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Hilton Head Island Wedding Information & Getting Started

Surround yourself with romance, spectacular scenery and southern charms, and have your dream wedding on Hilton Head Island, the picture-perfect place to begin your new life together. There are so many exciting details to think about, like food, flowers and photographs—but before you say, “I do,” there are a few important items you should know when planning your wedding in South Carolina.

Legal Requirements

When applying for a State of South Carolina marriage license in the county of Beaufort (which includes Hilton Head Island and Bluffton), 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 (located in the city of Beaufort).

Hilton Head Island Probate Court Satellite Office Location:
539 Wm. Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
NOTE: The Judge is available only Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Fridays, 9:00am to 4:00pm, by appointment only.

Beaufort Office – The Beaufort County Courthouse is located at 102 Ribaut Road, at the Government Center at the corner of Ribaut Road and US Hwy. 21 in Beaufort, SC (843-255-5850), and will accept marriage license applications Monday through Friday, 9:00am to 4:00pm.

Valid identification is required, including Social Security number and another form of ID, such as a state driver’s license with picture, birth certificate (only if bride or groom is under 18), passport, military ID, military department’s ID or state ID.

There is a 24-hour waiting period for a marriage license. (Blood tests are not required in South Carolina). An ordained minister or a Notary Public may perform your wedding ceremony; please note South Carolina does not have Justices of the Peace. A marriage license may be used statewide. The cost of the license ranges from $50-$95. Cash and correct change is required.

To hear a recording about this information, please call (843) 255-5875.

Other Important Information

Wedding ceremonies that will be performed on the beach require a permit from the Town of Hilton Head Island. More information on getting a permit.


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