Joshua Tree National Park is one of the coolest places to elope. There truly is no other place like it! While the park provides the perfect backdrop for photos (especially when the sun starts to set), there's something even more magical about adding in floral elements! Over the past few years, I've spent countless hours driving into the park in my flower filled (and freezing) car and have come up with a few tips to keep in mind when deciding on florals for your Joshua Tree elopement...
1. A Killer Bouquet Goes A Long Way
Since you're eloping- you get to focus most (if not all) of your floral budget on your bouquet and boutonniere. I recommend a combination of dried florals and live florals- mixing the two against the desert landscape is breathtaking and shows up great in photos!
2. Free Standing Florals
Free standing pieces provide so much extra drama and fabulousness to your elopement set up! I always recommend free standing pieces that sit either on the ground, or on stands like these (pictured above) so you don't have to worry about renting and hauling an arch out to the middle of the desert. I've done it, and trust me... it's quite the trek!
3. Be Open to Color
J tree is already gorgeous but adding in pops of brighter florals against the rock and dirt backdrop is absolutely stunning in pictures. Something about the mix of fresh florals against the dry desert backdrop creates the perfect combination.
4. Make Sure You Have the Right Permit
To elope in Joshua Tree- you need to have a permit. There also are a few different kinds so if you are wanting live florals, or even dry florals, make sure to double check on your permit what you are allowed to bring into the park. I'd also recommend checking to see how many cars your permit covers for park entrance- this way you can make arrangements with any vendors that might be arriving for set up.
Joshua Tree elopements have been some of my favorite projects I've been a part of. There is something so special about flowering for such an intimate moment. I hope these tips help you in your Joshua Tree elopement planning and if you're in need of a florist, feel free to reach out via my contact page!