date at least — would be wanting to take an extended weekend instead of a full week. It’s not summer vacation time for families, so taking a whole week is challenging if you have guests with kids (or guests who are teachers, or in school of some sort…). The water and weather can be getting a bit chilly by then to spend a whole week beach vacation then too. If I was going to take a week’s beach vacation, I would NOT take it in late September, even if my friend was having a wedding. Hurricane and storm possibilities, and there’s just not that much in the obx if you’re stuck inside all week. A weekend, sure.

You’re close enough to the off-season that some properties will probably be available for partial week rentals.  I’d think it would be WAY easier for people to make it to a friday wedding, at least. Even if some of your guests fly in, it’s still 2+ hours to Corolla from Norfolk, so it’d be a hectic day for guests to travel if they were coming in on Thursday to try to make it to your wedding.

If you really did want a full-week celebration (assuming then you’d have fewer guests), why not look into renting one of the huge houses up on the 4×4 beach? There’s a number with 20+ bedrooms.


Post # 5
1 posts
  • Wedding: July 2011

I just had my wedding in the outer banks (Duck). If you are still looking for someone to do hair/nails/makeup I would highly recommend Sophia at hotheads salon in Kitty Hawk/Kill devil hills (can’t remember exactly which). I sent her photos of how I wanted my hair and she replicated the style perfectly. She also fixed my acrylic nails that another salon had done a poor job with. I have never been so impressed with a hair stylist, she is amazing!!! Plus her rates are reasonable and she is really easy going and nice. She will come to you or you can go to her.

Post # 6
852 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I can’t recommend ppl in OBX so much as Wilm who are phenomenal and willing to travel (I can recommend an incredible hair/makeup person and videographers). Anyway, I <3 OBX – I’m sure your wedding will be amazing!

Post # 7
3 posts
  • Wedding: April 2012

I’m also planning an Outer Banks wedding, and it sounds very similar to yours. We actually took the risk and rented 2 houses for a whole week in the 4×4 area of Corolla, and are wedding date is on Thursday, in May. … We are pretty much doing everything that the other post wouldn’t recommend – hahaaha ๐Ÿ™‚  

– But, we justified it for a number of reasons. First, our wedding guest list is small, and everyone is aware of the 4WD condition. We will have at least 4 / 4WD vehicles provided. Next, the houses both have heated swimming pools, we are crossing our fingers that it’ll be warm enough to go swimming. For us summer was out of question, and there will only be 3 children that will have to be excused from school. Last, like you, we decided a Thursday wedding would suite us and our guests best, because most of them will be there for the whole week, and one of the houses has a check out on Sat. at 10am. This gives us a day to recoup and get ready to go back. Again, only our closest friends and family are making the trip and we realize having it then and there may not be the most convenient, so we understand if extended friends and family can’t come. The ones I was most worried about, actually preferred Thursday over Friday, to my surprise! 

Now, as for venues, we’ve decided to have the wedding ceremony at the Elizabethan Gardens in Manteo. They pretty much do all the work for you. They set up chairs, direction signs, and it’s beautiful, so you can save some money without having to purchase too many extra flowers or decorations. We are having a reception at one of the houses, but we did consider renting 108 Budleigh. It’s sort of a cool building, set up for catering. It may be worth looking into as a possibility for you, though your guests would have to travel. We considered it, since everyone will be traveling to the ceremony already. 

Anyway, good luck and don’t get discouraged! Happy planning! 

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