For Bailey & Josh’s Joshua Tree elopement, I was stoked to be in SoCal for a change. Because I’m based in Fresno, I do lots of sessions and weddings in the northern part of California. So traveling to Joshua Tree was definitely a treat!
If you’re looking to have a Joshua Tree elopement like B & L, I’m here to give you some tips on how you can make that happen. JT is such a beautiful spot in CA to get married, and I love photographing destination elopements.
How to plan a Joshua Tree elopement
Choose a date
First off, you have to figure out what time of year you want to get married at JT. In the summertime, JT is extremely hot, so keep that in mind if you’re planning your elopement here. In my opinion, the best time of year to say “I do” is late February/early March. It’s not too hot, not too cold, and there’s less of a chance you’ll have extreme weather. Keep in mind though, when planning an outdoor elopement at a national park, you have to be prepared for anything.
Choose your vendors
Once you have a date, it’s time to choose your vendors! This depends on how big or small you want your elopement to be. If you want more of an intimate wedding versus a tiny elopement, you’ll most likely need a few more vendors! I highly recommend booking your vendors as soon as possible, because our books fill up pretty fast. The main ones you’ll need are –
- Hair & Makeup Artist
When getting married at a national park, you’ll most likely need to pay permit fees. For planning a Joshua Tree elopement, here’s what you’ll need to look into –
- Special Use Permit – Needed for weddings & elopements under 25 guests. This permit will cost you $120, and your vendors will have to purchase one as well. Highly recommend applying for this permit at least 30 days in advance to make sure you’re set and ready to go.
Book your lodging
Chances are you’ll need a place to stay the night of your Joshua Tree elopement. There are a few different options you can go with for this! I recommend choosing an Airbnb nearby, or finding somewhere near Palm Springs to stay. Here are a few Joshua Tree Airbnb’s that I recommend –
Ready to book your Joshua Tree elopement?
I would love to talk with you about what your vision is for your JT elopement. If you need any more help planning, I can also be of assistance! To get in touch with me, you can fill out my contact form. I can’t wait to hear from you!
Vendors for B & J’s elopement
- Florist – Cultivated by Faith
- Beauty – Pincott Independent
- Invitations – Minted
- Bridal Gown – BHLDN
- Suit – ASOS