Grand Canyon Wedding Planning is easy if you have a guid.Having lived at Grand Canyon National Park (living there about 50% of my time currently) I am able to offer Grand Canyon Wedding planning info and help organize services.
Grand Canyon Wedding Permits
In order to have a wedding at Grand Canyon, you must first obtain a permit from the Grand Canyon National Park Service. Special use permits are available for ceremonies on the rim of the canyon. Any wedding, even small elopements require this permit. Fill out the Special Use Permit application or email the permit to grca_permits_mail.nps.gov. The NPS will need 4 weeks to look over (and hopefully approve) your application. Permit fees are different for some of the locations available for weddings at the Grand Canyon.
Wedding locations on the edge -South Rim
Shoshone Point – One of the most popular and secluded places to get married at Grand Canyon is the Shoshone Point. Best known as a local sunset spot, Shoshone Point can be reserved for weddings, has picnic tables, grills for use and a shaded area. I have photographed many weddings at Shoshone Point and it is still my favorite wedding location to date.
Pima Point – located on the West Rim Drive/ Hermits Rest Route at Grand Canyon National Park, Pima Point offers supreme views and easy parking ideal for the smaller wedding ceremony. This is a great location for winter weddings at Grand Canyon National Park, as it is closed to weddings March through November.
Rim Worship Site – The view of the canyon from this location is expansive. Is on the west end of Grand Canyon and has a good flat section of ground to accommodate more than a small group for weddings. The Rim Worship Site can accommodate 50 people. There is no on-site parking. The closest parking is a little bit of a walk at about a half a mile from the rim of the canyon.
Grandeur Point – I’ve photographed several weddings at Grandeur Point by the Yavapai Geology museum on the canyon rim. This location does not disappoint. There are plenty of places to get unique photos on the edge, and a couple of beautiful old twisty Juniper trees that I love including in photos. Its located near the Grand Canyon Village area, has a large parking area and weddings with up to 45 people work well at the point which is a nice large flat area with a great natural larger outcropping on the rim. This makes it very easy to see the wedding couple through the crowd of family and friends.
Moran Point – located on the East Rim Drive/ Highway 64 East/ Desert View Drive is a really great location for smaller weddings that want an intimate canyon experience. It is often less visited than other locations, has amazing views and plenty of easy parking. I’ve only shot one wedding here, but it was a real treat not to worry about other visitors in my wedding photos as there were not many visitors at Moran Point on my client’s wedding day.
Lipan Point– Also on the Highway Desert View Drive/64 East/East Rim Drive, offers a view of the river and can is great for a smaller wedding of no more than 35 people. Parking is prevalent with room for buses and larger vehicles.