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Tides Hotel on Folly Beach is a three-star oceanfront hotel situated in Folly Beach, South Carolina, nine miles from downtown Charleston. It is a one-minute walk to Folly Beach Fishing Pier and the beach from the hotel. The hotel offers wedding ceremony and reception packages as well as elopement packages. The 4,000 square feet of banquet space accommodates wedding receptions that include up to 300 wedding guests.
Pavilions. Pavilion A, Pavilion B and Pavilion C can be used separately or combined to create a 2883-foot space. The space holds as many as 240 wedding guests for a seated dinner and 300 guests for cocktails only.
Shipwatch. Shipwatch A and Shipwatch B, both of which have a balcony, can be used separately or combined to create a 960-foot space. The area holds up to 70 guests for a seated dinner and 50 guests for cocktails only. There is a pre-function space between the three Pavilion rooms and two Shipwatch rooms that provides entry to the balcony.
Beach. The hotel does not have access to a private beach space, so all wedding ceremonies take place on the public beach.
What You Should Know
The hotel offers full-service catering and the catering staff works with couples to design a menu that fits their tastes. Options range from a casual buffet to a formal dinner. Buffet choices include The Plantation Breakfast, The Lowcountry Breakfast, The Southern Afternoon Lunch and The Italian Lunch Buffet as well as The Pavilion Buffet Dinner. Couples also have a wide selection of passed hors d’oeuvres from which to choose.
Wedding professionals assist couples with coordinating all wedding details. The venue offers a variety of time frames for weddings from sunrise to sunset. Ceremony and reception wedding packages include a complimentary ocean front room on the wedding night and the night before the wedding.
There are two elopement packages that feature a ceremony on the sand. An Intimate Beach Ceremony includes Officiant Services, up to 20 white ceremony chairs and a bottle of champagne. A Beach Ceremony Package includes officiant services, white arbor, 40 ceremony chairs and a complimentary ocean front room and bottle of champagne for the wedding night. Additional items can be added.
Wedding guests are welcome to stay overnight in the hotel which provides a view of the Atlantic Ocean from every room. Other amenities include:
- Stylish rooms with contemporary furnishings and a balcony or patio
- Free WiFi, flat-screen TVs, mini-fridges and coffeemakers
- Outdoor beachfront heated pool
- Oceanfront seafood restaurant
- Poolside cafe and bar/lounge
- Room service
- 24-hour gym
- Free parking
- Pet friendly
From the Vendor
**Complimentary ceremony space. Now offering outdoor reception space on the oceanfront pool deck.** Ceremonies on the sand, large or small, the Tides on Folly Beach offers full service & catering on the Atlantic Ocean. Private, ocean-front reception space hosting from 10-300 guests.
Amenities + Details
For more details about amenities, please message the Venue.
$$$ – Moderate
Ballroom, Waterfront, Beach, Hotel, Restaurant
Food + Catering
Tides at Folly BeachReviewed on 7/09/2013 Claire W
We had our wedding on the beach at Tides Folly Beach and we loved it. Blair Stegall was the person that we spoke with and she did a fantastic job. The scenery was beautiful, the food was delicious, and the venue was awesome. I would not have changed a thing.
Best Wedding Ever!!!Reviewed on 10/31/2011 Loren D
I had my wedding yesterday at the Tides Hotel on Folly Beach. Their in house wedding coordinator, Blair, did a fabulous job dealing with me and my mom's craziness leading up to the wedding. She was nothing but calming, helpful and accommodating. Communication was slow via email, but every time I actually called she was available and helpful. We had a blast doing the food tasting and walk throughs. During the wedding weekend, the customer service staff was amazing in dealing with the huge amount of demanding guests we brought in. Everybody loved the hotel rooms, views, restaurant and atmosphere. Blair did a great job accommodating our hotel room needs like getting us a very late check out for us to get ready in one of the hotel rooms, transferring my suitcase to my honeymoon suite, etc. They did a great job getting vendors coordinated and in the right place. The florist somehow found me in my hotel room, the cake delivery went without a hitch, and I wasn't bothered about anything. There was one dilemma before the ceremony when the chair delivery that the Tides arraigned for our beach ceremony was not large enough. Blair did an excellent job breaking the news to my mom, with sandwiches and champagne and assuring us everything would be taken care of. The staff was a little slow in getting extra banquet chairs out to the ceremony location, but eventually they got our guests all seated and ready! The ceremony was very windy but completely gorgeous! We had a cocktail hour on the patio at Blu, most of which I missed but everyone raved about the food during this time. Then we moved inside for the reception that was in their restaurant, Blu. We had 120 people and they did an amazing job fitting all of the tables and making it not too cramped. We had some of our seating outside which worked out great and they had nice fire pits set up to keep things warm. We had a buffet meal and all of the guests raved about the food. The room looked beautiful with layout, decorations and set up which we left up to them. We had the time of our life dancing, mingling, and eating and the Tides took care of everything. Everyone said it was the best wedding they'd ever been to! Personalized, enjoyable, a great view and a good party! I can't say enough about Blair and the entire staff at the Tides.
Wonderful WeddingReviewed on 9/25/2011 Katelyn H
My wedding was an absolute dream come true. Blair was extremely helpful with every step in the planning process, was flexible and extremely patient with me :). She was there the day of to make sure everything went well. Not to mention the food was amazing! It was a bit on the pricey side, but I guess that's what I get for a beach wedding!
The day after my husband proposed, we decided we wanted to have a destination wedding. We live in Missouri, but most of our family is up north and in the Carolinas. We wanted to find a venue that would make planning a destination wedding as easy as possible, and the Tides did it all! My family had vacationed there a couple years ago, so I knew I loved the location and facility. Within the day of contacting them, Senior Sales Manager, Rachel Sneed responded. She answered the multitude of questions I had and responded to each and every phone call and email in a timely manner. She was particularly phenomenal in the few weeks leading up to our wedding when I kept receiving cancellations. She updated our BEO numerous times with our "Final Count." One of the best things about the Tides is that everything is on site. They make getting married easy! Any doubts we had about using their officiant were quickly put to rest when we met Hope Johnson. We met with her the Wednesday before our ceremony to go over our vows and responsibilities. She immediately made us feel at ease, and we bonded almost instantaneously. We could not have asked for a better person to marry us! She went above and beyond the day of our ceremony. As I was walking down in all my wedding finery to get married, I saw my groom in the hallway. I ducked behind a corner and was attempting to stay out of site when Hope came upon me. She rushed me (and my dog, Max!) through the back doors to her office, gave me a flute of champagne, and talked with me for the next 10 minutes before my ceremony. Any nerves I had were quickly forgotten, AND she kept me from seeing my soon-to-be. The staff at the Tides were amazing the entire week. I was astounded that they learned our names by the first day. They made us feel at home and were some of the kindest people I have ever met! A special shout out to Hunter! He went above and beyond during our stay! Thank you!!!
CautiousReviewed on 4/14/2015 Alisa M
They inappropriately charged my Grandmothers card over 2000 and tried to charge us for a bar tab that was not ours. It took a week of phone calls to resolve the issue and they were never apologetic
Loved itReviewed on 11/29/2014 Randi H
The accommodations were wonderful! My parents loved their room. Everyone at the hotel is so helpful and nice. The hotel itself is beautiful and so is the ocean view from the rooms.
Beautiful, affordable beach weddingReviewed on 10/18/2014
Our experience with Tides was mixed. In the time between signing our contract and our wedding, they changed our contact person without notifying us, leading to weeks of unanswered emails and calls. It finally came together in time for the wedding, though, and the event itself went great. The beach is gorgeous and adds so much to the atmosphere (and photos). We got married on the sand, then moved inside to a ballroom for our reception, where everything flowed smoothly. Our guests enjoyed the food and the scenery. There were a few minor snags: the groom's last name was misspelled on the menus, and the cake was served late, but overall it was the wedding we were hoping for and everyone had a good time. I'd recommend Tides as a wedding venue with the caveat to stay on top of the planning yourself (or hire a coordinator, which we didn't do).
Amazing Destination Wedding Venue!Reviewed on 9/28/2014 Alana D
We recently had our wedding at Tides Folly Beach and had an, overall, amazing experience. On our wedding day, there was a slight lack of communication and I was not told until the morning of that there was another wedding going on at the same time, which would result in me having to go through the back kitchen (dragging my dress through water on the ground) to get to my reception; however, the staff was amazing and even helped me hold my dress up so it wouldn’t get damaged and guided me to where I needed to be. The food was great—so good in fact, that nobody wanted to eat our wedding cake because they were so full after their four courses. During the reception, the only bathroom nearby backed up and started leaking sewage everywhere. The sewage leaked under the wall and onto the carpet in our reception room, but the staff was so apologetic, preparing a guest room for us to use as a bathroom, and even giving us a partial refund for the inconvenience. Our guests didn’t seem to mind (though, it could have been the alcohol that calmed their nerves haha). I would recommend Tides Folly Beach for any bride wanting a beach wedding. The beach is absolutely gorgeous, the pier makes for some amazing photos, the reception food and cakes are delicious, and most importantly, the staff is absolutely amazing—they will do their best to make sure your day is as close to perfect as possible. I am so incredibly happy with our choice to have our destination wedding at Tides Folly Beach! P.S. Make sure you put one of your friends on Beach Patrol to politely ask people to move out of the way so they will not be in your pictures. You would think people would be considerate enough to not sit between your arbor and the ocean, but they aren’t. We had one of our friends go ask everyone to move and they did—except for one woman who was on her cell phone and got the privilege of being photoshopped out of our pictures. haha
VERY GOODReviewed on 11/29/2013 TRICIA C
Not HappyReviewed on 12/10/2012 Whitney S
I was just looking for venues in the area and had been talking with Blaire about their venues. I set an appointment 2 weeks in advance with Blaire, coming from out of state to see the venues and talk prices. When I got to Tides, they knew I had an appointment, but Blair was not there, Heather was the one that showed us around the hotel. Heather was very nice but knew NO INFORMATION. I asked about prices, availability, etc and Heather stated that she didn't know any of it and would have to check with Blair (and Blair didn't answer her phone when Heather tried to call her to get my questions answered). It was a BIG waste of our time, gas, and efforts!
Tides gave me my perfect wedding!!Reviewed on 10/07/2012 Monica M
Working with the Tides was great! Blair made everything so easy, and the staff the day of the wedding were on top of everything!! everything was amazing! We live in Charleston but being at the Tides for the weekend was like being on vacation, 99% of our guests were out of town and having everyone all together was great!
Beach BrideReviewed on 5/15/2012 Lindsey L
We had our rehersal dinner at the Tides Hotel. The food was delicious and the staff was excellent. The space provided was perfect for our party. We also had an after dinner cocktail party which was also hosted by the Tides and they did a great job of setting that up as well. I gave them 4 stars only because the person that was assigned to host our event was at times stressful given the time sensative matter because she would not respond to questions for a few days and was a little bit distracted.
Wonderful place, expected more thoughReviewed on 10/14/2011 Jody C
I loved this place, it was absolutely beautiful and my wedding was wonderful. I had two big issues with it though. My first issue was that I could never get in touch with the manager in charge of weddings. We gave up on calling her and leaving messages because she never once returned them. Even the week before my wedding we had to email her three times just to get one response, with the exception of when money was involved. If we were paying for something then we got a response within 24 hours. My second issue is that we had on our contract that we had also rented out the outside deck. Later that night when I complained that there were people on the deck, not with the wedding drinking from our bar, they told us we did not rent the deck and that the people could stay. I really did like this place, the bartenders and waiters were fabulous. I just was very disappointed because I spent a lot of money on them and expected better service from the management.
BeautifulReviewed on 9/13/2011 candace h
We got married in the middle of hurricane Irene...and the staff and catering people were awesome! They helped ease our minds and made sure everything went smoothly. The sun came out and it was a beautiful wedding!
Cozy and convenientReviewed on 7/08/2011 Heather M
We stayed at the Tides before and after our tiny beach wedding. They say that it is a full-service hotel, but it is still run like a Holiday Inn. (The sign still said Holiday Inn in 2010). The bed was comfortable and we had a window overlooking the beach. The housekeeping left much to be desired. I even asked a maid to clean our bathtub and left a little lotion to make sure it got down. She cleaned up the lotion but didn't scrub the tub! Beach towels are not provided by the hotel but you can buy them in the gift shop.
Ok PlaceReviewed on 11/29/2010 Angelica R
it was ok not what i wanted