The Wedding Tree is one of the most popular spots to get married in Jackson Hole, and for good reason. In this in-depth overview we’ll provide you with everything you need to know to decide if the Wedding Tree is the right spot for you and your partner’s wedding or elopement.
The Wedding Tree is in close proximity to Jackson, with only about a 28-30 minute drive to the parking area from Jackson. This makes it possible to get ready in Jackson wherever you’re staying and then drive over for the ceremony. From the parking area, it’s about a 3-5 minute stroll up a trail to the ceremony location. Only 6 vehicles are allowed in the parking area, so if you’re planning to have a large group of guests joining you and your partner it will be best to hire a shuttle service for all of them. Also keep in mind that you need to reserve the Wedding Tree for your day, which we will discuss in the following section.
Wedding Tree Cost
Deciding on the Wedding Tree as your wedding/elopement spot is going to feel great on your pockets and your budget. The cost to reserve the spot is only $200, and there are options to reserve the spot for anywhere from 1 hour to 5 hours. Paying so little for the spot is going to save you many thousands of dollars because most of the traditional venues in the Jackson Hole area come at a heavy price point. The low cost of the reservation also opens up more budget to be spent on your vendors, such as your photographer/videographer, hair, makeup, and your dress/suit.
A 30 day notice is required for booking the spot, so if you’re looking to get hitched there last minute make sure you keep that in mind. Here’s a link to the website where you book the Wedding Tree, and there is more information about having your wedding there on their page.
Best Time of the Year for the Wedding Tree
As with most wedding and elopement spots in the Jackson Hole area, your best bet for weather and having the ground be clear of snow is Mid-May through Mid-October. While October through May is not the most popular or ideal time to do it, it’s certainly possible and there’s some locations (including the Wedding Tree) where snowshoeing in is possible and could make it a fun and more memorable time (be prepared for frigid temps though!).
Our personal favorite time for the Wedding Tree and anywhere else in the Jackson Hole area is late September through Mid-October. The fall colors in the Jackson Hole area are pretty unreal, and if you time your wedding or elopement day just right with the peak colors (the exact timing varies year by year), you could be in for some epic colors in your photos. The air is also nice and crisp here in the fall and the lighting is absolutely sublime for photo and video.
Pro’s and Con’s of the Wedding Tree
- An epic framed view of the Tetons
- Fits into budgets spectacularly
- Small and intimate ceremony with your closet friends and family or just you and your partner
- Quick drive from Jackson
- Makes for beautiful photo and video
- Only 6 parking spaces, so it can be difficult to have a larger group up there
- Not super accessible for anyone with a handicap due to having to walk up the trail
The pro’s certainly outweigh the con’s, and the biggest determining factor when deciding whether or not to use the Wedding Tree as your location is if you’re looking to have a small wedding or elopement rather than a big celebration. It’s certainly possible to have a bigger group up there, but it will take some extra planning and likely a shuttle service.
|Location||28-30 minute drive north of Jackson|
|Highlights||Stunning framed view of the Tetons, Intimate, Lower cost than a venue|
Still Need a Photographer and/or Videographer For Your Big Day?
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