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NMB Beach Wedding Rules
There are licensing requirements for all businesses providing services or goods. If you are a Professional Wedding Planner and are working within the city limits, you must have a current City of North Myrtle Beach business license. This holds true even if your business is located out of town. All licenses must be available upon request by a city official. Any person or company you hire to provide services or goods must also possess a valid city license. This includes, but is not limited to:
If you are managing your own wedding and are hiring any business or individual to provide professional services, they must possess a valid city business license. Please contact our Business License Division at 843-280-5585 to enquire about valid licenses or for a list of currently licensed providers. Please remember that you are responsible for ensuring that all regulations and ordinances are followed.
Ministers who are not being paid for their services, e.g., ministers from your home town, are not required to possess a city license to marry you.
You may not reserve a place on the beach for your wedding. If you go to a certain location on the beach to hold your wedding, and you discover that another wedding group is already there, you can either move your wedding to another location or wait for your turn. Hundreds of beach weddings are held in North Myrtle Beach each year and we encourage you to be prepared, flexible and patient.
Remember: No individual, provider, or company can monopolize any set location. Although more weddings may be scheduled, the beach cannot be reserved. It is always available on a first-come-first-serve basis.
You may not insist on beachgoers moving from where they are when you arrive for your beach wedding. If you want to hold your wedding ceremony in a certain location and someone is already enjoying the beach at that location, you may ask them to consider a temporary move while you hold your ceremony, but they are not required to grant your request.
Your wedding must be held at least 25 feet from any public beach access. Beach walkovers and beach access points are for all to enjoy; please don’t hold your wedding ceremony on a beach access walkover or block the beach in front of a walkover. You must also leave room for emergency and beach patrol vehicles to pass on the dune side of your set-up.
Absolutely do not locate near sea turtle nesting areas. Any disturbance could jeopardize the future use of the beach as a wedding site.
Be aware that Cherry Grove Oceanfront Park (at Towers on the Grove) is a city park, not a private park. While it is a popular wedding location, it is also a public space. You may ask people to consider making a temporary move from the park while your wedding ceremony occurs, but they do not have to move, and other people have the right to walk through or settle in the park during your wedding ceremony. Remember, the passage through the beach walkover must be kept open at all times.
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Horry County Marriage License
To Obtain your South Carolina Marriage License, we recommend using the North Strand Satellite Office in Little River at 107 Hwy 57 North.
Other Office Locations
Main office in Conway at the Government & Justice Center, 1301 2nd Ave
South Strand Office located at 9630 Scipio Lane in Surfside Beach.
Make Appropriate Plans: There is a 24 hour wait between application and pickup of your Marriage License.
For information concerning marriage licenses, please call (843) 915- 8371 or (843) 915-8375. All other inquiries, please call (843) 915-5370.
Whether its a TRUE Beach Wedding on the sand by the sea, or at one of our preferred wedding ceremony locations, Grand Strand Vacations is here to help. Call us and let us know when you plan to “Tie the Knot” – We can help with all the plans to make your wedding special!