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  • Writer's pictureKayla Bertagnolli

7 Reasons Why you should Elope in Utah




Why is Utah a Popular Elopement Location?

It's no doubt that couples are increasingly drawn to exchanging vows in beautiful locations like National Parks, Epic Landscapes, and majestic mountains. Whether it's a location that's special to them or a new one they have never been to, exchanging vows in a setting that reflects their unique love story is at the top of the list.


Utah has become a standout destination for adventure seekers, red rock lovers, and over all couples who want to say "I DO" in stunning locations. With 5 National Parks, State Parks, and all of the beauty in between it's not surprising! In this scenic state, the marriage of love and landscape creates an unforgettable tapestry, making Utah the perfect stage for couples to embark on their journey as lifelong partners.


Below are my top reasons why choosing Utah as your Elopement location is a brilliant idea:


1. Amazing Scenery:

Utah has some of the most stunning landscapes. From the iconic red rocks of Arches National Park to the mountains of Park City, your elopement photos will be nothing short of magical.


2. Diverse Location Options:

Whether you prefer mountain vistas, desert landscapes, or once in a a lifetime locations like the Salt Flats, Utah offers a diverse range of terrains. This versatility ensures that you can find the perfect backdrop for your intimate ceremony. If you're looking for the perfect location for your Utah mountain elopement you can view my blog post here:




3. Four Seasons of Beauty:

Easily my favorite thing about living in Utah! We have 4 seasons ... It's only less enjoyable when Winter decides to run longer than expected. Each season offers a unique experience. Couples can choose the backdrop that best suits their vision, whether it's the vibrant colors of fall, snowy winter landscapes, or the blooming flora of spring. I also recommend Spring and Fall for couples wanting to Elope in locations like Moab, Capitol Reef National Park, or Zion National Park.





4. Accessibility:

Utah's well-developed infrastructure and accessibility make it a convenient choice for couples and their guests. Whether you're planning on flying in to Salt Lake City or Las Vegas, or road-tripping, getting to your chosen elopement location should be easy. I also have seen a lot of my couples from out of state plan a whole road trip adventure for after their Elopement. If you need help planning this please don't hesitate reaching out to me for tips and tricks from a local!


5. Catering to All Tastes: 

From the luxurious resorts of Park City to the rustic charm of small towns, Utah offers a range of settings and styles to cater to different tastes and preferences, allowing couples to choose a location that resonates with them.


6. Proximity to National Parks:

Utah is home to several of the country's most famous national parks, making it an ideal destination for couples who want to tie the knot surrounded by the natural wonders of places like Zion, Bryce Canyon, and Capitol Reef National Parks.



7. Legal Simplicity:

Utah's marriage laws are straightforward, making the process of obtaining a marriage license hassle-free. Enjoy a stress-free elopement without dealing with unnecessary paperwork.


You will need the following to apply for a marriage license:

  • An in-person application with both applicants present at the time of application.

  • Full names, addresses and dates and places of birth of both applicants.

  • Social security numbers of both applicants, unless an applicant doesn't have a social security number.

  • Names and birth places of the parents of both applicants , including mother's maiden name.

  • Valid picture ID such as a passport, birth certificate, driver license, or state ID card.


Find all of the details here: Utah County Clerk



Want to learn more about Eloping in Utah? Check out these great resources below:





Now that you have a idea of what it's like to Elope in Utah where would you choose to go? Are you drawn to the stunning red rock in Southern Utah, or do you want to have a hiking Elopement in the Uinta Mountains near Park City? No matter which location you choose it's bound to be stunning! I'd love to show you some of my favorite spots and be considered as your wedding photographer and guide in this beautiful state!


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