Get the Most Out of Your Wedding Expo Experience! | Outer Banks Photographers

Here at Blue Poppy Weddings, we LOVE a good bridal show. In fact, some of us may have attended the Outer Banks Wedding Expo as a guest TWICE before getting married (Ok maybe I wasn’t quite engaged yet but I knew it was coming). This weekend’s OBX Wedding Fest put on by the Outer Banks Wedding Association is such a treat because it’s fun, casual and takes place in the summer! What a great excuse to get in one last summer getaway on the Outer Banks. Here are some of our top tips for getting the most out of the experience so you don’t walk away dizzy from all of the amazing options (have we mentioned that our wedding professionals are seriously the best)?


DO YOUR RESEARCH. – Browse participating vendors ahead of time to see who your “don’t miss” favorites are so you can be sure to spend time meeting them.
COME WITH AN OPEN MIND. – No matter how much you have researched, be open to surprises! That casual-looking barbecue catering place might have the most amazing food of the entire event. Or the musician you had your heart set on may already be booked for your date, be open to other options!
PRE-PRINT LABELS. – Vendors will want your information to follow up and you might want to enter into giveaways. Make simple labels in Word or a similar word processing program with your name, your fiancé’s name, your wedding date and contact information.

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COME HUNGRY. – This is the Outer Banks and food is a big part of our livelihood – prepare to be treated to some amazing cuisine.
WEAR COMFORTABLE SHOES. – You are going to have a lot of ground to cover!


TAKE PHOTOS AND NOTES. – Bring a notebook or use an app like evernote to organize your notes. Take a photo of the booth after visiting and enter quick notes – “almond cake was amazing, definitely a top choice” or attach business card to the page in your notebook to stay organized.
BRING A FRIEND. – or your fiancé or a family member or all of the above! Wedding planning choices can sometimes be overwhelming but having someone to discuss options with or to confirm that that shrimp and grits was the most amazing thing you have ever tasted always helps.



EXPLORE THE AREA. – Have extra time on the Outer Banks? Spend time touring venues, checking out local activities you may want to recommend to guests and just getting excited about your upcoming celebration!
BE READY TO BOOK – Especially if your wedding date is in the next year or your date is very popular (holiday weekends in the Spring and Fall). Many vendors will have exclusive offers when you book the day of the show. Some venues book popular dates a year or more in advance and photographers calendars start to fill up at about that rate too. If you’ve spent time viewing portfolios and know what you want, go ahead and get to them early in the show to get to know them :: if all goes well – book it!

Now, come see us Sunday! We’ll be at the beautiful Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head (have you witnessed the view from the top deck!?! One of the best on the whole Outer Banks, we think). We will be offering $100 off any wedding collection to couples who book at the Festival. We can’t wait to meet you.


Here is a list of all of the participating wedding venues and professionals:

CEREMONY AND RECEPTION VENUES

Haven On the Banks and Keeper’s Galley
The White Doe Inn
Westside Inn
The Currituck Club
Nags Head Golf Links
Village Beach Club
Jennette’s Pier
Whalehead Club
The Village Table and Tavern
The Sanderling Resort
Roanoke Island Inn
Kitty Hawk Pier
Basnight’s Lone Cedar Café

CATERERS AND RESTAURANTS
Steamers Restaurant and Catering
Trio Restaurant and Market
Basnight’s Lone Cedar Café

BARS AND SPIRITS
Trio Restaurant and Market

CAKES AND CONFECTIONS
Patty Bakes
OBX Sunset Slush
Icing on the Cakes

COORDINATORS AND PLANNERS
Southern Hospitality Weddings and Events
Engaging Events
Coastyle Weddings and Events
An Outer Banks Affair
Oak and Brine
Sugar Snap Events

BEAUTY AND SPA
Glimmer Hair and Makeup
Disc Jockeys / Entertainment
DJ Bruce
Outer Banks Wedding Entertainment

EQUIPMENT RENTALS
Ocean Atlantic Event Rentals
Metro Rental
I Do OBX Chairs
Renee Landry Events

FLORAL AND DECOR
Holiday House Weddings and Events
Sugar Snap Events
Renee Landry Events
I Do OBX Chairs

OFFICIANTS AND CHAPELS
Wedding Knots Tied
Rev. Scott Williams
Rev. Jay Bowman
Ceremony by Cynthia

PHOTO BOOTHS
OBX Photo Booths
Oak and Brine

PHOTOGRAPHERS
Ryan & Rach Photography
Neil GT Photography
Jason Denson Photography
Courtney Hathaway Photography
Colemanshots
Carrie Roen Photography
Boiling Point Boudoir
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Sarah D’Ambra Photography
Kristi Midgette Photography
Julie Dreelin’s Beach Productions
Jonathan Pillow Photography, LLC
Chris Bickford Photography

VIDEOGRAPHERS
Heart’s Home Films
Reel Love Weddings

TRANSPORTATION
Corolla Trolley (just show your wristband & hop on to take a ride!)

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I have an affinity to all things light and airy.  I love color, sunshine, romance, and laughter.  I love inspirational quotes, meeting new people, flowers, and the idea of finishing a great book.  My go-to drink is coffee.  My outlet is dance. I have always been an artist, and with over 250 weddings under my photography belt, I am super excited to bring my experiences and absolute love for beautiful imagery to serving brides on the Outer Banks.

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