The bride enters the room and walks down a long petal-speckled aisle. Waiting at the end is her husband-to-be. Everything is perfect in that moment.

But what will that moment look like? And where will it take place?

In the South, weddings are reunions. They are a weekend-long affair where friends and family on both sides spend the weekend dining, dancing and sharing memories. They often feel more like a mini-vacation than a one-day event.

Because of this, many couples are looking to venues capable of hosting several different wedding-weekend events. Country clubs, private clubs and full-service hotels and resorts have become extremely popular due to their “all-in-one” capabilities. From a dedicated events manager down to the linens, many couples are finding these venues make their wedding planning a breeze.

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A growing trend in recent years has been the merging of ceremony and reception into one continual evening of romance. Guests drive or are shuttled to the wedding site, and then relocate to the reception.

Country clubs and private clubs offer couples the luxurious option of an all-in-one venue with all the sub-venue options and scenery changes without ever having to leave the grounds.

Clubs also usually offer indoor and outdoor options. Brides can choose to walk down the aisle to their husband-to-be with beautiful vistas of perfectly manicured greens peppered with palm trees and stately live oaks or they can wed indoors amidst romantic candlelight and chandeliers.

Clubs allow guests to walk just a few steps before arriving at the staple of all Southern weddings, the formal cocktail hour. Here they have a chance to mingle and meet loved ones on both the bride and groom’s side.

During the cocktail hour, the newlyweds have the option to take advantage of the many different locales a Lowcountry golf course or club offers. Marsh views, meandering creeks and the sun dipping down over pristinely manicured greens all make for amazing photos or just an opportunity for the couple to steal an intimate moment.

While couples sometimes look to save by holding their wedding in a creative or non-traditional wedding venue, they often don’t factor all of the items that add up, such as tents, tables, chairs, linens and all the things private clubs include in their overall package pricing. Throw in a professional chef and an on-staff event planner and your wedding planning just became a luxurious, enjoyable experience.

Hilton Head hotels and resorts

Hilton Head is rich in hotels and resorts designed to host a true Southern wedding weekend, not just a reception.

Hilton Head is widely seen in the South as an unparalleled location for destination weddings. Many brides or grooms identify Hilton Head Island as the epitome of the happy days of summer, a place they vacationed in younger years with family.

Even couples that live in the area can find themselves having a destination wedding. If there is no central or convenient location for each person’s family and friends to travel to, a beach turns their wedding into a mini vacation for out-of-town guests.

Many local hotels and resorts offer luxurious beach weddings, often on a private beach area. Once the couple says “I do” on a sparkling white beach with the sound of crashing waves, guests simply take a short stroll from the beach to the ballroom. Hotels and resorts also offer the unmatched convenience of having guests’ rooms just an elevator ride away. The newlyweds also have the option of treating guests to a convenient breakfast the morning after, where after dancing the night  away guests can regale in tales of the night before.

Finally, when considering choosing a hotel or club for your venue, ask about additional perks for your bridal party. A golf outing for the guys or a spa day for the girls the Friday before the big day is the perfect way to kick off the big weekend.

 

Celebrations Catering Events Windows on the Waterway

Like an artist’s canvas, Windows on the Waterway is the ultimate all-inclusive palette to build any theme for your big day.

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Country Club of Hilton Head

The clubhouse at Country Club of Hilton Head has three versatile and inviting rooms available for your celebration, as well as a beautiful garden site for ceremonies.

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Hampton Hall

Bringing your Lowcountry wedding to life with a beautiful lakefront Clubhouse and gracious service.

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Sea Pines Country Club

Embedded deeply in the lifestyle of Hilton Head Island’s first resort community, the Club epitomizes all that has made world-famous Sea Pines a name synonymous with warm hospitality.

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Palmetto Dunes

With the Atlantic Ocean in the background, guests who select the Dunes House at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort for their wedding will create memories they’ll treasure for a lifetime.

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Sea Pines Resort

The Plantation Golf Club features the Magnolia Room, a 1,908-square-foot meeting and event space offering a warm and inviting area for groups and events.

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Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island

The picturesque courtyard leading to the ocean and Atlantic beaches offers you and your guests a true Lowcountry island experience.

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South Carolina Yacht Club

The 13,000 square foot clubhouse, with its twin entry staircases and pastelstucco exterior, reflects the historical architectural heritage of nearby Charleston.

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Westin

Turn your dream Hilton Head wedding into a reality. The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa offers you the ideal wedding venue, set along a stretch of pristine sandy beaches of the Atlantic Ocean.

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Vagabond Cruise Spirit of Harbour Town

Exchange vows among dolphins, in a dramatic and breathtaking Lowcountry setting.

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