Yes, You Need a Permit to Get Married at Grand Canyon National Park

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Before you can start happily ever after with a Grand Cayon wedding or elopement, you’ll need to get the paperwork in order. Grand Canyon National Park requires a Special Use Permit for all ceremonies, no matter how small. 

Grand Canyon Wedding Packages helps with every step of the process, down to a final review of the application before you submit it. Let’s talk through the timeline and application process. 

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Before you can get married at one of the designated spots, like Shoshone Point, you’ll need a Grand Canyon wedding permit, also known as a Special Use Permit.

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Grand Canyon National Park is one of the most helpful in the park system when it comes to getting married or eloping. Combined with our experience planning Grand Canyon weddings, the permit process is easy and efficient. 

The paperwork required for a Grand Canyon Wedding is called a Special Use Permit (SUP). Only the couple getting married can apply for a permit and sign it. That’s a park rule. Here’s the Special Use Permit Application for Grand Canyon weddings and elopements.

Application submissions are accepted up to a year in advance but not less than four weeks out. Our experience shows that the earlier you submit, the better chance you have since consideration are first-come, first-served. The National Park Service does not consider expedited requests. Contact us immediately if your wedding date is less than 45 days away. 

DID YOU KNOW?

A Special Use Permit is not required for a Grand Canyon proposal. We can help you find the perfect spot.

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Important Things to Know About Your Grand Canyon Wedding Permit Application

After you’ve determined your wedding date, it’s time to choose a location in Grand Canyon National Park. Several approved locations are available for consideration, and each spot offers incredible views but unique aspects.

We have an amazing Look Book of all spots to help you find the right one. We’ve helped with countless weddings at each location through every season. 

If you have your heart set on a particular location, it’s good to have a preferred date in mind as well as an alternate date.  If your date is set in stone, it’s good to have a preferred location and a backup in mind, just in case.

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Grand Canyon wedding permits are issued throughout the year, offering several ideal locations for a winter Grand Canyon wedding.

Simple, Scenic Wedding Guidelines

Keep in mind that the preservation of the national park will be a top priority over decorations or other items that could impede or harm the surroundings during a Grand Canyon wedding. Floral displays are limited to small bouquets and boutonnieres to avoid bringing invasive species into the environment.

Other things to consider that won’t be allowed are chairs, tables, amplified music or sounds, signs, balloons, and arches. Plus, nothing can be thrown, like rice or flower petals.

All sites are within easy walking distance, with one requiring creative carpooling, which we have down to a science. 

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Small, simple floral bouquets are allowed per the conditions of a Grand Canyon wedding permit.

Submit the Application

We’re happy to review the application with you before you submit it to ensure every aspect is covered. Rejected applications can happen if the form is incomplete, requiring couples to start over again.

Once you’ve sent the application via email, a confirmation of receipt will be sent, prompting you to pay the proper permit fee. The cost is $240 for all sites except for Shoshone Point, which is $500. However, don’t send payment until the park office requests it. 

Once it is approved, the park service will send you the permit. You must read, sign, and return the permit to get the final okay. An authorized copy will be sent afterward.  

DID YOU KNOW?: The permit does NOT cover the entrance fee to Grand Canyon National Park for the guests but will cover it for the couple. 

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Grand Canyon Wedding Packages for You

No matter how big or small you want the Grand Canyon elopement or wedding to be, our expert and friendly team takes the stress and worry out of the big day. Getting the Grand Canyon permit for your wedding is one big checkmark off the to-do list! 

Linda & Mark’s Spring Elopement at Lipan Point

Linda and Mark recently eloped at the Grand Canyon with two of their closest friends by their sides. Congratulations Linda and Mark! They came all the way from England to elope on the rim of the Grand Canyon at Lipan Point. I don’t think they could have picked a prettier place to elope! It was a gorgeous day and they all looked stunning! Linda made all of their flowers and aren’t they wonderful? We wish them safe travels and a happy marriage! Check out some of their photos below!

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Sarah & Nick’s Spring Grand Canyon Elopement at Moran Point

Congratulations Sarah and Nick for eloping at the Grand Canyon! They decided to have their wedding ceremony at Moran Point. It was gorgeous! Sarah looked wonderful in her wedding dress and we loved the pop of color and her flower crown! Sarah and Nick came all the way from Canada to experience the Grand Canyon together. Sarah had been to the Grand Canyon before but Nick never had. Don’t they make an adorable couple? They deserve another congratulations because they are expecting a little baby! Here are some of our favorite photos from the day!Grand Canyon Wedding Packages Moran Point Grand Canyon Wedding Packages Moran Point Grand Canyon Wedding Packages Moran Point Grand Canyon Wedding Packages Moran Point Grand Canyon Wedding Packages Moran Point Grand Canyon Wedding Packages Moran Point

Michelle & Gary’s Spring Grand Canyon Elopement at Lipan Point

A big congratulations to Michelle and Gary on their Grand Canyon elopement at Lipan Point! I think we can all agree that Michelle looked gorgeous in her wedding dress! Michelle and Gary were lucky enough to have their family by their side on this special day. Everyone was so excited about the elopement! It was great to see so many smiling faces. Michelle and Gary are both huge gym nuts!  They have nicknames at the gym they work at of “Wonder Woman” and “The Hulk” so they made sure to incorporate this into their wedding! Check out Michelle’s shoes and Gary’s socks! They also had cake toppers of Wonder Woman and The Hulk. What a cute idea! They decided to book an extra hour of photography so they could get photos at both Lipan Point and Moran Point. Here are some of our favorite photos from their big day!

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Christal & Brady Eloped to the Grand Canyon, Lipan Point

Congratulations to Christal and Brady for their recent elopement at Lipan Point in the Grand Canyon! They brought their family along to experience the Grand Canyon and witness this special day with them. The ceremony was lovely and they got to enjoy a sparkling cider toast and cupcakes afterwards! Christal and Brady were great sports about climbing around in the cold weather for photos. They didn’t suffer the cold for nothing though, I mean look at these photos! Even though there wasn’t much of a sunset because of all the clouds the sky was still magnificent! Here are some of our favorite photos.

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A Spring Grand Canyon Elopement at Moran Point for Whitney and James

Whitney and James recently eloped at the Grand Canyon. Let us wish them a congratulations! Whitney looked stunning in her white wedding dress and pearls. Whitney wasn’t sure if she should wear her veil but she definitely made the right decision. Just before the ceremony started, another bride who had just been married at the Grand Canyon as well, waved and wished them luck. Such an amazing memory! Whitney and James have been together for 2 years and are gearing up to move from Kentucky to Colorado. They have lived in Kentucky for most of their lives, what an adventure that will be! We wish them the best of luck. Here are some of our favorite photos!

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A Quaint Winter Elopement at Grandeur Point, Grand Canyon with Natasha & Sebastien

Congratulations Natasha and Sebastien for eloping at the Grand Canyon! They were an absolute blast to work with! Natasha and Sebastien met each other in high school and have been together for 8 years. Natasha’s sister and sisters boyfriend came along as witnesses. They also met in high school and have been together for 5 years. Crazy! It makes sense though, they come from a small town of only 5,000 people located in Canada. The ceremony was lovely and they got to enjoy a picnic afterwards! The group had a great time taking photos as you can see below (I saved the best for last). Here are some of our favorite photos.

 

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Samantha & Cody’s Winter Elopement at Lipan Point

Congratulations to Samantha & Cody. They recently eloped in the Grand Canyon from Texas! Samantha couldn’t decide on the perfect dress, so she bought TWO plus a beautiful veil! Unfortunately they had to leave their sick dog at home and were very worried about her but they made sure she was a part of the wedding ceremony by Skyping her so she could see them get married! We wish her a speedy recovery. Samantha is a dog trainer and they have quite the arrangement of pets back home, too bad they couldn’t be in the photos! Here are some of our favorite photos from their big day.

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Anabelle & Nathans Fall Engagement at Shoshone Point

Anabelle, Nathan and their daughter traveled all the way from Australia to elope at the Grand Canyon, congratulations to this adorable family! The weather was great and the canyon looked spectacular. After the ceremony the had some newlywed and family photos taken. They also got to enjoy a cupcake, sparkling cider and cherry coke. Nathan requested the cherry coke because he loves it but it is very rare to find in Australia, bummer! It appears that someone was a fan of the sparkling apple cider too! Here are some amazing photos of this happy family.

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