5 Reasons Why A Domestic Destination Wedding is Totally Awesome

One of the untold secrets of throwing a truly memorable wedding is choosing a magical and romantic wedding location. We love the idea of a destination wedding, but if you don’t want to travel super far for your nuptials, then we’ve uncovered some gorgeous beach-wedding venues in Florida and South Carolina that are not only ideal for a beachside wedding but also perfect places for family and friends to enjoy some relaxing fun under the sun! So, if you’ve never considered a domestic destination wedding on the beach, here are 5 reasons why we highly recommend saying “I Do” at one of these domestic beach-wedding venues. You can’t go wrong with great locations and ideal amenities at an excellent value!

1. Beautiful Beaches Without Long Travel Times

Depending on where you live, flights to a beach location in the U.S. are going to be more affordable and the flights will likely be shorter than somewhere outside the United States. You don’t have to travel too far to have a beautiful beach destination wedding and a perfect example of this is Hilton Head in South Carolina, which is home to some of the most beautiful beaches on the East Coast. We’re particular fans of the Holiday Inn Resort Beach House at Hilton Head because you and your guests won’t break the bank getting to the resort or staying there, which makes it a win-win for everyone.

2. A More Exclusive Guest List

If you’re a couple that has a long list of “maybes” that you are struggling to eliminate from your wedding list, a domestic destination could be your answer. By nature of having your guests travel for your big day, it is almost a sure thing that the “not so close” friends and obligatory invites will likely RSVP no. Having a destination wedding (even if it’s not too far) will help reduce your wedding guest list.

3. The Wedding is an Experience

The best part about having a destination wedding is that the entire wedding is an experience that everyone can enjoy, through and through. Everyone will most likely take your destination wedding as an opportunity to have a mini vacation and spend some quality R+R time before and after your big day. So, in reality your wedding is a gift to your guests, a much-needed vacay from the real world.

4. Stress-Free Wedding

Just because you aren’t headed to a distant destination, who says you can’t have the hospitality and luxury of one? We searched far and wide for gorgeous beach locations and our friends at Holiday Inn Resorts® offer genuine hospitality that your guests will truly appreciate (bonus: no language barrier). From family-friendly amenities to special booking rates for weddings, the wedding planning teams at Holiday Inn properties ensure you have everything that you need to have a remarkable and memorable wedding day. So, say “bye-bye” to stressful wedding planning and “hello” to hospitality!

5. Wedding + Honeymoon Rolled in One!

We saved the best reason for last! When you have a destination wedding, you can kick start your honeymoon. If you’re thinking of budget-friendly ways to save money on the biggest day of your life, consider having a domestic destination wedding and simply extending your stay. You’ll feel so comfortable staying at these Holiday Inn Resort properties because their newest designs really embody the look and feel as though you’re at a home, rather than a typical hotel. What more could you ask for?

Our Favorite Domestic Beach Destination Wedding Venues

Holiday Inn Resort Beach House at Hilton Head

Location: South Carolina, United States
Type of Views: On the shoreline of Coligny Beach in South Carolina sits Holiday Inn Resort Beach House. Located right on the water, you can start your day in Hilton Head by taking a dip in the pool then going for a swim in the ocean just a few steps away. You definitely will feel the island love at this resort because you can watch the beach sunset from your room every night!
Why You Should Consider It: At the Holiday Inn Resort Beach House, your dream beach wedding can become a reality. Whether you’re looking for a romantically intimate ceremony on the sand or a sophisticated grand ballroom for the party of a lifetime, the Holiday Inn Resort Beach House can host over 200 people for a wedding ceremony and offers a variety of catering options (sit down, buffet, standing or family style).
Perks & Amenities: Bridal suites, hotel room blocks, A/V equipment, free high-speed internet in all rooms, a gym, local shops/restaurants, beachside pool, complimentary parking, and kids stay free. The resort is also handicap accessible. Couples can choose from a complimentary upgrade or a complimentary night for bride/groom.
Starting Price: $75/night for a standard room, $103/night for a suite
Description of Venue: With stunning panoramic views of the ocean, the Holiday Inn Resort Beach House is the perfect location for a wedding and romantic honeymoon. Spend all day lounging at the pool and beach, grab a cocktail at the bar before dining at the restaurant, and dance the night away as newlyweds on the beach!
Bonus Perk: Holiday Inn Resort Beach House at Hilton Head is home to the legendary Tiki Hut bar right on the sand. So you can dance to live music with your love while sipping on some pineapple margaritas!

Holiday Inn Resort Fort Walton Beach

Location: Florida, United States
Type of Views: Located along the Gulf of Mexico, the Holiday Inn Resort Fort Walton Beach offers couples a coastal destination without having to leave the country. At this resort, the beach is just outside your room where you also have access to multiple pools, a beachside bar, and a memorable panoramic view of the ocean.
Why You Should Consider It: For a breathtaking and romantic backdrop, Holiday Inn Resort Fort Walton Beach is the ultimate destination. Hosting up to 150 guests, the resort offers all the accommodations for a dream wedding. This includes: lighting, sound, setup, cleanup, booking outside vendors, various catering styles (such as sit down, buffet or cocktail), and much more!
Perks & Amenities: Hotel room blocks, discounted wedding guest room rates, wedding beach ceremony and ballroom wedding reception packages, customized poolside reception package, vendor recommendation list, AV equipment, high-speed internet in all rooms, gym, indoor/outdoor pools, kids stay free, and complimentary parking. The resort is also handicap accessible.
Starting Price: $107/night
Description of Venue: This beachside resort is the ultimate romantic getaway. Plan your beach wedding with all your family and friends then after they leave, you can stay awhile for the most relaxing honeymoon. You can lounge by the beach and pool and partake in fun activities like beach cruises!
Bonus Perk: Movies in the pool! That’s right, Holiday Inn Resort Fort Walton Beach offers “Dive-in” movies!

Holiday Inn Resort Pensacola Beach Gulf Front

Location: Florida, United States
Type of Views: Walk onto your balcony and take in the crystal clear, bright aqua blue hues of the Florida coastline from your room every morning. White powder sand and the most gorgeous water is right at your feet at the Holiday Inn Resort Pensacola Beach Gulf Front. If you’re looking to wake up to the most beautiful ocean every morning, look no further.
Why You Should Consider It: Dreaming of the perfect Pensacola beach wedding? The resort makes it so easy with a team of expert planners on hand to help you choose your vendors, flowers, makeup, music, and more! All you have to do is grab your dress, kick off your heels, and get excited for the best day of your life (made so easy).
Perks & Amenities: Free high-speed internet in all rooms, gym, indoor/outdoor pools, kids stay free, and complimentary parking
Starting Price: $132/night for a standard room, $140/night for a suite
Description of Venue: Holiday Inn Resort Pensacola Beach Gulf Front is the ultimate destination as a wedding and honeymoon venue without the tremendous price tag. Wake up to an amazing beach, lounge by the pool, and grab sunset drinks. It feels so exotic at the resort, you won’t believe you’re still in the country!
Bonus Perk: Outdoor whirlpool! Grab a floaty and enjoy the ride.


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