How to Plan a Desert Elopement
Desert elopements encapsulate an unconventional blend of romance and adventure. Imagine a ceremony unfolding under a desert sky, where you have stunning scenery as your own witnesses. The allure of desert elopements—is more than a journey into the wild sense of adventure. Picking you elopement location is not always easy considering there are so many amazing destination elopement location but I can assure you eloping in a desert provides an amazing backdrop for any wedding ceremony and a great opportunity for adventure.
If you're considering eloping in Utah, I wrote many blogs that might help you plan elopement in a specific elopement locations such as:
-Desert Moab Elopement- one of my favorite places to photograph elopements
-Snow Canyon Elopement- less popular buy equally beautiful state park
-Dead Horse Point state Park- perfect location if you want grand vistas for sunrise or sunset and easy permit to obtain
-Arches National Park- an iconic National Park
- A reliable car
Utah and Arizona desert offers some of the best desert elopement locations that provide solitude coupled with the most stunning views. That comes with long distances without many service areas so make sure you're prepared for your desert adventure. A reliable 4x4/high clearance vehicle is essential for the best exploration and freedom to roam to more remote locations.
Make sure you have enough fuel, water and sunscreen.
- Make sure to check the weather
Although the weather in a desert is usually sunny, flood flashes are no joke and one should always check the weather for rain and storms before venturing out in more remote location or slot canyon. That's actually very important when driving off road and it's not uncommon cars get stuck in a mus after heavy downpour.
- Hydrate and bring sunscreen
High desert sun is very strong and many people don't realize how the dry climate can quickly dehydrate not only your skin but body. Make sure to drink a lot before and during your elopement, wear hats and sunscreen especially if you're anticipating full day adventure in the desert.
Best Locations for Desert Elopements
What do you see when you think of a desert? Long sand dunes stretching for miles or red rocks with all kinds of wild formations?
Utah Red Rock Desert, renowned for its striking red rock formations, offers a plethora of breathtaking desert locations. Among these the Arches in Arches National Park stands as an iconic symbol of love against a backdrop of sandstone brilliance. As the sun sets, casting hues of orange and pink across the arch, couples can embrace the ethereal beauty that nature graciously provides.
Sedona's Red Rock Romance
Arizona's Sedona boasts a unique landscape of red rocks and canyons, creating a surreal setting for an intimate elopement. The juxtaposition of deep red earth and vibrant green vegetation forms a natural aisle, leading couples towards a panoramic exchange of vows. Sedona's landscape makes for the perfect elopement backdrop and a truly memorable experience.
Little Sahara Sand Dunes and Great Sand Dunes National Park
eloping amidst the Great Sand Dunes is a choice that whispers simplicity and echoes adventure. Here, the vast canvas of golden dunes becomes the setting for an intimate celebration. Want mountains in the background? No problem, drive a little further towards the Rockies and you soon will be transformed into mountain elopement location.
Things to Do During Your Elopement in a Desert
The options are limitless and I promise you won't be bored.
- If you like hiking you're in luck for some amazing hikes ranging from short to longer, from slot canyons to beautiful overlooks and arches.
- If you like more adrenaline I recommend renting an ATV (Moab is a great place for that) where both of you can see the beautiful scenery from a bumpy ride.
- If you want to see the grand views from above going on a hot air balloon ride might be the best elopement ideas. remember you're saving. ton but not going the traditional route
Best Time to Elope in a Desert
Spring, fall and early winter are my favorite season to elope in a desert due to mild temperatures and less crowds. In the summer midday in the desert can be relentless, with the sun blazing very strong. To escape the sweltering heat and ensure a more comfortable experience, it's wise to plan your elopement either in the early hours or as the sun begins its descent. This not only minimizes the risk of discomfort but also allows you to fully savor the unique beauty of the desert without the intensity of the midday sun casting harsh shadows (really bad for pictures).