So you’re planning your elopement, huh? CONGRATULATIONS!! There’s just something about planning the day that is all about you and your honey. If you’ve found yourself here, it means you’re thinking about eloping in Glacier National Park (good choice!). From the dramatic landscapes, crystal blue glacial lakes, endless hikes, and more… It’s no wonder that GNP is the ultimate place to elope. I’m so excited to have put together the ultimate guide to eloping in Glacier National Park so that you have a “one-stop-shop” kind of resource to reference as you plan your elopement. Let’s dive in!
I’m a firm believer that there is no inopportune time to elope in Montana. Each season offers endless activities and opportunities to take in Big Sky Country.
Still undecided? Click here for How to Elope in Montana. I dive even deeper into how to choose the best time to elope.
Vendors that book up quickly are typically photographers, videographers, and coordinators. Now, I don’t only mention this because I am a full-time elopement and intimate wedding photographer in Montana. But these vendors are truly the experts that can help you organize and plan your elopement. These vendors will be able to give you their list of preferred vendors, help nail down a timeline for your elopement day, and even find accommodations.
I know what you’re thinking, “Guest list?! It’s an elopement!” But your elopement can look however you want it to. Whether you choose to include your family or not, be sure to give it some thought. I have a TON of tips on Including Your Family on Your Elopement Day here!
When you think about eloping in GNP, it can be a little bit overwhelming trying to decide where you want to say “I do” within the park. There are 5 districts within the park that are filled with epic locations for you to tie the know. Be sure to research the different areas, restrictions, and limitations within each district to ensure you choose the best fit. Head over to the Best Places to Elope in Glacier National Park for a comprehensive list of all the districts (and my personal favorites)!
Having a permit in Glacier National Park is one of the most important pieces of information I can provide. Without a permit, you will not be able to say your vows amongst the towering peaks and alpine lakes. The park requires you to have a permit because they only allow ceremonies in certain locations. However, you can take portraits elsewhere. As soon as you nail down a location, apply for your permit as soon as possible; their response time can take more than a month. Remember to remain flexible. Looking for the form now? Click HERE for the National Park Service permit application.
Believe it or not, your elopement day doesn’t just have to be you and your honey getting married (although, that is the main attraction). I’ve had the honor of capturing my fair share of elopements; my job reaches far beyond just telling your love story. My job as an elopement photographer is to capture you in your element – do what you want! Want to go flyfishing? Great, let’s do it! Is snowshoeing more your speed? I’m right behind you. There are seriously an endless amount of activities to do. I’ve put together my list of 50 Activity Ideas to Do on Your Elopement Day.
Montana offers lodging for every kind of elopement you could imagine. Whether you’re planning on eloping with just you and your honey, or you plan to bring a crew, check out my Favorite Vacation Rentals in Montana! Trust me, there’s some neat ones on this list. From lodges to airbnbs to campgrounds, there are plenty of great places to stay near Glacier National Park!
Once you’ve nailed down dates, locations, times, etc., it’s time to hire your other vendors. Your photographer, videographer, or coordinator can recommend others in the industry. But other resources include WeddingWire.com or TheKnot.com. For Montana specific, visit Montanabride.com.
I know, I know. Get legal?! You’ve already secured your permit for your ceremony, but now you gotta make sure your MARRIAGE is legal! You must apply in the county in which you are getting married. You can apply as soon as just under 6 months for your license online. Read more on Getting Legal here.
You can also choose to just have a commitment ceremony in Montana and get legally married elsewhere. Make sure you look up the requirements for your state!
Depending on what season you plan to elope in, and what activities you decide to embark on, you’ll need different kinds of gear. My biggest tip is to come prepared; you’ll be ready for any situation that comes your way. I’ve put together an entire list of What to Pack for a Mountain Elopement, but to give you a quick look into my must-haves:
It is super important that we leave the park better than we found it. It is truly a blessing that we are able to use these incredible public lands for YOUR elopement! I urge you to stay on the designated trails and minimize your environmental impacts while using the land. As a Leave No Trace photographer, I practice these principles in all of my work and play, and encourage my clients to do so as well. For more information on LNT practices, click here.
Although I hope this can be your “one-stop-shop” while planning your elopement, you can’t go wrong with staying up-to-date on the NPS info.
There you have it! You’re officially ready to elope with the help of The Ultimate Guide to Eloping in Glacier National Park. I’m so excited that you’re gearing up to wander and marry the love of your life. If you’re looking for any recommendations or additional help in planning your elopement, head over to IG; I’d love to be friends (@sydneybreannphoto)!