How to Elope in Acadia | Acadia National Park Elopement

If you're looking for a stunning and adventurous location to elope, Acadia National Park in Maine could be the perfect choice. In addition to its rugged coastline, Acadia's towering mountains and picturesque forests offer a breathtaking backdrop for your special day.

Take a Look at my Guide on How to Elope in Acadia National Park:

Book Your Acadia Elopement Lodging

Acadia certainly provides tons of options for your elopement lodging. Whether it's an Air BnB, a luxury campground, or a waterfront inn, make sure you have a comfortable and private location booked for your stay. Not only will this likely be where you'll be photographed getting ready, but also you may choose to have your post-ceremony celebration here!

Terramor Outdoor Resort

Undercanvas Glamping

Salt Cottages


Inn on Mount Desert

Choose Your Ceremony Location

Acadia National Park offers a variety of stunning locations for your elopement ceremony. Some popular spots include Sand Beach, Otter Cliff, Cadillac Mountain, as well as Jordan Pond (don't forget to grab a popover at the Jordan Pond House). Consider what type of scenery you want as a backdrop for your ceremony, and make sure to obtain any necessary permits for the location you choose.


Get Your Maine Marriage License + Permit

To legally elope in Maine, you'll need to obtain a marriage license. You can apply for a license at any town office in the state. If at least one of you is a Maine resident, you should apply in the town you reside. If you are both from out-of-state, you can apply at any town office (it doesn't have to be the same down you plan to marry in). For more details on getting married in Maine, visit the state site.

Permits are required for ceremonies within Acadia National Park ($75), but only if you are having over 10 guests. Smaller gatherings do not require a permit. You will need to obtain your Special Use Permit at least 10 days prior to your elopement day and be sure to bring it with you to show a park ranger if needed. For more information on Acadia permits, click here.

Choose Who Will Officiate Your Elopement

You'll need to have someone legally ordained to officiate your elopement ceremony. You can choose to have a friend or family member obtain a one-day officiant license. Or you may opt to hire a professional officiant who specializes in elopements. Don't forget that you also need two witnesses!

*Many elopement photographers (like me) are also ordained. Ask your photographer if they are able to officiate your Acadia elopement!

Consider Other Logistics

Depending on the location you choose for your ceremony, you may need to consider logistics. This might include things such as parking, transportation, and accommodations. Make sure to research these ahead of time and plan accordingly.

Being a National Park, Acadia draws a lot of visitors in the summer months. Consider how important having a private and intimate day might be to you and your partner. You may want to choose to have your elopement during the shoulder seasons (spring or fall), or plan on a sunrise elopement to enjoy the peace and quiet of this beautiful landscape.

Plan your Acadia Elopement Celebration

After your ceremony, consider planning a celebration to mark your special day. Acadia National Park offers a variety of options for a post-ceremony celebration. Go on a hike, have a picnic, take a carriage ride, a sunset sail, or enjoying a romantic dinner at one of the local restaurants (reservations are strongly suggested).

Sweet Pea

Jordan Pond House

The Lobster Pound

Without a doubt, eloping in Acadia National Park can be a romantic and unforgettable experience. By following these steps, you can ensure that your elopement is stress-free and enjoyable, leaving you with memories that will last a lifetime.

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