An elopement can be an ideal romantic, intimate, and more personal alternative for couples who want their wedding to be a day focused on just the two of them – and without the anxiety, pressure, and obligations that come with a traditional ceremony.
But there are many reasons beyond that for eloping, such as the cost. The average wedding comes with a price tag of a whopping $30,000 according to a study by The Knot! Of course, the freedom to choose how and where you want to celebrate your love really tops it all, with the chance to create a unique experience you’ll both remember for a lifetime.
If you’re a couple who enjoys travel and being surrounded by spectacular outdoor scenery, a destination wedding can be perfect for your elopement. While it will cost a bit more than heading to a courthouse, it’s still far less than the cost of a traditional wedding with dozens of guests.
All you’ll have to think about is you, your partner, and perhaps your closest circle of loved ones and friends when budgeting. Plus, it can be your wedding and honeymoon at the same time. And the memories will last a lifetime!
Why Choose an Alaskan Elopement?
When it comes to scenery and unique settings, it’s hard to beat Alaska. This gorgeous state is all about untamed beauty, with everything from vast, glistening glaciers tinged with blue, gem-like lakes, and cascading waterfalls to soaring snow-capped mountains, lush forests, and even the Northern Lights.
Not only is the scenery absolutely breathtaking, but it’s also remote. There are practically endless, undeveloped stretches of wilderness that make it easy to get away from the masses and out in the backcountry, with countless hidden gems and intimate locations to choose from.
Instead of human onlookers, there might be a bald eagle looking down from above or a moose peeking out from behind a tree. Just imagine the possibilities – a backdrop of glaciers, and perhaps even an Alaskan wildlife photobomb. Alaska truly is the best place to plan your glacier wedding!
Unique Alaskan Elopement Spots
If you like the idea of a remote elopement, you have lots of options for an intimate Alaska elopement next to a waterfall, by a lake, surrounded by forest, or even on a glacier.
Tying the knot on a glacier is an especially unique experience that’s easily doable by helicopter. There are glaciers near the mountain town of Girdwood, less than an hour’s drive from the airport in Anchorage. You’ll feel like you’re on a totally different planet in this picturesque location, and once you’re back in town, there are so many things to do in Girdwood! You can return to comfortable, luxury accommodation, enjoy fantastic local cuisine, great local shopping, and opportunities for a ton of outdoor adventure.
Another big benefit to an Alaskan glacier elopement from Girdwood is that Alpine Air, one of the best outfitters in the state with a decades-long record of experience, is based here. While your wedding is the highlight, of course, the excitement comes before, during, and after. You’ll enjoy a bird’s-eye view of the scenery along the way, and perhaps some of the legendary wildlife like mountain goats and bears. Once you reach the glacier, say your “I dos” followed by an epic reception.
Planning the Perfect Moment
One of your first considerations is setting the date, and the best time of year for an Alaskan elopement is between early summer and early fall. While it can be done any time of the year, around June through early October is the warmest time. The weather is more predictable and the days are longer, providing more daylight for marveling at the jaw-dropping scenery and enjoying outdoor activities.
Of course, good weather is never guaranteed no matter what the month. That means it’s a good idea to have some flexibility in case the flight needs to be rescheduled due to inclement conditions by booking the same lodging for a couple of days after your chosen date.
One of the big pros of a glacier elopement via helicopter is that you won’t have to hike long distances, which brings the risk of dirtying your wedding attire. You will have to make your way across the glacier from the helicopter to the location for your elopement or photoshoots, but you can simply bring a snow-suitable pair of shoes and switch to your nicer pair once you’ve arrived.
You’ll want to consider the Alaskan climate when you’re making your bridal/formal wear choices. You can keep warm by accessorizing. Think complementary layers, perhaps a glamorous fur, shawl, or even a cape. Keep in mind that layers beneath a dress or suit won’t be seen in the photos.
Speaking of photos, you’ll want to work with photographers (and planners) who are familiar with the terrain. That means choosing an outfitter like Alpine Air to get you to the glacier. As we’re the longest-serving helicopter operator in Southcentral Alaska and a reputation built over more than 30 years, we have relationships with some of the best wedding planners and photographers who know the area inside and out.
Create Your Happily Ever After
The most seamless, stress-free way to create the Alaskan elopement you’re dreaming of is to contact Alpine Air Alaska. We’re right there with you, and we can help you put it all together – in fact, if you’re planning a surprise proposal, we will work with you on that too. We’re here to make your fairytale proposal, engagement, wedding, or elopement a dream come true! Learn more about our special events today.