Category: beach wedding

7 Reasons to Get Married in The Outer Banks

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…

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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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7 REASONS TO GET MARRIED IN THE OUTER BANKS

Maui Beach Wedding: Marla + Shawn

With record low temps all around the US today, this Maui beach wedding has us remembering warmer days. Marla and Shawn were married this past July barefoot on Baldwin Beach, Maui. After 16 years together, they made their dream come true of having a beach wedding. Highlights of their Maui beach wedding include rainbows, music by Ukelele, coconut drinks, and post ceremony trash-the-dress. The photographer capturing this awesome couple was Wendy from Ardolino Photography. See all the photos next…

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Maui Beach Wedding

Wendy tells us, “Shawn proposed to Marla in June 2012 at the Seattle Space Needle. They dreamed of a beach wedding, but didn’t know when or where they would do it. After being invited to a family member’s Hawaii wedding, they started to think that Maui would be the perfect location. The family member’s wedding location and date was changed, so Marla & Shawn decided to go ahead and book a flight anyways to have their dream beach wedding, just the two of them.”

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Other wedding vendors and details:
Officiant and Ukelele: Ryan Nerseth
Flowers: Designed by the bride, bought at Kihei-Wailea Flowers by Cora, Kihei
Cake: Safeway, Kihei
Breakfast reception: Charley’s Saloon, Paia

Looking for your wedding photographer, check out our local wedding vendor directory.

All images courtesy of Ardolino Photography. All rights reserved.

4 Tips for Table Numbers at Weddings

What will your table numbers look like? What kind of table number holders will you use? Before you pick out the perfect table numbers for your wedding, read this post! We’ve gathered four of the most important tips for table numbers at weddings to ensure guests will take notice of your selection. Plus, you can win table number (or photo) holders for your own soirée. Read on for the full scoop!

Table Numbers at Weddings

1. Add your own personalized twist.

Creativity is key! When you incorporate things, places, or hobbies you love, guests get a sneak peek into your unique story. For instance, consider using some of these wedding table name ideas instead of ‘numbers’ for a punch of personalization.

Table Numbers at Weddings

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2. Incorporate your theme.

Planning a beach wedding? Use beach inspired table numbers for your reception tables.

Table Numbers at Weddings

1 – sea urchin table numbers | eco-lectic events
2 – starfish beach table numbers | expressions floral
3 – nautical knot table number holders | karen’s wedding shop
4 – seashell beach table number | gallery360
5 – sailboat table numbers | third cloud to the left

Wine wedding theme? Here are a few inspiring finds…

Table Numbers at Weddings

1 – wine bottle sign holder | homes and weddings
2 – tall table number holder | dr. marvelous
3 – wine table number sign | simply glass
4 – kraft table number wine bottle wraps | golden silhouette

3. Make sure the table numbers stand upright.

Your table numbers should stand out and be upright on their own. While leaning a table number against your centerpiece can work, in outdoor weddings (or if the centerpiece isn’t strong enough) your table numbers can fall down. A table number set against a picture frame with a stand is one easy way to ensure your table number stays put.

Table Numbers at Weddings

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4. Don’t forget escort cards!

And, last but not least, don’t forget escort cards for guests! An escort card tells a guest where to be seated upon entering the reception. If you need escort card display ideas, you can find twenty-five of them here!

Win Table Number / Photo / Sign Holders for your Wedding!

Beach-loving brides: this one is for you! Enter for a chance to win twelve starfish and pearls table numbers by Expressions Floral. These table number holders are perfect for a beach wedding and can hold pictures, table numbers, or signs. One winner will receive 12 holders (number, container, and gems not included). Prize value: $87. No cash value. Enter between 11/21-11/27/13 (11:59pm EST) using the entry form below. One winner will be randomly selected on 11/28. Winner announced on post and contacted via email. Winner must respond within 72 hours. Winner must ‘order’ prize within 6 months. Shipping included to U.S. only. Use entry form below to enter. Past giveaway winners within 30 days not eligible to win. Good luck!

Happy Planning!

xo,
-E.

What tips for table numbers at weddings would YOU share? What questions do you have?

Coastal Wedding Invitations

Planning a coastal wedding? Set the theme and tone right from the start with these charming invites. We spotted these coastal wedding invitations at In Or Out Media inspired by the Maine coast with watercolors, simple typography, and a slightly rustic feel. Can you imagine a “dinner picnic by the sea”? It sounds so lovely to me. Find out more…

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This response card tells guests to dress more casual to suit your tone.

Coastal Wedding Invitations (by In Or Out Media)

And, these have nothing to do with invitations but I found them and still can’t get over how real they look. They’re entirely edible and made of chocolate. Favors? By Andie’s Specialty Sweets.

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To grab yours, visit In Or Out Media.

Happy Planning!


-E.

P.S. Don’t miss the great giveaways going on now! We’re giving away a birdcage veil, table number holders, and table numbers!

How to Use Wax Letter Seals

The use of wax letter seals for weddings (and all correspondence, really) dates back as early as the 16th century. Wax was originally used to seal letters closed, and, later, envelopes. Wax seals authenticated a letter to ensure it was not opened prior to its receipt. While the use of wax letter seals is mostly decorative today (now we have modern adhesives), it has grown in popularity in the wedding industry especially for vintage, baroque, or renaissance themed weddings. Despite what many may think, using wax seals on invitations, place cards, and other decor doesn’t take long at all. Wax used to be melted with a match and applied to the stamper; today, you can use a sealing gun (or glue gun) for quick + easy stamping. Plus, the result of a custom monogrammed seal is sure to please your guests. Find out more about how to use wax letter seals, get inspired with handmade twists (even jewelry!) and find out where you can grab supplies to get crafty with wax this weekend. Enjoy!

How to Use Wax Letter Seals

First, get inspired! Here are some unique ways you can use wax letter seals throughout your decor:

Wax Seal Place Cards (by Southern Calligraphy) - How to Use Wax Letter Seals via EmmalineBride.com

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Wax Seal Place Cards (by Southern Calligraphy) - How to Use Wax Letter Seals via EmmalineBride.com

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Wax Seal Place Cards (by Southern Calligraphy) - How to Use Wax Letter Seals via EmmalineBride.com

by southern calligraphy

Wax Seals on Wedding Invitations (by Paper Freckles) - How to Use Wax Letter Seals via EmmalineBride.com

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Wax Seal Invitations (by Paper Freckles) - How to Use Wax Letter Seals via EmmalineBride.com

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Wax Seal Table Numbers (by Southern Calligraphy) - How to Use Wax Letter Seals via EmmalineBride.com

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You can even use wax seals to seal favor boxes.

Wax Seal Favor Boxes (by Alfredesign Studio) - How to Use Wax Letter Seals via EmmalineBride.com

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You can also tie in the look of wax seals with accessories – like jewelry and cuff links. Check out these finds…

Wax Seal Cuff Links (by White Truffle Studio) - How to Use Wax Letter Seals via EmmalineBride.com

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This wax inspired necklace is perfect for a beach wedding!

Wax Seal Necklaces for Beach Wedding (by By The Seashore Decor) - How to Use Wax Letter Seals via EmmalineBride.com

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Wax Seal Monogram Necklace (by Doble Ele) - How to Use Wax Letter Seals via EmmalineBride.com

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Wax Seal Necklace (by New Hope Beading, photo by Cheryl Joy Miner) - How to Use Wax Letter Seals via EmmalineBride.com

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How to Use Wax Seals

1. Buy a wax sealing stamp. Custom is best! (We spotted this wax stamp at Back to Zero which can be customized with your monogram or personalized design.)

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2. Buy sealing wax. You can find it on Amazon or at your favorite craft store (like Hobby Lobby and Michaels). You can also buy wax when you order your stamp; most places offer the sealing wax as part of a kit or as an additional item. Pick a color that coordinates with your wedding; red is the original and most popular choice but bright colors are fun, too!

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3. Use a sealing gun to apply wax to your stamp. It’s a lot easier than using a match (and you’ll have even better results). You can also use a glue gun for applying wax; just buy special wax to fit.

TIPS

For best results, use ice on your wax stamper before applying wax. You’ll be more pleased with the results. Be careful when using wax; it is very hot and can burn skin.

Use wax seals to seal your wedding invitations, save the dates, as an embellishment on your ceremony programs, escort cards, place cards, table numbers, and anywhere else you see fit!


-E.

What do you think of wax seals? Will you use them throughout your decor?

21 Most Unique Ceremony Ideas

Your wedding is a huge part of your amazing, lifelong adventure as a couple. Don’t let your ceremony be anything but extraordinary! Today we’re showing you some fun, practical, and totally unique ceremony ideas for your wedding to inspire your upcoming day. With twenty-one unique ideas for your ceremony, there’s sure to be one you haven’t seen yet! We’ve rounded up unique ideas for ceremony seating, backdrops, bridesmaid bouquet alternatives, a nighttime activity for guests, and much more. So, if you’re ready to take your ceremony to a more creative level, read on to be inspired…

21 Unique Ceremony Ideas

1. Change up the seating.

No two ceremonies are the same, so why should the seating be? This ceremony featured guests arranged in a more circular shape. We like!

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photo by priceless photography

We love these unique pallet ottomans for a beach wedding…

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… and this fun idea of eclectic seating for a backyard bash.

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2. Carry a bouquet that will last forever.

Unlike fresh flowers, a fabric bouquet won’t wilt, fade, or die. A fabric bouquet lasts forever and since it’s handmade it can be customized to your specific color palette. And, you can even have a special heirloom brooch sewn into the brooch to remember someone special on your big day. This fabric bouquet is one of our favorites and is handmade by All for Love, L.O.V.E.. It’s a definite keeper.

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3. Perform a ‘knot-tying’ ceremony.

A knot-tying ceremony is similar to the unity ceremony but involves a fisherman’s knot. The couple ties the knot together to form a very strong knot; the knot only gets tighter with pressure and cannot come undone which represents the couple’s strength. Perfect for a nautical wedding!

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4. Offer hankies to guests.

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photo by inspired photography via rose a la mode

5. Write your own vows…

… and turn ’em into one of these.

6. Have bridesmaids carry something other than flowers.

A clutch purse is way more functional after the wedding than a bouquet of flowers. Money well spent!

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by emma gordon london

Or, have bridesmaids carry lanterns instead. (At night, they offer additional lighting!)

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For a book themed wedding, have bridesmaids carry their favorite book down the aisle.

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7. Have your bridesmaid sign the bottoms of your shoes before you walk down the aisle.

Tradition states that the name still remaining after the night is through will be the next to walk down the aisle.

8. Display your ceremony events on a chalkboard (instead of a program).

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photo by lauryn galloway

9. Have your guest book available at the ceremony.

If your ceremony takes place near your reception, have your guest book display out and ready for signatures. If guests are early, they can get a head start on signing your book. You’ll ensure more guests have a chance to see it and sign it before your reception.

21 Unique Ceremony Ideas for Your Wedding (via Emmaline Bride) - custom guest book canvas by GeeZees

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10. Pick out an awesome ceremony backdrop.

And don’t be afraid tie in punchy pops of color (see more here).

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photo by izzy hudgins

11. Plan a grand entrance… outdoors!

This ‘entrance’ is the perfect combination of handmade monograms + vintage doors.

21 Unique Ceremony Ideas for Your Wedding (via Emmaline Bride) - unique backdrop doors wedding ceremony, photo by Lauryn Galloway

photo by lauryn galloway

12. Infuse your decor with unexpected decor — like lace.

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13. Play a nontraditional song down the aisle.

Love The Beatles? James Taylor? That amazing song played at the end of this movie? Do it. You don’t have to play Canon in D.

13. Offer ceremony fans instead of traditional programs.

Program fans: the thank-goodness-they-thought-of-this option for guests sitting out in the hot summer sun. Programs by Kama Catch Me.

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14. Skip the veil and wear an alternative instead.

This soft feathery fascinator is one excellent alternative. By All for Love, L.O.V.E.

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by all for love, l.o.v.e.

15. Choose an offbeat boutonniere.

Not a flower-loving groom? Skip the traditional flower and opt for a more thematic approach. A starfish becomes a perfect thematic touch for a beach wedding…

21 Unique Ceremony Ideas for Your Wedding (via Emmaline Bride) - beach wedding starfish boutonniere by My Windansea

by my windansea

… a key is a great addition to your vintage decor…

21 Unique Ceremony Ideas for Your Wedding (via Emmaline Bride) - key boutonniere by Larkspur and Linen

by larkspur and linen

… or, for a whimsical touch, opt for a pinwheel boutonniere.

21 Unique Ceremony Ideas for Your Wedding (via Emmaline Bride) - pinwheel boutonniere by leah r hood, photo by melissa g photography

boutonniere by leah r hood, photo by melissa g photography

16. Plan a ceremony with a view.

21 Unique Ceremony Ideas for Your Wedding (via Emmaline Bride) - ceremony with a view, photo by eric kelley

photo by eric kelley via elizabeth anne designs

17. Wear shoes that personify your style.

21 Unique Ceremony Ideas for Your Wedding (via Emmaline Bride) - wear any shoes you love! TOMS shoes photo via corey ann photography

photo by corey ann photography

18. Remind guests to pick a seat… not a side.

21 Unique Ceremony Ideas for Your Wedding (via Emmaline Bride) - pick a seat not a side print by lacey fields

by lacey fields

19. Select a non-traditional wedding ring ‘pillow’.

21 Unique Ceremony Ideas for Your Wedding (via Emmaline Bride) - ring bearer pillow book by pommes frites

by pommesfrites

20. Have guests wave flags instead of tossing rice or seed.

21 Unique Ceremony Ideas for Your Wedding (via Emmaline Bride) - pendant flags for wedding ceremony by Beta Wife

by beta wife

21. After the ceremony, release sky lanterns.

21 Unique Ceremony Ideas for Your Wedding (via Emmaline Bride) - sky lanterns at night wedding ceremony, photo by the photo love

photo by the photo love


What are the most unique ceremony ideas you’ve ever seen?

Happy Planning!


-E.