As Yosemite wedding photographers you can imagine that we have some tips and tricks for getting married in Yosemite National Park. A few of topics we will discuss below are: venues, avoiding crowds, and must-see views. We love working with adventurous couples so be sure to contact us for information more specific to your unique circumstance.
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yosemite wedding venues
There are a variety of Yosemite ceremony sites that the National Park service allows you to choose from depending on the size of your wedding. In addition to picking your favorite spot you will want to consider the location in the park. Pay attention to how it relates to where your guest might stay, your reception might be, and where you want to take portraits! Below are a few reception venues to consider from in the valley to outside the valley.
the majestic yosemite hotel
the redwoods at yosemite
If you are planning a wedding in Yosemite National Park, chances are you are inspired by nature. Yosemite is an inspiring landscape, but it’s no secret. One of the challenges to a Yosemite wedding is avoiding crowds. You have a few options for this: off-season (non-summer), weekdays, and venues outside the valley. Some of our couples choose to get married near Yosemite but not in Yosemite. In those circumstances we often do a portrait session on a different day in the valley. If you find yourself planning a Yosemite wedding during a busy time of year encourage your guests to make reservations early and once they arrive carpool or take the bus/bike. Afternoon traffic and parking can be difficult so plan and prepare for that.
must see views
One of the things that makes Yosemite an amazing National Park is all of the views that you can see with limited easy hiking. Driving the valley loop (or better yet, taking the bus) and stopping at various meadows and trailheads will allow you to see many of the iconic Yosemite views. If you have more time, there are certainly trails worth exploring.