National Park Weddings: Can You Actually Get Married at a National Park in the U.S?
To keep it short, the answer is : YES, you can get married at a National Park in the U.S
How To Get Married At A National Park
1. Choose Your Park
What landscape do you want to surround yourself around?
2. Figure out logistics
- What season is the best at this location?
- What restrictions does this park have?
- Are there designated ceremony spots?
3. Apply for a wedding permit
Most if not all National Parks will have a special use permit that you will need to get before legally having your wedding there. Contact your national park for info or check their website! After you obtain your permit, you are ready to get married at a national park!
Best National Parks To Elope In
For Mountain Elopement Landscapes
Rocky Mountain National Park | How to get married at RMNP | Website | Eloping in CO? Check out out Colorado Elopement Planning Guide
Glacier National Park | NPS Website
Yosemite National Park | NPS Website
Kenai Fjords National Park | NPS Website
Mount Ranier Matinal Park | NPS Website
Denali National Park | NPS Website
North Cascades National Park | NPS Website
Grand Tetons National Park | NPS Website
Great Basin National Park | NPS Website
Glacier Bay National Park | NPS Website
For Desert Elopement Landscapes
Arches National Park | NPS Website
Joshua Tree National Park | NPS Website
Death Valley National Park | NPSWebsite
White Sands National Park | NPS Website
The Great Sand Dunes National Park | How to get married at the Sand Dunes | NPS Website
Zion National Park | NPS Website
Saguaro National Park | NPS Website
Grand Canyon National Park | NPS Website
Canyonlands National Park | NPS Website
For Beach Elopement Landscapes
Channel Islands National Park | NPS Website
American Samoa National Park | NPS Website
Haleakala National Park | NPS Website
For Forest Elopement Landscapes
Sequoia National Park | NPS Website
Redwood National Park | NPS Website
Congaree National Park| NPS Website
Smoky Mountains National Park | NPS Website
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National Park Wedding Cost
Weddings at a national park are definitely more affordable than a regular venue. You can expect to pay from 100-350$ for a special use permit at a National Park. Each park has different rules so make sure you research and contact the park you are interested in for more information.
Sample Cost for a National Park Wedding for 2 with Together We Roam:
- Special-Use Permit: $100-350
- Florist: $200
- Attire: $300-1000
- HMUA: $150
- Marriage License:$30
- TWR Photographer: $3,400- 5,500
- Dinner/ Lunch : $200
Pros and Cons To Getting Married In National Parks
- Epic Landscapes
- Adventure Opportunity
- Get the best photos, that’s the only thing that matters right?
- Help support the National Park Systems
- Unpredictable weather
- No dogs allowed
- Designated Ceremony Spots
Tips For Your National Park Wedding
Making the decision to have national park wedding means you need to be prepared for anything related to the outdoors. Think about the wildlife you can encounter, the weather and what shelter would be available to you.
This should be a no brainer. Make sure you check the bathroom situation near your ceremony spot especially if you have guests.
Since your wedding will most likely be outdoors, make sure you and your guests are following Leave No Trace. This helps our parks keep clean and ensure the future use of these locations
Many parks will not have enough parking t accommodate many cars. Make sure you research what parking is like especially if you have guests.
Some parks only have designated ceremony locations. Make sure you are okay with the areas that are provided before choosing a park.
Where is you ceremony location? Will you have to hike to it or is it right off the road? Make sure you are prepared and your guests as well!
Most National Parks require an entrance fee apart from your special use fee. Make sure you and your guests are prepared for that fee and check if cards are accepted!
Not sure where to have your reception? Some parks have outdoor picnic areas that can be rented to have a brunch with your guests!
Want to get married at a National Park? Let Us Help You!
We are Laura + Hugo, your favorite elopement photographers. We love to spend so much time in National Parks and anything outdoors in general. Our awesome job lets us help couples find that perfect spot where they can share their vows and get married! (We also help them get pretty dope pictures too) National Parks are some of the most scenic and easier areas to get married in. Let us guide you to your perfect National Park wedding! Contact us to get started!
This info is AMAZINGGGG for planning an elopement!!! Thank you for taking the time to put this together – it’s so helpful and I’m loving those beach locations 🙂
This post is full of helpful information! Thank you for putting all of this together! Now all your couples need to get is that National Park Pass, get married, and then road trip honeymoon to all the other parks, since how could you ever choose just one 😉
I love that you’re helping couples plan accordingly and giving information for eloping in national parks. So many have no idea where to begin.
There’s so many possible National Parks to elope in! So many of these are on my bucket list as I can’t wait to explore them more!
Holy wow! This is such a useful compilation of info! Bookmarking for future use!
Yaaaaas! All the best places you have listed! such a valuable resource for those who plan to tie a knot in one of the most spectacular place in the world!
Really useful advice for anyone looking for elopement info in beautiful places.