About Park Weddings

February 3, 2014 at 7:43 pm Leave a comment

blog picIf you are a nature lover, then choosing an outdoor park setting for your wedding ceremony is a natural selection. Parks make affordable settings for your ceremony and reception and offer scenic background opportunities for wedding photographs. Choosing a park for your wedding location may at first seem daunting with so many places to choose from, the key for couples is to select a park that personally appeals to both and is within budget considerations. Read onto learn more about park weddings.

Things to Know

Parks make wonderful outdoor venues for weddings filled with sunshine and fresh air. Before selecting a park, be sure to visit the site several times. Each park will have its own rules, guidelines, permits and fees.

Things to consider when visiting a park include checking for access to parking areas, proximity of restroom facilities, direction of the sun and nearby disruptions that may occur at the same time as your wedding such as ball games, concerts or festivals.

Find out if you can bring your own tents, chairs, tables, port-a-lets and musical entertainment. Inquire if guests are allowed to throw birdseed or rice. Ask for information regarding clean-up, some parks charge hefty fines for littering.

National Parks

Get married in the splendor of a national park. In 2013, the United States boasts fifty-nine national parks, each recognized for outstanding natural beauty, significant geological features, unique ecosystems or recreational activities.

The most popular national parks for a wedding include Shenandoah National Park, Yosemite National Park and Rocky Mountain National Park.

Many national parks accommodate wedding ceremonies, a few do not. Be sure to inquire with your local National Park Service or go online to review the guidelines and regulations required for a wedding at your chosen location, for example some parks have a limitation on the number of guests that may attend.

Request a special use permit for your national park wedding. Expect to pay a fee and prepare for a lengthy waiting period before receiving confirmation.

State Parks

With over 6,600 state parks to consider for a wedding venue in the United States, couples should have no trouble finding one that is beautiful and economical. Start by visiting then researching online or calling your state park offices for information about permits for weddings. State Parks are managed by state governments and each may feature different user requirements.

The oldest state park in the nation is Niagara Falls State Park in New York, a popular wedding and honeymoon destination.

Urban Parks

Exchange vows at an urban park, a type of open space located in a city reserved for relaxation and recreational use such as playgrounds, swimming pools, ball fields and tennis courts.

Depending on the budget, urban parks range from small green spaces to huge recreational greenbelt areas featuring miles of trails and multiple facilities. Apply for permits and make reservations in advance when considering a public park as your wedding venue.

Central Park in New York City is a well-known municipal park that is popular for weddings.

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