Wedding Requirements for South Walton
A South Walton wedding is one you dream about. Beautiful parks, extravagant venues, amazing restaurants, unique beach walkovers, beautiful white sand and turquoise waters make for the perfect wedding.
Where do you start? For legal requirements and license information for getting married in Walton County, Florida - please check the Walton County, Florida Clerk Of Courts website for more marriage license information. Where To Apply Walton County Courthouse Annex, 31 Coastal Centre Boulevard, Santa Rosa Beach, Florida 32459, (850) 267-3066.
Do I need a special permit to have my wedding on the beach?
Yes, all weddings held on South Walton beaches require Beach Wedding Permits.
How do I apply for a Beach Wedding Permit?
To apply for a Permit, complete the Beach Wedding Permit application form and return it to Walton County Planning and Development Services.
Click here to get a Beach Wedding Permit application form online, or call Walton County Planning and Development Services at (850) 267-1955 to learn more information about the application process.
Is there a fee for the permit?
Yes, there is a $50 permit fee for all applications regardless of how many are in attendance.
How can I make sure the public beach access of my choice will be available at the time of my wedding?
If you are having your ceremony on a public beach access you will be required to get a Beach Wedding Permit through Walton County Planning and Development Services. Once your permit is issued, your wedding details are added to a calendar. Walton County Planning and Development Services will not schedule multiple weddings or events at the same time and location.
It is important to understand that although no other weddings will be taking place at the same time as yours, the public beach access will not be closed to individual beachgoers.
What is the earliest/latest I can have my beach wedding?
There are no curfew regulations for beach weddings so you can have your wedding as early or late as you want. However, if you are having your ceremony at a non-traditional hour we strongly suggest you advise the local Sheriff’s Office of your plans. Please call (850) 892-8186 to contact the Walton County Sheriff’s Office.
Can chairs, arches, runners and other decorations be set up on the beach?
Yes, but all items (including rented items) must be taken down immediately following the ceremony to comply with Walton County Ordinance No. 2003-07, Section 4.G and Section 22-54(G).
What is Walton County Ordinance No. 2003-07, Section 4.G and Section 22-54(G)?
Also known as the “Leave No Trace Program,” Walton County Ordinance No. 2003-07, Section 4.G and Section 22-54(G) states that items left unattended on the beach overnight will be removed and discarded. The ordinance is in place to protect our beaches, and marine life.
To learn more about the “Leave No Trace Program,” call Walton County Code Enforcement at (850) 622-0000, or click here to read the ordinance in its entirety.
For wedding venues and vendors, see the SoWal Wedding Guide!