ARIZONA WEDDING VENUE GUIDE
DESERT & MOUNTAIN WEDDING VENUES IN ARIZONA
Arizona is known for its stunning desert landscapes. Though that’s not all Arizona has to offer in terms of beautiful scenery, it’s definitely the best! Below are my favorite wedding venues all across Arizona that feature the stunning beauty of the southwest desert. Most of these venues are located in the greater Phoenix area!
CLOTH & FLAME WEDDINGS
Cloth & Flame is a unique company creating customized all outdoor wedding experiences in many areas around Arizona that are not “wedding venues” but stunning natural landscapes, celebrating Arizona’s unique beauty and inspiring conservation. They have wedding packages that make planning easy for you but still allow you the freedom and flexibility to make your wedding your own. Packages include rentals, a private chef and coordinator. Their main wedding site is near the Superstition Mountains.
SAGUARO LAKE RANCH
Saguaro Lake Ranch is a hidden gem in Mesa along the Salt River. It is an origial 1930’s cowboy housing when they were building the Stewart Mountain Dam creating Saguaro Lake and is an operating guest ranch. With the stunning Bulldog Mountains as a backdrop with the Salt River running along the property as well as casitas for your out of town guests, you can’t go wrong with Saguaro Lake Ranch. This venue is an outdoor venue only with both the ceremony & reception space held outside under the desert sky.
The Paseo, located in Apache Junction is a stunning desert/industrial venue at the foot of the iconic Superstition Mountains and next to the Elvis Presley Memorial Chapel. The Paseo can accomodate up to 200 guests. The indoor reception space has expansive windows to view the stunning Superstitions and a ceremony space overlooking the Superstitions with string lights throughout the cocktail area and indoors. They offer a package allowing you to also bring your own alcohol. It’s the most beautiful spot for your boho desert wedding!
DESERT BOTANICAL GARDEN
The Desert Botanical Garden is a lovely space right next to the Phoenix Zoo and Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport with multiple wedding locations, a large desert southwest plants and lots of areas to photograph. Guests can walk around the garden before the ceremony starts and during cocktail hour. They frequently have unique art installations and nighttime lighting that makes for unique night time photos.
DIFFERENT POINTE OF VIEW
Different Pointe of View, a fine dining restaurant and wedding venue part of the Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort, features expansive views of North Mountain and the city of Phoenix. Floor to ceiling widows show off this incredible view into the night!
DESERT FOOTHILLS BARN
The Desert Foothills Event Center in Scottsdale is a great rustic red barn and dirt floors, great open desert surrounding the property, ample parking and fire pit areas and lighted cacti at night. It’s the perfect rustic Arizona venue! Inside the barn can accomodate a lot of people and has great string lighting which means great photography.
GARDEN & FARM ARIZONA WEDDING VENUES
Yes that’s right! Arizona has garden wedding venues! You can escape the desert and get married somewhere green, even without leaving Phoenix if you don’t want! The Phoenix area has a thriving agricultural sector, and many of those established farms also host weddings.
Schnepf Farms in Queen Creek is a gorgeous 300 acre working organic farm run by a local family since at least the 60’s. They recently started doing weddings and have several wedding sites to choose from including my personal favorite, The Meadow, pictured to the left. The Meadow is in the middle of a grove of pine tree and the reception space is next to the ceremony space. The Meadow is like having a northern Arizona wedding without the travel. It also has the Farmhouse and the Barn which have ceremony sites near the peach tree grove.
THE FARM AT SOUTH MOUNTAIN
The Farm at South Mountain is a stunning working farm with multiple wedding locations onsite for an outdoor wedding and reception space. The grounds are stunningly green with an orchard on site, lots of flowers, and string lights for a romantic and beautiful outdoor reception.
Windmill Winery is a wedding venue in Florence, about 30-45 minutes from the Phoenix area. They have multiple wedding locations including the Lake House and Big Barn both of which have outdoor ceremony loctions and indoor reception spaces. The grounds are great for photography and they can accomodate very large weddings! They are also building an expansion to the property called the Cotton Gin allowing them to host up to 3 weddings at a time.
VENUE AT THE GROVE
The Venue at the Grove in Phoenix is a lovely venue situated in a beautiful pecan grove. It has both indoor & outdoor reception spaces, but I personally think the outdoor area is to die for. The outdoor area is lit by thousands of twinkle lights which creates great ambiance for your reception under the trees. It’s a must if you’re looking for an outdoor wedding that doesn’t feel like Arizona.
The Boojum Tree Hidden Gardens in Phoenix is a quirky and fun eclectic venue with a mix of some Spanish style, lots of greenery, a tropical greenhouse and big wooden dance floor open to the night air, and a very unique bar with lots of personality and character.
MOST UNIQUE ARIZONA WEDDING VENUES
Arizona has some of the most unique and offbeat wedding venues! If you are looking for something a little, or a lot bit different, here is your place to look!
The Icehouse is an art gallery in the heart of downtown Phoenix’s warehouse district. It was originally the Constable Ice and Fuel building. Before refrigeration, the Ice House produced 300 pound blocks of ice to keep produce cold on the trains heading to the East Coast. Later, this space was an evidence locker for the police department. Helen Hestenes and David Therrien converted the Ice House into a center for performing arts, music and special events and wedding venue, and a place to view art installments. The roofless room is called the cathedral room.
Arcosanti is an urban laboratory built in 1970 as a city minimizing environmental impact. It’s a very unique space not far from Prescott with lots of decorative concrete buildings nestled in among the high desert landscape. The ceremony & reception space is outdoors but covered.
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The Phoenix Zoo is a surprisingly versatile space that can accomodate many different sizes of weddings and styles and is conveniently located very close to Phoenix Sky Harbor airport. You don’t have to have to have your wedding be zoo themed either! There are a mix of outdoor and indoor reception spaces depending on your guest count. Guests can walk through the zoo before the ceremony starts or during cocktail hour and it’s especially beautiful when the Zoo Lights are up during the holidays through early March or so.
PHOENIX ART MUSUEM
The Phoenix Art Museum is a modern venue located in downtown Phoenix. It’s perfect for a couple who loves art and wants a modern, unique venue that’s easily accessible for out of town guests and locals. It features multiple ceremony and reception sites both indoor and outdoor, access to the museum and exhibits and is versatile for styling. Some of the permanent exhibits, like the Fireflies exhibit, is a photographer’s dream to photograph to photograph and allows some really creative and unique portrait opportunities.
FOREST WEDDING VENUES IN ARIZONA
I love traveling to northern Arizona for it’s cooler climate, beautiful pine trees and mountains and adorable cities and towns with history & character. Northern Arizona is definitely the place to get married in the summer or winter if you really want a winter wedding with snow!
RED SETTER INN
The Red Setter Inn in Greer, AZ is perfect if you are looking for a venue in the pines to get away for the wedding weekend. The venue has the Little Colorado River meandering through the 4 acre property with a very large main red roofed wood lodge and 4 smaller cabins throughout the property. Greer is a lovely little town in the White Mountains of Arizona where you can hike, fish, go horseback riding, ski in the winter and also enjoy the nearby shopping at Pinetop and Show Low, AZ. It’s a lovely summer escape if you are looking for a summer wedding without the heat of being in the Phoenix area.
I got married in Payson, which is only an hour and a half drive from the Phoenix metro area. Life is slower in Payson, so there aren’t a ton of venue options- hopefully that changes soon, but the Mogollon Rim can’t be beat. I got married at Tonto Camp Creek, a summer camp, and there is also Kohl’s Ranch, the gorgeous Cabins at Strawberry Hill and a few smaller venues along Christopher Creek for smaller guest counts.
VAN DICKSON RANCH
Van Dickson Ranch is a working polo field in Skull Valley near Prescott, AZ. If you’re looking for a ranch style wedding with a ceremony site ringed with trees and a reception under the stars away from city lights out on the polo field, Van Dickson is for you! I also hear they have excellent homemade BBQ they make onsite!
Flagstaff- oh I love Flagstaff. Humphrey’s Peak rises in the distance with its stunning grasslands and pine trees and aspen groves on its tall peak, pine trees are everywhere, the air smells fresher and cooler. There are lots of great venues in Flagstaff, but my favorites are definitely The Nordic Center and The Arboretum at Flagstaff.
Prescott is an adorable town about 2-2.5 hours away from the Phoenix metro area. Whiskey Row is a popular tourist attraction, full of cute bars and restuarants and historic hotels. My favorite spot in Prescott is Watson Lake, not far from town, full of granite boulders and a beautiful lake that would make a perfect ceremony backdrop. You can hold your reception in town at any of the bars, restuarants or hotels or at Granite Creek Winery!
SEDONA WEDDING VENUES
The ever stunning and popular Sedona is the most iconic natural landmark of Arizona next to the Grand Canyon, Antelope Canyon & Horseshoe Bend. It’s a popular tourist destination, so keep that in mind, but it’s popular for a reason! There are many great resorts and hotels you can have your wedding at in Sedona. My favorites are Tlaquepaque and L’Auberge, Junipine Resort, and Briar Patch Inn but there are a lot of hidden treasures espcially just outside of town, such as the D.A. Lodge!
L’Auberge is a beautiful upscale resort in downtown Sedona with a restuarant creekside as well as several wedding ceremony locations- creekside or on the terrace overlooking the red rocks.
POCO DIABLO RESORT
This dog friendly Sedona resort with beautiful lush green lawns and trees and red rock views is a stunning place for your Sedona wedding. Most people have their ceremony near the cute white gazebo. And did I mention the resort is dog friendly?!
Great for small weddings, Junipine Resort is creekside near Slide Rock and West Fork Trail. It’s a lovely and semi secluded resort with the beautiful sounds of Oak Creek always nearby!
BRIAR PATCH INN
Briar Patch Inn is perfect for a small wedding and in fact, only services small weddings and elopements UP TO 20 PEOPLE MAX. The cabins are surrounded by gorgeous trees and the property is quiet and relaxing!
Tucson is a unique town with a great Unesco-recognized food scene and rich cultural heritage. It’s decidedly different from Phoenix, yet only 2 hours south. With the popular Mt. Lemmon nearby, along with the Biosphere 2 and many dude ranches, wine country, and several national monuments and parks, it’s a great place to get married. Check out Tanque Verde Ranch or Agua Linda Farms!
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