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 Promost 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. Following is a roundup of distinctly Utah activities that will make your extended wedding celebration one your guests will talk about fondly for years to come.
PEDALING THE WORLD’S BEST TRAILS
Park City boasts one of the best mountain bike networks on the planet. Let a guide with Jans Mountain Outfitters show you and your gal or guy pals the highlights on a guided mountain biking tour, tailorable for beginner to expert riders. Jans even offers guided night rides.
CASTING A BLUE-RIBBON WATERWAY
The Provo River boasts one of the West’s premier trout fisheries and runs through some of the most scenic landscapes in Utah. Hire a guide from Fish Heads Fly Shop in Heber City for a half or full day to show you and your group Provo’s most productive eddies.
BOOTING IT THROUGH THE WASATCH
Within spitting distance of downtown Salt Lake City are the Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons, both riddled with trails replete with alpine meadows, high-altitude lakes and craggy peaks. A few of the most easily navigable and most rewarding are routes to Red Pine Lake and Cecret Lake in Little Cottonwood Canyon and Lake Blanche and Donut Falls in Big Cottonwood Canyon. fishheadflyshop.com
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