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How To Elope in Winter

Winter Elopement Locations + Ideas | Halie West Photography

eloping in winter in utah

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Best Places to in Elope in the US

  1. Utah
  2. Colorado
  3. Montana
  4. Idaho
  5. Alaska

Best Places to in Elope in the Internationally

  1. Patagonia
  2. Switzerland
  3. France
  4. Canada
  5. Japan

Where to Elope in Utah During Winter

The Wastach Mountains

The Wastach Mountains offer a bunch of spots to enjoy the snow. You can explore ski resorts, backcountry ski, snowshoe to frozen lakes, summit a mountain, or see a frozen waterfall. These mountains have so much beauty to explore.

Big Cottonwood Canyon
couple eloping in the mountains of utah
Little Cottonwood Canyon
American Fork Canyon


Park City

Utah’s most well known mountain town offers ski resorts, the cutest down town, and lots of places to explore. You can come off the slopes and grab a drink!

The Uintas

The Uintas are an incredible mountain range that aren’t seen by as many people in the winter. It is a wonderful place to snowmobile and backcountry ski. You can even stay in a yurt!

The La Sals

Did you know that Moab has a nearby mountain range? The La Sals offer backcountry and cross country skiing, ski huts, snowmobiling, and sledding. You could even visit the red rock after playing in the snow.

What to Wear


When eloping in winter, staying warm is a pretty top priority. Here are some ideas of things to wear so you can be comfortable on your wedding day.

-skin toned, fleece lined leggings
-wool base layers
-cute gloves
-puffy jackets or nice coats
-wool socks + waterproof or insulated boots
-scarves, beanies, and earmuffs


Wearing waterproof boots with good traction is a must for your wedding day. Traction spikes, snowshoes, or skis may be helpful for traveling across the snow.

Dresses + Suits for Winter Elopements

Choosing wedding attire that is suitable for winter is also important! Here is some advice

  • Choose a dress with long sleeves for more warmth.
  • Pick attire that is a thicker material. Think velvet or silk for dresses. Wool, tweed, or velvet is good for suits.
  • Pick attire that is easy to move in + can fit base layers underneath

How to Stay Warm

Along with layering and choosing fitting wedding attire, there are a few other ways to stay warm.

Hand and foot warmers work wonders.

You can also bring a backpacking stove, tea, coffee, hot chocolate, or spirits to warm up with.

What To Do

There are a lot of ways to enjoy your winter elopement. Here are some ideas!

  • Go skiing or snowboarding at a ski resort.
  • Go backcountry skiing, splitboarding, snowshoeing, or cross-country skiing.
  • Go for a dogsled ride.
  • Explore and ice castle.
  • Go snowmobiling.
  • Sled down slopes + have a snowball fight.
  • Spend some time by a fire
  • Stay in a backcountry yurt or cabin
  • Bundle up for a horse drawn carriage ride
  • Go hiking through the snow

Other Things to Keep in Mind

Winter conditions can mean road closures and longer travel times. Always budget in more time for travel and look into road closures.

Have a plan B. Areas may become inaccessible, weather may become dangerous, or the snow may be unstable. Be ok with having a true adventure!

Always consider avalanche danger. A good way to do that is to watch the weather leading up to your day, be familiar with avalanche terrain, and get reports from organizations like the Utah Avalanche Center.

Winter Elopement Packages

Winter in Utah is a beautiful time when you can go out and enjoy the snow. If you a dreaming of a snowy elopement I would love to help you plan your adventure!