10 Tips on Planning a Destination Wedding on the Outer Banks of North Carolina

This coupled with the experience and the local knowledge of your Wedding Planner you will see that a Destination Wedding is not as hard to organize as you once thought. The old adage of a destination wedding being the code word for eloping has gone by the wayside. Destination Weddings are here to stay and are growing into the new way for couples to get away from the traditional formal affair to a casual, intimate occasion on the beautiful and pristine beaches of the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

Here are the Top 10 Tips on Planning a Destination Wedding on the Outer Banks:

1) Choose the type of ceremony first.

Are you going to have a Religious or symbolic ceremony, this will help you in deciding which wedding locations to rule out, it will help in the pre-wedding rituals, traditions and organizing the time-line of the wedding ceremony. Your wedding planner will be able to help you by discussing your options of locations to meet your choice.

2) Choose your destination wisely.

There are many great houses, hotels and other venues on the Outer Banks that are gorgeous and many will capture the romance, so it is makes it hard to choose one spot over the other. But, once you learn which location is better in certain seasons, or if the location is only available in the evenings; for example, the better off you are for planning your reception and the guest list.

3) Make a list of important criteria for you and your guests’ stay.

Making a list of criteria is very helpful in determining your group outings and choosing the the right reception location. The details will help tremendously in finding the location of all activities and where you will be staying. You don’t want to be running all over the beach.

4) Outline a budget.

You must remember a ‘unique’ wedding will have a range of costs. Don’t set yourself at a low budget and expect the ‘red carpet’ treatment. Give yourself a little space in your budget to add a touch of the many Outer Banks flavors and traditions.

5) Get expert and local advice regarding the customs and traditions.

You will definitely need the help of a wedding planner for this tip. Coming to the Outer Banks for the first time can be a daunting affair with so many great foods, specific venues for specific desires and many unique experiences in certain locations will add to the romance and “uniqueness” of your Outer Banks Wedding.

6) Making reservations early is a must.

It means that you can be guaranteed the location that is perfect to your dreams. It also will help you stay within your budget because last minute bookings can mean more money.

7) Send out your wedding invitations a minimum of 4 months in advance.

We suggest sending out the wedding invitations early because we know guests have certain dietary needs, new babies are expected and many things might need to be changed to meet their needs. You can also save on group bookings for accommodations amongst other things and your preparations will allow everything to run smoother.

8) Plan your reception carefully.

If you want a wedding band, dancing, outdoor festivities, and other unique features be prepared for the unexpected. Be sure to have a back up plan just in case. This also is a reason to have a local wedding planner because it pays to have someone helping who knows of people to call on in an emergency situation.

9) Ask your guests what activities they might like.

On your wedding invitations provide some option for activities and get your guests to rate their preferences. This will take the guesswork out of deciding on which group outings to do. Plus, they will get more excited about coming to the Outer Banks.

10) – Make yourself and the wedding party look their best.

A no-brainer, you say, don’t be so sure. You need to plan ahead and make sure that all of your needs and special requests are available ahead of time. This is a small island of beautiful sunsets irgo we don’t have the mega stores that have every knick-knack but they can be gotten if needed. Also the good providers are spoken for quickly and their schedules are booked. You don’t want to wait until the last minute to find a hairstylist who can handle your hair because she might be booked with another wedding party that day. So be sure to convey your wants and needs to your “Local Wedding Planner” with time to spare.

So there are your Top 10 Tips On Planning A Destination Wedding on the Outer Banks .

A Look Back at British Holiday Camps

Holiday camps are a fun option for vacationing in Britain. They were the “it” way to vacation in the fifties and sixties. During those times, taking a vacation to the coast was rare. Those vacations were costly, especially since the War had recently ended. Since many people could not take a holiday, the holiday camps brought the holiday to them. Holiday camps provided an all in one option. The price was good, there was a lot of food, and, of course, there was a lot to do.

One of the earliest holiday camps you can still visit today is called Caister Camp. When it was originally opened, the accommodation was in tents. The great thing about this camp is it is located right on the beach. In addition, it has over 90 acres of land.  

Another earlier camp is called Corton Beach Holiday Camp. It is located in Skegness and was opened in 1936. The amazing thing about this camp is that it could accommodate so many people. Because of its size, it stood out from a distance. Many would stop and stare at it from the town. 

Middleton Tower Holiday Camp was started in the 1950s. It is famous for it’s building which was designed to replicate the ocean liner on land. Also, the camp had a “Sun Ray Room”, bars, and a separate theater for children. The goal of this holiday camp was pure entertainment. Many guests stayed at the camp on a constant basis. 

A fun holiday camp opened in the 60s along the Esplanade called Bognor Regis. It was a site to behold. The area was beautiful. This camp was definitely more modern than others. It had newer hotels and flats. 

The Holiday Camp opened in 1960. It was also modern. It had chalets on two stories. The image of the camp was much more corporate than previous camps. It was considered more of a novelty than others. The tile was even fancy. And, they even installed a monorail at the camp for guests. 

South Devon Holiday Camp at Paigton was another camp from the 1960s. It had newer buildings with flat roofs. The rooms had large windows so that each guest had a great view of the scenery. However, most people did not appreciate the style at first.  

By the time the 60s were underway there appeared to be much optimism among the people. Everyone seemed to be forward thinking. The war, although not forgotten was something of the past, and people could focus on a better tomorrow.

A Raw Food Diet: Is It Healthier?

In today’s ever health-conscious world, the Raw Food Movement is on the rise, gaining new devotees as well as critics.

The basic premise of the raw food diet is that raw foods in their whole, natural form provide the enzymes necessary for digestion and vibrant health, and that cooking food destroys these natural enzymes along with many of the other critical nutrients in whole, unprocessed food. By eating raw, whole foods, you consume the enzymes found within them, which are believed to enhance and improve digestion, leading to better absorption of the food’s beneficial compounds (such as vitamins, minerals and antioxidants). Raw food enthusiasts claim that this diet promotes good health because your cells are able to acquire the nutrients they need from pure, unadulterated food.

Ancient Wisdom Perspectives
From the point of view of Traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic Medicine, the raw food philosophy is not completely accurate. These ancient traditions assert that cooking food actually makes many of the nutrients more available. They also state that eating cooked food protects the digestive capacity (“digestive fire”) of the body. With all the contradictory dietary advice out there, it’s no wonder people may be confused about which diet is best for them.

One Size Does Not Fit All
It all comes down to the health requirements of the individual, as everybody has unique dietary needs. According to the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine, raw foods have a “cooling” effect on the body, so someone with a lot of “heat” and inflammation may do better on a raw foods diet than someone with a colder constitution. Also, it is interesting to note that the majority of success within the raw food movement is found among those who live in warmer climates. Cooked whole food is healthier for people with weaker digestion and colder constitution, as cooked foods are more warming, and easier to break down and assimilate.

Pros and Cons of Cooked Food
Certain foods are proven to be healthier when cooked. For example, lycopene is an antioxidant found in tomatoes and watermelon. However, lycopene content is highest and most bioavailable when tomatoes are cooked. Many vegetables, such as kale, spinach, onions and garlic are also more nutritious when cooked because light cooking unlocks many of their compounds, making them more easily absorbed.

However, science has also shown that over-cooking many foods — especially meats — is unhealthy, as foods that are overcooked can produce chemicals such as acrylamide and others that contribute to inflammation and more serious health problems over time.

The best cooking methods are light steaming or sauteing, without over-cooking at high temperatures. These methods can help to make nutrients in the food more available and easier to absorb, without causing the harmful chemical reactions found in foods cooked for long periods at high temperatures.

The Enzyme Debate
While raw foodists claim that enzymes from raw foods are critical for proper digestion, the American Dietetic Association asserts that the body naturally produces the enzymes necessary for digestion and does not need to obtain them from food. In addition, because the ph of the stomach is very low, meaning that it is very acidic, the stomach breaks down all proteins including enzymes. This means that the enzymes found in fruits and vegetables are essentially destroyed by our stomach acid, as its job is to break down food and kill any harmful pathogens. The amount of enzymes found in raw food have not been shown to drastically improve digestion or the levels of natural enzymes in the body. One critic of raw food, Dr. Stephen Barrett, states, “Raw food contains no enzymes needed for digestion. All the enzymes needed for human digestion are made in the body.”

However, it is important to note that with today’s fast-paced lifestyles and the Standard American Diet, many people are enzyme deficient and can greatly benefit from including supplemental digestive enzymes in their daily program. Enzyme supplements are typically designed to survive the stomach acid environment and release their digestive health benefits once they reach the small intestines, where most nutrient absorption occurs.

Everything in Moderation
For many, the raw food diet may seem like another fad diet. While it may have nutritional drawbacks for some people with weaker digestion, it can also provide benefits from the abundance of fresh produce typically consumed in a raw food diet. Once again, the old adage of “everything in moderation” may be applied in this case. There isn’t one type of diet that is the magical formula for vibrant health, nor does one type of diet work for everybody. The best advice is to maintain well-rounded eating habits that include healthy fats, protein and complex carbohydrates, along with fresh fruits and vegetables, in order to feed your body and mind the nutrients they need to achieve optimal health and well being.