A wedding can be the most special time of your life. Planning a wedding can be extremely stressful, however, but not to worry, we’re here to help.
We have compiled a list of some of the best wedding locations the Grand Strand has to offer. The exciting thing about Myrtle Beach SC is that the area offers such a variety of beautiful locations that it’s sure to leave any dream realized.
From the sandy shores of the Atlantic to the drooping Spanish Moss on the hundreds of ancient oak trees, the Myrtle Beach area has everything you could ever want in a fantasy wedding venue. With the southern charm of plantation-style structures to the light, cheery atmosphere you’ll only find south of the Mason-Dixon line, it’s a mystery as to why anyone would want to spend the happiest day of their lives anywhere else.
Seaside locations await where sun and sand meet the water to create that picture-perfect moment you’ll treasure forever. Plantations and farms sit quietly, basking in the setting sun of another sleepy summer day. Gardens, forests, parks and more provide that natural, beautiful, perfect feel for the memories you’ll keep in your hearts forever, and you won’t find that anywhere else but the south.
So if you’re looking for that perfect spot to celebrate the start of your beautiful journey into matrimony, look no further than the Myrtle Beach SC area. Southern charm coupled with a historic feel from decades past make the Grand Strand the optimal spot to create memories that will last forever.
We begin with Brookgreen Gardens, about 10 minutes south of Myrtle Beach in Murrells Inlet. Brookgreen Gardens might possibly be the most beautiful location for a garden wedding in the world.
Founded in 1931 by Archer and Anna Hyatt Huntington, the gardens showcase gorgeous sculptures and a breathtaking landscape. Brookgreen offers several lovely settings that can be transformed into a spectacular scene for your ceremony and wedding reception.
Options include a cozy cottage, the Lowcountry Center and Courtyard, Huntington Sculpture Garden or the Pavilion Restaurant. You truly have to see the site to believe it.
For more information on wedding packages and how to book locations, visit the Brookgreen Gardens planning page.
DUNES GOLF & BEACH CLUB
Next up is the Dunes Golf & Beach Club. Just one look at the oceanfront lawn at The Dunes Club and you will be sold.
The Dunes Golf & Beach Club gives your wedding ceremony a mixture of that beach feeling coupled with a country club setting. The private club boasts three luxurious ballrooms that can be combined to create one large room for a reception with up to 500 guests.
Smaller rooms are available as well to satisfy more intimate celebrations. Each ballroom can easily transform into the wedding you’ve been dreaming of your entire life with the perfect lighting, music, centerpieces, and more!
For more information on wedding packages and how to book locations, visit the Dunes Golf & Beach Club planning page.
THE GRANDE DUNES
Let us not forget about the venues at The Grande Dunes. Whether you’re expecting just a few people or 500 of your closest friends and family, the gorgeous views and luxury Grande Dunes and the Marina at Grande Dunes is the perfect place.
Say your vows overlooking the open green space with a brand new altar to style and decorate as you please. Each spot has ballrooms and meeting spaces designed perfectly for your day to remember.
The fully trained professional staff will assist in selecting flowers, wedding cake, entertainment and photography/videography coordination.
The menu is yours to design, and the culinary team will whip up endless possibilities.
There are no worries when you bring your wedding to The Grande Dunes; the details are taken care of.
For more information on wedding packages and how to book locations, visit the Grande Dunes planning page.
PINE LAKES COUNTRY CLUB
Pine Lakes Country Club, aka “The Grandaddy” offers a beautiful setting for any wedding on the Grand Strand.
The extravagant clubhouse and perfectly manicured landscapes supply astounding photo ops and picturesque settings for a ceremony and reception.
Food and beverage options are limitless, including champagne fountains or ice sculptures, depending on your style. The event coordinators can even help set up golf outings, spa packages and private lessons.
The men in the wedding party will enjoy tying the knot at the spot where “Sports Illustrated” was born.
For more information on wedding packages and how to book locations, visit the Pine Lakes Country Club planning page.
Myrtle Beach’s Kingston Plantation offers a perfect place to take the plunge.
With sparkling white sandy beaches and a beautiful grassy overlook, Kingston Plantation is first-rate all the way. The resort offers a multitude of options, whether you’re expecting a few guests or a few hundred.
The Hilton’s Oceanfront Dunes Ballroom, for example, provides amazing panoramic views of the ocean from 16 stories above the earth.
Accommodations range from oceanfront condos and rooms to extravagant villas near creeks and groves of trees.
For more information on wedding packages and how to book locations, visit the Kingston Plantation planning page.
NORTH BEACH PLANTATION
Situated on a 7 1/2 acre property, North Beach Plantation is another top choice for holy matrimony. The resort remains perched among the top hotels in the area and is annually awarded AAA’s Four Diamond rating.
North Beach Resort has several venues on-site to assist in planning your picture-perfect ceremony and reception. Say “I Do” on the beach or underneath a beautiful tent in a courtyard, the choice is yours. The wedding planners at North Beach have resources to help design your wedding from top to bottom to make your special day unforgettable.
All wedding packages include a wedding coordinator, and a culinary staff is on hand to ensure your guests dine in style.
For more information on wedding packages and how to book locations, visit the North Beach Plantation planning page.
SURF GOLF & BEACH CLUB
North of Myrtle Beach SC in the Cherry Grove area of North Myrtle Beach SC, the Surf Golf & Beach Club offers a fantastic location to take your vows.
From simple and intimate beachfront affairs to extravagant events at one of the club’s beautiful venues, The Surf Golf & Beach Club has a variety of options to make your special day perfect.
For more information on wedding packages and how to book locations, visit the Surf Golf & Beach Club planning page.
The Debordieu Club in Georgetown SC is another hugely sought-after wedding venue for the masses.
Debordieu offers you five fantastic wedding experiences, each more breathtaking than the last. The first and most popular, the beach setting, is a primary reason most flock the Myrtle Beach area in the first place.
The sun, the sand and the sound of the ocean crashing create a romantic atmosphere that is breathtaking. The Dunes also provide an equivocally matching setting to serve as the backdrop for your big day. Nestled in the quiet serenity of the dunes, the upper deck of the oceanfront pool is a one of a kind spot that all will cherish. The deck can sustain 175 guests, and is not to be overlooked for an intimate ceremony.
The Blue Heron Deck is another popular choice at Debordieu, providing a perfect stage for a wedding ceremony with a raised structure that overlooks the ocean. The Courtyard, just behind the Clubhouse, embraces the heart of the marsha and the beauty of the golf course.
Finally, the Clubhouse Foyer, set below a spiraling staircase in the Golf Clubhouse. The foyer will comfortably seat up to 30 people with any remaining guests witnessing your union from above. The Clubhouse foyer is also ideal for inclement weather backup for any of the other four venues.
For more information on wedding packages and how to book locations, visit the Debordieu planning page.
Just north of Debordieu sits a charming paradise with a low country feel at Pawleys Plantation. Love fills the air in any of the extravagant ballrooms, lush gardens and enormous clubhouse.
Pawleys Plantation can host any of your wedding dreams, from golf for the groomsmen to an intimate bridal shower. Award-winning chefs are on hand to create any delicious concoction your wedding party desires.
Out of town guests will have plenty of activities to get them through to the big day, with tennis, restaurants and several other amenities.
Pawleys Plantation has got everything you need for a perfect beach wedding.
For more information on wedding packages and how to book locations, visit the Pawleys Plantation planning page.
Here’s a more unconventional setting for your wedding on the Grand Strand. Ripley’s Aquarium has it all. Also, Ripley’s staff will help you with all the details-from menu planning and decorations to seating, floral arrangements and entertainment. Ripley’s Aquarium can accommodate intimate dinners, seated galas or strolling cocktail parties. If you need a bridal shower, bridal luncheon, reception, or rehearsal dinner, they have you covered there too. To find out more about all Ripley’s Aquarium has to offer regarding your dream wedding, check them out here.
SPRINGMAID BEACH RESORT
This resort offers four wedding packages, including a couples elopement package. This Myrtle Beach Oceanfront hotel is the only resort in Myrtle Beach where you can have your wedding on the beach. Springmaid Beach Resort is a beautiful and serene location at the southern end of Ocean Boulevard perfect for your dream Myrtle Beach Resort wedding. With plenty of attractively landscaped “green” spaces, the resort is able to accommodate outdoor ceremonies while offering an oceanfront ballroom for the reception. Check out Springmaid Resort’s package details here.
THE COOPER HOUSE
The 102 year old Cooper House in Socastee has been carefully remodeled to retain the charm and elegance of its original design while adding the convenience of modern day amenities, and is one of the few places that allows you to bring your own alcohol. The house is a bright and open space by day, then takes on a romantic aura by night as the intimate lighting reflects the beauty of the hardwood floors. The beautiful Gardens are perfect for an outdoor wedding or party, naturally decorated with all the splendor of trees and plants dating back over 150 years. And if it decides to rain, The Cooper House is set up to move the ceremony into The General Store.
MYRTLE BEACH TRAIN DEPOT
The Myrtle Beach Train Depot is beautiful inside and out. The depot has white lights in the ceiling and hardwood floors, and can be decorated however you wish. The venue comes with tables and chairs, but there is no kitchen so caterers must come prepared. Everyone who enters the great hall, with its exposed wood trusses, plank flooring, brick walls and sliding freight doors, is reminded of the glory days of train travel. The Myrtle Beach Train Depot is a beautiful place to have your wedding.
Wildberry Farm is in Rains, on the outskirts of historic Marion SC.
Designed on 32 acres of lush farmland, Wildberry Farm is ideal for any wedding. Comprised of five unique and charming offerings, the farm can accommodate any manner of taste.
The Barn, which has approximately 9,300 square feet of indoor and outdoor covered space for main events, has that perfect country feel, giving an elegant style to any wedding. The Loft, a modern country open loft styled one-bedroom house, is included for the use of all of your wedding party needs.
The Ceremony Pond, a quaint and serene pond is perfect for cocktails and/or wedding ceremonies. The one-room Atkinson House is another fitting spot for cocktails or small weddings.
And finally The Historic Pack House and Tobacco Barn, both of which will serve as beautiful backdrops for photography sessions, enhancing the setting of this charming farm.
For more information on wedding packages and how to book locations, visit the Wildberry Farm planning page.
WEDDING CHAPEL BY THE SEA
Wedding Chapel By The Sea is another popular venue for all the ocean lovers out there.
Wedding Chapel by the Sea was originally home to an active Myrtle Beach church congregation for more than thirty years. When that congregation outgrew the facility, the church was reinvented as the Wedding Chapel by the Sea. Unlike most wedding chapels in Myrtle Beach, they offer indoor and outdoor wedding venues and the weddings are performed by an ordained minister. Wedding Chapel By The Sea’s packages start at $150 and go up from there. With packages such as “Just the Two of Us”, “Going to the Chapel”, and “Cloud 9”, this little wedding chapel has something for everyone.
THE MYRTLE BEACH WEDDING CHAPEL
The Myrtle Beach Wedding Chapel is just minutes from beaches, hotels, restaurants, and attractions. The chapel can comfortably accommodate up to 100 of your closest friends, family, and other guests, and the Myrtle Beach Wedding Chapel can also provide a reception hall at the chapel for before or after the ceremony. The Chapel has a special selected beach location as well. Packages at the Myrtle Beach Wedding Chapel start at $125 and go up to $700.
It’s often said that the number one argument in a marriage is typically about money. That certainly won’t be the case here. “Beach Occasions” is a popular destination wedding company, offering nuptial packages starting at just $199. Their packages range in price all the way up to $5599, so you can pretty much get whatever you want here. Various services includes small, intimate beach weddings to larger weddings with a reception at one of Myrtle Beach’s resort venues. A “Wedding Package” includes all the options for the Ceremony. Some examples of these items are the officiant to marry you, your photographer, music on the beach, a Sand Ceremony, and many others. Check out “Beach Occasions here.
More wedding options…
With so many more options, here are just a few more Myrtle Beach wedding venues that might be what you’re looking for:
- Simply Seaside Weddings. For your dream wedding on the beach in South Carolina, Simply Seaside Weddings designs beautiful Myrtle Beach wedding packages to make your beach wedding ceremony unique and memorable.
- Together Forever. The beautiful chapel serves as the gathering place for the bridal couple, attendants and guests. The package prices, which include the minister’s fee, are arranged in order for our professional staff to accommodate large photo packages and other particulars within the lengthy time frame for your beach or chapel wedding.
- Breakers Resort. You have been dreaming of a perfect wedding all your life and The Breakers Resort is the ultimate place for your dreams to come true. Breakers provides locations, food, and spirits for rehearsal dinners, ceremonies and receptions.
- Seaside Wedding Chapel. Seaside Wedding Chapel has been doing oceanfront weddings
in the Myrtle Beach area for over a decade now. They specialize in big or small weddings with expertise in planning romantic, memory-filled weddings for 2 to 30 guests.
- Hitched at the Beach. Hitched at the Beach weddings offers professional officiants, wedding planners and coordinators to make your dreams of the perfect romantic beach wedding come true. They strive to offer our customers the most romantic beach weddings and wedding packages available.
- Simple Wedding Day. Simple Wedding Day provides many different opportunities to enjoy a simple romantic wedding ceremony. It is a favorite vacation destination of many people for a Myrtle Beach wedding.
- Thompson Farm & Nursery. If you are looking for a rustic setting, this is the place. You can rent out Bucksville Hall, which can accommodate up to 400 guests. Thompson Farm & Nursery is in Conway SC.
Getting Married in Myrtle Beach: What you need to know
Getting married isn’t just picking out fancy clothes and heading to the church, but you knew that already. Taking the vows in Myrtle Beach takes a few more steps, but we’ve laid them out for you here.
To get married in the state of South Carolina, you need to obtain a marriage license. The following requirements apply to both residents and non-residents:
- The bride and groom must appear together at the office of a South Carolina probate judge and file a written application. The application must have the full name, social security number, age, and place of residence of the bride and the groom. It is a sworn statement that must be signed by the bride and the groom and then notarized in the office of the probate judge.
- Some probate judges require both the bride and groom to show their social security cards.
- There is a waiting period after the application is filed before the license can be picked up and the marriage can take place. This waiting period varies from county to county, so please contact the appropriate county probate judge here at least a week before you plan on tying the knot.
- If you are 18 years old or older, you do not need parental consent. But you must provide proof of age (or simply identification if you’re over age 25) by presenting one of the following:
- Valid driver’s license
- Original birth certificate or a certified copy of your birth certificate
- Current military identification card
- Current passport
- If you are under the age of 18, parental consent can be granted for boys and girls who are at least 16 years old. All minor applicants must file an original birth certificate or a certified copy of their birth certificate, which becomes a part of their permanent application record. The parent or legal guardian of a minor applicant must appear at the same time as the minor to present identification and sign a form consenting to the marriage.
- No blood test or physical exam is required.
- South Carolina residency is not required.
- No proof of divorce is required.
- The fee for a marriage license varies from county to county.
And that’s it!
If you have any other questions about getting married at the beach, talk to our wedding expert on our Ask a Local page.