Preparation for the wedding day started months, maybe years ago … and it is finally here! The bride walks down the aisle to her smiling (or crying) groom and everything is perfect.

But where will the biggest and happiest day of your life take place? And how do you choose?

Here in Hilton Head, weddings are more of a weekend getaway rather than a single day event. They can involve a rehearsal dinner, ceremony, reception and even a farewell brunch for the family and friends of the bride and groom. Because of the trending multi-event wedding, couples are booking at all-in-one venues more often to simplify wedding planning. An all-in-one venue is most often a full-service hotel, country club or private club that is capable of hosting all the weekend events the bride and groom are looking for.

Hilton Head Country Clubs & Private Clubs

Recently, more couples have decided to combine the ceremony and reception into one location. Country clubs offer scenery and ambiance changes without ever having to leave the club grounds. They often offer both indoor and outdoor options; the bride can choose to walk down the isle surrounded by greens and palm trees or choose to wed indoors amidst candlelight and chandeliers.

Clubs allow the staple of Southern weddings, the formal cocktail hour, to be just steps away from the ceremony. The cocktail hour allows the bride and groom to steal an intimate moment and allows family and friends to mingle before the reception. Marsh views, creek views and the sun dipping down over the greens make for amazing photos and scenery.

While couples sometimes look to save by holding their wedding in a creative or non-traditional wedding venue, they often don’t factor in 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 club’s professional chef and an on-staff event planner and wedding planning just became a luxurious, enjoyable experience.

Hilton Head Hotels & Resorts

Hilton Head is full of beautiful hotels and resorts that are perfect for hosting the wedding weekend of your dreams.

Hilton Head has become a top spot for destination weddings. Brides and grooms often identify with Hilton Head because they spent summers vacationing here as children. Essentially, Hilton Head reminds them of the carefree and happy days of summer.

Even local couples find themselves tying the knot where they live. If there is no central location for family and friends, a beach town wedding can turn into a vacation for 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 when, tired after dancing the night away, guests can regale in tales of the night before.

Lastly, when considering choosing a resort or hotel for this special day, ask about additional perks for the wedding party. This could be a spa day for the bridal party or a day out on the golf course for the groomsmen to kick off the weekend of celebration.