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.
EXCURSIONS APPROPRIATE FOR ALL, FROM GRANDPARENTS TO TODDLERS
CATCHING A RIDE TO 11,000 FEET
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.
TOUCHING THE VOID
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.
RIDING THE RAILS
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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