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Planning an Outer Banks Wedding in Any Season

We've broken down the year to help you plan your Outer Banks wedding no matter when it is.
Carrie Chambers
by Carrie Chambers

Spring

Weather:

With temperatures in the 40-70 degrees range, spring in the Outer Banks can be somewhat unpredictable. "Many brides associate oceanfront with 'warm and sunny' and though the beach is spectacular in April, it's not always warm," says Nannette Kallestad of The Proper Settings, LLC in Kill Devil Hills.


Best time of day to take photos:

In April, the sun starts to set around 7:30 p.m. on the Outer Banks. "Many of our brides want to plan the ceremony right before sunset for the gorgeous factor with the sun setting in the background," says Julie Dreelin of Julie Dreelin Beach Productions Inc. "However, I also suggest having a photographer come early and taking photos of the bride and groom, flowers and decorations before the event."


Look out for:

Seasonal events like the Taste of the Beach, Biker Week and half marathon in the months of March and April.


Must-have:

"Take the wedding party to Front Porch Cafe (252-449-6616) or Duck's Cottage (252-261-5510) for coffee," says Nannette Kallestad.

Summer

Weather:

Temperatures range between 68 and 86 degrees. "The rental rates are higher, the traffic is heavier, but the weather is absolutely perfect," says Marie Russell of Bordeaux Events in Kitty Hawk. "June is better than July and August, which tend to be hotter, but any month in the summer is perfect."


Best time of day to take photos:

In the summer months, the sun starts to set later, (shortly after 8 p.m. in June and July) so take advantage of the extra time.


Look out for:

Bugs! "A simple solution is to place environmentally friendly repellants around the perimeter of the outdoor areas, in restrooms and at bars," says Nannette Kallestad.


Must-have:

Make time for water sports and beach time! There are all sorts of local activities to entertain you and your guests this time of year. OuterBanks.org has a good calendar of events.

Fall

Weather:

Autumn brings milder temperatures (typically in the 60s), with fewer hassles. "There are very few insects around, beautiful blue skies and the best orange and red sunsets!" says Nannette Kallestad.


Best time of day to take photos:

You're losing light in the fall. The sun starts to set closer to 6:30 p.m. in October.


Look out for:

Autumn is hurricane season in the Outer Banks, so plan ahead. "Over the last seven years, I have never had a problem with hurricane season and I've even done weddings with hurricanes passing over us! As long as you plan ahead and find a perfect rain location, you can still have an amazing wedding indoors with an ocean view," says Marie Russell.


Must-have:

A later start-time for beachfront weddings to avoid the crowds. "And make sure to check the tide chart so your chairs don't wash away," says Marie Russell. SaltWaterTides.com

Winter

Weather:

It's starting to get chilly, with temperatures between 35 and 60 degrees. It's considered the off-season in the Outer Banks, but some couples do plan holiday getaway weddings. The good news is there's hardly any traffic and rental rates are much lower than any other time of year for our area.


Best time of day to take photos:

The sun can set as early as 4:45 p.m. in December. Also keep in mind the temperatures are a bit cooler, so outdoor shots may not always be the most comfortable setting.


Look out for:

A lot of shops and restaurants are closing up for the winter, so a holiday season wedding will take extra-careful preplanning. Be sure to check the closing times of any vendors you might be using.


Must-have:

Grab a sweater and stroll the beach with your groom or invite the entire wedding party to come along! You won't have to fight for a spot on the sand this time of year. And consider making your wedding part of an extended holiday weekend. "New Year's Eve celebrations are the best!" says Nannette Kallestad.

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