2019 Wedding Weekend and Expo Tips + Details
The Outer Banks Wedding Weekend & Expo is fast approaching, and many of our vendors are eager to meet engaged couples from all over! There is a lot going on, and we're here to break it down for you.
Pre-purchase tickets here now, or purchase at the door. We offer two types of tickets: VIP and General Admission. VIP Tickets enters you into a giveaway to win $1,000 voucher to use with the vendor of your choice, a swag bag filled with goodies from our awesome sponsors and other benefits. General Admission tickets are perfect for those who join you for the Wedding Weekend.
If you pre-purchase online, you will receive a confirmation email from us (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please note: tickets are not mailed or emailed; you will redeem at the door of the Expo at First Flight High School or pre-registration at the OBWA office on Friday, January 18th (more on that below).
Pick Up Your Tix on Friday (Pre-registration)
Purchased tickets online? Perfect! Skip the lines Saturday and Sunday and check-in early on Friday, January 18th at the OBWA Office (from Noon until 8 p.m.; located at 128 Grenville Street in Manteo). Upon checking in at our OBWA Welcome Center, you will receive your wristbands (your "ticket" for entry), VIP items if applicable, and all the weekend info you need. Simply show your wristband at the door in the morning and walk in!
Not able to redeem on Friday? No problem! You can redeem your ticket at the Expo doors on Saturday and Sunday.
Pre-Expo Prep: Book Accommodations Now + Browse Expo Perks and Vendors
Plan your accommodations now, and be prepared to meet with lots of amazing vendors throughout the weekend. From discounts to generous booking incentives, we encourage you to take advantage of the numerous offers available from our vendors on the Expo Perks page (please note that because expo vendors may offer more discounts, giveaways and booking incentives that we may not be aware of, we encourage you to visit all of the vendors participating in the expo!).
At the Expo: Take Notes and Photos + Come Hungry!
Our vendors will have some seriously decked out booths to inspire your wedding décor! Take photos of things you love. Prepare a list of vendor categories and take notes on which ones you connect with. Tons of couples book vendors during the weekend, so make sure you track what you have booked, paid for, and agreed to! Bring pre-printed labels with your contact info to quickly sign up for giveaways (you will love us for this tip!). Lastly, many of our catering companies provide delicious samples. You won't want to miss the chance to enjoy these free tastings, so come hungry!
The Saturday evening Wedding Tour takes place from 3 p.m. until 8 p.m. (or later depending on venue). The Wedding Tour is a self-guided tour that takes place at various wedding venues, hotels, storefronts, and restaurants all throughout the Outer Banks. This is the perfect opportunity to visit the venues (many are set up like a wedding!), and to meet vendors in a more intimate setting. VIP Ticket holder's should bring their lanyard to collect stickers from each location which can be redeemed for extra tickets to enter into the VIP giveaway packages. Wedding Weekend attendees will be given a list of all the venues participating in the Wedding Tour at pre-registration or on the day of the Expo. View a list of the Wedding Tour stops and vendors here!
Most importantly, have fun and enjoy yourself!
We know wedding planning can be overwhelming, but this weekend is designed to help you. With the access you are gaining to these knowledgeable professionals, we know you'll have an amazing time and a great team in place when all is said and done. We love to see your photos. Please share your memories from the weekend and follow us on Instagram @obxwa, or like our Facebook page!
View the Digital Expo Guide!
You will also receive a print copy at the door.