A to Z of Getting Married on Hilton Head Island (Part One)

There are so many reasons why couples choose to get married on Hilton Head Island. From sandy white beaches to sweeping oak trees, lush green golf courses, and spectacular hotels and clubs, Hilton Head Island has many unique and beautiful choices for a wedding any time of year.
My favorite months, and most popular months, for a Hilton Head Island wedding are March-May and September-November. Summer months, although beautiful, can get quite warm during the day, so just plan accordingly.
If it is a destination wedding, most guests will incorporate their vacation with your wedding. You may suggest a villa or home rental for guests that plan on an extended vacation, in addition to the many hotel selections on the island and in Bluffton.Also, I suggest making a list of activities that your guests can enjoy during any free time they may have during the wedding week or weekend. Hilton Head Island and Bluffton has many award-winning golf courses for the men (and women) to enjoy as well as amazing shopping, restaurants, nightlife and spas to relax during the day.
A Hilton Head Island wedding is also ideal because it is a way of sharing the beauty of a destination resort without having to travel out of the country for a destination wedding; not to mention it is easily accessible by car or plane.
Most couples I work with that have chosen Hilton Head Island as their wedding location, have a sentimental connection here because they have vacationed here with their families growing up. I remember the car rides from Pennsylvania to Hilton Head Island each summer starting in 1979 until we moved here permanently in 1988. I was married on Hilton Head Island in 2002 (just celebrated 10 years-yeah!) and my out-of-town family and friends were thrilled to have such an amazing place to come and visit.
Keep in mind that any wedding nuptials on the beach will require a Town of Hilton Head beach permit. Also, remember to always have a back up plan in case of inclement weather.
Youʼll want to make sure that if you are renting ceremony chairs that you inform your rental company of a beach set-up and chair break-down as sometimes they will charge more for this service.
You may want to walk the area of the beach you are planning on for your nuptials to find a more remote portion of the beach to avoid any man in Speedos in the background of your wedding pictures! You can ask the hotel or resort if the beach umbrellas remain up until a certain time of day as you may want to avoid them in the background as well.
Chances are that if you are marrying on the beach behind a rental home, the area of the beach is more private than that of a resort, however you have more assistance with an on-staff event planner when choosing a resort for a beach ceremony.
Hilton Head and Bluffton also has some amazing church congregations for your wedding ceremony. More than likely they will have some requirements for you if you are planning destination and donʼt belong to their parish, so reaching out to them individually is the best plan.
The Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce has an on-staff wedding expert to help guide you in the right direction when choosing a venue. Contact them or a local planner for assistance getting you started with the wedding of your dreams