Top Yosemite Wedding Venues
Looking for a place to say I do in Yosemite?
The top Yosemite wedding venues are at Rush Creek Lodge and Evergreen Lodge, just minutes from the park’s Big Oak Flat entrance and Hetch Hetchy entrance.
Both venues feature breathtaking views for your ceremony and reception, a dedicated day-of coordinator/event manager, bridal suites, guest accommodations, and more to make your Yosemite wedding just what you dreamed of.
Yosemite Wedding Venues at Evergreen Lodge
“My husband and I got married here… The Evergreen was absolutely fantastic and catered to our every need… Could not recommend staying here or having your wedding here more.” – Casie Maghran on Google.
Just a mile from Yosemite National Park’s Hetch Hetchy entrance, Evergreen Lodge is home to two great Yosemite wedding venues, including the beautiful Wapama Grove ceremony site. A stream lines one side of the site, surrounded by towering pines, black oak, and Aspen trees. Wapama Grove can accommodate up to 200 guests, with intimate ceremony options for small groups of 20-40, and a reception area that accommodates 50-75 guests dubbed Coyote Hill.
Wapama Grove at Evergreen Lodge provides a lush, picturesque backdrop for your Yosemite wedding. You’ll reach the ceremony site, just a short walk from the Main Plaza of Evergreen Lodge, and find yourself in a fairytale setting among tall trees and a meandering stream.
Wapama Grove can be transformed to suit your wedding day aesthetic, with differing archways, seating options, florals and specialty decor, and other special elements provided by vendors from Evergreen Lodge’s list of talented local creatives.
For small wedding parties, Wapama Grove can also be used as a reception space – trade the ceremony seating for perfectly-set tables and chairs for an intimate wedding reception in this romantic tree-lined grove.
Catering is provided by Evergreen Lodge for all weddings, big or small, and extends past your rustic contemporary reception dinner options: catering also includes “backpacker” lunches for your daytime adventures and other meals tailored to the needs of you and your guests.
All food and beverages will be provided by the Lodge, with the exception of your wedding cake – but you can find a trusted local baker to create the wedding cake of your dreams.
The Main Plaza at Evergreen Lodge is an outdoor venue unlike any other, giving you the opportunity to hold your Yosemite wedding under the stars. This 102-year old property is surrounded by towering pines, boasting Sierra sunset views and a rustic mountain feel. Farm tables and chairs provided by Evergreen Lodge are custom stained to match the buildings that surround the Main Plaza, with romantic lighting and decor tailored to match your wedding day vision.
The Main Plaza can accommodate weddings of 75-200 guests with seasonal minimums.
The John Muir House is a three bedroom home complete with a private deck and hot tub, floor-to-ceiling windows in the great room, a full kitchen, and three bathrooms. With unmatched natural lighting from the windows, multiple bathrooms, and plenty of room to spread out, this is an ideal place for bridal parties to get ready for the big day.
Kay’s Nest at Evergreen Lodge is a unique two-story structure featuring a studio loft and fully furnished bonus room below. The upper-level loft holds a King size bed, a sitting area with a Queen size sleeper sofa, a full bathroom and full kitchen, and a private deck overlooking the surrounding woods. Sleep up to four guests, or reserve Kay’s Nest for yourselves as your honeymoon getaway.
Yosemite Wedding Venues at Rush Creek Lodge
“We had our wedding at Rush Creek and it exceeded all expectations… as the bride, I was able to just relax knowing that I was in good hands!” – Caroline Waterhouse on Google
Just outside the Big Oak Flat entrance to Yosemite National Park, Rush Creek Lodge is hailed as a “destination within a destination” for couples seeking a Yosemite wedding location. The Lodge complements the stunning beauty of Yosemite with contemporary and luxurious touches like polished farm tables and chairs, silver cake service, a personal day-of assistant, and catering services. Here, you’ll find two Yosemite wedding venues that will delight any wedding party.
Rush Creek Lodge’s outdoor wedding ceremony space, Cedar View, is located within Stanislaus National Forest. Guests will follow the road that was once the original highway into Yosemite to reach this breathtaking ceremony space.
This scenic wedding location in Yosemite is surrounded by old-growth trees, with mountains rising in the distance behind you as you say your vows.
The Lodge’s events team will work with you to fine tune each detail of your wedding, from the aisle you walk down to reception linens and gift baskets for your wedding party.
The Event Hall at Rush Creek Lodge can accommodate up to 200 guests.
An indoor venue doesn’t mean you miss out on the beauty that surrounds the Lodge – the Event Hall features massive picture windows, and two walls that slide completely open to blur the lines between indoors and out.
Housed in the Main Lodge, this space is ideal for receptions and rehearsal dinners. The lofted ceilings with exposed wood beams make for an open, airy feel, enhanced when the accordion doors are opened to blend the Main Event Hall and private patio.
Above the Event Hall, the Bridal Veil Room offers a comfortable, convenient place for the bridal party to get ready on the big day. With a private balcony, large table with plenty of seating, and gorgeous natural light, the Bridal Veil Room is the perfect place to get ready and stage photos without being seen by guests before you walk down the aisle.
Welcome meals, rehearsal dinners, and farewell brunches can also be held at Rush Creek Lodge. Choose from indoor or outdoor venues, and fill plates with a selection of delicious seasonal bites from the Lodge’s catering menu – from s’mores to backpack lunches to mountaintop buffets.
Yosemite Wedding Packages
We appreciate that each couple has their own style and preferences. Our events team will work closely with you as each detail of your wedding is planned and fine-tuned. We’ll use our creativity and flexibility to tailor a unique and special wedding just for you.
Our Yosemite wedding packages include a variety of location options, catering, rental options, and a wedding planner. We also offer gift baskets and wedding mementos to your bridesmaids, groomsmen and guests.
We are thrilled to invite couples to celebrate their love Yosemite style. Our wedding planners have a list of trusted local vendors including photographers, florists, bakers, hairstylists, musicians, transport services, videographers, and officiants to help with every aspect of your wedding weekend.
Our catering experts will ensure that each meal during your stay will be created to suit your party’s budget and dietary realities. We serve everything from “backpacker” lunches for your daytime adventures to a variety of rustic contemporary reception dinner options. Please note, all food and beverages will be provided by the Lodge, except for the wedding cake.
Yosemite wedding package includes:
- Wedding planning
- Seating & dining for up to 200 guests (extra charge for additional guests)
- Personal Wedding Day Assistant
- Exclusive use of event facilities
- House linens & table settings for meals
- Farm tables & chairs
- Silver cake service
- Service staff throughout the event
- Set up & breakdown
Additional Yosemite wedding event options:
- Engagement Parties
- Bachelor/ Bachelorette Parties
- Personalized Wedding Meals
- Day-after Wedding Brunches & Breakfasts
- Live Music & Entertainment
Yosemite wedding enhancements available:
- Table decorations
- Specialty linens
- Floral service
- Archway options
- Aisle runners
- Dance floor & DJ
- Small portable PA system
- Portable screen and projector
- Tents for outdoor events
- Patio heaters
- And more!
Yosemite Elopement Packages
“Rush Creek hosted our wedding elopement… The event planners are super helpful, friendly, and they always had an answer for all our questions.” – Aaron Switzer on Google.
If you are looking for a smaller, more intimate wedding, a Yosemite elopement is right for you. You’ll be able to relax and enjoy more time with your guests while our team helps reduce the stress of planning. Both Evergreen Lodge and Rush Creek Lodge provide a Yosemite elopement package for $7,200 including taxes and gratuity.
The Yosemite Elopement Package includes:
- 4-course dinner for up to 20 guests
- 2-night stay for the wedding couple
- Beer, wine and champagne toast
- Table & chairs with linens, table settings and decorations
- Decadent desserts (wedding cake not included)
Booking a Yosemite elopement package with one of our resorts gives you several ceremony location options. You may host your ceremony on the property at one of the designated wedding sites. You also have the option to host your ceremony within Yosemite National Park and return to the Lodge for an intimate dinner.
Yosemite Wedding Pricing
Pricing varies by the number of guests, season and the specific program chosen. To reserve a date for a Yosemite wedding package, please read through our booking and reservation requirements online and fill out a contact form. We can book weddings up to two years in advance.
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Getting Married In Yosemite National Park
Here are a few things to remember, if you plan to hold your wedding ceremony within Yosemite National Park:
- A wedding permit must be obtained. The non-refundable permit and application fee is $150.
- Permits may be obtained at least 21 days in advance and up to one year in advance.
- Your permit is only valid for a two-hour time slot.
- A park official will be required to monitor your ceremony if you have 30-50 guests* or more. This is an additional $50 per hour.
- If you plan to have a photographer and the photos will be used commercially, there is an additional fee of $150 for a film/photo permit.
- Park entrance fees will still apply, regardless of permits acquired.
- Wedding parties of 11 people or less are not restricted to the list of wedding ceremony locations. If your party is over 11, check the wedding ceremony locations for capacity and accessibility limitations.
- Seasonality and weather may prevent certain ceremony locations from being accessed.
- While your location and time have been reserved with Yosemite’s Special Park Uses program manager, other visitors within the park may disrupt your ceremony. An early morning or late evening ceremony is recommended to avoid this issue.
- No weddings are permitted on holidays or holiday weekends.
- No pets are allowed.
- No microphones, large speakers or decorations are allowed.
- You are not allowed to throw birdseye, rice or flower petals.
- Be aware of the flowers used for your bouquets and boutonnières. The park recommends the use of hardy flowers that are native to the area. Baby’s breath is prohibited.
Frequently Asked Questions about Yosemite Wedding Venues:
How much does a wedding in Yosemite cost?
How much you pay for your Yosemite wedding depends on the number of your guests and the enhancements you select. At Yosemite Hotels, we will work to stay within your desired budget while still providing the Yosemite wedding experience you desire.
Where can I get married in Yosemite?
Within Yosemite National Park, there is a list of designated ceremony locations. If your wedding party is 11 people or less, you are open to nearly anywhere in the park besides restricted areas (i.e. directly under sequoia trees, open meadows and riparian environments).
If you are seeking the beauty of Yosemite but with more privacy and less hiking, consider the Evergreen Lodge or Rush Creek Lodge. Each resort has indoor and outdoor venue options to choose from.
How much does it cost to elope in Yosemite?
Rush Creek Lodge and Evergreen Lodge offer Yosemite elopement packages starting at $7,200 for the wedding couple and up to 20 guests. This package includes a two-night stay for the couple, a four-course dinner for the couple and guests, champagne toast, decadent desserts and rental of tables, chairs, place settings and decorations.
How do I plan a wedding in Yosemite?
First, read through our Yosemite wedding package details online. Next, check the Yosemite National Park website for more detailed information on permits and restrictions. Then, contact our Group and Events Manager to discuss your specific wedding needs and the resorts available for your desired dates. We are here to make your Yosemite wedding dreams come true!
Groups & Events Director, Yoanna Logan
(209) 379-2373 Ext.1516
Rush Creek Lodge:
Groups & Events Director, Yoanna Logan
(209) 379-2373 Ext.1516