How to Plan a Muir Woods Wedding
Considering a Muir Woods wedding? Many Couples choose picturesque settings to say their vows, and one of the most beautiful locations in California is Muir Woods. If having your wedding surrounded by groves of redwood trees and fresh air sounds like the perfect idea, read below for the steps on how to plan a Muir Woods wedding / elopement.
TLDR – Muir Woods is easily walkable and centrally located between SF and Napa Valley. Permits starting at $225 are needed for your wedding with up to 30 guests. It is a ceremony only location, with weddings done before 10AM or after 4:30PM
Why Elope in Muir Woods
Muir Woods is a stunning location to visit, let alone get married in. The picturesque nature of Muir Woods and the central location between San Francisco and Napa Valley, makes it a very popular spot to celebrate. This place would also be a great opportunity to make an entire trip out of your wedding, with tons of things to see and do, as well as excellent cuisine to try. It’s incredibly well-maintained (1.5 miles of ramps and mostly flat trails make it very easy to walk) and only allows weddings before 10AM or after 4:30PM, ensuring you and your guests have more privacy for your wedding.
What to Prepare: Permits and Size
Muir Woods is a national park, so you will still need to complete a permit (starting at $225). Thankfully, the National Park Service has worked to make it a pretty straightforward process. Regardless of the size of your group (even if it’s just the marrying couple and an officiant), all events need to be processed and approved in advance.
Your date also has to be available, but luckily, there are multiple areas in and around Muir Woods for you to be able to hold an elopement ceremony (including with up to 30 guests).
Given the nature of the Park, no animals, chairs, decor, music, or reception is allowed. It is strictly a ceremony location (and amazing couples portrait backdrop) so if you are planning on having a gathering afterwards, check out San Francisco for the most options. If you want to minimize commute, San Rafael provides a nice compromise for cuisine options and proximity.
An Elopement in Muir Woods
There are few areas more perfect and convenient than Muir Woods. An elopement in this Bay Area forest means you and your partner can have the perfect outdoor wedding surrounded by centuries old trees. Eloping here allows you time to focus on intention while allowing for some awesome photography. It’s an ideal location for a wedding that characterizes a love of the outdoors and an appreciation for nature. If you are thinking of doing some hiking nearby on Mt. Tam, check out the best elopement dresses under $200 if you don’t mind getting your dress a little dirty