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After the excitement of the shiny new piece of jewelry on your left hand passes, wedding planning kicks into high gear. The venue, the dress, the flowers, the entertainment, the food, the family and fun – planned for months to celebrate for one day. At Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort, we feel as if one day simply isn’t enough to celebrate the love and commitment of the happy couple. Whether your Hilton Head Island wedding is a destination wedding or you call the Island home, invite your guests to enjoy your extended wedding weekend! Keep the party going with these unique wedding events:
1. Host a Welcome Party
Why: If most of your guests are coming to Hilton Head Island from out of town, a welcome party is the perfect venue to thank them for traveling to celebrate your wedding with you in a relaxed environment.
When: You will want to coordinate the welcome party around guests’ arrival days and will not want it to conflict with the rehearsal dinner. However, a “Welcome Reception” with cocktails instead of a sit down dinner after the rehearsal dinner would be equally as hospitable and give the opportunity for all of your guests to mingle before the big day.
Who to Invite: The whole guest list! Host a sit down dinner, cocktails or even dessert and coffee – your guests will be delighted you are setting apart time to spend with you and get to know the other guests.
Where: You will want to keep the welcome party casual, guests should feel comfortable arriving in their travel clothes and be able to relax and enjoy each other’s company. Big Jim’s is the perfect location to host a traditional Southern meal of BBQ, ribs, burgers and all the fixin’s which will make your guests feel right at home. Use the same venue to serve cocktails or set up a dessert bar on the outside porch overlooking the Robert Trent Jones Golf Course, casual is key.
2. Daytime Activity Guide
Why: Out of town guests will most certainly be looking for entertainment while in town for your celebration. Creating a menu of activities or even setting up group activities for guests to participate in makes each person feel as if they are included in the big day.
When: Day before the wedding or day after, totally up to you!
What will they do: Luckily for the brides and grooms who choose to get married at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort, the opportunities for fun are endless! Our experienced wedding coordinators can assist in planning a group golf outing, golf tournament, kayaking, canoeing, paddleboarding, surfing lessons, fishing charters, spa days, bridal luncheons, tennis court time, private pickleball clinics and just about anything else you can imagine!
How: Create a menu or “guide” with a few suggested activities with at least one group activity (ex. Kayaking at Hilton Head Outfitters at 3 PM!) to send to your guest list a week or so before their arrival. That way, they have the option to join the group and can also begin to plan how to make your entire wedding weekend like a mini-vacation.
3. Kids ONLY Party
Why: While some weddings are limited to those 21+, others host a group of little ones (really, is there anything cuter than the flower girl and ring bearer hand in hand?). Kids are on their best behavior when they are having fun, which allows the grownups to have fun too. Host a kids only movie night in Centre Court Pavilion, treat them to a Little Swingers golf or tennis clinic, take them on a fishing adventure on our 11 mile lagoon or even fill a bucket of beach toys from Hilton Head Outfitters to create endless fun in the sun.
Other Fun Kids Ideas: Milk and cookie toast with the adults champagne toast, fill a bucket of sparklers for some kid-friendly magic (and some amazing photos!), print off some wedding themed coloring pages to entertain the kids at the dinner table and play at least one song that the kids can sing-a-long to!
4. Farewell Brunch
Why: With all the hussle and bussle of the wedding, it is an amazing opportunity to sit down, relax and enjoy a parting brunch with your guests and relatives. There is no better way to say “thank you for making my wedding part of your plans” than over eggs benedict and southern style pancakes.
Where: Pick a location totally unique to your wedding day. If you did a beachfront ceremony at the Dunes House and a stunning reception at Centre Court Pavilion, try hosting the brunch at the Arthur Hills Clubhouse. This classic golf clubhouse is situated under shady oak trees overlooking the golf course. Attendees can play an early round or squeeze in a round after brunch before heading out of town.
Who to invite: This one is again, up to you. Invite all of your guests for an easy buffet style brunch or just your wedding party for a sit down brunch with all of your favorites. No one is worrying about fitting into a dress/tux and you are happily married.
Taking your wedding from a few hours long to a mini-vacation is fun for everyone involved and Palmetto Dunes is happy to assist in your planning. You will always remember your extended wedding weekend and so will your guests. Don’t forget, you can always take it a step further and honeymoon with Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort with our Honeymoon Package.
Sending wonderful wedding wishes your way!
XOXO, Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort
Hilton Head Island is simply stunning at this time of year, and we love following your fall adventures! If you’re staying at Palmetto Dunes, tag your Instagram photos with #PalmettoDunes. From golf games to beach strolls to wedding vows, you’ve shared some amazing photos with us this month. Here are five of our favorites:
Despite some weather woes this October, the beaches at Palmetto Dunes remained stunning and inviting. @rebeccainclt shared a great video of her kids running into the water and we love it! Palmetto Dunes really is the ultimate family destination.
There’s no better way to get around Hilton Head Island than by bike, and we love this photo @calipowders shared from her morning beach bike ride! Rent a bike for your Palmetto Dunes stay from Hilton Head Outfitters - you can even reserve online!
In case you’ve forgotten just how unbelievably beautiful Palmetto Beach is, @lucymalsmom shared an amazing photo to remind you.
Of course, the beach isn’t the only destination for waterside adventure. @lafranchise12 shared this photo of a perfectly still lagoon at sunrise. Kayaks and canoes are perfect for exploring our incredible lagoon system!
We’re proud to offer pet-friendly rental accommodations for you and your furry friend, and we love seeing photos of you and your dog enjoying Palmetto Dunes, like this one shared by @antdeedee.
Check back for more great photography and Palmetto Dunes news, and don’t forget to follow us on Instagram at Instagram.com/palmettodunessc.
Beachfront weddings at Palmetto Dunes are simple affairs for the skilled and friendly staff at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort. Here are a few of our recent happy couples that had such wonderful things to say. Here at Palmetto Dunes Resort we consider it a great privilege to be a part of such an important day.
Review from The Knot, posted 11/1/2015
My husband and I had our first vacation together on Hilton Head Island and stayed in Palmetto Dunes. We loved it so much that our venue choice was very easy when we got engaged several years later. Because we had an intimate wedding (about 35 guests), we opted to have the reception at a private home but with in-house catering by Palmetto Dunes. Our ceremony was on the beach in front of the Dunes House. We planned our wedding from NYC, and Lou Anne and Kaitlin were incredibly helpful every step of the way. Lou Anne gave tips for selecting a menu with lots of variety despite our smaller sized group, Kaitlin suggested the best spots to set up tables and unobtrusive prep areas for the staff, and they helped with a dry run the night before the wedding. Then, when our ceremony was postponed by rain, Lou Anne and Kaitlin were immediately ready to go with plan B, but helped us stay positive while waiting for the rain to stop, and got the chairs ready to go right when it did. They also helped rearrange the set up back at the house so that hors d'oeuvres and drinks were out as soon as possible. In short, they had a great attitude and were 100% prepared to handle anything the day threw at them. Also, the food was fantastic, and all of our guests raved about it (especially the jambalaya). Between the location, service, and the food, we are so thankful that we chose PD and highly recommend it!
View more photos from recent weddings at Palmetto Dunes and happy couples below:
AUBREY & DANTE September 2015
Photographer: Mathew Druin Photography
JOSIE & GARY November 2015
Photographer: Heather Kline Photography
The new pairing of Under Armour Golf and Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort on Hilton Head Island is a match made in heaven.
This month’s Grand Opening of the Under Armour Golf Palmetto Dunes Concept Shop at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort on Hilton Head Island stands as a perfect example of a commitment to offering customers a superior shopping experience.
The new Under Armour space that helps anchor the Robert Trent Jones clubhouse at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort features a store-within-a-store concept that highlights a heightened UA golf shopping experience through a variety of innovative products including men’s, women’s and youth golf product, as well as Under Armour headwear and eyewear.
The Palmetto Dunes Concept Shop will also feature Under Armour men’s and women’s fitness product.
“We’re excited to offer Under Armour’s visionary collection of clothing in our new concept shop,” says Palmetto Dunes Vice President of Resort Operations Brad Marra. “By featuring a young superstar like Jordan Spieth, UA stands out as a brand that truly supports individuality on and off the golf course and we are very excited to offer this collection at the Robert Trent Jones Course in Palmetto Dunes.”
Under Armour extended Spieth’s contract in January to help represent the brand’s golf category. In the nine months that followed Spieth rewrote the PGA Tour record books, winning two majors en route to a single-season earnings record of more than $12 million. That didn’t include the $10 million FedEx bonus the 22-year-old earned after clinching the FedEx Cup Playoffs following his four-stroke win at the season-ending Tour Championship.
While Spieth was making a statement in the world of golf with a playing style all his own, the young prodigy’s style on the course caught the eyes of many and heightened awareness around Under Armour Golf.
Under Armour clothing and fitness product are engineered with one mission in mind: to make athletes better. Under Armour’s performance DNA can be found throughout the company’s product lines. Key performance benefits include:
Visitors will also find Key UA technologies highlighted in the Concept Shop:
1. TAKE THE PHOTO HORIZONTALLY
Hold your camera or phone in a horizontal position. This way, you can capture more stunning Hilton Head scenery and then crop for Instagram if you need to.
2. KNOW YOUR CAMERA
Whether you have the latest and greatest professional camera or simply your cell phone, know the tool you are working with.
Digital cameras have tons of setting options to allow you the best photo possible. Read your camera’s manual to make the most of each photo.
Who needs a fancy camera when you always have your phone on hand? Your smartphone can take beautiful pictures too! Learning the settings of your camera and how to use them makes taking brilliant photos a snap!
3. THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX
Don’t hesitate to get dirty! How cool would a picture of the waves rolling in be if it was taken from the sand instead of standing at the water’s edge? Think outside the box to find unique camera angles that capture an image in an unexpected way.
4. DON’T BE AFRAID OF THIRD-PARTY APPS
Explore your phone’s app store for a variety of camera apps and photo editors. Apps allow you to tweak the brightness, colors and sharpness of your image, and often have cool filters too! Change a photo from good to great with the help of a little “studio work”. Some of our favorites are: VSCOcam, Camu (iPhone only) and PicsArt.
5. FOCUS YOUR SHOT
Most mobile cameras allow you to focus the photo by pressing your finger on the screen where you want to center the focus. This can be a helpful tool when trying to take a portrait of the family before an awesome kayaking trip with Hilton Head Outfitters, or to kick it up a notch and focus on the condensation of your perfectly frozen drink at the Dunes House. Making the focal point of your photo stand out makes for excellent pictures.
6. LIGHTING IS ESSENTIAL
Is there anything more beautiful than watching your kids nap on the beach as the sun sets after a long day of playing in the ocean? Can anything outdo the view on Jones Hole 10 as the sun climbs into the sky? It’s important to think of the lighting when you’re capturing these memories with your camera. Is the light in front or behind you? Is it harsh and casting shadows or causing a soft glow? We love soft lighting, like at sunrise and sunset; the silhouettes are uncanny.
7. BECOME ONE WITH NATURE
Hilton Head Island is a beautiful place. Capture Hilton Head Island wildlife with some nature shots! Clouds, birds, gators, sunrays, and even rainstorms make for stunning imagery. Make use of a good zoom lens to capture the detail of bird in the distance, or use burst mode or a faster shutter speed to get the perfect shot of a gator as it shoots by. Walk, kayak, or ride your bike, and make the time to take it in.
8. TAKE A BIG BITE
Apps like Instagram have us drooling over delicious food all the time. Why not add some foodie shots into your vacation album? Try framing one of Big Jim’s mouth-watering burgers, or snap a shot of your buddy taking the first sip of a cold beer after 18-holes on Hills.
9. MIND THE RULE OF THIRDS
Placing the subject of your photo off-center is an example of the rule of thirds and can often make for a more interesting photo. Many cameras and phone cameras have grid functions to help you align your focal point (think 18th green flag).
10. CHECK YOUR FRAME
Nothing can ruin a photo like a stranger strolling through your special moment or one of the kids picking their nose during your family portrait. Check the frame to make sure your photo is capturing exactly what you want. When in doubt – take another!
11. CLEAN THE LENS
It’s important to clean the lens of your camera - especially when using your phone. Post bike ride you might have some glistening sweat to clear, or after a Palmetto Dunes General Store visit you might need to rid the lens of the legendary cinnamon roll icing. A clean lens means clarity and sharpness in your pics.
12. LET GO!
Forgo the filter! Don’t suck in for your bathing suit photo! Who cares if Tommy has ice cream stains on his brand new shirt? The best part about being on vacation is relaxing and experiencing new things with your loved ones. So let loose! Sometimes the best photos are taken when no one is paying attention, and instead they are just enjoying their time at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort.
Have a photo tip to share? Comment below! Want to share your favorite vacation photos with Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort? Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @PalmettoDunesSC and “Like” us on Facebook. Say cheese and use the hashtag #PalmettoDunes!
We know that your dog is part of the family. So if you’re heading to Palmetto Dunes this winter, bring your furry friend with you!
From one-bedroom condos to spacious villas we have incredible Palmetto Dunes properties that are pet-friendly and have enough room for everyone to enjoy their time on Hilton Head Island!
We think your dog is going to love Hilton Head Island as much as you do! Hilton Head beaches are dog friendly in the mornings and evenings, so grab your leash and head to the beach! There’s no better way to start the day than with a seaside stroll with your pooch.
If your dog loves to be surrounded by action, head to the boardwalk at Shelter Cove Harbour. Between the restaurants, shops and bustling activity, there will be no shortage of new sights and smells for you and your dog to discover!
So grab your pug or your poodle, or dachshund or doodle and head to Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort! Check out all of our dog friendly vacation rentals here.
(photo credit: moonlightproductions)
Before arriving to Hilton Head Island, turn to PackPoint, a free travel packing list organizer and packing planner perfect for every family on the go! Eliminate the worry of forgetting the essentials (from your favorite waterproof mascara to the baby’s favorite pacifier) and keep yourself from over packing car with non-essentials. Once your build your packing list in the app, you can share with your friends and family in case they need help packing too! You can even select the types of activities you are participating in during your vacation and PackPoint will help you choose the right items, even taking weather into consideration.
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Unless you have been living under a rock for the past few years, you have probably already heard of or have already downloaded Instagram. This free photo sharing and editing tool will take your Hilton Head Island vacation photos to the next level! Not only can you share your awesome experiences and photos from your trip, but you can follow Hilton Head Island accounts for great suggestions of what to do, where to eat and what you need to see.
Follow these Hilton Head Island Instagrammers for the inside scoop:
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Download the Hilton Head Island Compass app to build your own custom Hilton Head Island experience! The app serves as an interactive map to find activities, restaurants and special offers nearby. You can also search for activities to create your own itinerary with restaurants, beaches, shopping and everything in between. Check-in to receive exclusive deals from your favorite places. Make sure to review Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort’s golf courses, Tennis Center, Hilton Head Outfitters, Big Jim’s and the Dunes House.
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Enhance your ultimate golf vacation with the free Palmetto Dunes Golf App! The app allows you to receive notifications with exclusive offers and tee time specials. You can book your tee time directly from the app! During play, take advantage of the interactive scorecard, GPS system, hole descriptions, playing tips, live tournaments and leader board, course tours, Facebook sharing and even order lunch from the food & beverage menu.
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The best part of vacationing on Hilton Head Island is enjoying the natural beauty of the beaches, shady bike paths and endless walking/jogging trails. More and more, people want to stay active while on vacation and “Charity Miles” provides an added bonus! “Charity Miles” is an app available for iOS and Andriod and donates money to a charitable cause on your behalf for every mile that you run, walk or ride your bicycle. Now, you can burn calories, spend quality time with your family and donate to a great cause simultaneously! You do not have to solicit donations, just launch the app, pick a charity and hit the ground running (or the beach walking, or the pavement walking)!
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Palmetto Dunes is the perfect place to vacation, whether you love to sit back and relax or are an outdoor adventure junkie! Here’s our list of Palmetto Dunes adventures that you cannot miss.
Whether you’re looking to try fishing for the first time, or are an adept angler, you’re sure to have an unforgettable time sport fishing off the coast of Hilton Head Island. Sea bass, mackerel, barracuda, red fish and even sharks have been caught on our fishing expeditions! Head to Shelter Cove Marina to set off on your fishing adventure.
Explore the ‘Outback’ by Kayak
If you think Hilton Head Island is beautiful on land, wait until you’ve seen it from the water. Rent a kayak and head out to explore the 11-miles of lagoons on the island. Or, if you’re feeling truly adventurous, why not take advantage of our Outback tour, where you’ll head to Page Island, a stunning secluded area that will put you right in the thick of Hilton Head wildlife.
Make a Splash
Now that you’ve been out on the water, it’s time to try skimming on top of it! Grab the family or a group of friends to board the Centurion for a day full of wakrboarding, wakesurfing, wakeskating, waterskiing, kneeboarding and tubing. Just call the Shelter Cove Marina Ship’s Store at 843-842-7001 to book your adventure today.
Hit the Surf
Learn to hang ten with professional instructors at the Hilton Head Outfitters’ Surf School! You’ll be ready to brave the waves after our 90 minute session and then it’s time to get out there and catch a few! Already know the basics? You can rent surfboards from Hilton Head Outfitters too.
It’s no secret that bikes are the best way to get around Hilton Head Island. Make your own adventure by renting a bike and hitting the road. See what wildlife you can spot, whether it’s dolphins off shore, pelicans on the beach, gators in a lagoon, or deer in a field. When you’re biking around Hilton Head Island, you never know what you’ll discover next!
So what are you waiting for? Plan your trip to Palmetto Dunes, and let the adventure begin!
Fall is almost here and the weather is cooling off. But that doesn’t mean the fun is stopping! Autumn is the perfect season to enjoy sports and outdoor activities at Palmetto Dunes Resort. We created a fun infographic to show how much fun you can have this fall!
One of the most unique things about Palmetto Dunes is our lagoon. Did you know that it’s 11 miles long? The waters are calm, making kayaking or canoeing a great family activity. Your kids will have so much fun spotting the different kinds of wildlife.
There are 3,000 bikes at Hilton Head Outfitters, including one with your name on it. Book ahead, and have it delivered to your vacation home or villa. Talk about easy riding! You can ride your bike along the three miles of pristine beachfront at our resort – or just grab a chair, a good book, and relax.
If golf is your game, fall is a great time to visit! Our 54 holes of golf can keep you entertained for days. Book online in advance to save up to 30%!
After all that kayaking, golfing and biking, you’ve probably worked up an appetite! Luckily, there are 11 different restaurants to try out while you’re here. Sample the frozen cocktails at Dunes House, stop by the General Store for their famous fried chicken, or have a romantic date night at HH Prime.
That’s not all! Did you know that the Palmetto Dunes Tennis Center boasts the most courts of all of Hilton Head Island? Tennis fans love our 23 clay and two Nova ProBounce courts, our daily round-robin tournaments, and our world-renowned tennis instruction!
What are you waiting for? The perfect fall adventure awaits. Here’s one more number: Call 1-877-567-6511 to get started!