Handbook to the PERFECT OBX Wedding

If you are planning a wedding on the Outer Banks, you need this 200+ page e-book!


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“The Handbook to the PERFECT OBX Wedding” took Douglas over 600 hours to author and includes over 80 topics. (See the list below) It’s written from the perspective of two very detail oriented, multi-award winning photographers. In addition to the content written by Douglas and help from Michelle, many top wedding vendors have also contributed to this book and have provided some very critical information!

Since 2005, Doug and Michelle have shot close to 1000 weddings and have seen everything imaginable at weddings. This book reveals everything they know about hosting a wedding on the Outer Banks and how to make it a success! The tiny, tiny details have not been spared and there is a 100% money back guarantee.

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Chapter list:

(Each chapter is accessible with a clickable hyperlink and all topics can be found very easily!)

  1. Preface
  2. About Your Main Authors
  3. About Our Contributors
  4. The Lure of an Outer Banks Wedding
  5. About the Outer Banks
  6. Where to Start in Considering an Outer Banks Wedding
  7. 4×4 Weddings
  8. America’s Funniest Home Wedding Videos
  9. Accommodations
  10. Activities on the Outer Banks
  11. Apps for Weddings
  12. Bachelor/Bachelorette Party
  13. Bar and Spirits
  14. Beauty and Spa
  15. Broadcasting Your Ceremony
  16. Budget
  17. Bouquet Toss
  18. Cakes and Confections
  19. Cake Cutting
  20. Caterers
  21. Ceremony
  22. Children at or in Your Wedding
  23. Churches on the Outer Banks
  24. Contracts
  25. Contributors to This Handbook
  26. Coordinators and Planners
  27. Date Choosing
  28. Dedication Table
  29. Discounts on the Outer Banks
  30. Disc Jockeys aka DJs
  31. DIY
  32. Elevators on the Outer Banks
  33. Elopements
  34. Emotions and Stress
  35. Entertainment
  36. Faith
  37. First Dance
  38. Floral and Decor
  39. Garter
  40. Getting Ready on Your Wedding Day
  41. Good Advice and Where to Get It
  42. Guests
  43. Grand Exit
  44. Helicopters and Planes
  45. Insurance
  46. Intoxication
  47. Lighting and Mood
  48. Marriage License
  49. Mileposts on the Outer Banks
  50. Mistakes with Your Outer Banks Wedding
  51. Ocracoke
  52. Officiant
  53. Outer Banks Wedding Example Photos
  54. Packing and the Items to Not Forget
  55. Parking Issues and Concerns
  56. Payments to Vendors
  57. Permits
  58. Pets
  59. Photo Booth Rental
  60. Photographers
  61. Planning Tools
  62. Proofing
  63. Rentals
  64. Retainers
  65. Rings
  66. Safety
  67. Sand Ceremony
  68. Schedule of Events
  69. Seating at Your Ceremony
  70. Sunrise/Sunset
  71. Tide Information
  72. Tipping
  73. Toasts
  74. Towns of the Outer Banks
  75. Traveling and Traffic on the Outer Banks
  76. Transportation
  77. Trash the Dress
  78. Unexpected
  79. Vendors and How to Pick them on the Outer Banks
  80. Venues and Choosing Them on the Outer Banks
  81. Videographers
  82. Vows
  83. Weather on the Outer Banks
  84. Wedding Folder/Binder
  85. Wedding Links
  86. Wedding Party
  87. Wedding Party Entrance
  88. Wedding Shows
  89. Wedding Websites
  90. Where to Start in Considering an Outer Banks Wedding
  91. Advertisements

Recent Reviews:

1. I was one of the luckiest people who had a chance to win a free wedding handbook from Outer Banks Production. I was planning to buy it anyway since I don’t have a wedding planner and was in search of specific advice for people who are planning the wedding at OBX.

The e-book is really easy to follow and captured all little details for the preparation, reception, and ceremony of the big day. For instance, tips like if you have a flower girl or ring bear and how to make the process for the kids less stressful. As well as how kids can feel in such situations. I Honestly, I didn’t even think about such little details until I started reading the handbook. It’s just one of the examples of what the handbook contains. Also, I really enjoyed reading about approximate prices for DJ, cater, photographer, etc. Since we are planning the wedding on a budget, it helped me to figure out my finances. Additionally, there are nice tips regarding saving money on alcoholic beverages that I previously thought mistakenly different.

In general, I would highly recommend the handbook to everyone who is planning the wedding at OBX, especially if you are not planning to have a wedding planner like I did. If you do, the advice that is described in the handbook will help to ease the emotional excitement that every bride goes through as well as will help to save money on reception and ceremony.

Best regards, 


Wedding Date: April 18, 2015

2. Hi Doug!
I took a look at your handbook. Simply wow! This is a one-stop shop for everything! I loved it! I think it is perfect for brides especially brides and grooms getting married at the OBX! I could not think of one thing to add to it! I think it is amazing!  I’ll definitely give my friends your contact information for anyone considering the OBX for their wedding!

Thanks again for everything and capturing our wedding video for us!! Cannot wait to relive it all again!

Thank you!!!!!

Best regards,
Jessica, PT, DPT

Wedding Date: October 25, 2015

3. Michelle & Doug, thank you so much for such an amazing handbook. I had no idea how many things are different when having a wedding on the Outer Banks, compared to other areas. It was so easy to click on the topics that I really needed help with and the information was so important. I truly believe your handbook saved us a lot of money and kept us from so many problems. THANK YOU!



4. Doug, WOW! I remember you telling me this took you 600 hours to write the handbook. Once I got into it, I was amazed at how much I did not know about having an Outer Banks wedding. My mother read almost everything and this really saved the day. We almost planned our wedding at high tide in Kitty Hawk, based on our preacher’s timeline and then when we read about the tides and the smaller beaches at our venue, we were able to make a change at the last moment. Honestly, we still almost had tide issues but if we had not changed the time, we wouldn’t have been able to have the wedding on the beach. Thank you, thank you, thank you!


Wedding date, September 12, 2015

Handbook Contributors:

The following list of vendors is very special to your authors, Outer Banks Production and the value of this handbook! All of these companies listed below either supplied important information or contributed directly to vital information to this handbook for your successful Outer Banks wedding! When designing this handbook, we wanted to create specific, location-relevant and compelling content for the purchasers that was not just something you could easily find on the Internet. Our main goal was to provide you with the most honest, hardcore, insider Outer Banks information to make your wedding a great success!

Without the following vendors, this document’s value would be greatly diminished. Both of us at Outer Banks Productions encourage you to contact the following list of contributors first while planning your Outer Banks wedding. Every company on this list has impressed us over the years, has responded to our call and has added greatly to this documents knowledge for your total successful wedding. That says a lot about them and for that, we are extremely grateful! Please check out all of these vendors first while planning your ”PERFECT OBX wedding”!

A Barefoot Weddings (Information Contributor)
Contact: Molly Miller
Address: 298 Narrow Shore Rd.
Phone: (252) 597-8010 (202) 604-6767
Email: [email protected]
Website: abarefootweddingobx.com

Argyles Events and Catering (Article Contributor)
Icing on the Cakes
Sea Salt Grille
Contact: Debra Sinkage
Address: 4716 N. Croatan Hwy, Kitty Hawk, NC 27949
Phone: (252) 261-7325
Email: [email protected]
Website: argyleseventsandcatering.com

Atlantic Cake Company (Information Contributor)
Contact: Susan Rollason
Address: 706 7th Ave Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948
Phone: (252) 489-0522 or (252) 475-0013
Email: [email protected]
Website: atlanticcakecompany.com

Bells & Whistles (Article Contributor)
Contact: Dorothy Heath-Morris
Address: 500 Sand Dune Drive Kitty Hawk, NC 27949
Phone: (252) 441-9310
Email: [email protected]
Website: bellsandwhistlesobx.com

Blue Steel Lighting (Article Contributor)
Contact: John Endress
Address: 116 West Windjammer Road, Nags Head, NC 27959
Phone: (252) 548-1323
Email: [email protected]
Website: bluesteellightingdesign.com

Brindley Beach Vacations & Sales (Information Contributor)
Address: 1213 Duck Road, Duck, NC 27949
Phone: Toll Free 877-642-3224 Office (252) 453-3000
Email: brindleybeach.com/contact/form-contact.html
Website: brindleybeach.com

Chilly Peppers Restaurant (Information Contributor)
Address: 3001 North Croatan Highway, Kill Devil Hills, N.C. 27948
Phone: (252) 441-8081
Email/Contact Form: chilli-peppers.com/obx-bar-and-grill
Website: chilli-peppers.com

Coastal Helicopters, LLC (Article Contributor)
Contact: Larry Ihle
Address: Dare County Airport 410 Airport Rd, Manteo, NC 27954
Phone: (252) 475-HELI
Email: [email protected]
Website: obxhelicopters.com

Eden Spa & Salon (Information Contributor)
Contact: Mary C DiDario
Address: 1245 Duck Road #3, Kitty Hawk, NC 27949
Phone: (252) 255-0711
Website: spatreatmentsduck.com

Enchanted Cuisine (Article Contributor)
Contact: Gwen Hart
Address: 223 W. Woodhill Dr. Nags Head, NC  27959
Phone: (252) 202-8888
Email: [email protected]
Website: enchanted-cuisine.com

Glimmer Hair & Makeup (Information Contributor)
Contact: Mollie White
Address: 5230 Virginia Dare Trail, Kitty Hawk, NC 27949
Phone: (252) 202-3150
Email: [email protected]
Website: glimmerhairandmakeup.com

Heather Events (Article Contributor)
Contact: Heather Trentzsch
Address: PO BOX 2359, Manteo, NC 27954
Phone: (703) 405-9284
Email: [email protected]
Website: heatherevents.com

Je t’aime Events (Planner) (Article Contributor)
Contact: Simone Endress
Address: 116 West Windjammer Road, Nags Head, NC 27959
Phone: (252) 548-9622
Email: [email protected]
Website: jetaimeevents.com

John Harper (DJ ) (Article Contributor)
Contact: John Harper
Address: PO Box 1313, Nags Head, NC 27959
Phone: (252) 473-4528
Email: [email protected]
Website: johnharperdj.com

Kim Kalman (Vocalist) (Information Contributor)
Contact: Kim Kalman
Address: PO Box 1993, Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948
Phone: (252) 441-2555 (252) 489-8724 (cell/text)
Email: [email protected]
Website: KimKalman.com

Outer Banks Music Masters (DJ) (Information Contributor)
Contact: Matt Cooper (Owner)
Address: 403 West 1st Street, Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948
Phone: (252) 722-2351
Email: [email protected]
Website: outerbanksmusicmasters.com

Outer Banks Wedding Entertainment (Information Contributor)
Contact: Jeremy Russell
Address: PO Box 2 Manteo, NC 27954
Email: [email protected]
Website: outerbanksweddingentertainment.com

Reverend Barbara Mulford (Information Contributor)
Contact: Barbara Mulford
Address: 1409 Captain’s Circle, Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948
Phone: (252) 441-2673 Cell Phone: (252) 202-5424
Email: [email protected]
Website: myobxofficiant.com, Facebook, Pinterest

Reverend Rande Banks (Information Contributor)
Contact: Rande Banks
Address: 119 Sir Walter Raleigh Dr, Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948
Phone: (252) 473-0551 or (252) 441-4228
Email: [email protected]
Website: theouterbanksofficiant.com

Reverend Tanya K. Young (Article Contributor)
Contact: Tanya K. Young
Phone: (252) 423-0099
Email: [email protected]
Website: outerbanksweddingminister.com

SOULone (Band) (Information Contributor)
Contact: Brent Nultemeier (Guitar/vocals)
Mickey Calhoun (Bass)
Gary Smith (Drums)
Address: 188 Watersedge Dr. Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948
Phone: 804-683-3123
Email [email protected]
Website: soulone.me

Surf or Sound Realty (Information Contributor)
Contact: Ann Wood (Vice President of Marketing)
Address: 40974 North Carolina 12, Avon, NC 27915
Phone: (252) 987-1444 ext. 117
Fax: (252) 987-2784
Email: [email protected]
Website: surforsound.com

The Crowd (Band) (Article Contributor)
Contact: Rick Ostlund
Address: PO Box 2281, Kill Devil Hills. NC 27948
Phone: (252) 207-1070
Email: [email protected], [email protected]
Website: crowdband.net

The Wedding Guide to the Outer Banks (Article Contributor)
Contact: Mary Ann Williams
Address: 111 E. Baltic St. Nags Head, NC 27959
Phone: (252) 261-6490
Email: [email protected], [email protected]
Website: outerbanksweddingguide.com, obxtrolley.com

Twiddy & Company Realtors (Real-estate rentals specializing in the 4×4 area beaches and more) (Article Contributor)
Contact: Samantha Defeo
Phone 1: (866) 457-1190 (Duck Rental Office)
Phone 2: (252) 457-1190 (Corolla Rental Office)
Email: [email protected]
Website: twiddy.com

Additional Tips:

We also strongly encourage you to visit the Outer Banks Wedding Association, Outer Banks Bride Magazine and Outer Banks Wedding Guide, as these organizations and publications will greatly help to connect all of the pieces of information you are going to need for a successful Outer Banks wedding, in addition to our handbook of course!


Serving from Carova beach south to Ocracoke Island including the 4×4 area beaches,Corolla, Duck, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk, Colington, Kill Devil Hills, Nags Head, Roanoke Island, Manteo, Wanchese, Hatteras Island, Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, Avon, Buxton, Frisco, Hatteras and Ocracoke Island.
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