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Couples walking holding hands in front of a waterfall in Shenandoah National Park


How to Elope in Shenandoah National Park

Debbie Perez


April 13, 2023

Elope in Shenandoah National Park

Shenandoah National Park is a popular location for couples who want to elope in a beautiful and natural setting. Here are some steps you can take to plan your Shenandoah National Park elopement:

  1. Choose your location: Shenandoah National Park has many beautiful locations to choose from, including scenic overlooks, waterfalls, and quiet meadows. Do some research and decide on a location that speaks to you and your partner.
  2. Obtain any necessary permits: Depending on the location you choose, you may need to obtain a permit from the National Park Service. Check the park’s website or contact them directly to find out if a permit is required and how to obtain one.
  3. Find your vendors: If you’re planning to have a ceremony, you’ll need to find an officiant who can perform the ceremony. You may also want to hire an elopement photographer, florist, and/or hair and makeup artist. Look for vendors who have experience working in Shenandoah National Park and who can help you create a beautiful and stress-free elopement experience.
  4. Choose your attire: Shenandoah National Park can be quite hot and humid in the summer, and cold and snowy in the winter. Choose attire that is appropriate for the weather and that will be comfortable to wear during your ceremony and photo session.
  5. Plan your timeline: Decide on the time of day that you want to have your ceremony and plan your timeline accordingly. Keep in mind that popular locations in the park may be crowded during peak times, so plan accordingly.
  6. Consider logistics: Depending on the location you choose, you may need to hike or walk to get there. Make sure you have the appropriate footwear and that you’re prepared for any potential weather conditions.
  7. Enjoy your day: On the day of your elopement, relax and enjoy the experience. Take in the beautiful scenery and the quiet intimacy of your ceremony. Your elopement photographer will capture all of the special moments of your day, providing you with memories that will last a lifetime.

Eloping in Shenandoah National Park can be a magical and unforgettable experience. With a little bit of planning and preparation, you can create a beautiful and meaningful ceremony that reflects your personalities and your love for each other.

Couple standing at different heights in front of a waterfall and Shenandoah National Park




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