It’s wedding season here in the U.S. Have you received an invitation or two for a dear friend’s nuptials to be held at Salt Lake City’s Temple Square?
Temple Square has been the heart of Utah since its founding in 1847. It was built by pioneers from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Temple Square was the anchor point from which they built out their settlement.
The community has invested in the beauty and elegance of this area. Its numerous temples, dining places, and natural spring have made it an incredible destination and wedding spot.
When Wedding Bells Ring Out
Weddings at Temple Square are nothing less than extraordinary. The scenery and event will be something for the ages. Should you get an invite, here are five tips on how to be a respectful guest:
1. RSVP ASAP: When we get an invite, it’s most likely that we will procrastinate responding to it. The first step in being a great guest is to simply RSVP if there is a request to do so, or thank the couple for the invite. Response is essential to the wedding’s seat plan, linens, food preparation, and drinks serving, which are all tied to the headcount.
2. Present a gift: Come with something for the new couple to celebrate with. Most couples have a wedding registry, so you don’t have to think up a gift on your own.
3. Arrive early: Weddings are great when they start on time and everybody is in their seats. Do your part to make this wedding great!
4. Be social: Everybody is in good spirits, so it’s an excellent time to get to know them or meet new people.
5. Camera manners matter: Get selfies, group shots, and even a few pictures of the couple. But always be courteous about it—especially when it comes to letting the hired photographer do their job. Keep the phone away during the ceremony.
Seeing The Sights in SLC
You might have some free time while you are in Salt Lake City, especially if you are not part of the wedding party. Either way, you will want to see the sights and experience the city fully during your stay.
Temple Square is a 10-acre complex that features churches, concerts on its gardens, conference buildings, museums, libraries, and restaurants. It is an area filled to the brim with history, beauty, and religious significance.
You may need to get the wedding couple a last-minute gift, or need retail therapy for yourself. Visit the City Creek Centre for some of the city’s finest shopping. It has over 100 shops and restaurants. Its retailers include Louis Vuitton, Nordstrom, and Tiffany’s. The shopping center also has gift vouchers and discounts for shoppers from out of town, so give it a try.
If you are a history buff or a choral enthusiast, then you should visit The Tabernacle. It was built over 40 years in the late 1800s and still stands strong today. It has incredible acoustics and a pipe organ with 11,623 pipes. One of its main attractions is The Tabernacle Choi. You must hear them sing.
Where You Should Stay
Most couples block out rooms at a hotel or two so you should double-check the invitation to see if this is the case. If not and you are looking for hotels near Temple Square in Salt Lake City, we’re here to help.
Hyatt Place Salt Lake City/Downtown/The Gateway is a hotel built for both leisure and business. Its comfortable rooms, nature-inspired breakfast, and fluid social spaces offer a great experience to guests. There is a pool and fitness center to keep you active, along with free Wi-Fi and business services. The pet-friendly hotel is near Temple Square and many other attractions.
A great budget option would be the Plaza Hotel. This hotel might just lay claim to having the lowest rates, guaranteed. They also have a jacuzzi and offer complimentary airport shuttles along with Wi-Fi.
You’ve Got To Try This Food
Salt Lake City has developed a vibrant, destination-worthy restaurant scene in its own right.
A fresh food menu is hard to achieve in a landlocked state like Utah, but Freshies pulls it off. They fly in their lobster daily from Maine, and you can order online. The restaurant has a great story: They started out in a food market, expanded to a food truck, and then grew into a restaurant.
Tulie Bakery is a small French bakery. It offers both sweet and savory treats that you can make a meal of. The bakery serves croissants, pastries, cakes, cookies, tarts, hot-pressed sandwiches, seasonal soups, and salads.
Say I Do to Temple Square
Temple Square offers a beautiful, romantic, and elegant visit if you open yourself up to it. You’ll cherish experiencing the history and culture of the community. When you get the chance to visit Temple Square, be prepared to make memories.
*Disclaimer: Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Temple Square may be closed and/or weddings may get canceled. Please check with the couple for further details.