We first want to clarify that we perform wedding ceremonies at scenic viewpoints throughout the South Rim / Main Entrance area of the Grand Canyon National Park. These locations are places you can drive to, or if your package includes transportation, our shuttle will take you. South Rim is the main area of the Grand Canyon that most people come from all over the world to see. Helicopter weddings are not offered or allowed, by any company, in the South Rim area. Helicopter wedding packages are only available in the far, remote West Canyon; which is an entirely different place. Therefore, we do not offer any Helicopter weddings; but Helicopter tours are available as a separate excursion in the South Rim area and we are happy to arrange this for you as an upgrade to any package.
Frequently Asked Questions
We have put together a list of frequently asked questions about weddings and traveling to the Grand Canyon. If your questions are not answered here, please CONTACT US for more information.
Q. What are the current COVID related restrictions for weddings at the Grand Canyon National Park?
A. Group sizes for wedding permits are currently limited to a total group size of 10, which must include vendors. We are hopeful that this will be lifted later in the year if COVID numbers start to improve after the vaccination efforts. We may choose to accept wedding reservations for larger groups for later in 2021, but the final decision regarding the maximum number participants allowed will be made by the permit’s office. We have no influence over their decisions. All indoor banquet facilities are currently closed but may begin opening in the 3rd quarter of 2021. We can also accept reservations for packages with indoor receptions during that time frame, but they would be considered tentative until Xanterra makes a final decision on a re-opening date for those facilities. In the meantime, we are able to offer outdoor receptions at Shoshone Point (special use permit required).
Q. Where do the wedding ceremonies take place?
A. All of our wedding ceremonies take place on approved scenic overlooks at the South Rim area in the Grand Canyon National Park. The South Rim area is where the Main Entrance of the Grand Canyon is, and would be considered the official area of the Grand Canyon that most tourists want to visit.
Q. Do you set up chairs and decorations for the ceremony?
A. Chairs and decorations of any kind are not permitted to be setup at any of the ceremony locations. You may have hand held bouquets and boutonnieres or corsages. We can provide a couple of chairs, upon request, for any elderly or disabled guests, but all other guests should expect to stand during the wedding ceremony. This is a regulation established by the National Park Service.
Q. Do we need a permit and how do we choose our ceremony location?
A. You are required to obtain a Special Use Permit from the National Park. We assist you with this process after booking, but the actual permit fee is not included in our packages and must be submitted directly to the National Park along with the permit application. We are not allowed to complete the permit application for you. The fees range from $240-$500 depending on the selected site. The fees are set by the National Park and are subject to change at any time. After you have booked with us, we will provide you with photos and detailed information about the available sites and help you make the best choice for your group. Some areas offer easy access, while others are require a small hike; one popular area can make guests who are fearful of heights feel very uneasy, so it’s important to discuss these factors with our team before making your site selection.
Q. What is the maximum number of guests you can accommodate?
A. The largest outdoor ceremony location with a Grand Canyon view has a maximum capacity of 85, this count must include participating vendors as well. There is an indoor amphitheater that can accommodate up to 250 guests. For wedding receptions, we can accommodate up to about 250 in local area banquet facilities. We can also offer luxury tented receptions in the Forest near the Grand Canyon, or other outdoor options at Under Canvas.
Q. Can we take a helicopter to our wedding location?
A. No, helicopters are not permitted to land within the South Rim area of the Grand Canyon. However, we can easily add a helicopter excursion to your wedding package and you can take the helicopter tour either before or after the wedding ceremony. These tours take off from and return to the Grand Canyon National Park Airport (GCN) in Tusayan, AZ.
Q. Can we take a helicopter from Las Vegas?
A. No, the distance from Las Vegas to the Main Entrance area of the Grand Canyon is beyond the range of a helicopter. The tours that are advertised as Helicopter excursions to the Grand Canyon from Las Vegas are actually going to what is referred to as the West Canyon. The vision that most people have about visiting the Grand Canyon would be best realized near the Main Entrance at the South Rim area; this is the area that visitors come from all over the world to see.
Q. Do you offer transportation to and from our hotel?
A. Transportation is not included with any of our packages. Private transportation options can be arranged for groups within the Grand Canyon or those traveling from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon, as an upgrade to any package, but it’s important to understand that Las Vegas is approximately 275 miles away and takes approximately 4 to 4.5 hours to drive each way.
Q. We are staying in Vegas, what is the best way to travel to the Grand Canyon?
A. Most of our Couples that are Eloping without any guests will choose to rent a car in Las Vegas and drive to the Grand Canyon. The drive is approximately 275 miles or about 4 to 4.5 hours. We definitely recommend that you stay overnight in the vicinity of the Grand Canyon at least the night of the wedding, and possibly the night before. If you will be traveling with a group, you can rent a Van in Las Vegas and drive together, or we can arrange for a private shuttle with a driver to pick up your group in Las Vegas for an additional fee. There are no airlines that fly from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon airport. There is a “very” small tour plane that does offer once per day service to the Grand Canyon for approximately $550 per person round trip, the availability and schedule is limited.
Q. What is the best time of year to get married at the Grand Canyon?
A. Any time of year you choose to visit Grand Canyon, you will want to be prepared for a variety of climates. The South Rim area, where Grand Canyon Village is located is 7,000 feet above sea level. This means a chance of snow in winter and cool nights in summer. High temperatures range from the 70’s to 80’s (21 – 27 ºC) in the summer months during the day, to 30’s and 40’s (-1 – 4 ºC) during the winter. July and August present a high probability of thunderstorms, while December through March present a good chance of winter weather and possibly snow. The nicest weather tends to be in mid-Spring, early Summer and the Fall.
Q. What is the nearest airport?
A. Flagstaff, Arizona – Pulliam Airport is a small regional airport with connections to Phoenix, Dallas, and Los Angeles via American Airlines. Flagstaff is 75 miles from Grand Canyon.
Phoenix, Arizona – Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix, Arizona is the nearest International Airport with all major airlines. Phoenix is 220 miles from Grand Canyon.
Las Vegas, Nevada – McCarren International Airport is the second closest International Airport to the Grand Canyon. Las Vegas is 270 miles from the Grand Canyon.
Q. What hotels and resorts are nearby?
A. The Grand Canyon area offers many good hotel accommodations, and we are happy to provide you with a complete list upon booking a package. However, the area is limited in resort style amenities. The nearest resorts would be located in Sedona, Arizona. Sedona is another beautiful Arizona destination with stunning red rock formations, lush gardens and creeks throughout the town. Sedona is approximately 110 miles from the Grand Canyon.
Q. What should I expect when having a Grand Canyon wedding ceremony?
A. This is an important question. The Grand Canyon is among one of the most stunning locations in the world and makes for an amazing wedding experience. However, it is a National Park and there are almost always tourists around. We do our best to create privacy for our clients, but there is no guarantee your wedding will be 100% private. We have a few locations that we prefer because privacy is more obtainable; but there is only 1 location where the Special Use Permit grants you exclusive use of the area.
Q. Where can the Bride get hair and makeup done?
A. There are no salons in the vicinity of the Grand Canyon. However, we work with hair & makeup artists in neighboring communities to provide on-location beauty services at your Grand Canyon area hotel. This service can be added to your wedding package upon request, for additional fees. Availability is sometimes limited, particularly in the busy season, so it’s important to request this service as early as possible for the best chances of getting someone confirmed.
Q. How do we get the marriage license?
A. You will need to obtain an Arizona Marriage License. The fee is $83. If you live in the United States and have at least 5 weeks before your wedding, you may apply for the marriage license by mail through Mojave County. If you would like to obtain the marriage license in person, you will need to plan to visit any Arizona marriage license office during business hours with either your Passports or 2 forms of official identification; both parties must be present. In some cases you may also want to get a certified copy mailed to you after the wedding for an additional fee of approximately $25.
Q. We are traveling from another country, what documents do we need to be married?
A. You will need to obtain and Arizona Marriage License and possibly an Apostille. You will need to check with your local authority to determine if, in fact, you will need the Apostille to record your legal marriage in your home Country. To obtain the Arizona Marriage License you will need to build time into your travel itinerary to visit a local area courthouse. There is no waiting period, so you can plan this on the day before, or even the day of the wedding. You will both need to go to the courthouse in person with your Passports. No additional documents are required. If you determine that you do need an Apostille, please let us know and we can further advise you on this matter.
Q. What are the premium dates, holidays and associated rate adjustments?
A. Weddings on premium dates and holidays, holiday weekends and free entrance days do incur a premium rate adjustment that may be anywhere from $400 – 2000 depending on the package type and the specific date. Premium dates are all dates where the month and day are the same number, or the day and year are the same (ie. 01/01/2020 and 01/20/20). Holidays, holiday weekends and free entrance days are typically much busier within the park and require a longer time commitment from our team to ensure they are able to overcome any traffic or lengthy park entrance delays (this can sometimes add up to 2-3 hours for each member of our team). In order to allow our team to enjoy time with their families, we usually do not accept wedding bookings on major holidays. Holiday bookings are considered on case by case basis.