The hazy heat of summer has given way to the cozy, sunny days of fall on Hilton Head Island, and we think this is a time of year when the beauty of the Lowcountry truly shines. All summer long we’ve been celebrating with couples on their big day, with beautiful weddings on the beach and off. Now that fall is here, we’re dreaming of stunning autumn weddings that make the most of Hilton Head’s shoulder season. Why are we falling for weddings this time of year? Read on to find out.
Expert wedding planners and comprehensive catering packages help take all of the stress out of wedding planning. Not only that, at this time of year you’re more likely to find availability at your dream venue, and more flexibility with florists and hairstylists.
There’s something about the quality of light at this time of year that makes for even more gorgeous wedding photos as the autumn sun casts everything in its golden glow. Not only that, more comfortable temperatures mean that you, your wedding party, and your guests are sweat and squint-free.
If you’re looking to throw an authentic Lowcountry wedding, seafood is bound to be involved. This time of year is when oysters, redfish, and sea trout are at their peak so take advantage and talk to our catering team about incorporating fresh local seafood into your wedding menu.
Some of Palmetto Dunes’ most popular rentals become pet friendly in October, meaning that whether you want your pup to be your ring bearer or just have company while you get ready for the big day, your fur baby can make itself right at home in your Palmetto Dunes vacation rental.
One of our other favorite things about fall weddings in Hilton Head Island is that even though seasonal deals allow you to save, your day will still be just as special as ever! Get in touch with our wedding specialists to learn more about how we can make your autumnal nuptials perfect.
Planning on saying ‘I do’ with your toes in the sand and the soothing sounds of lapping waves in the background? With a beach wedding on Hilton Head Island, you already have one of the most beautiful backdrops that Mother Nature can provide so all you need are some romantic design elements that will make your beach wedding truly one-of-a-kind.
Check out some of the top beach wedding décor trends we’re seeing so far this year and see how simple it is to take your wedding décor from beach to beach chic!
Floral backdrops, infinity arches, and moon gates, oh my! Romantic backdrops designed using a mix of flowers and grasses are one of the easiest ways to jazz up any beach ceremony. Their ethereal, bohemian vibe and soft, romantic look make them great for multi-purpose use—after your ceremony is over simply move the piece and use it as a photobooth background or a frame for your head table or cake stand. This design element is easily customizable, too, so you can work with a florist to create a piece that represents your wedding style, color, and theme. If you would really like to stay on trend, we recommend designing a floral backdrop created out of pampas grass.
From the ceremony to the reception, DIY signage is a great way to add practical yet cost-effective flare to your wedding day. Lean in to your beach location with simple, hand-written signage on pieces of driftwood. Or stay on-trend with letter boards—these offer a minimalistic look and can be paired with any color palette or decor theme.
If you are going for an earthy vibe at your wedding, you’ll want to hop on the rattan/wicker bandwagon. You can introduce this design element in small or large accents depending on your taste. We recommend adding touches of this woven design to your big day to add a modern, yet casual feel to your ceremony or reception. From creative seating charts to the seats themselves, the opportunities are endless.
Photo: Kerry Patel Designs
As timeless as weddings themselves, candles have always been used to create a romantic atmosphere. There is just something special about that flickering flame of golden glow! To modernize this effortless decor item, we’re seeing a lot of couples using a mix of tall, short, and medium-sized candles throughout their ceremony and table décor. Choose mix-matched tapered candles in the color of your choice to highlight your ceremony aisle, your guest dining tables, or simply to fill an unwanted empty space.
With most destination weddings, you are going to have an array of local, beautiful, natural elements around that you can use to spruce up your décor in an instant. Washed-up coral, colorful sea glass, stained driftwood, bleached rope, and seashells are all a great way to add to the beachy ambience of your big day. These are local, personal touches that you can implement into your table settings, chair decor, or your DIY signage!
Learn more about weddings at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort and start planning your perfect wedding décor by getting in touch with one of our wedding specialists—and be sure to share your wedding photos with us on social media using #PalmettoDunes.
At Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort, we love being a part of your family celebrations and milestone moments. One of our favorites is planning and hosting Lowcountry weddings and making our newly engaged couples’ wedding dreams come true. Our wedding specialists are here to ensure your big day runs smoothly and our beautiful venues make for a picture-perfect ceremony and reception. Read on for four reasons why Palmetto Dunes is the perfect choice for your wedding.
For the fourth year in a row, our stellar wedding and events team has been voted a WeddingWire Couples Choice Award winner by the couples we’ve been so fortunate to work with over the past 12 months. Our friendly service and attention to detail put our brides at ease so all you have to do is enjoy celebrating your marriage with your loved ones.
This year, Palmetto Dunes is proud to have been named "The South’s Best Wedding Venue in South Carolina” by Southern Living magazine. We have a variety of venue options right here within the resort, from a sun-soaked beachside patio to a lush golf course setting to an intimate restaurant, and more! Whether you’re planning an intimate event for close family and friends or have a guest list of 200 people, the beauty and flexibility of our wedding venues make a perfect place to say, “I do.”
One of the most nerve-wracking things about planning a wedding is sticking to your budget. Luckily our team is always looking for ways to give you wedding savings. Take our 2019 Wedding Facility promotion; you can save 20% on your facility fee and lighting package as well as receive complimentary wedding arbor, newlywed champagne service, and golf rounds. It’s the perfect way to stretch your 2019 wedding budget a little further.
At Palmetto Dunes, we know how to throw a big bash, but if an intimate wedding is more your speed, our stunning smaller venues and wedding planning specialists will give you a flawless event. If your dream is a small, summer wedding, our Intimate Wedding Special is perfect for you! Not only do you receive a complimentary wedding arbor, bottle of champagne, and round of golf, you’ll save 20% off our beachside Dunes House or Centre Court Pavilion fee so you and your forty closest friends and relatives can celebrate in style—and under budget.
No matter what your dreams of a Hilton Head wedding are, we’re here to make them come true at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort. Our seasoned wedding planners will see you through from start to finish, our award-winning wedding venues will provide the perfect backdrop for your nuptials, and our wedding specials will make sure that you’re still feeling the love once you’ve settled up your bills. Request a wedding proposal to find out exactly what the spectacular wedding team at Palmetto Dunes can do for you.
We are happy to be awarded the 2019—WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards for the 4th time. We are honored by your support and thrilled to know Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort represents the top wedding professionals nationwide for excellence in quality, service, responsiveness, and professionalism within the wedding industry.
Winners of the Couples’ Choice Awards are selected solely based on their reviews, so thank YOU for trusting us with your special day and taking the time to let our work shine. Hear what one of our recent 2018 brides has to say:
"What a beautiful night for a wedding. Courtney and Devon did an amazing job. We had a beautiful ceremony on the beach with our reception at the Dunes House. Courtney and Devon were there every step of the way. From our initial decision to have our wedding at Palmetto Dunes to the day of the event. The reception was beautiful with the lights, lanterns and table decorations. I appreciate everything they did for us including the last minute heaters which was not a problem for them. Thank you again for making our day so amazing. Love, Eileen and Gill."
Planning a wedding? Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort provides the perfect Hilton Head Island wedding setting. Our expert team at the resort can customize your wedding to make your dreams a reality. At Palmetto Dunes, we offer spectacular wedding venues, world-class cuisine, superior accommodations and array of exciting amenities including golf, tennis, kayaking and more. We have everything on site as a convenience to you and your guests for a complete wedding experience. Our event team is ready to help you create the perfect, memorable wedding of a lifetime.
You’re newly engaged—congratulations! Here at Palmetto Dunes, we know how exciting—and stressful—planning your dream wedding can be. With all of the excitement of planning, the little details can often become overwhelming and leave you with wedding woes.There’s so much to think about! How many guests will my venue accommodate? Do I want an outdoor or indoor reception? But don’t worry; we’re here to help. We’ve created a cheat sheet to help you find “the one”; one venue, that is! From reception styles to questions you should be asking, we’ve got you covered.
First Things First
You’ve said yes and your dream of walking down the aisle in a Lowcountry setting is within reach. Now it’s time to narrow down your venue options. Here are a few things you should ask yourself when starting to plan:
With these four questions in mind, you can begin slimming down your options. If you don’t yet know the answers—don’t fret. Our on-site wedding experts can help you with any detail big or small.
Find Your Style
Your venue is key in setting the tone for the entire day, which is why it is so important to nail down a style that best suits you and your partner. Is your style nautical-chic? Or garden-party casual? Making the connections between color schemes, decor details, and lighting fixtures are all just as important as the venue itself. These details will help our experts guide you in finding the best wedding package and venue for you and your guests.
Our tip: Doing your research, saving links, and creating Pinterest boards to show your wedding coordinator will make your planning process much easier.
Outdoor Wedding Venue Ideas
Dreaming of a wedding on the beach? Or perhaps just an understated beachfront reception? Palmetto Dunes offers outdoor locations that will dazzle any couple and their guests.
For beach-lovers, the 800-square-foot Dunes House offers sweeping views of the ocean and can accommodate up to 200 guests (but can also be set up for intimate gatherings). For the dinner, the venue can be styled to host a casual set-up, or to offer your guests one-of-a-kind dining experience.
Built on beautiful green rolling dunes, The Arthur Hills Golf Course boasts outstanding outdoor scenery worthy of any prince and princess. Exchange your vows with a hint of Southern charm thanks to the shade of swaying oak trees. Then, move on to your al-fresco dining reception or dance the night away in your very own tent.
Our tip: With an outdoor wedding, Mother Nature can play a significant part in determining how your day will go. Make a weather plan with your on-site coordinator, and plan for heavier decor to hold down your table pieces in case a nice gust of ocean breeze decides to say hi!
Indoor Wedding Venue Ideas
Brimming with Lowcountry charm, the Centre Court Pavilion boasts an all-in-one location perfect for any celebration style. This bright and airy venue can accommodate up to 150 guests and features a host of amenities you may need on the big day.
A true staple, Alexander’s Restaurant & Wine Bar is what wedding venue dreams are made of. This lagoon-side location is great for intimate gatherings, seating up to 60 guests. Don’t forget to ask about our specialized event menus!
The Dunes House Inside Room is a great budget-friendly option. This space would be ideal for smaller weddings. Our catering team can create everything from simple lunches to fine-dining dinners! Please note, by choosing the Inside Room, you will not have access to the outside deck.
A note: None of these venues tickling your fancy? No problem! Dunes Catering & Events can help you create an off-site wedding at many locations on or near Hilton Head Island! Please inquire to learn more.
Amenities and Activities:
With destination weddings, most (if not all) guests are traveling and may not know the island or area very well. When selecting a venue, keep in mind locations that can offer a “one-stop-shop” with all the amenities and activities they may want to enjoy while they’re here. Palmetto Dunes offers bikes, kayaks, canoes, fishing charters, tennis, golf, pickleball, and so much more, making it the perfect home base for the whole family.
Knowledge is Power:
Make sure you understand exactly what is and what is not included when booking your venue. For example, there are some places where you are responsible for booking your own catering and equipment rentals. Some venues require you to hire a professional wedding planner. These details can be added to the expenses you may not have considered with your overall budgeting. Ask questions! Palmetto Dunes is proud to offer full-service weddings and catering to make our brides’ lives easier. Our experts will be there with you throughout the entire process.
After you have found the venue that embodies you both as a couple, the rest will come naturally. Learn more about planning your perfect Palmetto Dunes wedding, here. Or contact our wedding specialists and begin planning. Happy (venue) hunting!
As 2018 comes to a close, newly engaged couples are starting to daydream about their big day in 2019. If you’re planning a Lowcountry celebration, there is one thing we know for sure—guests are bound to have a heckuva good time. After all, there are so many reasons to say ‘I do’ at Palmetto Dunes.
Here are the trends taking wedding planning by storm in 2019:
Destination weddings have become a great option for couples who want to spend the whole weekend with their closest friends and family instead of just one night—and this trend is only going to grow in the new year. One of the best things about a destination wedding at Palmetto Dunes is all of the amazing activities to enjoy during your wedding weekend, giving everyone the chance to create countless lasting memories together.
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It should come as no surprise that one of the biggest influences in bridal trends this year is the Royal Wedding. Expect to see hints of Meghan Markle’s simple and classic aesthetic when you’re wedding dress shopping. Whether it’s an oceanside ceremony or a celebration under our sleepy oak trees, we think that this is a perfect look for your big day.
While sit-down dinners will always be popular for weddings, couples will continue to take the food they serve to the next level in the new year. Expect to see themed food stations instead of one buffet—imagine an oyster shucking station to the left and a Lowcountry boil to the right. Now that’s a true Southern wedding!
Gone are the pastels of years past, next year’s weddings will be awash with hues as bright as the eye can see—think vibrant purples, greens, and blues. With the striking colors of our seaside and our lush landscape, Hilton Head Island the ideal backdrop for this new, bold aesthetic—if we do say so ourselves!
When it comes to entertainment, couples are going the extra mile to treat their guests. From live music and art displays to interactive food and drink stations, couples are looking for new and unusual ways to entertain guests and 2019 sees no stopping of it. Our wedding specialists can give you the inside scoop on the unique options Hilton Head Island has to offer!
In 2019, we will see a new spin on transportation, with couples making more memorable wedding entrances and exits. From boats to bikes, and everything in between (well, almost everything!), we’ve got countless options to bring this trend to life at Palmetto Dunes.
Thinking about planning your own destination wedding? Learn more about exchanging your vows at Palmetto Dunes!
If you’re planning to begin your happily ever after beachside, you’ve come to the right place. Sweeping views of the ocean, the sounds of the waves lapping the shore, and the feeling of sand between your toes—there’s simply no better place for a beach wedding than Hilton Head Island.
Here are some beach wedding ideas that will surely inspire you to say “I Do” at Palmetto Dunes:
While there are stunning venues all over Palmetto Dunes, none are more beautiful for a wedding ceremony than the beach. Lucky for you, there are miles upon miles of sandy settings for you to choose from on Hilton Head Island. And if you want to keep the ocean views after your ceremony, The Dunes House is the place for you. Easily customized for a casual reception or a lavish Lowcountry event, it is the perfect place for a beach wedding reception.
Thanks to the sun, sand, and ocean breezes of the beach, when it comes to the wedding attire, lightweight is always the way to go. With a more casual look, take the opportunity to accentuate your outfit with beach-inspired accessories—think jewelry, hairpieces, and sunglasses. Not to mention the bouquet and boutonnieres that can be accented with some pretty sea life like urchins, seashells, starfish, and pearls. One thing to remember, high-heels and sand don’t mix so opt for wedges, flats, or even bare feet for your wedding party and your guests.
While a beach wedding provides you with plenty of natural scenery, ocean-inspired décor can add a little something special to your big day. Pretty flowers with seaside flare, driftwood signs with elegant calligraphy, and sprinklings of seashells and beach glass are perfect subtle nods to the ocean for your ceremony and reception.
On your reception menu, include some seafood choices, as well as options for those who don’t eat fish or shellfish. Some of our favorite seafood dishes are local fish as an entrée option, fish tacos as an appetizer, or an oyster shucking station to introduce guests to Hilton Head’s local delicacy. And don’t forget, a beach-themed cake is a must-have to finish off the meal!
Photo provided by DJ Crush Entertainment
Hiring the right entertainment can make all the difference in setting the right atmosphere for your big day. Live entertainment playing local music. A calypso band. Iconic beach games. A fire on the beach with s’mores. Consider activities that not only bring the beach vibes to life but create unforgettable moments for you and your guests.
The beach is the perfect backdrop for your first pictures together as husband and wife. Draw a heart in the sand. Take a photo in front of the breaking waves. Walk along the beach with your nearest and dearest. Capture your silhouettes against the sunset. Make sure to work with your photographer to hit all of the picture-perfect settings Palmetto Dunes has to offer.
Palmetto Dunes Weddings can really wow your guests. The amazing catering and event planning staff make it all possible! Read recent reviews from happy couples that planned their destination weddings with ease.
Emily on WeddingWire said:
The Dunes House at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort was the perfect setting for our wedding. The only thing I had ever thought about for my wedding before getting engaged was that I wanted to be barefoot with my toes in the sand. The Dunes House offered a lovely ceremony right on the beach and then a delightful reception outdoors. Our guests loved being able to hang out on the beach, play in the sand and take a walk on the beach during the reception. The food was absolutely delicious, something I'm not entirely used to at a wedding. We also went with them to cater our dessert table and it turned out perfectly.
Courtney was a treat to work with. She was very responsive and helpful, even helping us find an off-site location for our welcome reception the night before the wedding. I can't praise the staff enough for their helpfulness, professionalism and overall demeanor throughout the process. If you're looking for a beautiful, romantic beach setting for your wedding, I'd definitely recommend The Dunes House.
James on WeddingWire said:
.... I went into this not knowing ANYTHING as far as what I was supposed to do and these two women made me feel like an old pro! My wife and I were incredibly pleased with the entire day and the attention to detail was second to none. Thanks so much... We cannot recommend the Dunes House, and the entire Palmetto Dunes team, enough!
Another wedding season is upon us so get out your wedding planner and pull up your Pinterest boards, because it’s time to start planning your perfect Palmetto Dunes wedding. While a lot of wedding traditions and timeless touches will never go out of style, tapping into the season’s wedding trends can add that extra special something to your celebration.
Here are our top 5 wedding trends of 2018 that are definitely worth your consideration.
1. Embracing local culture
As the trend of destination weddings continues, couples are becoming more and more inspired to connect with the local culture during their festivities. Whether it’s a regionally-themed menu, locally-sourced wedding favors, or entertainment from the region, embracing the details of the destination offers your guests with a truly authentic celebration experience.
2. Emphasis on the after party
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If you’re planning a Lowcountry wedding, there’s one thing that’s certain—your guests are going to have a good time. Especially with the newfound focus on the after party! This season’s brides and grooms are going for a smaller ceremony and reception and pulling out all the stops later in the night. Offering guests midnight snacks, late-night drinks, and live entertainment, newlyweds are taking advantage of every moment with their guests.
3. Unique food
Couples are opting out of the traditional 3-course set wedding menu for meals with a more memorable touch. From serving their favorite foods and signature drinks to bringing in the big guns with food trucks, portable pizza ovens, and the like, the wedding dining experience is now being taken to the next level. At Palmetto Dunes, we suggest setting up a shucking station to introduce your guests to oysters—a local delicacy in the region.
4. Vibe over palette
In years past, it was all about the color scheme. But this season, instead of starting with colors, brides and grooms are now letting the feel of their celebration dictate the details of their big day. Whether couples communicate visions of a relaxed beach celebration or an elegant Southern affair, or somewhere in between, our team of wedding experts can help turn any dream into a stunning reality.
5. Garden Garnishes
Flowers have always been a key player in wedding décor, but this season look forward to seeing more of the garden brought in the mix. From lush hanging arrangements and fresh cut greenery on tables to living botanical bars and potted plants along the aisle, you’ll see much more of a creative approach to floral displays. We always love making the sleepy oak trees that line Hilton Head Island part of the décor.
The question has been popped and you said yes! Now it’s time to start planning the day of your dreams. Where to start? Hilton Head Island, of course! With miles of beautiful beaches, gorgeous ocean backdrops, sunny skies, and stunning venues that accommodate groups both large and small, it’s the perfect place to exchange vows.
Next up: Planning the details of your big day. Lucky for you, at Palmetto Dunes we make weddings both beautiful and easy! Follow our wedding day countdown to help prepare for your picture-perfect oceanfront wedding.