Weddings & Commitment Ceremonies in Yosemite National Park
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. Please complete the application [200 kb PDF] and include any special needs of your party (e.g., access for persons with disabilities, elderly guests, etc.). Be sure to include the nonrefundable application fee of $150 with your application.
Please review the ceremony location list for ceremony sites in Yosemite and indicate the specific location on the application. If you are interested in reserving facilities operated by our concessioner, please contact DNC Parks & Resorts at Yosemite.
After favorable review of your application, a Special Use Permit will be prepared and mailed to you for signature. Upon receipt, please review, sign and return the permit to our office for final approval. The application fee and permit processing fees are non-refundable once the permit office has received your permit application. If your ceremony plans change, notify our office immediately. After the permit is approved we will send you an authorized copy. The approved permit must be in your possession at the time of the ceremony.
Entrance fees into the park are not waived for either ceremony participants or guests (read more about entrance fees).
Visit the state of California's website for information about marriage licenses.
Get current road and weather information by calling 209/372-0200 (press 1).
The nonrefundable application and permit fees made by check or money order only, are made payable to: DOI/National Park Service and should be sent to:
A visit to the park is highly recommended prior to finalizing your plans in order to decide on a site for your ceremony. Review the ceremony locations list and all group size and site specific restrictions. We do not issue permits for formal ceremony receptions in day use areas.
The ceremony permit does not allow your event to restrict other park visitors from your chosen location nor does it guarantee you a specific site. It is recommended that you avoid sites that attract a large number of visitors, or schedule your ceremony for early or late in the day, and/or on weekdays, when there are fewer visitors in the area. The wedding or ceremony party is allowed up to two hours for the event. Permits will not be issued for heavy use periods such as Memorial Day weekend, the Fourth of July, and Labor Day weekend.
An additional charge of $50.00 per hour will be incurred for an Event Monitor for those outdoor activities of 50 people or more (excluding events managed inside facilities operated by DNC Parks and Resorts at Yosemite).All fees are non refundable. Additional restrictions are imposed as follows:
The Yosemite Community Church (Chapel) secretary schedules all ceremonies in the Chapel. The Yosemite Valley Protestant minister and the church secretary can be reached at: 209/372-4831, or by writing to:
Yosemite Community Church
You may arrange to have someone from outside the park perform the ceremony.
DNC Parks & Resorts at Yosemite (DNC) Facilities
There are limited park facilities for receptions and other group events. Arrangements for use of the DNC reception facilities may be made by calling Lori Lancaster or Kevin Anderson, Special Functions, at: 801/559-5050.
For further assistance or information, please contact Catherine Carlisle-McMullen at 209/379-1858 or by email.
Did You Know?
In Yosemite Valley, dropping over 594-foot Nevada Fall and then 317-foot Vernal Fall, the Merced River creates what is known as the “Giant Staircase.” Such exemplary stair-step river morphology is characterized by a large variability in river movement and flow, from quiet pools to the dramatic drops of the waterfalls themselves.