Eloping at the Grand Canyon

5 Things you should know about Eloping at the Grand Canyon


Planning on Eloping at the Grand Canyon? Here are 5 tips to help you plan your elopement.

Are you planning on eloping at the grand canyon? Did you know the Grand Canyon is one of the 7 amazing Natural Wonders of the world. It’s 277 miles in length and 6000 feet deep. Also, just a fun fact.. we don’t actually know how old the Grand Canyon actually is. The Cooper-reddish layers of rock have been recorded to be billions of years old, with unique species still in the rock.

If you’re thinking out eloping at the Grand Canyon here is a few things that you should know.

    1. Weather

Did you know that the Grand Canyon makes its own weather. With the coldest and wettest point of the park is the Bright Angel Rager Station on the North Rim. While just 8 miles away at Phantom Ranch it’s the hottest and of the driest points of the Grand Canyon.

     2. Seasons

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The Best time to visit is in the Spring between March-May and Fall between September- November. If you do decided that you want to visit during the Summer season, just remember that it’s the park’s peak season and you should be prepared for a little more traffic.

    3. Do I need a permit to elope at The Grand Canyon?

The answer is yes you do need to get a permit if you are going to have a ceremony at the Grand Canyon. When you apply for the permit it will give you a list of locations that you can have the ceremony at for the South and North Rim.

After the ceremony we can adventure around the park and take photos in different locations.

Make sure to start the application processes at least 60-90 days in advance.

Special Wedding Permit

In addition to getting your permit, make sure you get your Arizona marriage license, as well.

     4. Some of the Rules and Regulations of the National Park Service

There is a few things that they don’t allow at the park. Here is the list of them : flowers (Bouquets are fine), archways, any structure, balloons, the throwing of items (confetti), chairs, and amplified sound.

Also, all sites must be cleaned up. There are trash cans nearby for use. I’m a huge believer is Leave No Trace principles anyways. Here are the principles just in case you aren’t familiar with them.

The Leave No Trace Seven Principles

  • Plan ahead and prepare.
  • Travel and camp on durable surfaces.
  • Dispose of waste properly.
  • Leave what you find.
  • Minimize campfire impacts (be careful with fire).
  • Respect wildlife.
  • Be considerate of other visitors.


     5. Things to Think about Bringing With You

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Even though there are some restrictions on things that you can have for your ceremony there is still so much more that you can do when eloping at the Grand Canyon.

I’ve made a list of items you should consider bringing with you.

  • Hiking Shoes, to get to different locations but also bring shoes you’ll wear at your ceremony.
  • Sweaters/Jackets. When though it might get a little warm during the day, the mornings and evenings get a little chilly.
  • Headlamps/Flashlights. If you love seeing the stars this is a definite must. In the summertime, it’s the best time to see the Milky Way in the northern hemisphere.
  • Water and snacks. Also, don’t forget your favorite drinks for celebrate your big day! So don’t forget the bubbly.
  • Rug or blanket, something to sit or stand on just for a cute easy prop to add to your day.



Eloping at the Grand Canyon? Ready to Start Planning? Now what …

The Grand Canyon provides an amazing venue for your elopement day! This spectacular Arizona Sunsets, breathtaking views, the possibilities for a unique and stress-free wedding day are endless!

If you need help with finding lodging, any hikes, or restaurants, let me know. I can absolutely assist you with planning your Elopement. Just click below and let’s get started talking about your dream wedding day!

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