Escape to Zion
Whether your first date was hiking in Zion National Park, floating down the Virgin River, or you just want to escape the city life, a Zion destination wedding is a spectacular way to celebrate your love. Many couples dismiss a destination wedding for fear of spending too much, but if you plan the celebration just right, it shouldn’t cost more than a wedding at home. So don’t worry about those myths and start thinking about your intimate Zion ceremony surrounded by your closest loved ones.
Zion National Park, Utah offers stunning scenery, elegant backdrops, and beautiful weather all year. Remember to pick a location that helps set the overall feel of your wedding. If you’re wanting something rustic, consider visiting the mountains east of the park for a cabin retreat. If the two of you met on the beach, incorporate a seaside wedding along the Virgin River in Springdale, the quaint town just outside of the park. Your wedding should reflect your personal style and passions. Your family and friends will be happy to embark on your journey with you, wherever it might be. Visitors come from all over the world to experience the majestic sandstone cliffs and colorful canyons. With such exquisite scenery and lovely weather, it’s no wonder so many couples are choosing it as their location for their wedding.
Trust the Expert:
Before spending too much of your own time on researching locations, consider hiring an event coordinator. Many couples enjoy doing their wedding the DIY way, but on the big day, you’re not going to want the stress of finalizing details. The best part of hiring a local wedding planner is that they will know the ins and outs of the venues. If your coordinator is a preferred vendor, they’ll be able to secure a better deal than you could over the phone or through email. Your event coordinator can help in the research process, secure the location, schedule the photographer, flowers, cake, and every other perfect detail for your big day. Most coordinators have a preferred list of experts and can contact them quickly. Trust them and utilize their knowledge early to avoid any surprises. After all, the event coordinator is the behind-the-scenes, fairy godmother, making sure everything is perfect for your special event.
Spring, Summer, Fall, or Winter:
When thinking about your wedding, you’ll want to consider what season is best. Luckily, Southern Utah is a popular hot spot because our weather is gorgeous all year round. That’s not to say we don’t have seasons, but they will be milder then many other places. Zion National Park is one of those places, setting Utah park records with over two and half million visitors every year. Springdale, a bustling town from April to November contains most of the accommodations. As you’re planning your celebration, you may want to book in advance as reservations for large groups may be difficult. The solution: take a trip the year before and check out the area, venues, hotels, traffic, and all the costs associated with your celebration.
Traditionally, the bride’s family pays for much the wedding. But in this case, your destination wedding includes the celebration and a weekend getaway, so who covers the cost? The bride and groom or their families should cover the traditional costs. Your guests should pay for their traveling expenses, their hotel, as well as any meals or other activities not related to the wedding. As soon as you know the destination and date of your wedding, send out those lovely ‘save the date’ announcements. Do this far enough in advance so your guests can start saving.
Your event coordinator can help you arrange group rates for accommodations, which will save everyone. If this seems like you’re asking too much of your guests, simply ask them to skip the toaster for your gift, and tell them their presence is enough. When you surprise them with a scenic view worth a million dollars and a mini vacation, I’m sure they won’t complain.
Planning your Zion wedding shouldn’t be stressful. Doing your research, finding and trusting local experts, and having your loved ones with you will allow you to make the most out of your special day. So, let’s get planning!
By Maygen Brockway, Photos by Tyler Rye
Cake- Mary Lou Timpson
Dress- Sarah Seven
Floral- Jocelyn’s Floral
Hair & Makeup- Sarah Gardner
Photos- Tyler Rye Photography
Rentals- Bliss Weddings & Rentals
Suit- Urbana Custom
Stationery- Basic Invite
Video- Red Tie Cinema