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10 Stunning National Park Wedding Venues

By: Jennie Baird

For lovers who also love the great outdoors, getting married in a national park can be a uniquely meaningful experience that's worth the extra planning. Facilities, amenities, permits and rules vary from park to park, so do your research well ahead of time.

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Photo: Angela Hayes

Arches National Park

The stunning rock formations create a natural canopy or “chuppah” for couples marrying in Arches. Though the park allows the assembled to celebrate with a cookout afterward, many couples head to a hotel or resort in Moab for their receptions. Photo courtesy of Moab photographer Angela Hayes.

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Photo: Maddie Mae Photography

Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park offers gorgeous mountain and lake vistas for a wedding, like this one at Sprague Lake. Note that most sites within the park only allow gatherings of 20 or fewer people. Couples hoping for a larger gathering or more traditional facilities often choose nearby Estes Park instead, according to national parks wedding photographer Maddie Mae. Photo courtesy of Maddie Mae Photography.

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Glen Canyon National Recreation Area

Relatively mild weather year-round and stunning scenery make Glen Canyon National Recreation Area a popular wedding destination. Within the park, weddings may be held at the Lake Powell Resort. Photo courtesy of bride @h.stephans on Instagram.

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Photo: Michelle Huber Photography

Grand Teton National Park

Two chapels within the park — Chapel of the Transfiguration and the Chapel of the Sacred Heart — can be rented for wedding ceremonies. Jackson Lake Lodge is the most popular of the park’s eco-friendly resorts for wedding receptions, able to accommodate up to 600 guests. Photo by Michelle Huber Photography and courtesy of bride@michelle_m_mac on Instagram

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