The laws of the City of Myrtle Beach, SC prohibit commercial beach weddings within city limits — see details here online (scroll down on link): www.cityofmyrtlebeach.com/faq.html. 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.
BUT GOOD NEWS:
- 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!