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Top 5 Venues for Festival Weddings

If you've browsed through our website, you may have noticed that Festival Weddings are kind of our jam. I didn't set out to specialize in this type of wedding but holy smokes do I love it! A whole weekend of music, food and nature? Sign me up! So, if you're just starting your search for a Festival Wedding venue, I have a few places in mind that you might like to check out.

  1. Moab Under Canvas, Utah

best desert wedding venue moab under canvas utah

A gateway to two stunning national parks, Moab Under Canvas offers the perfect mix of wilderness and comfort. Your guests can venture to Canyonlands National Park for the euphoric, top-of-the-world sensation and can come back to their cushy teepee for the ultimate glamping experience.

Pros:

  • You can have a multiple-day wedding/event
  • Bring in your own vendors
  • Accommodates 120+ guests on-site
  • Tons of daytime activities near by
  • Breathtaking views and natural beauty
  • No curfew
  • Cleaning staff on-site for tents/teepees

Challenges:

  • Very limited power and lighting (requires generator rental)
  • Limited cell service (I use radios for this venue)
  • Must bring in all rentals (tables, chairs, lighting, bar, etc.)
  • Set Up is logistically hard - PLEASE hire a Wedding Planner!
  • It's a little far from airports and about a 13 hour drive from Los Angeles

bride and groom with succulent wall desert wedding at moab under canvas desert

(Photos by Laura Goldenberger Photography)

2. RimRock Ranch, California

RimRock Ranch is where I'm getting married in September! The reason I chose this venue is because we can have it for 3 days, it's next to Joshua Tree National Park, our pups can attend and it has a few airports nearby. The sunrises and sunsets are going to be incredible and I barely need any decor items because of the natural beauty and cool eclectic decor in this space.

joshua tree wedding venue desert rimrock ranch

Pros:

  • Can have multiple-day events
  • Rad owners - Gwen and Eric
  • Accommodations for 22 people
  • Tons of AirBnBs nearby
  • BYOV (bring your own vendors)
  • Dog-friendly
  • Near Pappy & Harriet's music venue

Challenges:

  • Caterer must be self-sufficient (food trucks are ideal)
  • Can get very hot - rent some parasols!
  • Requires a little more planning logistically
  • Rentals required

desert bride with lace dress and simple copper wedding arch joshua tree

(Photos by Red Anchor Photo)

3. The Ruin Venue, California

If you were planning your wedding 5 years ago, you would never even consider an abandoned stone house as your venue, right? Well now it's all about finding unique, off-the-grid and super creative venues to represent the couple's personalities.

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Pros:

  • Right next to Joshua Tree National Park
  • Unique setting + natural backdrop
  • BYOV
  • Cool tent frame where you can hang lights
  • Includes generator, string lights and porta-potties

Challenges:

  • No on-site accommodations (an Inn is coming soon!)
  • No shade
  • 1-day rental (with load in on Friday, load out on Sunday)

bride walking in desert on sand ruin venue joshua tree

(Photos by Branch and Cole)

4. Kiva Koffeehouse, Utah

Nestled in beautiful Escalante, Utah you'll find this friendly neighborhood Coffee Shop called Kiva Koffeehouse. Known for their homemade soups, fresh bread and hot coffee , they also offer their space for small, intimate weddings.

Kiva koffee house wedding venue escalante utah

Pros:

  • Very flexible and easy to work with - family-run
  • Access to their tables and chairs (cafe style)
  • On-site catering provided
  • Can bring in your own teepee for decor

Challenges:

  • Only two cottages available on-site
  • Rental can only start after 6pm (when the cafe closes)
  • No pets allowed

kiva koffeehouse cottages in escalante utah

kiva koffee house indoors wedding venue utah

(photos from their website. P.S we will be doing a wedding here in September 2017 and hope to report back with a ton more photos!)

5. Dunton Hot Springs

I want to go here so bad! Located in Dunton, Colorado, the Dunton Hot Springs is so magically you'll want to cry. It has a ton of land and several little cottages and teepees for the perfect bohemian wedding. Bonus: they have natural hot springs for you to enjoy!

dunton hot springs colorado wedding venue with teepee

Pros:

  • Natural Hot Springs (duh)
  • Several different packages and accommodation options
  • Guided activities
  • Option to rent the whole town!

Challenges:

  • Up to 60 guests only
  • Quite pricey to rent out the whole town

dunton hot springs colorado outdoor wedding venue

indoor pool at colorado dunton hot springs

(photos by Jack Richmond Photography)

There you have it, 5 wonderfully bohemian wedding venues to host your magical day or weekend at. I can't wait to go explore more of them myself this year and share them with you!

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