In locales like India and Italy, multiday weddings have been the norm for generations. But here in the U.S., extending nuptial celebrations beyond the actual wedding day has caught on just within the last several years. The pandemic’s curtailing of gatherings is one reason for this trend, so for many, this year may be the first time in two years or longer they will finally feel comfortable traveling or attending a large gathering. Another reason many are embracing days-long celebrations is that the six or so hours that span most wedding ceremonies and receptions is simply not long enough for couples to connect with each one of their guests. Hosting a two-, three- or even five-day celebration also allows extended members of the couple’s families to really get to know and enjoy one another. 

The key to a meaningful multiday wedding, however, is providing your guests with fun and accessible things to do. Here, we’ve rounded up a few easy outdoor activities that will make your extended wedding celebration one your guests will talk about fondly for years to come.

Outdoor Wedding Activities

HIRING A BACKCOUNTRY NAVIGATOR

Explore part of Park City’s extensive trail network, familiarize yourself with Utah’s alpine flora and fauna and learn a little about local history on a two-hour, private guided hike at Deer Valley Resort.

VISITING ROBERT REDFORD’S BACKYARD 

Saddle up at Sundance Mountain Resort’s stables for a one-and-a-half-hour ride through cool aspen groves and grassy meadows to Stewart Falls, a spectacular 200-foot, two-tier waterfall that’s arguably one of the most scenic in the West.

BLISSING OUT IN A HOT SPRING

Rest assured, if you book one of Park City Yoga Adventures paddleboard yoga classes at the Homestead Crater in Midway, you and your group (10 people maximum) are very likely be the only people in the universe doing asanas inside a 10,000-year-old crater hot spring. parkcityyogaadventures.com


If you’re looking for more adult-friendly activities to including in your wedding weekend, we’ve got you covered.

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Melissa Fields is a wife, mother, freelance writer, editor and—since the moment she migrated to Utah from Michigan more than 25 years ago—a huge fan of the Wasatch Mountains. A few of the outlets Melissa writes and edits for include Salt Lake Magazine, Park City Magazine, Utah Bride & Groom Magazine, visitutah.com and downtownslc.org. When not wordsmithing at her laptop, Melissa spends her time volunteering, hiking, pedaling, skiing, rock climbing and playing her guitar.