Couple getting married at The Wharf in Orange Beach AL

Why You Should Say “I Do” on Alabama’s Beaches

When most brides and grooms imagine their destination wedding or elopement, they think of exotic locations like Tahiti, Mexico, Fiji…you get the picture. But, little do they know, Gulf Shores and Orange Beach provide the ideal backdrop for an unconventional, adventurous, memorable ceremony. 

Close your eyes and imagine saying “I Do” to your special someone with the sound of waves lapping in the background, sugar-white sand between your toes, and the view of the Gulf all around you. You can have all of that and more on Alabama’s beaches.

Below are the top reasons why couples choose to get away to the Gulf Coast for their destination beach weddings or fabulous elopements.

Perdido Pass Wedding

Unique Venues On and Off the Beach

One of the many reasons couples choose to have a destination wedding is to travel somewhere new and find an out-of-the-box way to celebrate their big day. In Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, we have several options for couples.

The main attraction in our destination is the beach! Alabama’s coast is home to 32 miles of white sandy beaches that line the Gulf of Mexico. Many brides and grooms choose to host their nuptials at either a private or public beach followed by a reception at a local restaurant or venue. For those looking for something more intimate, renting a beach house is a fantastic option! Say your vows on the sand then head to the house for an after-party with your closest friends and family.

Some houses in the area can sleep up to 42 people, so your whole crew can bunk up together once the party winds down.

Speaking of bunks, for those outdoorsy couples out there, we have the perfect wedding spot for you. At the Gulf State Park you turn your wedding into a fully immersive summer beach camp extravaganza. Whether you host your ceremony at the park’s large beach pavilion, outside a cabin overlooking Lake Shelby or at the new Learning Campus facility, you will be surrounded by nature. Guests can choose to stay at one of the park’s many camping and cabin options or book a room at The Lodge at Gulf State Park, located beachfront across the street from the park’s main entrance. And, if you really want to make it feel campy, book the bunkhouses at the Learning Campus for your guests of honor.

If your bride or groom is a history buff, consider a Fort Morgan State Historic Site destination wedding. Located at the west end of the island, Fort Morgan is a spectacular backdrop for an intimate wedding ceremony and reception. Couples can choose from several sites to say “I Do” including the parade ground, under the bridge archway or on top of the fort. And if you have a special fur baby in your life, pets are allowed at this spot so feel free to have man’s best friend escort you down the aisle! 

Lastly, if you’ve always wanted to sail into the sunset with your bride or groom…that can be arranged, too! Both Cetacean Cruises and Sail Wild Hearts in Orange Beach offer wedding packages that include a variety of special offerings and amenities. This venue is especially wonderful for smaller wedding parties and provides the most beautiful photo ops. 

The Art Center

We Can Keep It Traditional, Too

Just because you’re having a destination wedding doesn’t mean you have to forgo a traditional experience if that’s what you’ve always dreamed of. Gulf Shores & Orange Beach has an art center overlooking the back bays, gorgeous chapels, and historic homes that each provide the classic ceremony backdrop, but outside the doors, you’re still a few feet from the beach.  

Small Budget? We’ve Got You

You can easily rack up a pretty large tab when planning a wedding between the ceremony and reception venues, catering, photographer, and band. Luckily, Alabama’s beaches pride themselves on offering affordable options, and wedding festivities are no exception. Just because you want a more exotic locale for your big day doesn’t mean you have to pay a big bill for it! Look for public beach opportunities, smaller venues and drinks instead of full meals to stick to a budget along with smaller wedding parties. 

Voyagers

After the Wedding

The stunning beaches of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach can easily transition from the wedding venue to cozy honeymoon quarters. Check into quaint beachside hotels with upscale restaurants like Perdido Beach Resort and their white-tablecloth restaurant–Voyagers. Things to do for the most romantic honeymoon include sunset sails, long walks on the beach and a charcuterie picnic on the beach easily planned through The Pantry at The Wharf

As you can see, you don’t need to travel far to have a beautiful elopement.  Plan the destination wedding of your dreams and top either off with a spectacular honeymoon getaway. Also, don’t forget to check out places to stay in the area so your guests can plan their lodging accommodations for your big day! We have everything you need right here on the Alabama Gulf Coast.

 Start planning your big day today!

START PLANNING YOUR GULF SHORES & ORANGE BEACH VACATION

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