The ONLY legal places you may be married on the beach in Gulf Shores or Orange beach without purchasing a Gulf State Park (State of Alabama) required permit ($150) are:
1. Behind a beach house, condo or hotel.
2. At one of the public beach access points on West Beach in Gulf Shores where the city allows elopements only with NO decorations and 10 or less people. We recommend the 13th Street beach access at 1497 West Beach Blvd. Gulf Shores because it has more parking.
3. At an access point on Fort Morgan (Hwy 180) road which is about a 18 mile drive from Gulf Shores.
4. At one of the public beach access points in Perdido Key, Florida. They allow elopements only with NO decorations and 20 or less people. Perdido Key is right next to Orange Beach. We use the one at 15601 Perdido Key Dr. Pensacola, FL 32507. Yes, you may use your Alabama Marriage Certificate to be married there. No need for a Florida license.
OR, you may choose...
The Gulf State Park public beach access points require this fee. That includes ALL public beach access points in Orange Beach and east of the Gulf State Park Pavilion in Gulf Shores. The one we commonly use is the Cotton Bayou Beach Access in Orange Beach. It is part of the Gulf State Park. It has parking and restroom facilities. Its beautiful white sand beach and flowing dunes make a perfect wedding spot. Permits must be purchased at least one week in advance. Weddings are allowed after 5:00 P.M.
If you wish us to marry you at Cotton Bayou, where you can set up "furniture" such as arbors, chairs, etc., you must purchase the $150 permit.
Rules are set by the State of Alabama. Contact them at GulfEvents.StatePark@dcnr.alabama.gov or
(251) 948-7275 Ext. 92099
Failure to obtain this permit may result in fines.
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