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South Carolina, Your Coastal Paradise Awaits

Famous for coastal beauty, pleasant weather, and diverse history, it's easy to see why so many people flock to South Carolina. The Palmetto State is steeped in southern appeal, and a South Carolina wedding is sure to reflect that charm. Over 200 miles of beaches and coastline practically scream for a beach or waterside wedding. Myrtle Beach and Pawley's Island draw serious crowds for a reason. These coastal towns-part of the Grand Strand (60 miles of nonstop beach)-fulfill all your expectations of a beach destination. You and guests can enjoy everything from the 1.2-mile Oceanfront Boardwalk to local flea markets to deep-sea fishing and nearly everything in between. Myrtle Beach has a rich history, incredible dining, and golf courses sure to provide ample entertainment and plenty of potential venues for a wedding in South Carolina. Or, simply plan to wed along any of the incredible beaches and take advantage of the breathtaking views. Regardless of whether you plan your wedding inside or out, go with your surroundings and pull colors like tan, white, and turquoise from the setting. Be sure to plan for the tropical weather, which often includes summer thunderstorms and can include hurricanes or tornadoes. Winters are mild and summers are hot, so dress for warmer weather and humidity regardless.

In South Carolina's Upcountry, you'll find magnificent waterfalls and majestic mountains. Greenville-in the hills at the base of the Appalachian Mountains-offers opportunities to hike, boat, or fish among lush greenery. Upstate South Carolina is famous for hot air balloons-imagine arriving at your wedding by air in colorful balloon! If you're looking for historical allure, Charleston will fit the bill. Charleston has much to offer your South Carolina wedding, and the historic district in the "Holy City" provides over 300 years of notable architecture, spanning as far back as the 18th century. Many of these remarkable buildings and plantation houses are available for events, setting the stage for an elegant, traditional wedding. Honor this southern history by arriving at your wedding in a horse-drawn carriage and working small, vintage details into your wedding attire to honor your South Carolina wedding venue. Work in creams and soft peaches to allow your backdrop to shine.

The cost of a wedding in South Carolina varies quite a bit, depending on the size of the city and the season. South Carolina is a popular tourist destination, and tourism generally drives up costs. Nevertheless, weddings in South Carolina still fall below the national average. When looking at costs, consider honoring the Birthplace of Barbecue by serving delicious, cost-effective barbeque at your wedding! Charleston wedding caterers has everything from international fusion to good old fashioned southern comfort food. Match your décor to your menu and play off the surroundings. Going for more traditional food in an antebellum home? Decorate the space with antiques and tulle for a light touch that honors the history of South Carolina. Prefer to get married barefoot on the beach with an oyster bake for your wedding feast? Adorn your waterfront wedding with seashells and sand, found right on the beach. No matter what you eat or how you embellish your setting, make sure the music is just right. Find the best South Carolina wedding bands for any style of wedding.

A marriage license in South Carolina is available to residents and non-residents alike. Just make sure you bring a government issued ID and your social security card and apply for your license no less than 24 hours before your wedding, as some counties require a 24-hour waiting period. The cost of the license varies from county to county, but a South Carolina marriage license never expires.