Save Money On Your Utah Elopement

Your Utah elopement doesn’t have to be expensive. Seriously! I’ve gotten to see so many budget-friendly alternatives during my time as a Utah elopement photographer. Actually, spending less can actually mean you have more fun and richer experiences with your guests.

I want you to feel like you have the best marriage ever, regardless of how much you spend. So, here are my curated tips for an elopement on a budget! 

bride and groom embracing each other at their Arches National Park wedding on top of a boulder with a valley below them captured by Utah Elopement Photographer


In lieu of a formal wedding venue, host your elopement in the grand scenery outdoors! Arches National Park has so many hikes with beautiful vistas for your ceremony. Whether it’s just you and the fiancee, or you with a small party, a hike can be a great way to bond before you say “I do.”

Utah Elopement Photographer captures bride and groom embracing on an outlook in Arches National Park wedding whie the bride holds her wedding bouquet to her side as her groom kisses her forehead


Instead of paying for catering, take your elopement party to a romantic dinner instead. Need some advice on where to go? As a seasoned visitor of Moab and the surrounding areas, I would love to share my favorite spot for you to dine after your elopement!

wedding picnic with bride and groom laughing as they eat wedding cake together on a white blanket on top of a mountain captured by utah elopement photographer
bride and groom having a picnic for their Arches National Park wedding as they sit on a white blanket together and eat cake captured by Utah elopement photographer


Save money on floral arrangements by arranging grocery store flowers, wildflowers, or a mix of both! Florals are such an easy way to save money, and honestly, no one will notice the difference. Save even more by buying flowers that are in season. 

wedding portraits by utah elopement photographer with elegant wedding dress on a dark hair bride holding a wild flower bouquet at sunset for her Moab wedding


If you’re not in a position to pay for a custom-made dress, there are a lot of alternatives! If you have a rental shop near you, you can always rent a dress. Or, buy a dress second-hand! There are Facebook groups and other online forums where you can buy digitally, or you can head to a second-hand shop. You may be surprised what you can find for less than $100.

Check out my tips for an elopement dress here before you go shopping!

utah elopement photographer captures bride in a lace dress posing in the red rocks of arches national park in the brush for her utah elopement


If you haven’t already, discuss your budget with your partner (and with your parents, if they’ll be helping out with your Utah elopement). Once you have a clear budget set, stick to it! I would recommend prioritizing the most important parts of the wedding for the biggest part of your budget. 

For example, if the hotel/accommodations are really important to you, spend big there! Be prepared to compromise in the other categories. 

outdoor Arches National Park wedding with bride and groom kissing in the sage brush and red rock with Utah elopement photographer
bride reaching through her groom hair as he embraces her around the waist and looks down at her while the brides veil flows in the wind for their Arches National Park wedding captured by Utah elopement photographer


You’ll definitely need a reasonably priced elopement photographer for your event. I would love to help! Unlike other Utah photographers, I also offer services as a wedding planner! I’ll help you plan your event and give all my best recommendations for the area. I’ve been around here so much, I know all the secrets and I’m ready to share ‘em!

utah elopement photographer captures bride and groom holding hands together to their chests as they lean into each other to kiss with the red rocks of Arches National Park

So, your Utah elopement doesn’t have to be expensive or stressful. Let me help you plan your perfect day and get the elopement photos of your dreams! Reach out to me here and let’s see how I can help!

Utah wedding photographer capture bride and groom in Arches National Park celebrating on top of a mountain surrounded by sage brush

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