Frequently Asked Questions
How many weddings have you facilitated?
To be honest, we've lost count. Erin has been working in the events industry for over 15 years, and the number of weddings under her belt are in the hundreds. Each season is different and we opt to work with couples who are a good fit for our particular approach to elopement planning and benefit from our services. Our typical couple is interested in having a day that is reflective of Alaska's beauty with artistic photography and have appreciation for professionalism during the planning process.
Why don't you plan larger weddings?
Alaska Destination Weddings is committed to elopements and providing a luxury experience to couples who have opted out of the "big" wedding experience. Planning an elopement is the polar opposite of planning a large wedding, and we want our elopement couples to feel special and get the amount of attention they deserve. When you start adding guests into the equation the entire spirit of what an elopement is gets lost.
When do you offer elopements?
We offer elopements Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays beginning June 1st through mid-September. This is our optimal season for weather and exploration of the great outdoors. Our weekends are dedicated to larger weddings, and family time. We love to enjoy the outdoors and our Alaskan playground during our short summer season!
What is included in our package?
Your package includes an Officiant, a bridal bouquet and boutonniere, two witnesses (as required by the State of Alaska), a petite wedding cake for two, handmade pottery mugs made by a local Alaskan artist as a keepsake for you, vendor recommendations, vendor coordination, assistance with properly applying for your marriage license and complimentary filing of documents after your ceremony culminates. We also offer our Alaska Wedding Guide to all of our couples. This is a professional magazine that covers everything you need to know about traveling to Alaska and eloping in Alaska. We help you every step of the way to ensure your marriage is legal and that you have everything you need to make your day amazing!
Can we bring guests?
This is dependent on the location and package you choose. At the most, we allow you to bring two witnesses and provide your own Officiant should you have special religious requirements or requests. If you have children you would like in attendance we are happy to discuss that as well!
How do we secure a date?
We require a signed contract and deposit to hold your date. We tend to book up 9+ months in advance, with the most popular months booking about 1 year in advance. If you are interested in having us be a part of your elopement we recommend reaching out as soon as you know that Alaska is the right place for you!
Do we need a permit?
Yes, you do need a permit if you are holding your wedding in any of our state or national parks. We are currently the only commercial permit holder in the Anchorage and surrounding areas offering elopement services. Nothing would be worse than getting interrupted on your wedding day by a park ranger asking you to leave! We also wholeheartedly believe in supporting our parks and going through the process of permitting ensures we are doing our part. Should your elopement require additional permitting for any reason, we will walk you through that process.
Does this sound like what you are looking for? Contact us today to get started planning!