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How to Get Married at the Utah Salt Flats

How to Get Married at the Utah Salt Flats

How to Get Married at the Utah Salt Flats

The Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah is an incredible places to get married. A vast land of glittery salt is like nothing else in the world. It is even more beautiful at sunrise or sunset when the flats are flooded; Less than an inch of water covers the flats for miles and reflects the sky. 

How to Get Married at the Utah Salt Flats

Utah Marriage License

You can obtain a Utah Marriage license from any county clerk office in Utah. There is no waiting time but you only have 30 days to get married after getting your license. Here is what you need to get the license:

  • An in-person application with both applicants present at the time of application.
  • Full names, addresses and dates and places of birth of both applicants.
  • Social security numbers of both applicants, unless an applicant doesn’t have a social security number.
  • Names and birth places of the parents of both applicants , including mother’s maiden name.
  • Valid picture ID such as a passport, birth certificate, driver license, or state ID card.

You must also have the proper officiant and 2 witnesses over 18 years old to sign the document. 

The neat thing about getting married at the salt flats is that you can choose to do the paperwork before or after exchanging vows to make it easy. You can legally get married by a judge the day before then take your trip out to the salt flats to celebrate. 

Getting to the Utah Salt Flats

You can type in “Bonneville Salt Flats Westbound Rest Stop” into your GPS. From Salt Lake City, you will head West on the I-80 for 1.5 hours. 5 minutes before Wendover you will see the rest stop. Be sure to fill up your gas tank, get snacks and water before leaving since there are no stops along the way!

There is a small parking lot and restrooms at the rest stop. I recommend going to the rest stop (instead of stopping along the way) because the shoulder is soft, so many cars get stuck! You can drive on the Salt Flats, but again, you risk getting stuck and the salt is harsh on vehicles so I don’t suggest it!

How to Get Married at the Utah Salt Flats

Get Married at the Utah Salt Flats with a Special Use Permit

The Bonneville Salt Flats are a vast space in North West Utah, just 5 minutes from Wendover, Nevada. The land is managed by the federal government so to get married at the salt flats you can get the special use permit here or here is the contact information

Bonneville Salt Flats/West Desert

BLM: Salt Lake Field Office (Website)

Roxanne Tea – (801) 977-4356 – rtea@blm.gov

The Utah Salt Flats are a popular tourist destination. If you plan on bringing props or anything that would interfere with someone else’s visit, you need a permit! 

When to get Married at the Utah Salt Flats

The Utah Salt Flats have a flooded, “wet” season and a “dry” season. I suggest that you get married at the Utah Salt flats when they are flooded! The thin layer of water is personally my favorite time to go there. Although, the glittery white salt in the summer is beautiful too!

They are typically dry for the summer, then flooded the rest of the year. You can check out this LIVE webcam to see what they look like currently http://home.chpc.utah.edu/~u0553130/Camera_Display/bflat.html

Temperatures are usually close to the Salt Lake weather though the flats are usually pretty windy! The best time to go is when it is warm and flooded; which is typically April-May.

How to Get Married at the Utah Salt Flats
How to Get Married at the Utah Salt Flats

Tips for getting Married at the Utah Salt Flats

When you get married at the Utah Salt Flats, be prepared for a magical experience as well as getting salt everywhere! Wear shoes that you can wipe the salt off, water shoes, or wading boots. You can go barefoot, but your feet will get intensely exfoliated. I would rather you be comfortable!

I actually have boots for myself and my couples just for the salt flats!

Salt may get onto your clothes, but can easily be washed out or dry cleaned. 

Sunrise on a weekday is the best time to get married if you want to be alone. But sunset is also gorgeous!

Making Your Wedding at the Utah Salt Flats Special

How to Get Married at the Utah Salt Flats

Exchanging your marriage vows is usually pretty quick, maybe 15-30 minutes. But you don’t get married everyday so let’s make this the best day ever! You can start your day in Downtown Salt Lake City, getting ready and hanging out with your friends.

Then drive out to your wedding. You can exchange vows, do a unity ceremony, take epic wedding photos at the Utah Salt Flats. Maybe pop some champagne! Make sure to take time to just enjoy the beautiful view with each other.

Afterwards you can have a catered dinner, have fun in Wendover or campout in the desert with dinner and s’mores over a campfire.

I am a Utah Salt Flats Wedding Photographer  that would love to make your wedding extra special! I offer an all inclusive Salt Flats Elopement Package where my husband ( a pilot and officiant) flies the 4-6 people in a small plane from Salt Lake City to Wendover (you can bring 2 witnesses or we can use a stranger at the salt flats). The Great Salt Lake and Salt Flats are absolutely beautiful from above!

How to Get Married At the Utah Salt Flats

Are you Ready to Get Married at the Utah Salt Flats?

If “Heck Yes!”, then please contact me as soon as you can so I can help you plan your awesome wedding 🙂 Just fill out this form real quick at https://kacilou.com/contact for more info!

You can view more wedding and couple’s photos at the Utah Salt Flats on my blog here.

I would love to what you think about getting married at the Utah Salt Flats and any tips you have to add in the comments below!

How to Get Married at the Utah Salt Flats

December 26, 2019

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