A Folly Beach Wedding

Folly Beach is a barrier island surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean on one side and a salt water river, The Folly River, on the other.  The length of the island is approximately seven miles long and a quarter of a mile wide.  The entire coastline is considered ‘public’ beach which means that ceremonies can take place anywhere along the beach.

An Isle of Palms Beach Wedding

Isle of Palms is a barrier island separated from the lowcountry mainland by the Intracoastal Waterway and miles of beautiful salt marshes. Approximately seven miles in length and one mile wide, the Isle of Palms prides itself on being the first city in SC to obtain the Blue Wave Designation from the Clean Beaches Council. With six miles of public beaches, all with well maintained beach access paths and ample parking, the Isle of Palms provides plenty of options for a quiet, serene ceremony setting.

Choosing the location

We do not recommend that couples have wedding ceremonies within a three block area of the Piers on either island, especially during the peak times between April and October, as the crowds are simply too large to ensure a sacred or romantic feeling for your ceremony. An exception might be a very early morning ceremony before the sun-loving crowds gather. As part of the wedding planning process, we work with our couples to determine the best location for your ceremony and we will let you know this information early so that you can include the address in your wedding invitations. The location can depend on many factors, one of which is proximity to a beach house if you decide to rent one, as well as how many guests will be attending.

Beach House Rentals

Some couples choose to rent a beach house and then have their ceremony in front of the house.  This works out especially well if the reception is held in the house afterward. However, couples do need to know that beach realty companies are specific about which houses they are willing to rent as ‘event houses’ and there is typically an extra fee for weddings.  Many couples rent their houses from the many reputable sites which feature home rentals by owners.

The good news is that you do not have to rent a beach-front house in order to have a wedding and reception on the beach. Since the islands are narrow and very walkable, you can easily walk from most any rental house to the beach in just a few minutes. This means you can rent a more economically-priced condo or cottage in the middle of the island and have your guests walk down to the beach access that is closest to your home; the bride can choose whatever form of transportation she desires, including walking, car, or golf cart to get to the beach.