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Footprints in The Sand Beach Weddings

Frequently Asked Questions

  • WHAT HAPPENS IF IT RAINS? WEDDING CEREMONY? PHOTOGRAPHY SESSION?
    Wedding Ceremony No one wants to get all wet when they are dressed up and ready to say the I Do's and we completely understand that. Its the responsibility of the client to to have some type backup location and/or alternate plan. We highly recommend having a backup plan. When planning an outdoor event the weather is something to always take into considration. We try our best to watch the weather before any event very closely, and if it happens to look like it will definitely be a problem with the scheduled time, we can offer to adjust the timing to "zig-zag" around the rain. This many times is a great solution for a random shower. ** If you're having a reception, Its a possibility that it could be moved to your reception area. If this turns out to be the case some of our setups cannot be used in a indoor location, however we will do our very best to decorate the backup location you have chosen. Photography Session No one wants to be all wet when they are all dressed up and ready to be photographed and we completely understand that so if it looks like it is going to rain or some other weather catastrophe, we will be in touch via email or phone to reschedule. ** We are not responsible for the weather. ** We will do our very best to work with you concerning rescheduling for the next day, next week, or even next month to accomocdate your schedule taking in to consideration our schedule too of course.
  • HOW FAR IN ADVANCE SHOULD WE BOOK?
    The sooner the better! Our weekends can fill up pretty quickly - notably during the spring, summer, and fall. Reach out to us a soon as possible. We suggest putting your deposit down as soon as you have decided. Minister only package requires payment in full and is "Non-Refundable'. This ensures your desired date is reserved. Your deposit goes towards your wedding and is used to reserve your wedding staff. * Note: All Wedding Packages and Events must be "Paid in Full" 30 days in advance of the scheduled date of the service.
  • HOW WILL WE GET OUR PICTURES AFTER THE EVENT?
    Within a couple weeks following your event you will receive a link to download all of your pictures from our website. We will also provide you with a hard copy on a USB drive with all of the pictures of your event.
  • IS A PERMIT REQUIRED TO GET MARRIED ON THE BEACH IN ALABAMA, FLORIDA, OR MISSISSIPPI?"
    Getting married on any public beach in Alabama, Mississippi, or Florida will require a permit. The permit cost is "NOT" included in any of our beach wedding packages. Mississippi - Pass Christian, Long Beach, Biloxi, and Gulf Port - There is no fee if the total number of people is 25 or less. Greater than 25 people, there is a $25 permit fee. They have a Red Gazebo @ 123 E Beach Blvd, no reservations, public, 1st come basis. Dauphin Island East End Fort Gaines No access to any facilities, there is no permit however the Park & Beach board does charge a $50 fee for weddings on the public beach at Fort Gaines. Must schedule time/date with Park & Beach board. The Park Beach & Board can be contacted @ 251-861-3607. Old Pier Area (91502 Bienville Blvd) There is not a permit, however the Park & Beach Board does charge a $200 fee for weddings at this location. West End Public beach - There is not a permit however the Park & Beach board does charge a $50 fee for weddings on the public beach at Dauphin Island West End Public beach. Public Beach, 8am-6pm, parking $5, with access to facilities/restrooms. After 6pm, free parking but no access to facilities/restrooms. Fort Morgan No Weddings are allowed on the beach at Fort Morgan. This is due to the endangered wildlife species and the beaches are controlled by the U.S. Fish & Game Wildlife Service. You can however rent the entire Fort! How cool would that be! If you rent/reserve Fort Morgan for your Wedding the cost is $1000.00, Wedding only. If you would like to rent the entire Fort for both Wedding & Reception, the cost is $1500.00. The rental includes the entire Fort, Fort Morgan in its "Entirety" from 5pm until 12am. Fort Morgan after hours Reservation form is located here: Rental Form Gulf Shores There are no Weddings allowed on any public beach in Gulf Shores. If you have a rental beach house, or Condo you are allowed to use the adjacent area directly behind the house/condo. Gulf State Park info for this location coming soon Orange Beach info for this location coming soon Perdido Key No public beach weddings allowed. If you have a rental beach house, or condo you are allowed to use the adjacent area directly behind the house/condo. Johnson Beach (FL) Weddings are allowed on the beaches. $50 permit fee required. Permit will be in addition to the Wedding Package price. Pensacola Weddings are allowed on any / all of the Public Beaches in Pensacola. No permit required. The more popular areas in Pensacola are the east & west public beach areas. Santa Rosa info for this location coming soon
  • WILL OTHER PEOPLE BE ON THE BEACH DURING OUR WEDDING CEREMONY?
    Yes, there are possibilities of others being on the beach during the ceremony as most locations are public beaches. Some beach locations are proned to be less crowded than others depending on the time of year, day of the week, and events or holidays that are happening around your wedding date.
  • WHERE DO YOU GET A MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE APPLICATION FOR ALABAMA?
    Alabama Act 2019-340 Effective August 29, 2019, the process for entering into a legal marriage in Alabama changes, pursuant to Ala. Act 2019-340. Under the new law, persons wishing to become married are no longer required to file an application for a marriage license with the county probate court, and the courts will no longer issue marriage licenses. Furthermore, all Alabama probate courts will now be required to record marriage certificates. The Alabama Marriage Certificate form represents a contractual agreement between the parties to the marriage, completed by both parties and delivered to the probate court for recording. Once properly completed and recorded, the marriage is valid. A wedding ceremony may be performed for the parties, but solemnization is no longer required for a recognized marriage in Alabama. The links below are provided for more information on Alabama Marriage Certificates. Marriage Application Information - Alabama Marriage Application Information Marriage Application Form - Alabama Marriage Application Alabama Marriage Application FAQ - Marriage ACT FAQ's Note - Please check the accuracy of the links above as information does change from time to time and this information is only provided as a reference.
  • WHERE DO YOU GET A MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE FOR FLORIDA?
    Florida Marriage License Every marriage license is issued by a county court judge or clerk of the circuit court under his or her hand and seal. Marriage licenses are issued by counties and you can apply for your license at any county clerk's. You can get married in any county in Florida, regardless of where you obtained your marriage license. To obtain a marriage license you need: Identification: a picture ID such as a driver's license, state ID card, or valid passport; both parties will also have to provide their Social Security numbers, but do not need to provide their Social Security Cards. Fees: $93.50. Marriage license fees can be reduced by up to $32.50 if you complete a licensed Florida pre-marital course. Marriage license is valid for 60 days after issuance. You must perform the ceremony of marriage before the 60 days has expired. Blood Tests are not required. There is a 3-day waiting period after issuance of the license before you can get married, unless you have completed the Florida pre-marital course, in which case the waiting period is waived. Florida Marriage Statutes can be found here: Florida-Marriage-Statues Florida Clerk of the Court contact information by county - Clerk-Of-The-Courts-Offices
  • WHERE DO YOU GET A MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE FOR MISSISIPPI?
    Mississippi Marriage License Every marriage license is issued by a county court judge or clerk of the circuit court under his or her hand and seal. Marriage licenses are issued by counties and you can apply for your license at any county clerk's office. Your marriage license may only be used in the State of MIssissippi. You must return the marriage license to the clerks office in the county where it was obtained, regardless of what county you get married in Mississippi. To obtain a marriage license you need: Both parties must apply together Both parties must present a valid I.D. (Driver’s License, Birth Certificate, Military I.D., DD214, Baptismal Certificate, Life Insurance Record, School Record, or any other official document evidencing age. The Clerk shall retain a copy on file. Effective July 2nd, 2019, the Marriage License Fee will be $38.00 Cash or Credit Card If either party has been divorced within the last six (6) months, a copy of the divorce decree is required Additional Information: If either applicant is under TWENTY-ONE (21) years of age, parental consent is required The female applicant must be at least fifteen (15) years of age to apply The male applicant must be at least seventeen (17) years of age to apply The license may be used only in the State of Mississippi Marriage Licenses will not be issued after 4:45pm You can download the marriage license application for Harrison County, MS here.
  • IS A PHOTOGRAPHER INCLUDED IN YOUR WEDDING PACKAGES?
    Yes! All of our wedding packages include photography! We wouldnt have it any other way. We are very happy that you have chosen us and feel this is a definite added bonus at "No Additional Charge".
  • WHAT IF I DONT WANT A BEACH WEDDING?
    Footprints In The Sand Beach Weddings does not only do beach weddings, we can perform your wedding on a large Yacht, Beach House, Condo, Park, or your own special place.
  • CAN WE BRING OUR OWN OFFICIANT?
    Yes, you are more than welcome to do so. So long as he/she is Ordained or a Notary Republic in the State of marriage. Alabama, Florida or Mississippi.
  • CAN WE HIRE OUR OWN PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER?
    Yes, you can. If you hire a professional photographer that person will be your Primary Photographer. Since all of our wedding packages do include photography, we will act as a secondary photographer staying out of the way. We will photograph around your hired photographer so that we do not interfere with his/her work.
  • WHO WILL PERFORM THE CEREMONY?
    I myself (Doug Wright) will perform the marriage ceremony. I am a Ordained minister with Universal Life Church which is a non-denominational religious organization recognized worldwide. My wife Laura is a Notary Republic in the State of Alabama and can notarize your marriage certificate application as well (Alabama Only). (In Alabama it has to be delivered to an Alabama County Probate Court for recording within 30 days. Please check your specific states requirements) The Universal Life Church has also become renowned for its role as a champion of religious freedom, social justice, and spiritual expression. While the Universal Life Church Monastery has become a global leader in these fields, it largely attributes that status to the commitment and competence of the millions of empowered ministers brought together in a world tent of togetherness.
  • CAN WE MEET WITH YOU BEFORE HAND?
    Yes, we can schedule a in person meeting with the couple. This would be available by a prearranged appointment only.
  • HOW CAN WE BOOK OUR BEACH WEDDING OR EVENT?
    Once the couple has decided on the date and time, you should book your event as soon as possible! We require 50% of the cost of the chosen package as a deposit. When you submit the book online form, you can choose to pay your deposit immediately by credit card on our website. If you prefer to mail in a check for a deposit, please make this arrangement with us ahead of time. Minister only packages require payment in full at the time of booking. * Note: All Wedding Packages and Events must be "Paid in Full" 30 days in advance of the scheduled date of the service. Please be aware that unfortunately we cannot reserve your date, hold your date, or commit to any date until your deposit is received. We recommend putting the deposit on your credit card immediately. This can be conveniently done by submitting the book online form for your specific event. * Note: Minister only package requires payment in full and is "Non-Refundable".
  • WHO DETERMINES AND PICKS THE LOCATION FOR THE CEREMONY?
    The location is all your choice. We can provide assistance and offer friendly advice if needed in this area. We go to Public Beaches, Parks, Condo's, Hotels, Beach Houses, or even on a large Yacht if thats whats you are getting married on! Please note that all site locations picked out and submitted to us by the customer that we have never been to before, the site has to be approved by us for setting up. Also, if the distance from the end of the board walk (where the sand begins) to the actual site location where the setup is to be done, if the distance is excessive, additional charges will apply.
  • DO YOU PROVIDE REHEARSALS?
    No. Rehearsals can be arranged at an additional cost of $100. Rehearsals cannot be schedule any later than 2 hours before sunset.
  • DO YOU PROVIDE MUSIC?
    Yes we do. It is included in the Premium Sunshine Wedding Package. It is not included in the Elopement, Sandy Toes, or Footprints Wedding Packages, however it can be added as an A La Carte item for an additional fee of $100. We can play mood music prior to the wedding, and also the traditional wedding march music for when the bride walks down the aisle. If you have chosen a particular song that you would like to be played, we can accommodate that as well as long as the song(s) are provided ahead of time. A' La Carte items may be viewed by clicking this link here
  • DO YOU PROVIDE CHAIRS?
    Yes, Chairs are included in the Premium Sunshine Wedding package. Chairs can be added as an A' La Carte item on any of the other wedding packages. Cost for 20 chairs (10 chairs on each side of the isle) is an additional fee of $175. White Nylon Stretch Slip On Covers (20) can be added as an A' La Carte item for an additional fee of $25.00. A' La Carte items may be viewed by clicking this link here
  • WHAT HAPPENS IF WE CANCEL? HAVE TO POSTPONE?
    Cancellation In the event of a cancellation of any service 45 days prior to the event date/time, "If' you have paid in full, the required deposit amount of 50% for any service plus any fees that have been spent on your behalf for items and/or services associated with your wedding are Non-Refundable. To Cancel or Reschedule, Please contact us ASAP once its known. Cancellations less than 45 days are fully non-refundable. We will do our very best to work with you concerning rescheduling. Note: Wedding Officiant packages are "Fully Non-Refundable" once payment is made. Postponement Your deposit/payments will be credited and applied to your new date. If you need to postpone please call us to check for availability.
  • WHAT PAYMENT METHODS DO YOU ACCEPT?
    Cash, Check, Money Orders, and Credit Cards accepted. * Check / Money Orders need to be payable to Footprints In The Sand Beach Weddings. * If paying in Cash, we will work with you to make the necessary arrangements. * Payments made with a Credit Card incur an additional 4.0% surcharge * Note: All Wedding Packages and Events must be "Paid in Full" 30 days in advance of the scheduled date of the service.
  • IS THERE SUCH A THING AS WEDDING INSURANCE? YES!
    You have spent a lot of time and money planning your special day to celebrate the union with your lifelong partner. CONGRATULATIONS! Things to take into consideration... you have likely spent money on a reception venue, rings, wedding dress, wedding cake, and the list goes on. Now what happens in the event when something unfortunate and/or unexpected happens? Wedding insurance has become a thing that gives the couple a little peace of mind. When planning an outdoor event such as a beach wedding it is becoming a popular choice for couples wanting to protect their investment and expenses of the big day. Footprints In The Sand Beach Weddings encourages you to consider and look into the options of wedding insurance. It might or might not be right for you. If you are planning to fork over your hard-earned cash that could run in the thousands if you add everything up, it could be an option. Investopedia has a great article as well as a lot of good information on it. You can find useful information by using the below links. The Top 5 Wedding Insurance Companies by Investopedia The 5 Best Wedding Insurance Companies of 2021 Wedsure The Original Wedding Insurance Travelers Wedding Insurance Protector Plan eWed Insurance Least Expensive Most Comprehensive Event Helper Best Customer Service, Quick & Simple WedSafe Nationwide Wedding Liability Insurance
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