Are you considering getting hitched in the Tetons? Choosing to have your wedding ceremony in a national park comes with the best backdrops you can imagine! They are some of the most magical places on earth. You will love it! So, how do you get married in Grand Teton National Park? Below I share information on National Park Wedding Permits and what you need to know.
It’s important to remember that each national park wedding permits may be a bit different. This year, Grand Teton National Park implemented a new permit system. For as long as I can remember, weddings have required a permit. However, now all commitment ceremonies require one. This includes, but is not limited to: weddings, elopements, vow renewals, and hand-fastings.
Now that your heart is set on getting married in the Tetons, you have some things to do! First, pick a date and location. Then, fill out a special event application and pay the fee. The cost of a Grand Teton National Park Wedding Permits is currently $200.00. This is a small price to pay compared to a traditional venue.
If you have a slightly larger guest list, you’ll have 6 site-specific locations to choose from. They are available from Mid-May to Mid-October. These sites may be used for groups of up to 25 people. Two of those ceremony locations allow up to 40. The current locations available for site-specific ceremonies are:
Schwabacher’s Landing (max 25), Mormon Row (max 40), Mountain View Turnout (max 25), Glacier View Turnout (max 25), Snake River Overlook (max 25), and Colter Bay Swim Beach (max 40).
To secure your wedding date, you’ll need to fill out an application. If you’d like to have your ceremony at one of the 6 locations mentioned above, you’ll fill out an application for: “Reserved Site-Specific Ceremony Permits”. The amount of weddings is now limited due to land impact and tourist satisfaction. Each Site Specific Reserved Location may have 1 permit per day, with 60 per year being issued. I recommend including alternate location choices to increase your chance of obtaining a permit.
Dispersed ceremony locations are places that are less easily accessed and offer more privacy. They are available year round in areas the park is accessible to the public. Ideal for true elopements or small groups, they have a 12 person limit. That number includes officiant and photographers or other vendors. Currently, photographers are allowed at these locations but that may change in the future.
For this type of national park wedding permit, you’ll fill out the section for “Small Dispersed Wedding Ceremony”
You’re almost ready to apply for your Grand Teton National Park Wedding Permits. But first, Check out their full list of things you need to know before applying. It’s important for you to know what is expected of you and your wedding party. Once you’ve reviewed the regulations, fill out the application on Step 2 (about 3/4 of the way down the entire page).
Your permit has been approved! Wohoo! Now you can start securing other wedding vendors. Before you leave for your destination elopement, print the permit. Occasionally, a ranger asks to verify it on your wedding day. But first, it’s time to start dreaming of your wedding day!
Check out the best places for your elopement or wedding within Grand Teton National Park. Then, Let’s connect about planning and documenting your special wedding day!