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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.
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 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 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.
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.
There are no specific relief areas on our properties. We request that waste is cleaned up and disposed of properly so as not to present a public health hazard.
Let Carolina Designs ensure your next corporate retreat in as productive and successful as you need it to be. Located on the Outer Banks, NC – the perfect place to motivate, educate and inspire.
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.
Discover why so many others have chosen the Outer Banks as the ideal location for their family reunion and Carolina Designs as their trusted vacation rental company to ensure this special event goes exactly as it should.
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.
Printable versions of our destination wedding guide checklist to help you make your day everything it should be and more.
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.
Planning a destination wedding can be one of the most fantastic events of you life. Let the Carolina Designs Destination Wedding Checklist help you make sure it's all it should be … and more.
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
- 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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Everything you need to plan your perfect destination wedding on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Vendors, checklists and more provided by Carolina Designs.
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.