You and your fiancé have decided to have an adventure wedding or elopement in Zion National Park! Amazing! Zion’s unique sandstone cliffs of cream, pink, and red make for the perfect backdrop for your wedding photos.
Now what? Here are 5 suggestions as your wedding photographer.
1- Have the correct permits
2- Respect the Land
3 – Ask for location recommendations! Since i’m a local I’ve hiked all over Zion.
4- Get a Marriage License online
5- Make your wedding, yours!
Have the Correct Permits
Zions National Park have strict regulations in place for where marriage ceremonies, even if you are just eloping, can be hosted. If you are including an officiant and making a legal commitment of marriage, your ceremony falls under these regulations.
To obtain a permit, you have to apply to have your wedding ceremony.
The last thing you want is to have your wedding day ruined because you weren’t aware your location had specific rules. Many couples who want to get married in Zion National Park find it may be easier to book a venue nearby instead. This way, you still get to experience the incredible views with out the added stress.
Your wedding photographer should be aware of correct permits and should be able to help guide you if needed.
Respect the Land
You know the saying! Leave the campground better than you found it. Zion National Park is sacred land. In fact, human use of the Zion National Park landscape dates back to at least 6,000 B.C. Let’s make sure the national park is there for 6,000 more years.
Apply for a Marriage License Online
The great thing about Utah is you don’t need to go get your marriage license in person. You can just get it online and avoid the hassle. This is perfect for couples having their destination wedding in Zion or don’t live locally to the park! Apply here
Make your wedding yours!
My couple K + S wanted to go big for their wedding in Zion National Park. And what is bigger than having a helicopter at your elopement. I sat in the back seat taking photos of the newlyweds smooching and enjoy their first moments as husband and wife.
Check out this Boho Moab Elopement for more elopement inspiration!