Getting Married In Alabama?
Information you might want to know if you are getting married in Alabama.

Alabama State Flower

Do you want to use the state flower in your wedding bouquet?
The state flower of Alabama is the beautiful Camelia flower.  (Pictured above)
Camelia flowers bloom from November to March with the peak of bloom in January and February.

Alabama State Fruit

Do you want to use the state fruit in your wedding dessert?
State Fruit:  Blackberry
State Tree Fruit: Peach

Getting Your Marriage License

If you are getting married in the sate of Alabama, you must first apply for a wedding license at any in-state county clerk office.   Some of the offices in Alabama are called a ‘marriage license bureau’ and they are usually located in the county probate court, or circuit court.

Marriage license fee: Fees vary by each county in the state of Alabama for a marriage license.  Marriage license fees are required at the time of application.

  • Minimum age to get a marriage license in Alabama: Age 16
  • The Probate judge is responsible for issuing marriage licenses in the state of Alabama.
  • You can obtain a marriage license from any county in the State of Alabama regardless of where you live, or where you are getting married.
  • There is NO waiting period.
  • The wedding license is valid for 30 days.
  • There is NO blood test required.
  • Residency is NOT required.
  • Witnesses are not required in the State of Alabama.
  • Both parties need to be present to apply in person.
  • Both parties need to provide a valid form of I.D.
  • Both parties need to provide a valid Social Security card.

You can check most recent updated laws here.

Plan Your Wedding According To Your Favorite Season

The climate in the summer is hot, with average temperatures in the 80’s and peaks in the 90’s in July.   Summer is the perfect time to enjoy Alabama’s sugar white beaches, which come alive in the warm-weather months.

The average daytime temperature is in the mid 50’s, with lows in the 30’s.  It’s rare in Alabama to get severely cold or even snow.  During the winter, Alabama’s Gulf Coast offers a getaway for anyone wanting to escape the frigid weather.

Daytime temperatures are in the 70’s, with lows in the 50’s.  You usually need only a sweater or light jacket through November.  Rainfall is lowest in October.  Alabama is beautiful throughout the year, but especially in the Fall.  As the greens of summer surrender to glittering yellow poplars, scarlet dogwoods, orange maples and golden hickories, Alabama unfolds its patchwork quilt of color.  Colors will be at their best from late October to early November.   Fall weddings are beautiful in Alabama.

The majority of Alabama’s spring days are warm and sunny.   Rainfall across the state is highest in March, and temperatures average in the 60’s.

Popular Alabama Wedding Traditions

  • Most engaged couples in Alabama choose to get married in a church.
  • Indoor wedding venues are just as popular as outdoor venues.
  • Serving two cakes at the reception.  The bride’s cake is very beautiful and the groom’s cake is typically a smaller theme shaped cake.   The groom’s cake normally becomes the talk of the reception.
  • Tradition in Alabama is that the bride’s family pays for the wedding.
  • Birmingham and Montgomery are the two most popular cities to get married.
  • Bride’s choose to have a large wedding party.   They want as many friends standing next to them when they say, “I Do”.