Acadia National Park Wedding Locations and Tips
I have had the privilege to photograph quite a few intimate weddings and elopements inside Acadia National Park. Here is a list of my favorite Acadia National park wedding and elopement locations. All are listed with information about privacy, the best time for ceremonies, the number of guests allowed, and more!
National Park Pass: You'll need a pass to get into the park which is $35 or you can get the America the Beautiful Pass which is $80 and lasts for a full year!
Ceremony Permit: Acadia requires a special use permit for any ceremony that has over 10 guests. The permit is $50 and can be filled out here.
Marriage License: Marriage licenses can be filled out anytime within 90 days of the ceremony. Maine residents must apply in the town/city they currently live and out-of-state residents can apply anywhere in the state. Here is a blog post outlining how to elope in Maine.
Weekday Elopements: I highly recommend planning your elopement or an intimate wedding for a weekday. Acadia, especially during the summer, is very busy on the weekends making it hard to find a quiet location. Opting for a weekend elopement means you won't have to worry about crowds.
Time of Day: Depending on what location you choose, we'll probably want to decide to do your ceremony at either sunrise or sunset to get the best lighting and fewest crowds.
Guest Count: If you're looking to elope with just you two or only a few guests, you have the entire park to choose from! Acadia allows any group under 10 (including photographers, officiants, and any other vendors) to have their ceremony anywhere in the park without needing a permit. If you are planning an intimate wedding with more than 10 guests, the park gives you 12 options to choose from with a variety of scenery options! Each location has a maximum number of guests allowed to attend with the maximum size being 50.
Leave No Trace: During your elopement in Acadia National Park, make sure to follow leave no trace guidelines. That way we can make sure the park remains beautiful for years to come. Here is a link about how to leave no trace on your wedding day!
Complete List of Acadia Wedding & Elopement Locations
Here is a complete list of Acadia National Park wedding locations in order of how many guests can attend:
- Cadillac Mountain - 30 (no ceremonies at sunrise or sunset)
- Otter Cliff - 20
- Little Hunters Beach - 20
- Schoodic Point - 25
- Sand Beach - 30
- Ocean Drive - 30
- Otter Point - 30
- Fabbri Picnic Area - 30
- Seawall Picnic Area - 35
- Thompson Island - 50
- Frazer Point Picnic Area - 50
Acadia has a great resource here that gives all information about having your wedding inside the park, park regulations, and where to fill out and send the permit!
A Few of My Favorite Acadia Wedding Locations:
Otter Cliff & Otter Point
Otter Cliff and Otter Point are two of the most popular locations within Acadia National Park. If you're dreaming of saying your vows on rocky cliffs overlooking the ocean, these two locations are for you! The best part is both of these locations require little to no hiking in order to find the perfect wedding ceremony site! There's a plethora of diverse ceremony locations to choose from that range from a few steps out of a parking lot to a short hike along the coastline.
Otter Cliff has a maximum count of 20 people and Otter Point allows up to 30. The best times for ceremonies at these Acadia wedding locations are sunrise and sunset because during the day it can get a bit crowded with other hikers.
For inspiration, click here to read about Ali & Dallen's Otter Cliff Elopement!
Cadillac Mountain is the most visited location in Acadia National Park, and for good reason! It is the first place to see the sunrise in the United States. Most mornings the summit of Cadillac Mountain is packed full of visitors hoping to catch a glimpse of the sunrise over the Atlantic ocean. Thankfully the crowds disperse quickly after sunrise, so any other time of day you can find a quiet place to explore and the perfect spot for your wedding ceremony!
Cadillac Mountain has a maximum ceremony size of 30 people and does not allow ceremonies during sunrise or sunset. There is a high volume of visitors at these times, so a ceremony wouldn't be ideal. Waiting until a few hours before sunset for your ceremony is my personal recommendation, so you can take advantage of the best lighting and the least amount of crowds!
Seawall Picnic Area
If you're dreaming of a private ceremony on the water surrounded by the beauty of Maine and Acadia National Park, Seawall Picnic Area is your dream Acadia Wedding Venue! Seawall Picnic Area is located in the quiet town of Southwest Harbor and features a rocky beach flush against the lush forest. You can choose to have your Acadia National Park wedding in the woods with the ocean as your backdrop or choose a ceremony site right next to the water.
This location is a very accessible permitted ceremony location in Acadia National Park, so if you're inviting guests with limited mobility, this is a great contender. The national park service allows groups of up to 35 to have a wedding ceremony here.
I have so many more Acadia national park wedding location favorites but I don't want to give away too many of my hidden gems so if you're interested in learning about other locations around the park or if you want to reach out about planning help click here to visit my contact page!
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