When it comes time to say "I do," why not choose to dip your toes in the Gulf Coast waters? Brides from all over dream of tying the knot in Gulf Shores, Perdido Key and Orange Beach, not only to have the ceremony along the beautiful stretches of shoreline, but to set up their guests in the quaint and cozy Gulf Shores rentals that dot the area. Looking for the perfect destination beach wedding? Look no further than the coast of Alabama.

Here are some tips that will help you plan the perfect Gulf Coast wedding:

Gulf State Park Beach Pavilion

Many brides dream of having a wedding with a beautiful beach as the backdrop.Situated between Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, the beach pavilion at Gulf State Park is one of the most popular places to get married under the open sky. The 5-mile stretch of white sand brings in millions of tourists every year, and luckily, there are plenty of Gulf Shores condos only a few minutes away that can accommodate all of these eager travelers. Whether you're looking for a quiet, intimate ceremony or a wild party with family and friends, the spacious pavilion and long beach will certainly provide the space you need for your dream wedding. 

Gulf Shores Wedding Chapel

Some people prefer the traditional, indoor wedding for their special day. Whether you're basing your wedding in Orange Beach or Gulf Shores, the Gulf Shores Wedding Chapel has got you covered with its separate locations in both coastal areas. These intimate chapels can accommodate small to mid-sized weddings, as well as your reception, and they offer spacious land for romantic photo opportunities. Plus, all of these guests will have their choice of three, four or even five-bedroom Gulf Shores houses, so the festivities can continue on even after the ceremony is over.

Beach house venues

When beachfront nuptials are your dream there are a variety of upscale "wedding friendly" beach houses along the shore in Gulf Shores, Fort Morgan and Perdido Key. One popular choice is The Veranda, a ten-bedroom beauty specifically designed with brides in mind with a number of indoor and outdoor special features to make beach wedding dreams come true.

Flowers fit for a bride

When you have a ceremony along the Gulf Coast, you'll want the rest of your wedding to be equally as beautiful. That's when Flowers by the Shore comes into play. Designers create spectacular bouquets, wedding ceremony flowers, floral cake decorations, centerpieces and other accents based on your taste and vision for any budget. 

Catering services

There's still one ingredient missing to concoct your perfect wedding: the food! Catering services abound along the Gulf Coast, perhaps because it's such a popular wedding spot. Staycations Catering specializes in weddings and more particularly, beach ceremonies. From black tie to understated casual, there's no wedding style they can't match. You can team up with your future spouse and pick the perfect menu from their vast selection of southern specialties and light summery fare, including South Alabama antipasto, Carolina shrimp & grits and mini Bayou seafood cakes.

Start booking rooms!

You've got your flowers, food and venue, and now you can get going on picking Gulf Shores houses for your guests to rent for the weekend! A wedding at home can be special, but a destination beach wedding with all of your closest friends and family can make for some spectacular memories you'll never, ever forget.