A break from our regularly scheduled programming – we’re going to turn our attention to destinations. It’s been a minute since we’ve done a travel highlight but being quarantined in our home, we are feeling the itch to get on a plane and go just about anywhere! We are sure that you are feeling the same, so we wanted to offer a little wanderlust.
One of the places in the United States that few people turn to for summer vacations, is Utah. It’s a well-known winter destination with skiing and the Sundance Film Festival – but often unrecognized publicly is it’s gorgeous landscape as a summer destination. It’s home to a number of national parks that offer a variety of activities for everyone and unforgettable views.
Our principal planner, Kelly Soule, discovered it’s beauty when she was working for the Sundance Film Festival. She shares her favorite places to visit and photos from her travels to inspire you to make your post-quarantine plans!
Top Recommendations in Park City:
- High West Distillery & Restaurant
- No Name Bar
- Montage Resort
- Deer Valley Ski Resort
- Olympic Ski Park
Moab: Canyonlands and Arches National Parks
One of the most special places in the United States is Moab, UT. Home to Canyonlands and Arches National Parks, it's a small tourist town that serves as a hub for hikers, bikers and campers coming to explore the beautiful sites. Each park offers individual sights and you'll definitely want to ensure you plan for a full day in each. There's plenty of trails if you like to hike or bike but if you prefer to drive and take in the sights, there's options for that too!
Bryce Canyon National Park
Bryce Canyon offers sights you've never seen before. A truly work of magic by mother nature, the amazing red-orange-pink sandstone sculptures offer beautiful surroundings for hiking, biking and camping.
For animal lovers, one of the most impressive sights we have seen is on Antelope Island. Just 30 minutes outside of downtown Salt Lake City, the island now is home close to 700 free roaming bison. Driving through the island you can see them roaming the fields or crossing the street in front of your car. We've never been somewhere where you can get as up close and personal to a creature living it's natural habitat! It's not to miss.
Zion National Park
The first National Park in Utah, Zion National Park is another not to miss. Just a little over an hour from Bryce, Zion offers similar redstone views with that additional of their emerald pools. Majestic waterfalls and glistening pools offer refreshing spots for hikers and biker to sit back, relax and take in the views.
Deciding on a Wedding venue is a huge decision and there are tons of factors to take into consideration before signing the contract. While there are plenty more details to talk through with the venue before you sign on the dotted line, these are some insightful questions to help get you started and you may not think of unless you are in the Wedding biz. Of course you want to cover the basics (is the venue available on your preferred date, how many guests can the venue hold, pricing and payment information, cancellation policies etc.), but here are a few more things to consider from the pros when looking for a Wedding venue:
You will want to ask if the venue has any restrictions or rules about what décor you are allowed to bring in and what you can do with it inside the space. For example, some older or historic venues may not allow for candles or open flames or some venues do not allow confetti or glitter to be used. If you have your heart set on a grand confetti exit at the end of the night, make sure the venue allows it first!
While many venues will allow you to bring in any vendors you wish, some venues have exclusive relationships with certain vendors. Make sure you ask your venue if bringing in outside vendors will be possible or if they can provide you a list of vendors for you to choose from.
PRO TIP! Wedding venues are a great place to get recommendations for other vendors! They have seen many vendors come and go through their venue space and can help point you in the direction of a great vendor for your big day. Plus, having a vendor who has worked in your venue space can be great as they are already familiar with the space and its procedures.
If you are planning on having an outdoor Wedding, there are a few other factors to take into consideration when choosing a venue. You want to make sure they have a Plan B in case of inclement weather. Is there an indoor space available in the event that Mother Nature decides not to cooperate on your Wedding day? Ask to take a look at this space to make sure it fits with your vision for your Wedding day. Hopefully, you never have to use Plan B, but its always better to have the conversation ahead of time so there are no unpleasant surprises the day of your Wedding.
Day of Coordinator
Ask your venue if they provide a Day of Coordinator for your wedding. This would be the person from the venue there on site to help make sure everything goes smoothly and as planned on your Wedding day. Some venues will provide a Day of Coordinator free of charge, while others may offer the service for an additional fee. If your venue does not offer a Day of Coordinator, ask if you are allowed to bring in an external coordinator, as some venues may have restrictions. You will definitely want to ensure you have a point of contact for all your vendors and to run the show on the day-of.
Some larger Wedding venues may have multiple spaces they rent out individually on the same date for different groups. If you were hoping for a private and exclusive rental of the space, be sure to check with the venue if your rental is exclusive for your event or if they will be booking other events for the same date.
While some venues may offer free usage of their tech equipment (speakers, microphones, projectors, etc.) other venues may charge an additional fee for this or not offer any equipment on site at all. Be sure to ask about this up front so you know if you will need to rent any equipment or be sure the entertainment provides their own equipment.
An important logistical question to ask your venue is what time you and the other vendors will be allowed to get into the venue space on the day of your Wedding. This is important to ensure all your vendors have enough time to get everything set up on the morning of your Wedding day.
PRO TIP! Ask your venue if you are allowed to drop off décor and other supplies the night before the Wedding, rather than bringing everything in the day-of. Dropping all of this off the night before can help make the morning of your Wedding less stressful!
Always be sure to ask you venue about who will be responsible for the break down of the decor and setup after your Wedding. Some venues may provide staff to assist with taking down decor and bringing gifts to the designated vehicle, but others will not and it is important to know this ahead of time. If your venue leaves the break down up to you, be sure you have a plan for the end of the evening. Consider who will be responsible for gathering all the gifts and décor and ensuring they get to their next destination.
It is super important to make sure you are familiar with the policies of your venue regarding insurance. While some venues provide the liability insurance, other venues may request for you to provide this so make sure you ask!
It's May 15, 2020 and our world has changed drastically because of Covid-19. Many of us are stuck in our homes and if we are not, we are just starting to come out of quarantine unsure of what will come and when we can gather again.
The Wedding and Events industry is powering through every day, pivoting plans for our clients and guiding them to make safe decisions for themselves and their guests while honoring the countless hours that went into planning these celebrations.
Unfortunately, we are now at a point where we look out to the rest of 2020 and the vision of hosting gathers of 100+ people in the manner are used to and have planned for is unlikely. The decision to postpone is not as simple as it was a couple months ago. While we still recommend the same thought process from our previous post - which will help you get to place that you are ready to move forward with a plan b - we're now sharing some updated insight we have learned from our clients and want to help you find the best plan b for you and your fiance.
Option 1: Copy and Paste to 2021
Is it important to you to keep ALL of your original plans for your Wedding? Whether that be ensuring all your guests can attend or keeping the same date, you are willing to push it a year out in order to move forward with the Wedding you have always envisioned.
THINGS TO CONSIDER:
Celebrate Now, Party Later
THINGS TO CONSIDER:
Perhaps the thought of postponing and extending your Wedding planning is exhausting and you want to figure out a way to make it happen in 2020. There's tons of ways to pivot and move forward with planning for a 2020 Wedding amid the COVID-19 pandemic while keeping it personal and special. Not sure how to do it? Here are some ideas:
HOW TO PIVOT
Enjoy some of our favorite tips, tricks and select event highlights!