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Getting Married in South Carolina: The Logistics

South Carolina is home to so many gorgeous wedding venues from beaches to college campuses to inns and private estates, and more. Many of my clients have called South Carolina home at one point in their life, whether they grew up here, went to college here, or live here now. That sentimental connection makes their SC weddings even more special.

And there’s no wrong time to get married in South Carolina. Like anywhere in the Mid Atlantic, the weather may be unpredictable, but the scenery is unparalleled at weddings in SC and the scenery of the beaches and rivers cannot be beat.

Of course, every state has their own rules on how to get married, so we’re breaking down the South Carolina wedding logistics for you here:


  • You and your fiance(e), provided you are both over 18 and not related.

  • Your officiant who can be any of the following: a judge or assistant judge, a justice of the peace, an ordained or licensed minister, a rabbi, or a priest. If your rabbi, priest, or minister is from another state, you must have them authorized by the probate court in the district where you are getting married.

  • You are not required to have witnesses in the state of South Carolina.


  • A SC marriage license is $60 plus $10 if you want a certified copy.

  • After you have your license, give it to your officiant. They must fill it out after the ceremony and return it to the town clerk within ten days of the ceremony.

  • You will need to provide the following information to obtain your marriage license: your name, date and place of birth, and town of residence; your parents’ names and the states in which they were born; and statistical information including your race, education level, and any previous marriages you may have had. They may require proof of this information (birth certificates, divorce decrees, etc.).


  • If you are a resident of the state of South Carolina, you must obtain your marriage license in the town where you reside. Afterward, you can get married anywhere in the state.

  • If you are not s SC resident, you must obtain your marriage license in the county where your ceremony will take place.


  • There is no waiting period to get married after you have obtained your marriage license.

  • If you do not get married within 60 days of being issued your license, you will have to purchase a new one.

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