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.
To make sure your special day goes off without a hitch, you need to be aware of a few legal requirements. Both applicants must apply in person at the Office of the Judge of Probate at the county courthouse or the Probate Court Satellite office on Hilton Head Island.
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 is open Monday to Friday, 9:00am to 4:00pm.
Hilton Head Island Office – The Probate Court Satellite Office is located at 539 Wm. Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head Island, SC (843-255-5866), and the Judge is available only Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Fridays, 9:00am to 4:00pm, by appointment only.
Other Important Information
Wedding ceremonies that will be preformed on the beach require a permit from the Town of Hilton Head Island. More information on getting a permit.
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.
Once you receive your permit, there is a 24-hour waiting period. (However a blood test is not required.) A 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.