Wedding Venues in Arizona

Arizona is known for its beautiful weather almost year round, making it one of the best states to have a wedding in, especially if you are looking to have an outdoor wedding surrounded by nature. As an Arizona wedding photographer of 8+ years, I’ve photographed many beautiful weddings all across  the state. It is home to an amazing array of wedding venues in Arizona.  If you’re looking for a wedding venue for your celebration, particularly an outdoor nature wedding venue, I’ve got you covered here. A lot of people think Arizona is just desert- how wrong they are! One of the reasons I love my state is that we have a little bit of everything here, as my Arizona elopements locations page shows! We have beautiful desert venues, yes, but did you know that we also have some fantastic barn venues, wineries, forest wedding venues with pine trees, dude ranches, luxury resorts, industrial warehouses and art galleries, local breweries, gardens and lots of beautiful farms? So many of our Arizona wedding venues are super unique. I dare you to find a more diverse state to hold your wedding in.

During winter (October- February), the Phoenix & Tucson areas have some of the best weather in the country for outdoor weddings. There is little to no chance of snow or rain and temperatures average between 50-70 degrees F and rarely drop down below 40 degrees at night. Peak wedding season in Arizona is October through May because temperatures are so amazingly nice and many people come to Arizona to have their weddings for that reason! During summer, when Phoenix & Tucson are very hot, you can hold your wedding in northern Arizona, such as Flagstaff, where temperatures are between 70-90 degrees during the day. Check out all of the beautiful wedding venues below for ideas!

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Phoenix Wedding Venues

Phoenix, AZ is the fifth most populous city in the US. It’s warm weather- around 300 days of sunshine year round makes it a destination for many people wanting a wedding with little chance of snow, rain or other adverse weather. Phoenix is known for its stunning desert landscapes- epic catci-studded vistas with sunset-lit mountains rising up in the background, but it’s also home to many upscale resorts, thriving downtown district with industrial warehouses and art galleries and historic landmarks.

Desert Wedding Venues in Phoenix

Different Pointe of View

Location: Phoenix, AZ

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 Botanical Gardens

Location: Phoenix, AZ

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.

Garden Wedding Venues in Phoenix

The Farm at South Mountain

Location: Phoenix, AZ

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.

 

Phoenix Zoo

Location: Phoenix, AZ

The Phoenix Zoo is a surprisingly versatile space that can accommodate many different sizes of weddings and styles and is conveniently located very close to Phoenix Sky Harbor airport. You don’t 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.

Venue at the Grove

Location: Phoenix, AZ

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.

Secret Garden Events

Location: Phoenix, AZ

The Secret Garden is a lovely venue close to South Mountain featuring a historic Spanish inspired home and beautiful lawn. Dramatic steps lead down to the lawn where ceremonies are held, giving the wedding couple a grand entrance. Nearby, South Mountain provides an equally beautiful second location for wedding portraits.

Boojum Tree

Location: Phoenix, AZ

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.

 

Industrial Wedding Venues in Phoenix

The Icehouse

Location: Phoenix, AZ

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.

The Monorchid

Location: Phoenix, AZ

The Monorchid is an art gallery in central Phoenix in the Roosevelt Row district, offering a lot of flexibility with how you use the space and styling. It’s 15 minutes from Phoenix Sky Harbor airport, and a short walk away from downtown Phoenix’s most incredible wall mural street. Indoors, there are white walls mixed with industrial, modern concrete and string lights, along with rotating art displays.

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Phoenix Art Museum

Location: Phoenix, AZ

 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 and allows some really creative and unique portrait opportunities.

Scottsdale Wedding Venues

Scottsdale is a beautiful city east of Phoenix full of luxurious resorts, world renouned golf courses, lots of shopping, contemporary & modern museums and famous architecture. It’s a tourist destination for year round travel if you love beautiful weather no matter what the season. It has some gorgeous outdoor venues- from historic landmark resorts to beautiful lush Spanish-style venues and everything in between. Check out the best Scottsdale wedding venues below!

Desert Foothills Barn

Location: Scottsdale, AZ

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.

The Saguaro

Location: Scottsdale, AZ

The Saguaro in downtown Scottsdale is a midcentury modern, vivid rainbow hotel that’s absolutely perfect if you are looking for a southwestern, Palms Springs-like venue for your wedding day.

Wedding Venues in Gilbert, AZ & Chandler, AZ

Gilbert, AZ is a large suburb of Phoenix, has been consistently voted 2nd safest city in the United States, 8th most thriving city in the USA, 2nd best city in Arizona and fasted growing city in Arizona and top places in the nation to live and learn by GreatSchools.org. It has a laidback, upscale agricultural vibe but has a fantastic downtown area and farmers’ market on Saturdays- my family’s favorite to go to!

San Tan Brewery

Location: Chandler, AZ

San Tan Brewery is a local award-winning craft brewery of beer & spirits & catering company in Chandler. They have a beautiful industrial space in their downtown Chandler brewery available for rental for small to medium sized weddings. If you & your fiance are into great food and great local beer, San Tan Brewery is for you!

Modern Farm

Location: Gilbert, AZ

Modern Farm is a renovated ranch farm house in Gilbert, just minutes from downtown Gilbert with a huge shaded lawn with mature ash trees, 6 bedrooms, lush tropical landscaping, a pool, over 1000 ft of covered patio- everything you could want for a beautiful backyard wedding venue.

Villa Siena

Location: Gilbert, AZ

Villa Siena is a beautiful Tuscan Spanish style wedding venue that can accommodate over 300 guests for a upscale wedding experience. If you’re looking for an Old World, European vibe for your wedding, Villa Siena is a fantastic option! It has multiple weddings sites for your ceremony and reception including indoor ballrooms and outdoor spaces.

Soho 63

Location: Chandler, AZ

Soho63 is a modern wedding venue in downtown Chandler with four beautiful spaces. The Tribeca Terrace is reminiscent of a city rooftop with bistro string lights overhead and a grand white fireplace. The Plaza is an indoor room with white walls and hanging crystals. The Gramercy Ballroom (featured at left) is a modern ballroom with chandeliers throughout the room, white walls and modern uplighting. It’s a stunning modern venue!

Wedding Venues in Mesa, AZ

Mesa, AZ is a large suburb of Phoenix, closer to the open desert and the Superstition Mountains and the Salt River, two popular recreation & hiking areas that are great for elopements. It’s a city far enough away from the busy bustle of Phoenix to be a wonderful vacation spot, but close enough to be able to drive to plenty of popular downtown areas like Phoenix, Scottsdale and Gilbert.

Desert Wedding Venues

Saguaro Lake Ranch

Location: Mesa, AZ

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

Location: Apache Junction, AZ

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 accommodate 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!

Cloth & Flame Weddings

Location:  Apache Junction & State-wide

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.

Superstition Manor

Location: Mesa, AZ

The Superstition Manor in Mesa is a multi site property with both a traditional ballroom reception and a rustic barn site. The grand ballroom can hold up to 250 people, and the barn can hold up to 300, perfect for larger weddings. Easy packages including catering, tables, chairs, linens and credits for DJ, cake and florals make this an almost all inclusive venue, taking loads of stress off your shoulders for planning!

Lost Dutchman State Park

Location: Apache Junction AZ

Lost Dutchman State Park is a beautiful place for a desert & mountains inspired wedding. It offers stunning views that you can’t find anywhere else of the iconic Superstition Mountains as a majestic backdrop. You can’t get any closer to the Superstitions than Lost Dutchman! It is a great place if you’re wanting a place to group camp for your reception as well.

Garden & Farm Wedding Venues in Mesa

Windmill Winery

Location: Florence, AZ

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 locations and indoor reception spaces. The grounds are great for photography and they can accommodate very large weddings!

Schnepf Farms

Location: Queen Creek, AZ

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 trees 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.

Wedding Venues in Northern Arizona

I love traveling to northern Arizona for its 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

Location: Greer, AZ

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.

Payson, Az wedding venues

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 that doesn’t appear to be doing weddings any more. Here are some other Payson venues!

 

Van Dickson Ranch

Location: near Prescott, AZ

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 Wedding Venues

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:

Forest Highlands Golf Course

Location: Flagstaff, AZ

Forest Highlands Golf Course is a lovely golf course nestled into the pine trees of Flagstaff with a view of the mountains. In the summer, it has lush green grass with Mt. Humphrey rising in the distance. In fall, patches of aspens turn colors.

 

Arcosanti

Location: near Prescott, AZ

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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Prescott

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:

L’Auberge

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 Wedding Venues

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. I haven’t gotten a chance to head down there to photograph all of the gorgeous venues yet, but hope to do so soon! In the meantime, here is a list of awesome Tucson Wedding Venues: 

Cheap Wedding Venues in Arizona

Weddings are expensive! If you’re looking for an affordable wedding venue that won’t break the bank in the Phoenix area, here are some of my favorites!

DID I HELP YOU FIND YOUR DREAM VENUE?

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