Hilton Head Destination Wedding Do’s and Don’ts

The Perfect Hilton Head Destination Wedding

If you’re dreaming of Southern sandy beaches and a breathtaking setting, you might be picturing Hilton Head Island off the coast of South Carolina. (This beach town is just a stone’s throw from Savannah, so you get the best of both worlds.) When planning a Hilton Head destination wedding, there are a few things you should keep in mind.

  1.      Do remember that you’re planning a wedding on (or near) the beach.

You should have a solid Plan B in the case of weird weather, especially during hurricane season (which typically runs from June to November).

Another important factor here is the dress code. Let your guests know where the wedding will be. Pick outfits for the bridal party as well as the general vibe of the wedding that are beach friendly—probably lighter materials and lighter colors so your guests don’t die of a heat stroke while you’re saying “I do.”

Lastly, whether you’re doing either the wedding or reception (or both) on the beach, remember to factor in the wind and sand. For example, flames probably won’t hold up.

  1.      Do stick to the budget.

It’s easy to get carried away when planning a wedding in general, but when planning a destination wedding, the expenses may seem to add up faster than you anticipated. One example of a non-normal expense is that you’re paying for the travel to the location. Try to budget more than it will cost so you have money for any unexpected or last-minute expenses.

  1.      Don’t go over the top.

Although spending money is easy, the good news about destination weddings, especially a Hilton Head destination wedding, is that the destination is part of it. Rather than having to invest in hardcore decorations, the setting and scenery of the beach will be more than enough décor.

  1.      Do hire professionals who know the area and have a relationship with vendors.

Coming in from out of town, you probably have no idea who the best DJs are, which catering company to choose, or how to pick the right florist and photographer. These are the reasons why partnering with a professional wedding planner who knows the area, has worked there before and has relationships with the local vendors is so important. (Hint: Click here for more information on this topic.)

  1.      Don’t forget the rules of the city.

Another benefit of working with a wedding coordinator who has experience in the Hilton Head area is that they can tell you which permits and paperwork you need to fill out before your big day. They can also point you in the direction of more private beach areas for your wedding or great locations for your reception. You probably don’t want to tie the knot amongst tanners, children, and flying volleyballs.

  1.      Do take a trip (to the location) if it’s feasible.

If it’s possible, schedule a trip to the desired destination to meet with your coordinator face-to-face. If you’re DIY-ing your wedding, then this will be the time to find the best hotel for your guests to stay in (and where you want to stay) as well as meet local vendors to cater and supply flowers, decorate, do the makeup, the photographer…you get the jest. Plus, you get a bit of a vaca (although you’ll definitely be busy!).

  1.      Don’t forget to schedule an extra day.

If you’re from a different time zone, a day to adjust to the new location will do wonders. Plus, arriving before your guests is always a good idea for destination weddings—to finalize any last minute details (and enjoy the location for an extra day).  

If you’re planning a Hilton Head destination wedding, look no further than All About You Entertainment. We’ve worked in the Savannah and Hilton Head area for years and can make your wedding and reception a success!  

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