If you’re looking to have your wedding or elopement ceremony in Glacier National Park, you’ve probably gotten a Liiiiiitle overwhelmed with all the options. You’ll need to know where to get married in Glacier National Park. I mean, Glacier is absolutely STUNNING and if you’re biased like us, you think it’s the most magical place in the world. We were married in Glacier ourselves so it holds a special little place in our hearts. We even used some of these 6 Sweet Wedding Traditions to Include in Your Elopement. We’re here to help you narrow things down.
You have your choice of Big Kahoona (yes, I just said “big kahoona”) mountains, glacial lakes, deep blue rivers and cascading waterfalls. There are a lot of logistics to juggle and we want to make sure you find the best place for your Glacier National Park ceremony. There are lots of Venues in Glacier National Park.
where to get married in Glacier National Park
Whether it’s just you and your favorite person eloping and you’re up for a little adventure, or if you’re planning an intimate ceremony that’s grandma-approved, we’ll find you the perfect ceremony place. If you’re up for a little adventure, there are so many AMAZING options that open up. Our favorite ceremony spots require a little bit of a hike to get to, but it’s so worth it!
Keep reading as we break down the entrances into Glacier and the ceremony options within. Check out our blog post on HOW TO ELOPE IN GLACIER NATIONAL PARK.
ceremony locations in St Mary
St. Mary is a beautiful place to be married and we recommend you come in the early morning sunrise or later during the sunset so things won’t be so busy. The “American Alps” feel of St Mary is utterly breathtaking!
St Mary Amphitheater | 30 people max
Rising Sun Amphitheater | 30 people max
St. Mary Lake Shoreline (across from Rising Sun Picnic Area) | 20 people max
Sun Point | 12 people max. Only before 10am or after 5pm.
1913 Ranger Station | 20 people max
Wild Goose Island Pullout | 6 people max. Only before 9am or after 6:30am, 30 minutes max.
Cutbank (field area south of trailhead – must stay within 250 feet of the road) | 12 people max. Only before 10am or after 5pm.
Red Eagle Trailhead | 12 people max. Only before 10am or after 5pm.
ceremony locations in Many Glacier
Many Glacier is one of the more accessible elopement spots for intimate weddings. With the Many Glacier Hotel that can be used as a basecamp, you and your guests (or heck, just you and your sweetie) have access to some stunning parts of Glacier National Park!
Shore of Josephine Lake | 20 people max
Many Glacier Hotel Beach | 15 people max. Only before 10am and after 5pm.
Many Glacier Hotel Green (behind main lodge) | 15 people max. Only before 10am and after 5pm.
Many Glacier Hotel (SW beach) | 15 people max. Only before 10am and after 5pm.
Hotel Deck | 10 people max. Only before 10am or after 5pm.
Many Glacier Campground Amphitheater | 20 people max
ceremony locations in Lake McDonald
Lake McDonald is great if you don’t have very much time to explore. You can basecamp in Whitefish or Kalispell for the breweries and fancy eating spots and still get in some rivers and lakes. This is also the most popular section of the park, so planning for “off” times is a MUST.
Apgar Amphitheater | 30 people max. Only before 10am or after 3pm.
Fish Creek Amphitheater | 30 people max
Avalanche Amphitheater | 30 people max
Avalanche Picnic Area | 15 people max
7 Mile Pullout (Sandy Point) | 15 people max
10 Mile Pullout (Jackson Bay) | 15 people max
Sprague Picnic Area | 15 people max. N/A after 7pm.
Lake McDonald Lodge Beach (Cobb) | 15 people max
Apgar Picnic Area | 15 people max
Ryan Beach/Meadow | 15 people max
Big Bend | 15 people max. Only before 9am or after 5pm.
ceremony locations in Two Medicine
Two Medicine is one of the quietest areas in Glacier National Park, which makes it an ideal place for a wedding or elopement ceremony. Whether it’s the big kahoona mountains, glacial lakes or roaring waterfalls you’re after, Two Medicine has it all. Another plus of Two Medicine is that you could easily have up to 40 people attending your wedding if you are on the shoreline of the lake.
Running Eagles Falls | 12 people max
Pray Lake | 30 people max
Two Medicine Campground Group site | 12 people max
Two Medicine Campground Amphitheater | 30 people max
Two Medicine Picnic Area | 12 people max
Walton Picnic Area | 15 people max
ceremony locations in North Fork
Juniper River Access | 12 people max
Bowman Lake | 12 people max
Kinta Lake | 8 people max
how to get married in Glacier National Park
Jake and I were married in Glacier National Park in 2019, so we’ve been through this process. We recommend limiting the number of cars that will be included in your wedding by considering transportation options or limiting guest count. No confetti or glitter, or tossing petals are allowed at any location in the park. It is important to abide by the Leave No Trace guidelines.
Glacier National Park issues permits are $125 and issued through the National Park Service. You can fill out your wedding ceremony application with one of the above locations. Some of these locations are closed in the off-season months, and you can check in with the office if that’s the case.
You can mail your application with your fee or email it and call in with a credit card number.
Glacier National Park Special Uses
PO Box 128
West Glacier, MT 59936
Glacier National Park wedding officiants
You will need an officiant registered with the state of Montana (it could be a friend or family member) or a professional in the area. Having a professional officiant can make a world of difference to make your ceremony special. The wedding ceremony in the video was done by Sarah Harding, a very talented officiant.