Anyone who knows Gina Jacobs knows she loves to cut a rug...

Since her husband, Rob, is a pastor at LowCountry Community Church in Bluffton, she gets to go to the weddings he performs, which ends up being seven or eight a year. 

“When people ask Rob to perform a wedding, they say, ‘Hey, is your wife going to come?’” the Bluffton Middle School guidance counselor said.

Getting married in the Lowcountry is a classic decision that never goes out of style. Sunsets on the beach, live oaks dripping with Spanish moss, Southern plantation clubhouses overlooking perfectly manicured grounds — couples would be hard-pressed to find more romantic wedding venues than the area we’re lucky enough to call home.

Threat of rain unable to spoil the big day

Kelly (Schuler) Hackman’s biggest wish for her wedding was that it take place outside. She and her groom, Dan Hackman, chose Colleton River Plantation Club — and the Lowcountry in general — for its breathtaking backdrops and gorgeous greens, which the Northern Kentucky natives were familiar with after vacationing here for many years.

But 2015 was a rainy year on Hilton Head, and the couple’s June 29 nuptials were nearly washed out.

Lowcountry the perfect destination for Arkansas couple

Tracey Mancini has been a wedding coordinator for 25 years. She’s seen countless brides walk down countless aisles. But some weddings — like Hayley and Jake Jackson’s — stay with her long after the “I dos” have been done.

“There are certain ones that absolutely stick out that I fall in love with, and Hayley and Jake’s wedding was one of them,” says Mancini, senior wedding and events specialist for Celebrations Catering & Events. “Hayley is beautiful, she was a stunning bide, but also so organized in the planning that she made it heavenly easy for me.”

Golfers find love off the course

Kendra Collins was on Bluffton High School’s golf team when she met J.D. Allison, a native of Houston who was attending the International Junior Golf Academy on Hilton Head Island.

“He said he saw me and fell in love with me,” says Kendra, who married her high school sweetheart at Windows on the Waterway in Hilton Head Plantation.

On the following pages, we’re going to dazzle you with trends and tips on how to pull off the perfect Lowcountry wedding in 2016. We’ll tell you what colors are hot, and how to use technology to take your nuptials from now to wow! We’ll share real wedding stories from brides and grooms who tied the knot last year using many of the amazing vendors we have right here on Hilton Head.

Once your engagement is announced, the planning process begins. This timeline will help keep you on track when it comes to planning a stress-free wedding. (Yes, it’s possible, right?)

While most toasts are for the bride and groom, may also be celebrated. The newlyweds may toast their bridesmaids and groomsmen, as well as their families, friends and guests. Make a toast sweet and short, try to include something personal, and consider throwing in a famous quote that will make those in attendance smile and or laugh.

Complete your perfect day with a memorable reception.

With all the fun that you will have planning your wedding, perhaps the part most enjoyed by brides and grooms is planning the reception.  Who doesn’t love a party? Especially one where they’ll eat, drink, dance and be merry with their family and friends, celebrating their marriage.

Though plenty of people can pull o hosting a wedding on their own, especially with lots of DIY projects, almost every wedding will require hiring professionals.

Luckily, the area is chalk full of top notch wedding industry professionals that are here to serve the booming destination wedding market! There are professionals for every budget, style and personality.

mustdo02Planning a wedding isn't all pearls, peonies and parties. Prenup discussions and marriage license applications are every bit as essential as the fun details.

You’ve met the love of your life and you’re ready to tie the knot. But how to propose, and what will you need to make it down the aisle? Here are a few tips to help you on the road to wedded bliss.

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