Applying for a Permit
Do I Need a Permit?
Any and all vow exchanges, elopements, ceremonies, weddings, or special events, 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 you are entering the park with a photographer only to take photographs and no vow exchange, signing of documents, or union is being witnessed, then no permit is required. Please remember that “mock” ceremonies for the sake of photography are considered ceremonies under Special Use Permitting regulations and do require 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 scenery, wildlife, and tranquility. As such, it is sometimes necessary to regulate or limit activities within the park to reduce strain on park resources and provide 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 wedding permits 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.
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 location information page to fill out your application with as much detail as possible.
Be sure to provide exact locations and times on your permit application. 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 on your person that you might want to bring with you. Examples include camera equipment, chairs, tables, musical instruments, speakers, etc.
Be sure to include all participants in your people and vehicle counts. This should include the wedding/elopement couple, officiants, photographers/videographers, and all guests (regardless of age).
Be aware that only a certain amount of vehicles are allowed depending on the total number of participants. Going over established limits listed in the permit is strictly prohibited. Permitted number of vehicles per number of participants are as follows.
- Up to 20 participants: 4 vehicles
- 21–60 participants: 6 vehicles
- 61–100 participants: 10 vehicles
- 100–250 participants: 15 vehicles
Step 3: Email your completed application to email@example.com. 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 your permit has been processed, we will email it to you to be signed. Please email your signed permit back to firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.