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Intimate Cliffside Micro Wedding in Utah

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Ashley and Nick followed the savvy tip of cutting their guest list so they could treat those guests really well. We LOVE this idea and know you will be so inspired by their cliffside micro wedding with an extended stay, steak dinner, and sightseeing!
Intimate Cliffside Micro Wedding in Utah

Ashley + Nick

Moab, Utah
03/18/2022 · 13 guests
Total wedding budget $18,000

Budget Breakdown

Below is an estimated wedding budget breakdown provided by the couple.

  • Catering
    9%
    $1700
  • Alcohol/Bar
    6%
    $1000
  • Cake/Dessert
    2%
    $325
  • Flowers
    7%
    $1326
  • Rentals
    2%
    $350
  • Photography
    22%
    $4000
  • Bridal Attire
    20%
    $3607
  • Groom Attire
    4%
    $800
  • Venue
    1%
    $185
  • Miscellaneous
    0%
    $52
  • Hotel
    26%
    $4631
  • Total wedding budget
    $18000
vow books and bouquet
bride walking down the aisle
cliffside micro wedding ceremony

Did you do any DIY Projects or create any handmade items for your wedding?

No, we let nature do the talking! We decided to elope in the stunning Utah desert with the endless views out over Dead Horse State Park as our backdrop. So, we kept it simple with just a rug and arch.

What creative or personal aspects did you include in your wedding?

We personalized our day by exploring multiple different locations for photos, having a private vow reading before our actual ceremony, and cuddling up on a cliff-side for a ‘just us’ picnic.
I had a custom charm made for Nick’s boutonnière with a picture of his late Mom on it which I hope gave him a slight sense she was there with him that day.

bride and groom
ceremony arch
wedding gown
picnic wedding
boho bride and boho guests

What is the most memorable moment of your day?

The first look right before sunrise. We were both super excited and nervous.

What was the biggest thing you did to save money?

Limited our guest list! We only brought our absolute closest family and friends with us and, since the guest count was lower, we were able to treat them really well. We accommodated everyone in a beautiful big cabin and splurged on an incredible steak dinner. The next day we took everyone on a sight-seeing party bus!

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bride and groom
boutonnierre detail
bridal portraits

What was your biggest splurge?

Our biggest splurge was definitely our photography package! Memorializing our wedding day was by far our top priority.

What were your favorite details?

Our ceremony location exceeded both our expectations as well as the entire family’s: it was totally awe-inspiring. So, that was definitely our favorite detail of the day!

bride and groom
cliffside wedding picnic
wedding picnic charcuterie board
bride and groom
bridal portrait

What’s the best advice you have for planning your wedding now that you’re on the other side?

Don’t worry about anyone else! Do what will make you happy as a couple, everyone else can either enjoy the ride or not be a part of it. Don’t change your plans based on other people’s wants. It’s your day and you should be selfish!

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bride and groom portrait