The reception details take considerable focus, but the ceremony itself is the main event. Plan ahead to ensure your nuptials are both memorable and legally binding!  

The ceremony isn’t just a beautiful moment between two people in love; it’s a binding event in the eyes of both the local government and, depending on your personal preference, your house of worship, and there are several things you need to do before you say “I do.” Before you can walk down the aisle, you need to make sure you’ve filled out all the forms — dotting your “I”s and crossing your “T”s. 

Setting – and sticking to! – your wedding budget is the key to pulling off the perfect party without losing your shirt.

Marrying the love of your life is a dream come true. But in all the fun of dreaming up the details of your big day, it’s easy to get caught up in the fantasy — and forget all those magical little elements really add up. That’s why it’s important to be realistic about your budget.

When Michelle and Jason Munsell set their wedding date for Oct. 30, 2016, Michelle’s father cautioned them about the time of year they were planning to say “I do.”

“My dad kept saying, ‘It’s hurricane season, are you sure you want to do it in October?’” says Michelle. But given the Lowcountry’s history with hurricanes, the couple knew chances were slim that their destination wedding would be derailed by weather woes.

Lori Goodridge CribbWith gorgeous surroundings, beautiful weather year-round and a variety of luxurious accommodations, the Lowcountry is a world-class wedding destination.

All of these factors draw many highly talented wedding professionals to the area, but with so many fabulous vendors and venues to choose from, how do you know where to start?

Putting the ‘Happy’ in Your Happily Ever After

Traditions evolve and trends change, but weddings will always elicit the same emotions, whether you’re the groom or the guest. And any event filled with love, joy and hope deserves to be breathlessly anticipated and exceptionally well planned. 

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Trascontinental romance sprouted at Hilton Head Island restaurant

Not every pair of newlyweds gets a restaurant menu item named after them. But not every couple’s love story is quite like Justine Hale and Nikola Milosev’s.

Childhood memories brought first-kiss sweethearts back to Hilton Head

They may have married young, but Morgan Welch Blackburn, 21, and Robert “Robby” Blackburn, 24, had a pretty long courtship, considering.

“They were first kiss sweethearts,” says Amy Welch, who helped her daughter Morgan plan the June 11 wedding at Harbour Town Yacht Club. “They met in parochial school; she was in his little sister’s class and she fell in love with him at 12 years old.”

Tropical storm can’t spoil couple’s Harbour Town wedding

Though she grew up in Pennsylvania and lives in Colorado, Katie Koropey Windmoeller had long dreamed of having an outdoor wedding on Hilton Head. 

“We chose Hilton Head because I went there every summer, and we’ve had a house there for many years. It’s kind of my special place. And that’s where Jason proposed,” Windmoeller says. “Plus it was always my dad’s dream to see one of his daughters get married on the 18th hole of Harbour Town Golf Links.”

There’s a lot to love about weddings this fall. See what’s new!

Weddings are wildly diverse variations of essentially the same exact thing: Two people in love, pledging their commitment to each other for life. No two weddings are alike, because no two couples are alike, and that’s what makes every single wedding uniquely special.

bridalcontestHere come the brides!

We asked couples who attended Hilton Head Monthly's 2016 Hilton Head Bridal Show to submit an engagement photo for a chance to have their wedding featured in an upcoming issue. Photos were posted to our Facebook page and readers voted on their favorite couple using "likes."

With 612 "likes," the winning couple was Jason Johnson and Carolyn Harvey. The big date is set for Sept. 24, 2016. We will feature the wedding in an upcoming special bridal section.

Thanks to all who voted!

Palmetto Bluff wedding a true family affair

The Oct. 17, 2015, wedding of Michelle “Shelly” (Caskey) and Charles “Trey” Fore, III was a storybook Lowcountry event. The destination wedding for the couple, who live in Greenville, SC, and 100 family members and friends began on Friday evening with a Lowcountry Boil at the inn’s Moreland Landing, which guests attended via the trolley through Wilson Village in the picturesque Palmetto Bluff. Hosted by the groom’s parents, the night included dinner and live entertainment by a duo, with a special serenade from the bride to her groom.

Sea Pines Beach Club the perfect venue for North Carolina couple

Meredith and Patrick Richling’s beach wedding at Sea Pines Beach Club was picture-perfect, right down to a well-placed cloud.

The Fayetteville, North Carolina, couple, who married June 6, 2015, chose Hilton Head Island for its accessibility to both sides of the family — hers from Georgia and his from North Carolina. But after 15 months of ironing out details with wedding planner Beth Baldwin, a sudden storm cloud threatened to douse their beach dreams.

New York style meets Lowcountry charm at the perfect Westin wedding

Jerome Clark and Michelle Hall knew exactly what they wanted for their wedding — “Manhattan chic meets Southern charm.”

So when it came time to choose a location for their nuptials, Hilton Head Island seemed like the perfect fit. And after months of planning, their special day finally arrived. On May 23, 2015, Michelle and Jerome joined each other in love and matrimony at an intimate ceremony at The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa.