Get Married in Orange Beach
Orange Beach Weddings
Have you always envisioned a Southern wedding? Or have you daydreamed about a beach wedding since you were a little girl? Consider getting married in Orange Beach, Alabama where the Gulf of Mexico can help welcome the first moments of your marriage. A well-kept secret, Orange Beach weddings are romantic while still being economical, especially compared to far-off destination weddings overseas or south of the border.
You don’t have to hop across the pond to enjoy a first-class beach wedding when the Alabama Gulf Coast is more easily accessible – and easier to afford. While Orange Beach is full of public beaches that are used to hosting new nuptials, it may be your best bet to gain access to a private beach by booking an Orange Beach house rental on the Coast. Orange Beach rentals can also accommodate the in-laws and out-of-towners in your group and offer more home comforts than hotel rooms.
PlanningPart of the fun of planning a beach wedding in Orange Beach is getting to put together a more casual affair than one you'd find at a ritzy venue or banquet hall. You don't have to sacrifice glitz or glam, however if that's how you roll. There aren’t any fees or permits required to get married on public beaches in Orange Beach, so you can save a boatload of money to spend on other things, like flowers. (That’s right – it’s free!) Only thing is, certain things aren’t allowed, like fireworks, so plan on making some fireworks of your own, later.
Getting married in Orange Beach is an excellent excuse to gather up the people who mean the most to you and to make a weekend affair out of it. Does the best man play golf? He will certainly want to check out all the challenging golf courses in Orange Beach that are designed by professional golfers like Earl Stone and Arnold Palmer. There are even fairways along the beach. Or invite the wedding party to unwind with some deep sea fishing. Treat your guests to a deep sea fishing excursion, chartered by a professional guide. And remember, you can always grill up what you catch in your Orange Beach rental’s fully equipped kitchen for a taste of the local flavor.
While the beach may not be the church aisle your parents had in mind, barefoot across soft sand is an excellent way to march into matrimony. Beach weddings allow more whimsy – casual dress codes and wedding dresses that are more like frocks than gowns. Consider a shorter hemline – you don’t want to get your dress dirty after trailing around in the sand. Colors for your wedding party should be bold, in contrast to the pale sand and surf. Since you’ll most likely get married during the warmer months, bright pastels will add pop to those wedding photos. On that note, Be sure to hire a professional photographer (unless you trust your Aunt Sally to get some good shots). The backdrop of the Gulf of Mexico’s waves lapping against the shore will provide the perfect photo-ops, unique keepsakes to look back on later to remember your big day.
The best thing about getting married in Orange Beach is that you’ve already arrived at your honeymoon destination by the time you’ve said your vows. Rent an Orange Beach condo to finish out the week in marital bliss. Take the time off to really enjoy what else Orange Beach has to offer, like seafood shacks and shopping. Take advantage of the natural resources in the area, some with cutesy names like Alligator Alley and Native Nursery that are easy to remember, and other with some not-so-easy names, like Biophilia Nature Center or Meaher State Park.
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