Schwabacher Landing is one of the best locations to elope or have a micro-wedding in Grand Teton National Park. With the info gathered below we’ll help you decide if Schwabacher Landing is the right fit for you and your partner’s elopement or wedding.
Schwabacher Landing is located close to Jackson, so if you are looking for an option with close proximity to town then it can be a great option. It also has a good central location in relation to the rest of Grand Teton National Park which makes it easy to hop over to other locations after your ceremony to get additional bridal photos and videos. Schwabacher Landing is about a 25 minute drive from Jackson, which makes it realistic to get ready in town and then drive over for the ceremony.
Schwabacher Landing Wedding Cost
Eloping or having a micro-wedding at Schwabacher Landing isn’t cost-free, but it’s certainly much cheaper than traditional venues in the area! In order to have your special day take place at Schwabacher Landing you’ll need to pay a $200 permit fee through the National Park Service. There is an application process involved in reserving your date at the location, and you can find a lot more details on the National Park Service permit website. The permit application process can be a little intimidating at first glance but if you book with us to capture your day we are able to walk you through the entire process.
Along with the cost of the permit you’ll have the other usual costs of an elopement/wedding (travel, vendors, dress, etc.), but you’ll be saving many thousands of dollars by not booking a traditional venue. Some of the venues in the Jackson Hole area can run upwards of $20,000 so $200 doesn’t seem so bad in comparison if you ask us!
There is only one wedding or elopement allowed at Schwabacher Landing per day so if you decide you want to use this location then make sure you apply for the permit ASAP. It is also usually the first elopement location in the park to fully book up so plan ahead and be ready to reserve your day in advance. Because of this, it’s not typically a great location for last minute elopements but it never hurts to give it a look!
Best Time of the Year for Schwabacher Landing
The closer you are to the middle of the summer, the better the weather and the lower your chances of having snow on the ground. With that said, our favorite time of the year by far for weddings and elopements in Jackson Hole is Mid-September through Mid-October.
The fall colors in the Jackson Hole area are pretty unreal, and if you time your wedding or elopement day just right with the peak colors (the exact timing varies year by year), you could be in for some epic colors in your photos. The air is also nice and crisp here in the fall and the lighting is absolutely sublime for photo and video.
The fall is also one of the most popular times for couples to get married in Jackson Hole, so if you’re planning on having your big day in the fall we definitely recommend trying to reserve things further in advance. That’s not to say it isn’t possible to still make it happen with little lead time, but most of the popular ceremony locations and venues book up far in advance.
Pro’s and Con’s of Schwabacher Landing
- An epic Grand Teton backdrop during your ceremony
- Fits into budgets spectacularly
- Small and intimate ceremony with your closet friends and family
- Ideal location in relation to Jackson and the rest of GTNP
- Makes for beautiful photos and videos
- Limited to 25 people (not an ideal spot for larger weddings)
- The area is not closed to the public during your wedding date (people are typically very respectful of your space and ceremony and don’t intrude though)
The pro’s certainly outweigh the con’s, and the biggest determining factor when deciding whether or not to use Schwabacher Landing as your location is if you’re looking to have a small wedding or elopement rather than a big celebration. Keep in mind it’s possible to make your ceremony open to family and close friends only, and then have your reception be a bigger celebration with a larger guest list.
The park service does not close off any of the area during your day, so there may be random tourists walking about, however the ceremony location is a nice enclosed area that feels private thanks to some tree-cover. The random people that may be in the area always seem to be very respectful of couples and don’t intrude on their space during their ceremony or first dance. Keep in mind that having your ceremony be closer to sunrise or sunset will mean less tourists walking around the area than during the middle of the day.
|Location||25 minute drive north of Jackson|
|Highlights||Stunning view of the Tetons, Intimate, Lower cost than a venue|
You can watch an elopement we filmed at Schwabacher Landing below. What was a rainy day turned into a clear evening with an epic sunset that made for beautiful video and photos for Katie and Tyler’s first dance. We’ve seen some absolutely unreal sunsets in Grand Teton National Park and Schwabacher Landing is a perfect spot to capture them with the Tetons in the foreground.