A wedding ceremony held at Bryce Canyon National Park, one of the most beautiful parks in the west, is a special occasion for everyone. We have developed guidelines to help you and your guests have a memorable experience and at the same time protect the resources for future generations. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the park.
To be married in Bryce Canyon National Park you must:
Obtain a Utah state marriage license. The fee is $40 with no waiting period; both parties must be present to obtain the license. Contact a courthouse in Utah for further information on marriage licenses and who can perform ceremonies. Garfield County Courthouse – (435) 676-1100
Obtain a special use permit from the National Park Service (see below). Requests must be made in advance and take two to four weeks to process.
Arrange for someone to perform the ceremony — a Justice of the Peace, Municipal Judge, Mayors or an ordained pastor, priest or bishop. (See the list below for some possible options)
Obtaining a Special Use Permit
The National Park Service issues a Special Use Permit for all weddings held in Bryce Canyon National Park.
The park allows wedding ceremonies at Sunset Point in two locations: Overlooking the Main Amphitheater and/or the Silent City at Sunset Point
The maximum number of guests is 30 people
We do not allow music, chairs or any other props
Nothing may be "thrown" before, during or after the ceremony
The use of balloons or other types of decorations will not be authorized
- No event or directional signs are allowed
- Receptions are not permitted in the park
- The cost of the permit is $100. This covers the cost of processing the permit, administrative costs, and oversight of the function
- The park entrance fee is waived for bride and groom and the official performing the ceremony
- Wedding party guests must pay the park entrance fee (carpooling or shuttle use is encouraged)
- All fees are non-refundable
Permits must be obtained in advance of your event (no later than two weeks before the ceremony date). All requests for permits must include:
Performing the Ceremony
The following individuals may perform wedding ceremonies at Bryce Canyon
For weddings in the surrounding Forest Service area, such as Red Canyon, please contact the USDA Forest Service Office in Panguitch at 435-676-9300.
Map of wedding location