An inside view of Jennette’s Pier
By Daryl Law\Correspondent
It’s a typical summertime Friday around the Jennette’s Pier — feisty fish are tugging on anglers’ lines, kids are soaking up surf camp and Oceanview Hall in the pierhouse is alive with activity as another couple prepares to celebrate their wedding day with a seaside reception.
The round tables are set, a dance floor is going down and celebratory spirits are chilling in the catering kitchen. With beautiful weather forecasted, we hope these two have a lovely, memorable evening surrounded by their family and friends.
After more than a year of inactivity due to the pandemic, the three-person team for facility rentals has again ramped up for wedding season, and the bookings are pouring in, according to Jenny Ash who heads up the department.
“Things are now retaking their normal shape, as capacity limits and restrictions on things, such as mass dancing, have been lifted from event spaces like Jennette’s Pier,” she said in between phone calls. “In the wake of the last executive order from the [North Carolina] governor; wedding parties can now envision what they originally had planned.”
She also noted community events, like seminars and fundraisers, are also getting back on the calendar such as The Outer Banks Hospital’s Get Pinked and More breast cancer fundraiser in October.
Ash attributes the surge of new bookings to the fact everything was closed in 2020 for COVID-19 restrictions.
“The year ‘on hold’ came with lots of cancelations and reschedules,” she said. “We experienced a significant revenue loss, like so many others.
“Additionally, this creates extra demand on the dates this coming fall and in 2022,” she said. “We are accommodating lots of excited couples and area event plans.
Ash has noticed a few trends emerging with this.
“As for this coming fall as well as spring and fall of 2022, we are seeing lots of action,” she noted. “Of course, these are always popular wedding months and people are ready to plan out their events after waiting so long.”
The pier team books dates up to 16 months out, so they’re now booking into October, 2022. There are, however, plenty of open dates still available.
“As for the summer season through August, there are nine weddings on the calendar and several community events, including a Blood Connection blood drive July 21 and the Outer Banks Skim Jam on our south beach July 17-18.”
Ash took over the helm of the facility rentals department several months ago. She looks forward to a bright summer and fabulous fall.
“It is an exciting time for those who are planning or have been waiting to host events,” she said. “We are pleased to have our beautiful venue up and running. We look forward to being a part of some overdue gatherings and seeing a safe return to the social scene!”
For more, go to www.jennettespier.net.