The non-refundable permit application fee is $50. The National Park Service maintains strict conditions for private events, so please read the regulations and conditions below and determine if they correspond with your event plans. Receptions are not permitted in the park, unless they are held at a park concession facility (see below).
Weddings and commitment ceremonies may be scheduled any time within the same calendar year and not less than 10 working days prior to your ceremony. Please complete the wedding application form(pdf) in as much detail as possible to avoid delays in permit approval due to incomplete information. Be sure to include the non-refundable application fee of $50 with your application, paid by check or money order only, made payable to the National Park Service. Mail your application and payment to:
Cumberland Island National Seashore
101 Wheeler Street
St Marys, GA 31558
Attn: Chief Ranger
After favorable review of your application, you will be asked to sign the regulating permit indicating that you have read and will abide by the special conditions listed. Please keep a copy of the permit for yourself.
The approved permit must be in your possession at the time of the ceremony. Entrance fees and ferry fees into the park are not waived for either participants or guests.
Restrictions and Event Management
A visit to the park to decide on a site for your ceremony is highly recommended prior to submitting an application.
The permit does not allow your ceremony to restrict other park visitors from your chosen location, nor does it guarantee you a specific site. To have more privacy, 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. Time allowed for outdoor events is normally one hour or less. Permits will not be issued for heavy use periods at certain locations. Maximum usage limits have been established for certain areas in the park.
An additional charge of $50 per hour may be incurred for an event monitor if there is potential for any interference with visitor use, impact on park resources, or congestion of a highly visited area.
For More Information
For more information, please contact the Cumberland Island National Seashore Visitor Center of 912-882-4336 Ext. 258.