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  • Posted on 24th Jan 2018, 8:55 am

    Palmetto Dunes Wedding Guide: Décor

    You’ve picked the perfect place to say “I do” and assembled your team of vendors, now it’s time to let your imagination run wild with the décor! Here are our top four tips for styling the wedding of your dreams:

    Do Your Research

    It’s easy to jump in with both feet and start buying your décor, but do your best to plan ahead. Consider the look and feel that you’re trying to achieve. Look around for ideas and inspiration—our Pinterest page is a great resource! Then pull together all of your ideas in one place so you can see how all of your decorative elements will work together. Not only will your décor be more cohesive, you’ll save time and money.

    Our tip: Consider your location when making décor decisions. For beach weddings, it is important to consider the ocean breeze. Our wedding specialists recommend that couples “make sure whatever they bring has a little weight to it to make sure things aren’t blowing away, especially signs, place cards, etc.”

    Set a Budget

    Décor is a very easy place spend big, so be sure to set a budget. One easy way to stick to it is by taking advantage of your venue features—an easy thing to do at Palmetto Dunes! With a beach ceremony, simply let the beauty of Hilton Head Island’s shores act as your backdrop. At the Arthur Hills Golf Course, allow your décor to draw even more attention to the stunning oak trees surrounding the course.

    Our tip: A recommendation from our wedding specialists—beyond checking out our wedding packages of course—is that “one way to dress up a head table and not break the bank is repurposing bridesmaid bouquets on the tables. Be sure to let your florist know so they can supply the vases.”

    Connect the Color Scheme

    When selecting your wedding colors, think of it as a palette rather than just one or two colors. By adding different shades of your main colors, you will add richness and depth to the overall look of your wedding. Once you’ve selected your color scheme, incorporate it from start to finish. From the invitations to the wedding favors, and everything in between, it will give your wedding a seamless style.

    Our tip: Your venue can be a great source of inspiration when coming up with your color scheme. The colors of the ceremony and reception sites, whether it’s the blues of the oceans or the greens of the natural surroundings, can spark an idea that will take your décor to the next level.

    Simplicity is Key

    When it comes to wedding décor, our biggest tip has to be less is often more. A few key, well thought out elements are can make more of a statement than décor overload. So, pick a few pieces that reflect your style and focus on the execution. Most importantly, don’t be afraid to show your personality—it’s the little details that are added to your décor that your guests remember.

    Our tip: Don’t forget about lighting. Strategically placed up lighting, string lights, or candles, can completely transform a venue. Consider having different types of lighting to distinguish different spaces. For the dinner you may want soft, romantic lighting while for the dance you may want something more vibrant and upbeat.

    Feeling inspired? Learn more about weddings at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort and contact our wedding specialists to start planning!

  • Posted on 9th Nov 2017, 9:04 am

    Palmetto Dunes Wedding Guide: Vendors

    Congratulations! You’ve crossed picking the perfect place to say “I do” at Palmetto Dunes off your to-do list! What’s next? It’s time to start putting together the team of vendors that will make your wedding day go off without a hitch. From wedding planners to transportation, and everything in between, here are all the pieces of the wedding puzzle:

    Wedding Planner

    We have an award-winning resort team just waiting to guide you on the day of your dreams. But, if you want to take your wedding to the next level, a wedding planner can help coordinate the smaller details of your big day and make your wedding planning process as smooth as possible.

    Book 12+ months in advance.

    Wedding Officiant

    Your officiant sets the tone for your entire wedding, so make sure you find someone whose style speaks to you. We recommend getting referrals (luckily, we have some!) and taking the time to speak beforehand about your ideal ceremony. After all, you want to make sure it’s the right fit!

    Book 8-10 months in advance.

    Photographer/Videographer

    While your big day will go by in an instant, the memories captured by photo or video will last forever. There are many photographers/videographers to choose from, so do your research and book well in advance to make sure you get the best. We suggest that you check out past work, read through reviews, and set up interviews to talk through your preferred style with a few options before deciding.

    Book 8-10 months in advance.

    Entertainment

    The entertainment at your wedding plays a big role in getting people out on the dance floor and having a good time. Whether you’re choose a DJ or a band, listen to their music, and touch base to discuss what music you want them to play and whether they are open to requests before making the big decision.

    Book 8-10 months in advance.

    Rentals

    The decor of your wedding can truly bring your big day to life. Lucky for you, rentals are one thing that you don’t have to worry about on that front! At Palmetto Dunes, with the facility fee comes set-up and break-down of your choice of tables—60” or 72” rounds for dinner tables, sweetheart tables, highboys, and 8ft tables—white folding chairs, white or ivory linen, cloth napkins (selection of colors available), our in-house supply of centerpieces, and all silverware, glassware, and china. We also have a beautiful arbor available for rent that comes decorated with sheer curtains.

    Confirm 8-10 months in advance.

    Florists

    Arbors. Centerpieces. Bouquets. When it comes to being sure that your wedding makes an impression, your florist is a key player. The first step is establishing your flower style and floral needs. Then, to find a florist to create this wedding day vision, get recommendations (like these!), schedule interviews, and view portfolios of past work.

    Book 8-10 months in advance.

    The Caterer & Cake

    Planning the food and picking the wedding cake is a fun part of wedding planning! Whether it’s hors d'oeuvres, a served meal, or a buffet, the Executive Chef at Dunes Catering & Events will help you select the ideal catered menu for your wedding. Then, it’s time to pick a baker who can satisfy your sweet tooth. Our tip: taste, taste, and taste some more until you find a cake that’s just right!

    Book 4-6 months in advance.

    Transportation

    Before all the fun can start, you, your wedding party, and your guests need to get to your wedding venue. For a smooth, fun, and prompt ride, book your transportation in advance—especially if you are coordinating transport for all of your wedding guests. Lucky for you, if you and your guests stay right at Palmetto Dunes, getting to your venue will be a sinch!

    Book 3 months in advance.

    Beauty

    Your wedding day is one of the biggest days of your life, so why not go all out to feel your very best! From manicures and pedicures to hair and make-up, your beauty dream team is never far at Palmetto Dunes. Here are our top recommendations!

    Book 2 months in advance.

    Feeling inspired to start planning, check out all of our vendor recommendations here.

  • Posted on 9th Oct 2017, 10:02 am

    Palmetto Dunes Wedding Guide: Location

    You’ve got the ring, you’ve picked the date, and you’ve got a rough idea of your headcount. Now it’s time to choose your dream wedding location. Unmatched in its beauty and charm, Hilton Head Island is the perfect place to bring your venue visions to life.

    Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort offers a golf course nestled amongst sleepy oak trees, casual beachfront scenery, and elegant banquet spaces—all ready and willing to serve as the setting for your lowcountry wedding.

    From intimate gatherings to grand affairs, here are our top places to say “I do” at Palmetto Dunes:

    The Beach

    With beautiful views of the ocean and sounds of waves lapping the shore, the beaches in Hilton Head Island are a breathtaking backdrop for your wedding. Perfect for parties of all sizes, a beach ceremony is a simple, elegant way to surround your guests with nature’s beauty. After your oceanfront ceremony, celebrate at any one of the other venues at Palmetto Dunes.

    The Dunes House

    With sweeping views of the ocean and a variety of options for your wedding ceremony and reception, it’s no surprise that The Dunes House is our most popular wedding venue. Its 800-square foot beachfront location, with an adjoining 1,000-square foot deck, is easily customized for a casual reception or a lavish lowcountry event of up to 200 guests. Whatever you choose for your special day, your guests will love the seaside scenery of The Dunes House.

    Centre Court Pavilion & Ballroom

    Steeped in the charm of the Old South, the Centre Court Pavilion & Ballroom offers a beautiful location as well as event services and amenities to make your special day both effortless and enjoyable. This bright and airy venue has 1,628-square feet of space including a grand ballroom, a covered open-air dining pavilion, and a Southern porch—all perfectly suited for wedding ceremonies and receptions of up to 150 people.

    Arthur Hills Golf Course

    The award-winning Arthur Hills Golf Course provides an outstanding wedding venue for you and your guests. The championship course offers a stunning setting, surrounded by rolling greens and shady oak trees, to exchange your vows. After the first kiss, you and your guests can celebrate al-fresco or in the shade of a tent, both full of Southern charm.

    No matter where you choose to say “I do” at Palmetto Dunes, your wedding will leave an impression that lasts a lifetime.

    Learn more about planning your wedding at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort here. Or contact our wedding specialists to start planning!

  • Posted on 10th Aug 2017, 9:14 am

    "Palmetto Dunes Made the Wedding of our dreams possible!" - Recent Reviews from Happy Couples

    Many couples dream of a island wedding (rain or shine!) or a wedding on a beach with the sound of the rolling waves in the background as they make their vows. The wedding events & catering team at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort help brides and grooms make their dreams come true every year. Here's what some of them recently said:

    Lizzy said...
    I couldn't be happier with my wedding at Palmetto Dunes. We had originally booked the Dunes House for the ceremony and reception but due to rain had to switch the Center Court at the last minute. The rain was touch and go all day and our coordinator Courtney was wonderful with communicating our options and ensuring us that everything would be perfect either way we went. The set up at center court was beautiful! I gave Courtney a lot of decor and she and the staff laid everything out to perfection! The food was delicious- all of our guests raved about it! We had a very long engagement and Courtney was responsive and helpful through every step of the process. I had such a wonderful experience and would recommend Palmetto Dunes to everyone looking for a beautiful place to have a wedding!

    Kim said...
    As the mother of the groom for a destination wedding, I would HIGHLY recommend Courtney Daley and her staff at Palmetto Dunes! We were able to easily plan the entire wedding from Ohio because of Courtney and Lindsay. They were always prompt and professional in their replies. They were always able to answer questions and to make suggestions regarding vendors. The venue itself was absolutely beautiful as the happy couple was married on the beach and the food for the reception was delicious. Courtney and her crew handled all of the details and made it so that the bride and groom (and the rest of us!) could enjoy the big day.

    A happy bride and groom from Ohio said...
    Courtney and Palmetto Dunes Dunes House made the wedding of our dreams possible! We are from Ohio and we're planning a destination wedding, and Courtney made it as easy and stress free as possible. I would highly recommend this location for your wedding!

    For more information about Weddings at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort call 843-686-9142 to speak with a wedding planner. Or submit a request for proposal and discover the possibilities!

  • Posted on 8th Aug 2016, 2:29 pm

    A Lowcountry Wedding at Palmetto Dunes Resort

    There is nothing finer than a lowcountry wedding at Palmetto Dunes Resort. Shelley and Kevin chose Palmetto Dunes on Hilton Head Island because it had everything they wanted for their destination wedding.

    The couple's vendor choices are:
    Photographer: Michel Berda, King Street Photo Weddings
    Location: Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort, Hilton Head, SC
    Ceremony: The Beach at The Dunes House in Palmetto Dunes
    Reception: Centre Court Pavilion in Palmetto Dunes
    Coordinator: Michael Royer (event coordinator)
    Venue Officiant: Rev. Dr. David Leininger
    Hair and Make-up: Samantha Peek
    Bride Dress: Casablanca (Ziobro’s Formals, Princeton, Kentucky)
    Bride Shoes: Adrianna Papell
    GroomTux/groomsmen attire: Perry Ellis
    DJ: Moon River Productions, Jordan Ross
    Read more about this lowcountry wedding on Michael Berda's Photography blog here.

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  • Posted on 10th Jun 2016, 7:00 pm

    Five Ways to Have a Social Media Friendly Wedding

    Social media has become part of our everyday lives, so it's bound to be a part of the biggest day of your life too – your wedding! There are plenty of social media tools and tricks to help you navigate your nuptials, from wedding planning to documenting the big day! So listen up social media savvy brides and grooms, here are five ways to use social media when saying ‘I do’ at Palmetto Dunes:

    Get inspired

    The days of carrying around a stack of wedding magazines are gone. Nowadays brides-to-be are turning to Pinterest to gain inspiration, learn about the latest in wedding trends, and find DIY ideas. From the ring to the dress to the decor, Pinterest provides a seemingly infinite collection of wedding ideas and allows brides to keep track of their favorite finds. For our top beach wedding ideas, visit the Hilton Head Weddings Pinterest board!

    Connect with your guests

    With friends and family around the globe, what better way to connect with your guests than on social media? Announcing your engagement to the world on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, and sending out beautifully designed digital invitations are staples of every modern bride. But no social media friendly wedding is complete without a wedding website. It's not only a great way to keep everyone in the loop about the details of your big day, but can show off photos of the wedding party, share your registry, allow guests to RSVP, and even have guests contribute music to your wedding playlist.

    Document the big day


    photo via Brides.com

    With social media, there are so many great ways for you and your guests to share photos, videos and memories. Get creative in creating a wedding hashtag and, with help from your MC and descriptive decor, encourage your guests to share pictures throughout the day. Don’t forget to tag Palmetto Dunes so your followers know the location of your amazing celebration!

    Social media savvy brides can turn to Snapchat to document their day. By sending photos and videos, brides can create a montage to share with their Snapchat friends and family. Include your guests in the fun by customizing your own filter that will temporarily appear on the app within the physical location of your wedding venue.

    Undoubtedly you will have friends and family in other parts of the world, who aren’t able to make it to your special day. Live streaming the ceremony, using Periscope or Facebook Live is a fantastic way to bring your wedding to those unable to attend.

    Say selfie!


    photo via Pinterest

    A popular trend at weddings and special events is the selfie booth. Head to your local craft or costume shop and pick up a handful of fun props. Find the perfect background – or make your own – and let your guests have fun dressing up and taking photos at your reception. These photos make for great mementos from your reception, and great content for your social media feed!

    Relive those magic moments

    After the celebrations, curled up in your honeymoon suite, dig into your guests’ wedding photos by searching for your personalized hashtag. Companies like Social Print Studio and Artifact Uprising make it easy to create photo albums, prints, greeting cards even magnets, using the Instagram and social media photos shared on your special day.

    Looking for a little extra help to pull you wedding wishes together? Let us help you plan your Palmetto Dunes wedding.

    Request a Wedding Proposal here

    For more information about Weddings at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort call 843.686.9142 to speak with Lou Anne.

  • Posted on 3rd Jun 2016, 7:00 pm

    The Best Beach Wedding Décor Ideas

    Your wedding is an important day, and it should be just that – yours. There are many fantastic ways to add unique touches to your dream beach wedding.

    As a popular and memorable beach wedding destination, seen so many beautiful seaside wedding ceremonies and receptions over the years. Now, we’re sharing some of our favorite beach wedding décor, inspired by real Palmetto Dunes weddings!

    Bouquets

    A cute idea for a beach wedding is to include a starfish in your bridal bouquet! Small starfish are always an option too, or skip the flowers entirely and make your bouquet out of seashells. You’ll save money and your beautiful seashell bouquet will last forever.


    Heather Kline Photography

    The Cake

    Don’t you just love this elegant cake covered in edible shells? There are lots of ways to incorporate a coastal theme into your wedding cake. Try an adorable beach-themed cake topper, fondant beach chairs, or blue ombré icing.


    Image courtesy Bari & Jeff's wedding.

    Table Centerpieces

    Muted tones with bright pops of color and natural accents are the perfect fit for a seaside celebration centerpiece! We love the idea of incorporating different textures and colors into reception centerpieces for a multifaceted look. The great thing about beach-themed centerpieces is that they make affordable and easy DIY projects. Look for grass, driftwood, seashells, and beach glass.


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    Image courtesy McCully & Carver Wedding

    Shoe Sign

    For a casual beach wedding, encourage guests to go barefoot! Let them know shoes are optional with a cute homemade chalkboard sign. Providing flip-flops is always a nice added touch!


    Heather Kline Photography

    Reception and Ceremony Seating Decor

    Burlap or raffia are great for beach wedding décor – particularly when paired with a bright pop of color like the green ribbon shown below. Use starfish or seashells to decorate chairs, or go for a more nautical theme with rope, stripes and buoys.


    Image courtesy McCully & Carver Wedding

    The Aisle

    Make your sandy ceremony aisle stand out with something you normally wouldn’t find on the beach, but is still natural and elegant. These flower petals look beautiful, and won’t cause the bride to trip!

    Ceremony Arch

    Take advantage of that warm ocean breeze and think whimsical for your ceremony arch. Capture the easy-breezy vibe of your surroundings by using a lightweight white fabric, and palm leaves!

    “Just Married” Bicycle Flag

    The best way to get around Palmetto Dunes is by bicycle, so forget the tin cans tied to a car bumper and hop onto a bicycle built-for-two! For an added touch, add a pennant reading “Just Married!”

    This is one beach-themed wedding décor idea we love, but have yet to see at Palmetto Dunes… maybe you could be the first!

    Request a Wedding Proposal here

    For more information about Weddings at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort call 843.686.9142 to speak with Lou Anne.

  • Posted on 16th Feb 2016, 2:43 pm

    Highlights from a Recent Palmetto Dunes Wedding

    We are very pleased to share wedding highlights of Leslie and Jeremy, married at the Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort in 2015. For more information on our wedding films, please visit moonlightproductionshhi.com.


    Request a Wedding Proposal here

    For more information about Weddings at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort call 843.686.9142 to speak with a wedding planner.

  • Posted on 3rd Feb 2016, 4:44 pm

    Five Reasons Palmetto Dunes is the Ultimate Wedding Destination

    Photography by Danny Gorman Photography

    For many reasons, destinations weddings have recently grown in popularity and appeal. Many brides and grooms today are looking for a unique event that is fun for all their guests while really letting their personality as a couple shine through. We’ve compiled a list of the top 5 reasons for you to skip the typical venue options near home and let us host your wedding at Palmetto Dunes:

    1. Picturesque Setting

    From charming mossy oaks and scenic hidden pathways to beautiful ocean views and stunning sunsets, our resort will leave you with pictures and memories that you will never forget.

    2. Ceremony and Reception

    Get married oceanfront on the beach, on the deck of one of our venues or under the mossy oaks overlooking the golf course. Then walk on up to either The Dunes House deck overlooking the ocean, Arthur Hills Grille with the golf course as your back drop, head to Centre Court with its charming southern porch or host an intimate soiree at one of the many homes for rent within the resort. With a variety of options, we can guarantee a unique event catered to whatever you have envisioned.

    3. It’s Cost-effective

    With a variety of options for venues and a diverse menu selection, Palmetto Dunes offers an a la carte style wedding allowing us flexibility to provide you with the wedding of your dreams without breaking your budget. All of our venues offer a scenic backdrop and require little to no extra décor. Also included in our events is a full day of event coordinator who will put your mind at ease and take care of all the little details to make sure you can relax and enjoy your day.

    4. Family friendly

    Choosing a destination wedding offers your guests the excuse for a vacation! Hosting your event at Palmetto Dunes allows for a family friendly atmosphere with plenty of options for an awesome wedding with the bonus of a vacation everyone will remember. Rent an amazing beach house or a few villas close by to keep everyone together. Spend quality time on a fishing excursion or kayak trip. Plan a family golf tournament or tennis match. Or set up camp on the beach and simply relax and enjoy the view!

    5. Hassle free destination wedding

    You and your guests can travel to our beautiful resort and gorgeous beaches hassle free and without a passport! Let us take care of your ceremony and reception while you enjoy your time with your new husband or wife. Then after the big day you can relax and enjoy your honeymoon. No waking up at 3 a.m. to get to the airport, you are already here! Start your marriage with a custom-designed honeymoon package that includes luxurious accommodations, fine dining, and an extensive list of activities.

    Request a Wedding Proposal here

    For more information about Weddings at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort call 843.686.9643.

  • Posted on 25th Jan 2016, 10:21 am

    Sneak Peek: Breathtaking Bridal Fashion for 2016

    For most brides the perfect bridal gown plays a starring role in their wedding day festivities. Brides-to-be spend days researching and shopping for “THE” dress. It is often a very emotional part of the wedding planning process that can involve anyone from just the mother of the bride or a close friend, to a whole brigade of shoppers tagging along to weigh in on the selection process. At Palmetto Dunes, one of our biggest pay offs after spending months coordinating the wedding and getting to know each bride, is watching her walk down the aisle in her perfect dress.

    This summer we had the pleasure of catering for Essence of Australia while they photographed their Spring 2016 Bridal Gown line at one of our favorite venues, the Rose Hill Plantation House. In between serving up breakfast, lunch and dinner, we were able to blend into the background and catch a sneak peek at this dreamy line of Martina Liana gowns. Bridal fashion in 2016 promises everything from elegant lace details, glamorous beading, and breathtaking illusion sleeves to stunning mix and match separates and Martina Liana does not disappoint. These gowns exude southern elegance and charm and we can’t wait to see some of our brides dazzling their guests as they walk down the beach in one of these amazing dresses!


    Pictured at center: Martine Harris, Chief Creative Officer and Head Designer - Martina Liana

    Look for an authorized retailer near you!

    http://www.essensedesigns.com

    Request a Wedding Proposal here

    For more information about Weddings at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort call 843.686.9142 to speak with Lou Anne.