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Destination weddings … once seen as unattainable for some … are now more accessible than ever, especially if the bride and groom in question are looking for a beach wedding. Indeed, today about 15% of weddings are destination weddings. A venue doesn’t have to be overseas for it to be a part of a destination wedding, and Outer Banks weddings in particular have become popular amongst those hoping to get married on the beach without breaking their budget. However, there are a few things to consider before booking a wedding at an Outer Banks resort or hotel.

1. Look For Budget Friendly Options

Typically, a beach wedding can cost $5,000 to $10,000 than a “regular” wedding. Money can be saved if you skip some traditional touches like a large wedding party, extensive floral arrangements, and live music. However, an easier to way to save money is to ask your hotel about possible wedding packages available. Some hotels will offer not only a venue but food and decor, while others will go as far as to set your waterfront wedding for you! Keeping your expenses with one “company” … in this case a hotel … ensures that you can consolidate your money and spend less in the long term.

2. Plan Your Wedding Far In Advance

The average wedding involves at least a year of planning, and that’s without the considerations that come with a destination wedding. If you want to have a wedding at an Outer Banks hotel, you should reserve your venue as quickly as possible. This is partially because your guests need to clear their schedules, reserve rooms, and possibly even buy plane tickets well ahead of the wedding. Save the dates alone should be sent at least 6 to 8 months before the wedding takes place.

3. Remember The Elements

Locations like the Outer Banks are beautiful places to have any wedding, and particularly a waterfront wedding. However, as with any outdoor wedding … and especially a beach wedding … the weather must be carefully considered. 15% of all weddings take place in June and September. While June offers more predictable weather, September usually has milder temperatures. Whatever date you choose, keep a careful eye on the forecast in the days leading up to your wedding, and speak with your venue and caterers about backup options.

4. Take Advantage Of Technology

It’s estimated that 87% of travelers do the majority of their planning online. A destination wedding certainly counts as travel, especially when you take into consideration things like the honeymoon. Don’t leave your planning to phone calls … take advantage of the Internet, especially when you’re comparing price rates.

Planning your destination wedding doesn’t have to be a hassle, nor does it have to drain all of your savings. You just have to remember: communication and research are key, as is picking the right venue!

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