The Outer Banks is one of the fastest growing wedding destinations in the country. It’s true that many other locations offer beautiful settings, so what are the reasons for the ever-growing popularity of the Outer Banks for destination weddings, family reunions and corporate events?
Our award-winning beaches and immense variety of waterfront settings and event homes certainly contribute to our growing popularity. But most importantly, as a community, we have chosen to make events, weddings and reunions an essential part of what we do well. As a result, there is a wide selection of professionals ready to assist—wedding and event planners, caterers, photographers and musicians to name just a few. Many of the people who work in event planning are members of the Outer Banks Wedding Association, the organization that presents the annual Wedding Expo.
In addition to services offered by local professionals, trend setting event homes with innovative designs and amenities are a growing part of our home inventory. At Carolina Designs Realty, we are proud to offer a fine variety of these special event homes for guest selection, many that feature between eight to 22 bedrooms and provide immense great rooms with dining facilities, gourmet kitchens, luxurious master suites, recreation lounges, private home theaters and spectacular outdoor amenities.
For those in search of separate but adjacent homes, we manage many homes located side by side that can be rented together to provide convenient accommodations for your guests. In addition, the Outer Banks offers a number of hotels, motels, and bed and breakfast retreats that can house those in your wedding party.
An additional reason to plan your event or reunion on the Outer Banks is our location. Although the Outer Banks feels quite remote, it is actually centrally located on the east coast with about 25% of the U.S. population located within a day’s drive. For some, the drive may extend just beyond ten hours, but the relaxation you’ll experience upon arrival is certainly worth the trip!
Destination beach weddings are typically scheduled during the spring and fall “shoulder seasons.” For residents, these months are favored due to our temperate climate, minimal traffic and a reconnection to our slower pace of life. These are also benefits to our guests, but an additional bonus is that pricing for vacation rental and event homes are reduced from prime summer season rates making them an even better value.
Yet, it all comes back to the central reason so many families make the Outer Banks a part of their annual travel plans; the Outer Banks is truly a place of extraordinary beauty. From exquisite sunrises peeking over the Atlantic and lingering warm sand between your toes to luxurious vacation accommodations and southern hospitality, the Outer Banks has been bringing people together for over 200 years.
The 2015 Outer Banks Wedding Expo is scheduled for January 17th and 18th, and for those couples who plan to marry in 2015 or 2016, scheduling a visit to attend this event is a very good idea.