How to Plan an Awesome Fall Elopement in Montana

Are you thinking about tying the knot this fall in the majestic landscapes of Montana? Fall elopements in Montana are absolutely gorgeous, with golden colors and crisp mountain air. 

Let’s dive into some tips on how to plan an awesome fall elopement in Montana to make sure you have the perfect day!

Montana bride and groom in the fall

Fall Weather in Montana

Fall is arguably the best season for your elopement in Montana. The landscapes transform into vibrant scenery covered in oranges, yellows, and reds. The days are still warm but not too hot which many couples love. The days are getting shorter though, so we have to plan for an earlier sunset to capture those dreamy golden hour photos.

The fall weather and colors can be unpredictable. The colors start showing off in mid-September at higher elevations and wander down over the next couple of months. One wild storm, though, and there go the leaves! 

The weather is generally mild, warm during the day, and cool at night, but you always have a chance of rainfall and even early snow, so I always recommend bringing layers and having a backup plan. 

Where to Stay for Your Fall Elopement in Montana

Speaking of backup plans, you will probably need a place to stay anyway, right? Montana’s got some amazing vacation rentals, Airbnb spots, local lodges, hotels, and guest ranches that can double as your elopement location in case the weather isn’t great.

Places like Sage Lodge and Mountain Sky Ranch aren’t just gorgeous – they’re elopement-ready, offering packages to make your day stress-free.

And if you’re thinking about a vacation rental or Airbnb, just chat with the owner about your elopement plans. If it’s just the two of you or other house guests, most are totally cool with it. Just be clear that you’re not planning a big party. Some places are even down for a small crowd if you ask nicely!

Montana Elopement Locations

Where to elope in Montana during the fall? There are so many options! Big Sky, Bozeman Mountains, Glacier National Park, or the cozy corners of Paradise Valley – each spot has its unique fall charm. Just imagine those elopement or wedding pics!

If you want to know more details about the best places to elope in Montana, here’s a guide for you!

Fun Elopement Activities

How you will spend the day of your elopement really depends on your vibe and how you want to spend your time. From waking up to falling asleep under the stars, whatever you dream up can be part of your elopement.

Some fun elopement activities to consider are:

Fly fishing


Rafting / kayaking

Horseback riding

Going to the hot springs


Exploring glaciers / volcanos

Hire a chef and enjoy a private dinner

fall sweethearts table decor and floral arrangements

Let’s Plan Your Montana Fall Elopement Together!

I’m Merissa, a Montana elopement photographer, and I would love to help you plan an awesome fall elopement here! There’s so much that goes into planning an elopement, like deciding on the best place, time of year, and even time of day. I help my couples with a customized location list, timeline, local vendor recommendations, and, of course, awesome photography.

Curious to learn more about how I can help you with your dream elopement?

Set up a free call with me! You can also get my FREE elopement planning guide to help you plan the perfect day!

Featured: Best of Montana Fall Elopements

Venues: Blacktail Cabins & Copper Rose Ranch

Florals: Poppy & Pine; Katalin Green

Chef: Chef Daniel Cox