Over the top and flashy? No more! In 2012 trends seem to be shifting toward more socially responsible, understated weddings. Instead of 1000 guests, brides choose 100 of their closest friends and family. They are spending less money on more eco-friendly things. Times are changing and here is how you can keep up!
GO GREEN! Choose locally grown flowers, recycled invitations and repurpose old items to become centerpieces. Guests will be wowed at your creativy rather than lavish spending.
VINTAGE! Celebrities are embracing old Hollywood styles and so can you! Achieve the "aged feel" by including a family tradition or putting old wedding photos from both families on the tables. Stop in at your local thrift store or antique store for awesome ideas on seating displays, table settings and decorations.
DO IT YOURSELF! Why spend extra money when there are things the 2012 bride can do herself? If you have the time and talent, many things can be home made. More and more brides are printing invitations, writing place cards and creating centerpieces. Dont bite off more than you can chew...try taking on one or two DIY projects.
It can be done! Especially if you choose a one-stop shop venue, like The Village Beach Club! We take care of catering, rentals (tables, chairs, dance floor, plates, glasses, silverware, etc), table linen, coordination, almost everything! And for the things that we don't cover, I can provide you with a contact list of all of the best OBX Vendors who do! Our goal is to make things as stress-free as possible, so you can focus on what really matters: your family, friends, and marrying the love of your life!
Planning a beach destination wedding is very different from planning in your hometown. Although the distance can sometimes make planning a bit tricky, it also allows for flexibility and cost savings! How? If you are planning a summertime wedding in the Outer Banks, chances are that your guests will see that as the perfect excuse for a vacation :)
With the majority of accommodations in the form of vacation rental homes, our towns promote week long vacation stays. If your guests are going to be in town for a whole week anyway, why not have your wedding on a Wednesday? Mid-week weddings really allow everyone to get the most out of their trip. You get a few days to relax and get some sun before the big day, and a few more to unwind after! The best part? No one has to check-out by 10 AM the morning after the wedding, unlike with a Friday or Saturday night event!
Many of our great OBX vendors will also offer different pricing for non-weekend weddings. Being flexible on your date can save you money, so you can splurge on other areas, such as food & beverage, or tuck the savings away for your newlywed years!
Over the years we've seen the number of weddings on non-traditional days on the rise, and can see this becoming even more popular in the future! Start planning your Summer Mid-Week Wedding today - your personal wedding coordinator is here to help you every step of the way!
Mark your calendars - the annual Outer Banks Wedding Association's Wedding Tour and Expo Weekend is January 7th & 8th - less than 3 weeks away! Are you planning to attend? This weekend allows Brides to meet with as many vendors as possible, and even get much of their wedding planning done in 2 days! On Saturday, ceremony and reception venues all along the beach will be holding open houses, featuring their location as well as other vendors. Then Sunday, 200+ OBX wedding vendors will all be in one place, allowing you to meet and interact with them all! This weekend can be overwhelming, but very beneficial! A few tips:
Come with a plan! Make a list of all of your must-see vendors and decide which day/time and how you will accomplish that.
Plan your time wisely! The tour on Saturday is such a great tool, but it is impossible to hit every stop and still get genuine interaction at each. Look at your list of must-see vendors and compare it to the Tour Map - see which tour stops will feature the most of your must-see vendors and focus on those. Also, hone in on one or two geographic areas - checking out both Corolla and Hatteras locations is probably not the best use of time... Stick to Northern Beaches (Corolla, Duck, Kitty Hawk), Middle Beaches (Kill Devil Hills, Nags Head, Manteo), or Southern Beaches (Hatteras Island)
Know what you are looking for before walking through the First Flight Middle and High School doors! If you have already chosen a florist, don't waste your time looking at other florists. Keep your mission in mind and look for only those types of vendors.
Stay an extra day or two! Didn't get to see everything you wanted or meet with all of your must-see vendors? Set up appointments for the Monday after the Expo. Many vendors will still have everything set-up and would be more than happy to meet with you in a less hectic setting :) This is also a good thing to plan in advance - if there is one or two vendors that you are VERY interested in, go ahead and try to set up an appointment with them the Friday before or Monday after. That way you can guarantee you'll get to meet with them and you won't need to worry about squeezing them in on the crazy days, saving you time!
We'll be a tour stop on Saturday so make sure you swing by! Our veranda will be set-up and we'll have hors d'oeuvres and other goodies! I encourage tour appointments on the days around Expo weekend, so let me know if you'll be in town an extra day or two!