Alabama Weddings – What You Need to Know

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Alabama is a unique, historic, gorgeous state that is perfect for any southern belle looking for a picturesque wedding. The rolling mountains, the luscious gardens, the authentic manors, everywhere you turn there is a backdrop that could fit the wedding of your dreams. If you’ve decided that an Alabama wedding is for you, this is everything you’ll ever want to know and more:


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The Average Cost of Alabama Weddings

The first thing that you should do when planning a wedding is to set your budget. With the national average somewhere around $30,000, choosing an affordable venue, photographer, well let’s be honest, everything will help dwindle that number further down. For planning Alabama weddings you’re already a few steps ahead.


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With the average cost per guest at $137 and the average wedding guest count coming in at 140 people, you’re looking at an average wedding cost of $19,203. That’s $10,000 you saved just by getting married in Alabama! Congratulations!


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What’s the Process?

Marriage License Fee: The fee for an Alabama marriage license varies by county and is required at the time of application.

  • Minimum Age: 16.
  • Who Issues Licenses: The Probate Judge is responsible for issuing marriage licenses in the State of Alabama.
  • Where to Apply: A marriage license may be obtained from any county in the State of Alabama (regardless of where you live or where you are getting married), and may be used to be married in any county in Alabama.
  • Waiting Period: None.
  • License Validity: 30 Days.
  • Blood Test: Not Required.
  • Residency: Not Required.
  • Witnesses: In Alabama witnesses are not required.

If you’re getting married in the state of Alabama you must first apply for a wedding license at any in-state county clerk office. These offices, some of which are referred to as the “marriage license bureau,” are usually located in the county probate court or circuit court.


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Alabama Wedding Resources

Alabama Weddings Magazine – The secret to a successful marriage is true love and passion, and the same holds true in the continued success of Alabama Weddings Magazine. For fifteen years we have poured our passion for weddings into each and every issue, working alongside the best of the best in the wedding industry. We’ve watched trends come and go, but one thing always remains the same, and that’s all the excitement and joy that goes into planning a wedding.


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Just Breathe Wedding Guide – A free gift for brides who have chosen Baldwin County, AL as their wedding destination. It is a unique publication designed specifically to assist brides in creating their dream wedding by providing them with the abundant resources Baldwin County has to offer. It also includes helpful articles from merchants, useful informational checklist pages that brides can check off and/or fill in as they go, ads and photos from wedding related businesses, entrepreneurs, venues and services, all with the same goals in mind, helping a bride create and enjoy her magical wedding day. You can request your free copy at or send us an email request at and they will mail one to your doorstep.


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Whether you’re planning a traditional southern or a vintage plantation, we’re here to help you say “Sweet Home Alabama” when choosing your perfect wedding venue.

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