The Utah State Capitol is an absolutely amazing place for a wedding. This Salt Lake City landmark is one of the most iconic and historic buildings in the state and is an absolutely breathtaking space for you to say your vows and hold your reception.
Take a look at the basics of holding your wedding in the Utah State Capitol.
Utah State Capitol Wedding Info
The Utah State Capitol is an awe-inspiring site from the outside with its granite pillars, regal lion sculptures, and copper dome. Inside it’s even prettier with a soaring rotunda, white marble walls and floors, and sweeping staircases leading up to the legislative chambers. The ceilings are painted with moments in the state’s history, as well as the sego lilies (the state flower) and seagulls (the state bird).
The Utah State Capitol hosts weddings year-round.
Wedding Ceremony Sites
Yes, there are many places you could hold a ceremony in the Utah State Capitol, but there is really only one where you will want to: the grand staircase in the rotunda. Here couples can descend the massive staircase from each side and be wed on the main stairs flanked by large gold and glass light fixtures. It is an absolutely jaw-dropping visual.
Wedding Reception Site
There is plenty of space for your reception in the rotunda space. You can set up tables and chairs on the perimeter of the dome and set a dance floor in the middle.
The plazas on each side of the capitol are also splendid spaces for receptions. They are perfect for nighttime events as they overlook the sparkling lights of the city. Both have ample space for dining and dancing.
Bridal Suite/ Getting Ready Rooms
There is a room available for final touches, however, the bulk of the wedding prep should be done off-site.
Other unique amenities
The Utah State Capitol is an incredible place for photos. The manicured grounds and granite facade outside, and the marble detailing on the interior are stunning backdrops. It’s almost impossible to take a bad photo here.
What is the capacity?
The Rotunda can accommodate up to 500 guests for a seated ceremony, 320 for a seated reception, and 900 for a flowing reception.
The east and west plazas can accommodate up to 1,000 guests each.
Where is the location?
The Utah State Capitol is located at the top of State Street in Salt Lake City. It is ten minutes from the Salt Lake International Airport.
How many weddings are hosted on-site each day?
One wedding can be held in each event space each day. Be aware though that this is a public building, so other people may be on the grounds.
Are there any time or noise restrictions?
All events must end by 11 PM.
Is this venue ADA-accessible?
This venue is ADA-accessible.
What is the pet policy?
Pets are not allowed without express written permission of the executive director of the Capitol Preservation Board.
Utah State Capitol Wedding Cost
Venue rental fees cover the space only. Tables and chairs can be rented through the venue as well.
- Rotunda: $2,000 for weekdays and $2,300 Friday-Sunday
- East Plaza: $1,300
- West Plaza: $1,300
Couples also must pay for event insurance, security, and janitorial services.
Wedding Catering and Lodging
What are the catering options?
The Utah State Capitol has a long list of approved caterers for you to choose from. They include everything from traditional wedding fare to Hawaiian barbecue, Indian buffets, and an ice cream truck.
Alcohol is not allowed at the Utah State Capitol.
What are the included decor options and restrictions?
As this is a historic building there are plenty of restrictions on what you cannot have on the grounds. No balloons, confetti, rose petals, rice, or birdseed are allowed. Neither are open flame candles or any pyrotechnics (including sparklers). They will have you sign a contract agreeing to all of the restrictions when you reserve the building.
What are the lodging (on-site or nearby) options?
Salt Lake City is right at the feet of the Capitol building with dozens of lodging options.
Is there an in-house wedding planner or day-of coordinator?
Staff is available to help with set up and take down, but a separate coordinator is recommended.
What are some nearby attractions?
Take some time to explore the Capitol grounds. There are many memorials and historic makers worth seeing. If it’s spring take time to see the cherry blossoms in all their glory. You also may want to take time to wander through Memory Grove, which has a lovely sculpture garden and hiking trails.
Utah State Capitol Contact Info
For more information, please contact the venue at 801-538-3074.
Utah State Capitol
350 State Street
Salt Lake City, Utah 84103
Why you should get married at The Utah State Capitol
The Utah State Capitol is an exceptional venue for couples seeking a unique and memorable location for their wedding. The historic significance and grandeur of this iconic space, with its stunning architecture and majestic main hall, create an unforgettable setting for your celebration. The building’s rotunda provides a visually captivating centerpiece and the two beautifully landscaped outdoor plazas that overlook the Salt Lake Valley are ideal for receptions. And its proximity to Salt Lake City makes it easy for both in-town and visiting guests to access.
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*Updated in May 2023 to reflect current wedding information. Please always confirm pricing and details with the venue, as items are subject to change.