(Closed) Yosemite anyone?!?

posted 6 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper

We went to Yosemite as part of our honeymoon and I really wish we had of gotten married there but when we did look into it the costs for guests were prohibitive.

The photographs would be amazing.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I LOVE Yosemite. I can’t really add anything to wedding ideas but a must-do is hiking to the top of half dome. One of the most terrifying and exhilarating experiences of my life. 

Congrats on your upcoming nuptials! You’ve picked a magnificent venue. 

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@rusticbee2014:  I looked about 6 months ago. It was completely, absolutely beyond my price range. Even if I did not used the parks services specifically.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

i can’t help you out with wedding stuff but my Darling Husband grew up in yosemite. his parents still live there. they work for the company that operates the hotels and general store so they get to live in the park. if your wedding date really is may 31, you’re going to get some really awesome photos since that’s peak time for the waterfalls! i would go with a rustic theme over elegant. elegant just doesn’t fit well in yosemite. as far as must-do’s, def see all the waterfalls. Darling Husband says to hike the vernal falls/mist trail (he said it’s an easy hike), visit mirror lake, rent a bicycle and ride around the valley floor. he also said if the road is open, go up to glacier point (it would be closed for snow but if the weather is good leading up to your visit then it should be open). the wawona is pretty far from the valley floor so if you can get the awhanhee for the same price, i would highly recommend going with that one. 

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@rusticbee2014:  I actually changed tracks rather drastically. This is my wedding venue:

http://www.skellylodge.com/tour.cfm?id=2

 

It’s still very lodgey and naturey (not comparabvle to Yosemite) but it’s in Oklahoma instead of my native California. Still rpetty, but much much MUCH more scaled down.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@rusticbee2014:  I’m amazed you got that quote for the ahwanhee. We went there for the day not too long ago and it was great! We didnt stay, it’s so expensive, but we ate dinner there and spent some time guessing how much a wedding would cost there. It was much more in our minds so I’d say go for it if you can!! It’s such a unique place and incredible location. Yosemite is beautiful. There’s nothing like it! Great choice!

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

We considered Yosemite for our destination elopement!  H is a huge climber and he has climbed the Nose.

 

 

I think my favorite wedding I’ve seen online is the Beth + Kevin one on GreenWeddingShoes.com.  I think I even found their actual wedding website too.

A Yosemite Wedding: Beth + Kevin

 

 

Here are some more weddings in Yosemite – each link includes all the vendor info.

DIY Yosemite Wedding: Brianne + Louie

http://greenweddingshoes.com/tenaya-lodge-at-yosemite/ (Looks really pricey!)

An Elopement at Yosemite National Park: Kristin + Cody

http://www.stylemepretty.com/2012/06/11/picnic-wedding-at-yosemite-national-park-by-brooke-beasley-photography/

http://www.stylemepretty.com/2011/02/23/yosemite-wedding-by-flory-photo/

http://www.stylemepretty.com/california-weddings/2010/09/02/yosemite-forest-wedding-by-kate-miller-events/

 

Do you plan to have guests?  Are they local or will they have to fly in?  If I were invited to a Yosemite wedding, it’d be a haul for us.  We’d probably drive – it’s 12 hours.  Airports are 1.5 hours and more away.  Lodging in Yosemite is pricey and you’d have to book really far in advance.  I’d probably camp though.  I’d make a vacation out of it for sure, but that’s us.

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