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Intimate Scottsdale Wedding Venues for 2021

By local contributor
JoAnne Zeterberg

Micro weddings have exploded over the last year, and are set to be one of the hottest wedding trends in 2021. Experiencing a renaissance even before the pandemic, micro weddings are popular because they allow you to celebrate with your closest friends and family (truly, most micro weddings have no more than 50 guests!) and are budget-friendly. And while they may allow for requisite social distancing, they are no less magical than a traditional wedding. Check out packages from these Scottsdale resorts and venues that are some of the best places for micro weddings in Arizona in 2021!


Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Bungalows

Andaz Scottsdale Wedding

Set amongst 23 acres of lush desert landscaping, the Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Bungalows boasts a mid-century modern design with a decidedly arty vibe. Say "I do" in an outdoor setting, surrounded by orange, olive and palo verde trees. 

Desert Nuptials Package: Starts at $3,800

  • Up to 24 guests
  • Ceremony set up in one of the resort’s ballrooms or outdoor venues
  • Boutonnière and bouquet or centerpiece arrangement 
  • Three-course dinner, complemented by wine service
  • Two-tier wedding cake 
  • Overnight stay in one of the resort’s spacious suites, with options including a private outdoor shower or a serene patio featuring an expansive firepit and sweeping views of Camelback Mountain

Photo Credit: Stephanie Russo


Boulders Resort & Spa Scottsdale

boulder wedding

Named for the 12-million-year-old granite rock formations that dot the north Scottsdale landscape, the Boulders Resort & Spa is a luxurious and scenic retreat. Tie the knot in Organic Garden (which is used by the on-property restaurants) or at Promise Rock, a fairytale-like site elevated above the resort.

Micro-Weddings: Starting at $6,500

  • Up to 25 guests
  • Dinner
  • Champagne toast
  • Dance floor for bride and groom
  • Gold Chiavari chairs
  • Upgraded white linens

Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

Fairmont Wedding

Boasting 750 rooms, six heated pools, four restaurants, TPC golf course, an award-winning spa and year-round activities, there is little that the AAA Five-Diamond Fairmont Scottsdale Princess doesn’t offer. Combine all of that with pristine desert views and you’ve got yourself a match made in heaven for your wedding celebration.

Minimony Magic: Starting at $1,000 

  • Ceremony on property for up to 10 guests ($25 for each additional guest)
  • Use of the Princess grounds for wedding photos
  • White garden chairs for ceremony
  • Bottled water for guests at ceremony
  • Champagne toast following ceremony for all attendees
  • Complimentary valet parking for guests attending the event
  • Package valid for groups of up to 30 guests
  • Courtesy room rate discount of 20% without obligation for groups of 10 rooms or less; additional discounts available for contracted room blocks of more than 10 rooms
  • Package valid for weddings taking place in 2020


Hotel Valley Ho

Valley Ho Wedding

Step back in time at the Hotel Valley Ho, a perfectly preserved, mid-century modern hideaway in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale. Once a hotspot for celebrities seeking an escape from Hollywood (think Zsa-Zsa Gabor and Bing Crosby), Valley Ho exudes all the charm of the 1950s with all the conveniences of a modern resort.

Intimate Weddings: From $1,500 (inclusive)

  • Up to 20 guests
  • Ceremony setup (certain locations have additional fees)
  • Scheduled use of hotel grounds for photography
  • Champagne toast
  • Wedding cake
  • Suite for the night of event with arrival amenity
  • Reception set in The Rosie Room
  • Hors d’oeuvres for reception
  • Add-on dinner package for $1,300 for up to 16 people.


Mountain Shadows

Scottsdale Wedding

At this sleek property, which was fully rebuilt in 2017, art and architecture enthusiasts will fall head-over-heels for the on-property art gallery and flawless contemporary design. Sitting at the base of Camelback Mountain, Mountain Shadows offers spectacular outdoor spaces for intimate weddings and receptions. 

Intimate Weddings: $3,000 (inclusive)

  • Up to 30 guests
  • Ceremony site
  • Chairs
  • Floor-length linens
  • Champagne toast
  • Wedding cake
  • Access to resort grounds for photography
  • Guestroom for Bride and Groom (day of wedding)


Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia

Omni Scottsdale Wedding Resized

If European charm is what you seek, look no further than this boutique property nestled at the base of Camelback Mountain. Featuring arching entryways, splashing fountains and meandering walkways, the Omni Scottsdale brings the soul of Southern Spain to the heart of Scottsdale!

Enchanting Elopement Package (starting at $3,750)

  • Up to 25 guests
  • Outdoor Chef's Kitchen and Graden Patio intimate ceremony location with stunning Camelback Mountain views
  • set-up that includes padded wood chairs, cocktail tables, house linen and white napkins
  • Fruit-infused water station
  • Two-hour hors d’oeuvres reception to include a cheese and fruit display and 4 passed appetizers of your choice
  • Wedding cake
  • Cava (Spanish sparkling wine) and Montelucia Signature Sangria
  • Accommodations for the couple on the wedding night


Royal Palms Resort and Spa

Royal Palm Wedding

Nestled at the base of Camelback Mountain, Royal Palms Resort & Spa’s intimate setting and architecture is reminiscent of the Mediterranean. And for good reason. The 119-room resort was built as a winter haven for Delos and Florence Cooke in 1929, who wanted to model their home’s architecture after their beloved European adventures.

Elopement Package: $3,500 (inclusive of tax and fees)

  • Up to 10 guests
  • Bridal bouquet
  • Groom’s boutonniere
  • Ceremony set-up
  • Three-course dinner
  • Two-tier wedding cake
  • Honeymoon casita
  • Wine Service


Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort and Spa

Sanctuary Wedding

This architectural wonder is terraced directly into the side of Camelback Mountain, with sprawling casitas and villas that defy gravity. Recently named one of the “Top 15 Resort Hotels in the West” by Travel + Leisure, Sanctuary offers minimalist design and sweeping views of Paradise Valley.

Elope to Paradise Package: $2,995 (plus service charge and sales tax)

  • Intimate wedding ceremony location
  • Luxurious suite accommodations on wedding night, including:
    • Bottle of house sparkling wine
    • Chocolate covered strawberries
    • Romantic rose petal and candlelight turndown
  • Artfully crafted wedding cake
  • Late check-out
  • $100 food and beverage credit


The Scottsdale Plaza Resort

Scottsdale Plaza Resort_Intimate Wedding 2021

With its lovely scenic views and a convenient, central-city location, The Scottsdale Plaza Resort is a great choice for celebrating life’s most special moments. Elopements at The Scottsdale Plaza Resort are perfect for gatherings of less than 10 people. Say “I Do” in the shadow of iconic Camelback Mountain, surrounded by the resort’s lush courtyards or vibrant Cactus Garden. After you exchange vows, spend the evening in one of the Plaza’s posh suites, followed by a post-nuptial day of relaxation. An elopement and mini-moon in one? Yes, please!

Elopements Package: Starts at $2,750

  • 2-nights suite accommodations with welcome amenity
  • Breakfast for two at Garden Court Restaurant
  • Designated bellman and golf cart to assist with pictures
  • 1 hour of photography and release of all images
  • 1 fresh bouquet and 1 boutonniere
  • Officiant
  • Two-tier wedding cake
  • Couples massage
  • Day use of cabana at the Main Pool

Photo Credit: Brooke Magee Photography


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