Mountain Views and a Desert Backdrop For Your Wedding Day


Scottsdale, Arizona, is one of the nation’s top wedding destinations. Not only does the desert locale look wonderful during your big day, but the sunsets make for simply gorgeous, memorable nights. Selecting a top wedding venue will help make your ceremony an event to remember.


That old real estate adage about “location, location, location,” can also apply to weddings. A scenic desert location in Scottsdale, backlit by a shimmering sunset and topped off with a background that includes the majestic Camelback Mountain is what desert weddings are all about. For the event of a lifetime, the natural beauty of the Sonoran Desert in unmatched.



Best Wedding Venues in Arizona



Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Bungalows: A nationally-acclaimed resort that combines the best of Sonoran charm with cozy bungalow, this resort has some of the best natural desert scenery on earth. The Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Bungalows plays host to weddings, graduations, and other festive events of all kinds. Not only does the 23-acre property overlook Camelback Mountain, but this world-class vacation venue is also perhaps the ideal place for weddings. Hundreds of couples visit each year to create the wedding of a lifetime. Many spend their honeymoons here as well where couples can enjoy relaxing in a cabana by the crystal clear pool or explore the attractions in this desert oasis.


The Rocks: A Scottsdale landmark, this luxury hotel hosts all sorts of special events and has even been the location for some Hollywood films. Located at 27440 North Alma School Parkway in the north part of the city, The Rocks offers couples the chance to have a wedding in a desert venue that features some of nature’s most varied landscapes, including the gigantic stone monoliths that dot the nearby landscape.


Old Town Scottsdale: One of the best “open” wedding venues in Arizona, Old Town Scottsdale is a fashionable collection of shops, restaurants, museums, boardwalks, nightclubs, outdoor sculpture and more. It’s easy to book a venue in Old Town for a small or large wedding, take photos just about anywhere (with Camelback Mountain in the background), and then celebrate with the wedding party without having to travel anywhere else.


One thing couples love about Old Town, and what ranks it as one of the truly unique wedding venues in Arizona, is the neighborhood’s beauty. For a wedding, a reception, or just a great place to take pictures of the wedding party, Old Town Scottsdale is a prime choice for couples of all ages.



Last-Minute Wedding Planning Tips



Professional wedding planners point out that the “big three” suggestions for engaged couples can go a long way toward making that special day both memorable and peaceful. Here’s what the experts advise:


  • Don’t designate a “top table” that includes the wedding couple. Have a separate table-for-two for them. That keeps egos and hurt feelings out of the equation at the reception.


  • Set aside a special “play area” for kids at the reception site. This idea is trending and for good reason: it allows adults to enjoy themselves and gives kids a separate place to have fun.


  • Make a wedding budget as soon as possible and do your best to stick to it. Making decisions about key expense items right after you get engaged is a smart way to avoid so many common pitfalls of wedding planning.


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