If you are looking for a beach wedding on Dauphin Island, I’d like to share a few things to help you in your planning.
The photo to the right is a view from the air, but it shows Dauphin Island as you enter on it from the bridge. That road will deadend and you’ll turn either right to the beaches or left to Mobile Bay Ferry.
Dauphin Island is off the southern gulf coast of Mobile county and easy to get to, thanks to a nice tall bridge. The beach there offers you a backdrop and shores on the Gulf and is a nice spot for a simple wedding.
There are three beaches on Dauphin Island, one is the newest East-End Beach, the West-End Beach, and the Central public beach which is situated right in the middle of the island next to the elementary school.
Central Public Beach
The Dauphin Island Public Beach is long and the three boardwalk entrances can make it difficult to meet-up, so if you are choosing to get married there, and you want to ask me to officiate, it is easiest to walk out the pier and use the beach at its end area. I suggest that we meet in the parking area close to the elementary school side of the parking lot. There is a $5 parking fee at this location.
East End Public Beach
To get to the East End public beach you turn left (East) when the road dead-ends on the island. The East End public beach is behind Fort Gaines along the Mobile Bay so you won’t see it until you get around the fort. There is no parking fee at this location.
West End Public Beach
The West End beach is nice but it does have some deteriorating shoreline, but it also has the best spot to catch the sunset. Sometimes there is a parking fee, sometimes there is not.
The majority of weddings I officiate on Dauphin Island are at one of the many beach houses located along the shoreline or close to it. One thing to keep in mind is parking on the road is now prohibited so if you have booked me to officiate and you have a large number of guests trying to park in your beach house driveway, please be sure I can park when I arrive.
Affidavit Marriage State
Alabama is an “Affidavit Marriage” state, beginning in September 2019. The traditional marriage license is has been replaced by an affidavit document system, which means a couple will need to report to an Alabama county courthouse to register themselves as legally married in the eyes of the state for marriage rights extended by the federal government.
A marriage ceremony is no longer a requirement in order for a marriage to be recognized as legally binding. However, I will still be offering a wedding ceremony, which I will refer to as a “Religious Wedding Ceremony.” You can read more about this at Alabama Affidavit Marriage? page.