How to Elope in Utah

With more couples looking for an more meaningful and intimate way to get married, they are choosing to elope. They are choosing to boil down their wedding to an authentic and intimate wedding experience where the focus is on them and is a perfect reflection of their personalities and their relationship. With seemingly out-of-this-world landscapes in their 5 national parks (Arches, Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef, Canyonlands, and Zion) and 43 state parks, Utah is one of the best places to elope. However since there are varying marriage laws in each state, here are some tips on how to elope in Utah.

Canyonlands National Park Utah

Marriage Laws in Utah

Every state has it’s own set of rules and regulation on what is required to get married in the respective state. To get married in Utah, you will need to apply for a marriage license from the local county clerk as well as have the marriage solemnized by anyone who is ordained.
Information and Documents Needed to Obtain Your Utah Marriage License:

  • An in-person application with both applicants present at the time of application.
  • Full names, addresses and dates and places of birth of both applicants.
  • Social security numbers of both applicants, unless an applicant doesn’t have a social security number.
  • Names and birth places of the parents of both applicants , including mother’s maiden name.
  • Valid picture ID such as a passport, birth certificate, driver license, or state ID card.
  • $30 – $60 for your license application fee

You can apply for your license by visiting the local county clerk site, full list of Utah’s county here. For the most updated information on getting your marriage license and eloping/getting married in Utah, check here.
Marriage Requirements:

  • You must be 18 years of age or older
  • Both you and your partner MUST be present to apply and sign your marriage application.
  • You do NOT need to be a Utah resident to apply.
  • Same Sex Marriages ARE allowed.
  • There is NO waiting period to get married in Utah.
  • Once you receive your marriage license it’s valid for 30 days.
  • You are required to have TWO witnesses over the age of 18 present during your ceremony.

Person walking through Zion National Park

Weather and Seasons in Utah

As you’re planning your outdoor adventure elopement, be sure to consider the weather and season you want to get married in. Utah has all four season, so you can pick and choose your preferred season and ideal temperature range. On average, Utah is quite temperate with temperatures ranging from low-10s in winter to mid-90s in the summer, depending on the region you plan to elope in. Spring tends to be the most popular season with ideal temperatures in the 50-70 degree range in the national parks. Summer brings in the warm weather with July being the hottest month. Utah autumns bring in plenty of color throughout the state as well as varied weather and perfect weather. Winter is colder however most of the snow is reserved for the mountain ranges. With the varied weather that Utah gets, be sure to check if the trails and locations that you want to visit are still accessible.
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