By Kip Tabb | Outer Banks Voice on August 26, 2019
The Outer Banks has become one of the most popular wedding destinations around. Certainly on the East Coast and very possibly, throughout the country.
Beautiful scenery creating wonderful photos and memories, a little remote yet not so remote that it’s difficult to get to. And excellent facilities and venues all contribute.
And every bit as important, the businesses that support the weddings are as good as any event business anywhere, which is a significant part of the reason so many couples choose to be married by the sea.
That’s really what the Outer Banks Wedding Association’s OBX Wedding Fest held on Sunday Aug. 25 was all about—a chance for wedding parties to meet some of the vendors who are so much a part of what has made the Outer Banks such an important wedding and event destination.
Held at two locations, Kitty Hawk Pier in Kitty Hawk and Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head, it was kind of a mini wedding expo. The big Wedding Expo will be coming March 7 and 8. That is the premier wedding and event happening of the year and there is a lot of information that can be gathered at one time at the Expo. However, with well over 120 vendors on hand, it can be somewhat overwhelming.
So maybe the way to think of the Wedding Fest is as a preview in a slightly slower paced setting.
The smaller event seemed to give wedding parties and the vendors a little more opportunity to get to know one another than often occurs at the bigger event. That was certainly something the businesses observed.
Checking out the March Expo is still important for couples who are planning on getting married, if for no other reason than there will be far more caterers and restaurants on hand so the chance to sample more dishes and speak with the businesses is greater.
It is a difficult for restaurants to staff a show at this time of the year. Nonetheless, Village Tavern in Duck, Trio and Argyle’s, both in Kitty Hawk, Basnight’s Lone Cedar Cafe and Steamers were on hand.
One of the most notable differences between the Wedding Fest and Expo, is the Sunday event was able to serve alcohol. The Expo, held at First Flight High School, is not permitted to serve alcoholic drinks.
This year’s event was a departure from the past two years where the Fest was held at a single location. The two piers are 15 miles apart, but with a shuttle service it seemed to work out well. Final numbers are not in, but by all accounts the Wedding Fest was the best attended yet.