How to Plan an Adventurous Wedding Weekend in Utah

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.


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.


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.


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. 

Discover more wedding weekend activities fun for the whole family here!

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Melissa Fields
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, and When not wordsmithing at her laptop, Melissa spends her time volunteering, hiking, pedaling, skiing, rock climbing and playing her guitar.