If you're ready to start planning your Gulf Shores or Orange Beach wedding, there are a few things to consider and keep in mind.
Shoulder season dates and dates that don't coincide with large events or festivals will oftentimes yield lower rates on lodging, quieter beaches, and more availability and selection. Alabama residents need to obtain a marriage license in either your home county or at the Baldwin County Courthouse in Bay Minette, Alabama. The courthouse is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.; a marriage license is $70. Both the bride and groom must be present to obtain the license.
If you decide to recite nuptials with a wedding on the public beaches, a permit is required. Contact the City of Gulf Shores or the City of Orange Beach for information.
Now that you know a few things to keep in mind when planning your Gulf Shores or Orange Beach wedding, below are some ideas for picture-perfect wedding locations on the Alabama Gulf Coast.
Gulf State Park and Pavilion. Choose the beach for your wedding and the pavilion for your reception. The pavilion is equipped with picnic tables and air-conditioned restrooms. For weddings held during cooler evenings, a wood-burning fireplace is available for use, when pre-arranged. Rental hours for the pavilion are 5 to 10 p.m. daily, seven days a week, and rates vary from $250 to $650, depending on the season and day of week. Photographers must be selected from a list of approved photographers for weddings held at the Gulf State Park and Pavilion.