Are you ready to elope to Montana, but not sure where to start? With the help of photographer Presley Gray, we’ve rounded up our top nine tips to help your elopement succeed.
Choose your date and photographer. Because the photographer is often the highest priority vendor for an elopement, you should reach out to your favorite photographer first, then choose your elopement date based on his or her availability, if you have that flexibility. We always recommend hiring locally, and our Vendor Collective is a great place to find amazing vendors! (See the #MBV Collective on page 126!)
Get your national park permit and passes, and apply for your marriage license. National park rules and regulations are constantly evolving, so keep up with the latest info at nps.gov, and be sure to apply for your national park wedding permit early. Also, apply online for a marriage license from the county that you are getting married in.
Decide your style. Whether it’s classic, boho, western, or modern, picking the style you love will bring your photos to life. Don’t forget that the groom’s suit can add to the vibe, as well as printed materials, a hat, jewelry, vow books, and other fun details or accessories.
Be okay with crazy weather conditions. Montana’s weather is unpredictable. Your day is going to be your day – meaning it will be perfect no matter rain, snow or sunshine. Some of the best photos happen on stormy days.
Play up the wind. An elopement in the mountains of Montana is sure to have wind. Dresses with movement and long veils are made for wind. You’ll love the life that it gives your photos.
Don’t forget the bouquet. Most people underestimate the power of flowers. Consider your color scheme and style, and make sure you get that bouquet order in.
Get a cake. Who says you can’t have a cake when you elope? There’s nothing better than cutting a cake on a mountaintop after you have married the love of your life.
Bring backup. Montana weather can turn on a dime, so it’s always a good idea to have a coat and shoes you can get muddy or dirty. A blanket and an umbrella are also likely to come in handy!
Relax and have fun! It’s your wedding day, so don’t stress. Whether you’re hiking, biking, or off-road adventuring to your elopement destination, you chose to elope for the experience and the Montana scenery. Sit back and enjoy it!
photography | PRESLEY GRAY @presley_gray_ (#MBV)
cake & dessert | MONTANA WILDFLOUR @mt_wildflour (#MBV)
dress | RUE DE SEINE @ruedeseinebridal
her boots | CANTY BOOTS @cantyboots
floral design | TWO KAYS FLOWER FARM @twokaysflowerfarm (#MBV)
hair & makeup | BOUNDLESS BEAUTY STUDIO (hair)
HEAVEN PUTMAN @heavenputman (makeup)
jewelry | RUSTY CREEK DESIGNS @rustycreekdesigns