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 Please note that this album is slightly out of date.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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.