Outer Banks BrideAs wedding professionals here on the Outer Banks, and while working nearly every day with other wedding professionals, we draw from our experience in advising couples as to the many aspects of their “Big Day”. It is this expertise that helps to craft your ceremony, reception, and the entire experience into something wonderful and unforgettable. You rely upon us for this.

Also as wedding professionals, we rely upon feedback from our couples to ensure we are serving them to the best of our abilities and then some. The following excerpt is from the Outer Banks Wedding Association’s (OBWA) website that shares tips from OBX brides. I hope you’re able to use some of their insight to plan your own wedding. I always try to listen to my couples and draw out what they are looking for in a ceremony and what it will take to make this one of the most memorable and exciting days of their lives – a real dream come true! While my expertise is valuable to them, their dream is also valuable to me… it is after all, a labor of love.

1. “My biggest advice would be to make sure you have a good day of coordinator. This can make your day so much easier if you have someone taking care of all your details while you relax and get ready. It really takes a lot of stress out of the day!”

Emily Bartos Rosenblatt | Potomac, MD

2. “If you’re getting married on the sound or beach, wind can play a factor in your voice getting swept away.”

Bernadette Arai | Cary, NC

3. “That weekend a nor’easter made an uninvited appearance at our celebration. I’m a planner and made preparations in case of bad weather, but nothing I planned involved a downpour for days, 40+ mile an hour winds and flooding. So my best advice would be to TRUST YOUR VENDORS. They know what they are doing and everyone we worked with was beyond accommodating and understanding.”

Jacquelyn Adornetto | Ambler, PA

4. “Always have a plan B for weather. I waited until the last minute to rent a tent, and even though I was able to find one, it was almost impossible. The day definitely could have been a lot worse without it!”

Danielle Zoksseski | Bethlehem, PA

5. “We decided to rent a beautiful oceanfront home where we held our reception after an intimate ceremony on the beach with our closest family and friends. My advice is to keep it simple, because the beauty of the Outer Banks beaches are already the most elegant backdrop.”

Jessica Bireley | Lancaster, PA

(Excerpt courtesy of the OBWA:  5 Tips from Outer Banks Brides)

If you have any questions about planning your OBX wedding here in the Land of Beginnings, please email me at randebanks@theouterbanksofficiant.com or visit my Facebook page The Outer Banks Officiant!