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Elope in Yosemite

Eloping in Yosemite National Park is an adventure. Giant waterfalls, ancient sequoia trees, and iconic rock features like El Capitan and Half Dome are just a few of the things that make Yosemite Park an incredible elopement destination.

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About Eloping in Yosemite

Nestled in the heart of nature’s grandeur, Yosemite National Park beckons eloping couples with its awe-inspiring landscapes. Imagine exchanging vows beneath the towering giants of ancient sequoia trees, the mist of cascading waterfalls as your witness, and the majestic El Capitan and Half Dome standing sentinel over your union. Yosemite’s accessibility ensures that the magic is open to all, making it an inclusive haven for couples seeking an extraordinary elopement experience.

For wardrobe, consider the season; Yosemite transforms with each, from lush greenery in spring to snow-draped tranquility in winter. The park accommodates various mobility needs, though some trails may present challenges. Check in advance for wheelchair-accessible routes and ensure your attire suits the weather – light and breathable for summer, layered warmth for winter.

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Why is Yosemite awesome

Why eloping in Yosemite is awesome

Embark on a love-filled journey in Yosemite, where natural wonders and intimate moments seamlessly merge.

  • Majestic Backdrops: Yosemite’s iconic landmarks, including El Capitan and Half Dome, provide an unparalleled backdrop for your ceremony, capturing the essence of timeless love.
  • Nature’s Symphony: Immerse yourself in the symphony of nature as waterfalls cascade, birds serenade, and ancient trees stand witness, creating an unforgettable atmosphere for your elopement.
  • Inclusivity and Accessibility: Yosemite welcomes all love stories with accessible options, ensuring that every couple, regardless of mobility, can partake in the park’s enchanting beauty.

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Our Wildflower Experience tailors an outdoor elopement to your sense of adventure and exploration! This package is customized to fit your style and includes hiking to a remote venue of your choosing. Don’t be surprised if a rainbow or wild animal graces your ceremony with this adventurous elopement package.

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  • Up to 4 or 6 hrs of photo coverage throughout the Wildflower experience, with 175+ edited, full-res images delivered 4 weeks after your event
  • Custom ceremony and officiation
  • Tons of consultation to help tailor your experience!
  • Help choosing the perfect location and time
  • Deciding what to wear and what gear to bring — we’re all about safety and comfort (and snacks
  • Help navigating applicable permits, reservations, and rentals
  • Hiking to and from ceremony spot with couples portraits along the way
  • Coordination with other vendors: florals, hair/makeup, etc
  • Most packages are designed as private experiences for a couple only. A small number of guests can be accommodated in some circumstances – reach out for more info!

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FAQs

The photos don’t lie – eloping in Yosemite is a truly epic elopement experience! From dense forests to sheer cliff sides, it’s hard to compare any other experience to what it is to elope in Yosemite. Given the remote nature of the park, however, it can be incredibly difficult to plan on your own which is how a company like Simply Eloped comes into play – we ensure that from top to bottom that your big day is as stress-free and smooth as you need it to be for such an important day. We make eloping in Yosemite easy!

 

The only package we currently offer in Yosemite is called our Wildflower Package – or our adventure package. In this experience you, your partner, your officiant & your elopement photographer will set out to your chosen location, be it a waterfall, lake, meadow or rock feature. You’ll explore stunning national spaces together along the way as part of an immersive experience tailored to you. Your ceremony will be in an incredible location incorporating only what speaks to you – and we’ll be there to guide you and document it from start to finish. This package includes four hours of photography, a personalized ceremony, the Yosemite permit, your own Personal Elopement Planner and access to all of our incredible technology (like your dashboard, wedding page, custom payment plan and more!).

We recommend starting to plan your Yosemite elopement at least 2 months in advance, especially if you are planning to get eloped within National Park limits. A permit is required to elope within the park. It can take a few weeks to secure a permit, so it’s best to give at least a couple of months for securing the permit and coordinating details with our vendors.

As you can imagine, there are so many places to elope in Yosemite! You really can’t go wrong choosing a location for your ceremony, it just depends on how you want to get there. Do you want to be able to drive up and take a short walk? Do you want to go for a short hike? Or do you want to hike way out there and spend the whole day exploring the huge rock formations, stunning mountains, and beautiful lakes of Yosemite National Park?

If you are looking for an easily accessible location with restroom facilities nearby, check out some of Yosemite’s public picnic areas. Cathedral Beach picnic area, Sentinel Beach picnic area, and Swinging Bridge picnic area are wonderful ceremony locations. Because these areas are open to the public, it’s recommended to have your ceremony in the morning to have more privacy. Note that these areas have seasonal closures, so be sure to plan accordingly.

If you want to be able to drive to a stunning ceremony location with one of the most famous views in Yosemite, go to El Capitan Meadow [insert venue url]. The meadow is absolutely gorgeous year-round, and has the gigantic rock face of El Capitan towering in the background. Glacier Point offers a different viewpoint from above, with sweeping views of Yosemite Valley, Half Dome, Yosemite Falls, and Yosemite’s high country. It’s accessible by car from late May through October or November. In the winter months you can access it by snowshoe or cross-country skis. Washburn Point is on the way to Glacier Point, but it makes for an awesome ceremony location, too. Washburn Point is one of the most accessible viewpoints in the park and has one of the best views of Half Dome.

If you are hiking into your ceremony location, you have lots of amazing options. Mirror Lake [insert venue url] is an easy, scenic hike that looks directly up at Half Dome from its base. The hike to mirror lake is only 2 miles and can be extended to 5 miles by looping around the lake. It’s a great year-round hike, though the water may be super low at certain times of the year. Tenaya Lake is one of the best lakes in the park and a 2.5-mile hike makes it perfect for an elopement. You’ll find great views at one end of the lake and a sandy beach at the other. Though it’s farther away from Yosemite Valley, it’s still a favorite so plan accordingly if you want to dodge crowds.

Lower Yosemite Falls [insert venue url] is an iconic elopement location. The entire waterfall is 2,425 feet high — the tallest in North America and one of the tallest in the world. The lower falls are accessible by a short half-mile hike and very close to Yosemite Village. The falls are the most full in the spring and tend to dry up quite a bit by the late summer. If your ceremony needs panoramic views, go to Sentinel Dome. It’s accessible by a fairly easy 2-mile hike in. The viewpoint is an excellent choice if you want to try to avoid crowds but still have spectacular views.

Yosemite National Park is open year round, but sees the most visitors from May to October. There may be a certain time of year that is best for you, depending on what you want to see, specific places you want to access and the overall vibe you want for your elopement.

November through April is the best season to avoid crowds. The weather can be wintery and some roads are closed at this time, but if you want a winter wedding you’ll get the added bonus of solitude. Be aware that holidays can see an increase in winter visitors.

If nice weather is your priority, visit between June and September. The weather is gorgeous this time of year, wildflowers are blooming, and pretty much every trail and road will be passable. Though you may run into crowds at some of the more popular destinations like Glacier Point, there are ways to keep your elopement private like having a sunrise ceremony or weekday wedding.

October is a wonderful month to visit the park if you don’t mind slightly cooler temps. The crowds are low and though it’s not known for showy fall colors, you can get a dose of fall foliage in late October.

Yosemite is beautiful at any time of day, so choosing the right time of day for your ceremony depends on a few things. First thing to consider is what kind of vibe are you going for? Are you and your lover morning people or night owls? Are you planning to get hair and makeup done? Are you set on avoiding crowds?

Sunrise ceremonies are incredible in Yosemite and especially pleasant in the summer. It’s a great way to avoid summer crowds at locations like Glacier Point, though not guaranteed. If you are getting your hair and makeup done before your sunrise ceremony, it would mean getting a very early start since you will have to drive up in the dark to catch the sunrise. Down in the valley, you can get soft morning light in some areas and buy yourself a little more time for getting ready in the morning since you won’t have to travel quite as far before the sun rises.

Afternoon ceremonies allow you to spend the morning getting ready or doing whatever you want to do before you tie the knot. It’s also when crowds are at the max as people are out exploring during the summer months. When the weather is more sunny, afternoon light can be harsh for photos. In the winter, the afternoon could be the ideal time for a ceremony when it’s a bit warmer and brighter.

As you can imagine however, eloping in the evening in Yosemite takes the cake! There are many valleys so be sure you’re not equating sunset with what’s listed on a site like Google. In the instance of a valley, you’ll lose light much earlier than that. Reach out to us about the date you’re considering and we’ll tell you what we advise for lighting and timing!

A special use permit is required for any wedding in Yosemite National Park. We’ll apply for the permit on your behalf and can be reserved up to one year in advance and more than 21 days prior to your ceremony.

As soon as you have completed the application process, the clerk will give you your license immediately and you are ready to get married! Marriage licenses in California are valid for 90 days, so make sure to plan accordingly with your elopement date.

Go to any county clerk’s office in the state and bring $100, one form of government-issued identification per person, and proof of any prior legal separations. You may also need to bring copies of your birth certificates depending on the county. We send a marriage license guide with more specific details once you book with us!

In California you are required to have one witness present during the ceremony. There is no age requirement in California for witnesses, but any witnesses you choose will need to be old enough to sign their names on the marriage license. Your photographer can definitely act as a witness on your behalf if you have no guests. 🙂

We define an elopement as a wedding ceremony with 20 guests or less. Elopements are usually an intimate, high quality, generally outdoors ceremony that is personalized to the couple (as opposed to a traditional cookie-cutter wedding ceremony). You never know the magical moments that can take place when you're eloping!
We think there are 1000 reasons you should elope, but here are a few of our favorites:

1. We don't believe a wedding has to be stressful. There is far less to coordinate (and we take on most of that planning anyhow), and your realm of responsibility consists of making a few decisions and getting your marriage license. It's hard to beat a wedding that is actually...wait for it...relaxing!

2. Cost-conscious: Let's be honest, there is so much uncertainty right now! Economic recession? Inflation? Rising cost of living? Save your money for a honeymoon or buying a house and still have a ceremony you'll remember for the rest of your lives.

3. A Ceremony should be About YOU and YOUR LOVE: When did a wedding turn into a party for everyone else? We personalize every aspect of your experience – from the vendors to the vows. We'll even cry real tears with you. We're here to celebrate the core of what makes a wedding ceremony special: you making a lifetime commitment to the one you love. That's a big deal – and we treat it as such.

An elopement package is a bundle of services designed to help couples tie the knot conveniently with one price tag. Elopement packages offer the very basics (like an officiant and venue), but couples can add in a variety of other services, such as a photographer, a musician or flowers.
Simply Eloped has been in business for almost 8 years, and we've married over 13,000 couples. With the combination of our amazing team, nationally renowned vendors, and our innovative technology, we've streamlined the process of planning high-quality, personalized, and cost-conscious ceremonies. We're honored and excited to work with couples to create the most magical day of their lives! Here are a few more reasons why you should choose us:
  1. We've been doing this longer than any elopement company out there— 8 years!
  2. We've performed more ceremonies than any other company—over 13,000 ceremonies.
  3. We personalize every ceremony we do—we don't believe in cookie-cutter weddings.
  4. We vet every team member and vendor to ensure they embody our values and maintain our quality standards.
  5. We're passionate about weddings, and our enthusiasm shines through in everything we do.
  6. We've spent 8 years building our technology, which enables us to do what we love—just better!
Our packages include 20 guests or fewer, but every venue we offer varies in how many guests we're allowed to invite. Just ask us!
We make the process of getting married extremely easy! We'll work with you to establish your destination, venue, date, time, guest count, and the package you'd like to book with us. Then the rest is on our plate! We offer 250 venues around the US, and in most instances, we coordinate on your behalf. We'll pair you with exceptional vendors, an elopement planner who will guide you through every step of the process, and set you up with a dashboard where you can manage your elopement from A to Z. Your biggest responsibility is getting your marriage license, and we'll handle the rest!
Of course! We have all sorts of packages that can offer whatever vendor you're seeking to hire for. We do not, however, just coordinate a venue. You do need to book a package for the rest of the perks of working with Simply Eloped.
Oh my goodness this is such a personal question and one you and your honey must answer together. We highly encourage you to have a deep heart-to-heart about what you each envision for your big day and discuss what's realistic AND exciting to you both. If you ever need additional guidance, our CEO donates half-hour increments to help you ensure you're asking the right questions. You can learn more about that program by clicking here.
Do you mean to ask how stress-free? Generally, elopements are considered a stressless way of getting married.
Since 82% of the ceremonies we perform are destination weddings, the average planning time is 3-9 months in advance of the ceremony date. However, we've planned as far as three years out and with as little notice as a few days. We're flexible, it's one of our biggest strengths as a company!
A huge reason why we designate our ceremonies as twenty guests or less is because we definitely want your clan to be in attendance (should you desire them to be). But once you have more than 20 people, you really start needing infrastructure. Larger groups begin to require things like chairs, ample parking, multiple bathrooms, etc. At that point, you really need a venue that can support larger groups, which is where the cost really begins to add up. Not to mention, it requires more and more vendors to manage larger groups. While an elopement costs $1,000 to $5,000, the average cost of a wedding in the US is $35,000. That's a big difference! We highly encourage you to ascertain what's the best route for you!
Yes! At Simply Eloped we offer over 250 venues (private venues, national, city and state parks, etc) around the nation! While there are some venues that prefer to work directly with couples, we coordinate any that we are able. Just ask!
That hugely depends on the date, time of year, or budget you have in mind. You can use our venue finder at https://reserve.simplyeloped.com/venue-finder to help you determine the best fit for you!
Absolutely! Whether or not your venue is in a destination we offer, we can definitely do our best to provide vendors or a team based on the services and experiences you're after.
When you're using our quote request process, a lot of the venue fees are grouped into the final package offering. That's why you may be unable to see a line item or specific breakdown of how much the venue costs. If the venue requires you to make the reservation, we let you know in our quote builder how much that costs and how to do that. Everything else is included in the package quote. Just one less thing for you to worry about.
If you cancel services with us your deposit is nonrefundable. The reason for this is the moment you book our services, we get to work! Your Customer Experience Rep will start the planning process; we?ll introduce you to your vendors and team; we even get started on coordinating with a venue or a permit. Because of this, there is a lot of time and often upfront costs that we front as soon as you book with us. When you cancel your booking with us, that doesn?t change the time or money we invested to begin the planning process for your big day. Thank you for understanding! If you need to postpone, change your venue/date/time, your deposit remains as your placeholder. There are no penalties or fees to change details for your elopement. Our deposits range from only $250 ? $450.
Simply Eloped is by far the most flexible wedding company in the nation! Because we are set up in over thirty destinations in the US, not only can we postpone your big day at any time, but we can also easily move from one destination to another! There are no fees or consequences to postponing with us ? we understand sometimes life just happens!
Yes! When we save your invoice you have the opportunity to pay in installment payments at 0% APR, and in any amount you like. Just ask us!
We are not fans of hidden fees, and we do our best to be as transparent as possible. If you have more than 20 guests or desire additional services, there may be added fees. However, we are always communicative about them and give you the opportunity to work with us! For some services like our hair & makeup, if you happen to be staying at a hotel or Airbnb outside of our area, there may be fees to get our hair & makeup artist to where you are. You just never know how far away things are in some areas until you are in the planning stages!
There are a lot of variables to consider with whatever type of ceremony you're planning. 82% of the ceremonies we perform are destination, meaning couples don't live in the area they're choosing to get eloped. Therefore, additional costs like airfare, hotel, eating out, and activities are all line items that should be considered in your budget. No two ceremonies are the same, so be sure to understand all of the costs associated with performing your ceremony prior to booking with any company!
Yes ? every state requires you to get a marriage license IN the state you are holding your ceremony. So if you live in Michigan, and are getting married in Hawaii, you?ll need to get a license in Hawaii. You will then submit the license to the state of Hawaii and they will mail you a marriage certificate which will then translate to a certificate in the state you live in. If you are holding a symbolic ceremony, you can get a license in your state, but if you intend for your ceremony to be legal you?ll need to abide by state guidelines to get your marriage license in the state you are holding your ceremony.
All Simply Eloped packages include 20 guests or less. The reason for this is because when you have more than 20 guests, you end up needing more infrastructure, planning and teamwork from my vendors. While we do have some venues that can support larger groups, we do charge extra for any guests above 20. Short answer ? yes you may, it just increases your cost.
Absolutely! We have a wide variety of vendors in each destination and can definitely work with you to find someone you?re excited about. We don?t confirm prior to your booking but once you confirm your date, your Customer Experience Rep will be in touch and can guide you through the process of expressing your preference.
For lighting, we recommend holding your elopement ceremony in the morning or in the evening. Direct lighting can create harsh lines or shadows and isn?t very flattering on anyone. We definitely recommend holding your ceremony prior to 11am or after 4pm. Feel free to ask us for timing based on your date and destination!
Due to our nationwide setup, we do not provide custom flowers. If you choose to book a package with us that includes flowers or add-on florals to your custom package, we offer a variety of selections for your florals:

1. Flowers by Palette We have arrangements based on a color palette, which means the types of flowers may not be exactly as pictured, but the colors and arrangement style will match. You can explore our options for Flowers by Palette here (excluding Hawaii).

2. Hawaiian Arrangements Hawaii is a unique destination, and we have our stunning tropical arrangements for ceremonies taking place in Hawaii. You can view these arrangements here. Please note that these arrangements are only available in Hawaii.

While no company can legally obtain your marriage license on your behalf, we are very familiar with state guidelines and simplify the process for you by walking you through all of the steps, documentation and information you?ll need to acquire your marriage license. We?re also always here for any questions you may have at any time!
Every state has different guidelines for whether or not you need a legal officiant or any witnesses. When you book our services, we?ll send you a guide that walks you through these details on a state-by-state basis. However, *most* states do require an officiant that is registered in the state and a witness or two (which cannot be yourselves or your officiant; but can definitely be your photographer!).

As soon as you book our services, we get to work! We'll immediately introduce you to your Personal Elopement Planner, who is kind of like your best friend between the date you book and the day you elope! Your Pep will be ensuring every step of the process is smooth and delightful. They will introduce you to your team, answer any questions you have, put your schedule and invoice together, and much more!

We'll also begin the process of personalizing. You'll work with your officiant to ensure your ceremony matches what you envision and dream of. Your photographer will ensure they understand the kind of shots or photos you're hoping for. Your hair & makeup artist will inquire about the style you're going for with your hair and makeup. Your dashboard is also customized to meet your needs.

We offer many tools to help you feel at ease about your decision to book Simply Eloped, including your personalized Elopement Checklist, your marriage license guide, your Wedding Page, and more! You can even make installment payments on your invoice at 0% APR. Weeks prior to your ceremony, we'll send your itinerary with all the details you and your guests need. Your team will meet at your ceremony site, and the rest, as they say, is history.

First off, know that every moment of your elopement day, we are available to you for whatever you need! We're very prompt on timing with floral delivery, hair & makeup, etc.

Your team will always meet at your venue prior to your ceremony time to ensure everyone is collected, introduced, and ready for a gorgeous ceremony right on time. Your officiant will kick off your ceremony and ensure that all of your requests are beautifully exhibited in your personalized ceremony. It's important to note that your dedicated Personal Elopement Planner will not be present at the ceremony, but will definitely be accessible by phone or text for your day-of needs.

Ceremonies generally last 15-20 minutes, which will then kick off into your portrait session with your photographer (if you booked one with us). The main task you need to be mindful of on your big day is bringing your marriage license, and we do the rest! 🌼👰🤵

The right answer to this is ? whatever you envision! We?ve seen it all: casual, themed, color UNcoordinated. We think your attire is a great way for you to personalize and make the ceremony your own. (But for inspiration here?s a video of some of our favorite and most unique elopement styles we?ve seen our couples exhibit:
Many of the venues we perform ceremonies at do not have a traditional aisle, but we can definitely create a faux aisle or use the natural settings as a path for you to approach your honey! You?re welcome to have anyone you please walk you down the aisle ? including yourself. We want you to do whatever you feel is right for you!
Absolutely! Just be sure to check with us about what kind of florals (or not) your flower girl can spread at the venue.
Oh we sure do love a first look moment ? they can be so romantic! Be sure to coordinate with us directly if you?re interested in having this moment as it does change the timing of your day. We?ll have to work with your team to ensure everyone is on the same page about the incorporation of that moment.
It?s a fair question. When you?re bringing people together for an event, there is a chance things can go?not exactly according to plan. We?ve experienced undesirable weather, popped tires on a vehicle, a global pandemic?we?ve seen it all! One of the strongest reasons to book Simply Eloped is because we are PROS at adapting and being flexible. We have an armada of backup vendors, a slew of backup venues and we have a contingency plan for whatever comes our way. It goes without saying that we?ll be there for you on your big day, no matter what turns our twists happen.

We wish we could control the weather, but alas, there are some things quite simply out of our realm of power.

In our experience, most weather passes quickly, and we can be flexible about timing. However, we do have recommendations or options for indoor venues, and if worst comes to worst, we can move your ceremony to another day. We'll work with you individually in the case of poor weather.

Pro tip: Though weather can be daunting or scary, some of our FAVORITE ceremonies happen in thunder, rain, or snow storms. Being open-minded about ""undesirable"" weather can create an extremely memorable ceremony. Sometimes it's all about perspective.