Beach Wedding Locations

Free Beach Access:

I am authorized and licensed for these locations:

  • All beaches behind condos, houses or hotels in Gulf Shores, Orange Beach and Perdido Key.
  • Public access points on West Beach Blvd (west of Hwy 59) in Gulf Shores.  
  • 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.

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.

Gulf State Park Beach Permit Requirements:

These rules will become effective on November 1, 2017 and apply to everyone wishing to be married on State of Alabama Gulf State Park beaches.


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

Beaches behind condos, hotels or houses are private and do not require permits.


If you wish me to marry you at the Gulf State Park Pavilion or Alabama Point East, you must notify me by the following deadlines set by the State of Alabama.


$60 Permit Due Dates for 2017/2018 

November 2017 permits- due by October 9th 

December 2017 permits- due by November 13th 

January 2018 permits- due by December 11th 

February 2018 permits- due by January 15th 

March 2018 permits- due by February 12th 

April 2018 permits – due by March 12th 

May 2018 permits- due by April 9th 

June 2018 permits- due by May 14th 

July 2018 permits- due by June 11th 

August 2018 permits- due by July 9th 

September 2018 permits- due by August 13th 

October 2018 permits- due by September 10th 

November 2018 permits due by October 8th 

December 2018 permits due by November 12th   


Beach wedding permits submitted after deadline each month will be $70 per permit. However, there will be no last minute permits processed within 3 business days of the ceremony for any reason and no permits processed on weekends.  


Ceremonies on Gulf State Park beaches without a valid permit are subject to a $300 fine. Yes, even if it is just the two of you and your minister! There will be no refunds for any beach wedding permits, however the date and time may be changed one time. Any changes must be submitted in advance.    


I am an "Approved Wedding Officiant" for

Alabama Gulf State Park beaches below:


The Gulf State Park Pavilion

 (22250 EAST BEACH BLVD, GULF SHORES, AL 36542

 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. 

  • You may be married on the Pavilion beach with a $60 Permit.

If you would like to rent the covered pavilion building, the following fees apply:

  • Peak Season (April through October) Friday-Sunday $650; Monday-Thursday $500
  • Non-Peak Season (November through March) Friday-Sunday $350; Monday-Thursday $250 


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!

Requires a $60 permit. 

THIS IS THE ONLY GULF STATE PARK PUBLIC ACCESS POINT AT WHICH YOU CAN SET UP YOUR OWN WEDDING FURNITURE! (For example: Arbors, tables, large music speakers, or other decorations.)


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

Steve's Recommendations

Free Beach Access

My first reccommendation is to rent a beach house or condo and be married behind it. However, if you are not staying on the beach, I recommend the 13th Street beach access at 1500 West Beach Blvd. in Gulf Shores. Remember, you may not set up wedding decorations like arbors there.

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. However, nothing more than a simple table for the sand ceremony may be set up there unless you are working with an Park approved wedding planning company.