Due to COVID19, Yellowstone National Park is limiting group sizes for weddings and other ceremonies. Contact us for current group size limits.
Weddings and other ceremonies may be permitted in certain areas of Yellowstone National Park depending on location, group size, and the time of year or day. While the park can be an unforgettable backdrop for your special day, if you want to have a large, exclusive or decorated celebration, please consider locations outside of the park for your event.
A Special Use Permit is required for your ceremony to take place in any area of the park. Applications will be accepted up to 12 months in advance and no later than 2-4 weeks before the requested ceremony date. Due to changing conditions and resource issues, permits will not be issued more than a few weeks in advance; the approved permit must be with you during your event.
How to Apply and Fees
A $75 non-refundable application fee is required for your activity to be considered. Applications and payment form must be submitted at least 2-4 weeks in advance depending on the time of year. More complex uses or activities may need more time, however, most applications will not be accepted greater than one year before your event.
National Park Service Special Use Permit Office
Open Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm (MT)
Yellowstone National Park Lodges
Conference Service Manager
Yellowstone National Park does not permit exclusive use of any area and there will be normal visitor activity during your ceremony. Group size, season and time of day will determine the approval of your requested location. In popular areas, such as Old Faithful or the Canyon Overlooks, there are designated locations to avoid congestion in these busy locations.
Wedding Photographers and Caterers
Paid wedding photographers or videographers must contact the permitting office for requirements as an additional permit may be required. Outside caterers are not permitted; please see below for dining options for your ceremony guests.
Beginning January 1, 2021, all compensated photographers hired to photograph weddings or other ceremonies/events, or portraits (weddings, family, senior, pets, engagement, etc) in the park are required to obtain a Commercial Use Authorization. Information on the new requirements and application process for Wedding and Portrait Photography will be available on the Commercial Use Authorization page on October 1, 2020.
Indoor Ceremonies and Receptions
While the National Park Service will not “reserve” locations for your event or allow ceremonies to take place in government buildings (ex. ranger stations or visitor centers), Yellowstone National Park Lodges may be able to accommodate receptions or assist with indoor ceremonies. For more information on use of the concessioner facilities, please contact Yellowstone National Park Lodges’ Conference Service Manager at (307) 344-5519.
Please review our park regulations. In addition, the following activities often associated with weddings are prohibited:
Marriage License Requirements: The National Park Service does not require that a marriage license has been obtained for wedding ceremonies to take place within the park; please follow state requirements. Keep in mind that Yellowstone National Park is in Wyoming (Park County or Teton County), Idaho (Fremont County), and Montana (Park County).
Last updated: September 14, 2020