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…



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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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…


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!


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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Coastal Wedding Invitations

To grab yours, visit In Or Out Media.

Happy Planning!


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