Grand Teton National Park is located on the border of Wyoming and is one of the most beautiful national parks in the United States. I lived two hours away from this park for four years and have shot many elopements here. You’ll be amazed at the landscapes, wildlife, and ecosystems this park has to offer.
I created this guide filled with everything you possibly need to know about how to plan your own wedding or elopement in Grand Teton National Park.
Best Places to Elope in Grand Teton National Park
*Grand Teton National Park does NOT allow weddings or elopements to take place at any of their well-known lakes due to high popularity. Some lakes are still accessible with extra hiking.*
Schwabacher’s Landing is one of the most popular elopement locations within the park, and one of the most beautiful places for sunrise. There are tons of tress and meadows, a hiking trail, and a beautiful river where you can see the mountain range’s reflection in the water.
Not many people know about Table Mountain! It’s not technically within the park, but the views are out of this world. Take a ski lift (or hike 5.5 miles in) at Grand Targhee Resort to be greeted to one of the most up-close views you’ll have of Grand Teton. This area is very popular, so be sure to plan ahead for a weekday during the off-season!
Mormon Row is a historic site within the park and another very popular place to elope for couples. It’s a beautiful area with wide open views of the mountain range, but it does get quite crowded. If privacy is important to you, consider having your ceremony during sunrise or sunset here for your Grand Teton elopement.
Blacktail Ponds Overlook
Blacktail Ponds Overlook is a scenic area just outside Grand Teton. This spot is a great spot for a ceremony, as many people skip over this underrated area when visiting the park. Here, you’ll find all five ecological systems as well as tons of wildlife while still getting an epic view of the mountains.
If you’re interested in having a waterfall ceremony, there’s no better place in the park then at Hidden Falls. To cut off 2.4 miles of hiking, you can take the boat for an extra fee across the lake. This easily accessible location is also very popular in the park and should be avoided during peak times of day.
The Wedding Tree
The Wedding Tree isn’t actually within the park, but hence the name, makes the perfect wedding venue for those who want privacy but a view of the beautiful Tetons. You won’t find many people here, and you can reserve the area for your wedding or elopement with a permit from BLM.
Do I Need a Permit for My Grand Teton Elopement?
Yes. In order to have a wedding in Grand Teton National Park, you’ll need to purchase a $200 permit.
To obtain your permit, fill out the application on the park’s website, email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. They will then call you and collect the payment information over the phone.
How Many Guests Can I Bring?
While there is no specific capacity listed on their site, if you want to get married within the park, it’s recommended that your total party stay under 15 people. This includes the bride and groom, as well as any additional vendors present.
How to Get a Marriage License in Wyoming
If you want to get a marriage license in Wyoming, you must apply in person.
The most popular place to get a marriage license is in Jackson Hole, which is directly outside of the park. To get a marriage license, you need to make an appointment at the County Clerk’s Office. Be sure to bring a photo I.D. and the marriage questionnaire, which can be found on their site. You’ll also need to bring $30 cash or $31.50 on your card.
There is no waiting period in Wyoming, meaning you can pick up your marriage license and get married on the same day.
Do I Need an Officiant and Witness for My Grand Teton Elopement?
Yes, you will need an officiant and at least two witnesses in order to elope in Grand Teton National Park.
Weather in Grand Teton National Park
Summer (June – August)
Summer is a great time to visit Grand Teton National Park. During these months, the weather is nice, everything is open, and all the hiking trails are accessible. However, the summer months also come with traffic, crowds, and high prices. While the weather is nice, I recommend having your Grand Teton wedding a bit later.
Spring is more of a transitional time in Grand Teton. This is a great time to visit to avoid the crowds, but keep in mind that most things still aren’t open, and a lot of the trails will still have snow on them until late May.
Fall (September – October)
Fall is the best time to elope in Grand Teton! There aren’t as many crowds, it isn’t as expensive, and you can encounter some gorgeous fall colors and wildlife. I recommend having your wedding in September, as October can be unpredictable when it comes to the snow.
Winter (November – April)
If you love the snow, I recommend having your wedding during the winter months. Keep in mind though that most attractions will be closed and prices in Jackson Hole tend to increase a bit due to the popular ski season.
Best Places to Stay in Grand Teton National Park
Jackson Lake Lodge – Jackson Lake Lodge is a full-service hotel with sweeping views of the mountains themselves. There are various dining options, stores, and activities to do in this grand hotel.
Jenny Lake Lodge – If you’re a glamping kind of couple, Jenny Lake Lodge is the perfect place for you! These upscale cabins situated right outside Jenny Lake offer endless exploring and views.
Holly Hause – Inviting friends and family to your elopement, or simply just wanting to splurge? Holly Hause is the home for you. This 4 bedroom Luxe Airbnb is equipped with everything you’ll ever need for your stay. Plus, you can add-on services like a chef, spa, driver, and more.
Grand Teton National Park Elopement Packages
I’m a Grand Teton National Park elopement photographer who specializes in elopements and small weddings. You can see all my elopement package options here.
- 6 hours – 2 days of elopement coverage anywhere in Wyoming
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- Vendor, lodging, and activity recommendations
- Assistance and information to help you with permits, licenses, etc.
- 90+ page elopement planning guide filled with tips and tricks
- Customized elopement timelines
- Optional complimentary officiant services
- Online gallery with full resolution images and printing rights
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- Travel fees to anywhere in Wyoming are already included
- Starting at $7,500
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