Apr 12 2011

Folly Beach Weddings

Folly Beach has it all; sandy beaches, luxurious homes and condos, bars, restaurants, shopping, and more, all of which make it the perfect location for the wedding of your dreams.

The town of Folly Beach makes it easy for couples to tie the knot on the beach. Marriage licenses need to be obtained from the State of South Carolina for $70. Licenses can be obtained at the county courthouse in Charleston at 100 Broad Street, suite 469, on the 4th floor anytime between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. Call 843-958-5182 for more information.

Couples need to wait 24 hours from the date of the application to obtain the license. Couples under 26 must present photo ID and couples must be at least 16 years of age. For weddings with more than 25 guests, a party permit needs to be obtained from the Public Safety Department.

Eager brides and grooms excited to get married will be pleased to know that no matter what season it is, Folly Beach provides beautiful weather almost year-round with the warm spring season, sultry summer weather, and a long-lasting autumn. This allows for weddings right on the beach complete with ocean breezes and the sound of the surf.

Popular locations on the beach perfect for nuptials include down by the lighthouse or at the county park. While the lighthouse itself is surrounded by water, when the tide is out the location provides for a scenic view of the beach, water, and the historic lighthouse. This setting is ideal for a small wedding.

The Pelican Watch Shelter at the Folly Beach County Park provides two levels of beach accessible shelter with a capacity of 200 people. This location provides views and access to the beach and can be used for the nuptials and/or  reception.

Picnic tables, grills, water and electricity access, and restrooms are available. The use of bands, loudspeakers, and any amplified music requires permission from park management. For wedding parties with more than 99 people  security is required.

The Pelican Watch Shelter can be rented for $450 for a day rental and $825 for a day and night rental, which covers the hours of 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Contact the state park at (843) 795-4386 to reserve the shelter.

If you are looking to plan a wedding on Folly Beach, visit the Folly Beach Wedding Guide right here on FollyBeach.com. Here you will find wedding planners, photographers, stylists and more. Our well known professionals are sure  to make your special day one to remember.

With the multitude of rental homes and condos on Folly Beach, a wedding day can extend into an entire weekend or week-long event. Check out the Folly Beach rental options available here.

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