Grand Teton National Park, located on the border of Wyoming, is one of the most beautiful national parks in the United States. Over 3 million people visit the park each year in awe of the dramatic peaks that sit right in front of them. Lucky enough, I lived two hours away from this park for four years and have had the opportunity to explore the park more than your average person. You’ll be amazed at the landscapes, wildlife, and ecosystems the park has to offer and all the hidden locations I have up my sleeve.

To help you plan your elopement, I created this guide filled with everything you possibly need to know about how to elope in Grand Teton National Park, including new permit rules, locations, weather, and more.

Grand Teton Elopement Checklist

  • Choose your elopement location
  • Choose your season to elope
  • Obtain your permits
  • Get your marriage license
  • Hire your vendors
  • Book your lodging
  • Book your activities
  • Grand Teton elopement packages

Best Places to Elope in Grand Teton National Park

Note: Grand Teton National Park does NOT allow weddings or elopements to take place at any location outside of the six designated ceremony sites listed below if you have more than 12 people included in your elopement. However, you are free to take portraits around other areas of the park.

If you have less than 12 people, you can elope almost anywhere in the park aside from off-limits areas that we’ll touch on in just a second.

Note: The max capacity number includes the couple, officiant, photographer, and other vendors present.

Schwabacher’s Landing

Max capacity: 25

Schwabacher’s Landing is the most popular elopement location in Grand Teton. It’s also one of the most beautiful places and well-known places to watch and photograph the 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.

Mormon Row

Max capacity: 25 at Mormon Row South, 40 at Mormon Row North

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.

Mountain View Turnout

Max capacity: 25

Mountain View Turnout is one of the most underrated ceremony sites in the park. It often gets overshadowed by more popular areas, but this turnout is amazing if you’re looking for a bit more privacy. There’s a ton of land and it feels like you’re right up next to the mountains.

Glacier View Turnout

Max capacity: 25

Glacier View Turnout, similar to Mountain View, is severely underrated. However, it’s definitely more popular, as it’s one of the larger turnouts at the beginning of the park. This is a great area for portraits and smaller ceremonies. It’s also very close to other popular sites like Mormon Row.

Snake River Overlook

Max capacity: 25

Of all the ceremony sites in the park, Snake River Overlook is the least popular. While the views are breathtaking, and Ansel Adams took a famous photograph here, there’s a large granite wall that will be in the background of all your images. It’s a great spot to stop for a quick landscape image, but I would advise against this location if you’re something a bit closer to the mountain range.

Colter Bay Swim Beach

Max capacity: 40

If you’re looking for something a bit more quiet, I highly recommend Colter Bay Swim Beach. Not only do you get stunning views, but it’s much further from the popular stops in the park, making this one of the less-visited locations in the area.

Bonus Locations Right Outside the Park

These two locations are located just outside the park. If you don’t want to deal with the hassle and business of the park, check out these alternative locations. I also know of a few others that require no permit and are perfect for a ceremony!

Table Mountain

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!

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.

Can I Elope Anywhere in Grand Teton?

No. Unfortunately, if you have more than 12 people, you’re limited to the six ceremony sites listed above. If you have less than 12 people, you can elope anywhere in the park aside from the locations listed below.

  • Reserved Site-Specific Ceremony locations (aka the six locations I just listed)
  • The paved trails within and surrounding the Jenny Lake visitor plaza at South Jenny Lake
  • Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point
  • String Lake and Jenny Lake overlook on the one-way road from May 15 to October 15
  • Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve (LSR)
  • Concessioner land assignments (exception for weddings sold/catered by Concessioners in assigned facilities in accordance with their contract)
  • Park partner facilities (e.g., Murie Ranch, Teton Science School)
  • Within proximity of places where weddings are being managed by a chapel or concessioner (e.g., the Chapel of the Transfiguration)
  • Park cemeteries
  • If a location is behind a gated road, the permittee may have walking access but not vehicle access.
An elopement in Grand Teton National Park.

How Do I Get a Permit to Elope in Grand Teton?

In order to elope in Grand Teton National Park, you’ll need to purchase a special use permit.

The special use permits are reversed on a first-come first-serve basis, so be sure to apply so you can secure your preferred elopement location as soon as possible. Note: As of June 15th, 2022, elopement permits for 2023 will be available mid-November 2022. Check out the steps below to see how to obtain a permit.

  1. Fill out the application.
    1. On the application, be sure to note if you are applying for either Reserved Site-Specific Ceremony Permits or Small Dispersed Ceremony Permit.
    2. Under the “List of Equipment” section, be sure to enter your photographer/planner’s contact information (i.e., name, email, website, phone number). If you haven’t hired them yet, email this information to grte_visitor_services@nps.gov once they’ve been hired.
  2. Email the completed application to grte_visitor_services@nps.gov no less than 30 days prior to the event.
  3. Pay the $200 application fee electronically by visiting www.pay.gov
  4. Once your application has been reviewed and payment confirmed, you will be emailed a preliminary permit within 7-10 days.
  5. You will then have seven days to review, sign, and return the draft permit back to the email.
  6. The final permit will then be emailed back. You must have a printed copy of the fully executed permit on site during the event.

To get more information and see more helpful tips on filling out the application, check out the permit page here.

A wedding in Grand Teton National Park.

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 first need to fill out the marriage license questionnaire. Once filled out, you need to make an appointment at the County Clerk’s Office by calling 307-733-4430. They do NOT accept walk-ins.

Be sure to bring the questionnaire, your photo ID, and $30 cash or $31.50 on your card for the application fee.

There is no waiting period in Wyoming, meaning you can pick up your marriage license and get married on the same day.

To get more information on how to obtain a marriage license in Teton County (Jackson Hole), check out the official site here.

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.

Pro tip: A friend or family member can officiate your ceremony for FREE by becoming ordained online through the Universal Life Church. The process is completely free and takes less than 5 minutes. If you’re looking for a true intimate elopement experience, I also officiate ceremonies for free!

A bride and groom 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 if having good weather is something that’s important to you. While the weather is nice and alI hiking trails are accessible, it’s extremely crowded. Summer in Grand Teton comes with tons of traffic (especially in Jackson Hole), crowds, no parking, and very high prices. Personally, I recommend having your Grand Teton wedding a bit later.

Spring (May)

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. The weather is a bit unpredictable in this area, so if you don’t mind some last minute snow, May is a great time to visit.

Fall (September – October)

Fall is hands-down the best time to elope in Grand Teton National Park! There aren’t as many crowds, it isn’t as expensive, and you might encounter some gorgeous fall colors and wildlife. I recommend having your wedding in September, as October can be a bit unpredictable when it comes to the snow. The fall is also a bit chillier, so be sure to bundle up.

Winter (November – April)

If you love the snow, Grand Teton in the winter is the place for you. While you’re extremely limited when it comes to locations (many of them are blocked off by the snow), it’s extremely quiet in the park. However, the winter comes with some elevated prices and a bit more people in the Jackson Hole area, as everyone wants to take advantage of the ski resorts in the area.

Best Places to Stay in Jackson Hole

Jackson Hole is a short drive away from the park and where 90% of people stay when visiting the park. If you want a true outdoor experience, you can always stay inside the park at Jenny Lake Lodge, cabins that sit right outside Jenny Lake. However, if you’re looking for something a little more upscale, check out some of these epic Airbnbs in Jackson Hole.

  • Holly Hause – A luxurious, private villa nestled in the woods equipped with a hot tub and tons of windows. Great for guests!
  • Abode at 7 Cabins – 5 different cabins right outside Jackson with stunning views and forestry.
  • East Gill Four – A clean, modern, and minimalistic home near town square.
  • 118 Private Acres – Get the true rustic experience at this private home within the woods.

Must-Try Items in Grand Teton

One of my favorite parts about elopements is capturing couples doing something they love. Luckily, Grand Teton and the surrounding area has a plethora of activities to do and things to try. Below are some of my favorites.

  • Grab a bite to eat at Big Hole BBQ (they have incredible mac and cheese!)
  • Take a picture with the famous antler arch
  • Watch the elk at the national elk refuge
  • Ride the Jackson Hole Aerial Tram
  • Stay up late and go stargazing in the park
  • Stop by Persephone Bakery for breakfast
  • Go skiing at Grand Targhee Resort

Grand Teton National Park Elopement Packages

I’m Brianna, a California-based elopement photographer who helps plan and photograph elopements all over the West Coast. Having lived just two hours from Grand Teton National Park for four years, I know a thing or two about planning epic experiences in the area. You can see all my elopement package options here.

Grand Teton National Park Elopement Pricing

  • 6 hours – 2 days of elopement coverage anywhere in Wyoming
  • A personalized elopement planning experience with unlimited assistance
    • Personalized elopement location recommendations
    • 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
  • 24-48 hour sneak peeks to share with the world
  • Travel fees to anywhere in Wyoming are already included
  • Starting at $7,500

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