The Ultimate Guide To Deer Valley Weddings

bride and groom before their deer valley wedding by adrian wayment photo

If you’re looking for scenic mountain backdrops, gourmet cuisine and award-winning food for your special day, look no further than Deer Valley weddings. Deer Valley Resort is truly a magical place to tie the knot, no matter what season. They have multiple venues to choose from, depending on your taste and budget. I’m confident that you’ll find something that will perfectly fit your dream for one of the biggest days of your life at Deer Valley Resort. Megan at her marketing team at Deer Valley was kind and generous enough to answer questions that I’m sure you’ll run into as you’re planning your wedding at Deer Valley. Their website is linked here and has more specific information, such as pricing. 

 

Payment & Rental Fee For Deer Valley Weddings

  1. How many people can your location accommodate? 
    • Deer Valley Resort offers events at numerous venues, including our Silver Lake Lodge, Empire Canyon Lodge and The Goldener Hirsch as well as mountain top ceremonies at our Homestake Ceremony site and Cushing’s Cabin. Silver Lake Lodge paired with the Homestake Ceremony site can accommodate groups of 30-300. Empire Canyon Lodge with a ceremony at Cushing’s Cabin is great for groups 30-200 and the new Goldener Hirsch hotel can accommodate groups of 20-200. At the Goldener Hirsch, couples can also make use of 18 Inn hotel suites and 40 brand-new, modern condominiums for their guests. 
  1. What is the rental fee for Deer Valley weddings, and what’s included in that price?  
    • At Silver Lake Lodge and Empire Canyon Lodge we offer our package pricing for groups over 80. Pricing is per person and includes the rental fee as well as: 
      • complimentary ceremony rehearsal 
      • exclusive use of the reserved lodge and grounds during the contracted time 
      • two outdoor fire pits
      • one corn hole set 
      • parking 
      • ceremony set up of teak chairs on the lodge lawn  
      • weather back up location 
      • ceremony sound package from Wasatch AV
      • two bartenders for five hours 
      • round tables and leather chairs 
      • all wears including china, glassware and silverware, house linen
      • wooden dance floor  
      • champagne or sparkling cider toast 
      • three tray-passed hors d’oeuvres and dinner 
    • For groups under 80 guests at Silver Lake Lodge and Empire Canyon Lodge, the venue rental which is determined by the time of year and venue location would include:  
      • complimentary ceremony rehearsal 
      • exclusive use of the reserved lodge and grounds during the contracted time 
      • two outdoor fire pits 
      • one corn hole set 
      • round tables and leather chairs 
      • all wears including china, glassware and silverware, house linen
    • At The Goldener Hirsch, we offer a wedding package which includes the venue fee as well as ceremony package, weather depending plan, tables, chairs and a room for the wedding couple the night of the wedding. 
  2. Do you accept payment plans?  
    • All events at Deer Valley Resort require a 25% deposit at the time of contract signing as well as 75% deposit 30 days prior to the event. The deposit amounts are based on the minimum event spend negotiated on the contract. We are willing to work with clients on the deposit structure if needed. 

 

Vendors

  1. Do you have an in-house caterer or a list of “preferred” caterers, or does the couple need to provide their own? If there is an in-house caterer, does the couple have the option of using an outside caterer instead?  
    • Deer Valley is proud to have an award-winning culinary team in house to service all events. We do not allow outside caterers or alcohol to be brought to our venues. The only exception is a wedding cake, which would be subject to a cutting fee. 
  2. Can the couple hire their own vendors or is there a preferred vendor list they need to stick to?  
    • We love meeting new local vendors! Deer Valley is glad to offer a referral list to our clients for Deer Valley weddings, which gives them a great place to know some of our favorite vendors. All Deer Valley Resort venues require that each wedding has a planner or coordinator at least one month prior to their event. 

 

Amenities At Deer Valley Resort

  1. Are tables, linens, chairs, plates, silverware and glassware provided or does the couple need to rent them on their own? 
    • All Deer Valley Resort venues offer 60” or 72” round tables, leather chairs, white china, silverware and glassware as part of the venue. 
  2. Do you have an inventory of decor that can be borrowed from?  
    • Unfortunately, Deer Valley Resort do not offer an inventory of decor that can be borrowed. We do have some great recommendations for local vendors that have a wide variety of items. 
  3. Can things be moved around, or is everything supposed to stay as is? 
    • Deer Valley Resort works with each couple and their planner 30 days prior to their event to make sure that the venue is set up for the needs of that event. We can move almost all our furniture pieces and allow for outside furniture to be brought into the venues. 
  4. Can the couple use their own candles/confetti/sparklers/food-trucks?  
    • Deer Valley Resort allows for real candles on the tables but ask for flameless candles on any service above guest height. Sparkler sendoffs are allowed at all venues, if we are not under a burn ban. Confetti or other toss items for post ceremony or send-offs must be biodegradable. Food trucks are not allowed, all food (excluding wedding cakes) needs to be provided by Deer Valley Resort.   
  5. Are there changing areas for the bride, groom, and/or wedding party?  
    • Silver Lake Lodge, Empire Canyon Lodge and The Goldener Hirsch are all able to offer changing areas for the bride, groom and wedding party. While Silver Lake Lodge and Empire Canyon Lodge do not have space that is suitable for the ladies to have their hair and makeup done during the day, Goldener Hirsch does have that amenity. 
  6. Do you provide heating and/or umbrellas for outdoor spaces?  
    • Unfortunately, Deer Valley Resort does not offer heaters or umbrellas for our ceremony sites. Our great decks, patios and courtyards do offer large umbrellas. We do allow heaters to be brought in and can suggest local vendors that offer a full array of options. 
  7. Do you have a sound system and/or microphones for speeches?  
    • All our event packages have a ceremony sound package included which includes speakers with stands, audio mixer, reader microphone, wireless microphones and a technician for 2 hours. Additional sound items are available for rental from Wasatch AV for the reception or most DJs or Bands offer those services for the evening. 
  8. What’s your weather backup plan for outdoor spaces?   
    • Silver Lake Lodge, The Goldener Hirsch, and Empire Canyon Lodge all have indoor ceremony options for the backup weather plan. The weather plan gets discussed three days prior to the event and then the final call gets made on the morning of the wedding. 

 

Parking & Alcohol

  1. Is there parking on site and if so, is it complimentary? If not, where will guests park?  
    • Each of our venues offers a different parking option and/or allows for outside transportation to be arranged by the couple. Silver Lake Lodge has a complimentary underground garage. The Goldener Hirsch has valet parking which is included in the package pricing. Empire Canyon Lodge requires valet parking or shuttles arranged by the couple; valet parking is included in the package pricing. 
  2. Are you licensed to provide alcohol service for Deer Valley weddings? 
    • Deer Valley Resort is licensed to serve alcohol. Alcohol is not included in any of our package pricing and is charged on consumption. We work with each couple to build the bar that works for them. 

 

Your Deer Valley Wedding Photographer

In conclusion, if you’re still looking for a photographer for your wedding day, I would love to be your Utah wedding photographer at the Deer Valley Resort wedding venue or any other venue you’re choosing. Either way, just get in touch with me to make sure that I’m available, even if you haven’t booked your venue yet! Let’s get your date on the calendar. If you’re looking for other mountain venues in Utah, check out this post about the gorgeous Snowbasin wedding venue. Here are some other blog posts you might be interested in if you’re tying the knot in Park City.

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