By Lindsey Murphy
One thing that commonly gets over looked when planning a Southern Utah wedding is highlighting the season in which the wedding lands. This could be that the seasons don’t change as drastically as it does for the rest of the state. So how do you incorporate this into the wedding if the landscape or weather does not provide you with the seasonal environment preferred? Well, I’m here to help you with this challenge as I highlight striking locations and seasonal details to create that wedding you have always dreamt of!
Winter wedding- Winter can be tricky as snow is obviously lacking when it comes to Southern Utah. However, Brian Head is one of the few mountain terrains in Southern Utah and has a ski resort perfect for hosting a stunning winter wedding! Guests will enjoy the mini vacation away from the everyday views of red rock and desert, while out of town guests will enjoy the opportunity to catch a relaxing massage at the resort and hit the slopes. They will be thanking you later.
Mimic the landscape by sticking to a simple, yet elegant white color palette with accents of deep red. Keep the décor at a minimum while concentrating on a romantic winter theme, this will give the wedding an intimate feel everyone will love. Add cozy blankets on the benches or chairs of the ceremony site, and add cinnamon sticks or pinecones to the cake and centerpieces. Pinecones can be very useful as a stationary for place setting cards as well. You can incorporate seasonal favorites into the wedding by adding a hot chocolate stand with marshmallows and crushed peppermint, wine buckets with bottles of cold sparkling cider or a smore’s station with an outdoor fire pit. Think about replacing the traditional ice in the wine buckets with snow! Then send the guests home with hot chocolate mix and marshmallows in a mason jar, they will appreciate taking home a piece of this charming winter wonderland.
Fall wedding– Southern Utah is conveniently surrounded by earth tones perfect for that fall wedding. Fall is an excellent time to be outdoors in our beautiful state so take advantage of this and find a location like Snow Canyon to say the vows! The lava rock and dominant red rock create a warm fall color palette. Mix this with wedding whites and an earthy green and it becomes a spectacular contrast of colors. These colors are sure to stand out amongst the stunning backdrop that will become a natural rock altar. Compliment this natural environment by adding geodes and feathers for a rustic feel.
Bring in seasonal favorites like white pumpkins and apples by adding them to the centerpieces. They would also be great down the aisle along with those fall colors and feathers. A dessert table with different pies as well as a cider bar would be delicious refreshments for the guests at this fall affair! And to make the guests even happier, (if that could happen) send them home with a yummy caramel apple.
Spring wedding– Upon entering the small quaint town of Pine Valley you see a pristine white church house among fields of farm life and white picket fences, this screams a spring wedding! Add light hues of pale pink flowers like peonies and light blue accents and you have yourself a vintage Victorian vibe like something out of a novel.
If you have access to vintage furniture and chairs, now would be the time to take advantage. As flowers aren’t naturally abundant in certain areas of Southern Utah, spring is the perfect opportunity to utilize them. Use different sizes and shapes of glass vases circling white candles, add pastel flowers and use this in the aisle and centerpieces. You don’t need much décor as spring is all about the outdoors, let the environment be your décor. Skip the traditional fondant cake and try a naked cake that provides a blank canvas to fill the cake with pastel flowers as well. Light refreshments like salads and different types of lemonades like blackberry and raspberry will be a hit! End the night with a sparkler send off and your spring wedding is complete!
Summer wedding– Nothing screams summer like Southern Utah, it’s the perfect getaway for all those summer adventures. If you want a destination within reach that is great for a summer wedding, look no further than Lake Powell. Lake Powell is a vast body of water with spectacular views that are out of this world! However, Lake Powell gets very hot during the summer. Try having an evening wedding next to the lake while the sun sets, talk about spectacular views!
Concentrate on earthy colors like light green, brown and gray. Use wooden chairs and tables and add Mexican blankets as table runners. Then top if off with driftwood and air plants for centerpieces. Light up a bon fire and use wooden stumps and Mexican blankets as seating. Add a guitar and an awesome musician to the mix and your romantic summer wedding is set. I suggest a lantern send off to end the night, think of how breathtaking those lanterns will look reflecting off the water as you cozy up on the beach next to the fire.
So there you have it, incorporating the season will work wonders for this important day. The guests will appreciate the seasonal flair and the bride and groom will leave with cherished memories to last a life time. To end, I will leave you with a few last helpful tips.
Know your theme. For example, Christmas and winter weddings are different but can easily be mixed together. The confusion won’t go unnoticed.
Each season has many colors. Don’t get too crazy with the amount of colors used, this will become too busy. Instead, try a few complimentary colors and use different shades of those colors throughout the wedding.
You don’t need to fill your venue or site with seasonal décor to get your point across. Sometimes less is more. Try and find a place that will compliment your theme and let the landscape do the work.
And last but not least, do your research. Take advantage of the many outlets created for inspiration. Pinterest, inspirational photo shoots and bridal shows are such great outlets to gain ideas for the special day. But remember, stick to the theme.
Cake- Cupcakes by Julie
Design- Middle Aisle
Dress- Free People
Floral- Wild Blooms
Hair & Makeup- Macy Dockstader
Jewelry & Display Pieces- The Land Of Salt
Photos- Tyler Rye Photography
Rentals- St George Party Rentals
Stationary- Alex Obering