In the fall, wedding planning season kicks into high gear. That’s because fall is primetime for completing those big wedding planning tasks that must be done between 10-12 months prior to the big day.

With September and October being the most popular months for weddings, according to the Travel Industry Association of America, now is the time to select a destination for the ceremony and honeymoon.

A growing number of brides and grooms find the fall is a perfect time for hosting friends and family on their big day. And, they’re looking for a special place for the event.

Gulf Coast Destination WeddingsAs cooler temperatures, bright sunshine and the sound of waves rolling gently onto shore create an idyllic setting for romance, couples are turning to the serene beaches of Gulf Shores, Orange Beach and Fort Morgan, Alabama, and Perdido Key, Florida as the perfect backdrop for their weddings and honeymoons.

The Gulf Shores area is perfect for weddings, thanks to the numerous vendors for all your wedding needs: equipment, catering, cakes, photography, flowers and more.

A select few Meyer Vacation Rentals beach houses are wedding friendly, meaning they can accommodate wedding parties and friends and family as well as wedding ceremonies on the beach.

Because Meyer Vacation Rentals has provided accommodations for weddings since opening more than 50 years ago, we’ve learned a few tips through the years. To help make the most of your big day, there are a few guidelines to keep in mind:

1. Weddings and receptions are allowed on the grounds of wedding-friendly properties, not inside the property.

Weddings should be limited to 80 or fewer guests.

2. The number of people the property sleeps is the maximum occupancy of the property and must not be exceeded at any time.

3. Parking is limited at houses. If additional parking would be needed, shuttle arrangements should be made to accommodate wedding guests.

4. A non-refundable fee of $250-$500 is required to reserve a wedding friendly house. Some houses may require additional permits and fees.

5. Sea oats and other vegetation must be protected at all times.

6. Tents, gazebos, chairs, arbors, etc., may be placed on the beach up to the mean high tide line (defined as the line of intersection of the land with the water's surface at the maximum height reached by a rising tide. The high tide line may be determined, in the absence of actual data, by a more or less continuous deposit of fine shell or debris on the foreshore).

7. Land below the mean high tide line, including the wet beach, is owned by the state.

8. Please check with local municipalities regarding noise ordinances.

Depending on the location of a beach wedding, there may be certain restrictions or permitting required. The following links may prove helpful:

Gulf Shores

Orange Beach

Perdido Key

Gulf State Park

More information on wedding-friendly properties and vendors is available HERE.

Book one of these wedding-friendly houses by calling our offices at (800) 213-9544. One of our in-house vacation planners can answer questions, connect you with vendors and help make your day special.

And, why not return for your wedding anniversary? Book a couples-friendly property and enjoy a romantic getaway on the Gulf Coast.