Utahns often take our rich natural landscape for granted. That’s why I think more people don’t take advantage of great outdoor spaces for events like weddings, receptions and other get-together’s; we’re just a little too used to the beautiful place we live in.
But there are some particular sweet spots for Utah weddings that I think deserve mentioning. These are all places that have been cultivated specifically for that special day, showcasing the incredible views and visual charm that you want for the occasion.
Thanksgiving Point (Lehi, Utah)
Clearly I’m biased since I work there, but it’s not hard to make the case that this gathering place, created as a non-profit educational and cultural organization. Anyone who’s explored the Point’s 55 acres has seen the stone grottoes, vine-covered arbors, covered walkways and waterfall that make this one of the premiere destinations along the Wasatch Front just for wedding photos.
Thanksgiving Point has plenty of indoor and outdoor venues for weddings and other events, but my favorite is Loggia, with its Italian architecture, the rose-covered arbors and space for up to 300 people for a ceremony and slightly fewer for a reception dinner. It’s an intimate space, secluded from the rest of the Point’s attractions, with tremendous views from every angle of the square.
Sundance (Sundance, Utah)
Locals know that Sundance Resort is more than just Robert Redford’s secluded stomping grounds. It’s one of the most beautifully preserved places in the state where locals can go for great food, culture, history and natural beauty.
The resort has two incredible outdoor wedding venues, my favorite of which is Bearclaw, the only mountaintop lodge in all of Utah. You have to take a ski lift to get there, and there’s only space for an intimate wedding party (50 guests or less), but you can see forever over Heber Valley and Utah Valley. Elk Meadows is also an appealing outdoor space as well, if a bit tricky to get to. Sundance definitely has a lot to offer.
Wadley Farms (Lindon, Utah)
About 20 minutes outside of Salt Lake City is one of the most amazing venues in the state. Built in 1869, the space is oozing history and authenticity. You can walk the winding stone paths through 18 acres of gardens and orchards, pass through hand-crafted wooden gates and stone archways, and be dazzled by the illuminated spaces at night.
The distance from many Wasatch Front locations may discourage some people from choosing this venue, but the open, quaint feel is worth it, in my opinion. If you’re anywhere in Davis County, I would put Wadley Farms in my top five reception and wedding venues.
Canterbury Place (Bountiful, Utah)
Another spot north of Salt Lake that I think deserves a top spot is this historic reception space with a Grand Ballroom and outdoor garden areas that always steal the show. Canterbury Place is a gorgeous place to take wedding photos year-round, but spring or fall is the ideal time for a reception or ceremony in the courtyards and gardens of this European-style destination.
The stuccoed walls, trickling fountains and abundant flora age the space into an elegant atmosphere that seems out of time in many ways. The interior is lovely, but I really recommend this space for the outdoor venues it offers. There are some especially good areas for small to medium sized ceremonies here.
Heritage Gardens (Sandy, Utah)
The outdoor reception and ceremony spaces really strike a tone at this Sandy reception center. Wrought-iron fences encircle stone patios and a quaint gazebo surrounded by a variety of landscaped beauty, including lily-covered ponds and water tumbling over rocks.
The interesting thing about Heritage Gardens is the blending of indoor and outdoor spaces, which seem to flow together seamlessly. It really is a well-designed space, as are all of the venues on this list. It’s definitely one of the top destinations for wedding in the Salt Lake Valley.