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What are the things to know before you get married in Zion? It's always tragic when couples get 'busted' for not knowing the rules, and we want to make sure that's not you. It's important to note that many of our couples who want to get married in Zion National Park often decide it may be easier to book a venue nearby instead once they go through this post. In either case, let's jump into how you get married in Zion.
Wanting to get married in Zion, but aren't sure what the rules are? The first thing you need to know is that Zion doesn't make it super easy to get married in the park; their top priority is to protect the land and unfortunately, some parties may not have been as courteous when having their ceremony as some would've liked. That's why we want to make sure you have the resources you need to both know the rules and have an amazing experience from start to finish.
Always check the NPS.GOV website for the latest info
FAQ's from Couples...
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). Below are the approved areas for weddings in Zion National Park.
•Temple of Sinawava (35 people)
•Menu Falls (10 people)
•Zion Lodge Lawn (75 people)
•Nature Center North Lawn (50 people)
•South Campground Amphitheater (100 people)
•Kolob Canyon Area (20 people)
•Timber Creek Overlook (20 people)
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" (see the link at the bottom to find the permit). But what about bridals or formals where no officiant is involved? THAT is a little easier. Sessions like 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).
Photo by Mather Photo and Film
Any other tips? Like when I need to use the Shuttle?
No-- while you would need to take the SHUTTLE to your location (like Temple of Sinawava), no reservation is required as of this writing. It is a good idea, however, to plan for extra travel time during the busier season to ensure you get to your ceremony location during your permitted slot.
Is there a fee to get married in Zion?
Yes, there's an application fee of $100 that must be paid to have your date considered.
Is there an easier way to get married near Zion so we can do our just-married photos in the park?
Yes, in fact, many couples prefer to have their ceremony near the park, then take some time with their photographer to do some "just married" photos. This method doesn't require a permit and is much more flexible with locations. We've included some fantastic venues near the park with estimated travel time needed on average. It's always a great idea to hire a planner or day-of-coordinator (or at least a photographer who knows the area) to make sure you cover your bases.
DISCLAIMER: Please keep our parks beautiful by leaving no trace, including staying on designated trails, following local regulations, and respecting enforcement and wildlife.