Couples wishing to get married in Glacier National Park will have an unforgettable, romantic setting for their big day. What steps do you need to go through if you are considering getting married in Glacier National Park?
Obtaining Special Use Permit
The first step to getting married in Glacier National Park involves obtaining a Special Use Permit, which will allow you to marry within the park. Complete the Application for Special Use Permit and return it, along with a fee of $50.00, made payable to National Park Service. Acceptable forms of payment include cheque, money order or credit card. Once your application has been received, it will be reviewed, and you will receive a copy for you to review and sign. According to the National Park Service U.S. Department of the Interior, the Special Use Permit serves as documentation between the agreement, terms and conditions under which the permit will be used within Glacier National Park.
There are several venues within Glacier National Park that are used for weddings. These include Apgar and Fish Creek Ampitheatres, and the Fish Creek picnic area during weekdays.
Every effort will be made to accommodate your wedding once a Special Use Permit has been issued and bookings have been made for your big day. However, it is important to plan for unforeseen circumstances that could crop up on the day of the wedding. For example, adverse weather conditions such as rain, snow or another emergency could occur, which means the wedding ceremony will have to be cancelled, postponed or moved a more favourable location. The weather is most favourable during the months of July and August.
Parking facilities are limited for weddings at Glacier National Park, which is why it is important to carpool, use buses to transport guests, or limit your guest list, so that everyone can be comfortably accommodated. The bride and groom must also be aware of the fact that Special Use Permits that are issued for most facilities will be limited to just four hours. Weddings must not interfere with normal visitor use of Glacier National Park. Areas will remain open to the public and will therefore not be closed off to the public during your wedding ceremony.
In addition, the bride and groom, as well as their guests, must comply with all Glacier National Park regulations at all times, and dispose of food and rubbish in the correct manner. Once your wedding ceremony and reception are over with, you must leave the area in the same condition you found it in.
If you require further information or you have questions regarding your upcoming wedding at Glacier National Park, contact the Special Use Permits Office at (406) 888-7825 or (406) 888-7832.
National Park Service U.S. Department of the Interior