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Arizona Destination Weddings

Arizona is becoming a very hot area (no pun intended) for destination weddings. Why? Well, other than the summer months, the weather in many popular Arizona locations is pretty good for a great deal of the year. Plus, there are many top-rated resorts and interesting outdoor venues in the Phoenix, Scottsdale and Sedona areas in which to have small or large wedding ceremonies and receptions, or just to go and elope and stay for the honeymoon. 

Let’s take a look at a sampling of areas and venues for your Arizona Destination Wedding. 

Phoenix Weddings 

Phoenix is the capital of Arizona and is growing by leaps and bounds. Popular wedding venues in the Phoenix area include: 

The Palazzo – 710 N. Central Avenue

A restaurant smack dab in the middle of downtown Phoenix. What makes this wedding venue so great? Well, the food’s great, but their Venetian renaissance ballroom is stunning. They call it opulent and ornate and they’re not kidding. They also offer an exotically landscaped courtyard, as well as indoor and outdoor bars. You can rent the restaurant for a daytime or evening wedding. Current prices are: Daytime Monday – Friday, $450 per hour (event over by 4:00 PM), or Saturday – Sunday, $650 per hour. Evening prices are: Sunday – Thursday, $800 per hour and Friday – Saturday, $1,400 per hour. Call 602- 229-1150 for more information. 

Desert Botanical Gardens - 1201 N. Galvin Parkway 

A lovely desert botanical garden located in the red-rock Papago Park in North Central Phoenix. If you’ve never been to Papago Park, it’s like a little mini Sedona in the middle of Phoenix. And the Desert Botanical Gardens is the perfect venue to experience the flavor and appeal of the desert. It might be obvious, but I’ll state it anyway, you may want to skip this venue in the summer months. The spring months would be perfect, however, as the desert blooms come to life. You can choose to have your ceremony in one of the courtyards or terraces, or in the Wildflower Pavilion. There is also a ballroom, Dorrance Hall, which can accommodate several hundred guests. Call 480-481-8109 for more information. 

The Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain -
5700 E McDonald Dr. - Paradise Valley 

This wonderful resort and spa is in Paradise Valley, just north of Phoenix, and has earned numerous best-of awards in 2005 and 2006. It’s no secret why. With the incredible views of the Valley and the outstanding accommodations, you should expect to see this resort on best-of lists for many years to come. As you might expect, the prices aren’t cheap. The price for the wedding ceremony itself is $2,000, which includes white chairs, the setup and breakdown of the ceremony, valet parking, suite use for the bridal party, and full use of the resort for wedding photographs. Should you choose to have the wedding reception at the resort; prices begin at $20,000 food and beverage minimum for Saturday receptions, and $15,000 minimum for a Friday or Sunday reception. An additional valet fee will be charged for receptions with 50 or more. If your budget allows, do consider The Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain. You can call for reservations at 800-245-2051. 

Scottsdale Weddings - Resorts 

Scottsdale is literally Phoenix’s next-door, upscale neighbor, and it’s here you’ll find many top-rated resorts. A couple you might consider for your Scottsdale Destination Wedding are: 

Hilton Scottsdale Resort & Villas –
6333 North Scottsdale Road

How does an AAA Four-Diamond Resort sound for your special wedding? Located in downtown Scottsdale, the Hilton is just perfect for more formal weddings. Call them at 480-948-7750 for more information and reservations 

Four Seasons Resort – 10600 East Crescent Moon Drive 

Located in the foothills of Pinnacle Peak, the Four Seasons Resort claims “Heartbeat-skipping views” – and I believe them, particularly the view at sunset. To take advantage of the spectacular sunset views, consider having your ceremony in their Fountain Terrace, which is flanked by bougainvillea, with a fountain at one end of the terrace. In addition to the sunset, you and your guests will also have incredible mountain views and views of the city lights below. There is also an assortment of ballrooms, meeting rooms and courtyard from which to choose. For more information and reservations, call 480-515-5700. 

Carefree Weddings 

The Boulders Resort & Golden Door Spa -
34631 N. Tom Darlington Drive

The Boulders has been named “America’s Top Resort” for 14 consecutive years, and sits on 1,300 acres of Sonoran Desert land in the foothills near Carefree, Arizona. And, where is Carefree? 30 minutes north of the Phoenix Airport. If you want to experience the desert at its finest, it’s at The Boulders. From an elopement and honeymoon to a small wedding with 10 guests, to a large wedding with 500 guests, you will be well taken care of at The Boulders. Resort amenities include the Golden Door Spa, offering massage, therapeutic baths, meditation rooms, and the Watsu, offering an underwater “back-to-the-womb” experience. You can also take part in the Pilates, yoga and Tai Chi classes offered at the resort. Call 480-488-9009 for information and reservations. 

Sedona Weddings

Other than its red-rock beauty, Sedona is also known for having a spiritual side, as many claim there is a vortex of energy located in Sedona. You would certainly want to consider an outdoor wedding in Sedona, with the beautiful red rocks as a backdrop. Some venues to consider are: 

Amara Creekside Resort - 310 N. Highway 89A 

On the banks of the tranquil Oak Creek, Amara Creekside Resort exists to pamper you. Perhaps you’ve decided to skip the stress of planning a big wedding and just elope to Arizona and jump right into the honeymoon. Amara’s a great place for that. From the luxuriously appointed rooms, to the beauty of Oak Creek Canyon, you can leave the world behind as you two begin your new lives together. However, should you choose to have a destination wedding in Sedona, then Amara is perfect for that as well, as the Resort offers numerous sites for wedding ceremonies as well as receptions for up to 200 people. Call toll free 866-455-6610 for more information. 

Enchantment Resort – 525 Boynton Canyon Road 

Yet another award winning Arizona resort (as well as earning a AAA Four Diamond Rating continuously since 1987), Enchantment Resort is surrounded by the majestic red rock formations of Sedona’s Boynton Canyon, truly a majestic setting for your destination spa wedding. Guest events at the resort include nature walks, guided hikes, wine tastings, vortex lectures, as well as activities such as bocce ball, tennis, mountain biking, golf, championship croquet, and swimming. Don’t miss the star gazing event on Friday and Saturday nights. If you’ve never seen the stars from Oak Creek Canyon, you’re missing something. You’ll swear it’s a Hollywood production; there are so many stars it just doesn’t seem real. Sedona is the perfect place to elope. And Enchantment Resort is the perfect place to begin your honeymoon. Call 800-826-4180 to inquire about their special packages.

Be sure to check out our other pages for information on:

Destination Weddings
Hawaii Weddings
Maui Weddings
Las Vegas Weddings
Florida Weddings
Southern California Weddings
Northern California Weddings
Virginia Weddings
Caribbean Weddings

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