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Elope in Glacier National Park

Glacier is one of the most stunning national parks we have. Eloping in Glacier is easy, thanks to the NPS permitting department, the easy location choices, and a little help from me. It's no secret that this is one of my favorite national parks. Here’s what’s needed to elope in Glacier National Park…

Marriage License

Bring $53 with you, or a credit card (although in most places a transaction fee will be added on). No waiting periods or blood tests are required. They’re good for 180 days and witnesses aren’t required. Neither are licensed officiants – you can pull off a random Joe off the street to marry you! If that doesn’t sound like your idea of fun, I can refer several officiants who can conduct a ceremony. If you’re just wanting to read love letters, but have a licensed officiant sign it anyway, I’m a licensed officiant and can do that for you!

Location & Permitting

The great thing about GNP is the great locations you have to choose from. I’m here to help you choose the best location for you, depending on how long you want to hike, what views you want, and how close you want to be to lodging, dining options for after your ceremony, etc. Firstly, Glacier National Park permits department does a great job at expediting permits. They strive to have your permit approved and back to you within a couple of weeks (if not less). That isn’t the case with all national parks. From West Glacier to Two Medicine to Many Glacier, there are tons of backdrop options. Do you like large lakes? Great big horns and glacial aretes in the background? Maybe you want a waterfall or someplace where seeing a moose is likely. You’ve got me for a variety of locations and I can help you choose something that fits your personality and desires. 

Inside Info: I know everyone loves Logan Pass, but permits are not issued for Hidden Lake Trail due to popularity and foot traffic.

LODGING

West Glacier: West Glacier has more options when it comes to lodging outside the park. Kalispell, Whitefish and Columbia Falls have tons of options. This side of the park is more spendy, and if you’re wanting to elope on the east side of the park (Two Medicine and Many Glacier), it’s at least a 2 hour drive via Going to The Sun Road, or Highway 2. Here are some awesome AirBnbs in the Whitefish and Kalispell area! 

East Glacier: While the east side of the park has limited lodging options, it’s easier access to a lot of the more “epic” views (not that West Glacier isn’t badass!). Many Glacier has a few in-park options, and Babb is just outside of the Many Glacier entrance – it has a few more rustic selections (think tiny homes and basic amenities cabins). The nearest town is Browning, about a 30 minute car ride away on the Blackfeet reservation. Here is the link to the Many Glacier Lodge as well as the Swiftcurrent Motor Inn, which are both in-park and in high demand, but probably your best bet on the east side when it comes to bang for your buck. 

Inside Info: There is nearly no cell reception anywhere inside the park. This is particularly true on the east side, where cell service only begins once you are fully out of the park. West Glacier has spotty cell service in Apgar, and that’s about as good as it gets.

Wedding Details

I might as well start off with a photographer: me. On top of being your photographer, I’ll be there to help you select a location, refer you to amazing vendors, and be there to cheer you on during every step of your elopement (see more photo inspiration here and here). It’s SO important to have a relationship with your photographer. They’ll be there on your wedding day to not only capture your day, but lend support, laugh and cry with you, be a Sherpa, and so much more. We’ll figure out and unpack what your ideal day would be together, so we can ensure that it’s uniquely you and what you want.

Hair & MakeupTy Nikole has been the one I refer any bride to for makeup. She’s flexible and all my couples have enjoyed her. For hair, Christina Stevens is great! 

Florals: I’ve had brides use Farmgirl Flowers, but I’ve only heard good things about Rose Mountain Floral.

Sound like a Glacier National Park elopement might be your kind of deal? Get in touch below!

Interested in something that involves an overnight trip to Sperry or Granite Park Chalet? Babe, you’ve come to the right place. An overnight trip on a relatively easy trail to a chalet like Granite Park isn’t something that every elopement photographer would do – lucky, it’s what I specialize in 😉

Your Glacier National Park Elopement Photographer

Heyooo! I'm Sam. And it's not really a secret that Glacier National Park is one of my favorite places in the world. If I had to choose, I'd easily spend my summer in the Glacier area, exploring and helping out brides and grooms make their elopement days epic.

A person's best work is done when they're passionate about the subject. It's a good thing Glacier National Park elopements are a passion. Let's plan an adventure together.

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