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Are you dreaming of a wedding that’s as magical and unique as your love story? Look no further than Lake Powell! With its crystalline waters, towering red rock cliffs, and endless stretches of sandy beaches, Lake Powell is the perfect destination for your unique and unforgettable wedding celebration. Whether you’re looking for a tranquil elopement or a grand affair with all your loved ones, Lake Powell offers a range of venues, activities, and natural wonders that will make your special day a true fairytale come to life. Keep reading my Lake Powell Wedding & Elopement Guide for all the details!

Best Places To Get Married In Lake Powell

Lake Powell and Glen Canyon offers a variety of beautiful locations for you to tie the knot. One of the most popular places to get married is on the beach at Lone Rock Beach. This location offers stunning views of the lake and surrounding red rock formations. Other favorites include Horseshoe Bend, Under Canvas Lake PowellRainbow Bridge National MonumentWiregrass Canyon Trail, and Alstrom Point. Keep in mind that some of the locations you will need a high clearance vehicle to get too!

Consider a Houseboat

In addition one of my favorite ways for you to get married at Lake Powell is on a houseboat! This is truly a unique way to get married and I highly recommend! By getting married on a houseboat it is able to transport you to different locations on the lake that other wise would be difficult to get to by land! Lake Powell truly has something for everyone and is perfect for an all day elopement or wedding.

Best Time To Get Married In Lake Powell

You must be wondering when is the best time to get married at Lake Powell? The best time of year to get married at Lake Powell is during the spring or fall season in my opinion!


In the springtime, you’ll enjoy mild temperatures, fewer crowds, and the beauty of wildflowers in bloom. The weather during this season is ideal for outdoor wedding ceremonies, and you can take advantage of the many water activities offered on the lake such as kayakingpaddleboarding, and fishing.


Fall is another fantastic option, with cooler temperatures, stunning autumnal colors, and a quieter atmosphere. September and October are the best months for a fall wedding at Lake Powell, with the added bonus of being able to witness the breathtaking fall foliage around the lake. Whether you choose spring or fall, you’ll have stunning natural landscapes and comfortable weather to create the perfect backdrop for your wedding day.


On the other hand, summers on Lake Powell can be hot and crowded, so if you don’t mind the heat and want a livelier atmosphere, this season is also a good option for your wedding! The peak season usually runs from June to August when the lake is bustling with tourists and events. You’ll have more choices for activities and events, and you can take advantage of the long days and warm nights to enjoy the scenery and water sports. Just be sure to plan ahead and book your accommodations and venue well in advance, and keep in mind that the weather can be hot and dry!

How To Avoid Crowds At Lake Powell & Glen Canyon

One thing to note is the lake is a popular destination for tourists, especially during the summer months. However, with a little bit of planning, you can still enjoy getting married with the serene beauty of Lake Powell without the hustle and bustle.

Go in the Shoulder Season

Firstly, consider visiting during the shoulder season, which falls between April to May or September to October. During these months, the weather is mild, and there are fewer tourists around. You’ll have more freedom to explore the lake and the surrounding areas without bumping into crowds.

Venture Off The Beaten Path

Another way to avoid the crowds for your wedding is to venture off the beaten path. Instead of sticking to the popular landmarks and attractions, try exploring lesser-known areas. For instance, hike to the remote corners of the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, rent a kayak or a paddleboard and paddle along the shoreline, or take a scenic drive along the Burr Trail. These experiences will allow you to immerse your wedding day in the stunning beauty of Lake Powell while avoiding the crowds. In addition I recommend getting married at sunrise as another way to detour any crowds on your wedding or elopement day!

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Lake Powell Water Levels

We all know that Lake Powell has been struggling in term of water levels in recent years. Lake Powell’s water levels are constantly fluctuating, depending on factors such as snowmelt, rainfall, and water usage. The lake serves as a reservoir for the Colorado River, supplying water to millions of people in the southwestern United States. In recent years, however, the water levels in Lake Powell have been lower than usual due to prolonged drought conditions.

The low water levels have had an impact on the recreational activities around the lake, with some boat ramps and marinas being closed or partially open. Despite the challenges presented by the fluctuating water levels, Lake Powell remains a breathtaking destination for your elopement or wedding and I highly recommend it! You and your guest can still enjoy a range of activities such as fishing, hiking, kayaking, and sightseeing while admiring the stunning reddish-orange cliffs and clear blue waters that make Lake Powell so unique.

How To Legally Get Married In Lake Powell

To get married at Lake Powell, you’ll need to obtain a marriage license from the state of Utah or Arizona since the lake is situated on the border of both states. It will just depend on what locations you choose! The process for obtaining a marriage license varies depending on the state, but generally, you’ll need to provide identification, proof of age, and pay a fee.

After obtaining the license, you can choose to have a wedding ceremony in one of the many scenic spots around the lake, such as a beach, a houseboat, or a cliff overlooking the water. Keep in mind that if you’re planning to have a wedding on a houseboat, you may need to book well in advance as they can be in high demand during peak season. With its stunning natural beauty and serene ambiance, Lake Powell offers a breathtaking backdrop for a romantic and unforgettable wedding celebration.

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Lake Powell Wedding Permit

If you’re planning to get married at Lake Powell, you’ll need to obtain a wedding special use permit from the Glen Canyon Permit Office. You can find more info on getting a wedding permit HERE! The permit is required for all weddings and events held on NPS land, including beaches, marinas, and other scenic areas around the lake. To obtain a wedding permit, you’ll need to fill out an application form and pay a $300 fee. The NPS recommends submitting the application at least 45 days in advance of your wedding date to ensure ample time for processing.

Things to Know About Your Permit

I love to help all of my couples obtain a special use permit to save you the stress! The permit includes rules and regulations for the wedding ceremony, such as the number of guests allowed, parking restrictions, and guidelines for the use of equipment like chairs or amplifiers. It’s important to note that wedding permits are only issued during certain times of the year, and peak season dates can book up quickly, so it’s best to plan ahead and secure your permit as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

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Best Lake Powell Hikes

If you’re looking to explore the hidden gems of Lake Powell, hiking is the way to go on your wedding or elopement day! The trails around the lake offer an array of stunning landscapes, from red rock canyons to lush green forests. One of the most popular hikes is the Rainbow Bridge Trail, which leads you to one of the largest natural bridges in the world. It’s a moderate hike with breathtaking views of the surrounding cliffs and the turquoise blue water of the lake.

For a more challenging trek, head to the Cathedral Wash Trail, where you’ll navigate through narrow slot canyons and climb over boulders to reach a towering cathedral-like formation. Since you’ll most likely being staying near Page, Horseshoe Bend is a must see and an easy short hike to add to the list. The Escalante River Trail, located in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, is another must-do hike, with its winding path through the stunning Upper Escalante Canyon.

Getting Around Lake Powell By Boat

There are many ways to get around Lake Powell by boat, from renting a powerboat to kayaking to paddleboarding. If you’re looking for a leisurely experience, renting a pontoon boat is the way to go. It’s perfect for cruising around the lake with your family or friends, enjoying a picnic, or soaking up the sun.

For a more exhilarating adventure, rent a speedboat! Kayaking and paddleboarding are also fantastic options for exploring the lake’s hidden coves and canyons at your own pace for your wedding or elopement. With so many options available, getting around Lake Powell by boat has never been easier. Just remember to pack your sense of adventure, and let the waters of Lake Powell make your wedding an experience you’ll never forget!

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Activities For Your Lake Powell Wedding Or Elopement

If you’re planning a romantic elopement at Lake Powell, there are plenty of activities to make your special day even more memorable. Here are a few ideas for your Lake Powell elopement or wedding! Start off by renting a houseboat for a unique and intimate venue to exchange your vows. You can also hire a private tour operator to take you on a scenic boat tour around the lake, where you can enjoy stunning views of the surrounding red rock cliffs and crystal clear waters.

For those who love adventure, try a guided kayak or paddleboard tour, where you can explore hidden coves, slot canyons, and even paddle up to Rainbow Bridge. If you prefer to stay on land, take a hike together to some of the many trails around the lake, such as Horseshoe Bend or Antelope Canyon, for breathtaking views and photo opportunities.

At night, stargaze together under the clear desert skies or have a cozy campfire on the beach. With so many activities to choose from, your Lake Powell wedding will be an unforgettable celebration of love and nature!

Where To Fly Into For Your Lake Powell Wedding

If you’re planning a wedding at Lake Powell, there are several airports you can fly into, depending on your location and preferences. The nearest airport to Lake Powell is Page Municipal Airport (PGA), which is located just 10 minutes from the town of Page, Arizona, and around 20 minutes from the Wahweap Marina on Lake Powell. This airport offers daily flights from Phoenix, Arizona, and is serviced by Boutique Air and American Airlines.

Another option is the St. George Regional Airport (SGU), located roughly two hours from Lake Powell, which offers flights from Salt Lake City,Denver, and other major cities. If you’re looking for a larger airport with more flight options, you can fly into Las Vegas McCarran International Airport (LAS) or Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX), both of which are around a four-hour drive from Lake Powell. No matter which airport you choose, you’ll be greeted with stunning desert landscapes and the promise of adventure and natural beauty at Lake Powell!

Where To Stay For Your Lake Powell Wedding

If you’re planning a Lake Powell wedding, there are plenty of accommodation options to suit your needs and budget! One popular choice is to rent a houseboat. It’s a unique and magical experience that allows you to enjoy Lake Powell’s serene beauty with your loved ones while having a floating venue for the wedding ceremony and reception.

Another option is to stay at one of the many lodges or resorts in the Lake Powell area, such as Lake Powell Resort, which offers a range of amenities, including a pool, hot tub, and on-site dining. For a more rustic experience, consider camping at one of the many campgrounds around the lake, such as Wahweap Campground or Lone Rock Beach Campground. If you’re looking for something more luxurious, book a room at Amangiri, a stunning resort set against the backdrop of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.

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Lake Powell Wedding Photography Packages

So are you ready to get married at Lake Powell? I will be there to support you throughout your entire journey! I am more than just a photographer there to take photos, I want to be your friend guiding you throughout the whole process.

What’s Included in My Packages

Hourly Coverage Time to Choose from
Location Scouting & Suggestions
Help with Permits
Vendors Recommendations
Timeline Building
Activity Assistance
Online Gallery
No Additional Travel Fees

Are you Ready To Get Married in Lake Powell?

In conclusion, getting married at Lake Powell is a truly unique and unforgettable experience and I would love to help you plan the perfect wedding! Contact me HERE to start dreaming up your Lake Powell wedding day!

Whether you choose to have your ceremony on one of the many beautiful beaches or aboard a houseboat, your wedding at Lake Powell is sure to be a magical and unforgettable occasion. So why not make your special day even more special by saying “I do” in one of the most beautiful places on earth? I can’t wait to authentically capture your love story!

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