Getting married in a National Park, specifically at Zion, which, btdubs is stupidly photogenic, is probably one of the best ideas you’ll ever have. That is of course after saying yes to your fiance 🙂
Zion is jaw-droppingly gorgeous and I can’t imagine a prettier location for a wedding. And spoiler alert: it was one of the best weddings ever.
Planning any wedding is hard enough, but planning a destination wedding? That’s enough to make anyone lose their sh** and want to set themselves on fire.
Instead of turning into a raaaging bridezilla read through this guide where I talk *real life* about everyone I used and why I think they’re literally the. best. ever. I could not have had a more perfect group of people for the wedding.
How to plan a Zion National Park wedding
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Written by: Stephanie
Zion National Park accommodations
Cable Mountain Lodge
147 Zion Park Blvd, Springdale / 435-772-3366
Once you know that you’re going to have your wedding at Zion National Park, I suggest booking the accommodations right away as Zion gets SO busy.
How awkward would it be if you planned the whole wedding and waited
Alternatively, if you don’t mind a little driving you can choose to stay in La Verkin which is about 15-20 minutes from Springdale. There are loads of really nice
St. George is about an hour away so not ideal if you plan to get married in and spend every day in Zion, but you could use St George as a home base for other areas of Utah.
If you can, I would suggest staying in Springdale, it just makes everything much easier. We stayed at and totally loved the Cable Mountain Lodge. We stayed in room D421 which is an ultra badass suite that overlooks the pool and the watchman –
Ooooh la la, color me impressed.
Bridal Shops, Minneapolis
A & Be
1607 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis / 612-238-1300
After getting engaged and choosing a location/date the wedding dress is the next big ticket item!
I was given the option of 4 or 5 gowns that the shop had in stock and I could have for my rapidly approaching wedding. Out of those gowns, there was only one I liked, but I knew it wasn’t the one.
I was feeling defeated but then I heard another lady talking about how they could rush ship this particular gown. YUUUSSS boo! As soon as I laid my eyes on it I knew it was perfect. It was exactly what I was looking for – classy, but simple.
*cue dance party music*
Thirty minutes after arriving at the shop I found my gown and was swiping my card. I did have to pay a rush shipping fee of SEVEN HUNDRED DOLLARS, (MMMMF I still cry a little), but knew I had to have the dress in time. Their cheaper but longer rush option was cutting it too close since I was going to need alterations.
If you are located in Minneapolis, Denver, Dallas, Portland, Seattle, or Miami I HIGHLY HIGHLY recommend A & Be Bridal!
And if you’re one of my Minneapolis girls, say hi to Kristin, she’s the best!
Related: Our Zion National Park wedding
Because the dress is pretty simple I wanted a belt to add some interest. A & Be has tons of accessories and most of them are handmade!
Utah wedding photographer
Our photographer was the reigning queen of wedding photography-
She was super fun to work with, organized, laid back, and was always in close contact when we had questions. I not so secretly referred to her as my BFF and secretly referred to her as mac-attack.
She actually works with her husband, Joey, and the two of them are the dream team of wedding photography. And I’m all about that BOGO.
And a minor detail – their photos are seriously to die for 😉
Utah wedding videographer
I was pretty adamant about having videographers at the wedding. It took a little bit of time to convince Pete that this was a good idea. However, he didn’t know what he was marrying – I’m nothing if not persistent.
He kept envisioning your uncle Tom with a huge 90s camcorder getting in everyone’s way. He didn’t think it was worth spending the money to have a shaky video with poor audio. So I said, “oh no nooooo, let me show you wedding videography”. He still wasn’t totally convinced, but at the end of the day, he said if I wanted it we should do it and I definitely wanted it.
We hired the amazing videographers from The Bison and The Bird. And just like McKenzi and Joey, Dustin and Holly were absolutely wonderful to work with. The four of them had us and our family laughing SO much during the day that my cheeks hurt. Neither one of us had ever been on camera before so we were super awkward initially, but they made it so easy to ignore them.
When I was getting ready Holly gave me my microphone – the tip of it gets taped to your chest and then the wire goes down the front of the dress and gets clipped into a leg strap on your thigh – so, you feel like an ultra badass spy.
Zion wedding make-up artist/hair stylist
Springdale Utah has one salon that does bridal hair. I had emailed them with the wedding date and the only stylist that does bridal hair was going to be out on maternity leave. MMMF, no freakin way. I didn’t really want to drive 2 hours round trip to St George so I turned to my BFF McKenzi and she gave me Tracy’s name.
Tracy was an absolute dream to work with! I was totally blown away with the job she did. Like when my hair and makeup were finished and I put my dress on – straight up fairytale vibes. Leading up to this, I was super anxious about letting someone I didn’t even know do my hair and makeup for the biggest day of my life. I’m only a little bit of a control freak. But Tracy was incredible and a completely calming presence on my pre-wedding nerves. SO many nerves. I was so nervous I couldn’t even drink mimosas or eat donuts and y’all know how I feel about donuts. Once you contact her she will ask for any hair or make pictures if you have any for inspiration. About two weeks before the wedding she’ll call and go over all the last minute details.
Again, like everyone else I chose, super easy to work with and I would absolutely recommend her to anyone in the world.
Zion National Park florist
Bloomers flower & decor
1386 E 100th S #d, St George / 435-652-0870
Y’all…how next level were my flowers? I’ll wait while you pick your jaw off of the ground.
Angie at Bloomers is hands down the greatest florist that has ever lived. When I started planning for the wedding she constantly came up as the only florist worth using and I couldn’t agree more. Her bouquets are wild and free and totally fitting for the southern Utah setting.
I sent her a message that said: “I have no colors or flowers in mind, so do whatever you want”. She returned that email saying that I was a dream bride and she couldn’t wait to put something together for me. Besides the stupidly gorgeous bouquet, she made a table centerpiece, Pete’s boutonniere, and a bag of flower petals we scattered at the ceremony site.
Zion National Park bakery
Sweet Tooth Fairy
2376 Red Cliffs Dr, St George / 435-627-1980
We decided that we wanted a wedding cake about 2 weeks before the wedding, haha. Nothing like procrastinating. There isn’t much in Springdale, but there is a great bakery in St George called The Sweet Tooth Fairy. They put together a simple 8″ toasted coconut cake. And let me tell y’all – it was one of the best cakes, if not the best, that I’ve ever had. I’m almost foaming at the mouth thinking of it again.
We (Pete’s dad and brother) had to pick up the cake because they wanted a ridiculous delivery fee (to the tune of $75). Otherwise, a two-layer 8″ cake set us back about $60 which was totally worth it. I had ordered a really cute initial cake topper, but sadly and not shockingly, it got hung up with the USPS and wasn’t delivered on time. The day before we left for Utah I went to Hobby Lobby and bought a couple fake succulents and made a little makeshift topper that I think turned out great.
Zion wedding venues
A popular site for weddings in Zion is the Temple of Sinawava. This is located on a trailhead, along the river, and close to the shuttle stop. That’s all fine in terms of accessibility, but I definitely didn’t want any randos watching my wedding. We went out to the Temple just for fun on our first night in town and there was only a small group of photographers out there. So that time wouldn’t have been bad, but doing a wedding midday would be a clusterwhat and I definitely don’t recommend it. The Temple of Sinawava is located off the easiest and probably busiest trail in the park, the Riverside walk. And, getting married out here requires that you ride the shuttle in full wedding garb with other people. And that’s just awkward to me.
We’d read reviews about this location leading up to our wedding and I think what did it for us was one lady said that all you could hear were these kids screaming and playing in the river. Obviously, doesn’t make for the most romantic wedding. If you go against my advice and do choose to get married here, it’ll be beautiful scenery, but stupid busy. That’s a no for me, dawg.
I’m not sure if you can do weddings at any time during the day. If you can, Zion during the month of May is the most beautiful around 7:45 pm to about 8:15 or 8:30. The way the light comes down and hits the cliffs are just stunning. Pete called 8:08 pm PFM, which stands for pure fu**ing magic.
We actually didn’t know about the approved wedding locations initially, it was my BFF McKenzi who told us about this. She recommends against getting married in the park but suggests doing it outside the park in a field. The area she had chosen for us was about halfway between La Verkin and Springdale. This ended up being perfect since we had people scattered everywhere.
445 Zion Park Blvd / 435-772-0283
We obviously had a very low key wedding and were initially going to grill and have a couple of side dishes. Sort of last minute we changed our minds and decided that we wanted a taco bar! This didn’t come about easily though – this decision was really made by my mom after I was sitting on her couch literally crying over the dinner options. HAHA, I can be SO dramatic and wedding planning made me as crazy as ever.
Literally 3 days before the wedding we went to one of the best and most unique Mexican restaurants in town, the Whiptail Grill, and basically pleaded with them to cater a taco bar for about 20 people…which they agreed to! My mom had previously called and they said they don’t usually, but they would cater for us. We went on Monday for lunch and asked to confirm the catering and they had no idea what we were talking about…crickets. I literally put my face in my hands just like I did when we were stuck in Lisbon. But they figured it out and everything ended well. And the tacos were amazing.
There you have it! Your ultimate resource guide to planning a wedding in Zion National Park.
If you choose to get married out here please oh please send me photos!
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Founder of Packing for Plenty in July 2017. Along with her husband, Pete, she is on a mission to visit most countries. And wants to take y’all along as well! On PFP Steff provides travel itineraries ranging from a weekend trip nearby to 2 weeks living abroad like a local…detailed destination specific travel tips that aren’t readily available elsewhere…and unique and interesting bucket list worthy experiences.