January 26, 2024

Bonneville Salt Flats Wedding Guide

Elopements, Featured

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The Bonneville Salt Flats offers a pristine, surreal backdrop, making it a perfect setting for an elopement. It is so gorgeous in its simplicity and it allows you, the couple, to really stand out and remain the focus of your special day. So, if you’ve been considering a Salt Flats wedding or elopement, this guide will help you plan the perfect day here!

romantic bride and groom close up photo during their bonneville salt flats elopement day

Best Time to Elope in Bonneville Salt Flats

Since the Salt Flats are essentially a desert, the weather can be really harsh. It can be below-freezing in the winter and very hot in the summer. I recommend eloping here during early fall, because the weather is still warm, but much milder than summertime, and most of the crowds will have left as well. Spring is another potentially good time for your Bonneville Salt Flats elopement, but it can be really rainy! 

If you do choose to elope here during the summer, bring extra water and sunscreen – you’re definitely going to need it. You’ll also need to check online for any racing events because those are super popular there during summer, especially in August. I also recommend eloping here during the sunset or sunrise and planning for a weekday elopement to avoid crowds and get amazing light and views!

Bonneville Salt Flats Wedding Legal Requirements

To make your Salt Flats elopement official, you’ll need a marriage license from the state of Utah. The Tooele County clerk’s office closest to the Bonneville Salt Flats offers an online application process, making it very easy and convenient when you’re traveling. You can check out more about the process here. There is also no waiting period, so you can grab your license and get married on the same day!

romantic bride and groom close up photo during their bonneville salt flats elopement day

Officiant and Witnesses

For a legal marriage in Utah, an officiant must sign your marriage license. If you’re eloping at the Bonneville Salt Flats, remember that you’ll also need two witnesses over 18. These can be guests, vendors, or even people you meet on your special day.

Permits for your Bonneville Salt Flats Wedding

Since the Bonneville Salt Flats are under the jurisdiction of the Bureau of Land Management, a special use permit is necessary for a Salt Flats wedding. However, if you plan to marry legally elsewhere and you’re just there for the epic photos, no permit is needed!

romantic & blurry bride and groom close up photo during their bonneville salt flats elopement day

Choosing an Elopement Photographer for Your Salt Flats Wedding

Hiring an experienced Utah elopement photographer (like me!) for your Bonneville Salt Flats elopement is so important! They will help you through the planning process and make sure your elopement day is uniquely yours!

So, what do you say? If the Bonneville Salt Flats are calling your names, I’m here to help you create the day of your dreams! As a Utah elopement photographer who adores love stories and epic landscapes, I’m all about making your day as magical, unique, and stress-free as possible. You can learn more about me here! If it sounds like I’d be the perfect photographer for you, then inquire with me here. I’d love to hear from you!

Cassie Beth Photo | Utah Elopement Photographer

If you’re looking for inspiration on how your Bonneville Salt Flats wedding could look, see the photos from this fun session below!

Shoutout to Steph for hosting this styled shoot!

Models: Evie & Kaleb