Palmetto Dunes

Beach Weddings on Hilton Head Island

Hilton Head beach weddings

The time between Christmas and Valentine’s is one of the most popular times of year to get engaged, so we know many of you are planning your summer and fall weddings right now. If a beach wedding is something you’ve always dreamed about, consider Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort to host your nuptials.

At Palmetto Dunes, we offer several venues, including the oceanfront Dunes House, which offers dining facilities for your reception after you tie the knot with your toes in the sand. A FoxNews article also recently featured our unique option to get married on our oceanfront Robert Trent Jones golf course. Ride in on a golf cart, write your name in the sand trap and celebrate your new last name as it waves on a flag in the famed 10th hole.

Brides have wonderful things to say about their beach weddings at Palmetto Dunes. One bride wrote recently on WeddingWire.com:

“…our experience at Palmetto Dunes was a very positive one! At any point through the wedding planning if we had a question or concern we would email or call, and within hours, we would have a response. This was really helpful because trying to plan a wedding in a different state can seem to be a little overwhelming. I strongly recommend having your wedding at Palmetto Dunes Resort.”

Our oceanfront Hilton Head weddings are truly gorgeous, too. To feast your eyes on some past beach weddings at the resort, take a peek at our Hilton Head weddings Pinterest board. It just might help you envision what your dream day will look like:

Follow Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort's board Hilton Head Weddings on Pinterest.

Or browse our wedding photo gallery for some ideas for your perfect wedding day at Palmetto Dunes.

Palmetto Dunes provides catering, both wedding and reception venues, activities for bridesmaids and groomsmen, Hilton Head honeymoon packages and lots more!

Want more information? Request a wedding proposal or give Lindsay, our catering and events sales manager a call directly at 866-650-4130. Here’s to your happy ever after… on the beach!

Plan Your Hilton Head Wedding With Palmetto Dunes

Hilton Head weddingWe understand that planning a wedding is stressful, especially if it’s a destination wedding far away from where you live. No worries. Our wedding services staff can help. 

Palmetto Dunes is a popular place for Hilton Head weddings and earlier this year the users of WeddingWire.com voted Palmetto Dunes tops in Hilton Head for both catering and as a wedding/reception venue. Here’s what some of our recent brides have had to say: 

  • “The wedding day went off without a hitch… Literally there was nothing that went wrong on our entire day (besides one of the groomsmen realizing he left his suit at home!).”
  • “We fell in love with Palmetto Dunes the minute we saw it! We got married barefoot on the beach and had the reception at the Dunes House following the ceremony. Everything was outside on the beach! What a beautiful location to get married … We would highly recommend this venue to anyone looking for that perfect beach wedding!”
  • “Our wedding in Palmetto Dunes … was as magical a day as we had dreamed. We had a very personal sunset ceremony with one of the most scenic views imaginable. We highly recommend the staff at Palmetto Dunes Resort.” 

Here at Palmetto Dunes, we have any wedding venue you might desire: indoor, outdoor or overlooking the ocean. We built our Dunes House specifically for weddings and other special events, though our resort guests also enjoy it as a beach-side dining destination. You can also choose from the Shelter Cove PavilionCenter Court Conference Center or even a courtside ceremony at the Palmetto Dunes Tennis Center

We’ve planned more weddings than we can count. We know where to find the potential snags and how to deftly skirt them and can connect you with any kind of vendor you might need from getting your marriage certificate to finding a minister. We also have the catering facilities to accommodate any number of guests.

Finally, our goal is make sure you’re relaxed. After all, we’re a resort. It’s what we do. Enjoy some tennis or golf with your bridal party or out of town guests while you’re here, too. With our help, even as the bride, all you’ll have to do is arrive on time. Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort will sweat all of the details and then some.

For us, planning weddings at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort on Hilton Head Island is a piece of cake …wedding cake! Contact us for more information about planning a Hilton Head wedding at Palmetto Dunes.

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Spa Getaways at Hilton Head’s Palmetto Dunes

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Relaxing is a rare commodity these days, but a visit to Palmetto Dunes can give it to you in spades. Whether a long bike ride or canoeing through a calm lagoon brings about peace of mind or you’d rather kick back and let someone massage away the stress, we’ve got something for you.

Here at Palmetto Dunes, we offer a number of spa packages for those who are attracted to the relaxation offered by the lure of facials, salt scrubs and massages with a little activity mixed in.

If you’d like to combine romance with your relaxation try one of these two options:

Our Anniversary Celebration package lets you celebrate your years of togetherness with a getaway to the beauty that is Hilton Head Island. Enjoy 7 days and 6 nights in an ocean view villa so you can fall asleep to the sound of the waves crashing on the beach. Take in Hilton Head’s 80 miles of paved bike trails with bike rentals and paddle through our 11-mile saltwater lagoon system by kayak. Unwind with an individual or couples massage, as well as a luxurious facial treatment or therapeutic body scrub. Then get the blood pumping and see if you can best your significant other on the tennis courts.

Or if you’re just beginning your life together, consider a Mini Moon at Palmetto Dunes. Many famous folks like Prince William and Princess Kate are opting to take an abbreviated honeymoon that consists of a long weekend right after the ceremony, saving the longer getaway for later. Our Mini Moon includes 3 nights at the resort, a $100 gift certificate for a romantic dinner, an individual or couples massage, facial treatment or body scrub, one-day bike rental (try pedaling our 3 miles of beach), double kayak rental through the lagoon and two hours of tennis court time daily. Choose to be as active or relaxed as you want with our Mini Moon!

If it’s not a romantic getaway you seek, but just a relaxed adventure, try our Sun ‘N Fun Island Escape Package. It packs in active relaxation and plenty of spa time. The package offers 4 days and 3 nights accommodations, one round of golf per person (don’t stress about your performance, just relax and enjoy the beautiful views!), one day bike rentalssingle kayak rentals to explore the lagoon, two hours of tennis time daily, a signature massage at Spa Soleil, facial treatment or body scrub, and as many beautiful views as you can take in!

So however you like to de-stress and relax, we’ll find a way to make it happen here at Palmetto Dunes. Call us at 866.380.1778 to book your getaway.

Palmetto Dunes Webcams Let You “Virtually” Visit Hilton Head


We know that many of you are experiencing chilling temperatures, snowy skies and icy roads. While we can’t make it summer any earlier and we can’t raise the temperatures to the lovely mild days we’re experiencing here on Hilton Head, we can give you live updates and visuals of the beach every day! We have two webcams set up on the resort, one at The Dunes House and the other at The Robert Trent Jones Golf Course.

If you’re in need of a little golf action on a cold day, check out the webcam at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Course. This beautiful course was renovated in 2002 to reshape fairways, trees, greens and bunkers. We were also able to improve the natural draining of the course by linking it to our 11-mile lagoon system. The Jones Course has 11 holes that run by the lagoon and 10th hole has a spectacular view of the ocean! This webcam is sure to make you want to pack up your clubs and head down to Hilton Head.

If you’ve had a rough week and need a minute of rest and relaxation from work, then check out The Dunes House webcam. The Dunes House is known for their awesome fish tacos and amazing view of the ocean. This webcam is situated in the perfect place to give you a view of guests enjoying lunch and watching the waves rolling in! If you’re a romantic, check this webcam on the weekends for a chance to see a wedding happening live on the beach!

We want to bring you a little piece of Hilton Head and all that Palmetto Dunes has to offer whenever you want it by maintaining these webcams. The best part is the next time you’re here you can tell your family or friends to tune in to see what a great time you’re having on vacation! 

Hilton Head Weddings at Palmetto Dunes

Hilton Head WeddingIt’s said that 1 in 5 grooms propose to their wife each holiday season. With all the love and joy in the air between Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas and New Year’s, it’s no surprise to us! If you’re one of the lucky couples who’ve decided to head to wedded bliss this holiday season, you might want to consider a Hilton Head wedding as the perfect place to tie the knot.

Whether you want a quiet beachfront affair surrounded by close friends and family or a lavish event in a beautifully-decorated venue with hundred of guests, Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort can help. Anne Graves, our catering and events manager can make your wedding dreams come true. If you’d like to see some of the beautiful Palmetto Dunes weddings we’ve had throughout the resort, take a look at our online testimonials.

 We also encourage you to keep connected with us on Facebook and Twitter as one bride, Marie, did. She was able to ask questions each day the week in advance of her Hilton Head wedding on Twitter, tweet us updates on the excitement while they were in town and then post all their amazing pictures on Facebook and Twitter to share with our online family. We enjoyed Marie’s wedding both online and offline!

We hope to hear from all you newly-engaged couples so we can help create your dream wedding. Please give Anne a call at 866.650.4130 or you can fill out a request form. Happy wedding planning from all of us at Palmetto Dunes!

A Wedding With a View

Many couples dream of a beach wedding with the tide rolling behind them and their toes in the sand. The team at Palmetto Dunes helps that dream come true for many a bride and groom every year. Here’s what many of them had to say about their amazing ceremonies:

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The Wedding of Powers...

Super powers, that is. When we started planning our destination wedding in Hilton Head, we knew it was going to take an extraordinary team to pull it off. Enter our all-star wedding planners - Nicole Guy and Ann Czerniak, assisted by Super Father-of-the-Bride, Brent. These wedding planning superheroes should have been equipped with capes because they made the impossible possible while creating a never-before seen wedding in Palmetto Dunes. Our wedding was monumental. The planning was done, from start to finish, in 4 months. I find this to be an incredible accomplishment, because we were doing it via phone and e-mail from 900 miles away. Nicole understood our vision from the beginning. We love Hilton Head Island, and we wanted to bring our dearest friends and family there to show them exactly why we loved it. A boring ceremony and banquet room reception just didn't fit the bill. Nicole helped us think outside the box and for the first time in Palmetto Dunes history, we were married on the 11th tee box at the Robert Trent Jones golf course, overlooking the ocean. Adding to Palmetto Dunes history was the entrance of the Bride. Accompanied by the William Tell Overture, my dad and I came riding in on SEGWAYS! Nicole helped us get in contact with the right people shout out to Shane! and we pulled off our top secret entrance. Even though the views out on the golf course were incredible, no one in attendance will forget the view of my dad and I bounding in on those crazy machines, in full wedding attire. The reception was, without a doubt, exactly what we envisioned. Our dream was to have a Southern BBQ on a deck overlooking the ocean. And that is exactly what we did. The setting was perfect The Dunes House was all decked out, with our garden lights and heat lamps (early March is cold on the beach!). Leading up to the wedding, Ann worked closely with the chef to make sure we had our ideal Southern BBQ meal, complete with She Crab Soup (as requested by my husband) and Key Lime Pie (for me). My family is still raving about the food, as it is hands down, the BEST wedding meal ever. Ann helped make this an unforgettable night - she even stashed a few biscuits with honey butter on the side for me to take home that night. YUM! The entire staff at Palmetto Dunes helped to create an unforgettable wedding weekend. From arranging the rental houses for both of our families, coordinating the golf outing for the men to the aforementioned Segway training and wedding planning I couldn't find a single complaint. It truly was the wedding of our dreams, and I have Nicole Guy and Ann Czerniak to thank. And a special thanks to Nicole and Ann for dealing with our craziness and humoring the overzealous Father of the Bride. You guys are amazing!

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October 2nd Wedding

We had such an amazing wedding weekend! Nicole couldn't have been more accommodating and wonderful through the wedding planning process. Enjoy these couple of pictures. I hope everyone has a fabulous experience like my husband and I did!!

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Elegant, but Simple

Picking the perfect location for your wedding can be the most daunting part of planning. After researching and visiting many wedding venues on Hilton Head Island, we knew instantly that Nicole Guy was honest and sincere in what she and Palmetto Dunes could offer for our wedding day. The moment we saw the Dunes House, we knew that it was the perfect location for a beach ceremony. The Dunes House offered us elegance, yet simplicity which is exactly what we wanted for our special day. Along with the ideal setting, came a ceremony and reception that ran smoothly and seamlessly. Everything was perfectly coordinated on the "day of", Ben and I only had to show up. From the sea oats and linens on the tables to the delightful dinner, everything was wonderfully prepared. Nicole and the staff at Palmetto Dunes provided us with a venue and an experience that surpassed all our dreams of a perfect wedding day.

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A Rainbow of a Wedding!

The best part about a Palmetto Dunes wedding is that you can extend your special day; it isn't over in just one night! We arrived on a Wednesday and left on a Monday (6 days total), and visited with friends and family each day. Most had never been to Hilton Head and fell in love with Palmetto Dunes. Our closest friends stayed with us in a gorgeous rental home just steps away from the Dunes House and my parents stayed in Villamare Villas. Although we live in Chicago, the area's vendors were helpful and reliable while planning and delivered wonderful results. Nicole Guy worked with me as I changed my mind numerous times with the menu, guest count, timeframe, and more. Sometimes, with an outdoor reception, the biggest concern is weather. Have you wondered what you would do if it started raining during your wedding ceremony? It happened to us, but the blissful aftershock of officially tying the knot overcame any feelings of panic as Michael and I boarded the wedding party bus from Holy Family's rainy parking lot to the entrance of Palmetto Dunes. Our skilled photographer John Brackett didn't seem to mind either, as he guided the driver to a PD special spot with the signature Hilton Head Island trees and foliage for a breathtaking backdrop. After photos, we approached the Dunes House to the sound of our steel drum band and party conversation. Our guests delightfully sipped champaign and munched on passed hors d'oeuvres while staying dry inside. As we each took drink and food for ourselves and mingled with our guests, we couldn't help wondering if the rain would stay or leave, but to our delight, the gorgeous rays of sun pushed through. I could hardly believe the outcome when a beautiful rainbow appeared over the ocean! The sky transformed into an amazing palate of blues which translated to beach photos that look magical. Although nature placed us slightly behind schedule, dinner was served as planned outside on the deck. Before long our guests were dancing to the sounds of "The Mighty Kicks" while enjoying the liberating feeling of letting loose under the stars. We were told by many that this was the best wedding they have ever attended! To see a short video clip, go to: http://s808.photobucket.com/albums/zz6/michaelpeck13/?action=view¤t=OUR_WEDDING-011.flv

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