A Guide To Your Schwabacher Landing Wedding

landscape at a schwabacher landing wedding in September taken by wedding photographer adrian wayment.

If you’re wanting to have a Schwabacher Landing wedding, I can see why!!! It’s one of the most beautiful places on Earth (in my opinion). Having the Teton Range as a backdrop for your big day is one of the best choices you’ve made, so awesome job on that. The park allows wedding ceremonies, elopements and receptions at numerous locations. This is awesome because a lot of national parks are very limited when it comes to locations for your wedding. However, a special park use permit is required and entrance fee policies apply. In this article, you’ll learn all about what regulations you need to follow for your Schwabacher Landing wedding!!


Permits For A Schwabacher Landing Wedding

A permit is required to hold a wedding in the park unless it is at the Chapel of the Transfiguration, the Chapel of the Sacred Heart, or a concession facility. To apply for a permit, you need to complete the required Wedding Permit Application Form (PDF). You will then need to send the form to the NPS via email.

Upon processing of the application, a non-refundable $200 application fee will be collected over the phone with a debit or credit card.

The permit application must be received in the park no less than thirty days prior to your event. Once the permit has been approved and issued, it will be emailed to the address the application was submitted from. A copy of this permit must be on site during the permitted activity.


  small intimate wedding ceremony at schwabacher landing on a rainy, fall day taken by adrian wayment.


Entrance Fees

Normal entrance fees are charged for all wedding participants and guests as they pass through a park entrance station. Lump sum or advance payments are not accepted. See the Fees and Passes page for more information on fees.

All guests entering the park to attend a wedding ceremony at the Chapel of the Transfiguration will not be charged an entrance fee because this chapel is on private property within the park. However, if these same guests will be attending a reception inside the park, all guests will be charged an entrance fee.


Special Regulations

As always, there are a few regulations that you need to know about when having a wedding in a national park. I’ll list those below!

  • Any event that interferes with the normal activities of visitors, such as the closing of trails, overlooks or public use facilities, will not be allowed.
  • No disturbance of vegetation or other natural objects is allowed. Park regulations do not permit the throwing or scattering of rice, birdseed, flower petals, or any similar material. In addition, the release of animals including birds, butterflies, or other insects is prohibited.
  • No structures of any kind are allowed, including tents, chairs, tables, bands, barbecues, sound systems, props, etc. unless inside a concessions building and within the scope of the concessioner’s permit or contract.
  • Historical buildings or other structures may be used as a backdrop only. Buildings cannot be used for attachments (such as banners or flowers) or be incorporated into the ceremony as a stage.
  • Permittee will assume all responsibility for cleanup of the site.
  • All vehicles for the wedding party and guests must be parked in designated parking areas. Carpooling is recommended; parking may be limited in some areas.
  • Drones or other unmanned aerial devices are prohibited.



More Tips and Resources For Your Schwabacher Landing Wedding

Easy enough, right?! If you’re trying to avoid crowds or other people, my best advice is to elope or plan the marriage for a weekday during sunrise or sunset. There are always more visitors at the parks during the weekend. As always, I’m here to be your guide. I hope this was helpful for you as you’re navigating the planning process. I want to be a resource for you, so check out my blog for ranches and other venues located near the Tetons that have an unobstructed view of the mountain range. The articles have everything from pricing and amenities to alcohol and more!! If you haven’t found a photographer yet, I would love nothing more than to be there on your big day. Fill out this form and let’s see if your wedding day is available! My calendar is filling up fast for this year, so don’t delay!


cow elk at a schwabacher landing wedding taken in september by local jackson hole wedding photographer adrian wayment.

bride and groom walking together after their schwabacher landing wedding. photo taken by local jackson wedding photographer adrian wayment.


Savanna and Ryan got ready in Jackson and then we headed to different locations around the park for portraits before their ceremony. It was a beautiful, fall day in September, my favorite month for weddings in Grand Teton National Park. The elk were bugling throughout the entirety of their ceremony. It couldn’t have been more perfect!