Since the 1950s, Myrtle Beach weddings have evoked a kind of exotic escape for young lovers wanting to get hitched. With quick and cheap marriage licenses, and a younger age limit, the Beach was once Elopement Central for many couples who maybe didn’t really have their
parents’ consent to wed. Now all that has changed and the warm weather, beautiful beaches, and an influx of wedding professionals offering a variety of services has created a romantic and fun destination weddings location for couples of all ages and budgets.
If you're looking for a warm beach setting that doesn’t require passports and a different language, you've come to the right place. You'll also find a high level of professional services
here as well that includes wedding photography and videography, DJs and music, catering, wedding cakes, and knowledgeable wedding planners. Whether your perfect wedding vision is a top of the line luxury bash or a toes in the sand beach party, you can make it happen in Myrtle Beach.
The wedding industry has blossomed here and you can completely plan and execute a wedding at the beach without sacrificing any of your dreams.
THE Perfect Dress and bridesmaids dresses can be found at many excellent wedding dress and formal wear shops.
Purchase rings, or have that special one-of-a-kind wedding ring made to your specifications at one of the Grand Strand’s fine jewelers.
If you need tents or cabanas, chairs, tables, and decorations, you’ll find many wedding rentals available.
Florists will create beautiful bouquets and arrangements for your special day.
Say your vows before one of the many ordained clergy and non-denominational or non-religious wedding officiants.
Getting to the church, beach or other location on time is easy with professional Myrtle Beach transportation services.
What’s a reception without food? Sampling the creations of area caterers is the fun part of planning, along with cake tastings from dozens of wedding cake bakers. Fine wine and beer merchants will help you select the right drinks pairings as well.
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Of course Myrtle Beach weddings have always begun with the Beach, but today’s brides want more than sand and surf. Many Myrtle Beach hotels and resorts offer wedding venues that range from private beach access and reception areas to full indoor wedding services with an ocean view.
Not far from the beach you’ll find some historic plantations that offer magnolias, Spanish moss and river backdrops. You can have all-in-one wedding packages at local wedding chapels, or attractions like Brookgreen Gardens. Be creative, the sky’s the limit for your special day.
One of the most important services to consider is your wedding photographer. You are going to spend a lot of time with this person and once the excitement of the day is over, he or she will be the only physical link to the actual happenings of your wedding.
I say this with experience behind me. Over 40 years ago I did not choose the right photographer. She arrived just before the ceremony. Her camera broke and she did not have a back-up. I got 14 photos from my wedding and scrounged some snapshots from guests to have a few more. Don’t be like me. Choose a professional photographer.
We have a lot of highly skilled and talented photographers and videographers on the Grand Strand who really know Myrtle Beach weddings, each offering different styles and creative approaches. Take time to talk to several of them, get to know their work and make sure it’s right for you.
My daughters were DIY wedding planners. Like me, they’re kind of control freaks, so they wanted to manage every part of the process. One daughter even made her own wedding dress and all of the bridesmaids dresses, but she has a genetic reason for that since both of her grandmothers were professional seamstresses.
Planning a wedding takes a lot of time and effort, and not everyone has that kind of time, inclination or expertise. Finding a wedding planner you can work with is important, whether you want some help, or want to show up to a professionally planned event and just look gorgeous (which you will anyway).
Many of the resort and hotel venues have their own event planning teams that will offer you a choice of everything from table linens to the icing on the cake. There are also freelance wedding planners who work at many of the venues along the beach and may offer more flexibility if you have specific ideas in mind.
Whichever way you go, DIY or full service, Myrtle Beach wedding planners will be happy to help you create the perfect day.
If you’re at the Beach you might as well stay here, and many couples opt to do just that. The best part about a destination wedding is that you’re already there for the honeymoon. Just send the guests home and you stay.
Seriously, many Myrtle Beach hotels and resorts offer wedding/honeymoon packages, so after the ceremony and reception you can escape to your room and spend the next few days recovering from the wedding.
A beach honeymoon is a wonderful way to start your married life together. Locals often opt to
stay on the beach and be pampered as well. Why spend hours or days traveling when everything you need is right here? Check with your wedding planner or hotel or resort to see what honeymoon packages they may offer.
If you're planning a Grand Strand wedding, you'll want to attend some of the bridal shows in the area to get ideas and talk to wedding professionals. The Wedding Showcase is held in January of each year at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center and is considered to be the biggest and the best.
We’ll be adding pages to Myrtle Beach Weddings as we talk more with area wedding professionals. So, whether you’re a local and already know what you want and where to go, or if you’re planning a destination wedding at the Beach, check back here for more information.
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