Travel Planning Tips: Romantic Beach Desination Weddings in the Outer Banks

Photos by Bill Geneczko and amy jett under the Creative Commons License

Spring is fast approaching, and while many of us are still hustling to finish Christmas shopping, the busiest wedding season of the year is fleeting to fill the schedules of many. This is why I’m jumping ahead to give you wedding planners and brides-to-be a head start on those destination wedding plans. Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life and you want it planned well. While most couples book ball rooms and halls for their weddings, others opt to do something different that suits the season.

One of the most popular destination wedding venues is the beach. Whether you are planning your own wedding, or helping a friend or a member of your family plan their big day, you need to take certain things into consideration to make sure everything goes smoothly.

Here are a few things you need to do when planning a romantic beach destination wedding:


When choosing a wedding theme:

With the beach giving such a brilliant background for the wedding pictures, it is easy to set a theme for the wedding. Choose anything that goes well with the sand and the sea. You could, for example choose an Atlantis theme, or ask your guest to dress like mermaids and mermen. You could even opt for a beach party theme where everyone wears beach dresses and shorts.

Just make sure the theme that goes well for the scene. A princess ball theme would look great in a hall, but just won’t go with the sand.

When choosing the dresses for the wedding

Wedding dresses matter a lot, especially for the bride. But handling a ball gown with a long train and a long lace veil will be difficult for a wedding at the beach. The beach can be windy and you don’t want your dress, or your veil flowing out of place and ruining your wedding photographs.

A short beach dress for the bride and shorts for the groom is the most appropriate attire for a beach wedding. You could choose colors like corals, pinks, teal or any shade of blues that would look in the venue. You could even wear corals or shells on your dress or in your hair, or add corals and shells to the bride’s bouquet.

When Choosing the time for the Wedding

Just because most weddings take place in the morning doesn’t make it a rule. When planning a romantic beach wedding, you need to make sure you choose a time when the beach isn’t crowded or it could ruin your wedding because too much noise or too many people at the beach can make your wedding feel less special.

When choosing the location for the Wedding

The first thing you need to do after you decide you want a romantic wedding at the Outer Banks is to search for . You should choose a place that is far away from the tides so your wedding props don’t get washed away. You should also choose a venue based on the facilities it has. For example, you and your guests would need shade, chairs and restrooms. All these facilities are important for a wedding event to be successful.

Planning a destination wedding isn’t the easiest thing in the world, but with proper planning and research it really can be a pretty painless experience.

About Christa Thompson

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Christa Thompson is the Founder and Chief Editor of The Fairytale Traveler. She started traveling the world in 2003 when she attended a summer abroad study at the University of Cambridge in England. Since then, her wanderlust has been fierce. Her three passions in life are her son, traveling, and being creative. The Fairytale Traveler brand gives Christa the opportunity to do all of these things and to live intentionally every day. "It's never too late to believe in what you love and to pursue your dreams." -Christa Thompson

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