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California Wedding Locations Include Yosemite Valley Chapel

Set to the backdrop of the face of granite-mountain is a beautiful Yosemite Valley Chapel built in 1879. The brick-colored building with a prominent steeple is a meadow filled with colorful trees and a lush expanse of lawn that turns green in the spring and summer. There is room for approx. 125 people, perfect for weddings in Yosemite National Park. This Mariposa County wedding destination sweeps brides and grooms off their feet once they see the setting and charming church. There's no better place than Mariposa's Yosemite National Park to get married or even take a romantic trip.

While visiting Yosemite Valley, you may want to consider getting hitched at a quaint chapel that has successfully hosted thousands of marriages for over 130 years. In Yosemite Valley you can actually get married, bring your own minister to officiate, and invite 125 friends to share in your joy at the charming chapel located at the base of a striking mountain rock formation called Half Dome.

Wedding ceremonies are simple and fees affordable, costing between $600 - $1500 (subject to change.) For those who don't require all the bells and whistles, the Yosemite Valley Chapel is gracious, historic and provides inspiring settings beyond compare. Weather is dynamic in the area so you should be prepared for whatever nature provides you.

Each year in early May the church offers a marriage renewal ceremony to couples. What a perfect opportunity for those are married to spend time honoring their relationships!

The "NO" when you say "I do!" No rice or other objects can be thrown as the bride and groom exit the room.

Nearby reception and catering options: Ahwahnee hotel is close to the chapel and is quite historic and elegant. Tenaya Lodge is more modern, and is also idea for catered events and receptions.

When planning a wedding in Yosemite National Park, guests must pay national parks entrance fee which is around $20 per car, subject to change. There are other arrangements you can make such as bringing guests in on vans or other options. See nps.gov for current park admission prices


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