What Size Wedding Can You Have on Hilton Head Island?

Hilton Head Island is the ideal destination for your South Carolina wedding, no matter what size or kind of ceremony you're dreaming of. From private beach weddings with heavenly ocean backdrops to lavish celebrations, there are endless opportunities for you and your guests to come together for your dream wedding. Get inspired by the Lowcountry itineraries and explore our incredible wedding venues with expert wedding planners and services for your magical day on America's Favorite Island®.

Hilton Head Island is Perfect for Destination Weddings

Hilton Head Island has everything you need when considering a destination for your wedding and even your honeymoon. After all, our Island is full of breathtaking natural beauty, incredible beaches, warm weather year-round, award-winning dining, world-class amenities and accommodations, beautiful venues, quality shopping, and many activities to enjoy. From the pre-wedding events to the rehearsal dinner, the big day to a romantic honeymoon surrounded by peaceful sounds of the ocean and towering palmetto trees — you can do it all on Hilton Head Island.

Many Venues To Choose From Outdoor to Indoor

Here on Hilton Head Island, there are accommodations and venues to suit every taste, style, and size! Have you dreamed of a captivating outdoor beachfront ceremony? Getting married under tall oak trees draped in moss? An upscale reception in a dazzling ballroom? No matter what your idea of a dream wedding is, we can make it a reality. 

Along with the large and diverse selection of exquisite venues, you will easily find expert wedding resources to help plan every detail from start to finish. You can select wedding packages from many venues to accommodate your wedding size or customize your needs with local vendors! And when all the planning is done, you'll have a spectacular place to host an unforgettable wedding.

Panoramic Views Of The Ocean And Spectacular Stretches Of Beach 

Hilton Head Island is home to more than 12 miles of some of the best beaches in the United States. Whether you are planning a scenic beachfront wedding or want a place for guests to relax on the beach, you'll find pristine stretches of sand, warm waters, and sunshine to soak in during your stay. If you're looking for more to do, you and your guests can choose from a wide assortment of activities like kayaking, boat tours, dolphin encounters, watersports, biking, and more! With warm tropical weather and miles of beaches, you might even want to extend your stay for a relaxing and romantic honeymoon on America's Favorite Island® after tying the knot.

Award-Winning Dining

One of the most memorable parts of any wedding for your guests — besides the "I dos" — is the cuisine. Luckily, Hilton Head Island's caterers will work with you to satisfy even the most refined palates. With more than 250 restaurants on Hilton Head Island, plus bakeries, farmers' markets, and gourmet shops, there's always something delicious cooking up in Lowcountry kitchens. Indulge in local favorites like fresh seafood to experience the best flavors of the coast. If you are planning your wedding at a hotel, you will have access to packages and catering that will amaze you. With an array of delicious options to choose from or customize, the hotel catering options will easily help you create a delectable menu for your big day.

Great Accommodations

Finding accommodations for your family and guests is essential to planning the best destination wedding. On Hilton Head Island, many accommodations can meet your needs — from luxurious resorts and lovely boutique hotels to gorgeous beachfront homes and villas for you and the family. In addition, many resorts and hotels have excellent wedding packages, so you and your guests don't need to travel far when attending your nuptials. You and your guests can relax in the comfort of any Hilton Head Island accommodations knowing that you will be taken care of with an exceptional stay.

Wedding venues for every size

From chic and intimate weddings to grand ballroom celebrations, Hilton Head Island has indoor and outdoor venues to accommodate weddings of all styles and sizes. Here are some of our amazing wedding and event partners on the Island.

Beach House

Beach House is a prime location for a wedding on the beach that truly feels like a tropical vacation. This fabulous hotel is right off the ocean and close to restaurants, entertainment, and shops. With the warm ocean breeze, sand on your feet, and cocktail in hand, this will be the ultimate spot for a relaxed laid back small wedding, accommodating up to 100 guests. The Tiki Beach venue is ideal for a small beach wedding, paired with The Dunes for your beachside reception venue. Guests can enjoy staggering views in their oceanfront rooms, live music, and amenities. 

Coastal Discovery Museum At Honey Horn

The Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn is tucked away in the mystical dangling Spanish Moss of ancient Live Oaks, enchanting  boardwalks, and luscious gardens. This fairytale setting offers several different ceremony locations around the property with magnificent backdrops to suit your style. Say "I do" under the ancient oaks, overlooking the tidal salt marshes, or below the covered pavilion. Whether it's an intimate gathering or an elaborate celebration, the museum will ensure that the details are taken care of – from the cocktail hour to your reception. All you have to do is enjoy your magical day. Stay close to your venue with a selection of vacation villas and accommodations nearby. The Westin Hilton Head Resort & Spa is a short drive from the Honey Horn property. It offers a location ideal for couples, groups, or families. The Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn, a Smithsonian Affiliate on Hilton Head Island, is the dream destination your wedding deserves.

Marriott Hilton Head Resort & Spa

Located directly on the beach on Hilton Head Island, Marriott Hilton Head Resort & Spa offers onsite amenities, luxurious accommodations and expert wedding services. The resort features inviting rooms and suites, where private balconies and ocean views await you and your guests, so you won’t have to travel far for your celebrations. The Marriott will help you design your ideal wedding with their selection of venues outdoors or indoors, from their beachfront venues to the elegant indoor ballroom that can accommodate up to 1,200 guests. The custom catering and personalized wedding services make planning your wedding day that much easier. Marriott Certified Wedding Planners are qualified to coordinate weddings of all types and can help you with every detail from setting a budget, deciding on a menu, to finding a florist and decorating. The onsite culinary team and Marriott Certified Wedding Catering Manager can help prepare a delectable menu for you that celebrates your union perfectly on Hilton Head island. 

Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort

Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort is a wonderful location for weddings of all sizes. It offers oceanfront weddings right on the sand or elegant outdoor and indoor spaces that can accommodate up to 250 guests. Two of their most popular venues include Shorehouse, an open-air space by the beach with a picturesque ocean backdrop, and the Courtyard. This freshly renovated outdoor space works flawlessly for your cocktail hour before the wedding reception.

Port Royal Clubhouse 

The newly renovated 14,000-square-foot Port Royal Clubhouse is an antebellum mansion-style Clubhouse surrounded by verandas overlooking the golf courses and magnificent coastline. This venue can host everything from your bridal shower to your ceremony and reception — and maybe even a few rounds of golf in between! The Port Royal Clubhouse will have you feeling like you have stepped into a charming southern home, making it great for a smaller wedding with your loved ones. With event coordinators and professional staff on hand, they can help customize every detail while accommodating up to 200 guests with uncompromising service.

The Sea Pines Resort 

The Sea Pines Resort features waterfront views, well-maintained landscaping, and charming architecture surrounded by lush greens. They offer luxury amenities, exceptional service, and relaxation for your guests. With so much to do nearby, your guests will have many activities to enjoy during downtime. You can find options for weddings of all sizes at The Sea Pines Resort, including the Sea Pines Beach venue, the Atlantic Room, the Champions Ballroom for large weddings, or the Heritage Room for medium-sized weddings. The Quarterdeck offers a 270-degree view of phenomenal sunset views overlooking Harbour Town Yacht Basin, Calibogue Sound and the 18th hole ofn Harbour Town Golf Links,  which serves as a remarkable backdrop for any wedding ceremony. This versatile venue offers an array of options to say I-do with the expansive wraparound deck, indoor bar and dining area, or the new rooftop bar. 

Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island is a modern, chic venue that boasts stunning ocean views and many event spaces. Situated near the calming coastline, the resort's venues can host up to 300 guests, making it ideal for couples looking for awe-inspiring outdoor spaces for larger celebrations. In particular, the Pavilion is a favorite venue for many. It features open-air space with easy access to the beach — no wonder it's so popular! 

The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa

The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa is an oceanfront wedding venue and resort here on Hilton Head Island. The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa is an amazing location for small to large wedding ceremonies alike, as well as receptions of any style. With room for up to 300 guests, the Grand Ocean Terrace is a popular option for sizeable upscale weddings with breathtaking backdrops.


Before planning your nuptials on Hilton Head Island, it's essential to read all the licensing requirements for a legal ceremony. Here is some crucial information to know, along with resources to get you started.

Applying for a Marriage License

To legally get married in the State of South Carolina, you must obtain a marriage license for the county where you will be wed. Both applicants must apply in person at the Probate Court Satellite office on Hilton Head Island or at the office of the Judge of Probate at the county courthouse. You must call in advance to make an appointment, which can be made on the hour.

Take note that there is a 24-hour waiting period once you have applied for your marriage license, so make sure to do so in advance. The cost of the license ranges from $50-$95. Find more information and resources before booking your appointment.

Other Important Information

If you plan to have your ceremony on the beach, you will require a wedding permit from the Town of Hilton Head Island. These permits are free of charge, and your application can be made online at least 30 days before your ceremony date.

For Elopements

Suppose you are looking to elope or searching for a wedding officiant. In that case, A Wedding By The Sea has many options to choose from, offering flexibility and peace of mind when creating your big day. They will work with you to personalize your ceremony and create meaningful wording for your wedding. You can also contact Thomas Briley at 843-715-2674.

It's time to start planning your dream wedding, and Hilton Head Island is the perfect destination to say "I Do". We have space for everyone, so your special celebrations with family and friends are bound to be magical at any of our venues. From sizeable weddings with hundreds of friends and family to low-key ceremonies with only your closest confidants, there's no better place to start the next chapter of your lives together than Hilton Head Island. Start planning your happily ever after on Hilton Head Island now.

Do you have additional questions about getting married on Hilton Head Island? Please contact Robin Bridgers.

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