How to plan your dream Alaska elopement

June 1, 2021

Why should you elope in Alaska?

I think a better question is why shouldn’t you elope in Alaska? If you have chosen to elope, that means that you are skipping the traditional wedding day to be more intimate. Alaska could not be a better place for this! From Denali to Kenai Fjords National Park, there are so many destinations for some amazing Alaska elopement photos. You are probably thinking: where do I start? Let me help! We’ll go over location first, and after that we’ll go over when is best to elope in Alaska. (If you need advice for planning an intimate West Coast wedding, check out this blog post!)

How to plan your Alaska elopement:

Where:

Location is probably the most important thing to nail down first. It can be overwhelming to choose, so I’ve made a list of the top locations in Alaska to elope!

A few of my favorite spots in Denali National Park are Ruth Glacier, Wonder Lake, and Denali Park Road. All of these spots would be amazing places for your intimate Alaska wedding!

  • Girdwood

Girdwood has tons of options and isn’t too far from Anchorage! One of the best spots is Alyeska Resort. Mount Alyeska is part of the Chugach mountain range, with some of the most beautiful views.

  • Kenai Peninsula

Just a 3 hour drive from Anchorage, the Kenai Peninsula is home to small fishing towns and sprawling seaside views.

  • Glacier Bay National Park

A cool fact about Glacier Bay National Park is it is one of the largest internationally protected biosphere reserves in the world! Being in Glacier Bay truly is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Make sure you plan this kind of trip well, you can’t get to this National Park by road. You have to arrange either a boat or plane ride!

There are obviously so many more places to see and experience in Alaska, but we have more logistics to chat about!

When:

Once you have chosen your location, you must consider weather, seasons, and sunrise. Alaska is known as the land of the midnight sun. If you’re planning on eloping in winter, the sun is only out for an average of 3-4 hours a day! Because of this, you need to plan your ceremony accordingly. On the other hand, summer is when Alaska has its longest days! If I had to choose the perfect time to elope, it would probably be summer.

The photos below were taken in July, and it was so green and beautiful! We did encounter some overcast days with a little rain, but it was still so pleasant outside. You’ll also find tons of lupine flowers! On the topic of weather, I can’t stress enough how important it is to bring layers! You could have a chilly morning and a warm afternoon, with rain mixed in. Definitely prepare for all circumstances!

In conclusion, Alaska is full of amazing scenery for your elopement location! I hope this was helpful if you’re in the midst of planning your dream Alaska elopement. Check out my recent Alaska trip below and reach out if you want to book me for your Alaska elopement!

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