Beautiful Beaches

Alabama Gulf Shores has many options for your beach wedding and elopement. From 20 guests to two, you can design the perfect destination wedding to fit your needs. Gulf Shores has a small-town vibe with beach living with truly attracts me to the area. You get the beauty of the white sand beaches without the crowd. It also offers the beauty of the south with Spanish moss draping from trees. I have visited Gulf Shores many times and it is my favorite beach destination on the Gulf Coast.

Eloping is more than just saying your vows and quick portraits. Intimate weddings allow you to spend the day doing what makes it special for you. If that is jumping in the water with your wedding clothes on or dancing alone while the sun sets on the day, then have a catered meal at your rental under the stars. You can make your elopement day a truly special day, putting the focus on what makes you happy.

Which Beach is best

Gulf State Park

Offers three locations for your wedding, Beach Pavilion, Amphitheater, and Education Building.

  • Beach Wedding sites are open to the public. There is no designated spot and is first come first serve. Set up must be at least 40 ft from the boardwalk. Please follow Leave No Trace best practices and remove anything you bring to the beach. Beach access close at sundown.
  • Beach Pavilion has a capacity of 200 people. It is perfect for wedding receptions and is available 7 days a week.
  • The Amphitheater is near the beach and the Education Building. It has seating for 72.
  • The Education Building is right next to the Amphitheater. It has a capacity of 50 and is perfect for a small wedding.

Gulf State Park requires Wedding Permits no matter how big or small your wedding may be. They can be purchased a year in advance to one week in advance. Contact
the Special Events Department at 251-948-7275, Ext. 2099.

Fort Morgan Fort

Fort Morgan Fort sets at the Western tip of the Peninsula. You can see the sunset over Dauphin island while getting married on the beach. Getting married at Fort Morgan Fort is available after 5 pm. Celebration Catering has exclusive rights to all catering at the Fort. You can get a permit to have just your ceremony or ceremony and reception at the fort, just know that alcohol is not allowed past the main gates if you choose to hold your reception at the Fort. After-hours rental shall be conducted after 5:00 pm CST. Beaches are closed at sundown.

Beach Alternatives

Oak Hollow Farm

With the popular tunnel of trees location, couples get to experience a true southern wedding, with Spanish Moss, white lights, and beautiful backdrops for your intimate wedding.

They are able to host parties, dinners, and the ceremony. You have access to their event planner to help create the perfect custom package for your special day. Inquire about their custom planned wedding packages here.

Harris Properties

Find a place that you can host all parts of your wedding.

Meyer Vacation Rentals

With over 40 beach houses available that offer the perfect setting for your wedding day.


Giving you the ability to package a location for the ceremony, reception, and accommodations all in one place.

Gulf Shores Wedding Chapel

If you are looking to have a wedding in a cute chapel or on the beach, Gulf Shores Wedding Chapel offers wedding packages for Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, Fort Morgan, and surrounding areas.

At the time of writing, their smallest package includes a wedding consultant, Ceremony, Director and helps with the filing of the marriage license. They also can help with a backup location in case there is rain.

Permits & licenses required

In order to get married in Alabama, you will need a Registration of Marriage Certificate. It must be signed in front of a Notary and filed in any Probate Office in Alabama.

Gulf State Park requires Wedding Permits no matter how big or small your wedding may be. They can be purchased a year in advance to one week in advance. Contact
the Special Events Department at 251-948-7275, Ext. 2099.

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  1. So true that picking your elopement photographer should come first! A photographer has so much great information and location ideas… as you demonstrate in this guide to the Gulf Shores!

  2. No joke about listing the photographer at number one. I really believe that is key to reliving the day over and over and since it’s such a private ceremony, having a PHENOMENAL photographer is absolutely KEY to making or breaking an elopement IMO.

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