Vegas, schmegas: Myrtle Beach wedding business thrives

The wedding industry in Myrtle Beach, which draws thousands of people from across the state and country during the peak wedding months of June and July, has done surprisingly well despite the recession, some local businesses say.

Records show that Horry County marriage license applications and issuances are slightly lower than last year, but those aren't a tell-all because people many times will purchase licenses in nearby Marion or Dillon counties, officials said.

Area wedding chapels, where couples can have a small, quick gathering just minutes away from the beach, say business is up as brides and grooms are looking to pay less than they would at a large, traditional, church ceremony.

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