Wedding and Ceremony Permits

 

Shenandoah National Park provides a beautiful backdrop for your special day, whether it's your wedding or another special ceremony. A special use permit is required for any wedding ceremony or special ceremony involving more than 15 participants. Please note that ceremonies with less than 15 participants and no set-up do not require a permit. Due to the extremely high volume of visitors to the park on fall weekends, any wedding ceremony taking place at an overlook on a Saturday or Sunday in October or November must be completed no later than 11am.

Weddings or special ceremonies may be coordinated by the authorized concessions operator, Delaware North at Shenandoah National Park (contact the Delaware North group sales office at 866-383-2922). For all other weddings or ceremonies in the Park, contact the permits office prior to completing any applications.

Special Conditions


Monitoring
The NPS shall not monitor this Permit.

Vehicles
All vehicles shall park correctly in legal parking spaces on a first-come, first served basis (no reservation of parking spaces).

  • Do not park on roads, road shoulders, or block any access.
  • Vehicles shall not impede road traffic or visitor access in any way.
  • Commercial transportation is not authorized within the boundaries of the park, unless specifically approved, in advance.

Entry Fees
Entry fees apply, as appropriate to the method of entry into the park.

Off-Trail Prohibited
The Permittee and/or employees/associates, and/or participants, and/or guests is/are expressly prohibited from entering any closed/out-of-bounds areas or from leaving established trails, walkways and visitor areas. Vehicle or foot travel off designated roadways, walkways, sidewalks, or trails is not permitted.

Plant Material
Permittee and/or employees/associates, and/or participants, and/or guests may bring plants or flowers for use during the ceremony but shall, by the end of the permit, remove all such materials to include petals, leaves, stems, pieces and/or plant parts from the park at the conclusion of the permitted activity, due to the potential for non-native and invasive species to be left behind.

Decorations
Decorations may be considered and shall be approved in advance. This permit authorizes the use of a temporary, pre-constructed (built outside park boundaries) freestanding arch. The Permittee and/or employees/associates, and/or participants, and/or guests shall not stake/fasten the arch to the ground in any manner whatsoever. Weights for stability of the arch may be used; however, the Permittee shall not use sandbags due to the possible introduction of non-native sand in the resource. Should the Permittee engage a provider (associate) for this service, the Permittee shall ensure the provider shows a copy of this permit for entry into the park, at no charge. Any exchange of payment for the service shall take place outside park boundaries. The Permittee shall ensure removal of the decoration by the end of the permit.

Banners, Chairs, Memorials, Photos, Plaques, Signs, etc.
Shenandoah National Park specifically prohibits placement of the following:

  • Banners
  • Memorials, photos, and/or plaques
  • Signs

Note: This permit authorizes the use of chairs. Should the Permittee engage a provider (associate) for this service, the Permittee shall ensure the provider shows a copy of this permit for entry into the park, at no charge. Any exchange of payment for the service shall take place outside park boundaries. The Permittee shall ensure removal of the chairs by the end of the permit.

Authorized Equipment
Authorized equipment is limited to hand-carried cameras and tripods. All equipment cannot interfere with the experience of other visitors. The Permittee is not authorized the use of stand-alone lighting systems.

Electrical Power
Electrical power is not furnished. The Permittee shall not connect to any power sources located anywhere within park boundaries. Generators are not authorized.

Audio Devices
Audio devices (e.g. electrified musical instruments, P.A. systems, tape players, etc.) are prohibited.

Musical Instruments
Non-amplified musical instruments (e.g. flute, guitar) that do not impact the experience of other visitors may be considered and shall be approved in advance.

Use of Native Materials
Native materials shall not be disturbed and/or used for props except, as a natural backdrop. Off-trail is not permitted.

Attachments and Coverings
Permittee employees/associates, and/or participants, and/or guests under this Permit shall not attach anything to any NPS facility, structure, rock, ground, or vegetation. Permittee and/or participants under this Permit shall not cover or remove signs, fences, or posts, natural features, etc.

Ground Disturbing Activities
The Permittee employees/associates, and/or participants, and/or guests under this Permit shall not engage in any ground disturbing activities, whatsoever.

Disturbance of Natural Features
Permittee employees/associates, and/or participants, and/or guests under this Permit shall not dig, scrape, remove, or otherwise disturb any natural features.

Leave No Trace Policy
The Permittee and/or employees/associates, and/or participants, and/or guests under this Permit shall follow a leave-no-trace policy and restore the area of use to the same condition prior to use, or better.

Waste Disposal (Pack-in, Pack-out)
The Permittee and/or employees/associates, and/or participants, and/or guests under this Permit shall dispose of all such waste and debris associated with activities authorized within this Permit outside the park boundaries. The Permittee and/or participants under this Permit shall not use garbage collection facilities provided for the public within the park, for the disposal of refuse associated with this Permit.

Last updated: September 17, 2018

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Shenandoah National Park
3655 U.S. Highway 211 East

Luray, VA 22835

Phone:

(540) 999-3500

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