Eloping in Acadia – When and Where

All your planning resources in one place for How To Elope in Acadia National Park! This guide will cover everything from how, when, what and where to go for your Acadia elopement! Acadia is one of the most magical places on the planet to elope from rocky cliffs to the breathtaking ocean, pine forests and mountains, it’s no wonder you want to elope here! I’m biased because Maine is my second home and I’m pretty proud of this stunning national park on the East coast.

As your experienced Acadia Elopement Photographer, exploring and adventure are my middle name. I have been to Acadia National Park several times in my life while camping, staying at local Airbnb’s, hiking, bike riding and more. I love sharing Acadia with my couples and helping them plan for their unforgettable elopement experience.

Research is one of my favorite things to do as an elopement photographer and guide. I’m not just going to take your photos, I am going to provide you all the resources on how to elope and the best locations and times to avoid crowds. I have helpful resources – FREE Elopement Guide, vendor recommendations, timeline for your day and all the information you’ll need to prepare for your epic adventure!

Check out my full Acadia Elopement Resource Guide for more epic info on getting married in this National Park!


Any time of year is gorgeous! Avoid busy season if you can (Memorial Day through Indigenous Peoples Day). In 2020, 2.7 million people visited Acadia National Park and that was during the pandemic. Imagine the amount of visitors this year! They are expecting 4 million.

If you want to visit Acadia from May to October, may I suggest a week day sunrise elopement to beat the crowds and see a magnificent sunrise. Then you have the whole day ahead of you to explore, go on hikes, bike rides, kayak, whale watch and so much more.

Take a peak at this Dreamy Summer Elopement in Acadia!


Acadia National Park is breathtaking and faces East, it’s the first place in the U.S. to see the sunrise. Hey Cadillac Mountain, I see you! The first thing you want to ask yourself, do you want the rocky cliffs by the ocean, a lake, the woods or on top of a mountain? The cliffs overlooking the ocean are the easiest and quickest to access.

Acadia is not known for sunset elopements. Want to know why? It doesn’t face west, but lucky you, I know a few spots in the park that we can catch the sunset! I’m heading back to Maine in June for another elopement and have the perfect sunset location chosen!

Something else to consider when planning, Acadia has a heavily traveled, one way 20 mile road, called The Park Loop Road. Know where you want to go, otherwise, it will take you 30-45 minutes to drive around the park loop road. Planning your route and day besides being the early bird is your best bet.

The elopements I photograph are 15 people and under and good news, you might not need a permit for less than 10 people. Check Acadia National Park web site for all the rules. Permits are $50 for groups larger than 10 people. If you are having a group larger than 15, the following locations and group size limits have been established for simple wedding ceremonies of more than 10 people within Acadia National Park:

1) Cadillac Mountain (20 cannot have ceremonies during sunrise or sunset)
2) Blue Hill Overlook (20 max)
3) Sand Beach (30 max)
4) Ocean Drive (30 max)
5) Otter Cliff (20 max)
6) Otter Point (30 max)
7) Little Hunters Beach (20 max)
8) Schoodic Point - 25
9) Fabbri Picnic Area - 30

Cadillac Mountain

Sand Beach

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Otter Point

Ocean Drive

Jordan Pond

Pebble Beach


First things first, always check the Acadia National Park website for permits, rules and closures. They update their website constantly and it’s wise to do your research when planning and before you go.

If you have more than 10 people at your elopement, you will need a permit and pay $50 fee.

Be aware of the 7 Principles of Leave No Trace which I provide a guide to all my couples.

1) Marriage License

Maine residents must apply in the town/city where they reside. The license is valid in any community in Maine for a period of 90 days from the date the intentions are filed. Out-of-state residents may apply in any town/city in the state of Maine. The license is valid for a ceremony performed in any community in Maine for a period of 90 days from the date the intentions are filed.

2) Officiant

My husband, George is an officiant and he also assists me on elopements. You can also have a best friend or relative get ordained through Universal Life Church. You will need your officiant and two witnesses to sign the marriage license in black ink only.

3) Park Pass

You can get your U.S. Park Pass here that gets you into any national park for only $80 a year. Or you can buy a 7-day pass for $30 or yearly, $80– Acadia National Park pass here.

You only need a park pass to Acadia from May through October! All other times, the park is free (check for road closures before going).

Eloping with your dog: tips and tricks

4) Book Your Vendors

Dates and availability fill up quickly, I cannot stress how important it is to book your Acadia National Park Elopement Photographer first. I supply all of my couples with vendor recommendations that saves you time when planning. I’ve worked with Maine creatives that support the local community. I am passionate about preparing you for the most adventurous, meaningful and unforgettable experience by providing you with all the resources, location scouting, timeline preparation, guides and more.

Rent an Airbnb near Acadia National Park

5) Create Your Dream Day

I will share my Elopement Planning Guide with you when you book me to begin thinking about what’s most important to you. What kind of experience do you want to have? How do you want to feel? Imagine who you are surrounded by and what does that look like? This is where the magic begins! Get your Pinterest board ready to create your vision. I love getting creative and sharing ideas with you.

I’ll even provide amazing accommodation recommendations and favorite restaurants and activities to enjoy on your elopement and honeymoon.

Check out this Guide for a Camper Van Elopement in Acadia!


I’ve been to Acadia in April, June, July, August, September and October. May I always suggest wearing warm clothes, packing layers, gloves, hats and rain gear. Hiking boots or shoes with rubber soles are essential for your safety hiking ton wet rocks.

Being prepared for the elements is essential if you want to have a pleasant experience while visiting. I pack this wool shawl for brides to keep them warm. We didn’t see the sunrise on top of Cadillac Mountain this summer morning. The mountain was covered in a thick layer of fog and very windy. We were cold even in the height of summer and soaking wet. Wool is a natural fiber what can keep you dry.

Keep snacks and water in your backpack as well. I keep an emergency kit and all the essentials including hand warmers and tissues should you need them. When hiking before sunrise, don’t forget your headlamp.

Check out How This Couple Made the Most of their Rainy Acadia Elopement!


Acadia National Park is one of the dreamiest places to elope in New England! With a breathtaking coastline, forests, mountains and wildlife, you have so much of natures abundance to choose from. I’m excited to connect with you and share all my resources. I cannot wait to hear from you and photograph your dreamy elopement!
Contact me to get the party started!

Maine Elopement Photographer

Ready for your Maine Dream Elopement!

I cannot wait to hear your vision for your adventurous acadia, maine elopement!

Get married your way, whether that's on top of a cliff overlooking the ocean or deep in the woods by a lake. Imagine riding gravel bikes along carriage roads and eloping by the lake? Ahh, I cannot wait to help you create your dream day! I have so many ideas and locations in mind.

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