Maine has many wild and beautiful locations for your intimate wedding but Acadia National Top easily ranks right at the top. There are so many scenic overlooks, trails, woodlands and rocky shoreline hideaways -nearly every where you look is breathtaking natural beauty.
Here's everything you need to know about getting married in the park.
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Permits are required for weddings and commitment ceremonies in the park, with the exception of simple ceremonies of up to 10 people that meet certain restrictions (see permits, below, for more information). The nonrefundable permit application fee is $50. The National Park Service maintains strict conditions for private events, so please read the regulations and conditions below and determine if they correspond with your event plans. Receptions are not permitted in the park, unless they are held at a park concession facility.
Weddings and commitment ceremonies may be scheduled any time within the same calendar year and not less than 10 working days prior to your ceremony. Please complete the wedding application form in as much detail as possible to avoid delays in permit approval due to incomplete information. Be sure to include the nonrefundable application fee of $50 with your application, paid by check or money order only, made payable to the National Park Service. Mail your application and payment to:
Acadia National Park Attn: Special Use Permit Coordinator PO Box 177 Bar Harbor, ME 04609
After favorable review of your application, you will be asked to sign the regulating permit indicating that you have read and will abide by the special conditions listed. Please keep a copy of the permit for yourself. The approved permit must be in your possession at the time of the ceremony. Entrance fees into the park are not waived for either participants or guests.
When permits are not required: Simple ceremonies of up to ten people (including the officiate) may be conducted without a permit, subject to the following restrictions:
Click here to download the Application for Special Use Permit.
Restrictions and Event Management
The permit does not allow your ceremony to restrict other park visitors from your chosen location, nor does it guarantee you a specific site. To have more privacy, it is recommended that you avoid sites that attract a large number of visitors, or schedule your ceremony for early or late in the day. Time allowed for outdoor events is normally one hour or less. Maximum usage limits have been established for certain areas in the park. An additional charge of $60 per hour may be incurred for an event monitor if there is potential for any interference with visitor use, impact on park resources, or congestion of a highly visited area.
Arrangements for use of the concession services and facilities for ceremonies, receptions, and transportation may be made by contacting the concessionaires directly.
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. Note: Couples who maintain separate Maine residences must apply in one of the communities of residence.
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.