A Yosemite Wedding is probably one of the best places to have an intimate wedding day with your closest family and friends. We think Yosemite National Park is one of the best places to elope, and we also love how many wedding venues are positioned around the park.
If you’re planning an elopement together, then we suggest you check out our Yosemite elopement guide packed with tips and an epic elopement story to inspire you as you plan. However, if a small wedding is more of your plan, then we have the perfect Yosemite wedding photos for you.
Ready for Some Epic Yosemite Wedding Photos?
Jump to these couples to see how they styled their wedding day at Yosemite National Park with their family and friends.
- Leahmai and Chris – Sunrise Elopement at Glacier Point and Taft Point
- Irene and Eric – Welcome Sign Ceremony
How to Plan a Wedding at Yosemite National Park
Planning an intimate wedding at Yosemite is actually quite simple. You only really need to consider 4 steps to get your wedding plans started.
- Decide When You Want to Get Married.
- Pick Your Yosemite Wedding Venue.
- Make Sure to Apply and Obtain a Yosemite Wedding Permit.
- Team Up With an Amazing Yosemite Wedding Photographer.
Are you interested in eloping? Then check our guide on how to elope.
When to Get Married in Yosemite
This national park is gorgeous, but can also become very crowded during peak seasons. We recommend May and September if you’re looking for cool weather and smaller crowds.
If you’re interested in planning a winter wedding at Yosemite, then you should keep in mind many trails are closed starting as early as October due to snow. If you have a specific month in mind, then we suggest teaming up with one of our Wandering Weddings members to help plan your special day. Besides time of year, you also need to decide what time of day you would like to get married. We personally love both sunrise and sunset photos at Yosemite. If this is something that interests you, then talk to your photographer and videographer about full-day coverage.
Yosemite Wedding Venues
We love Yosemite weddings for a handful of reasons, including the epic spots to plan your ceremony together.
You can plan a ceremony in a remote location like the couples we feature below, or you can contact venues nearby including the Yosemite Valley Chapel, Tenaya Lodge, or Victory Lodge to name a few.
If you rather say “I do” in a remote spot, then Yosemite has gorgeous options within the park including:
- Taft Point
- Glacier Point
- Half Dome
- Yosemite Valley
Yosemite Wedding Permit
Planning your wedding at Yosemite requires a wedding permit. This permit costs $150, and you must submit your application before your special day. It’s important to note that even if you’re only planning on taking wedding photos at Yosemite, you still need to apply for a Yosemite Wedding Permit.
If you have your heart set on having a gorgeous Yosemite wedding, then their ceremony location list is a great place to see the individual rules and regulations.
Here are some tips to remember:
- You’re limited to 2 hours at all locations, and these locations are also first-come, first-served.
- No pets are allowed during any wedding ceremonies.
- If you have fewer than 11 people in your wedding party, then you can plan your ceremony in other locations not included in the list we linked to, with the exception of open meadows and riparian environments.
- Please remember LNT (Leave No Trace). It’s important to clean up after yourself and avoid disturbing the park’s plants, grasses, and tree roots.
- The park does get multiple visitors a year. To avoid crowds, we love sunrise and sunset elopements.
Leahmai and Chris
Leahmai and Chris had a ceremony at Glacier Point with their closest friends, one of them officiated the ceremony. We love how romantic, adventurous, and care-free this wedding day was. They even took wedding photos at Taft Point at the end of their day.
Some ideas we love from this wedding:
- Champagne Showers. No wedding day is complete without some epic shots of you popping some bottles!
- Custom Jean Jackets. We love how Leahmai and her bridesmaids styled their bridal outfits with custom jean jackets. This is a great way to get unique photos and stay warm if the weather gets a little chilly.
- DIY Picnic. These two shared mini cupcakes instead of a wedding cake. Consider bringing along some snacks and drinks to celebrate your special day and enjoy the view together.
- Custom Doggy Socks. Since dogs are not allowed during your wedding at Yosemite, this is a great idea to incorporate your furry friend.
- Matching Undies. If you want a unique photo prop to document, then matching undies should be your go-to!
- Just Married Signs. This couple had multiple signs they incorporated. We love how they tagged these signs to their backpacks as they hiked throughout the park.
Photos From This Wedding: