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This guide to getting married in Greenville, SC is packed full of all the tips and information you might need along the way.
Average Cost and Size of Wedding in Greenville, SC
The average starting cost of a wedding in Greenville, SC is roughly $25,000 which is slightly above the national average of $20,286. The average guest count of a Greenville, SC wedding is 100. The cost and guest count of your wedding will dictate many different aspects of your wedding plans, so it’s important to get them nailed down early.
Pro Tip: Have a conversation about your wedding budget early, and include anyone who is contributing to it. Once you have a set budget try to prioritize what’s most important to you. Then, break it down into how much you’re willing to spend in each category (i.e., Venue, Catering & Bar, Photography, etc.). That way you have some sort of idea of what you can spend as you start interviewing vendors. And if you’re confused and overwhelmed about how much to allocate, find a good Wedding Planner to help you.
Popular Times to Get Married in Greenville, SC
The two most popular seasons to get married in Greenville, SC are spring and fall, specifically May and October. The weather in Greenville is ideal during both of these seasons: it’s not too hot nor too cold. During the spring, everything is blooming. Greenville is situated so close to the mountains that in the later months of Fall you get the privilege of seeing the leaves change color!
Pro Tip: Be sure to check out the calendar of events happening in Greenville because there are several festivals, events, and Clemson and Furman football games that could impact the city a little more than a normal weekend. There might be more traffic, hotels might be booked more quickly (& at higher rates), vendors may be booked, etc.
Marriage Requirements in Greenville, SC
One thing that confuses couples is how to legally get married. You have to legally have a marriage license in your hands before you can get married.
Here are the current steps to getting legally married in Greenville, SC:
- 2-4 weeks before your wedding, apply for a marriage license by visiting any county probate court in South Carolina. Greenville County is currently accepting applications online. Do not wait until a couple of days before your wedding to apply for your marital license in case there are any mishaps.
- Complete the Marriage License Worksheet.
- When the Probate Court emails your application to you, review it carefully. If everything looks correct, sign it, and send it back to the Probate Court.
- Wait on the Probate Court to mail your license to you. There will be 3 copies for you, your fiance, and your minister or Officiant to sign. You will keep one copy. The DHEC and Probate Court copies need to be mailed back to the Probate Court within 15 days of your wedding.
Be sure to read all of the instructions on the Greenville County Probate Court’s website carefully.
Pro Tip: A certified copy of your marriage license is not sent to you after your wedding. You will need certified copies in order to change your name. Go ahead and request that the Probate Court send you 3 certified copies (currently $5 + $0.25 per page) when you send your signed license.
Greenville, SC has a large variety of styles of wedding venues to fit any wedding design and vision. Each venue includes different things, so be sure to gather your details and information. Some of my favorite wedding venues in Greenville, SC are:
If you have any guests traveling to Greenville to celebrate your wedding with you, it’s common courtesy to secure hotel room blocks at a discounted rate for them. You can also list AirBnB options on your wedding website for those individuals who would prefer to stay in a house. Here are some of my favorite accommodations in Greenville:
- The Hyatt Downtown
- The Westin Poinsett
- The AC Hotel
- Springhill Suites
- Embassy Suites
- Greenville AirBnB’s
Pro Tip: Consider using a service like Where Will They Stay? To help you book your hotel room blocks. The service is completely free to use!
Rehearsal Dinner Locations in Greenville, SC
One of the things Greenville is known for is its unique restaurants. You have several options of locations to host your Rehearsal Dinner. Here are some of my favorites:
Wedding Planners in Greenville, SC
One of the best things you can do for yourself and your vendors is hire a Wedding Planner. A Wedding Planner can help you tackle your long list of to-dos and point you in the right directio as you start hiring your vendors. She will also be a huge help to you when it comes time to coordinate all the little details for your wedding day.
Luckily, there are several highly sought after Planners in Greenville. A few that I highly recommend are:
You might be interested in reading Greenville, SC Wedding Planners You’ll Love Working With.
Wedding Dress Shops in Greenville, SC
When it comes to buying your wedding dress, you want to be pampered. You want to know that your wedding dress is in good hands and that you have expert advice to guide you as you choose the best fit and style for you. If you’re looking to buy your wedding dress in Greenville, I recommend checking out The Poinsett Bride and The White Magnolia.
Greenville, SC Wedding Inspiration
Looking for some inspiration for your wedding? Here are a few of my favorite weddings that I have had the privilege of photographing:
- Zen Wedding | Haley & David
- AC Hotel & Pretty Place Wedding | Paige & Matt
- Avenue Wedding | Bonnie & Clayton
- Commerce Club Wedding | Anna & Nick
Hopefully this guide to getting married in Greenville, SC was helpful! As a final tip, I would encourage you to reach out to your favorite vendors as early as possible. Many of the most sought after venues, photographers, floral designers, and planners book out over a year in advance.