7 Reasons The Outer Banks is Beach Wedding Perfection

If you’ve ever considered a beach or destination wedding, I (Emma here!) recommend The Outer Banks for your destination. I can say that whole-heartedly because I’ve been there — multiple times! — on family vacations in the past, so I have seen first-hand what it has to offer. While vacationing, I’ve seen actual weddings taking place on the beach. I’ve also seen hundreds of wedding photographs of couples who got married in The Outer Banks. It is truly a gorgeous place to wed. The Outer Banks has some of the most beautiful beaches, stunning landscape, and some of the coolest beach houses I’ve ever seen. OBX, as it’s often referred to, boasts dozens of amenities for couples choosing to wed here. Today we’re sharing seven reasons why a beach wedding in The Outer Banks is a match made in heaven. Read on to find out more…



The Outer Banks Weddings

1. It’s a destination wedding spot — without the passport.

If you’ve always dreamed of a beach wedding, here’s your chance — and guests don’t even have to travel out of the country! No passport needed here, and yet you still get to enjoy total beach wedding heaven.

2. It’s family-friendly.

The Outer Banks offers anything you could need while at your wedding nearby for guests of all ages. Families with children will find restaurants that are kid-friendly, along with convenience stores for anything they could need (and beach stores with all of those extras they maybe forgot to bring). There are also tons of kid-friendly activities nearby that children will enjoy, like learning about the history of flight at the Wright Brothers National Memorial, or learn about The Lost Colony. This means while guests arrive and get settled in, you can rest assured that everyone is having fun and staying busy before the wedding day arrives.

3. The beach houses are amazing.

The beach houses you can rent for lodging are incredible! Many of the houses are very large with multiple bedrooms (with sleeping for 10+ people) so a whole crew can stay in one house. There are also small houses for smaller groups or individual families. The beach houses and resorts are also ideal for a beach reception (provided this is outlined in your rental agreement). You can see some of the beautiful houses and resorts here… and many of them are a short walk from the beach. Which also means (#4)…

4. You can have a ceremony and reception at one location.

Save yourself the hassle of travel between venues! You can have a ceremony on the beach and a reception at a beach house, just a short walk away.

5. It offers some of the most amazing oceanic views.

Every location offers a stunning, picturesque view. And at night, the sunset over the ocean is incredible!

6. There are activities for you and guests to enjoy.

There are endless things to do right there for you and guests to enjoy all throughout Dare County, from Jockey’s Ridge for sand dune climbing or kite flying, to climbing the tallest lighthouse in America at Cape Hatteras, to paddle-boarding or sailing or golfing on some of the country’s most beautiful golf courses. Or, you can just relax on the beach. There are amazing restaurants, historical landmarks, places to bike and run, fish, and one of my most favorite places in the world is just a drive away: The Elizabethan Gardens. This place is purely magical. If you go to The Outer Banks, you must go here.

7. You can honeymoon right there.

After the wedding, you won’t want to leave… and who says you have to? You can honeymoon right there on The Outer Banks and save yourself the extra time and hassle of more travel.

Don’t just take our word for it: check out some more reasons why The Outer Banks weddings are amazing! You can also get up-to-date information with their e-newsletter and their travel guide. You can also check out more on the official OBX website.

Here are some photos taken from Real Outer Banks Weddings:

It’s a really beautiful place! If I was planning a beach wedding for a friend, this would be the first place I’d recommend!

This is a sponsored post by The Outer Banks.

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Custom Wedding Fishing Lure — Father of the Bride

We found the perfect Father of the Bride gift for the fisherman! This cute custom wedding fishing lure was spotted at C and T Custom Lures, where you’ll find hundreds of custom hand-stamped fishing lures to choose from. We love this one because it’s ideal for the bride’s father on her wedding day. It is stamped to read, “First Man That Caught My Heart”. Take a look:

Custom Wedding Fishing Lure

first man that caught my heart fishing lure gift idea | Custom Wedding Fishing Lure

by c and t custom lures

If you like this one, find out more details and see others right here.


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Cute, Rustic Ring Bearer Badges

Looking for ring bearer badges? You’ve found them! You can see even more ring bearer attire and accessories in The Marketplace.

The ring bearer has a tough job. He has to dress up, keep the rings safe, walk down the aisle in front of all of your guests, and give the rings to the Best Man, all without dropping them along the way. Quick story: a friend’s ring bearer cried the whole way down the aisle. Everyone thought it was just because he was nervous. Afterward, though, he tearfully said that his bow tie was on too tight. Isn’t that the sweetest and saddest thing? Word to the wise: make sure your ring bearer is comfortable.

Anyway, we spotted these ring bearer badges over at Prince Whitaker and they’re a fun alternative to a boutonniere. Take a look!

Ring Bearer Badges

This police style badge is our favorite:

ring bearer badges - ring security
by prince whitaker

by prince whitaker

by prince whitaker

by prince whitaker

Aren’t they a great idea? We love them as an alternative to the traditional boutonniere. There’s even some options for groomsmen, too! You can see those (+ more) right here.


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25 Beachy Sea Glass Wedding Ideas

Planning a beach wedding? You’ll need this.

Are you planning a beach wedding and in need of some serious inspiration? You’ve come to the right place! Sea glass can be used in so many creative ways, from your color palette to your decor, right down to the jewelry! In this post, we’ll show you how to coordinate a stunning sea glass wedding with handmade finds and DIY projects. We’ve found everything including ceremony decor, decorations down the aisle, your reception, centerpieces, favors, gifts, jewelry, cake, and more! Who knows, you might even want to use a few of these for your patio this summer — I know I will!

Sea Glass Wedding Ideas

As you know, every great celebration begins with a perfect invitation. Here’s one we spotted that is totally sea-glass inspired by Mountain Paper.

sea glass wedding invitations
by mountain paper

And these coordinating paper goods for cohesion:

sea glass wedding paper goods
by mountain paper

I’m picturing something on the beach, like this… with sea glass and starfish along the aisle.

left: via project wedding | right: seashells by seashore

Oh! And these sea glass bottles turned makeshift vases, hanging from sticks in the sand. Love, love, love.

sea glass bottle of flowers

photo: anna and spencer photography

Or sea glass along the aisle AND these charming colorful poufs as seating:

poufs on beach

via destination weddings

And I adore this centerpiece idea for your reception.

sea glass centerpiece idea
via southern weddings, photo: kristin moore

Now, let’s talk about accessories and decorative accents.

We spotted these gorgeous sea glass earrings as your something blue… also, as gifts for your bridesmaids. From Fuchsia Bloom Studio.

sea glass earrings by fuchsia bloom studio

by fuchsia bloom studio

by fuchsia bloom studio

This necklace, too! Also by Fuchsia Bloom Studio.

sea glass necklace by fuchsia bloom studio

by fuchsia bloom studio

And these bangles, spotted at Southern Wire:

sea glass bangles

by southern wire

For bridesmaids, let them pick their own dress from a sea of beachy blues…


photo: ben blood

I love these magnets as favors. They’re sold in a set of six, so you could always give just one to each guest in a small muslin bag, like this.

sea glass magnets in tin

by the rubbish revival

For decor, we found these bottles topped with seashells, or these plain clear bottles painted to look like sea glass. Both of these finds are DIY projects with step-by-step instructions — just click on the links below the images.

left: via sand and sisal | right: via homedeco

And these coasters! Just for fun.

sea glass coasters
by manatee cove crafts

I’m also really digging these drinking bottles.

sea glass bottles
via whimsically detailed

A sea glass shadow box and an interesting orb are a few other decor pieces we spotted…

by the rubbish revival

… along with this sea glass mobile with starfish on the top. My patio is calling.

sea glass mobile

by the rubbish revival

Sea and Glass, based in Hawaii:

sea glass wall hanging on driftwood

by sea and glass

Then there’s the cake. Aren’t these stunning ideas? I love the cascading one.

left: via 100 layer cakelet | right: cake by sweet & saucy shop, sea glass candy by andie’s specialty sweets

You can make your own sea glass place cards, thanks to this DIY project:

sea glass place card favors diy
via style me pretty

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What do you think of these sea glass wedding ideas? Which one is your favorite?

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