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The Bride’s Guide To Planning The Perfect Destination Wedding in Myrtle Beach
Myrtle Beach is the perfect place for a budget-minded bride looking to get married in a beach destination. The main perks to having a wedding in Myrtle Beach are the affordability compared to other beach destinations and the scenic beach location. Whether you are a local looking to get a few insider tips or you are an out of market bride planning a destination wedding, here are several tips to help you get started.
Here are a few tips to help you plan your dream Myrtle Beach wedding:
Attend a Myrtle Beach Wedding Show
A variety of wedding showcases are held throughout the year in Myrtle Beach. This can be a great time to gather beach wedding ideas, get prices and meet with other brides-to-be. If you are from out of town, try to attend one of these events so you can meet vendors in person and gather more information and even get referrals. This will make it easier to compare prices and know exactly who you are dealing with.
The iHeart Media Bridal Expo takes place at the beginning of January in Myrtle Beach.
The Wedding Showcase is the Myrtle Beach area’s largest annual wedding show and typically takes place at the end of January.
If you can’t make it to the winter show, check out Savvy Soiree Wedding & Event Showcase that takes place in August in Florence, SC.
Discover Myrtle Beach Wedding Ideas on Pinterest
Our Pinterest Board, Beach Wedding Ideas, is a community board where many people share ideas for beach weddings. Ideas on this board range from DIY, to centerpieces, to wedding dresses, photo ideas and reception hall decorating ideas. By making your own pin board while planning for your wedding you can gather ideas and maybe even make some of the projects yourself. Be sure to collect shells from the beach whenever you can, because these come in handy when working on some DIY projects, many which are very easy to do and affordable!
Book Your Venue at a Scenic Myrtle Beach Resort
Many resorts have great event planners that have plenty of experience with beach front and/or beach themed weddings. In addition, having your wedding at a resort makes it easier for guests who may be flying in so they won’t have to drive once they are here.
Plus, all Vacation Myrtle Beach wedding venues offer amazing on-site catering options ranging from plated options to buffets, carving stations and cocktail hours. Let our expert catering teams help you create the perfect wedding menu.
Top Myrtle Beach Resorts for weddings include:
Located along the coveted “Golden Mile” portion of Myrtle Beach, The Caravelle offers a charming wedding venue for personalized receptions. Featuring over 6,000 square feet of space that can be tailored to the perfect size for your wedding, The Caravelle Resort has made a name for itself as one of the foremost locations for Myrtle Beach weddings. The event space is located directly across from the main Caravelle building and boasts rustic exposed brick walls and a unique layout that offers several individual rooms while maintaining an open feel. The Caravelle Resort dedicates itself to hosting wedding receptions in a variety of sizes from 10 to 250 guests. Learn more about Caravelle Resort weddings and events here.
Located along the scenic south end of Myrtle Beach, Crown Reef offers a spacious wedding venue and an exciting resort for your guests to enjoy during their stay. The flexible ballroom style venue boasts up to 11,500 square feet of event space and is ideal for both intimate affairs and grand gatherings. Guests are also sure to enjoy the generous on-site dining and amenities during their stay, including the multi-story, oceanfront waterpark.
This scenic Myrtle Beach resort can host your wedding on the beautiful beach directly in front of the resort. The resort can provide a lovely trellis arbor along with chairs for your guests. Immediately following the ceremony, guests may gather on the open air veranda adjacent to the Calypso Ballroom to enjoy a cocktail reception and the view of the gorgeous Atlantic Ocean before entering the Calypso Ballroom for the rest of the wedding festivities. Sea Watch can host a wedding with up to 150 guests and are known for their attention to detail and will help with ideas to make your event special and create a lifetime of memories. Learn more about Sea Watch weddings and events here.
Another popular “Golden Mile” property, Beach Colony offers decadent on-site catering and wedding receptions for your perfect day. Their banquet rooms are perfect for small and mid-sized weddings, with the largest room available to hold 180 guests. Their landscaped pool area and lawn as well as their close proximity to the beach make for great wedding photographs. The resort ballroom here can easily be decorated to match any theme or color scheme. Learn more about Beach Colony weddings and events here.
One of Myrtle Beach’s most spacious resorts, Landmark can hold pretty much any size wedding – up to 700 people for your reception. They’ll work with you to plan your perfect day through menu planning. They offer a variety of mouthwatering menus and will cater your wedding with a buffet as long as you have at least 50 people. Their event planner will make sure all the details are set for your perfect day! Learn more about Landmark Resort weddings and events here.
Brides seeking a unique wedding venue will enjoy the scenic atmosphere of Ocean Creek Resort. This Barefoot Landing area property offers two wedding reception options: the 2,400 square-foot Creekside Conference Center and the 3,000 square-foot Water Oaks Conference Center. Most weddings are held in the Water Oaks rooms which can hold up to 400 guests and offers on-site catering. The beauty of Ocean Creek Resort’s landscaping and creek make it the perfect location for wedding photos both on and off the beach. Ocean Creek also offers one of the few locations where you can get married on the beach in Myrtle Beach. Learn more about Ocean Creek weddings and events here.
Myrtle Beach wedding venues are in high demand, particularly during the Spring and Fall. Be sure to book your wedding / reception venue as far in advance as possible to ensure availability and the best rates possible.
*Square footage at resorts is approximate and is often flexible and may be made up of various ballrooms and event spaces. Check with each resort for their space layouts, dimensions and capabilities.
Secure Your Myrtle Beach Hotel Wedding Block
Another perk of hosting your wedding reception at a Myrtle Beach resort? Guests won’t have to travel far to make it to and from the party! Make it easy for your out of town guests to find affordable accommodations and figure out travel arrangements while they are in town by securing a block of hotel rooms at an exclusive rate just for your wedding guests. Wedding blocks are available at all of the Vacation Myrtle Beach resorts, though availability and rates do vary throughout the year. Please discuss your individual accommodation needs well in advance at your resort venue to ensure rooms are secured in advance.
View our full list of Myrtle Beach resorts available for wedding accommodations to start planning.
Pick The Perfect Time of Year for Your Beach Wedding
Picking the ideal time of year for a beach wedding can be tricky. While many brides in other destinations love the thought and convenience of a summer wedding, this is not always a popular time for an outdoor wedding in Myrtle Beach. Carefully consider where your venue and reception are and what type of wedding you’d like to have before selecting your date!
Winter weddings offer pristine beach views, uninhibited by groups on the beach, and rock bottom rates when it comes to booking your venue and hotel rooms. Average air temperatures during the winter range from lows in the 40’s - highs in the 50’s.
Summer weddings provide ideal beach time for your guests and ample opportunities to enjoy area attractions and events, though room rates are typically higher this time of year and group rate discounts are not typically offered during peak season. Average air temperatures in the summer range from lows in the 70’s to highs in the 90’s. Water temperatures in the summer average 85 degrees.
Spring & Fall Weddings
Spring and Fall are what we call the “shoulder season” in Myrtle Beach and offer ideal weather for weddings. The only caveat of selecting a Spring or Fall wedding date is that these seasons are in high demand, so be sure to book your venue and hotel rooms early! Average air temperatures in the spring and fall range from lows in the 50’s to highs in the 70’s. Water temperatures during these months averages 75 degrees.
Familiarize Yourself With Local Myrtle Beach Wedding Regulations
Just like any other destination, brides looking to book a beach wedding will need to be familiar with local laws and regulations when it comes to weddings and events. A few laws to be mindful of include:
Commercially produced weddings are not permitted on a public beach
Note: If you want to get married on the beach, Ocean Creek Resort is located outside of city limits and allows beachfront wedding ceremonies.
Couples can apply for and receive their marriage license at the Conway Courthouse (1301 Second Avenue) between 8am - 4pm Monday - Friday.
To receive a marriage license from the Probate Court, couples will need to file a marriage application, file a statement that they are legally entitled to marry, pay the appropriate marriage license fees, observe the 24- hour waiting period.
Visit the City of Myrtle Beach website for more information on local city laws and regulations related to Myrtle Beach weddings.
With a little bit of planning and the help of experienced resort staff you can have the beach wedding of your dreams! Select a resort above to start planning your perfect Myrtle Beach wedding.