Elope in Alaska: How to guide
If you and your fiancé/fiancée are the adventurous outdoorsy types, Alaska is the perfect place for your elopement. From majestic mountains to lush forests and sparkling glaciers, the natural beauty of Alaska is sure to make your special day even more special.
Planning an elopement from afar can be daunting, so it’s important to have the right resources to help you navigate the process. This blog is full of everything you need to know about how to elope in Alaska, from the best locations, to weather guidance, clothing suggestions, and the best times of the year. Plus, if you have any questions, you can reach out to me directly.
So don’t wait any longer – get ready to make your elopement dreams come true in Alaska!
During the summer months, the length of the days vary drastically depending on the regions of the world. For example, the difference in the length of sunrise and sunset between Fairbanks and Anchorage can be an entire hour! That means that if you’re looking for a romantic sunset, it could be closer to midnight than 5 or 6 in these areas. Similarly, if you’re planning a sunrise ceremony, it could be around 4am instead of 6 or 7. Knowing these details can make all the difference when planning special events during the summertime.
During the winter, the days are much shorter and the sun is positioned lower in the sky than in the summer, resulting in far fewer hours of good light. This makes the mid-afternoon golden hour especially magical, and an ideal time for a winter elopement. When planning your ceremony time, it’s important to be mindful of the sunset time in order to fully take advantage of the beautiful winter light.
Check out Alaska weather data here to make sure you plan accordingly.
Alaska is a stunning natural wonder – and Denali National Park is the icing on the cake! Spanning over 4 million acres, Denali is the third largest national park in the US. It’s the perfect place for a romantic elopement. With incredible, diverse landscapes, there’s a perfect spot for everyone – from cascading waterfalls and rugged mountains to lush forests and blooming wildflowers! Whether you’re looking for a peaceful meadow or an exciting hike, Denali has it all. Making it one of the best places to elope in Alaska!
If you and your partner are looking for some fresh air, stunning views, and an adventure, Gastineau Peak should be your next destination. Located just outside of Juneau, this 4-mile hiking trail is perfect for couples wanting to explore the great outdoors. Along the trail, you’ll pass through lush meadows, take in the stunning vistas from lookout points, and marvel at the wildflowers that line the route. So, if you and your partner want to recreate the iconic scene from The Sound of Music, Gastineau Peak is the place to be!
No wonder why Hatcher Pass is renowned as the most sought-after elopement destination in Alaska! Spanning a massive 50 miles, the area is packed with a variety of breathtaking spots, ideal for exchanging your vows. Soar high above the mountains, wander through the rolling hills, or enjoy the lush green grass – whatever your preference is, you’re sure to find it here. And let’s not forget about the iconic red cabins – the perfect backdrop for your special day.
If you’re searching for a stunning panorama of forests, lakes, and mountains, look no further than Monashka Mountain! The trail leading up to the summit is 4.4 miles roundtrip and can be quite challenging, but it’s worth the effort for the spectacular views that await you. Not only will your trip be unforgettable, but you’ll also get some great photos along the way. So pack your bags and head for Monashka Mountain for a truly unique experience!
On your wedding day, it’s important to make sure you’re prepared for any temperature. While your wedding attire is usually enough, it’s also recommended to bring some additional layers just in case. In the summer, a light coat or windbreaker as well as some nude leggings can help keep you warm. If you’re more used to warmer temperatures, then it’s best to bring a sweater or thicker jacket. In the fall and winter, having rain gear, such as a rain jacket and rain boots, is a must.
Additionally, you may want to bring some long johns to wear underneath a suit, as well as other functional accessories such as scarves, hats, winter jackets, gloves, sweaters, and fur coats. All of these items can add to your wedding experience and are great for taking photos. Don’t forget to bring extra layers to go over your wedding attire. Hats, gloves, and jackets can all make a great addition to your look!
DON’T FORGET ABOUT YOUR FEET! If you’re planning a trip out, it’s always a good idea to wear a pair of sturdy shoes. That way, if the location allows, you can slide into something lighter and more summer-appropriate. The same goes for fall. A reliable pair of hiking boots or rain boots would be the way to go. That way you can keep your feet warm and dry if it rains. When winter comes around, it’s best to invest in a pair of good winter boots. But if you want something a bit more stylish than the usual bulky winter boots, take a look at Sorel. They offer a wide range of options that are both cute and practical.
Whether you’re looking for a luxurious lodge, or a cozy cabin, you’ll find something that fits your needs. Check out a few of my favorites!
Modern Cozy Cabin is a perfect small cabin located in Kodiak which is a short 30 minute drive to Monashka Mountain.
Hatcher Pass Lodge – You know those cute little red cabins? Yeah you get to stay in one of them! :’)
This Cozy Cabin sits on a secluded lake with gorgeous mountain view, and it 20 miles away from Denali NP.
In order to elope in Alaska, you need an officiant and two witnesses. You have the option of hiring an officiant or a family member or friend can apply for a one-time license to marry you in the state of Alaska. To learn more about marriage licenses in Alaska, please visit this website.
If you do not have friends or family joining you for the elopement that is okay! You can ask your trusted vendors to sign your marriage license as witnesses! This is a wonderful way to make the ceremony extra special and meaningful. If you need a second witness, your officiant may be able to provide one. Or if I have a second shooter or assistant they can, or an elopement planner or pilot can as well!
Many parks and recreation areas will require a permit, such as Denali National Park, Eklutna Lake, and areas of Hatcher Pass. If you’re wanting to get married in a specific area I highly recommend looking it up ahead of time. Some places require a permit! If you aren’t sure or can’t find anything on it, I’m always happy to help!
If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the task of finding the right vendors for your elopement, don’t worry! I’m here to help. I have a list of amazing vendors that can make your wedding dreams come true. From floral designers to helicopter companies, officiants to planners, and hair and makeup artists. I can connect you with the perfect team to make your elopement the best day ever. Let’s get started!
Planning an elopement can be so exciting, but it can also be a bit overwhelming! That’s why I’m here to help. Let me show you how to craft the perfect adventure elopement in Alaska! So you can focus on the most important part: celebrating your love! I’m here to be your guide every step of the way! That way you can have an elopement that lets your love run wild! Reach out and let’s start planning your dream elopement!