What to Expect When Eloping in Utah | Utah Elopement Photographer

March 11, 2021

With the popularity of micro wedding and elopements, I decided to dedicate a whole post on what to expect when eloping in Utah. Have you decided you want to elope in Utah? The best part about Utah is that there are so many epic places to elope. If you want to elope in a national park like Zion National Park or have a ceremony on a ridge in Big Cottonwood Canyon, I’m here to help! I’ve had the incredible opportunity to become a wedding photographer in Utah that I now call home over the last 4 years. I love getting outside and exploring new places. I’ve gotten to photograph several elopements in the mountains and the desert and it’s the best part about my job for sure. Elopements don’t have to just be you and your partner either; they can be your 25 closest family and friends there to celebrate your special day. They can be whatever you want them to be while following the rules outlined below.

  1. Permits. If you are eloping in Utah, you will need a permit. Regardless of whether you’re getting married in a national park, a state park, national forest, or BLM land. Some places require your photographer to have a permit as well. Each location has a different fee associated with it, but it’s generally not any more than $100. It’s typically easy to find information for the location you are thinking by searching in Google. For example, here is the guide about permits for Zion National Park. More remote places such as BLM land can be harder to find information about. I’m happy to help with any of this as well.
  2. Flowers. Some locations do not allow real flowers. You will have to use dried flowers or artificial ones to not disturb the native plant species. I know that Dead Horse Point State Park does not allow flowers, but Zion does.
  3. Officiant. To legally get married in Utah, you are required to have an officiant and 2 witnesses. Hello, I am one of those witnesses 🙂 I know of a great officiant if you need a recommendation. For more information on where to get your wedding license, please click here.
  4. Conservation. You’re probably getting eloped out in nature because you love to be surrounded by nature and and you don’t want the stress of a big wedding. I want to capture the beauty of whatever location you’ve decided upon while practicing conservation. You know the saying, “leave nothing but footprints, take nothing but pictures”? That’s what I’m here to do. I do not want to disturb any of the natural vegetation by stomping all over it. I strive to be respectful of the land so others can enjoy it for decades to come.

I hope this answered some of your questions on What to Expect When Eloping in Utah. I am happy to help with any part of the planning process when it comes to eloping and gathering the correct permits. Contact Me to learn more.

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