Tie The Knot On Tybee Island: Your Complete Wedding Guide
Destination weddings are incredible. The thrill of an exciting new experience and the sense of intimacy with a close-knit group of attendees is well worth it. As with any wedding, however, the planning stage can feel like a monumental task. From the venue to the vittles, this guide to planning a Tybee Island wedding will make your special day a breeze.
On the eve of your wedding, you’ll likely want to hold a rehearsal dinner with your guests. Have a sweet shindig in one of Hotel Tybee’s ballrooms or rent space at the Tybee Island Social Club. The Tybee Island Guard House is also a viable, more traditional option.
The big day merits a gorgeous venue. Go the formal route with a ceremony at the stunning Tybee Island Wedding Chapel, or choose a more casual setting with toes-in-the-sand nuptials. A rustic wedding on the grounds of the island’s historic lighthouse is a memorable choice, too. Tybee Island requires special events permits for some weddings, depending on the locale.
For the reception, take the fête elsewhere — this is your chance to make a statement. For instance, the pier and pavilion are ideal for extraordinary views. The American Legion gives your festivities a down-home feel. Or take the party to Memorial Park for an earthy vibe. Tybee offers flexibility and the opportunity to get creative!
For everything from flowers to place settings, Posh Petals and Pearls has you covered. Their design sense is impeccable and their aim is to bring your wedding dreams to reality. Their work has even been featured in Southern Living Magazine! For a super authentic Tybee Island wedding planner, look no further than Savannah Beach Weddings! Owner Jennifer Palmer is as thorough as they come, ensuring that your big day is absolutely divine.
A wedding isn’t complete without an ordained officiant. Stephen Palmer of Stephen Palmer Weddings is a trusted and personable officiant of Tybee Island and nearby Savannah since 2005. He not only officiates weddings– he also renews vows and will even file your marriage license post-ceremony.
Capture the moment forever with local photographers who know the area well and can determine good spots to shoot. Shannon Christopher is a beloved photographer who specializes in engagement and wedding shoots that showcase the moment in an unposed way. Wen McNally is another talented local photographer. She loves playful shots and features couples’ personalities well.
Gerald’s Pig and Shrimp caters coastal cuisine and BBQ for special events on the island, as does the famed Crab Shack. And for Caribbean flair fit for an island wedding, North Beach Bar and Grill is your go-to caterer. Or, for smaller gatherings, put together a large picnic to enjoy outdoors.
Have guests plan to stay in one of the island’s many colorful vacation homes or beachfront hotels and enjoy a little getaway of their own. With local attractions galore, they’ll enjoy their time on Tybee Island before and after the big day.
The island offers many modes of transportation. Ride bikes around the island or rent golf carts for larger groups. And on the big night, grab a ride in a Crab Cab or Tybee Turtle Transit in lieu of a designated driver!
One of the best things about tying the knot on Tybee Island is that you’re already in honeymoon paradise! Reserve a suite at one of the island’s charming bed-and-breakfasts. Be sure to let the B&B staff know it’s your honeymoon– many places provide special accommodations for newlyweds. Top off the experience with a seaside couples massage from Tybee Beach Massage and relax together as the new Mr. and Mrs.!
Jess Brannen is Visit Tybee’s Social Media Coordinator. She graduated from Armstrong State University with her BA in English and Professional Communications. Jess is a Savannah native and loves playing with Sir Charles Barkley, her neurotic golden retriever, and watching reruns of Martha Stewart’s cooking shows while eating chocolate.