Creating your own Gulf Shores Elopement Package

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.

Step 1 to building your elopement package | Photographer

When looking for a photographer for your elopement, it is essential that you connect with this person. They will be spending the day with you capturing your intimate moments. Check out their portfolio and if their works speak to you, set up a call to see if you connect with the photographer’s personality as well.

Many elopement photographers help with planning your elopement as I do. Helping with research and permits required. I have visited Gulf Shores many times and it is my favorite beach destination on the Gulf Coast.

Step 2 to building your elopement package | Location

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.

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.

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 elopement.

Meyer Vacation Rentals

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

Vacasa

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

Fort Morgan Fort

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.


Step 3 to building your elopement package | Officiant

Bamma Weddings

Ordained ministers and Notaries, Steve and Bev can not only officiate your Christian or non-religious ceremony; they can also help notarize and file your Marriage Certificate.

Step 4 to building your elopement package | 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 require 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.

Step 5 to building your elopement package | Other Vendors

Create your own elopement package, using vendors that you choose. Many locations have preferred vendors they work with. They are a good source in finding vendors you require as well as your photographer.

The Details

Meliefish Driftwood Sculpture

Handcrafted Driftwood Arches available in three different shapes. Makes for a perfect backdrop for your wedding ceremony or elopement.

Soho Event Rentals

Four poster arbors available for you outdoor wedding.

Lisa Johnson Bridal

On-location wedding makeup and hair. Travels to Orange Beach, Fort Morgan, Foley, Fairhope, and Gulf Shores.

Anthony’s Bridal

Bridal, Groom and Party, they have everything you need for your clothing needs including accessories.

Ashley West

Offers both hair and makeup. Specializes in bridal and airbrush makeup. She is available for on-location for your wedding day.

Florists

Coastal Flowers & Design

Custom Florist designed or you can pick from multiple different bouquets.

All about the food

Coastal Cakes and Confections

Bakery in Gulf Shores that specialize in wedding cakes. Stop in for a taste of their other sweets.

Celebration Catering

Run under the Sassy Bass brand of the Gulf Coast, Celebration Catering is a full service catering and beverage company.

Katy’s Catering

Located in Foley and serving Gulf Shores area. Professional catering for your wedding.

Orange Beach Concierge

Gulf coast based offering not only catering , but planning and a personal chef for a special post elopement meal.

Music

Grand Band Entertainment

If you are looking for entertainment for your small wedding, Grand Band has multiple entertainment options for you to choose from.

Transportation

Luxury Limo LLC

Amelia Shahan

I’m an elopement photographer based out of Missouri. I love the look and feel of vintage film and offer not only the ability to capture your day with my digital cameras but also through 35mm film stock in color and black and white, as well as simulating the look of an 8mm video through modern means.

I believe you deserve more than a photographer who just takes good photos, but one who also has a knowledge of who you are as a couple and allows you the freedom to experience the emotions of getting married in a safe place.

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7 Comments

  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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