Getting married in a national park is an unforgettable experience that you and your guests will remember for a lifetime. From the grandeur of the majestic mountains to the serene beauty of the lush forests, a national park wedding offers a stunning backdrop for your special day. Whether you’re looking for a destination wedding in a remote location or a more accessible spot near your hometown, there are plenty of national parks to choose from!
When it comes to planning a national park wedding, there’s a lot to consider. From permits and regulations to venues and vendors, there are a variety of details to consider. That’s why it’s important to do your research ahead of time and be familiar with the requirements of the national park you plan to marry in. Getting married in a national park can be the ultimate opportunity to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. As a seasoned wedding and national park photographer, I’m here to provide you with tips on how to make your wedding in a national park an unforgettable occasion.
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DO YOUR RESEARCH
Before planning your wedding at a National Park, make sure to review the park’s regulations and policies for weddings. You may need a special permit, and some parks have restrictions on music, alcohol, and decorations. It is important to be aware of these regulations so that everything goes smoothly on the big day and that you do not unintentionally violate any rules. By researching and understanding the regulations of the selected park, couples can ensure their special day goes off without a hitch and that they are able to make the most of the picturesque national park setting.
CHECK THE WEATHER
When selecting a location to get married at a National Park, consider the terrain, weather conditions, and the time of year. Some parks close during certain months, while others may be too hot or too cold during certain times of the year. Inclement weather can not only ruin the ceremony, but it can also put the safety of you and your guests in jeopardy. By checking the weather forecast ahead of time, you can plan accordingly and make sure that your wedding day is as beautiful and memorable as you imagined it to be. Weather can be unpredictable, but with a little bit of forethought and planning, you can make sure that your wedding day is perfect.
CHOOSING YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER
Picking a photographer for your National Park wedding is essential. Look for a photographer who has experience shooting in outdoor settings and who is familiar with the specific park you have chosen! And if you're someone who's been looking for a photographer who's familiar with many national parks, I just might be your gal!
HIRE A WEDDING PLANNER OR COORDINATOR
Hire a professional wedding planner or coordinator to help you plan your National Park wedding. They can provide helpful tips and a professional experience to ensure that your event is planned and executed flawlessly. They will be able to provide the necessary guidance and advice regarding permits, vendors, and other logistical details, while also taking into consideration the unique characteristics of the national park. Wedding planners and coordinators saving you so much time and stress!
CHECK OUT THE AREA AHEAD OF TIME
Make sure you have plenty of time to explore the park and find the perfect spot for your ceremony. You might think you want to get married at a specific national park but then come to find that there aren't many areas for a perfect ceremony or easy access. Checking out the area ahead of time allows you to plan for any special items you may need to bring, such as bug spray, sunscreen, or extra blankets. Lastly, it allows you to make sure the area is safe enough to set up decorations and equipment, such as chairs or tents. Checking the area is essential for any wedding in a national park, and will help ensure your wedding goes off without a hitch.
"Where to begin?! So efficient the day of with so many photos to get done, so sweet, fun to take photos with, and I literally am in love with my wedding photos. I cannot emphasize that enough!! I look at the photos Avery took and I could not imagine anything better than that. I know I love them now, but will be in love with them for years to come!"
-Lindy + Kyle