Yosemite Elopements: Everything you need to know to plan for 2021

April 29, 2021



Just when you hear the word Yosemite, you know that it is iconic, it is grand, it is breathtaking – and such are the Yosemite elopements! As more and more couples are turning to celebrate love on their own terms during this pandemic, we are seeing a shift towards the unconventional rather than the traditional. We are seeing those couples being outdoorsy and creative, even adventurous! One of the more popular destinations is precisely this park, and if I’m being honest, I am loving that. Now, how to plan a Yosemite Elopement for 2021 with the new restrictions. After all, the wedding day is all about what matters to you and it should reflect your unique characters. Even though you are not completely free to invite every person you wish, elopements are here to adorn your lives with eternal devotion and affection.

If you wish to learn how to plan an elopement in Yosemite for 2021, I have put together these guidelines to help you navigate through the process.

1. Choose a date

First and foremost, you need to contemplate the season and how it will affect your celebration. Take into consideration the decor and aesthetic every period conveys, for example, do you wish backdrops in Spring with majestic waterfalls or the ethereal Autumn foliage? Discuss the weather and date with your Yosemite elopement photographer because it plays a good role in the use of lighting and curating the ideal portraiture. Because I have vast experience on this subject, feel free to reach out for tips!

2. Choose Ceremony & Reception location

There are 12 awe-inspiring locations concerning the Yosemite elopement ceremony and I can happily say that I know all of them inside out because I have shot countless love stories in each of them. As for planning a Yosemite Elopements for 2021 and deciding on the location depends solely on your preferences. For example, do you like the epic view at Glacier Point as your backdrop, or do you wish serene ambiance while listening to the shimmering river as you say your I DOs?

Concerning receptions, due to Covid, not all venues allow weddings, but the ones that do are the Rush Creek Lodge and Tenaya Lodge. Both of them are just stunning and will make sure for you to have your dreams realized effortlessly. As for lodgings for your guests, there are currently 2 hotels open in the valley but there are also Airbnb and private rentals at your disposal.

3. Permits, Restrictions, and Legislation

One of the most important aspects about how to plan an elopement in Yosemite is that there is a people count limit in 2021:

“Due to current health guidelines, gatherings of more than 10 people are prohibited. No wedding permits for more than 10 people are being issued”

Also in order to have a Yosemite elopement, you need to have a permit. Don’t worry because I am glad to say that the permit is easily obtainable from their official website!

In the spirit of documentation, you also need to have a California marriage license but have in mind that it is valid only for 30 days, so please plan accordingly. The fastest way you can obtain it along the way is from Mariposa County. It is close to the park so on their website.

4. Local Wedding Vendors

Planning a Covid Yosemite elopement requires certain knowledge and artistry to transform your wedding day into an unforgettable experience! As I always look to inform my readers and clients, I have included a LIST of trusted creatives with whom I have worked with!

If you need a Yosemite elopement photographer and a guide to help you plan a Yosemite Elopement 2021 or simply more tips on the subject, feel free to get in touch with me via the contact tab! I will gladly answer any questions you may have about Yosemite elopements.

Elopement at Taft Point, Yosemite

bride and groom eloping on a cliff at Taft point yosemite
Elopement at Taft Point Yosemite

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