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Wedding Day Hike Planning Tips For Your Glacier National Park Elopement

Like many national parks, Glacier National Park boasts incredible scenery and once-in-a-lifetime views for its visitors. When couples plan to elope in a national park, it's an intimate and often grounding experience. Bringing you closer to nature and your partner all at the same time. If you're considering a national park elopement, you're probably an avid adventurer who loves exploring. A wedding day hike is the perfect way to bring together your love of adventure and take the next step of life together. As a Glacier National Park elopement photographer, I hike and adventure with couples on their wedding day to their ceremony site. However, there's nothing worse than being unprepared for your morning of hiking before the ceremony! Keep reading to ensure you're prepared for your big day.



Glacier National Park Hiking Tips

First and foremost, as an avid traveler and adventurer, I love it when visitors genuinely take the time to explore the park. If you're considering an elopement, especially a national park elopement, you've got to include a hike on your trip! While you can find breathtaking locations for your ceremony without much of a hike, sometimes the hike is worth the incredible view and memories you'll make. Let's dive into my top tips for a wedding day hike.


Glacier National Park elopement photographer captures groom kissing bride's cheek during outdoor bridals

Start Early for Your Glacier National Park Elopement Hike

There's nothing worse than running late on an important day, including your wedding day! Start early to explore the park or hike to your ceremony site. It will also warm up earlier in the spring and summer months, so getting out of bed a little earlier will help beat the heat and avoid sunburns! Do your research and see how long other hikers say the hike takes. Make sure you're able to plan your day accordingly.


Bring a Good Pair of Shoes

Now is not the time to break out the new hiking boots and break them in. You'll want a good pair of shoes that's already proven reliable and comfortable for extended activity. Imagine you're on a two- or three-mile hike, and you start to get blisters one mile in. This will prolong and potentially extend the hike and make it incredibly painful to wear any other shoes that day. While planning your wedding day hike, take a peek at the shoes you have now, in case you need to break any in before the big day.



Leave the Guests for Your Glacier National Park Elopement Hike

While many couples choose not to invite many guests, if you do ask people to support you, leave them behind for your hike! They'll be able to be there for your wedding ceremony and other elopement celebrations, but a wedding day hike can be so special. It's a morning you can share with your partner before the big ceremony. You are genuinely enjoying one another's company while making life-long memories together.


Bring a Change of Clothes

Throughout your elopement planning, you must decide whether to have your ceremony at the hike's end spot. Or are you just enjoying the morning together? If you plan to get married at the end of your hike, bring a change of clothes - specifically, your wedding attire! Pack everything you need in a light backpack so you can change quickly when we arrive and be ready to say your vows. If you plan to enjoy the moment together, stay in your hiking clothes and have your Glacier National Park elopement photographer snap a few pictures of you. Capture everything!


Glacier National Park elopement photographer captures man and woman kissing in Glacier National Park

Bring Your Vow Books

After you've arrived at your destination while hiking, pull out your vow books - and read them to one another. Just because you're choosing to elope doesn't mean you can't have the memorable and impactful moments of a private vow reading. Find a quiet spot with a pretty view and proclaim your love to one another. There's something so personal and intimate about reading those words to one another, not surrounded by family and friends. But reading the promises you're making to one another, to each other. It's so special.


Pack Light for Your Glacier National Park Elopement Hike

Lastly, pack light. Only bring the few necessary things on your hike, whether planning a fun morning adventure or hiking to your elopement spot. Once you've reached the end, you'll be grateful for a light backpack for a quick trek back to your hotel or cabin. Remember that the most important things you can bring are your person and a sense of adventure. It will be a lovely day in the park, and a day you reflect on for years.



I hope you can have the elopement day you've dreamed of and have a lot of fun along the way. Glacier National Park elopements, and elopements in general, are so unique because they all boil down to celebrating your love.


Are you planning your Glacier National Park elopement and looking for more inspiration? Visit Planning Your Glacier National Park Elopement or Best Places for Your Glacier National Park Elopement to get a head start.


Are you already dreaming of your incredible Glacier National Park elopement and ready for me to capture it all? Get in touch!

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