(Closed) Help me decide where :)

posted 6 years ago in Elopement
Post # 3
2104 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

The weather is so finicky here (Western Washington) that I personally would pick somewhere in or East of the Rockies.  But I think the Rockies are beautiful so maybe I’m biased  =o)

Post # 5
3978 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

My choice would be Montana. I’ve never been there but I’ve seen some beautiful places there.

Post # 6
209 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

When I went to Jackson Hole Wyoming on vacation, there was a couple getting married on top of a mountain and asked me and my dad to be witnesses, it was beautiful there and you also have Yellowstone nearby for site seeing.  I’ve also been to Boise Idaho a few times since my fiance is from there, and I was so surprised the first time at how beautiful that city is.  They have desert, mountains, lakes, and it’s a fun little city.  I’ve never been to Oregon, Washington or Montana.  But I’m sure wherever you decide on will be special for you two.

Post # 7
151 posts
Blushing bee

So, I HATE being outside.  I’m a spoiled princess and I want CLIMATE control.  Except when I was in Yellowstone.  The beauty and majesty and just the overall feeling when you are there are just AMAZING.  So I vote for Wyoming as well.  I think for people that actually like outdoors it would be a fantastic place to be married. Best wishes on your upcoming nuptuals!

Post # 8
5428 posts
Bee Keeper

I know someone in Wyoming…..

Post # 10
1855 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@TequilaSunrise:  Yeah, you really can’t go wrong.  FI and I attended a wedding in Jackson Hole that was stunning, we drove through Idaho to get there and camped (stunning), we’re getting married in Washington at Mt. Rainier National Park (amazing) and Fiance lives in Oregon where there are tons of gorgeous places to camp.  If you push back your date to July, you’ll get much more predictable weather in Oregon/Washington.  Otherwise, I think Idaho/Wyoming are going to be your best bets.  

In particular, I think Fall Creek Falls, Washington would be the ideal place for an elopement:


Post # 11
6124 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Well hello there, you’re my kind of gal!  I live out West and I could definitely give you some Idaho, Wyoming and Washington suggestions.


Very important – which month are you thinking?


Do you want to splurge a little for the wedding and camp the rest?  Or low key all around?  Quaint or upscale fancy?


Post # 12
6124 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

OK, I couldn’t wait to share!  So hopefully you’re thinking summer!


I had a whole wedding with guests planned/paid for Jackson Hole/Grand Teton NP which was just undone last month.  I have a TON of info for this area, if you had this place in mind at all.  PM me with your “vision,” # of days, budget (fancy, moderate, cheap basically) and I could give you a sample itinerary.  My family knows me for planning good vacations and I enjoy it!  Bonus, it’s adjacent to Yellowstone, and your pass includes this park as well.

There’s the famous Schwabacher’s Landing right inside the GTNP.  Perfect if you don’t have guests because they don’t allow you to have chairs.  Permit required. 

If you want a fancy upscale room – Amangani is the place.

Spring Creek Ranch (which is up on the knoll near Amangani) has a lovely overview looking at the Tetonshttp://www.springcreekranch.com/

Otherwise there are plenty of posh cabins and other accomoations. In fact I have them all mapped out since I once had a very detailed wedding website.  

Have a wedding at the “wedding tree” location just inside the National Forest which over looks the Tetons.  Pretty much guaranteed no one will be there.  It’s a very short hike. 


Take the gondola to the top of Rendevouz Peak and get married on top of the mountains.



Little requirements to get married in Teton County.  And I have a list of all the officiants!


Stanley, ID an the Sawtooth Mountains – It’s one of my favorites places.  Population 100.  (It was 31 about 8 years ago).

It’s one hour from the town of Ketchum and Sun Valley, ID if you want to get your touristy stuff in.  Then go over Galena Summit and you’ll be in the Sawtooth National Recreation Area.

IRMR is a fancy, rustic resort that provides activities and all your food.  There might be a minimum night stay.  I’ve always camped in this area however.  There are natural hot springs to visit, lakes to hike, very good mountain biking.  Everything is very scattered so the meal options (besides IRMR) are sparse unless you’re in Ketchum and Sun Valley.Idaho Rocky Mountain Ranchhttp://www.idahorocky.com/

Things to do in the Sawtooths:http://www.sunset.com/travel/rockies/things-to-do-sawtooth-mountains-00418000067836/

While up there you have to visit Redfish Lake.  They even have lodges where you can have dinner and cabins to rent like the Honeymoon Cabin:http://www.redfishlake.com/http://www.redfishlake.com/lodging/#


There’s glamping (glamour camping) at The Resort at Paws Up at Greenough, MT outside of Missoula.  I’ve never been there, but booked marked it when I saw it on Style Me Pretty.It had some great reviews on Trip Adivor.  They have a honeymoon tent.  Includes all your meals, tons of activities.http://www.pawsup.com/

You could get married in Yellowstone.  You could have a lovely ceremomy near some falls or a river, then have your wedding dinner/lodging at Old Faithful Inn or the Hotel at Lake Yellowstone (if you wanted to go upscale)


Montana:A license must be obtained from the clerk of the district court in the county courthouse (Livingston or Bozeman being the closest to Yellowstone.) Minimum age is 18 years for both parties and both parties must be present to obtain the license. A drivers license or photo ID is required for proof of age. Blood tests are required with the signature of an M.D. There is no waiting period once the license is obtained. If either of the parties is divorced, a certified copy of the divorce decree is necessary. The cost of the license in Park County is $53.00. For further information, call Livingston at (406) 222-4125.

Wyoming:A license maybe obtained from the county clerk’s office in any courthouse, with Cody and Jackson Hole being the nearest to Yellowstone National Park. Minimum age is 18 years for both parties. A drivers license or photo ID and parent’s names and places of birth are required. If either of the parties has divorced, date and place of the final decree must be noted. There is no waiting period once the license is obtained. No blood tests are required. The cost of the license is $25.00. For further information, call Cody at (307) 527-8600 or Jackson Hole at (307) 733-7733.


Most of my WA experience is in the San Juan Islands.  A very magical quaint little collection of islands up near Canada.  They are kind of in a banana belt so the rain isn’t what you see in Seattle.  August has always been lovely for us.  Countless cozy B&Bs and cottages galore.  Get married atop Turtleback Mountain or Mt. Constitution (this oe you can drive to) and have a lovely dinner at a resort or in Eastsound, WA.  Go island hopping to San Juan Island an Lopez Island during your stay.  There’s even a boat to Victoria, BC



Post # 14
6124 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

@TequilaSunrise:  This is what we’re doing too!  We’re getting married while on our honeymoon. We’re taking 17 days.

We’re going to camp some, but splurge for the wedding eve and wedding night.  Then also for 3 nights at his remote chalet only accessible by helicopter. 

All the places I listed are places we visit often and can go to any ol’ weekend due to our location.  Orcas we go yearly since FI’s family has a house there. 

Post # 16
6124 posts
Bee Keeper

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