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Pastor Steve Durkac, Beach Wedding Officiant, Gulf Coast MinisterI have officiated well over 4000 simple beach wedding ceremonies and I use a 2-step email process for booking your wedding or vow renewal officiating into my schedule and calendar that consists of first submitting my Availability Form. If I am available I will ask you to submit my Confirmation Form.

A simple beach wedding or vow renewal can be meaningful, memorable, and easier to arrange than you may think. You can have your beach wedding where you are staying at a condo or other lodging along the beach or by using any of the beach access parking areas popular along the Gulf Coast.

Locations…

Please visit the following state pages to begin your search of information for your wedding or vow renewal:

AlabamaMississippiNW Florida

You can also jump straight to a one of the specific location/city/area page below for ideas on deciding on where to have your beach wedding or vow renewal.

Biloxi • Gulf Shores •  Pensacola Beach • Dauphin Island • Mobile • Point Clear • Fairhope • Fort Morgan •  Gulfport •  Hattiesburg • Orange Beach • Perdido Key • Navarre Beach • Fort Walton • Destin West Mobile Chapel

 

Where at Beach…

I am sometimes asked “Where at the beach is the best place to have the wedding?”

The answer to that depends on if you are staying at a condo or other lodging along the beach and if you’re asking about the Alabama, Mississippi, or NW Florida beach. Usually, the best spot is right where you are lodging because it is easiest to use the beach area out behind your condo/hotel/house.

Everyone on the beach respects a wedding and if you are down at a busy time, you’ll hear a loud applause when the groom kisses the bride. If it is a rainy day, which is not that often and usually passes quickly, but if it is a rare bad rain day, there are a few public gazebos where I’ve done a few weddings, before.

 

Sunset Information…

Sunset times are usually important for your outdoor and beach weddings, especially when it comes to photography. There are two things to remember when planning a sunset wedding…

1) The rate at which the sun will drop: During the Spring and Fall months, like April and October, the sun will actually appear to drop quicker than during the summer months. So when the sunrise/sunset calendar says 7:59 PM it mean that at 8:02 PM the sun will be gone. I have timed the drop of the sun from anywhere between 4 minutes to 12 minutes of “usable” sun light after the sunset time.

2) Photography is something to consider and I suggest talking with your photographer on this, too. If you figure a typical wedding ceremony of about 12 – 15 minutes, and figure in at least 20 minutes to 30 minutes for your after photo-shots, it’s is usually wise to start anywhere between 1 hour to 45 minutes ahead of sunset.

Here are the links to a sunrise/sunset site to help with your planning: