Weddings and Commitment Ceremonies

 
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Grand Teton National Park issues Special Use Permits (SUPs) for wedding and commitment ceremonies that establish a meaningful association between the park and the ceremony.

Because Grand Teton is an outdoor, rustic, natural environment where the priorities include protecting the park’s resources and allowing all visitors to enjoy the park, only small, simple, rustic, and undecorated ceremonies are permitted. Please carefully read the information below to determine whether Grand Teton will be suitable for your ceremony.

 

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Prior to Applying

Special Use Permits are issued for two different types of wedding or commitment ceremonies, Reserved Site-Specific Ceremony Permit and Small Dispersed Ceremony Permits.

Grand Teton National Park does not permit exclusive use of any area and there will be normal visitor activity during your ceremony. Ceremony sites in Grand Teton National Park are located in areas that are open to the public. All locations are outdoors and rustic in nature without protection from the weather.

Applications must be received a minimum of 30 days prior to the requested permitted activity date in order to fully process a basic permit request. Complex special events may require more than 30 days to process.

All locations can only accommodate small groups and group size restrictions based on the permit type and location and include the ‘wedding party’, children, officiant, and photographer(s).

Review the regulations and permit conditions below to ensure your ceremony will meet the conditions of holding a ceremony in Grand Teton National Park.

Please read the information below carefully to determine which type of permit would best suit your event.

Reserved Site-Specific Ceremony Permits

 
 
 
 
  • Ceremony site use is on a first-come, first-served basis based on the date applications are received and the availability based on the following:

    • Group size is restricted to no more than 25 people at Schwabacher Landing, Mormon Row (South), Mountain View Turnout, Glacier View Turnout, and Snake River Overlook.

    • Group size is restricted to no more than 40 people at Mormon Row (North), and Colter Bay Swim Beach.

  • Reserved Site-Specific ceremonies are limited to 1 per day, per location, May 13, 2022 – October 16, 2022 and a maximum of 60 per year per location with the exception of Colter Bay Swim Beach, which is limited to a maximum of 30 per year.

  • Starting February 1, 2022, Reserved Site-Specific ceremonies may be scheduled through October 16, 2022 and no less than 30 days in advance. Information on applying for 2023 ceremonies will be available by mid-November 2022.

  • Ceremonies are limited to two hours maximum.

  • The Special Use Permit must be applied for by the individuals getting married rather than a third party (e.g., wedding planner, relative). Wedding/Event planners who are found to be ‘re-selling’ wedding permits may be denied application for permits and restricted from operating in Grand Teton National Park.

  • Ceremony photography and videography is authorized through the Wedding and Commitment Ceremony Permit per the permit conditions. By April 30, 2022, a revised permit will be issued for all permits issued prior to March 23, 2022.
  • Information on requirements for portrait or videography conducted outside of the wedding ceremony permit is available on the Film, Photography and Sound Recording Permits page.

Small Dispersed Ceremony Permits

  • Group size is restricted to no more than 12 people, including “wedding” party, officiant, and children.

  • May occur throughout the park except in prohibited locations. Location is not scheduled or reserved and may be used on an ad hoc basis. Prohibited locations include:
    • Reserved Site-Specific Ceremony locations
    • The paved trails within and surrounding the Jenny Lake visitor plaza at South Jenny Lake
    • Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point
    • String Lake and Jenny Lake overlook on the one-way road from May 15 to October 15
    • Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve (LSR)
    • Concessioner land assignments (exception for weddings sold/catered by Concessioners in assigned facilities in accordance with their contract)
    • Park partner facilities (e.g., Murie Ranch, Teton Science School)
    • Within proximity of places where weddings are being managed by a chapel or concessioner (e.g., the Chapel of the Transfiguration)
    • Park cemeteries
    • If a location is behind a gated road, the permittee may have walking access but not vehicle access.
  • Ceremony photography and videography is authorized through the Wedding and Commitment Ceremony Permit per the permit conditions. By April 30, 2022, a revised permit will be issued for all permits issued prior to March 23, 2022.
  • Information on requirements for portrait or videography conducted outside of the wedding ceremony permit is available on the Film, Photography and Sound Recording Permits page.
  • Ceremonies are limited to one hour maximum at all dispersed locations.

  • Starting February 1, 2022, Small Dispersed Ceremonies may be scheduled through December 31, 2022 and no less than 30 days in advance. Information on applying for 2023 ceremonies will be available by mid-November 2022.

 

Regulations and Permit Conditions

  1. The permittee, in exercising the privileges granted by this permit, shall comply with the regulations of Department of Interior, National Park Service, and Grand Teton National Park and John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway Superintendent’s Compendium regulations which are applicable to the area of operations covered by this permit.

  1. The permit is valid for activities occurring in Grand Teton National Park and does not permit activities on any other lands or waters administered by any other state or federal land management agency, private land or other units of the National Park Service.

  1. This activity may be monitored by a National Park Service employee or designee to ensure compliance with all conditions of this permit.

  1. Any additional information relating to the privilege applied for by this application will be furnished upon request of the official in charge.

  1. The Permittee and designee/representatives shall avoid any inference, written, spoken or printed, of any connection, either official or unofficial, with the National Park Service and/or its activities.

  1. Harassment of wildlife (regardless of size) is strictly prohibited. Permittee/associates will wait until animals have naturally moved off trails or roads. The Superintendent’s compendium states, “The following activities are prohibited: willfully approaching, remaining, viewing, or engaging in any activity within 100 yards of bears or wolves, or within 25 yards of any other wildlife including nesting birds; or within any distance that disturbs, displaces or otherwise interferes with the free unimpeded movement of wildlife, or creates or contributes to a potentially hazardous condition or situation; failure to remove one’s self to prescribed distances during inadvertent, accidental, casual or surprise encounters with wildlife; failure to comply as directed by NPS staff (employees, volunteers, or agents) engaged in administering wildlife management operations or managing wildlife viewing opportunities.”

  1. All natural and cultural resources are protected by law; utmost care will be exercised to see that no natural, historic, or cultural features are injured.

  1. The area be cleaned up and restored to its prior condition. Ensure all trash and ceremony items are picked up and packed out at the end of the ceremony. Respect the Park’s resources and tread lightly. Leave No Trace (LNT) principles and practices shall be closely adhered to for all events/ceremonies that take place in non-developed and backcountry areas. For more information on LNT please visit: https://www.nps.gov/articles/leave-no-trace-seven-principles.htm and https://www.nps.gov/subjects/wilderness/ethics.htmhttps://www.nps.gov/subjects/wilderness/ethics.htm

  1. The following activities are prohibited:

  • Erecting or placing of alters, arbors, arches, platforms, podiums, rugs, tables, and tents.

  • Chairs with the exception of a few portable chairs (provided by the permittee) under special circumstances, such as for guests who would have difficulty standing during the window of this permit.

  • Attaching or placing decorations (e.g., balloons, banners, flower stands, lights, objects, signs, streamers) to any natural or historic object or any National Park Service sign, bench, post, building, or facility. Only handheld items that can be carried at all times are permissible.

  • Use of generators.

  • Rearrangement of park facilities (e.g., moving benches, tables).

  • Mowing and/or removal of vegetation.

  • Scattering, spreading or throwing of any materials (e.g., birdseed, rice, flower petals, confetti).

  • Releasing or throwing of birds, butterflies, balloons, rice, etc.

  • Receptions or catered food services are prohibited. Small food and drink items, like a champagne toast, are permitted but must follow strict bear safety/food storage protocol.

  • Using park visitor center, restrooms, and other buildings for ceremony preparations (e.g., dressing, picture-taking, rehearsals, waiting areas) or in the event of inclement weather.

  • Unmanned aircraft (e.g., drones, model airplanes, quadcopters)

  1. Bouquets are permitted but they may not contain any plant species on the Wyoming State Designated Noxious Weeds list nor the Teton Country Declared Species List (e.g., Baby’s Breath).

  1. Participants, guests, officiant, and photographers must follow all traffic, trail, and site regulations. They must stay on established trails and on durable surfaces to minimize impacts to the natural vegetation.

  1. Vehicles will abide by state and federal laws/regulations. Parking is allowed in designated parking areas only and pull safely out of traffic lanes without damaging resources. Unauthorized parking may be subject to violation notices. Parking at sites is not reserved for the ceremony.

  1. This permit does not grant exclusive use of any area, including the approved ceremony site. The permitted location shall remain open to park visitors. Other park visitors shall not be requested to move themselves, their vehicles, or alter their selected activities by the permittee. Further, all pathways and trails in the ceremony area must remain clear for visitors to freely walk the path unimpeded. Do not block trails.

  1. Audio devices (radios, musical instruments, etc.) shall not be used in such a manner: (i) that exceeds a noise level of 60 decibels or (ii) that makes noise which is unreasonable, considering the nature and purpose of the permit, location, time of day, impact on park users, and other factors that would govern the conduct of a reasonably prudent person under circumstances. Sound amplification is not permitted. Vocal communication shall not exceed normal conversational volume. 36 CFR 2.12 Audio Disturbances.

  1. Entrance fees apply to all wedding participants and guests that pass through an entrance gate. The 7-day entrance passes may be purchased in advanced through Recreation.gov.

  1. It is recommended to understand and comply with COVID-19 applicable and current National and Local Public Health Guidance during the permitted activity:

  1. Commercial and other photography/videography are authorized and must abide by the following conditions:
  • Maximum of 2 photographers (which are included in the total participant count)

  • Equipment used must be carried at all times, except for small tripods used to hold cameras.

  • Artificial lighting beyond that which is handheld may not be used. Authorized lighting equipment includes but is not limited to on-camera flash/TTL flash, handheld light modifiers, handheld flash brackets, handheld flash heads, handheld reflectors, and handheld diffusers.

  • All business transactions, including disbursement of business cards, are conducted outside of Grand Teton National Park (GRTE) and the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway (JODR).

  • Photographs/videos are for the consumption of the permittee and not used for advertisements.

 

Fees

A Special Use Permit non-refundable processing fee of $200 is due upon application. See Step 4 in How to Apply for payment instructions.

 

How to Apply

Applications must be received a minimum of 30 days prior to the requested permitted activity date in order to fully process a basic permit request.

Starting February 1, 2022 at 8:00 am MT, applications may be submitted for Reserved Site-Specific Ceremony Permits occurring May 13 – October 16, 2022 and for Small Dispersed Ceremony Permits occurring March 1 – December 31, 2022.

Step 1

Determine the type of wedding permit you are applying for and preferred location(s).

Step 2

Complete the Special Use Application. The following information MUST be included in the application or it will not be processed:

  • Application Information: Enter applicant information.

  • Description of Proposed Activity section: Enter which type of permit you are applying for either Reserved Site-Specific Ceremony Permits or Small Dispersed Ceremony Permit.

  • Date, Location and Time: Enter your preferred date, location and requested ceremony time in the first row. In order to process your application in a timely manner, enter up to five (5) alternate date(s) and location(s) and identify what is your priority order (i.e. is the date or location more important).

    When your application is reviewed, we will hold what is available based on the order of preference indicated. This is important as it may take several days to fully draft your permit and send it to you for review. If you do not indicate an alternative, we cannot proceed with processing your application.

  • Participants, Vehicles, Equipment: Enter the (best estimate) of the number of people to attend event including children, officiant, photographers, planners and children and the number of vehicles.

  • List of Equipment section: If professional photographer and/or wedding planner is being used and are known upon application, enter their contact information (i.e., name, email, website, phone number) here. If/when they are known, you may email this information to grte_visitor_services@nps.gov. Reminder—commercial wedding services such photographers and planners may not be used for Small Dispersed Weddings.

Step 3

Email the completed application to grte_visitor_services@nps.gov no less than 30 days prior to the event.

Step 4

Pay application fee electronically by visiting www.pay.gov. The requested primary or alternative location and/or date a Reserved Site-Specific Ceremony permit will NOT be held until the payment is received.

Be Sure Too…

  • Fill out all fields in Permitee Information section, the Business/Event name should be the name of the permit applicant.
  • Use the check box for Permit Fee and enter $200.
  • Click the Continue text to enter your payment information and finalize the transaction.

You will receive a confirmation email from Pay.gov, retain this for your records. The Visitor Services office automatically receives confirmation/receipt of the payment.

Step 5

Once your application has been reviewed and payment confirmed, a Grand Teton employee will email you a preliminary permit from the grte_visitor_services@nps.gov email address.

Please be patient, allow 7-10 days to process your request.

Step 6

You will have seven (7) calendar days to review, sign, and return the draft permit to the email address grte_visitor_services@nps.gov for review. By signing the permit, you are certifying that you will abide by all of the conditions of the permit (see regulations and permit conditions listed above).

Step 7

A copy of the fully executed permit with the authorizing official’s signature will be returned via email from the grte_visitor_services@nps.gov email address.

Step 8

A printed copy of the fully executed permit must be on site during the event.

 

Commercial Wedding Services

Photographer, Videographer, Wedding Planner and Officiant
Authorized through the ceremony Special Use Permit.

Caterer
Receptions or catered food service are prohibited. Small food and drink items, like a champagne toast, are permitted but must follow strict food storage protocol.

 

FAQs

 

Not through a Special Park Use Permit. Grand Teton Lodge Company has facilities for larger weddings and receptions; you may contact the park concessioner at 307-543-2811 to inquire. Additionally, the two chapels listed below may be able to accommodate larger groups. 

Normal entrance fees are charged for all wedding participants and guests as they pass through a park entrance station. The 7-day entrance passes may be purchased in advanced through Recreation.gov. See the Fees and Passes page for more information on fees. 

All guests entering the park to attend a wedding ceremony at the Chapel of the Transfiguration will not be charged an entrance fee because this chapel is on private property within the park. However, if these same guests will be attending a reception inside the park, all guests will be charged an entrance fee. 

Permits are written for two hours. This time includes getting to the area, performing the ceremony, taking wedding photos, and vacating the area afterwards. 

We are continually receiving applications and do not have the ability for the public to view a live calendar to check availability.

We ask that you provide a location and date priority list 1-6 at the time of application. If none of your six choices are available at the date/time you want, we will contact you to try to find a different time or place. We will also contact you if there are any other issues on your permit application that need to be addressed.  

Depending on the volume of applications received at any given time, the time will vary. Generally, you can expect to receive communications regarding your application request within 7 to 10 calendar days.

Information on the 2023 Wedding and Commitment Ceremony application process will be available by mid-November 2022.

If the area of the park for which you received a permit is closed to the public due to a fire or other emergency, we may be able accommodate you elsewhere or reschedule, though this is not guaranteed. Heavy smoke, rain, snow, wind, and other natural and unpredictable weather patterns are part of the potential hazards of holding a ceremony in a National Park and are not grounds for changing your permit. Note: refunds will not be issued for permits that cannot be rescheduled, are cancelled, or that you do not use. 
 

You will need to submit a new application, including paying the $200.00 processing fee.  The permit is processed based on the application provided.  If you do need to cancel, you may email this information to  grte_visitor_services@nps.gov so the location and date can be made available to another applicant.

Generally no. Pets are allowed inside Grand Teton National Park, but they must be restrained at all times and are not permitted on hiking trails, inside visitor centers, swimming beaches, or other facilities, except for service animals. A good rule of thumb is that a pet may go anywhere a car may go: roads and road shoulders, campgrounds and picnic areas, parking lots, etc. Pets must be on a leash (six feet or less), under physical restraint, and within 30 feet of the roadway. Pets are not permitted on any park trails or in the park backcountry. Pets are not considered pack animals.

The Wedding Tree is on the Bridger-Teton National Forest and not part of Grand Teton National Park. For more information visit the Bridger-Teton National Forest page.

 

For more information call 307-739-3616 or e-mail us.

Chapels in the Park

A Special Use Permit is not required for a ceremony at the chapels listed below, which are located within Grand Teton National Park. Arrangements for the use of these chapels must be made directly with the church.

Chapel of the Transfiguration

c/o St. John's Episcopal Church
P.O. Box 1690
Jackson, WY 83001
307-733-2603
https://www.stjohnsjackson.org/

Chapel of the Sacred Heart

c/o Our Lady of the Mountains Catholic Church
P.O. Box 992
Jackson, WY 83001
307-733-2516
http://www.olmcatholic.org/

 
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