Nearly Free Wedding Venues To Get Married In Utah


For many of you reading this, you may be in the midst of planning your own Utah wedding. First off, congratulations! It's such an exciting time but really quickly you are beginning to realize how expensive a wedding can actually be. With hiring all of your vendors on top of having to secure yourself an Utah wedding venue, the costs begin to add up. However, if you're trying to ball on a budget for your Utah wedding, there are plenty of nearly free wedding venues to get married in Utah. While your wedding venue is one of the most important investments that you can make towards your wedding, it doesn't mean it needs to break the bank. Below is a list of some of the nearly free wedding venues to get married in Utah to not break the bank but still have a beautiful place to tie the knot.

The Church of Dirt


First things first, we have the Church of Dirt in Park City, Utah. I have had the honor of photographing a beautiful intimate wedding at the Church of Dirt so I am well versed in how stunning this location is for an Utah wedding venue. Check out that wedding here!


The Church of Dirt is a nature lovers dream as this outdoor Utah wedding venue is perfect if you're looking for wide open space and mountain views. One of the many reasons why so many Utah couples choose to get married at the Church of Dirt is A.) because of the stunning views and B.) because of how quick and simple it is to reserve your spot.


how to get married at The church of dirt


The rules for getting married at the Church of Dirt is quite simple but I am not entirely sure who made up these rules. The Church of Dirt solely relies on the honor code and so far, it has seemed to work!


  • Aquire a rock or a slab of wood
  • Write down both of your names and your wedding date on the rock/slab of wood
  • Leave said rock or slab of wood on the main site


And that's it!


For many of you, the thought of just plopping your name on a rock or piece of wood and crossing your fingers someone isn't there on your wedding day is nerve-wracking. However, when you really think about it who really wants to crash someone else's wedding when they ALSO want to get married there. Since the Church of Dirt is a first-come-first-serve Utah wedding space, most people go by a code of honor when it comes to getting married here. In the end, there are always pro's and con's to everything. In this case, you have a stunning Utah wedding space, but you don't get exclusive use of it. Isn't that the fun of it all though?


How much does it cost to get married at the church of dirt?


Getting married at the Church of Dirt is free since you don't have to pay any costs to be there!


IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR YOUR WEDDING AT THE church of dirt


Below is some important information that you're going to need to know for your wedding at The Church of Dirt:

  • Church of Dirt is a public and free wedding venue. Keep this in mind when it comes to reserving your wedding date here!
  • There are no wedding coordinators or vendors maintaining the grounds


** There has been an announcement that the Church of Dirt will be officially closing. Due to its rapid growing popularity, the Church of Dirt has been "loved to death" with nobody to help maintain the plot. It's with great sadness that at this moment, the Church of Dirt will not be accessible for any weddings. You can read more about that here.

The Old Church at Rockport State Park


Another Utah wedding venue that is nearly free to get married at is The Old Church at Rockport State Park in Peoa, Utah. The Old Church was originally built in 1892 but it wasn't until 2005 that it was renovated to be the quaint historic church that it is today. The Old Church at Rockport State Park brings together history from it's original Rockport build with all of the beauty of the restored interior. The Old Church is quiet and simple and perfect if you're looking for a quaint and simple wedding ceremony with plenty of space, greenery and land surrounding you.


how to get married at the old church at rockport state park


In order for you to get married at The Old Church at Rockport State Park you first will need to contact the park. You can contact them with the information down below:


Rockport State Park

Phone Number: 435-336-2241

Hours: 6am - 10pm


Once you have contacted the park, you will then need to reserve your date by paying a $200 deposit. With your reservation you will have access to The Old Church along with The Old Church campground from noon on your wedding date all the way to 11am the next day. You are also welcome to camp on the campgrounds but you are not permitted to stay inside The Old Church building. If you're looking to have your ceremony at The Old Church, the church can hold up to 90 wedding guests.


how much does it cost to get married at the old church?


The reason I like to say nearly free is because of its EXTREMELY low-cost investment for some of these Utah wedding venues. In this case, if you're wanting to get married at The Old Church at Rockport State Park, you will need to pay some costs. However, these costs are minuscule in comparison to some usual Utah wedding venue costs.


To get married at The Old Church at Rockport State Park you will be required to pay:

  • $200 deposit
  • $250 building rental
  • $150 cleaning deposit (which can be refundable if cleaned properly)
  • $225 Old Church Campground payment


important information for your wedding at the old church


Below is some important information that you're going to need to know for your wedding at The Old Church at Rockport State Park:

  • There is water and power available at The Old Church campground
  • There are on-site restrooms
  • No foods or drinks are allowed inside The Old Church, however you are allowed to have food and drink outside on The Old Church campgrounds

Antelope Island State Park


Antelope Island State Park is an island that lies on the southeastern portion of Great Salt Lake near Salt Lake City. This park is a 42-square mile park that is perfect for your Utah wedding. If you're looking for more of an adventure elopement or intimate wedding, then Antelope Island State Park is the perfect place for you. I am no stranger to Antelope Island State Park, so feel free to check out more info about this park here.


how to get married at antelope island state park


If you're wanting to hold your intimate wedding or Utah elopement at Antelope Island State Park, you will be required to purchase a special use permit (SUP). A SUP will help in establishing parking spots for your guests and make sure that there is ample enough space for them. You can fill out your application to hold your wedding at Antelope Island State Park here.


how much does it cost to get married at antelope island state park?


Luckily, if you're looking to get married at Antelope Island State Park this is a very cost-effective wedding venue. Aside from the $60 Special Use Permit that you will need to purchase that is all that you will have to buy in order to have your Utah wedding at Antelope Island State Park.

Bonneville Salt Flats


The Bonneville Salt Flats is one of Utah's most natural and unique locations that spans over 30,000 acres. The Bonneville Salt Flats are the reminisce of Lake Bonneville that dried up long ago. As the water began to evaporate, salt deposits were left in many areas thus creating the Bonneville Salt Flats. This iconic landmark has people traveling all over the world to come visit and there's no surprise as to why.


how to get married at the bonneville salt flats


The main question that some of you may be asking is how to get married at the Bonneville Salt Flats, however, luckily they make it super easy to do this. If you're looking to have a small Utah elopement or gathering at the Bonneville Salt Flats you are not required to purchase a permit. However, any gathering that is a bit larger will need to have a special use permit that needs to be obtained by the Bureau of Land Management Salt Lake Field Office.


how much does it cost to get married at bonneville salt flats?


If you're a couple looking to really ball on a budget, you'll be happy to know that it is completely free to get married at the Bonneville Salt Flats. However, if you are looking to have a bit of a larger gathering at the Salt Flats you will be required to purchase a SUP which is a low cost of $60.


important information for your bonneville salt flats wedding


Here is some important information that you will need to know if you decide to have your Utah wedding at the Bonneville Salt Flats.


  • Stay on existing roads or areas that are designated for vehicles. There are certain areas that may look sturdy, but are actually fragile and will break with the weight of a vehicle
  • Don't go on salt surface that is covered by water. When the salt is wet it can damage the vehicles and event short out the electrical system in your vehicle
  • The Bonneville Salt Flats are FLAT so beware of desert conditions especially in the summer time where temps can reach 100 degrees and drop under 0 degrees in the winter
  • There are no facilities or services at the Bonneville Salt Flats (except at a nearby rest area)
  • You are prohibited from staying at the Bonneville Slat Flats, but camping is encouraged on surrounding public lands

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Liberty park | Salt Lake City, utah


Liberty Park is one of the oldest and second-largest city parks in Salt Lake City, Utah. If you're looking for a really low cost option for your Utah wedding, then getting married in a public park can be one of the easiest choices you can make. You have plenty of land and space to make the most of the area and is perfect for your Utah wedding. When deciding to get married at Liberty Park you are free to utilize the gazebo for your ceremony and the Rice Terrace for your reception.


HOW TO GET MARRIED AT THE Liberty park


The process to get married at Liberty Park is super simple and easy. If you're looking to have your ceremony at Liberty Park, you will be required to purchase a permit fee for your wedding date. After purchasing the permit fee, that is all you have to do! Gear up for the most exciting day in your entire life!


How much does it cost to get married at liberty park


If you're wanting to get married at Liberty Park, then you will be required to purchase a permit fee, however it is extremely low cost in comparison to typical wedding venue costs in Utah. The permit fee is $205. You will also be allowed to utilize the Gazebo for your wedding ceremony and the Rice Terrace for your reception. However, those will cost an additional fee. Please contact Liberty Park directly for those additional costs. The best number to reach them is (801) 596-8500.