Often the joy of a destination wedding in the Outer Banks includes the pleasure of gathering all of your family and friends in one location to reminisce as well as to meet the newest family additions.
With so many families finding themselves spread out across several cities, states and occasionally countries, a wedding is the perfect opportunity to come together for a few days to celebrate the union and love of one of their own.
The thrill of visiting the Outer Banks, with the beach, ocean, and all of the activities excites many families attending weddings here. Since many wedding guests will stay up to 6 days before or after the ceremony, the trip can easily morph into the family vacation. Therefore we thought we would pass along 5 tips provided by KidsAtWeddings.com that will help incorporate the younger crowd.
1. Consider arranging for childcare options during the ceremony and reception. With so many families coming from out of town, speak to your event coordinator or investigate childcare options available in the Outer Banks, such as Robbin's Nest Sitting Services.
2. Arrange for child-friendly activites where the children can socialize and be entertained while the wedding guests enjoy the reception. Or consider choosing a location conveniently located to take advantage of some of the activities available on the Outer Banks. Educational facilities, such as the NC Aquarium and Jennette's Pier both offer reception facitilites as well as educational programs that can work together to meet all of your needs.
Photo by Mary Basnight Photography. 3. Prepare children that are included in the ceremony with plenty of practice and rehearsals. If you take advantage of coming to the Outer Banks early, you can schedule time to practice without the distraction of the rest of the rehearsal crowd, which may be overwhelming for a small child. Further, if the ceremony is on the beach, providing a few days in the sand, may allow the child to focus on their duties during the ceremony versus the distractrion and joy of discovering the sand between their toes for the first time.
4. Arrange for Kid-Friendly foods.
Speak to your event coordinator or your caterer to arrange for some kid-friendly appetizers and finger-foods, as well as possibly having kids tables available for them to sit and socialize with age-appropriate guests. As a family vacation destination, the caterers on the Outer Banks have no problem fitting the needs of all ages.
Photo by Mary Basnight Photography.
5. Expect the children to run free. A wedding is a celebration and if the wedding and/or reception are outside, the combination is too irresistable for children (and many adults) to ignore. They must dance, laugh loudly, run and wiggle. Provide plenty of space, and if necessary let parents know to arrange for a change of clothes so they can get down and dirty with the rest of the guests.
Photos by Moving Art Productions.
A wedding in the Outer Banks can be traditional or non-conventional, but if you are including children, these simple steps will allow for everyone - from the bride to the children - to enjoy every aspect of the joyous event.