Getting Married in the Park

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I want to get married in Glacier National Park!
What do I need to do?

To begin, please read through all the information on this page.

2022 Updates

Going-to-the-Sun Road by Lake McDonald
Due to construction, certain locations around Lake McDonald will not be available in the mornings or evenings during the summer of 2022 and will be closed entirely from 10/1/2022 through 5/10/2023. Please see the Wedding Locations in Glacier National Park document for additional details.

Road Construction and Project Locations
Several areas of the park are scheduled for road construction and infrastructure upgrades. There will be some delays and closures associated with these projects. Visit our Current Conditions page for specifics.

Will You and Your Wedding Party Need a Going-to-the-Sun Road Corridor Vehicle Reservation?
No. Special Use Permits are considered a “service reservation” under the vehicle reservation system in 2022. Please see the vehicle reservation system webpage for additional details.

 
 

Applying for a Permit

Do I Need a Permit?
Any and all vow exchanging, elopements, ceremonies, weddings, etc. require a Special Use Permit. This is regardless of the size of the group, whether or not it is “officiated” or if papers are being signed. If any sort of vow exchange, elopement, or any other form of special event is taking place, a permit is required at all times. If you are entering the park with a photographer only to take photographs and there will not be any exchanging of vows of any sort, signing of documents, witnessing of a union, etc. then no permit would be required. Please remember that “mock” ceremonies for the sake of photography are considered ceremonies under Special Use Permitting regulations and must also obtain a permit.

Why Do I Need a Permit?
The National Park Service is required by law to protect and conserve all resources under their care including the scenery, wildlife, and tranquility. As such, it is sometimes necessary to regulate or limit activities within the park to limit strain on park resources and maintain a positive experience for all visitors. Therefore, the National Park Service has the authority to require a permit for certain activities including weddings.

Can I Get Married Anywhere in the Park?
Due to increased demand and strain on park resources, we have limited the areas for which we issue permits to get married within the park. See the Wedding Locations in Glacier National Park document for more details. You can see pictures of some of these locations on Glacier National Park’s Flickr site. Please note that this album is slightly out of date. Not all locations pictured are still permitted locations.

How Do I Get a Permit?
Step 1: Download a Special Use Permit application.

Step 2: Use the information found here and on the wedding area guide to fill out your application with as much detail as possible.

  • Be sure to provide exact locations and times on your permit. Responses such as “various” or “Two Medicine” are not acceptable locations and “sunrise” or “afternoon” are not acceptable times. Be specific.

  • Be sure to include contact information for your photographer if you are using one.

  • Under “Equipment” list anything that is not your person that you might want to bring with you. Examples can include camera equipment, chairs, tables, musical instruments, speakers, etc.

  • Remember to include all participants in your people and vehicle counts. This should include you, your fiancé, any officiants and photographers, and any and all guests.

Step 3: Email your completed application to glac_sup@nps.gov. We will reach out to you when we are ready to process your permit. A credit card payment will be taken at that time.

Step 4: Once we have received your application and payment, we will write a final permit and send it to you either in the mail or through an email. You then need to sign and return a copy to us in either the self-addressed envelope we include with your permit or by replying to the email. Your permit is not valid until it has been signed by you and an NPS official.

Need More Information?
For more detailed information about getting married in Glacier, take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions page.

 

Permits That Have Been Issued

No Changes to Permits
Due to the extremely high volume of applications being received by our office, we are currently unable to accommodate any changes to permits that have already been written and sent, except those necessary due to an unanticipated park closure. Once your permit is written and issued, the details of the permit are final.

Check Status of Your Wedding Location

Please remember that it is the responsibility of the permit holder to continually check the status of the area for which you have received a permit. If you received a permit for an area that is only accessible seasonally and it does not appear that the area will be open on the date of the permit you must reach out to the Office of Special Park Uses in advance to request a location change. We will do our best to accommodate all such location change requests, but this is not a guarantee.

Permits are Only Valid for the Date, Time, and Location Listed
Permits are nontransferable between individuals or locations. Permits do not grant you access to closed areas or allow you to drive vehicles into areas otherwise closed to vehicle traffic. If the area for which you received a permit is inaccessible and you do not receive an approved location change directly from the Office of Special Park Uses in advance of the date on your permit, your permit is considered invalid and you may not hold your wedding inside the park at an alternate location.

Only the Office of Special Park Uses Can Approve Changes
Park employees who are not within the Office of Special Park Uses or approved by the office to make changes cannot approve any changes. Changes must be approved by our office to avoid potential scheduling conflicts with other permitted events throughout the park.

Hiking or Biking to Your Event
Please also remember that many areas of the park are still accessible to hikers and/or bikers during times when they are closed to vehicles. An area being closed to vehicles does not necessarily mean it is inaccessible for your event or that your permit is invalid. Unless there is another closure prohibiting such, you may always hike to your permitted site during seasonal vehicle closures and your permit will remain valid.

 

Wedding Location Map

 

Last updated: November 10, 2022

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