Tired of traditional weddings? Elope in Yosemite National Park instead. Committing to your partner will feel uber memorable here.
Here’s how to elope in Yosemite.
Why Elope in Yosemite National Park?
Many couples elope to avoid the stress and financial strain of planning a traditional wedding. I totally get it. There’s a lot that’s involved in a wedding, and it can be just too much sometimes. If you elope in Yosemite National Park, you’ll gain the experience of a lifetime that is incomparable to a chapel wedding.
Yosemite is one of Earth’s natural wonders.
It is a pure sight to behold. Just hearing the name Yosemite strikes a stunning visual image, right? Imagine saying “I do” in one of the most magical natural landscapes in too. the USA. Needless to say, you’ll have a prime opportunity for stunning elopement photos
Permits Required to Elope in Yosemite
Yes, you must get a permit to have a wedding or commitment ceremony at Yosemite. Even if you only plan to take photos (no ceremony on park grounds), you still need a permit.
The nonrefundable fee is $150, and you can download the application here. Follow that link for every nitty-gritty technical detail too.
Locations in Yosemite to Elope
Yosemite National Park is HUGE. That means you have many different locations to choose from. They are all so wonderful it can be hard to pick. However, these locations are a few of my favorites. You’ll be surrounded by jaw-dropping views that will make your commitment so special.
El Capitan Meadow:
Best Season to Elope
If you’re dreaming of a winter ceremony in Yosemite, it is doable but not recommended. Many of the roads get closed, and trekking around the park is difficult when paired with snow and ice. The months of June, July, and August are also doable, but expect an abundance of tourists right there with you.
For the best elopement in Yosemite, opt for the spring or fall. The end of September through October is an incredible time of year: minimal tourists + comfortable weather.
Best Time of Day to Elope
I recommend eloping at sunset or sunrise to experience Yosemite in all its glory. Either time of day is gorgeous, but they both give off a unique feel.
First tip: if you are not a morning person, sunset might be better for you. You’ll have to wake up REALLY early to do makeup, hair, prep, and then hike/drive to any prime location in Yosemite. However, this is perfect for early risers. Start at Glacier Point and head down into the valley for maximum sunrise time.
The best part about eloping at sunset is that you’ll have all day to get ready and travel to your location. Start in the valley and move up to a lookout to experience the sunset from all angles.
Yosemite Elopement Photography
Your ceremony won’t be complete without capturing photos that last forever. A Yosemite elopement photographer has the skill and know-how to snap those pics while guiding you (safely) around the landscape.