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Capitol Reef National Park Elopement

Capitol Reef Elopement

Adventure Weddings? Yes. Yes. And yes.

There isn’t anywhere better than Utah for an adventure wedding. The red rock. The cliffs. The mountains. The desert. If you’re needing some inspiration, scroll through these gorgeous images and imagine what your Utah elopement or intimate wedding could look like!

Capitol Reef Elopement with Shleeeeeeeeee
Capitol Reef National Park Elopement
Capitol Reef National Park Elopement The Potted Pansy
The Potted Pansy National Park Elopement

How to Plan an Adventure Wedding in Utah

The Potted Pansy Red Cliffs Ranch

If you and your soon-to-be spouse love the outdoors and everything non-traditional, an adventure wedding may be the perfect option! 

What is an Adventure Wedding? 

Adventure weddings have increased in popularity over the last few years -- and for good reason! Not only does it give you the freedom to celebrate your love nearly anywhere you'd like, but you can likely plan it in a shorter timeframe, with less stress and with a smaller budget. 

To put it simply, adventure weddings are ceremonies held in an outdoorsy location, especially in places like the mountains, forest or desert. Although many couples choose to do without any wedding guests, others invite a small group of friends and family to join in on the fun!

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How to Plan an Adventure Wedding in Utah

One of the best perks about this unique style of wedding is that you can put as much or as little effort into them as you'd like. You can keep the planning process to a minimum, with only the details you care most about. 

Top Places in Utah for an Adventure Wedding

The first step to planning any wedding is to find the right place to say your vows. Utah's vast landscape offers dozens of great places to have an adventure wedding, which can make it hard to choose just one!

Between five stunning National Parks and a wide range of state and local parks, you're sure to find something you love for an adventure wedding backdrop. You might even take a look at another one of our blog posts on 5 Outdoor Wedding Venues in Utah that may give you the inspiration you need!

Keep in mind that the desert can get extremely hot during the summer and very chilly in the winter. Spring and fall are beautiful times of the year for an adventure wedding in Utah, but if you're up for some snow, winter can be just as beautiful for your big day!

Vendors to Contact in the Planning Process

Once you've found your location, you should begin reaching out to a handful of wedding vendors who can help you bring your vision to life. 

A few you'll want to consider speaking with include a wedding photographer, a floral designer, an officiant, a wedding videographer, and a makeup and hair artist. Once you book your vendors, the rest is up to you! Send invitations to guests you'd like to join in on the fun, or start reserving a place to stay for just the two of you!

The Potted Pansy Bouquet Red Cliffs Lodge

Contact a Top Floral Designer in Utah

The Potted Pansy, owned and operated by Mandy Ogaz, is a premier floral designer in Utah. Every arrangement, bouquet and centerpiece is custom designed to reflect your personality and love for one another. If you’re looking for a floral designer who cares about all the intricate details and is passionate about texture, color, and style (and LOVES elopements/adventure weddings!), talk to Mandy about your wedding today!

The Potted Pansy Red Cliff Ranch

Ribbon Honey Silks & Co
Bride Michelle
Venue Red Cliffs Ranch

How to Elope in a National Park

The Potted Pansy Dead Horse Point

One of my all-time favorite settings for elopements is a national park! And luckily here in Utah we have five of them (Zion, Arches, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef and Bryce)! 

If you're planning to elope in a national park, Utah is one of the best places to do so. Learn some tips and information below to create the perfect destination elopement at one of our gorgeous national parks!

Check with the Park About Permits

It's fairly standard for most public places to require permits, and the National Park System is no exception. While you can get married in a national park, you'll likely need to pay for a permit to do so -- even if it's just the two of you plus your officiant. Most of these permits are under $200, and should be reserved as soon as you can (even if that's several months in advance!). Each park may have its own rules, so be sure to ask someone from the park you plan to elope to for more information about their requirements.

Consider the Weather

Depending on the time of year you want to get married, you may have to check with the National Park Service to learn which months may have roads and trails closed off for the winter months. Many of the parks close sections (or the park entirely) on days when snowstorms blow through, so be sure to do your research. 

Ask About Ceremony Locations

Some parks may have specific areas designated for elopement and wedding ceremonies. Check with your park to see if you can get married at a location of your choosing or if they require you to select one from their recommended locations. 

Plan Ahead

Be sure to talk with any wedding vendors (such as wedding florists or photographers) about your specific plans well in advance. This will help them to know where to meet you inside the park, and be prepared in case you are hiking to a specific spot for the ceremony. 

Have a Backup Location in Mind

If you run into problems with weather or some other problem arises, consider selecting a backup location. Thankfully, Utah has several national monuments, state parks, and recreational areas with just as gorgeous views of our state as the national parks do! 

Even Elopements Are Better with Flowers

The Potted Pansy, owned and operated by Mandy Ogaz, is a premier floral designer in Utah. Every arrangement, bouquet and centerpiece is custom designed to reflect your personality and love for one another. If you’re looking for a floral designer who cares about all the intricate details and is passionate about texture, color, and style (and LOVES elopements!), talk to Mandy about your wedding today!

The Potted Pansy + Eden Strader Dead Horse Point

Florals by The Potted Pansy
Photography by Eden Strader
Gown by Natalie Wynn Design
Ribbon by Honey Silks Co

5 Most Scenic Places to Elope in Utah

The Potted Pansy Alexis Elopement

Whether you and the love of your life are two adventurous souls, or you both are simply looking for a gorgeous location to elope, Utah has a variety of beautiful landscapes to choose from! 

From valleys and canyons, to red rocks and mountain cliffs, you'll find there are few destinations in the world quite like this one. What better place to say your vows than among sweeping views, blue skies and endless opportunities to explore?! 

Take a look at these ideas for a truly scenic (and unforgettable!) elopement in Utah!

1. Bonneville Salt Flats

You won't have to drive too far from Salt Lake City for this one -- and yet it's one of the most unique environments in the world! The Bonneville Salt Flats is a desert playa, which is a very flat piece of desert that is filled with salt. You may visit one day when it's nothing but a big expansive flat rock, and other days you may see it as a beautiful, thin lake with stunning reflections. But you'll have to aim for winter or spring months if the mirror-like effects are what you're hoping for in your elopement photos. 

2. Zion National Park

This one is a very popular choice, but only because it's worth it! Zion National Park is known as Utah's first national park and can give you and your soon-to-be spouse an unforgettable elopement. Two iconic locations include the cliffs of Angels Landing (which will require a pretty steep hike!) and the Narrows (a magical area of the canyon where a creek runs through tall walls of rock!). 

3. Moab & Arches National Park

Looking for that red/orange sandstone ambiance to your elopement? There's no better place than the arches, rocks and towers in Arches National Park, located just outside of Moab, Utah. You'll also get beautiful panoramic views everywhere you go! A perfect option for adventurous couples!

4. Lake Powell, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area

Want a little extra water with your desert? Dip your toes into the blue waters of Lake Powell while still obtaining a desert theme to your Utah elopement! You might even consider staying overnight at one of the campsites or wandering near the ancient petroglyphs nearby.

5. Eagle Point

For a more mountainous elopement ceremony, head on over to Eagle Point! You can say your vows at an elevation of around 10,000 feet and explore the aspen and pine forests nearby afterwards for some truly stunning photographs with your new life partner.

Eloping to Utah? Reach out to The Potted Pansy!

The Potted Pansy is Utah’s premier floral designer, owned and operated by Mandy Ogaz. Every arrangement, bouquet and centerpiece is custom designed to reflect your personality and love for one another. If you’re looking for a floral designer who cares about all the intricate details and is passionate about texture, color, and style, talk to Mandy about your wedding today!

The Potted Pansy + Eden Strader

Florals The Potted Pansy
Photography Eden Strader
Gown Hayley Paige