How To Elope in Southern Utah


The few simple steps to plan your perfect elopement in Southern Utah.

Eloping in Southern Utah is the perfect way to say “I Do”. Southern Utah is arguably the most unique and stunning region in America. Being surrounded in a stunning backdrop that is a breathtaking combination of mystic red rock and majestic snow-capped mountains. There isn’t a place like it. Whether you are looking for a gorgeous desert oasis or an intimate mountain haven, Utah offers everything you need for an unforgettable elopement. Here are a few tips on how to elope in Southern Utah:

1. Choose The Perfect Location:

It’s no secret that the landscape of Utah is stunning. No matter where you decide to go for your elopement. Anywhere in Utah won’t be a bad decision. There are so many breathtaking locations. Whether you want to elope in a red rock canyon, desert oasis, or a floral meadow, on a mountain top the possibilities are endless. There are plenty of outdoor wedding venues and locations that offer stunning views and the perfect backdrop for your elopement photos. With southern Utah alone being home to 5 National Parks your possibilities are everywhere!

Not only are the many national parks a stunning option for your elopement but the number of state parks surrounding the national parks create an even more unique and beautiful landscape for your elopement. Make sure you look into Dead Horse State Park or even the Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park. Those are two of our favorite state parks in southern Utah. If you’re traveling in from out of town and don’t know many places. Or you want a super unique location that not many people have heard of….just make sure you reach out to us and we will hook you up and tell you some of our favorite spots 😉 

To read more about one of our favorite places to elope in southern Utah, read our blog on Utah’s most underrated national park.

2. Book Your Elopement photographer 

Finding your photographer is probably the most important thing when planning your elopement. (We might be a little bias since we are photographers.) 

But Finding your perfect photographer to capture all the precious memories of your elopement day is essential. After finding the location you want to elope to or even just know the general area you want to have your elopement at, you would want to hire a professional photographer. When searching for a photographer, look for one who has had experience shooting elopements in Utah and can provide you with photos that match the style you want. And most importantly make sure you and your photographers mesh together well. 

Your photographers aren’t just there to take photos but to make your experience not only amazing but to make everything smooth and have a fun time. And obviously they better take some amazing photos. 

If you’re looking for a photographer for your elopement make sure you check out our website to get to know us a little bit and see our elopement package.

3. Get All Your Permits to Elope

Before your elopement can take place, you will need to obtain any necessary permits that are required to make it legally binding. While this may vary by county and city, many local governments make it easy to obtain a permit to allow you to marry on public grounds.

National Parks in the Southern Utah area have a very simple process to obtain permits in their parks. Below we will attach the links for all the national parks in southern Utah so you can have direct access to any permits you might need. Most state parks have their wedding permit on their websites accessible for everyone.

Arches – 

Bryce Canyon – 

Canyonlands –

Capitol Reef –

Zion –

4. Secure All Necessary Items:

When it comes to eloping in Southern Utah, there are a few essential items you won’t want to forget. Be sure to secure a wedding dress or elopement outfit, flowers, and a wedding cake or cake topper if desired. You will also want to bring along a few fun wedding props for photos. 

Make sure you have everything you need and or want to make your elopement special to you. The best part of having an elopement is that you get to make it your own and to bring whatever that is personal and special to you. Be aware of what you can and can not bring. Most of the national parks and state parks will have items that are prohibited clearly stated on their packet and website.

5. Research and Hire an Officiant:

In the state of Utah, you will need an officiant to make your elopement official. Research and find an officiant who is comfortable and willing to travel to your chosen elopement spot.

Eloping in Southern Utah is an amazing way to start your lives together in an unforgettable setting. Make sure you plan ahead and research all the necessary items and permits to ensure your elopement day goes off without a hitch!

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