What To Know When Planning Your Salt Lake City Temple Wedding

the salt lake city temple

Every year, at all times of the year, couples from all over the world come to get married at the Salt Lake City temple. A Salt Lake City temple wedding is something that people have planned for and dreamed of since they were kids. The Salt Lake City temple is located in downtown Salt Lake City and truly makes for the perfect wedding location. Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints are sealed and married inside of temples which are sacred and are seen and treated with complete reverence and respect. This is the equivalent of the wedding ceremony. If you’re interested in learning more about what happens inside of temples, you can see that here.

It is important to note that photography is not permitted inside the temple under any circumstances. All photography takes place outside the temple and around the beautiful temple grounds. If you’re looking for a photographer at the Salt Lake City temple, I would absolutely love to capture your big day! Contact me and let’s chat!

 

How Long is the Temple Sealing?

The sealing can take anywhere between 30-60 minutes. The first photos of the couple happen right as they exit the temple doors. As a photographer, this is where I will be waiting. Some of the guests will have most likely been a part of the sealing and then will see the married couple as they exit the temple as well.

 

Where To Do Family Photos at the Salt Lake City Temple?

Most family photos are taken on the stairs of the temple. The temple however can be very crowded depending on the time of year. Also depending on how many weddings are happening that day, there can be a lot of people. There are four sets of stairs, two facing east and two facing west. Each photographer is allotted about twenty minutes on the stairs. While we are waiting, I like to take photos of small groups in other locations close by. It’s important to make the most out of the time that you have at the temple. It’s important to stay patient. I like to let my group know ahead of time that waiting is something that we might run into. It’s also important to keep this in mind when planning your luncheon time. Respecting the temple grounds as well as other wedding parties is important, too.

 

Must-Have Locations For Your Salt Lake City Temple Wedding Portraits

There are several standard must-have locations at the Salt Lake Temple that every bride desires. I’ve made a list here in case you are looking for inspiration.

  • Stair pictures, located on the east and west sides of the temple.
  • The temple door handles for hand or ring shots.
  • The temple doors which are located at the top of the stairs on the East and West sides of the temple.
  • The inside stalls on top of the stairs.
  • The Olive tree bench which is located at the South West corner of the Temple.
  • The Reflection pond which is located outside the fence to the East of the temple.
  • The famous podium which is located to the East of the temple and overlooks the front of the temple and the lawn.

 

Helpful Information about the Salt Lake Temple

Make sure that you note when the closures of the temple are. The temple grounds are closed on Sundays and Mondays. They are also closed for a few weeks out of each year for cleaning. It’s important to check closure dates of each year as they sometimes change.

There is usually a lot of foot traffic as Temple Square can be a touristy place. It’s especially busy in the late spring and summer, and hundreds of people also work nearby. A lot of times there will be people in the background of your images. One of the few ways to avoid this is to shoot at times of the day when there aren’t very many people out. Sunrise is a perfect and beautiful time for this.

The beautiful fountains are located on the far East side of the temple and turn on for 15 minutes at the hour.

 

Reception Venues

If you’re looking for reception venues for after your sealing, I’ll link some blog posts that I’ve written about venues in the area!

 

salt lake city temple wedding by adrian wayment photo