Know the Rules About Wedding Locations

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina Wedding Locations

Boasting spectacular vistas of the Atlantic coastline, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, beach wedding locations offer more than just romance, they offer memories that will last a lifetime. A variety of options to serve as the backdrop to you nuptials can also mean a variety of rules and regulations. A Myrtle Beach area wedding planner can help you decipher what paperwork you may need, along with any location rules, but if you want to plan it on your own and on public property within the City of Myrtle Beach, here are some things to know:

City of Myrtle Beach public beach: Commercially produced weddings are not permitted on the public beach. Non-commercial weddings are allowed on the public beach.

City of Myrtle Beach private portions of the beach: Only a handful of oceanfront lots extend to the high tide line, and the city has no jurisdiction for either commercially produced or non-commercial weddings on those few lot extensions.

City of Myrtle Beach public parks in commercial areas, with reservation: Commercially produced and non-commercial weddings are permitted in public parks in the commercial areas of the city, with an approved Facility Use Permit. Contact City Hall at (843) 918-1008. Shelter rental is required if a shelter exists at the park ($25 for city residents; $42.75 for non-residents). For commercially produced weddings, if the Facility Use Permit is in the name of a company, insurance certification is required. Insurance certification is not required if the Facility Use Permit is in the name of the bride or groom.

City of Myrtle Beach public parks in commercial areas, without reservation: Commercially produced and non-commercial weddings are permitted without a Facility Use Permit. Other park users cannot be required to leave the park.

City of Myrtle Beach parks in residential areas, with reservation: Commercially produced weddings are prohibited. Non-commercial weddings are permitted with an approved Facility Use Permit. No insurance certificate is required. The city may deny a Facility Use Permit based on any factor, including traffic and neighborhood impact. Shelter rental is required if a shelter exists at the park ($25 for city residents; $42.75 for non-residents).

City of Myrtle Beach parks in residential areas, without reservation: Commercially produced weddings are prohibited. Non-commercial weddings are permitted with an approved Facility Use Permit. No insurance certificate is required. Other park users cannot be required to leave the park. Here is a list of city parks in commercial areas:

• Hurl Rock Park, Ocean Boulevard at 20th Avenue South
• Nance Plaza, Kings Highway at Ninth Avenue North
• Justin W. Plyler Boardwalk Park, Ocean Boulevard at Mr. Joe White Avenue (11th Avenue North)
• Chapin Park, Kings Highway at 16th Avenue North
• Anderson Family Park, Ocean Boulevard at 20th Avenue North
• Cameron Park, Ocean Boulevard at 27th Avenue North
• Woman's Club Park, Ocean Boulevard at Haskell Circle
• Futrell Park, Mr. Joe White Avenue and Dunbar Street
• Park at the former Air Force Base, Farrow Parkway or Myers Avenue

Beach Weddings

Most beach weddings will not require the issuance of a Special Event Permit. However, it is conceivable that a wedding could exceed the Special Event Permit threshold, and a permit would be necessary. The threshold for requiring a Special Event Permit is listed below:

  • Weddings with 500 or more participants.
  • Weddings with 101 or more chairs.
  • Weddings utilizing a tent.
  • Weddings that do not meet the standards listed below.

General guidelines for wedding requiring no permit are as follows:

  • The beach is considered a public area, and no one has exclusive use of any section of the beach. With this in mind, the following location issues are applicable:
  • No activities are allowed on the beach dunes.
  • No activities are allowed to block an emergency beach access.
  • Wedding must be conducted behind any established lifeguard umbrella lines.
  • Parking is allowed only in appropriate parking areas.
  • During the busiest beach season, May 1 through Labor Day, the following rules apply:
     
    • Weddings without chairs or other props, such as arbors, flower stands, arches, platforms, PA systems, etc. are allowed at any other time.
    • Weddings with chairs or other props, such as arbors, flower stands, arches, platforms, PA systems, etc., are allowed after 5:00 p.m. Setup is not allowed before 5:00 p.m.
    • Amplified sound is restricted to a portable system for use in the wedding ceremony.
    • All other federal, state, and local laws and ordinances must be adhered to.
       
  • A Horry County Business License is required for anyone who performs a service within the unincorporated areas of Horry County.
  • It is recommended that you not throw rice on the beach. There is also a county ordinance about feeding wild fowl, so throwing bird seed is also prohibited.
  • The releasing of Chinese lanterns is prohibited.
  • If you have additional questions, please contact Horry County Police Beach Patrol at (843) 915-7953.