Thursday, July 18, 2013

Hilton Head Island Wedding Venues

Choosing the right venue for your Hilton Head Island wedding can be far more daunting than almost any other decision you’ll have to make during the planning process.  But we tell all of our clients once the date and venue is set, the fun truly begins! Your wedding venue sets the stage for the size of your wedding, tone for the entire weekend experience for your guests, and budget.  Not to mention, it really completes your wedding style (see our tips for choosing your wedding style here.)   So how do you navigate through all of the choices and choose a wedding venue on Hilton Head Island? We are here to help!

Luckily Amanda and her team have had the pleasure of planning events just about everywhere on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina and the surrounding areas.  So today we’re going to scratch the surface of this beautiful barrier island.   Many times brides know exactly where they want to get married;  they have vacationed here since they were little girls, or folks have a second home in the area, but other times couples need a bit more guidance.  So if you are just starting out your wedding planning and need some ideas on where to have your ceremony and reception, you have come to the right place!   Of course there are hundreds of fabulous choices around this area, we’ll just show you a few of our favorites!    

When you have a good idea of the style you want, you can search for a venue that matches your vision.   If you are interested in an amazing oceanfront beach resort style wedding, we recommend you check out the newly renovated Westin Hilton Head Island Resort and Spa. Their outdoor venues such as the Oceanfront Pavilion, Oceanfront Deck, and newly renovated ballroom are ideal for both casual and elegant weddings.  Located right on the beach in the gorgeous Port Royal Plantation this has a great combination of southern/modern island feel along with superior service and dining.

Mark Staff Photography & Allison Reisz Photography

We also love and adore the Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort, this charming property located in the Palmetto Dunes Plantation recently completed a gorgeous renovation.  Get married on the beach and hold your reception at Shore House.   The Shore House is a versatile location – you are able to dress up the venue or keep it rustic and simple.    You decide what’s right with your budget and style. 

If you’re style is more nautical and you are looking for something a bit more iconic of Hilton Head Island, Amanda highly suggests you check out Sea Pines Resort.  They have four fantastic sites for ceremony venues, directly on the beach, under the Liberty Oak Tree, on the 18th lawn of the Harbour Town golf links, and the gorgeous Fountain Terrace.    Host your reception in the Champions Ballroom with magnificent views of the golf course home to the RBC Heritage golf tournament for an elegant ballroom setting, or underneath a fabulous draped tent on the 18th green.  There are many options in Sea Pines Plantation and Amanda and Spencer Special Events can recommend the one that’s perfect for you.   

Photos by Landon Jacob Photography

Perhaps no location in the Hilton Head area is more serene and peaceful than a wedding just a ferry boat ride away on Daufuskie Island’s private community of Haig Point.  With truly majestic settings under moss draped live oak trees and a picturesque light house and tower, beautiful mansions and country club settings, there are several ceremony and reception options on this  Island you will want to explore.  You definitely don’t want to miss this dreamlike venue.

Photos by Scott Hopkins Photography & Evan Laettner

Soon we’ll cover some other venues that are near and dear to our hearts just a hop over the bridge in Bluffton, South Carolina.  Many of which should not be overlooked in your wedding planning.  If you’re looking for Low Country charm and sophistication, there are several great options to host your dream wedding weekend.   Whatever it is you are thinking, Amanda is sure to have a wedding venue on Hilton Head or the surrounding areas that fits your vision and dreams! 

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