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September usually provides perfect weather for a wedding on the Outer Banks. Tiffany and Shawn wholeheartedly agreed! So they rented a nice house on the ocean, invited a few family and friends, and drove down from Pennsylvania last September. They chose the beach in front of their rental house in Corolla as the ideal setting to say their vows. But as everyone knows, when you plan a wedding out in nature, there is always one thing you have no control over – the weather!
Whenever I perform a wedding on the beach I always discuss with the couple ahead of time the possibility that the wind direction may not be favorable to the traditional positioning of the bride and groom at the altar. On Tiffany and Shawn’s day, we were blessed to have the sun shining on us, but it was quite windy.
One thing I do to help make sure the bride is showing her best side is, if the wind direction dictates, “flip” the bride’s position at the altar.You can see in the video that I had Tiffany stand opposite of the traditional “bride stands on the left.” This way the bride’s hair is not blowing in her face, her gown is flowing behind her, and the photographer can get great shots of our gorgeous bride.
You might also notice at the ceremony location I have placed a throw blanket in the sand. Why? Because there are few things worse than having one or both of the rings accidentally drop into the sand during the ring exchange! If a ring drops onto the sand, the sand immediately envelops the ring making it almost impossible to find unless you happen to have a metal detector handy. So I always use my “security blanket” for a beach wedding.
It’s the little details that can make a big difference in the wonderful memories created by the ceremony. I was honored to be part of Shawn and Tiffany’s wedding day and happy to have provided some special touches to make sure that the only hitch in the ceremony is when I pronounced them husband and wife.
Contact me, your Outer Banks Wedding Minister, to discuss your ideas for a prefect Outer Banks Wedding!
October is such a beautiful time of year for a wedding on the Outer Banks. And last month’s wedding for Samantha and Jon had perfect weather for a beach wedding: bright sun, low wind, just beautiful! But this wedding had something special.
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Our lucky bride for the month of September is from Craven County, North Carolina. William Craven himself, 1st Earl of Craven, couldnt be prouder of this amazing accomplishment. Located about 3 hours from the Outer Banks, Craven County is home to approximately 100,000 residents, many of which can be seen embellishing our beaches during the summer.
Lady Natasha J will receive the services of our own Outer Banks minister, Barbara Mulford, free of charge to perform her vow renewal ceremony! Natasha J and her soulmate will be celebrating their 10th anniversary.
Congratulations to Natasha and her Husband!
The same way Rachel F was August’s lucky bride and was extremely happy for it, we want to congratulate Natasha J and wish her many more years of happiness!
Stay tuned for news, and feel free to leave any questions you may have in the comment section.
Lee County residents, rejoice! One of your own has been chosen for this month’s free wedding service contest!
The lucky bride is soon-to-be Mrs. Rachel F., from Sanford, NC. Out of population not much bigger than ours here on the OBX, lucky Rachel was picked and will experience her FOREVER moment with us.
Coincidentally enough, here’s Rachel’s contest entry:
I believe that my Fiance’ and I should win a free ceremony because we are coming all the way in from Sanford to get married on the outer banks. We both think that it is the most beautiful beach in North Carolina and would love to have our FOREVER moment there.
Well, Rachel, congratulations! And to all of the other brides that submitted entries, fret not. You may still have a chance!
Getting married on the beach makes for a grand ceremony. It’s a beautiful backdrop, and it’ll save you a few bucks on the venue. But with that being said, being married on the beach isn’t quite the same as getting married in the church. We’ve already discussed the dangers of losing your wedding ring in the sand previously. Now we want to mention one of the more prominent features of the Outer Banks.
Any Way You Want It
When getting married on the beach, take into consideration the direction of the wind. Tradition says that the bride should stand on the left and the groom on the right, but if the wind is blowing the bride’s hair into her face and her vail is slapping the groom’s face, there will be no good pictures during the ceremony! The answer – switch sides! It really is okay! After all, you have already broken “tradition” by getting married on the beach – the place where YOU wanted to be married.
Tradition is grand, but awesome wedding photos are more important than which side your standing on. And there’s not much you can do about the wind. It’s what brought the Wright Brothers here, and is a constant part of life on the Outer Banks, so you learn to cope with it. Besides, a nice breeze will keep you and your guests cool, and make for a pleasant ceremony!
For a local Outer Banks wedding officiant you can rely on, fill out the contact form on the site and I’ll get right back to you! And don’t forget, I’m still giving away one free service every month, so make sure you sign up now!
Having your ceremony on the beach makes for a beautiful wedding. There are few more romantic settings than the seaside. while you may have everything scheduled and planned out, make sure you take the little things into account so you don’t have any accidental blunders on your big day. Believe it or not, one of the biggest things you need to watch out for is your wedding ring!
A Ring On Your Finger
If you are getting married on the beach, always leave your rings in their boxes until you are putting them on your finger. Another officiant told me about an incident during the ceremony when the groomsmen and best man decided to get a little cute during the ceremony passing the bride’s ring down the line. Unfortunately, the ring got dropped into the sand on the beach and took almost 20 minutes to find, upsetting the bride. Another time, the best man was just taking the ring out of his pocket and dropped it in the sand. The lesson learned: If you are getting married on the beach, either leave the rings in their boxes or bring a metal detector to the ceremony.
OBX Wedding Officiant
It can help to have some local wedding vendors on hand to see you through the big day. There are few unique situations that someone hasn’t seen before, and having that know how on your side can save you from any embarrassing mishaps. For a local Outer Banks wedding officiant you can rely on, fill out the contact form on the site and I’ll get right back to you! And don’t forget, I’m still giving away one free service every month, so make sure you sign up now!