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