While the Grand Canyon often steals the thunder away from the rest of the state, many people are surprised to discover that the rest of Arizona is just as gorgeous as its famous landmark. From the rare Saguaro cacti to the red clay cliffs that have become state staples, its beauty is undeniable. So whether you’re a longtime resident or simply seeking the perfect destination wedding location, there aren’t many places prettier than the painted desert.
Villa Siena: Gilbert
This immaculate wedding venue in AZ features brick exterior and pristinely groomed landscape, even the first glimpse of Villa Siena will take your breath away. But once you step inside the ballroom — with its gorgeous mahogany walls and stone-like flooring — you’ll fall so deeply in love that your significant other might be jealous.
Enchantment Resort: Sedona
Enchanting is the perfect descriptor for this Southwestern style resort. Not only are the views of Sedona’s famous red cliffs spectacular, but Enchantment Resort allows you to enjoy the views while simultaneously enjoying the luxury of a five-star hotel. And whether you’d prefer to wed on rolling green lawns under the towering red rocks or inside the lavish ballroom, this venue will meet your every expectation.
The Arizona-Sonora Museum: Tucson
Whether you’re a history buff or simply a lover of modern decor and breathtaking views, Tucson’s Arizona-Sonora Museum is an ideal venue. In fact, we recommend timing your reception as the sun sets over the mountains (which can conveniently be viewed via the wall of windows) and leave all of your guests gushing about the beauty.
The Croft Downtown: Phoenix
With sparkling chandeliers, cement floors and whitewashed brick walls, the Croft Downtown has a distinct glam-meets-urban vibe. With plush rooms capable of accommodating hundreds of guests and a secluded, rustic garden patio complete with spectacular views of the Phoenix skyline, the chic Croft Downtown is sure to be a hit for cosmopolitan brides.
The Croft Downtown
The Lodge at the D.A. Ranch: Cornville
Arizona isn’t a state known for its greenery, so those seeking lushly botanical weddings are often left disappointed. At least, those who didn’t hear about the Lodge at the D.A. Ranch before tying the knot. But with the cozy, rustic feel of this small venue in Cornville, you can say “I do” under the shade of nearby trees looking out across the vineyards or under the twinkling strands of lights that are draped all around the lodge.
While this venue markets itself as having the “romantic charm of an Italian Villa,” Scottsdale’s Sassi offers even more. From the jagged red cliffs looming in the background to hundreds of towering Saguaro cacti, Sassi manages to incorporate all of the natural Arizonian beauty into its Italian-inspired venue.
Arizona has a natural beauty all its own, and it also boasts desert plant life you don’t find just anywhere in the the US, which makes the Desert Botanical Gardens such a unique and lovely location to tie the knot. Ceremony and reception spaces include outdoor terraces and patios with beautiful views of cacti and succulents. With all the natural beauty, your decor is basically done for you!
Tanque Verde Ranch: Tucson
This list would not be a very fair tribute to Arizona without the inclusion of a ranch, and Tanque Verde is a full-on dude ranch with rustic glam for your wedding, once a working ranch with a history dating back to the 1800s. Today’s Tanque Verde offers a variety of location options — both indoor and outdoor — for wedding ceremonies and receptions, including the 1930’s stone Old Homestead, the Desert View with a rock waterfall and Cottonwood Grove, complete with a firepit. But it’s the photo opps that really seal the deal — including Lake Cochran, the majestic Mesquite Arc and the beautiful horses that call the ranch home.
Tanque Verde Ranch
The Phoenix Zoo: Phoenix
The perfect wedding venue for animal lovers, the Phoenix Zoo is home to several stunning ceremony and reception spots, some of which offer some animal guests — like orangutans and Kimodo dragons— at your wedding. And, you really can’t beat wedding pictures with the likes of camels and giraffes in the backdrop. Whether you prefer the simple elegance of the terrace or opt for the campfire-lit tents, you won’t be disappointed with the Phoenix Zoo’s venue.
The Windmill Winery: Florence
There are very few wineries and vineyards that aren’t aesthetically appealing, but very few manage to reach the levels of rustic charm that the Windmill Winery has attained. The winery’s classic red barn (situated between a picture-perfect lake and lavish gardens) boasts of high arched wooden beams with strands of lights wrapped around columns and strung between rafters. Add in your preference of flowers and extra decor, and you’ve just been handed your dream wedding.
The Windmill Winery
Whispering Tree Ranch: Leveen
Not every bride wants an over-the-top glam ballroom wedding. Whimsical brides will love the Whispering Tree Ranch — the outdoor setting with an old barn complete with wooden signs and even hay bales has the perfect amount of quirky charm for a sweet, rustic wedding. The dazzlingly green grounds provide the perfect backdrop, and we just love the character of the outdoor reception space with string lights and colorful mismatched vintage tables. It may not be for every bride, but for some, it could just be the something different you’re looking for.
Whispering Tree Ranch
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