Now that you have decided upon an Alaska destination wedding ceremony in Juneau, Alaska, you are more than likely wondering “what do we do now?” What follows are some important informational tidbits and web sites (that you can click and connect with) that should help with planning your wedding or if you prefer eloping in Alaska. In addition we have provided contact info for hair & make up, along with examples of flowers and cakes. A lot of information is on this page and hopefully it will be helpful and not overwhelming. If there is anything else you are concerned about ( we love getting questions) please email us for additional information at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What does Juneau and the surrounding areas of Southeast Alaska look like?
Check these sites: www.hickerphoto.com/photos/juneau-alaska-pictures.htm and www.wildnatureimages.com/Juneau.htm
Need to know what there is to do and where to stay when in Juneau?
We highly recommend the following website:
We work with a variety of photographers; the following is a list of those that have web sites. Please note that each photographer has designed specially priced packages just for our wedding packages.
Art Sutch Photography & Digital Imaging (2018 prices $950 land & $1200 for glacier weddings) http://artsutchphotodigital.com/
Kaley McGooey – https://www.instagram.com/feraphotography/
Chugach Peaks Photography – www.ChugachPeaks.com
Crow Fox Photography – https://www.crowfoxphotography.com
Alaska in Motion – Beau Sylte is an award winning adventure filmmaker with a passion for showing off Alaska. He has worked alongside National Geographic in 29 different countries, and got married in a glacier ice cave right here in AK in 2014 (https://vimeo.com/115416182). He specializes in capturing memories as motion pictures and making your moments as exciting, fun, interesting, and shareable as possible. Part of Beau’s work is making sure you have video clips ready to share with your friends and family via your social media pages like Facebook and Instagram. Website: https://www.alaskainmotion.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AlaskaInMotion/
Making Ceremony Reservations.
Reservations are accepted any time from 4 days and to a year in advance.
A $250 deposit or 10% of the total package price (which ever is greater) is required to book a reservation, with the exception of the Taku Lodge package which requires a $315 per person deposit. The remaining balance is due at least 30 days prior to your wedding date. Accepted forms of payments: Discover Card, Master Card, or Visa.
Obtaining an Alaska marriage license is the sole responsibility of the couple getting married. Information regarding a license can be obtained at: www.hss.state.ak.us/dph/bvs/marriagel/ Please note the office is not open on weekends, state, and/or federal holidays but, licenses still be obtain through the mail, we can tell you how this needs to be handled.
Generally speaking here is how the marriage application process works: Bride and/or groom needs to download the marriage license application using the above website and fill it out. If you will be visiting Juneau on a weekday (that is not a federal or state holiday) the form does not need to be signed as you will do that when picking it up in Juneau.
When mailing the application, please use the Juneau address and include a payment of $60 or whatever the form states. We recommend mailing the application 30-45 days before your wedding day. By doing so, you will meet/exceed the 3-day waiting period requirement. As for getting the license when in Juneau, those of our wedding packages that include ground transportation, will also include a stop at the marriage license (Alaska Bureau of Vital Statistics) office. For those wedding packages that do not include ground transportation (simple ceremonies & Father of the Bride I) you will need to pick up the license via cab/taxi (the office is 7 miles from the cruise ship docks) prior to the wedding ceremony.
After the wedding ceremony is over and appropriate signatures have been applied to the license, our wedding officiant will file the license back at the Alaska Bureau of Vital Statistics office.
To obtain a certified copy of the marriage license, a second form (that is provided along with the marriage license) will need to completed . The second form can be completed at the time you pick up the license or when you get home and costs $30. Please let us know if you have any questions .
Some of our packages include a Gift certificate for one of three Alaska Heirloom Marriage Certificates. To help decide which one you may want please visit: www.hss.state.ak.us/dph/bvs/heirloom_marriage/
What to wear?
This is entirely up to you; just take into consideration the ceremony location.
Helicopter companies provide boots and rain gear for glacier weddings. You might consider bringing a coat, shawl/wrap as temps on a glacier range between 40° – 60°.
Need help with wedding accesories – dresses, tuxes, etc? Please go to http://alaskanflorist.com/
Hair and make-up consultation: please contact Tiffany Rutherford with ROOTS at 907-957-0522
Gratuities: Unless your wedding group is 6 or more people we don’t insist on a gratuity however, tips are greatly appreciated if the service you receive is worthy.
5% sales tax on all goods and services will be added to the total amount due.
3% will be charged to cover fees – accessing docks, airport parks, insurance, and other miscellaneous items.
Juneau is located in a Temperate Rainforest climate, so it does rain occasionally which is why it is so green here. After many years and despite our best efforts, we have learned that “weather” is the one thing we can’t control. We therefore recommend that you come prepared as temperatures range in the 50s-60s Fahrenheit/10-15.56 Celsius. If these temperatures seem cool to you, you might consider bringing a warm jacket that can easily be taken off for photos. Temperatures on the glacier can be 10f/5.6c cooler. Please note, we are in no way trying to dissuade anyone from wearing a wedding dress, suit, or tux, this is your special day and you can dress anyway you want. Please let us know if you have any questions regarding the weather.
If an outdoor wedding location is canceled due to weather, the ceremony can be held at the Glacier Gardens Rainforest Adventure location. Additional costs will be incurred due to the entrance fee at the Gardens, ground transportation, etc. In the case of a flight cancellation, we will refund the cost of the Taku Glacier Lodge seaplane & meal or the cost of the helicopter associated with a Helicopter Glacier wedding package, less any additional fees.
Cancellations and Refunds. Cancellations in advance of Full Payment having been paid are not charged and the deposit (less $150) will be returned. Cancellations made after full payment has been paid or within 31 days of the wedding date will result in forfeiture of the full deposit.
Cancellations within 14 days of the ceremony date or “No Shows” will result in forfeiture of all money paid. For more information, please ask for a copy of our business policy regarding deposits, refunds, and cancellations.
Flowers: Here are a few examples of Alaskan Wildflower bouquets, Custom bouquets, single presentation roses, and their matching boutonnieres. Please note that our florists “take artistic freedom” when making each wildflower bouquet including requests from brides, so no two bouquets are alike. Flowers that may be included in an Alaskan Wildflower bouquet include some or all of the following, provided they are available on your wedding day.
- Alstroemeria in colors yellow, white, brown, & pink
- Dasies in colors white & yellow
- Iriese in colors blue & purple
- Lilies in colors yellow, white, orange, & pink
- Star Gazer in colors pink & white
Wedding Cakes: If you have chosen a wedding package with cake, here are a few photos of how couples decorated their cakes.