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.
The State of Alabama prefers that permits are purchased one month in advance, but under some circumstances, a permit may be purchased one week in advance. Call Steve for details.
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.
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 notify us at least one month in advance and 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.