What You Need to Do To Get Married in Zion National Park (The Rules To Know)



Always check the NPS.GOV website for the latest info

The last thing you want to do is have your wedding day ruined or interrupted because you weren't aware your location had specific rules to follow.  Many of our brides want to get married in Zion National Park and find out it may be easier to book a venue nearby instead and still get to experience the incredible views. 

However others still would like to have their family and friends join them in Zion and be married inside the park itself.  This comes straight from ZNP's website (useful for the latest rules, closures, and news).  It's always best to know what's needed before you move forward so your big day can remain an amazing memory!



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FAQ's for Getting Married inside Zion National Park



  • Are Weddings in Zion National Park Allowed?

    • YES, weddings in Zion are allowed though not in all locations.  Ceremonies also should be simple (no elaborate setups are allowed and bringing in chairs is quite complicated so plan for your guests to stand).


    How much heads-up do I need to give to ZNP?

      • Once you have your wedding date, you need to give at least 3 weeks heads up to Zion to get a spot (along with a $100 application fee)



  • Do I have to have a permit (is a permit required)?

    • YES-- straight from their website: "A permit is required to hold a wedding in Zion National Park".  Bridals or formals with a photographer do not need a permit at this time (Important Note: always check the ZNP website for any updates-- commercial work for businesses falls under different guidelines). 

See also:

Most Popular Ceremony Spot in Zion National Park: Temple of Sinawava

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    Any other tips?  Like when I need to use the Shuttle?

    • YES-- if you need to take the SHUTTLE to your location (like Temple of Sinawava) remember to book your Shuttle ahead of time.  Usually the booking slot is two weeks ahead, so you'll want to purchase them two weeks in advance.  You can purchase tickets (as well as find more info) here.  


To have a ceremony with an officiant and guests (regardless of group size), however, you will need to get a permit which you can apply for here.


  • Is there a fee?

    • Yes, there's an application fee of $100 that must be paid to have your date considered.

See also:

Getting Around Zion National Park: The Shuttle System

Have further questions or Want to Apply?  See ZNP Resources​ for More

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