Official Park Service Wedding Locations

Important Information to Consider Regarding Wedding Ceremonies.

A special use permit is required for any wedding or commitment ceremony held at any location within Yosemite National Park. The permit cost is $150 (if event monitoring is required, you will be charged an additional $50 per hour). Weddings or ceremonies may be scheduled up to one year in advance and more than 21 days prior to your event. For wedding permit information contact Catherine by email catherine_carlisle-mcmullen@nps.gov or by phone 209/379-1858.

Site use is on a first-come, first-served basis and limited to two hours maximum, at all locations. Once an application and payment is received, Yosemite’s Special Park Uses permit program manager will contact you by email within two to seven business days. If, however, the location requested has already been booked or is unavailable, permittee will be contacted immediately to discuss an alternative location or preferred date.
 

Wedding permits are not granted for holiday weekends or holidays (Saturday, Sunday, and Monday).
 

Pets are not allowed to attend any wedding ceremonies.
 

Visitor use may impact your ceremony: we recommend morning time frames at all locations (before 10 am).
 

The use of amplified music (& microphones); speakers (with exception of iPods with 2- to 3-inch, portable speakers); throwing of bird seed, rice and flower petals; decorations, and the use of drones are prohibited.
 

Must avoid standing or walking on plants, grasses and tree roots. Standing under sequoia trees within sequoia grove locations is prohibited.
 

The use of hardy flower bouquets and boutonnières are preferable, to ensure seeds do not fall and germinate. Baby’s breath is prohibited. The use of native flower arrangements is also preferred.
 

If your party is fewer than 11 people, you are not limited to the following locations with exception of open meadows and riparian environments.
 

Please respect park resources and tread lightly.

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Yosemite Valley Locations 4,000 feet elevation

Swinging Bridge Picnic Area

This site allows up to 20 people. There is limited parking with a paved path to the bridge. Because of limited parking – carpooling is recommended. Good locations near the bridge with views of Yosemite Falls. There is also a picnic area and restroom facilities nearby. Great for a small casual ceremony with picnic lunch reception! 


Open year round except on holiday weekends (Saturday, Sunday, and Monday). From June through September, ceremonies are limited to 8:am to noon. Other months are not limited to these hours. 

Lower Yosemite Fall Paved Trail

From Yosemite Valley Lodge and Northside Drive intersection, take paved path towards Yosemite Falls; continue straight/follow rock wall; at bronze relief sculpture veer right and loop around to the site where you see a sign and two wooden benches; ceremonies must occur in this area. Or, from the Yosemite Falls shuttle stop, take paved path to the west that parallels Northside Drive; walk over bridge, turn right and pass the restroom, staying straight ahead (don’t take paths to the right or left), continue on to the rock wall and follow directions listed above. 50 people maximum. Ceremonies are not allowed on Yosemite Creek Bridge or base of waterfall. Restroom facilities are nearby and there is no parking onsite; shuttle bus recommended. Monitoring is required for groups of 50. Open year round except on holiday weekends (Saturday, Sunday, and Monday).

Cathedral Beach Picnic Area

Area closed November through Memorial Day Weekend. From Tuesday after Memorial Day through October 31st, location closes at dusk; 50 people maximum. Monitoring is required for groups of 35–50 people. Restroom facilities are nearby and there is limited parking (6 vehicles max); carpooling recommended. Great background of El Capitan for your photos. 

Sentinel Beach Picnic Area

Area closed November through Memorial Day Weekend. From Tuesday after Memorial Day through October 31st, location closes at dusk; 100 people maximum. Monitoring is required for groups of 50 people or more. Restroom facilities are nearby and there is limited parking (8 vehicles max); carpooling recommended. Views of Three Brothers and Upper Yosemite Fall.

Bridalveil Fall

From the parking lot, take paved path and continue straight (do not turn right) until you are beyond the second stone bridge. Location lies at the forest clearing on your right where the fall comes into view. 50 people maximum; monitoring is required for groups of 50 people. Restroom facilities are nearby.

Cascades Picnic Area

Located west of Yosemite Valley on south side of El Portal Road and one block southwest of The Cascades viewing area; 30 people maximum; restroom facilities (pit toilets) nearby; ceremonies may occur within the designated picnic site and at least 6 feet away from the river's edge; picnic tables first-come, first-served; parking limited to 8 vehicles; Open year round. Ceremonies are prohibited at the falls viewing platform. 

Glacier Point Amphitheater Elevation: 7,214 Feet.

Season usually opens after June 1st, not available July, August, and late October through May. 50 people maximum, Restroom facilities.

Chilnualna Falls Trailhead

Location is to the west of a large house (private home, please don't disturb residents), at the southwest end of the parking area, down slope from the parking lot. 50 people maximum, monitoring is required for groups of 35-50 people. 10 vehicles maximum allowed.

Tuolumne Meadows Lodge Area Elevation: 8,600 feet

Available from: Road opening until September 30th. There may be snow still in the area. Site is located upstream from Tuolumne Meadows Lodge on the Dana Fork granite slab. Take dirt path toward the river stay left and follow for approximately 250 yards (300 meters), until you reach the cascade area. 25 people maximum; limited parking at Tuolumne Meadows Lodge, carpooling required.  

Tuolumne Meadows Area

Tenaya Lake Beach Elevation: 8,150 feet

Available from: Road opening until September 30th. There may be snow still in the area. This site is located on the east end of Tenaya Lake Beach Picnic Area. From the parking lot, take the trail to the intersection. Turn left and walk 100 yards (90 meters) to reach the site. 50 people maximum, monitoring is required for groups of 50 people.

Tuolumne Meadows Lodge Area Elevation: 8,600 feet

 Available from: Road opening until September 30th. There may be snow still in the area. Site is located upstream from Tuolumne Meadows Lodge on the Dana Fork granite slab. Take dirt path toward the river stay left and follow for approximately 250 yards (300 meters), until you reach the cascade area. 25 people maximum; limited parking at Tuolumne Meadows Lodge, carpooling required.

Big Oak Flat Area

Tuolumne Grove Elevation: 6,200 feet

 Location is a 2.5 miles (4 km) hike round trip. Trail is paved and steep. Elevation loss to grove is 400 feet (120 meters) and then a 400 foot (120 meters) gain back to the parking lot. From late October to June there may be snow on the trail. Please bring lots of water. The ceremony must remain on the foot path. No standing on sequoia roots or near sequoia trees. 30 people maximum. 

Merced Grove Elevation: 6,000 feet

 Location is a 3 mile (4.8 km) hike round trip. Trail is unpaved and rated easy to moderate. Elevation loss to grove is 600 feet (180 meters) and then a 600 foot (180 meters) gain back to the parking lot. From late October to June there may be snow on the trail. Please bring lots of water. The ceremony must remain on the foot path. No standing on sequoia roots or near sequoia trees. 30 people maximum. 

Yosemite Valley Chapel