12 Small Wedding Venues in Alaska for a Cozy Day

Say "I do" surrounded by those closest to you.
Rachel Kashdan - The Knot Contributor.
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Rachel Kashdan
Rachel Kashdan - The Knot Contributor.
Rachel Kashdan
The Knot Contributor
  • Rachel is a freelance writer and contributor to The Knot.
  • Prior to working as a freelance writer, Rachel was a staff writer at Boston magazine covering home design and weddings.
  • Rachel has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Boston University.
Updated May 17, 2024

Alaska is known for its otherworldly natural landscapes and abundance of outdoor activities, so you can bet that small wedding venues in Alaska offer all that and more for marriers. Since most of Alaska outside of Anchorage, Fairbanks and their surrounding areas are pretty sparsely populated, you'll find when planning your small wedding that most of the state's wedding venues are around those spots. Another key factor to keep in mind when dreaming up your Alaska wedding is that The Last Frontier, as it's known, can obviously get really cold, so many small Alaska wedding venues actually only host celebrations between May and September. The good news is, getting married in the summer in Alaska means comfortable temps are common and green landscapes are in no short supply.

Bear Paw Adventure in Anchor Point, Alaska

It doesn't get more Alaska than Bear Paw Adventure, a vacation lodge with access to a number of wilderness activities on the Kenai Peninsula. You can rent out the entire property for three days and have access to outdoor ceremony sites like a tree- and wildflower-encircled lawn and an open-air driftwood structure with a clear roof for your ceremony or reception. Bear Paw Adventure also gives couples access to the Bear Den, a log cabin that sleeps 10 and has a getting-ready suite, as well as to guided outdoor activities like dog sled rides, horseback riding, kayaking, ATV rides and more.

  • Guest Capacity: Up to 100

Seward Windsong Lodge in Seward, Alaska

Seward Windsong Lodge couldn't possibly offer a more delightful setting for Alaska "I do's". The resort sits right on Resurrection River and is surrounded by mountains and spruce trees. It's also the closest full-service lodge to the nearby Kenai Fjords National Park, which will delight your out of town guests. The lodge boasts 216 guestrooms as well as a few different ceremony and reception spots. One of couples' favorite ways to wed, though, is a ceremony along the riverbank with mountains as a backdrop followed by a reception catered by the venue in one of its three indoor reception spaces.

  • Guest Capacity: Up to 100

AK Diamond J Ranch in Homer, Alaska

AK Diamond J Ranch is a family owned ranch and peony farm near Kachemak Bay that also doubles as a stunning wedding venue for small celebrations. Ceremony sites here include the grassy grounds, under the outdoor covered pavilion (which serves as an enchanting dinner spot too), or in front of the barn, which is the showpiece of the property. The gorgeous barn's interior features warm wood, tall ceiling and twinkling edison lights that lend a cozy feel to the space, and the structure can be used to host any part of your day. Finally, the ranch gives couples use of a guesthouse with two bedrooms that also doubles as a getting ready area.

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  • Guest Capacity: Up to 100

Huffman Manor in Fairbanks, Alaska

Huffman Manor provides an alternative to Alaska's ranch and lodge venues. This Tudor-style mansion lends an enchanting, historical feel to small weddings as a wedding venue and home rental with towering ceilings, a grand staircase, crystal chandeliers, a library and chef's kitchen. Indoor weddings can take place on the first floor of the home, while outdoor weddings take place on the lawn surrounded by trees. The house also includes six bedrooms that can be rented out by your wedding party and guests.

  • Guest Capacity: Up to 100

Chulitna Lodge Wilderness Retreat in Lake Clark, Alaska

If peace and privacy are top priorities for your wedding, Chulitna Lodge Wilderness Retreat is your ultimate venue. In fact, the venue, located in Lake Park National Park and Preserve, is so secluded that the venue can only be accessed by direct flight as there are no nearby roads. The remoteness of the venue means the natural beauty of the environment truly shines and the outdoor celebration options are innumerable. During your wedding weekend guests can stay in the onsite cabins while enjoying the property's sauna and private baths as well as activities like hiking and lake swimming.

  • Guest Capacity: Up to 50

Trail Lake Lodge in Moose Pass, Alaska

Trail Lake Lodge offers a beautiful setting nestled within the mountains with a casual homey feel and 22 overnight guest rooms. There's an array of wedding-ready spaces here, too. The lakeside wood pavilion, for instance, is a great spot to host your small wedding dinner or ceremony and features a large deck and dock. The lawn, dotted with trees and wildflowers, is also an ideal place for a ceremony. Couples also love using the lawn as a blank canvas to prop up a tent for the evening's dinner–catered in-house–and dancing.

  • Guest Capacity: Up to 100

Alaska Heavenly Lodge in Cooper Landing, Alaska

River views, log cabin accommodations and scenic settings abound at Alaska Heavenly Lodge. And what more could you ask for? The small venue on the Kenai Peninsula can accommodate up to 50 guests–25 of whom can also stay on the property overnight. There's also a honeymoon cabin with a hot tub, sauna and billiards room. Spend the weekend enjoying local wilderness activities with friends and family and then gather outside of the lodge for your "I do's". The property is dotted with lawns, flower beds and forests that'll make for stunning backdrops for your wedding portraits.

  • Guest Capacity: Up to 50

Red Roof Barn Venue in Wasilla, Alaska

At Red Roof Barn Venue the white and red reception barn truly is the star of the show. With its red roof, open barn doors, dirt floors, whiskey barrel tables and plywood walls, the barn brims with rustic char. Your ceremony, meanwhile, can take place out on the ceremony lawn surrounded by clusters of trees or right in front of the barn. The all-inclusive venue also has an adorable getting-ready cottage that matches the barn's exterior. Red Roof Barn Venue offers several wedding packages, including one tailormade for intimate weddings of up to 35 guests.

  • Guest Capacity: Up to 100

Inn at Tern Lake in Moose Pass, Alaska

Tucked away among snow capped mountains and forests you'll find the Inn at Tern Lake, a small lodge and an event venue. Hold an intimate ceremony beside the glistening water surrounded by wildflowers, host cocktail hour on the sun deck, and dine on in-house catering made with local ingredients and served in the venue's Great Room. The Great rRoom has two-story vaulted ceilings, a stone fireplace and enormous windows.

  • Guest Capacity: Indoors: Up to 50; Outdoors: Up to 120

Viking Cove in Haines, Alaska

Viking Cove is a gorgeous waterfront wedding venue overlooking the Southeast Alaskan Passage with meadows and forests. The small Alaska wedding venue has a 2000-square-foot barn with large doors that open up to the landscape as well as clearings within the trees that can be used for fully outdoor celebrations under twinkling string lights. The property also includes a main house perched high above the shoreline looking out to the fjord and can accommodate up to 20 guests overnight.

  • Guest Capacity: Up to 100

Sunderland Ranch in Palmer, Alaska

Host your country-western-inspired outdoor wedding at Sunderland Ranch. The lawn outside the main lodge can accommodate tented or open-air weddings of up to 50 overlooking the hayfield. The field, meanwhile, can seat up to 150 and showcases views of the surrounding mountains. The property can hold up to 15 guests overnight, and guests can enjoy horse rides, wagon rides and trail rides all weekend long. Speaking of horses, the horsebarn can also host weddings of up to 80 guests with equestrian vibes and twinkling lights.

  • Guest Capacity: Up to 150

Gloryview Farm in Wasilla, Alaska

The barn at Gloryview Farm looks like a storybook illustration come to life. The towering barn with warm wood serves as a charming backdrop for ceremonies out on the lawn surrounded by trees and flowers. Afterward, enjoy dinner on a long farm table under the log pavilion before heading back to the barn and inside to dance the night away and toast to your nuptials. The venue also has two getting ready cottages so it's easy for both you and your love to prep separately on site.

  • Guest Capacity: Up to 150

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