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Celebrate the Beginning of Your “Happily Ever After” in a Tropical Paradise

Nothing puts you in the perfect carefree mindset for the happiest day of your life quite like having your wedding somewhere warm, tropical, and lovely. No matter what time of year you decide to plan your special day, chances are good that the weather and the scenery in Gulf Shores, Alabama is better than any other venue you might be considering at home.

Situated along the pristine white sand along the Gulf of Mexico, the beachside city of Gulf Shores is replete with wonderful locales for holding your ceremony and reception. It’s the ultimate seaside destination for a wedding on the beach!

However, if you’re planning your Gulf Shores wedding, there are a few insider tips that you may want to consider to make your life easier! Continue reading on below to learn more!

Tips for Planning a Destination Wedding in Gulf Shores

If you’re an Alabama resident and are planning your wedding in Gulf Shores, you’ll need to get your license in your home county or at the Baldwin County Courthouse in Bay Minette. The address for the courthouse is 220 Courthouse Square, Bay Minette, AL 36507, and the phone number is (251) 937-0260. To receive your license, you’ll need to bring two forms of identification, such as a certified copy of your birth certificate and a valid driver’s license. The marriage license itself costs $70.00.


If you are having a smaller ceremony, 10 – 20 people, renting a beach front home and having the wedding right there may be the best option. The beaches of West Beach in Gulf Shores and the beaches out in Fort Morgan are perfect for this because they are more secluded and uncrowded.

If your party is going to be larger, you will want to consider having the ceremony at one of the State Park beaches. You will need to contact them for a permit at (251) 948-7275. They also have venues to host the wedding ceremony and/or the reception. Please provide a hyper link that will load in a new-tab: http://www.alapark.com/Gulf-State-Park-Beach-Weddings


If you’re planning a wedding on the beach, the best time to hold the ceremony is generally around sunset, when you’ll encounter the best light for photography. Local photographers like the ones listed below can help you plan the perfect shots for your wedding.

Paisley Studios Photography
Julie Adamson:
(251) 622-8085

Andrea McDaniel Photography:
(850) 687-5773

Shore Shooters Beach Photography:
232 Professional Court, Gulf Shores, AL 36542
(866) 856-2435

In Gulf Shores, you’ll also find a number of ministers, wedding planners, and photographers eager to assist you with your big day. Below, we’ve put together a list of a few great businesses to help you get started.

A’Gape Wedding Service:
(251) 709-8220

Tammi May – Ordained Minister:

Gulf Coast Wedding Minister:
(251) 709-5007

Gulf Shores Wedding Rentals

Southern Sass Weddings & Events – Intimate Beach & Vintage Weddings:
Tammi May
[email protected]

Big Day Weddings:
(251) 223-7430

Sand Dollar Beach Weddings & Receptions:
(251) 223-9013

Let Harris Vacation Rentals Help You with Your Dream Wedding!

Contact our reservation specialists to find out more information on the best spots in Gulf Shores for breathtaking sightseeing and other extraordinary touches to your special day when you book your stay today in one of the gorgeous vacation rental properties that are available through Harris Vacation Rentals.


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