Saturday, July 26, 2008

The whens and wheres

Deposit check cashed, I can now firmly announce the whens and wheres of our wedding!

When: Sunday, May 24, 2009

Where: The Sanderling Resort, Duck, NC

Our date is the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend, which we chose for the extra travel time it afforded our guests. The Outer Banks is a really remote place, and if we didn't choose a holiday weekend, our guests would end up having to take off a day of work just to get there in time. We debated the pros and cons of using a holiday weekend quite a bit, and in the end decided that we'd rather take over our friends' and families' Memorial Day weekend (with plenty of notice, of course!) than use up their vacation time. Of course, if they decide to use their vacation time to extend their trip in one of the best places ever, they're just plain smart. :-)

Deciding to go with The Sanderling involved some debate as well. The biggest incentive remains the convenience factor: having both the ceremony and reception in one spot is easy on us as planners and everyone else as guests. The Sanderling also felt like some insurance against feeling like we needed to hire a planner. We like that they know the drill there and can handle everything for us, which is fantastic. And hey, if we can get away with not needing a wedding planner, not having to talk to a dozen vendors, not having to set up a location from scratch, not having my mom stressed out, and having a back-up plan in case it rains, I can be thrilled with the Sanderling over the Whalehead Club.

The ceremony is on the Sanderling's Oceanside Deck. While we're not right on top of the ocean, the sea is most definitely in the air and the background. The deck ensures everyone will be comfortable during the ceremony (I was worried about my grandmother getting down to a beach ceremony, for example), everyone will be able to hear the vows (because obviously, they will be the Best Vows Ever), and most importantly.... I get to wear hot shoes.

Our reception is across the street at the Soundside Pavilion. This is a great tented area that gives us the beauty and calm of the sound, the sunset right behind our celebration, and plenty of flexibility to make it our own. Our photographer, Julie Dreelin, has taken the most beautiful sunset portraits of couples on the gazebo, too.

When and wheres: CHECK! Now we just play with the details.

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1 comment:

Jane said...

Hi Maggie,
My name is Jane and I'm with Dwellable.
I was looking for blogs about Sanderling to share on our site and I came across your post...If you're open to it, shoot me an email at jane(at)dwellable(dot)com.
Hope to hear from you!
Jane