Garden City Beach, SC

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.

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