Glacier National Park Elopement

A Glacier National Park elopement is the perfect way to have an intimate wedding in one of America's most beautiful national parks. With its rugged mountains, pristine lakes and abundant wildlife, Glacier is a spectacular setting for your special day.

As Glacier National Park elopement photographers, we'll guide you through everything you need to know while planning your wedding. Discover info on the Maroon Bells amphitheater, elopement locations, permit info, cost/pricing and more.

Glacier National Park Elopement

How to Get a Wedding Permit

How to reserve Glacier National Park for a wedding ceremony

You will need a permit from the National Park Service to hold a ceremony in Glacier National Park. You can apply for your permit up to one year in advance, but no less than 20 days before your preferred date. Here are the steps for how to get a permit:

  1. Download the application from the NPS website
  2. Fill it out with your details, proposed location and time
  3. Email the completed form to park and pay the $125 application fee
  4. The park will email you back a signed and approved permit

When to elope in Glacier National Park

the best time of year & time of day

Glacier's high season is July and August. This is when the weather is mildest and the Going-to-the-Sun Road is open. However, these months are also the busiest in the park. For a quieter elopement with fewer crowds, consider May-June or September-October. Just be prepared for potentially cold weather and snow at high elevations. Some facilities may be closed as well. No matter when you choose, always check the park's website for current road and weather conditions.

For all elopements, always choose a weekday at sunrise or sunset for the best experience and least amount of crowds!

Best Places To Elope in Glacier

The best locations to get married in GLACIER national park

Glacier has over 1 million acres for you to explore, however there are designated locations that you can have your ceremony at. You can view the full list on the NPS website, but here are some of the most scenic spots!

  • Logan Pass - Stunning views from Continental Divide. Requires hiking to access.
  • Lake McDonald - Dramatic peaks reflecting in crystal clear waters.
  • Avalanche Lake - Picturesque lake reached by forest trail.
  • Grinnell Glacier Overlook - Epic vistas after hiking through alpine.
  • Two Medicine Valley - Tranquil lakes backed by rugged peaks. More accessible spot.

How much does it cost to get married in Glacier?

The cost to get married in Glacier National Park starts at $125 which covers your wedding permit. You'll also need a marriage license ($53) and the park entrance fee ($35/vehicle, unless you have a National Park Pass). At a minimum, you'll likely want to purchase wedding attire, hire a photographer, videographer, florist, hair and makeup artist. You may also need to account for travel, transportation and lodging. The average total for a Glacier elopement is $16k after all wedding expenses and vendors.

The total cost for your wedding will vary significantly depending on the style of wedding you choose to have. For example, a simple elopement with no guests will be much more affordable than a wedding with guests which you will then need a venue to host a reception, cater food, hire additional vendors, etc.

It's important to note that elopements can be as simple or as extravagant as you desire, there is no set cost for this type of wedding! The great thing about eloping is that you can allot your funds towards an experience and things that you value rather than an expensive venue and material items.

The couples that hire us value their photos and experience more than anything, which is why they typically spend majority of their budget on their photography package. Below is a breakdown of the estimated expenses for a Yosemite wedding. This is not a quote or elopement package.

Half Day Elopement

(NO Guests, Photo only)

Multi-Day ELOPEMENT

(with guests, photo + video)

Full Day ELOPEMENT

(no guests, Photo + Video)

Wedding permit - $125

Marriage License - $53

Entrance fee - $35/vehicle

Photography - $9,900

videography - $3,500

local Officiant - $500

Wedding Attire - $4000

Forals - $1000 (Bouquet, Boutonnière & ceremony arrangement)

Hair & makeup - $800

lodging - $1,800 (three nights at a luxury rental)

reception venue & dinner - $100+/guest

Wedding permit - $125

Marriage License - $53

Entrance fee - $35/vehicle

Photography - $8,000

videography - $3,500

Officiant - free (included with our services)

Wedding Attire - $3000

Forals - $500 (Bouquet + Boutonnière)

Hair & makeup - $500

lodging - $450 (three nights at an airbnb)

Wedding permit - $125

Marriage License - $53

Entrance fee - $35/vehicle

Photography - $6000

Officiant - free (included with our services)

Wedding Attire - $1500

Forals - $300 (Bouquet + Boutonnière)

Hair & makeup - free (diy)

lodging - $108 (three nights camping)

estimate ~ $8,121

estimate ~ $16,163

estimate ~ $23,713

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GLACIER NATIONAL PARK ELOPEMENT Photographers

We're a husband and wife team specializing in elopement photography and videography in Colorado. We believe eloping is the best way to get married, so much so that we did it ourselves! We know it can feel overwhelming not knowing where to start, which is why we help couples set a date, pick a location, make a timeline, etc!

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Glacier National Park Elopement Packages

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Photography & Videography

It might seem counterintuitive to look for a photographer before you have an exact location and date set, but trust us on this one. If you're looking for some help finding the perfect location, an elopement photographer who specializes in the area you're considering will be a huge help to you.

Professional photography and optional videography services from an experienced husband/wife team who've photographed over 150 weddings together. Posing guidance and direction to make you feel and look great in front of the camera, no experience necessary.

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Planning Guide

A 50+ page digital planning guide to help you through the whole elopement planning process. Including tips on booking travel and lodging, buying your attire, activity ideas, packing checklists, including family and more.

Custom Location Guide

A list of all the most beautiful locations in the area you choose based on scenery, accessibility, permits and logistics. We do the work so you don't have to!

Timeline Creation

We'll craft a timeline that fits all the locations, activities, and moments you have planned for your day as well as consider ideal lighting and making sure your whole experience is relaxed and stress free.

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HOW TO ELOPE IN Colorado

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