For couples who are looking for an intimate and adventurous wedding, eloping in Moab, Utah, could be the perfect choice. With its dramatic red rock formations, breathtaking views, and endless outdoor activities, Moab is a stunning destination for a romantic desert getaway.
If you are considering eloping in Moab, here is a guide to help you plan your day!
Choose Your Location
Moab is home to some of the most awe-inspiring national parks in the country, including Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park. These stunning locations are ideal for a backdrop to your elopement. Imagine exchanging vows under the iconic Delicate Arch or overlooking the majestic Canyonlands National Park. If you want to beat the crowds, Moab’s BLM land is another great alternative to have stunning locations all to yourselves!
How to Obtain Your Utah Marriage License
Before your elopement, you will need to obtain a marriage license. You can apply for a license in any county clerk’s office in Utah, and it is valid for 30 days. Make sure to bring proof of identity (I always recommend 2 forms per person!) and payment for the license. Some county clerk offices only take cash, so remember to have that on hand as a back up!
Find an Officiant
You will need an officiant to perform your ceremony. I always recommend having a family member or close friend get ordained online so that they can perform your ceremony! Look for a photographer who is ordained if you two plan on eloping with just the two of you!
What to Pack When Eloping in Moab
When eloping in Moab, it’s important to dress appropriately for the weather and terrain. The desert can be unpredictable, so bring layers (light down jackets, leggings for under your dress, beanies, and sunglasses) as well as hiking boots. Bring lots of water, calorically dense snacks if hiking, and sunscreen!
You can also incorporate the colors of the surrounding landscape into your details such as your florals and hiking backpacks by adding a touch of natural beauty to your wedding photos.
Where to Stay When Eloping in Moab
Moab has a variety of accommodations, including hotels, vacation rentals, and campsites. Consider the type of experience you want to have and choose accommodations that fit your needs and budget. Many couples opt to stay in a cozy Airbnb or camp under the stars, adding to the adventure of their elopement.
Plan Your Ceremony
When planning your ceremony, consider the location and time of day. Moab’s sunrise and sunset views are particularly stunning, and the lighting can add a magical touch to your photos. You may also want to incorporate local traditions or elements of nature into your ceremony, such as exchanging vows under a natural arch or incorporating a Native American blessing.
You’re Eloping in Moab!
Most importantly, enjoy your day. Elopements offer such a unique and intimate experience, and Moab is the perfect place to make memories that will last a lifetime. Take time to soak in the beauty of Moab and the love you share with your partner.
Eloping in Moab is an incredible way to celebrate your love and start your new life together. With its breathtaking scenery, endless outdoor activities, and romantic ambiance, Moab is the perfect place for a desert wedding getaway. If you need planning help Contact me and we can get started on dreaming up your day!