20+ Breathtaking Yosemite Wedding Venues

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Yosemite is one of the best places to elope or have a small wedding. You simply can’t pass up getting married in a place known for its dramatic landscapes, large mountains, lush greens, and open meadows. With the majority of these wedding venues being located in Yosemite National Park, most of them are outdoors and have a small max capacity, meaning they’re geared towards couples who want to have a small wedding or elopement. However, I made sure to include wedding venues that are also timeless, trendy, and versatile for both small and larger weddings. Without further ado, let’s get into all the different Yosemite wedding venues.

*Some of these wedding venues (specifically in Yosemite National Park), are only available during certain times of the year. To see season availability, check out this list.

Wedding Venues in Yosemite

Taft Point, a wedding venue within Yosemite National Park.

Taft Point

Max capacity: 11

Taft Point is another iconic wedding venue in Yosemite. It’s also pretty busy, but for a good reason. At the top of Taft Point, you’ll see views of Yosemite Valley, El Capitan, and Yosemite Falls. This venue definitely isn’t for the faint of heart, as the height of Taft Point is 3,500 feet high! 

Glacier Point Amphitheater

Max capacity: 50

Glacier Point Amphitheater is one of the most popular and beautiful wedding venues in Yosemite. One great thing about this location is the seating that is provided for guests, something a lot of the wedding venues in Yosemite don’t have. This jaw-dropping venue location is busy and should be avoided on the weekends if possible. I recommend a sunrise elopement during a weekday.

Yosemite Valley Chapel

Max capacity: 180

Yosemite Valley Chapel is the perfect picturesque church for a wedding. It sits right in the middle of the famous Yosemite Valley and is one of my favorite Yosemite wedding venues. It will provide you with views of Yosemite Falls, unique cliffs, and beautiful open meadows. This chapel looks especially beautiful in the winter, as the contrasting colors of the church look great against the white snow.

Half Dome

Max capacity: 11

Half Dome is an epic Yosemite wedding venue for the adventurous hikers. It’s a 16 mile hike and is known as being a top bucket list hike. It’s a unique area for wedding photos and a ceremony. It does require a hiking permit, and they can be a bit difficult to obtain. If you’re wanting similar views without the 16 miles, I recommend Taft Point.

A couple getting married at June Mountain, a wedding venue outside Yosemite.

June Mountain Scenic Outlook

Max capacity: 175

June Mountain is another secluded and intimate wedding venue up in the mountains. In order to get to the ceremony site, you’ll need to take a chair lift! After your mountain ceremony, enjoy an intimate dinner down at the rustic chalet that offers beautiful views of the surrounding mountains from their ceiling to floor windows.

Sentinel Dome

Max capacity: 11

Sentinel Dome has to be my favorite wedding venue in Yosemite, simply for the amazing views it offers. It has the best view of Half Dome, and few people make the 1 mile hike to get to the lookout peak. It’s also a great location for both sunrise and sunset due to the open 360 degree views of the park.

Bridalveil Falls

Max capacity: 50

Bridalveil Falls is an absolutely jaw-dropping Yosemite wedding venue, and it’s definitely one of the best. This location truly has everything, from towering cliffs and trees to rivers and waterfalls, you’ll definitely find the perfect backdrop for your wedding. Keep in mind that this location is heavily trafficked, so be sure to plan ahead!

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El Capitan Meadow

Max capacity: 11

El Capitan Meadow is a beautiful area and one of my personal favorite wedding venues in Yosemite. It’s an open area filled with beautiful pine trees that provides an up close view of the famous El Capitan rock formation. Many couples take portraits in this area after their elopement.

Convict Lake Resort

Max capacity: 185

Convict Lake Resort is located in Mammoth Lakes, an area just outside of Yosemite. This location is one of the best and provides some of the most beautiful views of Mt. Morrison and Laurel Mountain. You can have your ceremony right on Convict Lake then head into the resort for an intimate and romantic dinner.

Yosemite Falls Trail

Max capacity: 50

When you think of Yosemite, you probably think about the famous waterfalls within the park. Yosemite Falls is definitely one of the busiest places in the park, so keep that in mind when planning your ceremony. While you can’t have your ceremony at the base of the waterfall, you can have your ceremony on the trailhead, which will still give you a great view of Yosemite Falls.

The Ahwahnee Hotel, a wedding venue and hotel in Yosemite National Park.

The Ahwahnee Hotel

Max capacity: 180

The Ahwanhee Hotel is a historic wedding venue in the heart of Yosemite National Park. You can have your ceremony with either Glacier Point or Yosemite Falls as the star of the show, then head into the hotel for an elegant dinner or reception. The hotel features rich wooden floors, ceiling to floor windows, and a gorgeous mural.

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Cathedral Beach Picnic Area

Max capacity: 50

The Cathedral Beach Picnic Area is personally one of my favorite wedding venues in Yosemite. While it’s closed for most of the year, don’t let this deter you. It’s extremely quiet, peaceful, and provides some of the best views within the park. It’s especially beautiful during the fall due to the colorful leaves, and the dramatic peaks make the best backdrop for any photo.

Evergreen Lodge

Max capacity: 200

The Evergreen Lodge was built in 1921 and is located right on the border of Yosemite. You’ll feel as though you’ve stepped into an enchanted forest when you visit these cabins. They’re rustic, quiet, and give off strong Twilight vibes. If you’re looking for something laidback just outside of Yosemite, Evergreen Lodge is a great choice.

Cascades Picnic Area

Max capacity: 30

The Cascades Picnic Area is a Yosemite wedding venue located in Yosemite Valley. While you can’t get married at the actual waterfall viewing platform, the picnic area is just as beautiful. You can have a ceremony anywhere in this area as long as it’s 6 feet away from the Merced River.

Swinging Bridge Picnic Area

Max capacity: 20

The Swinging Bridge Picnic Area is one of the best wedding venues in Yosemite. The most popular ceremony site in this area provides beautiful views of Yosemite Falls and is right in the middle of a beautiful forest between two giant trees (see the picture). Ceremonies can not be held in the fragile meadows or on the bridge in this location.

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Sentinel Beach Picnic Area

Max capacity: 100

Sentinel Beach Picnic Area is another one of my favorite Yosemite wedding venues. It’s very similar to the Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, except Sentinel provides a pretty epic view of Yosemite Falls. This is also a great location to visit during the fall and is one of the few locations in Yosemite that has a higher maximum capacity number.

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Tenaya Lake Beach

Max capacity: 50

Tenaya Lake Beach is another one of my favorite Yosemite wedding venues (it’s hard to choose just a few). This “beach” reminds me a ton of lakes that can be found in Colorado. It’s surrounded with domes, pine trees, and it’s a great place for a ceremony.

Chilualna Falls

Max capacity: 50

Chilualna Falls is one of the lesser visited waterfalls in Yosemite, but it’s still an absolutely beautiful Yosemite wedding venue. There’s some pretty epic places here for pictures, but keep in mind that it will be harder to hear during photos and your ceremony due to the rushing water.

Tuolumne Meadows Lodge Area

Max capacity: 25

The Tuolumne Meadows Lodge Area is one of the lesser known Yosemite wedding venues, but it’s still a beautiful ceremony location right in the forest. The lodge right down the road is also a great place to stay for your elopement if you’re wanting to stay close.

Tuolumne Grove

Max capacity: 30

The Tuolumne Grove area is a stunning area in Yosemite. This area will make you feel as though you’ve been placed in Sequoia National Park. You’ll be surrounded with the natural beauty sequoia trees in Yosemite have to offer! This is definitely an underrated ceremony location, but it shouldn’t be! 

Merced Grove

Max capacity: 30

Merced Grove is another area among sequoia trees that’s right next to Tuolumne Grove. Like I said before, it’s really underrated compared to all the other wedding venues within the park. Make sure to add this to your list of potential wedding venues in Yosemite!

Yosemite Valley Lodge

Max capacity: 180

Yosemite Valley Lodge is a beautiful place to both stay and get married at. This lodge offers the best view of Yosemite Falls when compared to other lodges, and it also sits close to a ton of other popular places within the park.

The Forest Chapel

Max capacity: 80

The Forest Chapel isn’t a super well known Yosemite wedding venue, but it’s not one that should be skipped over. Just outside the park, this venue is extremely private and intimate. Your ceremony will take place right next to a lake with views of jagged mountains. There are elegant wooden benches for guests, and you’ll feel as though you’re in a fairytale.

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Hey there, I'm Brianna!

I’m a California elopement photographer who had a big traditional wedding, and I can’t tell you how many arguments there were about my day.

I was pressured to pick a certain venue, certain colors, certain guests, and it felt like I was spending thousands of dollars to play host at a party that had nothing to do with the connection between my husband and I.

Don’t fall into the trap society has constructed around big weddings. Instead, buy the plane ticket, get the wedding dress  dirty, and turn your stressed out wedding day into a carefree, adventure filled elopement experience that you’ll remember for a lifetime.

Brianna Parks, a California elopement photographer.

Hey there, I'm Brianna!

I’m a California elopement photographer who had a big traditional wedding, and I can’t tell you how many arguments there were about my day.

I was pressured to pick a certain venue, certain colors, certain guests, and it felt like I was spending thousands of dollars to play host at a party that had nothing to do with the connection between my husband and I.

Don’t fall into the trap society has constructed around big weddings. Instead, buy the plane ticket, get the wedding dress  dirty, and turn your stressed out wedding day into a carefree, adventure filled elopement experience that you’ll remember for a lifetime.

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