Hair & Wind Advice

GREAT ADVICE FROM 1550+ beach weddings experience ~  Margo cannot emphasize this enough… Nothing ruins your wedding photos like hair / bangs of a bride (or the daughter or mom or a bridesmaid) flapping loose, unpinned, unsprayed in your eyes and mouth due to wind whipping because:
  • It absolutely WILL flop in your  eyes when windspeed is 9+ mph – always
  • And now you have a large, hairy “squid” covering your face in pics!
  • Frustrated, clawing, hair-flipping distracted people SCOWL in your weddng photos
  • And all the after-poses HAVE to be in the same direction, same background, no creativity, no variations and some GREAT poses are impossible… cuz loose-hair-ladies must face the wind only.Seriously… Margo’s photos totally rock… don’t cut yourself off from that!!!

REMEMBER, it is WHIPPING WINDY at the beach 90% of the time!  If the forecast says wind speed is above 9 mph, then fix your hair tightly which means

  • BASIC: at least wear a decorated or simple headband with hairspray
  • BETTER: use bobby pins, combs, flowers, braids, and hairspray a lot
  • BEST for DIY.:  TON of strong hairspray, plus pins, plus combs or barrettes, a tiara, flowers, plus gel/wax and lots MORE HAIRSPRAY!
  • BEST OF ALL:  hire a pro hairdresser to style it right AND who has experience with beach weddings, PLUS insist on tons of hairspray.
  • This is true for men’s hair too!  High wind means he has Alfalfa sprouts or a large “divot” gap in his head in photos. USE LOTS OF HAIRSPRAY! TONS!
And another BIG FYI:  
WEAR your biggest and SHINY JEWELRY TODAY! This is a wedding…its one time only and special…and these are your once-in-a-lifetime wedding photos. So at least borrow some pearls, or a “big” necklace, wear shinier, nicer earrings, AND put on a nice bracelet.  Strapless or sundresses:  look VERY strange and bland without showy bling at neckline. Seriously, you look washed out, blah, bland, lifeless, and bluntly…it gives a vague visual hint of not really wanting to do this or dress up for this, as if you don’t care, kinda slap-dash…SO wear your showy bling, ladies! REALLY! Even a simple string of costume pearls is great! 
Hope this helps! 💖

Easy Steps for a Beach Wedding

An NC or SC beach is an amazing place for your special day…wilderness with amazing power, grace and beauty. So how do you throw a beach wedding? What do you do first?  Do you need a permit? What about weather? What about chairs, arbor, music, minister, catering or photography? What about guests travelling? And the cost?  No worries–the cost and the to-do list for a beach wedding is the same as any other type, and even LESS! (95% of these beaches are FREE–saves you thousands on a venue!)

Easiest Way for 30+ guests: A coastal wedding planner or coordinator can create any size wedding event with all the needed service people (called “vendors”) and troubleshoot any “emergencies.” Some planners offer multiple levels of service, depending on how much, or little, assistance you want. Take recommendations for GOOD planners, we recommend a few, or see reviews on The Knot, Wedding Wire, Gay Weddings, Rainbow Network, etc.

Easiest Way for Eloping or under 25 guests: Elope with your marriage license and 2 rings, hire a minister, book a beach hotel or condo, and wed barefoot in the sand, casual or dressy!  Hire a photographer or videographer to share your private wedding during a reception party back home. Want flowers or music?  We offer custom-made florist, real flowers (ordered to your specs) AND David is a flutist, click here! We also rent our powerful, self-contained, portable PA to play any songs in your cellphone or ipod.

Want it fancier?  Book a beach house or hotel, bring wedding rings, book a restaurant or caterer, book a band, rent or bring decorations and rent chairs, invite loved-ones to stand with you as bridesmaids and groomsmen, and/or wear formal clothes.

1. Set your budget. You can do a minimal, quick, casual beach wedding/elopement with nice photos, about $650. Or hire our minister only (with sand ceremony and many other perks!) for $300 (or $250 if your are active military/police/fire/EMS or doing a renewal).
2. Set your guest list, if any, and their needs. Such as beds, car parking, transportation to ceremony or reception, pet needs, dining, and the challenges of hot sun and soft sand for elderly or limited mobility. To be honest, the fewer the guests, the better… less stress, less expense, AND have a second celebration / reception back home too!  Consider the “politics” and social dynamics among your guests—do they distress or improve the quality of your wedding day? You can buy a photo slideshow or video record it for them if they are not invited.
3. Choose 1-3 favorite beach locations. If you are flexible on location, you might save money.
4. Choose 1-3 dates and times. If you can be flexible, you might save money.
6. Decide formal or casual dress codes.
8. Decide if you want rented chairs, arbor, and beach decorations (elderly and disabled need seats).
9. Decide if ordering food and a cake… choose family cooks, or professional catering, or book a restaurant or a combination.
10. Decide on: traditional or creative, religious or non-religious or spiritual vows and decorations.

1. Book your accommodations QUICKLY! As soon as you set your date and location. These fill up very fast at the beach so do NOT delay on this step. Do this FIRST!!!
2. Book an officiant (fyi–judges are legally prohibited from leaving the courthouse to perform weddings). If you want a non-religious ceremony, just say so… we are fine with that. Some other ministers are too.
3. Next, book photographers, videographers, musicians and caterers/restaurants. Ask questions and communicate clearly with them.
4. Contact food services, rental businesses, beauty salons, florists and transportation companies.
5. Meanwhile, send out invitations, get your wedding clothes, rings, license, decorations, and beach vacation supplies.
6. (Renewals:  skip #6 & 7, no license needed) Within 60 days of your wedding date, get your marriage license at the NC Register of Deeds or SC Probate Office (license must match location of ceremony, NOT your home state). Call that office beforehand to confirm which IDs to bring along.


  • Most NC & SC beaches are public property so you may marry almost anywhere.
  • Weather over this geographical area is remarkably stable and predictable, Sunny 85% of the time and infrequent rain showers pass over within 5-15 minutes. Hurricanes are scarce, normally short-lived, and can be predicted. Midday extreme heat is biggest issue…CLICK HERE for that advice. Climate change is very real here.
  • Beach Permits: Wrightsville Beach, Fort Fisher and Myrtle Beach State Park require one for different fees, but the 70+ others we serve, do not. Oak Island has a free, optional one thats intended for large wedding parties with several cars attending.
  • City of Myrtle Beach restricts most beach weddings, please click HERE for that info. Weddings on patios or lawns overlooking the beach are private property and not included in city restrictions.
  • North Myrtle Beach is a separate city from Myrtle Beach. NMB (aka Cherry Grove) welcomes and allows beach weddings for free.
  • Most ceremonies last 7 – 15 minutes and the whole event may take about 1 hour, depending on wording, photo time, parking issues, stragglers, wardrobe hiccups, weather delays, etc.
  • Guests would travel to your hometown for a home wedding, so they can just as easily travel to the shore and this doubles as a vacation!
  • For best results follow the instructions your hired vendors give you. Don’t ignore it…we know what we are saying and we can tell you nice alternatives too.  Ask questions; ask for advice! Communicating clearly and openly helps. Now go have fun!

Rain, Weather & Summer Heat

Weather is our specialty!  Good news–Less than 1% of our 1,500+ beach weddings were altered due to Rain! Besides being “charmed” 😉 here’s why:

For the coastline area between Wilmington NC and Myrtle Beach SC, the weather is relatively stable and dry. Rainfall is very brief, real storms are few, and sunshine is plentiful. Why?  The geography affects the atmosphere and weather pattern:  the North Carolina coastline curves inward as it becomes South Carolina. See red circle on this map, at right.

That inward curve creates a weak eddy (“whirlpool”) in the atmosphere overhead, and that eddy sweeps rainstorms inland or out to sea!  Often, it storms in Wilmington NC or in Myrtle Beach SC, but remains clear and sunny skies inside that red circle.  Thus national forecasts for the beach here, are always very wrong.  So we recommend you avoid the “r” word, disallow joking and worrying about it, and think only “clear, calm weather” instead. Don’t manifest the “r”.  Think about clear, calm, dry light breezes and perfect weather!

Friend, it DOES get wet here sometimes…in 5-20 minute scattered showers. It may not come down at all where your ceremony is, but sprinkling on the next block! So if it sprinkles on you, just wait a few minutes… it will leave soon:

  • Want to accurately track those scattered showers in real time?  Download the free cellphone apps “Raindar” and “AccuWeather” and “My Radar” that we use.
  • Also if THESE forecasters says 30% chance or less of precipitation, then no worries. If its 50% or less, you MIGHT wait a few minutes if it comes to your neighborhood.


  • May, June, July and August mid-days are VERY HOT (heat index of 100+ degrees–seriously! Its scorching hot!! Climate change is real here), so its humid, sweaty/sticky, searing bright sun (want no-sunglasses during ceremony?), and crowded-with-noisy-tourists on the beach between 8:30 am and 5:00 pm EVERY day – so avoid then!
  • A beach breeze will not help at 100 degrees in direct sun!
  • Painful sunburns happen within a 1-5 minutes between 10-2 pm for fair skinned.  Use sunblock especially on kids.
  • You can hope for overcast skies, but its rare and temporary, plus the humidity and crowds will stay.
  • The best time for weddings is sunrise time (about 6-6:30 am) or the last hour before sunset (about 7-7:30 pm).We have done over 1,500 weddings here–we have seen midday weddings suffer from burning heat, wilted & fallen expensive hairdos and sweat blotchy clothes, crying burned kids, burned feet, crowds, and blinding sun.Go early or late instead of midday. Seriously.


Myrtle Beach Prohibits Most Beach Weddings

The laws of the City of Myrtle Beach, SC prohibit commercial beach weddings within city limits — see details here online (scroll down on link): They offer 1 exception–its allowed above the high tide line at a few older oceanfront hotels that were “grandfathered” in (such as The Sea Mist Resort).

However, non-commercial weddings ARE allowed everywhere there. What’s the difference?

  • “Commercial” is when you pay ANY people to do their work ON the beach (such as minister, musician, photographer, etc).
  • “Non-commercial” is when ALL your services and people are 100% volunteers, no payments made.


  • these laws do NOT apply to ceremonies being held on the lawns, patios, gardens and pools of oceanfront hotels/resorts OVERLOOKING the ocean…that is private property.
  • Also, some oceanfront hotels have a “Myrtle Beach SC” address online, but actually sit OUTSIDE official city limits–so you can do your ceremony there! For example, it is allowed on the beach inside the Myrtle Beach State Park because its outside MB city limits.
  • Southern city limit line – the Springmaid Pier itself is the city-limit line (right side of that pier allows beach weddings; left side is no).
  • Northern city limit line -Starts at The Dunes Beach Club (about around the start of Shore Drive).

We strongly suggest using other nearby great locations at North Myrtle Beach or the State Park, or in Surfside…beautiful, nearby, neighboring beaches that allow all weddings and no permits needed!

Earned our 9th & 10th Awards!

David and Margo Sears, co-owners and operators of Beachpeople Weddings, are pleased to announce being 2017 ­recipients of two more service excellence Awards in the wedding industry.  This brings their grand total of professional awards to 10 since 2013. What does that mean? This means they remain among the top 2% of 250,000+ wedding vendors.

Voters were 93 former clients who benefited from Beachpeople Weddings photography and officiating service packages, thus ratifying these prestigious awards from The Knot and Wedding Wire websites, two national media leaders in this industry.  Readers may view clients’ vivid commentaries and perfect 5-stars ratings on their respective websites.

Additionally, the photography of Margo Ross Sears made the covers of two regional wedding magazines in 2016 and 2015: Weddings with Pride and The Perfect Wedding Planner, the latter of which Margo also is a featured writer and advice columnist. A third magazine cover photo is currently in negotiations for 2017. See more of her work on 

“We’ve married more than 3,100 people and no two weddings are alike. We attract the most interesting, fun-loving people here at the beach, which is just logical, given the happy nature of typical beachpeople,” commented Rev.  Margo. “Photos? You can see hundreds on our Facebook with more than 1,800 Likes!  Interesting to me… even people with NO wedding plans watch us there just for the eye-candy. They comment and tell us what they think!”

“We are so blessed to be offer these personal services! Our couples tell us they love the warm attention and enthusiastic support we give. In turn, this gives us a real quality of life.  And a part of why our weddings are so awesome is due to the wonderful local businesses to which we refer clients daily, such as bakers, restaurants, hotels, salons, a florist, and many more,” says Rev. David.

To learn more about the Sears and Beachpeople Weddings, visit


Chairs and Arbor Advice

We do not offer seating/chairs or arbors HOWEVER: 

  1. Out of 1,500+ weddings, 70% didn’t use seating, 90% didn’t use an arbor or arch.
  2. Rental biz takes several hours of hard labor, storage, maintenance… but it’s just Dave & Margo at BeachPeople Weddings, so we spend all our time and resources on your ceremony, your photos and YOU.
  3. IF needed, we recommend good rental companies (click here) but read on… 

SEATING ADVICE:  Wedding ceremony lasts about 10 mins + guests assembling (5-15 mins) + photos session afterward (30-60 mins).

  • If some guests are elderly, handicapped, pregnant, then having seats/chairs is good.
  • If you have fewer than 30 guests and no elderly or handicapped, consider no chairs.  Letting them stand in an half-round formation around the couple & officiant (click here to see that in our Facebook album photos).
  • Or consider bringing out a few folding chairs for the “first row” of special guests (parents, g-parents, elders, handicapped), and invite fit guests to stand around them.
  • If you rent chairs/seats or an arbor, we recommend renting from vendors we know and trust (avoid rusty, greasy, broken ugly chairs!) – click this link to see a list of Rental websites here: Suggested Vendors webpage
  • When asking for quotes, be sure to ask for delivery fee and setup fee…those are 2 more separate fee!

ARBOR ADVICE:  The beach itself is very unique and lovely backdrop alone. With officiating, we include an artful demarcation of your wedding site with our unique sand grooming and seashells heart at your feet, and the cast iron hook-and-shell horn. But, some people like the extra color and framing of an arbor in their photos… so its a personal taste thing!  FYI: arbors can be white PVC (shiny plastic), painted metal, or bamboo wood. They can be 4 or 2 posts. The thinner, lighter ones are cheaper AND VERY LIKELY to fall over in the wind and soft sand beach (especially with fabric draped on them). Those with 4 posts, chunkier and professionally well-anchored with metal stakes 2 feet deep, are safe, worthy and much more lovely.  FYI:  about 50% of the “homemade” arbors we’ve seen don’t work out…hard to transport, delicate, breakable, not anchorable, not wind resistant, and falls right over. Honestly, if you want an arbor, shop around and rent one from trusted pros.