Steve's Recommendations


Free Beach Access

The ONLY places you may be married on the beach in Gulf Shores or Orange beach without purchasing a State of Alabama required permit is behind a beach house, condo or hotel with the owners permission or at an access point on Fort Morgan (Hwy 180) road.  From downtown Gulf Shores, it is about a 15 mile drive.

If, however, just the two of you are eloping, call Steve! 251-709-5007. He can usually find a solution. 

If you have or don't mind getting a Florida marriage license, the Perdido Key Beach Access points are free.

$60 Permit Required Beach Access

I recommend the Gulf State Park Pavillion at 22250 East Beach Blvd., Gulf Shores. It has easy parking, changing/restroom facilities and even a snack bar. Its beautiful white sand beach and flowing dunes make a perfect wedding spot. Your permit covers parking fees for your wedding party and guests.

You may use it for a wedding ONLY if you are working with a Gulf State Park approved wedding planning company like Bama Weddings, LLC.

Beach Wedding Location Details

Free Beach Access:

We are authorized and licensed for these locations:

  • All beaches behind condos, houses or hotels in Gulf Shores, Orange Beach and Perdido Key are free if the owners allow weddings there. Small elopements are allowed on some public beaches. Talk to us for details. 
  • The 13th Street Beach Access in Gulf Shores is free and located at 1497 West Beach Blvd., Gulf Shores. It is 2.5 miles due west of the intersection of Hwy 59 and Hwy 182.  It is our favorite spot for elopements.
  • Public access points on Fort Morgan Road (Hwy 180) except the Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge. The refuge beach at Mobile Street cannot be used for weddings.
  • Perdido Key (Florida) public beach access points. Call Steve for more information. 251-709-5007

Consider a Wolf Bay Waterfront Alternative

  • The Orange Beach Waterfront Park at 26425 Canal Rd, Orange Beach, AL 36561, has a beautiful pier perfect for small weddings. It is on scenic Wolf Bay, not the Gulf, but it is free with plenty of shade and parking.

$60 Permit Required:

All PUBLIC beaches from the Gulf State Park Pier in Gulf Shores to the Florida line belong to the Gulf State Park system.

The City of Gulf Shores does not allow weddings with furniture/decor at public beach access points. An elopement (2-8 people) is allowed. 

If you wish us to marry you at the Gulf State Park Pavilion, Cotton Bayou or Alabama Point East, you must have us purchase the $60 permit. 

Rules are set by the State of Alabama.

The State of Alabama will issue no refunds for any beach wedding permits, however the date and time may be changed one time. Any changes must be submitted in advance.    

We are "Approved Wedding Planners/Officiants" for

Alabama Gulf State Park beaches below. All three require a $60 permit.

The Gulf State Park Pavilion


 It is located six miles east of Highway 59 and offers air-conditioned restrooms, private showers, a snack bar, shady spots to sit and eat. 

Alabama Point East 

(28105 Perdido Beach Blvd, Orange Beach, AL 36561

Located at the Perdido Pass Bridge, it offers 6,000 feet of wide beach, sand dunes, boardwalks, picnic areas, restrooms, and outdoor showers.  Please note: The boardwalk to the beach here is very long!

Cotton Bayou Beach Access

(25900 Perdido Beach Boulevard, Orange Beach AL 36561)

The Gulf State Park Pier and Romar Beach public access points no longer allow weddings of any kind by anyone.


Beach Wedding Permit

Pay with PayPal or a debit/credit card

This is the fee charged by the State of Alabama to have a wedding on beaches owned by the Gulf State Park, including the Pavilion, Cotton Creek Beach Access and Alabama Point East.