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Getting Married in Alabama - Guide to Beach Weddings in Alabama

Allow Alabama’s diverse landscape be the back drop for your wedding or honeymoon.  Whether you prefer the soft sounds of waves gently washing across sugar white sand or the rugged terrain of a mountain, or a history lesson, Alabama’s your spot!

With over 32 miles of pristine beaches on the Gulf of Mexico, Gulf Shores and Orange beach is a must stop for any beach lover.  Newlyweds won’t have a problem dancing the night away in a club or finding a secluded bungalow at the beach.

If Alabama’s white sand beaches aren’t what you have in mind for the perfect get away, then its majestic mountains, without a doubt, have the perfect adventure for you!  For more outdoor activities, be sure to visit one of the many National Parks.

The U.S. Space and Rocket Center is one of Alabama's top attractions is home to Space Camp.  Visitors can choose from a variety of activities and even train like an astronaut.

Alabama – the beautiful.

Most Popular Beach Locations

Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Thirty-two miles of beautiful sugar white sands on the prettiest beaches on the Gulf of Mexico.  A visit to Gulf Shores and Orange Beach offers the perfect balance of non-stop activity and lay-around-doing-nothing time.

Alabama Gulf Coast Weddings - "I do" love the sound of waves gently lapping on the beach. "I do" love the feel of warm sand between my toes. And "I do" love the idea of a ceremony along Alabama's Gulf Coast. Say “I do” to an Alabama Gulf Coast wedding.  From casual beachside receptions overlooking the breath-taking Gulf of Mexico to elegant white linen extravagances, the picture perfect back drop for your wedding photographs await you!

Orange Beach and Gulf Shores Wedding Facilities  - Fall in love with your ideal ceremony or reception location in the Gulf Shores / Orange Beach area by searching through this collection of meeting facilities.  If you need help finding a location or securing a block of rooms for your wedding party and guests, complete this wedding planning form, and a member of the group sales department will be in touch.  You may also call 800-982-8562.

Any time of the year is perfect to get married on the coast.  Relax, rewind…reconnect with each other or start anew in Gulf Shores/Orange Beach!

Traveler Facts

Travel & Transportation (airports, ferries, etc)- By car, Alabama is accessible by five interstate highways: I-10 crosses the state from east to west near Mobile in the south; I-20 enters Alabama from the east, traverses Birmingham, and joins I-59 as it traverses Tuscaloosa and exits the state in a southwesterly direction; I-59 enters northeastern Alabama, continues southwest through Birmingham, and exits the state toward the southwest; I-22 enters Alabama from the northwest and ends in Birmingham; I-65 enters Alabama from the north, traverses Birmingham, and ends in Mobile; I-85 enters the state in the east and ends in Montgomery.  

There is one daily Amtrak service through the state: trains 19 (southbound) and 20 (northbound) run from New Orleans to Washington DC and New York City.  The trains stop in Alabama at Anniston, Birmingham and Tuscaloosa.  Coach and sleeper service is available, with checked baggage, a restaurant car, a café and a lounge.  See Amtrak for more information.

The biggest airport is in Birmingham and from there, or from larger airports in neighboring states, you can get flights to Mobile and Montgomery.

Entry Requirements - Passports, visa, etc. – A passport is required for entering the United States by air from the following destinations: Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean, Bermuda, in addition to all other foreign destinations that already require a passport.

Languages Spoken / official language - English is the official language of Alabama.

Currency - United States Dollar is the official currency in Alabama.

Tipping - Restaurants in Alabama do not include a service charge in the bill, so you should tip the waiter 15 percent of the total bill. If service was slow or particularly bad, some Americans will tip only 10 percent.  Likewise, if service was particularly good, it is appropriate to tip 20 percent.

Taxes - Alabama has a state general sales tax of 4 percent, plus any additional local taxes which can amount to a combined total sales tax of up to 10 percent in some cities such as Montgomery. {Source – wikipedia}

Electricity - 120V 60 Hz, 2 parallel flat prongs

Other (immunizations, health issues) - If your travel plans will take you to more than one country during a single trip, be sure to let your health-care provider know so that you can receive the appropriate vaccinations and information for all of your destinations.

Marriage Requirements, Licenses & Wedding Information

In order to get married in the state of Alabama, individuals must be 18 years-old without parent consent.  The cost is approximately $25 and there is not a waiting period between applying and receiving a marriage license or to marry after receiving a license.  Alabama state marriage licenses are valid for 30 days and a blood test is required.

Tourism Office Information

Alabama Bureau of Tourism & Travel
401 Adams Avenue, Suite 126
P.O. Box 4927
Montgomery, AL 36103-4927

Phone Numbers
800-ALABAMA (800-252-2262)

Other Travel Related Websites


Climate Information - Best Time to Travel

Fall temperatures are quite comfortable into late December, preparing for the usually mild wintertime.  The southern region's cold months often call for just a jacket.  The northern part of the state may receive an occasional bit of snow, as the January and February temperatures sometimes dip just below freezing.  However, spring arrives in late February or early March, and by summer the temperatures are into the mid-90s throughout most of the state.

High & Low Season for travel - Good news, there’s no bad time to visit Alabama.  Spring and fall, certainly, offer the most moderate temperatures, but trying to predict beginning and ending dates to those seasons can be tricky.  However, spring breakers flock to the gulf coast between March and April but the remainder of the state has a lot of other activities to offer, without the college crowds.

Map of Alamaba

Map of Alabama

Local Attractions & Must Do’s

A great weekend getaway is closer than you think.  A visit to Gulf Shores and Orange Beach offers the perfect balance of non-stop activity and lay-around-doing-nothing time.  Cast your line for deep-sea adventure on a charter fishing trip from Dauphin Island.  Travel back in history with a visit to Fort Morgan, the site of the Civil War Battle of Mobile Bay.  If you’d like to commune with Mother Nature, you can take a hike through one of Alabama’s wildlife areas to gaze at gators and shorebirds.

Alabama is distinctly southern and darn proud of it.  If you have a taste for college football, country music and NASCAR, Alabama is a paradise defined.  To the surprise of many, Alabama also has a more modern flavor with Huntsville being the home of a major chunk of the U.S. Space Program.  For golfers, the collection of golf courses winding through the state, known as the Robert Trent Jones golf trail, make Alabama one of the top golfing destinations in the continental United States. 

Top 5 Most Popular Hotels

If you crave a luxurious escape to sugar white beaches, emerald green Gulf waters and first-class amenities, the Island House hotel is the place for you!  When you're at this hotel, it feels as if you're on a faraway tropical island, when in fact you're on Alabama's Gulf Coast.  Located within an easy drive of both Pensacola Regional Airport and Mobile Regional Airport, the Island House Hotel is conveniently accessible from I-65 and I-10 and is located in Orange Beach, directly on the Gulf of Mexico, seven miles east of Gulf Shores.  

Perched on the eastern shore of Mobile Bay, the Marriott Grand Hotel offers 550 acres of moss-draped oaks that include two golf courses, a health spa with salon and beauty services, four restaurants, and a lounge.  The hotel also offers 37,000 square feet of meeting and event space.  Additional recreational activities include a landscaped free-form outdoor pool with a waterfall and slide, an indoor lap pool, fishing piers on a private beach, a large marina, rental bicycles, tennis, boating, and more.

The Four Points Sheraton is a full-service hotel located directly inside the Huntsville International Airport on the second level.  The hotel features 146 guest rooms, many of which are suites.  The property is convenient to many of Huntsville's major businesses, industries, colleges, attractions and shopping.

The Hilton Birmingham Perimeter Park is a 205 room, full-service hotel with restaurant, lounge, fitness room, outdoor pool and jogging trail.  Within walking distance to many restaurants, shopping at the Summit and attractions, this hotel offers complimentary shuttle service to and from the Birmingham airport.

Perdido Beach Resort, Alabama's Gulf Coast Jewel is a Mediterranean-style, full-service resort hotel, located directly on the Gulf of Mexico.  Our resort offers 347 guest rooms, many with refrigerators and suites with microwaves.  Each room also has a private balcony.  Perdido Beach Resort offers more than 45,000 square feet of indoor/outdoor meeting space, restaurants, indoor/outdoor pool, exercise center, tennis courts and much more.  This resort has a convenient motor coach entrance, complimentary parking and no resort fees.