The beautiful Gulf of Mexico is country-wide famous beach that stretches over a couple of the southernmost states due to its immaculate beauty and bright blue shores. It is no doubt that a lot of people dream of having their wedding on the beach, and maybe you are one of them! In this post, I can’t wait to tell you about 3 helpful things to consider when having a Gulf Shores Wedding.
In this post about Gulf Shores weddings, I will be sharing photos of a real life fine art wedding that I had the privilege of capturing, and I hope you enjoy it!
While there are so many beautiful wedding venues in and surrounding Gulf Shores (I will list a few of them below), choosing to have your wedding on the beautiful beaches on the Gulf Coast can actually prove to be more simple than you might think. My beautiful bride in these photos was having a small wedding with less than 50 people, and she actually found an airbnb with private access to the beach. There they set up the chairs, the altar, and kept everything else pretty simple because…hey, a wedding on the beach doesn’t require too much extra!
When it comes to finding vendors for your wedding, the first thing you should do is figure out what vendors you actually need. Some of this will depend where you choose to have the actual wedding, as far as the venue goes. Think about if you are having a more low key, small guest count wedding, or if you are having a larger, more upscale wedding. If you are having a hard time figuring this out, I would highly suggest hiring a wedding planner!
Something else to think about is if you cannot find a vendor that is local to Gulf Shores or available for Gulf Shores weddings, reach out to vendors who are in surrounding cities (specifically photographers and videographers). Most likely they can travel to you for your wedding! This is a great way to find vendors for your specific needs even if they are not local!
Weather is always something to think about when you are planning your wedding day, whether it is on the beach or not. This is where having a solid wedding planner and coordinator is absolutely key to making sure your day runs smoothly without you even thinking about it. Making sure there is a solid rain plan for the day is so necessary.
Something else to consider is lodging for your guests. Most likely there will be a good number of guests who do not live locally and will have to drive or fly down for the weekend. Books some hotel rooms ahead of time for them or give an information card in your invitation suite that tells them the best hotels in the area if they are coming from out of town.
Another thing to think about when planning a Gulf Shores wedding is the time of year. During the summer, the humidity levels can be pretty high, and not to mention the heat of summer days can make your outdoor beach wedding not quite so pleasant. If you have your heart set on having a Gulf Shores wedding, consider doing it in spring or autumn seasons. This will be must more comfortable for you as a couple (that dress and suite can get heavy and hot at times!!) and also for your guests.
I hope this post was helpful as you consider hosting a Gulf Shores wedding! Click here to reach out about your own wedding photography needs! Talk soon.
I'm Shelby, your Alabama Wedding Photographer. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for checking out this blog post. I hope you find it helpful in your journey of wedding planning.