Planning A Wedding Weekend Fun For the Whole Family

You’ve gathered friends and family from near and far. Here’s how to show them a good time beyond your ceremony and reception.

Wedding Weekend

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 a wedding weekend 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 wedding weekend, 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.


Wedding Weekend
Photo courtesy of Snowbird


There’s a 2,900-foot elevation difference between Snowbird Ski & Summer Resort’s base area and its highest point at Hidden Peak. But just about anyone can make it to that heady vantage point, thanks to the Tram. Rides are open to the public daily or for large groups by reservation.    


Pick up lunch for the group in Moab at Sweet Cravings Bakery & Bistro and drive the 35-ish miles to the Dead Horse Point Overlook. There, claim a few of the first-come, first-served picnic tables with a view of the Colorado River 2,000 feet below framed by Canyonlands National Park’s spires and red rock in the distance.


Book tickets on the Heber Valley Railroad’s Lakeside Limited for a scenic, two-hour tour along the shores of Deer Creek reservoir and the bucolic Heber Valley. Refreshments are available for purchase on the train; be sure to request seats in the same car when booking group reservations. 

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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.