Glacier National Park is one of the most visited national parks in the United States, and over the past few years, it’s boomed in popularity amongst couples looking to get married. In this guide, you’ll find a list of the best wedding venues in Glacier National Park, permit information, guest capacities, legalities, and photography packages.

The Best Glacier National Park Wedding Venues

Glacier National Park doesn’t put restrictions on where you can have your wedding ceremony (aside from Logan’s Pass)! To see the entire list of wedding locations suggested by the park, check out the official list here.

Lake McDonald

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Max capacity: 15

Lake McDonald is the largest (and one of the most popular) lakes in Glacier National Park. This is personally one of my favorite elopement locations within the park. The water is crystal clear, you’re surrounded with epic views, and there’s even a dock for pictures.

Logan’s Pass

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Max capacity: 15

While you can’t have your wedding ceremony in Logan’s Pass, I included this location on the list for pictures after your ceremony. Logan’s Pass is the most visited spot in the park. Though it’s crowded, this area during sunrise is absolutely magical.

Swiftcurrent Lake

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Max capacity: 15

Swiftcurrent Lake is located within the Many Glaciers region of the park and is one of the most beautiful places for an elopement in Glacier National Park, especially during sunrise. The views around this lake will leave you in awe.

Two Medicine Lake

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Max capacity: 12

Two Medicine Lake is another jaw dropping wedding venue in Glacier National Park, especially when the mountains have fresh snowfall on them. Like all other lakes within the park, the water is crystal clear. I personally love Upper Two Medicine Lake for an intimate ceremony.

Bowman Lake, a wedding venue in Glacier National Park.

Bowman Lake

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Max capacity: 12

Bowman Lake is personally one of my all-time favorite Glacier National Park elopement spots due to both its views and remoteness. It’s located in an area not commonly visited within the park, yet it has some of the most beautiful views I’ve ever seen!

Sun Point Nature Trail

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Max capacity: 12

Sun Point Nature Trail is quickly becoming a super popular trail within the park, but for a good reason. On this trail, you’ll see everything Glacier has to offer you, including a lake, waterfall, mountain views, and forestry.

Big Bend in Glacier National Park

Big Bend

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Max capacity: 15

Big Bend is located along the Going-to-the-Sun-Road (the most scenic drive in Glacier). They have certain times you can do wedding ceremonies, but don’t let this deter you! Big Bend is my favorite elopement location in Glacier National Park! I mean just look at those views!

Avalanche Lake in Glacier National Park.

Avalanche Lake

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Max capacity: 15

Avalanche Lake is the perfect wedding venue for the couple who loves to hike. The hike to the lake is 2 miles each way and will take through the Trail of the Cedars. The end view is more unique than other views from lakes within the park and one of my personal favorites!

Iceberg trail in Glacier National Park.

Iceberg Trail

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Max capacity: 15

Iceberg Trail is an absolutely incredible wedding venue in Glacier National Park. The trail is 9 miles roundtrip, but it’s incredibly easy and will reward you with dense forests and the beautiful Iceberg Lake.

Trail of the Cedars

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Max capacity: 15

If you’re looking for something more foresty, check out the Trail of the Cedars. It’s a giant loop throughout the park that features a river and giant cedars. It will make you feel like you’ve stepped into Olympic National Park for a minute!

How Many Guests Can I Have at My Glacier National Park Elopement?

Glacier National Park only allows a total 15 people at an intimate elopement, including the photographer, officiant, etc.

There are areas within the park that allow up to 30 guests, and areas that only allow up to 6. To see the entire list, check out the excel file on the park’s website here.

Montana Marriage Licenses and Laws

In order to elope in Glacier National Park, you’ll need to get a Montana marriage license. To get a marriage license, visit the Clerk of District Court in any county and pay a cash fee of $53.

If you don’t live in Montana, you can fill everything out online. To see all the information you need about getting a marriage license in Montana, check out this site.

Keep in mind that the bride will need a blood test to get a marriage license. See the official form here.

There is no waiting period once you get your marriage license, and it’s valid for 180 days.

Montana Officiant and Witness Laws

To be legally married in Montana, you need to have an officiant. A Clergy and/or Ordained Minister, Judge or Public Official given specific solemnization rights by their office, Justice of the Peace, Mayor, or Tribal Judge can officiant a ceremony.

However, Montana recognizes officiants and marriages ordained within the context of any religious affiliation, which means that as long as they are ordained, a close friend or family member can officiant your ceremony.

You need at least two witnesses get married in Montana.

Glacier National Park Elopement Permit

To obtain a permit, fill out the application found online and send it in by mail to the address below, along with a $125 check or money order. If you would prefer paying with a credit card, make a note of that on the application and the park will call you once they receive your application to get your credit card information for payment. See the permit information here.

Glacier National Park
Attn: Special Park Uses
PO Box 128
West Glacier, MT 59936

What Time of Year Should I Have My Glacier National Park Elopement?

If you want to avoid the crowds on your wedding day, I recommend eloping in late September or early October.

Glacier National Park is extremely popular, especially during July and August because of the nice weather. During the peak season, it’s very difficult to have an intimate wedding, and often times, certain wedding venues within the park have lots of restrictions.

The spring and winter are very similar. Glacier gets a TON of snow, and lots of attractions and businesses are closed due to the cold weather and lack of visitors. May and early June are great months to visit, but the Go-to-the-Sun Road is usually closed until July.

I personally recommend fall for your elopement. While a ton of the businesses up there close after Labor Day, this is your best chance at having a wedding with minimal crowds and nicer weather.

Glacier National Park

Places to Stay for Your Glacier National Park Elopement

Authentic Vintage Log Cabin – Located only 9 miles from the park, this cozy log cabin is the perfect place for couples looking to be out in nature while still being close to downtown Martin City.

Artists’ Loft – If you’re looking for something a bit more modern than the usual Glacier cabins, check out this trendy loft in downtown Whitefish, a town only a quick 30-minute car ride from the park.

Loonsong Loft – This is another trendy loft located right outside the park. It’s one of my personal favorite listings. It’s super close to the park and also extremely beautifully designed!

Lake McDonald Cabin – If you want a true Glacier National Park experience, consider staying in this quaint cabin right on the shore of Lake McDonald. This cabin has the basic necessities for a few days stay.

Glacier National Park Elopement Packages

I’m an elopement photographer who offers Glacier National Park wedding packages. To see more details about what I include in my packages, check out my pricing page here.

Glacier National Park Elopement Package Pricing

  • 6 hours – 2 days of elopement coverage
  • A hands-on elopement planning experience with unlimited assistance
    • personalized elopement locations and questionnaires
    • vendor recommendations
    • permit assistance
    • customized elopement timeline
  • Online gallery with full resolution and printing rights
  • 24-48 hour sneak peak images from your elopement
  • Travel fees to ANYWHERE in Montana are already included
  • Starting at $6,500

Want more wedding inspiration? Check out this Alaska Elopement Guide, Olympic National Park Wedding Guide, and the 25 Most Jaw Dropping Mountain Wedding Venues in the United States.


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  1. We are wanting to elope in Montana Glacier National Park August 7, 2021. I would love to discuss your services and see some of your work.

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