Page, Arizona & Lake Powell Elopement Guide


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Apr 16, 2022

Page, Arizona & Lake Powell Elopement Guide

Page, Arizona is one of the most incredible places to have an adventure elopement! There are so many different things to see, explore and do, including having a Lake Powell elopement. You might be stressed out and wondering how the heck you’re going to plan your elopement in Page, especially if you’re new to the location. Keep reading and I’ll show you all you need to know about getting married in Page, Arizona and Lake Powell!

5 reasons to get married in Page, Arizona

It’s full of fun activities!

The number of activities to do in Page is endless. They have to best outdoor activities such as hiking, fishing and all kinds of watersports. There’s so much to explore in Page, so renting a 4×4 is also an exciting option for your adventure elopement!

Lake Powell

Lake Powell has unreal landscapes where you can say “I do.” Not only can you have your elopement ceremony by the lake, but you can also elope on the cliffside, on the beach, or in a slot canyon! All of these options make for a beautiful backdrop for your photos!

Horseshoe Bend

Horseshoe Bend is an awesome landmark with a natural bend in the Colorado River that looks like a horseshoe shape. The cliff view overlooking Horseshoe Bend is one that you will adore as a place to say your vows.

Antelope Canyon

Words can’t describe how stunning Antelope Canyon is! Its unique structure is enough to mesmerize you and entirely explore. While exploring this sandstone labyrinth, remember to have some water and skin protection with you!

It’s close to so many amazing landscapes

There are countless places to see in Page, Arizona but there are also amazing landscapes to visit just outside the city. For example, Monument Valley, the Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon and Zion National Park just to name a few. But I’ll get back to more places to visit later on.

Choosing the best time of year to marry at Lake Powell

Spring and fall are the best times of the year for a Lake Powell elopement. On average, water temperatures can fluctuate from a chilly 46°F in February to an inviting 80°F in August. In the coldest water months, typically from November to April, you’ll see temperatures from 47°F to 62°F. Meanwhile in the warmest water months, from May to October, temperatures range from 64°F to 76°F.

Spring

It’s important to remember that Springtime can be very windy and the water could still be a little cold. But what’s best about choosing to get married in spring is that availability for accommodations and rentals is much greater. I’d recommend renting a houseboat around this time if you like a quieter lake and a temperate climate. Even in early April, you might find the weather surprisingly warm.

Summer

The hot weather in June, July and August, means that it’ll be very crowded and availability can be tough. Average temperatures hover in the 90s but you can still beat the heat by going on a refreshing swim!

Fall

September is the ideal month to have a Lake Powell elopement. The air temperature will cool down a bit (around 76°F), the water will still be very warm for swimming and skiing and some crowds will disperse. Surprisingly, early October is a great time to visit, enjoy the scenery and have fun on the lake.

Winter

Believe it or not, winter is beautiful on Lake Powell. It’s the perfect time of year for houseboating if you really want to be one with nature. The lake is way less crowded and the water is as smooth as glass.

How to travel to Page, Arizona

There are a few ways you can get to Page, each with its own opportunity to explore more places:

One option is to fly to Flagstaff, Arizona and take a 2-hour drive. Or, you can make a Southwestern road trip out of your journey by flying to Las Vegas or Phoenix, which are both 4 hours away. The most direct route from Las Vegas is through southern Utah on I-15 and U.S. Route 89, passing by Zion National Park. You can also take a longer path that crosses Route 66 heading towards Flagstaff and runs north to the Grand Canyon before exiting the park’s eastern side toward Page.

Another option is to take a direct flight from Phoenix to Page Municipal Airport, but it’s typically cheaper to drive from one of the major cities. In both cases, it’ll be worth renting a vehicle to see all of the attractions and national parks nearby Page.

Research marriage laws

It’s so important to know the marriage laws in Arizona for your Page elopement. Luckily, I have a brief rundown of what you mainly need to know:

  • Both parties must be 18 years or older
  • You do not need to be an Arizona resident to apply for a marriage license in Arizona
  • Both parties must be present to apply for your marriage license
  • There is no waiting period and the marriage licenses are valid for 1 year after receiving it
  • You are required to mail the license to the courthouse within 30 days of your ceremony to be properly recorded
  • The cost of a marriage license is around $70-86 depending on the county fees due at the time of application

Create a budget

You can expect to pay far less for an elopement than for a traditional wedding. But you should still consider creating a budget and investing in what you believe will make your wedding day special. Work out what’s the most important for you both, make a priority list, then set a budget for each part of your elopement.

Find a Lake Powell elopement photographer

Once you’ve decided what your budget is, it’s time to book your photographer! Find one that’s familiar with the area so they can give you specific tips and advice while you’re in the planning process. As an Arizona-based elopement wedding photographer, I know this area like the back of my hand and I do my best to help every single one of my couples plan their elopement. I also send location guides best suited for you. If you’d like to have a chat about what you have planned, reach out and I’ll happily get back to you!

You’ll be spending the most time with your photographer on your Lake Powell elopement day, so make sure to choose carefully!

Discuss what you want to do on your elopement day

The thing about your elopement day is that you can truly make it yours, so don’t be afraid to get creative! Chat with your partner and get excited about the number of things you could do. Whether it’s hiking, mountain climbing, renting a jeep, or even going on a helicopter ride, ask yourself “If we could do anything to celebrate getting married, what would it be?”

4×4 rentals

Lake Powell Jeep Rentals is great for 4×4 rentals that will give you the opportunity to explore all that Lake Powell has to offer. They also give you the option to include overnight camping gear for only $50 extra.

Lake Powell Life offers Jeeps and boats for multiday use. Plus, they offer discounts on 3-10 day rentals!

Big Orange Jeeps and Epic Adventure Rides provide private tours across Page from 1.5 to 3 hours!

Water Transportation

Canyon Boat Rentals offer a range of different boats to choose from starting at $300.

Permits and Leave No Trace Principles

If you’re planning to elope anywhere surrounded by nature, it’s essential to familiarize yourself with the Leave No Trace (LNT) Principles. This ensures that everyone is doing their part to leave the environment better than when we found it. Specifically, photographers and other wedding vendors have a responsibility of making sure to take care of the locations that we shoot at. Following the LNT Principles certainly shouldn’t be an option for any of us – it should be a requirement. So the more couples know about them, the better we can all take care of the land!

Additionally, research what kind of permits you’ll need depending on where you’re planning to elope. The National Park Service provides information on how to obtain permits for photography and your ceremony. But different parks have different requirements, so be prepared for them in advance. Make sure to obtain all of your necessary permits at least 90 days in advance to avoid any hiccups!

Best places to elope in Page

If you aren’t set on Lake Powell, there are various other amazing places to elope in Page. Here are a few alternative spots to say your vows:

  • Horseshoe Bend – I highly recommend eloping in the morning to avoid crowds
  • Antelope Canyon – While it’s stunning, professional photography isn’t allowed in the Navajo area. But there are a few secret spots to access though!
  • Glen Canyon overlook
  • A secluded 4×4 accessed overlook
  • Lone Rock

Things to do in and around Page

  • Visit the Hub of the Grand Circle to see parks, monuments, historical sites and iconic structures of the West
  • The Rim Trail
  • The Burr Trail is you love going for a scenic drive
  • The Hanging Gardens trail
  • Air tours
  • Kayaking, canoeing, boating, paddle boarding and any other water sports
  • Muley Point
  • Rainbow Bridge (a boat tour or rental boat is recommended)
  • A hot air balloon ride

Places to stay in Page

Please make sure to book as far in advance as possible, especially during busy months!

Amangiri

Amangiri is perfect if you want a more luxurious experience. Staying here will make you feel like you’re on a getaway vacation! There are several suites to choose from that will suit your needs and above all, offers you the spaciousness, privacy and comfort that you require.

Under Canvas Lake Powell – Grand staircase

Under Canvas Lake Powell – Grant Staircase sits on a Canyon Rim Plateau, with beautiful views right outside your tent. It’s only a 10-minute drive from Lake Powell and features a restaurant, shared lounge, a 24-hour font desk and even its own on-site Elephant Slot Canyon!

Houseboats on the water

If staying in a luxury suite or in a tent doesn’t suit you, then maybe opting for a houseboat does! It features all the comforts you have at home, with the additional feature of being surrounded by the gorgeous scenes of Lake Powell. And If you’ve never piloted a houseboat before, Houseboat rentals can teach you how to pilot a houseboat so you’ll be driving it in no time!

Lake Powell Resort

Lake Powell Resort offers so many different amenities to make you feel at ease. From saunas to a marina, to fire pits, the resort has it all. Accommodation options include an airstream and a hotel suite.

Page Lake Powell Campground

Exploring Page can exhaust you by the end of the day, so it’s worth finding accommodation where you can feel completely relaxed, whether it’s your own or rented. If you’re getting around in your own RV, Page Lake Powell Campground offers full hook-up RV spaces. Alternatively, you can go for a luxury wagon glamping experience. Plus, the campground is only a 10-minute drive to Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend!

Shash Dine Eco-Retreat

For a unique glamping experience, Shash Dine Eco-Retreat is the place to stay. It’s a bed and breakfast that’s also around a 10-minute drive to Horseshoe Bend, but around a 20-minute drive to Antelope Canyon. There’s a range of accommodation you can stay in, including tents, cabins and wagons.

Navajo House

If you’re looking for a space where you have complete privacy, then Navajo House is the place. This 4 bedroom house sits on a golf course, overlooking the beautiful Lake Powell. While staying here, you have access to the rim trail and Lake Powell National golf course right outside the back fence.

Defiance House Lodge

This hotel sits directly across Lake Powell from Halls Crossing Marina, meaning you have close access to all kinds of water activities. From powerboating to wakeboarding, you’ll always have fun at Defiance House Lodge.

Airbnbs

If you’re not set on any of the previous places to stay, there are tons of Airbnb rentals in Page that I’m sure you’ll love! As always, make sure to book them in advance, especially if you’re planning your Page/Lake Powell elopement during the busy season.

Best places to eat in Page

  • Rainbow Room
  • Latitude 37
  • Sunset 89
  • State 48 Tavern

Road Tripping in and out of Page?

If you’re planning to explore Page and surrounding areas during your stay, here are a few nearby spots to check out:

  • Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument
  • The Wave at Vermilion Cliffs National Monument
  • Kanab
  • Grand Canyon National Park
  • Monument Valley
  • Pink Sand
  • Bryce Canyon National Park
  • Zion National Park
  • Natural Bridges National Park
  • Capitol Reef National Park
  • Mesa Verde National Park
  • Arches National Park
  • Sedona

Now you know how to get married in Page/Lake Powell!

If you’ve made it to the end of this guide then I hope you have all the information you need to get married in Page/Lake Powell! I’m always excited to chat with couples about their adventure elopement plans and how I can help capture it all. So if you’re still looking for a photographer, you can inquire about your Page/Lake Powell elopement by filling out my contact form and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can!

But if you’re not set on a Page/Lake Powell elopement, no worries! I have elopement guides for Washington, California and Oregon too if you want to explore more options!

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Hi guys! Welcome to my blog. 
I am a travel elopement and wedding photographer who happily helps my couples plan their big day. 

There are so many ways to customize a wedding day experience that is unique to you and a true reflection of the things that you value in life. 

I am here to document this milestone in an artistic and meaningful way while being there to assist my couple in anyway possible. 

If you would like to learn more about me and my services, go here! 

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Hi guys! Welcome to my blog. 
I am a travel elopement and wedding photographer who happily helps my couples plan their big day. 

There are so many ways to customize a wedding day experience that is unique to you and a true reflection of the things that you value in life. 

I am here to document this milestone in an artistic and meaningful way while being there to assist my couple in anyway possible. 

If you would like to learn more about me and my services, go here! 

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