Utah‘s capital, Salt Lake City, may be the ski capital of the West, but even if you don’t envision saying your vows atop a couple of K2’s, this city has outdoor appeal and downtown digs to inspire any couple’s destination wedding. Whether you want a winter or summer wedding, SLC is a resort town worthy of your commitment.
What Makes Salt Lake City so Amazing?
First, Salt Lake City welcomes you with grandiose mountains on either side; the Wasatch on the east side and the Oquirrhs to the west. This grand welcome is just the beginning of the unique and festive offerings found in nearly every corner of this city. From the natural wonders like the Bonneville Salt Flat to the Kennecott Copper Mine and the historic Mormon Temple Square, guests and the guests of honor (that’s you!), will have no trouble filling up their days before and after the big event.
Best Ways to Entertain Destination Wedding Guests in Salt Lake City
For the Ski Bunnies: If you have some serious skiers or snowboarders on your guest list, then your guests will be ecstatic to find they are headed to Utah. With an average of 500 inches of perfectly dry snow and just minutes from downtown Salt Lake, resorts like Alta, Snowbird, Brighton, and Solitude offer lake effect conditions: ideal snow. For beginners and the pros, every resort is easy to get to and has a variety of groomed and deep-snow runs.
For the Outdoor Enthusiasts: Some of the most unique geological and topographical sites are found in Salt Lake. If you and your guests are up for a little road trip, the Bonneville Salt Flats in Wendover are perhaps the most famous. Stretching for 30,000 acres, not even the smallest of life forms survives here. Truly a sight to see, it’s worth the day out.
For a less daunting road trip, the Kennecott Copper Mine is only a 28-mile drive from the city. Located on the ridge of three-quarter-mile deep Bingham Canyon Mine, this spectacular natural resource center is open to the public from April to October. For spectacular views and a unique education on the largest copper producer in the US, head here!
For the Night Owls: Just because Mormonism began here, doesn’t mean that SLC doesn’t know how to party. The Red Door is just one example of that good old fashioned Friday night fun. With live music and the best martinis in town, the Red Door is a short walk from the Gallivan Center, Capitol Theater, and the TRAX train station. For great jazz, Monk’s House of Jazz is the perfect avenue to get your blue notes while sipping a whiskey. No matter if you want a low key brew pub or a high-end Italian experience, Salt Lake City has every type of cuisine you can imagine.
While there is a large population of practicing Mormons in Salt Lake City, there are also a lot of progressive, non-religious people too. Unlike back in 2009, all of the liquor establishments were called private clubs where a membership fee was charged. Today, there is a large arts hub downtown, many different theaters and museums, as well as restaurants that serve wine and beer for free.
Not matter if you are on or off the wagon, this gorgeous city has a wonderful blend of rich religious history, stunning landscapes, and modern day convenience.
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