Known for our romantic sunsets, sweeping outdoor vistas and year-round sunny weather, Scottsdale is one of the most scenic wedding locations in the country. Combine that with a vibrant downtown, chef-driven restaurants and more than 70 hotels and you’ve got a match made in heaven (pun intended). From all-in-one venues to packages for micro weddings, here are some of the best wedding venues in Scottsdale.
BEST FOR OUTDOOR WEDDINGS
One of the best things about having a wedding in the Sonoran Desert is the effortless, rugged beauty of the landscape. The Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North is surrounded by seemingly endless stretches of untouched desert and dramatic valleys, as well as the majestic Pinnacle Peak in the distance, making for a breathtaking backdrop. Couples can also say “I do” outside amongst the 12-million-year-old rock formations at the aptly named Promise Rock, at The Boulders Resort & Spa Scottsdale, or at the Western-inspired, Desert Foothills, complete with a red barn and outdoor fire pits.
BEST FOR INTIMATE WEDDINGS
What do you get when you cradle three resorts in the arms of Camelback Mountain? Total romance. At the Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia, you can have your castle, cake and eat it, too. The cathedral ceilings and 16th century Andalusian Spanish palace doors at the resort’s Castillo Lucena look as if they were pulled straight from a storybook. Meanwhile, on higher ground at Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain, the sweeping lawns, tranquil grounds and unobstructed desert views beckon for a romantic occasion. On the other side of Camelback, things don’t get more dreamy than the Jardin D’Amore (Garden of Love), a cozy and peaceful outdoor space reminiscent of the Mediterranean at the Royal Palms Resort & Spa.
BEST FOR URBAN WEDDINGS
If you thought the “West’s Most Western Town” couldn’t also pull off posh city vibes, think again. Just take the Sky Line Rooftop at the downtown Hotel Valley Ho, for starters; perched atop the hotel’s seven-story tower and set in midcentury modern design perfection, this location blends the desert panorama with the twinkle of starlight and city lights, above and below. Just blocks away, the lustrous and fashionable Wet Deck at W Scottsdale is another coveted rooftop locale, while The Clayton House offers a sophisticated, contemporary event space nestled in the heart of Historic Old Town.
BEST FOR ARTSY WEDDINGS
When it comes to art aficionados, is there anything more perfect than having your special day inside an art museum? The Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale is prime for an intimate ceremony with plenty of visual interest. A few miles away and off the busy streets, Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Bungalows, with its desert-modern-meets-artists’ colony aesthetic and touches from local artists throughout, gives artsy couples reason to swoon. Over at Mountain Shadows, art and architecture enthusiasts will fall head-over-heels for the on-property art gallery and flawless contemporary design.
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