Service and Support Animal Policy

Service Animal PolicyService and Support Animal Policy

Carolina Designs welcomes guests with a trained service animal, emotional support or psychiatric service animal. We recognize that these are working animals, providing an important service for our guests. This policy is in effect for any leases made after January 1, 2019.
Trained Service Animals

Trained service animals are dogs (and in some cases, miniature horses), specifically trained to performed life functions for those individuals with disabilities. Examples include visual impairment, deafness, seizures, mobility limitations or other needs. Our reservation agents will ask specific questions in compliance with ADA regulations.

Service Animals in Training

Only trained and certified service animals are considered service animals under this policy. A licensed and certified professional trainer is permitted to bring one service animal that is training to assist a disabled guest as described in our service animal policy.

Emotional Support / Psychiatric Service Animals

Emotional support animals assist with emotional, psychiatric, or cognitive support for individuals with disabilities. They may or may not be trained to perform specific tasks related to a disability. Emotional support and psychiatric service animals must have the required documentation provided to us at least 3 days prior to check in. Documentation includes this form for veterinary health, medical/mental health, and animal behavioral acknowledgement. If we have not received or are unable to validate the documentation, our pet policy will apply for the animal in question.

Guests traveling with multiple emotional support/psychiatric service animals must have documentation for each animal.Due to the safety and health of our guests, vendors and employees, some animals cannot be permitted, including reptiles, amphibians, rodents, spiders, marsupials, ferrets, insects, hedgehogs, birds of prey, or animals with tusks, horns or hooves (excluding miniature horses).

Therapy Animals

Therapy animals are pets who have been registered by a therapy organization in order to visit homes, hospitals, nursing homes, schools, or other facilities, are not considered service animals. If you are traveling with a therapy animal, please visit our pet policy guidelines in our house rules.

Animal Behavior

Working animals must behave consistent with the standards of their great need. Inappropriate behavior is any action including, but not limited to, barking (not in response to a handler’s need/distress), growling, jumping/lunging at people, scratching furniture or fixtures, relieving themselves inside the property, biting or attempting to bite. If this behavior is displayed, the animal will be considered a pet and our pet policy will be enforced. Animals must be under the control of their handler at all times and leashed (unless leashing interferes with their work) and may not be left alone on the property at any time.

Corporate Retreats On The Outer Banks

Corporate Retreats On The Outer Banks

All houses are rented by the week.

OBX Corporate Retreat Venues

The Outer Banks of North Carolina is uniquely situated to host a corporate retreat as unique as your company. The OBX offers a wide variety of world-class restaurants and time permitting, activities to appeal to everyone on your team. But the reason you’re coming, the team and business building, that’s where Carolina Designs steps in.
At Carolina Designs we offer a selection of rentals suitable to hosting almost any company’s retreat.

From 5 bedroom houses for smaller teams or as a separate unit for the executive, to 23 bedroom oceanfront rentals with game rooms, media room and more we have a perfect fit. But more importantly, we have a dedication to serving our guests and concerning ourselves with the smallest details that from the welcome package you receive on check-in to knowledgeable staff to assist you during your retreat, we’ll help ensure you leave with a team that’s motivated, educated and ready to hit the ground running.

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Outer Banks Family Reunion Rentals

Outer Banks Family Reunion Rentals

All houses are rented by the week.

Outer Banks Family Reunion Rentals

Getting everyone together for a family reunion is one of the most special occasions you can host. A time to make new memories, share old ones and enjoy the laughter and love that only your family can provide.Organizing a family reunion, however, can be a bit more difficult. Arranging where everyone will stay, researching things to do in an area and hoping to find something everyone can enjoy can feel like an uphill battle.
Because we’re a family run business, at Carolina Designs we understand the importance of the event and will do everything we can to ensure your stay with us meets not just your needs, but the things you didn’t even know you wanted.

We’re blessed to be location on the Outer Banks, an area rich in things to do. From world-class restaurants to world-famous beaches, there is literally something for everyone.

We invite you to start your journey below where you’ll find some of the vacation rentals we’ve found popular for family reunions. Or use the search box on the right and fine tune the listings to meet your unique wants and needs.

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Printable Checklists For Your Destination Wedding

Printable Destination Wedding Checklists

Your guides to the perfect destination wedding.

Our Destination Wedding Checklist can be a very useful tool to help you plan your perfect day in your perfect location. To help keep you on track we’ve also created printable versions that cover important date ranges to help ensure you don’t miss any of the important details.

Click any of the images below to download them individually or download them all in this handy PDF.

Destination Wedding Checklist

Destination Wedding Checklist & Planning Guide

Your guide to planning the perfect destination wedding.

Congratulations! There are few events in life that can compare with the excitement and joy that comes from getting engaged and few tasks more rewarding than planning your wedding, especially when you’ve decided to make it a destination wedding. And by now you’ve also discovered that it can also be a lot of work, especially if you don’t know where to start.

Because the Outer Banks is known as a premier location for destination weddings we’ve heard all the questions and watched how the most successful are organized. It all begins with a checklist to help ensure you take care of everything you need to. Below you’ll find a checklist of the entire process.  We’ve also created smaller printable destination wedding checklists for your convenience. The graphic below is clickable and will take you to a larger copy of the image for saving.

12 to 18 months

  • Determine your budget
  • Decide on a location
  • Choose a theme and colors for your wedding
  • Choose your wedding party
  • Estimate the size of your wedding and begin on your guest list, including addresses
  • If possible, take an engagement trip to view possible venues in person, ideally at the same time of year you are planning to get married
  • Reserve your venue
  • Book your officiant
  • Speak with locals and your venue host about vendors they would recommend and schedule appointments to choose wedding planner, florist, caterer, DJ or band, photographer, and videographer
  • Set up appointments for wedding dress fittings
  • Send save-the-dates. This is critical if guests are traveling to your wedding, giving them ample time to secure tickets and accommodations at lower rates.

9 to 12 months

  • Select what the bridal party will be wearing
  • Reserve your photographer (and videographer if you choose), florist, caterer, DJ/band, and hair and makeup stylists
  • Choose accommodations – research vacation homes or hotel room block options for your guests and wedding party. Booking larger vacation rentals for family and friends to share generally provides great value and experience.
  • Create your gift registry, making sure to include items across an array of budgets.
  • Select a location and determine a budget for your honeymoon
  • Build a wedding website with all the key information
  • Shop for rings

6 to 12 months

  • Get bridesmaids dresses sized and ordered. Order groomsmen attire.
  • Book your honeymoon.
  • Meet with the officiant, discussing details about the ceremony order.
  • Arrange day-of transportation if necessary
  • Start putting together a day-of timeline
  • Choose cake style and schedule tastings.
  • Reserve chairs, linens, tables, lighting, dance floor, etc. that you may need.
  • Obtain any permits determined by local ordinances (ie temporary liquor license)
  • Order invitations – ask guests to RSVP a minimum of one month prior to wedding day

3 to 6 months

  • Book secondary locations. If you’re planning any group dinners or activities outside of the wedding day, reserve those venues.
  • Finalize guest list
  • Choose your music, including first dances and “must play” and “do not play” lists
  • Select and order cake
  • Finalize and order flower arrangements and decor
  • If desired, you may want to assemble welcome baskets for out-of-town guests filled with items to help them fully enjoy your chosen destination.

2 to 3 months

  • Finalize menu and bar selections with caterer
  • Mail invitations (minimum 3 months before your wedding day)
  • Order wedding favors
  • Choose who will be making toasts
  • Schedule your dress fittings
  • Confirm all reservations and payments to vendors
  • Choose seating arrangement
  • Work on vows and ceremony order: readings, programs, music, etc

1 to 2 months

  • Communicate with photographer to discuss “must have” shots and locations
  • Check all RSVPs and contact those you are unsure of
  • Review details with officiant
  • Apply for marriage license (up to 60 days prior to wedding day)
  • Schedule final fittings for wedding party
  • Send wedding day timeline to vendors and confirm times and locations
  • Decide on your something old, new, borrowed and blue
  • Finalize printed material including menu cards, programs, signage, etc

1 to 4 weeks

  • Finalize seating arrangement
  • Pick up marriage license
  • Confirm honeymoon reservations
  • Purchase bridesmaid and groomsmen gifts
  • If you have new shoes, break them in before the big day
  • Assemble welcome baskets if applicable
  • Pick up your dress

1 week

  • Final confirmation of timeline with vendors
  • Choose who will be doing the small tasks on the wedding day and delegate
  • Get checks written for vendors (and have tips ready)
  • Send final guest list to the caterer
  • Pack for your honeymoon
  • Prepare an emergency kit with items you may need in a pinch. Hair product, a needle and thread matching the dress and tuxedos, Tylenol, Tide 2 Go, etc.
  • Deliver welcome baskets as guest arrive at the destination or have them waiting for them.
  • Travel to your destination and get settled in, preferably at least a few days before your wedding to tackle any last-minute issues.

The Day Before

  • Attend the rehearsal
  • Get a good night’s sleep before the big day

The Big Day

  • Try to get up early enough for a relaxed breakfast
  • Get wedding rings to the the ring bearer
  • The groom should have the officiant fee (what’s this one?)
  • Try not to end up on you YouTube fainting compilation.
    (this would not be in the graphic – just adding for fun here but we will end it with some nice “have fun” but I can’t think of the words right now)


  • Ensure tuxes and all rentals are returned
  • Get wedding dress to the cleaners and packaged for proper storage
  • Send out thank you cards
  • Update your website for the final time with a big thank you and some photos of the day.
  • Enjoy your honeymoon!

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Whether you choose Corolla, Duck, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills or Nags Head, North Carolina, we’ve got the perfect place for you.

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Destination Wedding Checklist

Destination Weddings On The Outer Banks, NC

Destination Weddings On The Outer Banks, NC

The Outer Banks of North Carolina is one of the most popular wedding destinations in the United States – and for good reason. There’s nothing like saying “I do” next to the majesty of the ocean, making it the perfect place to start your happily ever after.

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Outer Banks Wedding Venues

Outer Banks Wedding Venue House Rentals

Let us help you find the perfect home for your special day. From oceanfront patios to beautiful dining rooms, we have just what you’re looking for to create a memorable event to be cherished for a lifetime to come.
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Destination Wedding Checklist

Destination Wedding Checklist

Planning your amazing OBX destination wedding is simple with our helpful wedding checklist designed to assist you in planning the perfect event free of “oops” and “oh no” moments! Plan your wedding with ease letting you focus on what really matters most, celebrating you!
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Outer Banks Wedding Vendors

Wedding Vendors On The Outer Banks

Meet our incredible local artizans, chefs, photographers, event planners, musicians & more! The Outer Banks is the perfect location for the couple to share high quality local treats & talents with their guests. There’s so much to choose from, you’re sure to find the perfect vendors to fulfil your every need.
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Wedding Vendors On The Outer Banks

Outer Banks Wedding Vendors

Companies to help make your day perfect.

Picking the right vendors for your wedding day can be a difficult task, especially if you’re trying to find them remotely.

At Carolina Designs we want to help make your wedding day exactly what it should be, your perfect day.

Below you’ll discover the vendors our guests have been thrilled to work with.  From caterers and photographers to florists, DJs and bakers, we’ve put together this list so you can move on to planning the seating arrangement.


Ocean Boulevard
Tel: 252-261-2546

Red Sky Cafe
Tel: 252-261-8646

Cafe Lachine
Tel: 252-305-9690

Camp Cocktail
Tel: 252-339-7189

Tel: 252-261-0224

Modern Coastal Cookery
Tel: 910-617-6055

Black Pelican
Tel: 252-261-3171


Great Cakes
Tel: 252-261-3403

Just Desserts
Tel: 252-441-2931

Equipment & Furnishing

Ocean Atlantic Rentals
Tel: 886-627-3836

Metro Rental
Tel: 252-480-3535

Amaranth and Artifact
Tel: 252-220-4188

Music & DJs

DJ Bruce I Do Entertainment
Tel: 252-715-0164

Club Violin
Tel: 252-216-5826

Outer Banks Wedding Entertainment
Tel: 252-305-6440

Flowers & Decor

Flower Girls OBX
Tel: 252-441- 4981

Bells and Whistles
Tel: 252-441-9310

Sugar Snap
Tel: 252-480-9990

Renee Landry Events
Tel: 252-207-7038

Coordinators & Wedding Planners

The Proper Setting
Tel: 252-441-8166

Coastyle Weddings & Events
Tel: 252-564-9281


Sarah D’Ambra
Tel: 252-423-1335

Caroline Jarvis
Tel: 252-305-4404

Lori Douglas
Tel: 252-202-1858

Julie Dreelin Beach Productions
Tel: 252-207-2293

Genevieve Stewart Productions
Tel: 252-305-3732

Matt Lusk
Tel: 252-489-3442


Swell Productions
Tel: 252-573-0119

Hair & Makeup

Salty Hair Salon
Tel: 252-255-5100

Glimmer Hair & Makeup
Tel: 252-202-3150

Lovie’s Salon and Spa
Tel: 252-453-0912

Invitations & Stationary

Seafoam Design
Tel: 252-548-9082


OBX Trolley
Tel: 252-202-4429

Outer Banks Wedding Venue House Rentals

Wedding Venues & Homes On The Outer Banks, NC

All houses are rented by the week.

The Outer Banks has fast become one of the top wedding destinations. From the long stretches of sandy beach to unforgettable dining, the romantic backdrop that is called the OBX created an unforgettable experience worthy of the celebration of your love. At Carolina designs we take our role in providing wedding house very seriously. When you trust us to host your wedding party or to provide the wedding venue, we know that you’re trusting us with the memories you will hold most fondly for years to come.

Below you’ll find the house rentals we’ve found most popular among our guests who, like you, have decided that the beauty and splendor that is the Outer Banks is the perfect canvas for their wedding. You can also use the search filters to the next to help pinpoint the property that is as unique and perfect as the journey you’re about to embark on.

Explore Wedding Houses By Town

Whether you choose Corolla, Duck, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills or Nags Head, North Carolina, we’ve got the perfect place for you.

Or Select Your Wedding Venue By Features