Beach Weddings in Myrtle Beach

Most beach weddings will not require  the issuance of a Special Event Permit.  The threshold for requiring a Special Event Permit are 500 or more participants, 100 or more chairs, tents greater than 12 x 12 or multiple tents and weddings that do not meet the standards.

Beach weddings are permitted in certain areas.  Each community/city has their own rules and regulations whether it is in North Myrtle Beach, Myrtle Beach, Surfside Beach, Garden City Beach, Murrells Inlet, Pawleys Island Beach and Litchfield Beach.

The City of Myrtle Beach does not allow beach weddings within the city limits.

Weddings on the beach are allowed outside  the city limits in the unincorporated areas of Myrtle Beach.  All other areas permit beach weddings and have guidelines that must be followed. Your wedding planner can help you select a location that permits beach weddings & help you adhere to the rules.  The last thing you want on your wedding day is to have to your wedding broken down. Your wedding planner also is required to purchase a Business License each year for the areas they work in. 

Peak Beach season is May 15 to Sept. 15.  I suggest having your ceremony at 6 PM or later during this time for several reasons. The sun is not as bright and your pictures turn out better. Everyone is not squinting & pictures are not washed out.  It is a little cooler.  Most folks that are enjoying the beach start leaving around 5 PM.  You have more room in certain areas. There will be more parking spots.

You can not set up any type arbor, 12×12 tent, no higher than 9 ft. tall, can not be connected to another shading devise,  etc. that will block the view of the lifeguards in their attempt to keep the beaches safe.  These have to be at least 10 ft. behind the lifeguard stand.  You must stay behind the beach umbrella line when those are put out by the franchise company that rents those. There are limits on the number of chairs that can be placed on the beach. No more than 20 chairs can be placed on the beach for safety purposes before 4 PM.  After 5 PM. up to 50 chairs are allowed.  Any set up must not block an emergency  beach access or the walkways. You don’t want people walking through your wedding anyway.  I suggest setting up to the left or right of the walkway about 30 ft. from the  walkway at least.  Setup can not occur more than 2 hrs. before the ceremony & can not be left unattended.  Parking must be in the appropriate parking areas or you will be fined and/or towed. No power cords or generators are allowed on the beach,  near the beach or in the Sand Dunes. A portable battery system is allowed.

The beaches a public, so you can not rope off an area. You can set up beach chairs and have someone in your group occupy the area you want to have for  your wedding ceremony.  You can ask beach goers to move, but they are not required to grant your request. Many times they have too much in place to want to move for your wedding. 

Be nice to the environment and don’t use rice, confetti and silk flower petals on the beach.  The sea birds will try to eat anything and it will wash in the ocean when the high tides come up endangering the sea life. 

No glass of any shape or form is permitted on the beach.  Glass containers for the Sand Ceremony are not permitted.  Alcohol for toasts is not permitted for any reason nor the glass bottles they are in.  Glass containers of flowers can not be placed on the beach.  The wind can blow these right off the table, etc.

Any set up left on the beach after 7 PM will be collected by the Beach Patrol.

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