8 February 2023 | Published By: Hotels OBX By Christine Flanagan, Marketing Manager and Facilities Coordinator Congratulations on your Engagement! You just got engaged, and you're ready to plan the wedding of your dreams! But where do you start? One of the first steps in planning a wedding is finding the perfect venue. Whether you dream of an oceanfront ceremony or a ballroom reception, now is the time to book your Outer Banks wedding venue. Talk early with anyone who may consider why it's essential to get your hotel event space booked sooner rather than later. Time Is Of The Essence: Once you have the date set, it's time to act fast! Popular Outer Banks wedding venues book up quickly, so be sure to reach out as soon as possible after setting the date. It's also important to remember that some North Carolina wedding venues require deposits up to one year in advance. If you wait too long, you risk not being able to secure your ideal Outer Banks wedding venue for your special day. Additionally, some resorts offer group travel rates for out-of-town guests or discounted rooms for your bridal party. When booking early, you can secure these rates and make sure everyone has a place to stay! Exceptions to the Rule: There are always exceptions to the rule of booking early. There are cases where couples have been able to snag an amazing oceanfront location at the last minute or even booked their venue less than two months before their big day without any problems whatsoever. However, this may require you to be flexible on the date, time, and number of guests who can attend your wedding. It never hurts to call and see if there are any last-minute openings. Also, looking at mid-week dates instead of Saturday may offer availability at popular Outer Banks wedding venues. Know What You Need: Before reaching out, know exactly what you need from the venue. Think about things like, • Size Think about the number of guests you plan to have at your wedding. Are you looking for something intimate with just a few close family members and friends? Or do you dream of a large celebration including all family, friends, and co-workers? You don't need to know the exact number, but having an idea will help eliminate Outer Banks wedding venues that are either too small or too large. • Budget Let's talk early with anyone who may be helping pay for the wedding. Traditionally the bride's parents help pay for the reception. The groom's family pays for the rehearsal dinner and other items. Today, many couples are paying for their entire wedding on their own. No matter what, create a realistic budget. A wedding is a celebration of your love, not a time to go into debt over an elaborate cake. Knowing your budget early on will save you the heartache of falling in love with Outer Banks wedding venues that are just too far out of your price range. • Amenities The Amenities can include various areas to think about. Does the hotel event space include tables and chairs? Does the venue include catering, or can you hire your own catering company? If you are looking at one of our Outer Banks resorts, asking about group travel rates will help guests from having to locate their own lodging needs. When you are touring Outer Banks wedding venues, now is the time to learn about all they offer. Please consider any special requests such as outdoor space or preferred cuisines so that when you contact potential Outer Banks wedding venues, they can provide all necessary information upfront. This will streamline finding the perfect fit for your big day! Choose Wisely Many wedding venues are available on the Outer Banks, including beachfront resorts, waterfront restaurants, and hotels with event space. It's essential to find one that fits both your needs and budget – no matter how small or large either may be! Make sure that whatever option you choose fits your vision and allows enough room for your guests to celebrate with you on this special occasion. Also, think about factors such as parking availability and if there are any noise restrictions at night if having an after-party is part of your plan! Outer Banks Wedding Venues The Comfort Inn On the Ocean and Comfort Inn South Oceanfront have beautiful hotel event spaces. These two Outer Banks wedding venues should be on the top of your list to tour for your big day! • Comfort Inn On the Ocean Located in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, this oceanfront venue provides beautiful views of the Atlantic Ocean. The ballroom can accommodate 100 people reception style and offer delectable menu selections for your wedding. Group travel rates may be available while utilizing the hotel event space for your wedding. If you already have a wedding reception location, connect with our dedicated sales team about hosting your rehearsal dinner or bridal shower. • Comfort Inn South Oceanfront In your search for the perfect Outer Banks wedding venue, put this Nags Head property at the top of your list. This oceanfront property has multiple hotel event spaces to accommodate various-sized events. The main ballroom can accommodate 200 people reception style. The Neptune Room can seat 75, and Ships Mate is the smallest of the banquet rooms seating 30 people reception style or 50 theater style. The newly refinished deck off the main ballroom provides stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean. This space can be utilized for cocktail hour and during the reception. Can you imagine the sunset photos you'll have to look back on one day? Once again, congratulations on getting engaged - the fun part is planning your dream wedding! Finding a venue is one of the most essential elements when planning a successful event, so be sure to act fast! Consider all options available in the Outer Banks areas, such as beachfront resorts, waterfront restaurants, and hotel banquet rooms, when selecting which type of space best suits your and your guest's needs! With careful consideration and quick action, booking an Outer Banks wedding venue does not have to be stressful or overwhelming –enjoy every step along this fantastic journey towards happily ever after! Contact us at either of our Outer Banks wedding venues, and we will be happy to set you up with a tour of the property and discuss your big day!