A complete guide on how Jia and David planned their Joshua Tree wedding at Hidden Valley for only $11,078.58 – and see how this number can be cut down to 10,000 in our full cost breakdown! See Jia and David’s Joshua Tree wedding ceremony location, the Joshua Tree National Park Permit Requirements, a Joshua Tree Wedding cost breakdown, and the best Joshua Tree wedding vendors all in one place! If you are planning a budget-friendly boho-chic wedding in Joshua Tree, you’ve come to the right place!
Meet Jia and David
Here we have Jia and David, a newlywed couple, that just got married in March of 2022 with Wedy’s help! Jia and David are from the East Coast, but travelled to Joshua Tree for their destination wedding, after hearing about the breathtaking sights, the amazing Airbnbs, and spa getaways in the desert!
The Budget: Plan a Joshua Tree Wedding for $10,000
Jia and David felt overwhelmed when they first started planning their wedding. Luckily, Wedy came in handy and quickly assigned our team to get them started. Jia let us know that while she did want to splurge in some places (the dress, the photographer), she also want to save in others(floral arrangements, cake). With the Wedy app, our wedding planning experts, we soon built them a schedule and gave them a list of ideas that they can use to plan the perfect, affordable Joshua Tree Micro Wedding, at Hidden Valley Picnic Area.
Joshua Tree Rentals Breakdown
At Wedy, we are all about wedding price transparency – you wouldn’t plan a dinner party without tables and chairs, so why leave them out of your wedding budget? A picture-perfect Pinterestesque wedding needs wedding rentals, which is why we’ve included a sample rental breakdown so that you can picture how your Joshua Tree Wedding will look on your special day! Here is a rental budget, for 30 people, with chairs and tables, delivery, set up, and taxes all included!
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Where to get married in Joshua Tree?
Jia and David opted for a Hidden Valley Wedding in Joshua Tree
Hidden Valley Picnic Area is an intimate ceremony location at Joshua Tree National Park.
Capacity: 35 guests
Vehicles Permitted: 8
The Hidden Valley Picnic Area is perfect for small weddings and features some of the park’s most iconic boulders and Joshua trees. With only a one-mile trail hike, this venue is easy to access and can take up to 8 vehicles on site! Sunset ceremonies are a MUST at the Hidden Picnic Valley, and the views make for a great wedding picnic reception!
Permit information: All park permits are available through the NPS website and can be emailed to park personnel for review. Once accepted, a $120 permit fee is required.
You can also check out all-inclusive Joshua Tree Wedding Packages here!
Joshua Tree Hidden Valley Map
There are so many diverse parts to the Hidden Valley Picnic Area, so we thought to input a helpful map for you and your spouse to use. You can hold a wedding, have a photoshoot, and spend time with family and friends all over the Picnic Area! Fun Fact: Pets are allowed but only on the North end of the Hidden Valley Picnic Area, so feel free to bring your own bulldog!
Joshua Tree National Park Permit Info
If you are planning a wedding in Joshua Tree National Park, you will need a special use permit. The cost of a wedding permit application is $120 and it is non-refundable. The Joshua Tree National Park Service permit office hours are Monday – Friday 7:30AM – 3:30PM. The National Park Service also has a list of non-permit days to pay attention to.
You can also apply for permits by filling out the application forms on the Joshua Tree National Park service website. Keep in mind, your photographer, videographer, and caterer(s), will need a separate Special Use Permit ($120) for themselves as well. Although the costs may add up, without a permit, there is a $500 citation fine, so keep this in mind when planning your wedding!
While acquiring permits is a very easy process, it’s also a slow one, so be sure to allow about a month from the application to receive your permit.
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Frequently Asked Questions about your Joshua Tree Wedding
The wedding venues in Joshua Tree have different maximum capacities. The largest venue they have can hold 100 people total, but this also includes people like your officiant and photographer. The average amount of guests allowed at your wedding is only 18. Keep in mind that Joshua Tree only allows a certain amount of vehicles at each venue as well. To see more information, check out the official park website here.
Yes, pets are allowed In Joshua Tree National Park, but only in some Northern areas of the Hidden Valley Picnic Area Site. You can bring your pet to your wedding or elopement ceremony, but pets must remain on a leash at all times and may not be left unattended. No slack lines in campgrounds.
The cost of a wedding permit application is $120 and it is non-refundable. The Joshua Tree National Park Service permit office hours are Monday – Friday 7:30AM – 3:30PM. The National Park Service also has a list of non-permit days to pay attention to.
You can apply for a marriage license in Joshua Tree, at the Joshua Tree national park office. The Joshua Tree National Park Office Hours are Monday-Friday 7:30am-3:30pm to get a marriage license. No advance reservations are needed to enter Joshua Tree National Park.
The cost of a Joshua Tree marriage license is $189. You can call (760) 995-8065 to schedule your marriage license appointment with the Joshua Tree Rocky National Park office today!
Joshua Tree Wedding Vendors
Brandi Crockett Wedding Photography
Ready for your closeup? Meet Brandi, a professional filmmaker and digital photographer, with hundreds of cinematic weddings under her belt. Brandi’s travelled all over the globe to capture the picture-perfect moments and specializes in black and white film. Check out Brandi’s work and book her on the Wedy App!
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Meet Breanna! An amazing wedding makeup artist, who specializes in editorials and classical bridal looks! With such a diverse portfolio, Breanna is an award winning makeup artist, whose goal is to mentor other women on makeup and beauty. She inspires brides and women alike, helping them feel their best on their wedding day. Go check her out on the Wedy App!
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Alex the Wedding DJ
If you’re looking to party like it’s 1999 -Alex is the DJ and MC for you. Infamous for playing at legendary spots like Coachella Valley, Alex knows how to get the party started, and always has the best tunes. Whether you’re feeling romantic, classical, EDM – you name it, Alex has got your wedding covered! Check out his amazing work and book him now on the Wedy App!
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Nadeen and Gabe Film Team
Sparks fly when Nadeen Sparks and Gabe Howard shoot your wedding ceremony. This dynamic duo of a wedding team has you covered for all of your film needs – photo + video! From California beaches to the Hawaii seashore, Nadeen and Gabe are ready to make a splash on your wedding day! “When you book with me, you won’t just get a photographer, you’ll gain a friend too!” Go check them out!
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Joshua Tree Wedding Planners
Wedy has been transforming the vendor booking process by providing an intuitive and efficient search platform where couples can retrieve instant online price quotes for each of its vendors. Engaged couples spend a tremendous amount of time tracking down wedding information packets and waiting for vendors to respond back to them. Wedy’s proprietary technology has made it possible to break down event pricing into standardized components, enabling users to “build” their own customized event, bringing both pricing transparency and efficiency to the wedding industry.