• Laiken Howard

Plan the Destination Wedding of Your Dreams

Updated: Jan 28

Looking to plan a destination wedding in Myrtle Beach? We've got you covered! Below are some things to consider when planning your wedding on the Grand Strand. We've provided planning tips, venue information, and a list of wedding planners in the area.

Venues to Consider

Cooper House & Event Center $$

5.9 Miles Away from Grand Palms Resort

photo source: FB/TheCooperHouse.com Looking for an intimate, charming venue? You might want to look into The Cooper House. The Cooper House, known for its rustic feel, offers sincere southern comfort and genuine hospitality. A truly historical landmark located in the heart of the Grand Strand provides the perfect atmosphere and beautiful surroundings to hold weddings.

  • Best of the Beach Wedding Venue - 1st Place 2017, 2019, 2020

  • Best of the Beach Wedding Venue- Runner Up 2018

  • The Best Wedding Photo Shoots in The Area - Local Photographers

Wachesaw Plantation Club $$$

9 Miles Away from Grand Palms Resort

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A spectacular setting unlike anywhere else in the Carolina Lowcountry, on the bluff overlooking the Waccamaw River, nestled among live oaks dripping with Spanish moss, is the starting point for your perfect wedding.

Brookgreen Gardens $$$

10.1 Miles Away from Grand Palms Resort

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photographer: Paula Player Photography

Set in beautiful surroundings that combine art and nature, a wedding at Brookgreen Gardens, with its majestic live oaks and world-renowned sculpture collection, will be a treasured memory.

  • Voted 'One of the Most Romantic Wedding Locales in South Carolina' by USA Today readers.

Atalya Castle at Huntington Beach $$$

10.8 Miles Away from Grand Palms Resort

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Atalaya has been celebrated as one of South Carolina’s most picturesque wedding venues for more than three decades. This unique Moorish-style castle is nestled in beautiful Huntington Beach State Park, making this National Historic Landmark a premier destination for South Carolina weddings.

Pine Lakes Country Club $$$

11 Miles Away from Grand Palms Resort

photo source: PineLakesCountryClub.com

photographer: Magnolia Photography

Filled with charm and elegance, their two adjoining ballrooms feature the original hard wood floors, crystal chandeliers, fireplaces and original decorative moldings. The expansive covered back porch has a beautiful view of their grand lawn, where most on-site ceremonies take place.

Village House at Litchfield $$

13.2 Miles Away from Grand Palms Resort

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The Village House at Litchfield is a beautiful, intimate wedding venue in Pawleys Island, SC. With its indoor and outdoor space, you will have the perfect choice when organizing your ceremony and reception. The gardens are a beautiful setting for stunning pictures by the pond and graceful willow trees.

Peanut Warehouse $$$

17.2 Miles Away from Grand Palms Resort

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The Peanut Warehouse has a long and rich history that is full of true rustic southern charm. It is also in a beautiful location, very close to the Conway Riverwalk and under the old Conway bridge next to the train tracks. It is a short walk for the family and wedding party to take pictures on the beautiful Waccamaw River.

104 Laurel $$

17.3 Miles Away from Grand Palms Resort

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104 LAUREL boasts original pine, wide-plank flooring, exposed wooden rafters, brick walls, wood columns, and a fully dimmable lighting system through out the space. 104 LAUREL also has a deck with a view of the Waccamaw River, the Riverwalk, and the Main Street Bridge.

Get Married on the Beach $

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Each Beach has its own rules and regulations to follow in regards to special events. Below are vendors that plan beach weddings:

photo source: barefootweddedbliss.com Barefoot Wedded Bliss

Barefoot Wedded Bliss provides 22+ years of experience in the wedding industry. They provide all-inclusive beach wedding packages that are customized to your specific needs!

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Blessed Beach Weddings

They are a full service, one-stop shop for all your wedding needs. With some of the most popular beaches on the East Coast, they have a service, package, or location to make your dream come true!

Hire a Wedding Planner

Depending on your needs, there are a variety of services you can choose from - full planning, partial planning, or month of coordination. Wedding Planners can do all of the leg work for you - decorating, booking vendors, and executing your full vision.

Ash Events - Ashley Pate

SC-based boutique event firm specializing in luxury weddings worldwide. They offer a variety of services from full planning to elopement and a la carte options.

  • 2019 Best Event Planner from the South Carolinas Women's Magazine's annual awards

  • The Knot Best of Weddings for 2020

  • Wedding Wire's 2020 Couples Choice Awards.

Leave It To Marnie - Marnie Kennedy

Let go of the pressure of planning your event and Leave it to Marnie. They handle everything including invitations, DJ or band, catering, decorations & complete event coordination. As your personal event planner, Marnie will make sure everything goes smoothly.

Gigi Noelle Events

Their job is to craft and execute a day that is as chic, elegant, funky or traditional as you want it to be! In producing unique events they match expert planning and over the top creative concepts with flawless execution. As professional wedding designers, they continue to place client’s wishes to the forefront. After all, this is all about “YOU”, and your wishes.

  • Wedding Wire's Couples Choice Awards - 2014-2019

  • Wedding Wire’s Bride’s Choice Awards - 2013

Stunning & Brilliant Events - Sara

Stunning & Brilliant Events is a full-service wedding and event coordination company. They offer full-service event planning, partial planning and day of coordination. Sara & her staff are here to help guide you to your perfect day. They have worked with some of the most respected vendors in the south and will rely on those relationships to ensure a seamless and unforgettable event.

  • Wedding Wire's Couples Choice Awards - 2014-2020

  • Wedding Wire‘s Brides Choice Awards - 2012-2013

Wedding Planning Advice

Pick a Date/Time

Unfortunately, the best weather in popular vacation spots tends to be during the tourist season, with way more crowds, fewer availabilities, and higher prices. Make sure to book your venue and reserve room blocks to beat the crowd, especially if you're planning a destination wedding. If you plan for later in the season, you‘ll be able to save money while still enjoying the beautiful weather. To discuss group reservations at Grand Palms Resort, please contact a friendly reservations team member at 888-913-4477 who will be happy to discuss options.

Create Guest List

Deciding how big you want your wedding to be is key. Whether or not you'd like a small or big ceremony, it’s important to decide beforehand the number of people you plan to invite to your wedding. This will help you decide on which venue, wedding planning package, entertainment and catering vendors to book.

Dress & Decorations

Keep in mind the venue, time of year, and type of gathering when picking out your dress and planning your decorations. Depending on your venue, they may already supply decorations. The dress should represent you as the bride, and reflect the type of ceremony/reception you plan to have. For example, a ball gown dress wouldn't necessarily be suited for a beach wedding.

Successfully Plan Your Destination Wedding!

We’ve covered venues, wedding planners, and some advice when planning your destination wedding in Myrtle Beach! Did we miss anything? Let us know in our comment section. We'd love to hear your feedback. We hope this has helped you with planning the destination wedding you deserve!

To make reservations at Grand Palms Resort, call one of our friendly Reservations Specialists at 888-913-4477.

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