Complete Wedding Weekend Guide to Moab 

July 13, 2022
Complete Wedding Weekend Guide to Moab 

Photo by Aimee Flynn Photo 

Moab, Utah, is famous for its red rock formations, two national parks, and adventurous activities. It’s also known to be one of the most romantic destinations in the United States. Once you see weddings photographed here, it’s easy to see why. 

If you’ve recently decided to get married in Moab, we’re here to tell you that you will not be disappointed! There are many incredible options for weddings and wedding weekends, whether you’re eloping or planning a Utah desert extravaganza. 

Photos by Sarah Mcclure Photography

Venues 

The Red Earth Venue 

An absolutely stunning venue nestled on 16 acres among the famed red rocks surrounding Moab, The Red Earth is the perfect spot for couples looking for national park views in the seclusion of a private wedding venue. 

The venue was started by a former national park ranger who saw an opportunity in Moab to create a one-of-kind space that integrates the natural beauty surrounding Moab. Couples have numerous ceremony options around the property, including a 1,800-square-foot pavilion that will be completed in September 2022. 

Photos by Megan Robinson Photography and Angela Hayes Photography

Hoodoo Moab By Hilton 

For an option close to Moab that also offers accommodation for guests, the Hoodoo Moab by Hilton is a trendy new hotel situated in the heart of town. The Grand Ballroom can seat up to 300 guests and includes floor-to-ceiling windows for front-row views of the red rocks. 

This option is perfect for those looking for scenery and convenience all under one roof during their wedding weekend in Moab. 

Photo sourced from Hoodoo Moab

Canyonlands or Arches National Park 

Did you know you can get married in national parks? If planning a small intimate wedding or adventure elopement, national park venues are some of the best and most scenic locations in the world to get married!

Check both Canyonlands and Arches National Park rules and restrictions for getting married. The National Park Service requires a permit to get married and only allows weddings to occur in specific regions of the park, although photos can be taken anywhere! 

Photo by Aimee Flynn Photo 

Accommodation 

Sunflower Hill Inn

The Sunflower Hill Inn is a quiet and quaint mom-and-pop bed and breakfast with all the comforts of home right in downtown Moab. The small and private grounds make for the perfect spot for a newlywed couple to enjoy their wedding weekend while still being close to the hustle and bustle of the main street.

Enjoy the lush gardens, greenery, and wildflowers in the summer as you stroll the grounds. A true oasis in the Moab desert! 

Under Canvas Moab 

A luxury modern glamping retreat that also offers options to hold intimate ceremony options, Under Canvas Moab is a fun and unique way to host a wedding weekend in Moab! The Under Canvas experience is all about creating a fun and dreamy wedding aesthetic that can keep the party going all weekend long. Be sure to ask about group options and rates if planning to host friends and family for multiple nights.

Photos by Kayla Rae Photography

Radcliffe Moab 

If looking to experience both comfort and adventure on your wedding weekend in Moab, Radcliffe Moab has it all! By day, head out to enjoy biking, hiking, off-roading, and other grand adventures. Come back to the hotel in the evening to cool off at the pool and spa before heading to dinner at the renowned Il Posto Rosso. 

The hotel is the perfect solution for couples looking to experience the most while planning the least during this weekend. 

Photos by Kayla Rae Photography

Activities 

Off-Roading

Moab is one of the top off-roading locations in the United States, and some of the best views in the area can’t be seen from paved roads. Xtreme 4×4 Tours in Moab offers numerous options for enjoying the adventure. Those comfortable in off-road vehicles can opt for a buggy rental, while couples looking for a guided experience can book private tours. 

Biking

Similar to off-roading, Moab is also one of the country’s top destinations for mountain biking. But even if you aren’t an extreme mountain biker, there are plenty of scenic beginner-friendly trails for couples to get out and have a fun-filled date! Poison Spider Bikes in downtown Moab offers bike rentals, and their experts can help recommend trails and areas to explore based on your comfort level and experience.

Photo sourced from Poison Spider Bikes

Hiking

Having two national parks a short drive from Moab means endless opportunities for exploring, adventuring, and hiking! If looking for the perfect romantic evening, grab your significant other and head to Canyonlands or Arches National Park to watch the sunset. You can even pack a blanket to create the perfect picnic to soak up the evening. Just remember to practice ‘leave no trace’ in natural areas! 

Photo by Knots in The Pines

Dining 

Sabaku Sushi 

Although sushi probably isn’t what you’d expect on this dining list for Moab, Sabaku Sushi is a must-try. The owners uniquely pair sushi with southwest flavors for a locally-sourced and delicious meal. In addition, the restaurant also has a fantastic cocktail menu to pair with your meal! 

Doughbird 

If walking around downtown in the morning and looking for a delicious stop, Doughbird offers incredible freshly-baked donuts and coffee. It’s the perfect indulgence to celebrate a wedding weekend with all your closest friends and family. 

Desert Bistro 

When visiting Moab, getting some delicious southwestern food is probably high on your list for your wedding weekend. Desert Bistro brings colorful and flavorful dishes to life, all with Southwestern-inspired ingredients. The restaurant is quite popular in town, so ensure you have reservations ahead of time! 

When planning your wedding weekend in Moab, we know one thing: there are no wrong choices! It’s a scenic and wonderful location to celebrate any wedding weekend for any couple. To learn more about things to do in Moab, you can visit their website here.

Photos by Kayla Rae Photography, Angela Hayes Photography, and Carved Tree Photography

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