If you have your heart set on an Arizona wedding, then Tucson is an excellent city to consider. As the state’s second-largest city, Tucson boasts a rich and interesting history, unique climate, and plenty of scenic views.
Whether you’re looking for venues steeped in intrigue, lush green spaces, or desert oases, Tucson has a little something for everybody! Seriously, this city aims to please!
Best yet, Tucson weddings are within budget for most Americans. The average couple spent $27,459 on their 2021 wedding, which means that you might also be able to swing a fancy honeymoon!
But first up…your wedding day! You know, the most important day of your life (at least until your children are born).
To help you get started, here are 14 of the best wedding venues in Tucson, AZ to inspire.
Arizona History Museum
Fun fact: Arizona is one of the United State’s youngest states. It was the last continental state to gain statehood (before Hawaii and Alaska), in 1912.
Despite its brief time as a state, many interesting things have happened here, which the Arizona History Museum seeks to memorialize. More importantly, this ornate venue has a gorgeous outdoor space that you can utilize for your wedding reception.
The Pioneer Courtyard is inspired by the simpler times of yesteryear. It features replicas of 19th-century patios, a pond, and verdant greenery, making it perfect for your wedding reception.
The best part about this venue is that the museum’s exhibits can be great conversation starters as your guests move from one location to the other.
Rentals include the ceremony and reception space, a day-of coordinator, dressing rooms for the bride and groom, tables, chairs, and cleanup.
While you can bring your own decor and food, the venue must approve your vendors ahead of time.
Price Range: $1,000 – $1,500.
Capacity: Up to 300 guests.
If you appreciate history and modern whimsy, then Stillwell House may be the perfect venue to host your wedding.
In its past life, Stillwell House, built-in 1901, served as a boarding house for railroad workers. Today, the historic landmark hosts garden weddings and other festive celebrations
For your wedding, you can take advantage of the covered patio, arbor fountain, and bistro lights.
But, just because you want an outdoor wedding doesn’t mean that you should let this property’s ornate interior go to waste!
If nothing else, spare a few moments to take your wedding photos inside of the famed 1901 room, which features cathedral ceilings, dreamy lighting, and an antique-style bar.
Price Range: $1,000 – $7,000.
Capacity: Up to 300 guests.
Tucson Botanical Gardens
Arizona has a reputation for being a dry, desert wasteland, but its climate is more diverse than that. And if you look past the cacti and tumbleweeds, you’ll find plenty of lush green spaces.
Enter the Tucson Botanical Gardens, a 5.5-acre collection of gardens that display both native and exotic flowers and other foliage.
This particular venue reserves two spaces for your wedding ceremony and reception:
The Reception Garden is a wonderfully whimsical space that boasts a gazebo, covered in vines, water features, and tall, towering trees. Meanwhile, the Xeriscape Garden is a patio space that features stone ramadas, surrounded by lush vegetation.
There are also plenty of magical spots that make the perfect backdrop for your wedding photos.
Rentals include tables, chairs, linens, and buffet and clean-up service.
Price Range: $2,000 – $2,900.
Capacity: Up to 150 guests.
The Rubi House
The Rubi House is another Tucson wedding venue that’s steeped in historic charm. This home, however, is an infusion of Arizona’s history and Italy’s ornate architecture, resulting in a unique and elegant wedding setting.
The exterior of the home is marked by stately columns and decorative balconies; the perfect spot to take your wedding photos.
For an outdoor ceremony and reception, you’ll head to the home’s courtyard, which features a stone walkway, shrouded by native plants and flowers. If the weather doesn’t head up, you can take your festivities inside to the dining room.
The best part is that The Rubi House can accommodate up to 16 guests, which means that your out-of-town guests have lodging (unless, of course, you want them to stay at your home).
Rentals include the outdoor ceremony spaces, dressing rooms for the bride and groom, standard wedding supplies, and indoor event space.
Price Range: $1,200 and up.
Capacity: Up to 125 guests.
The Stardance Event Center
The Stardance Event Center is a venue that leans wholly into Tucson’s old west history. Located in downtown Tucson, this banquet hall offers glorious views of the Tucson mountain range and the desert beauty that surrounds it.
Your outdoor wedding will take place on The Sunset Vista, a plot of rocky land where flowers and native foliage act as minimal decor to the breathtaking landscape.
You’ll exchange your vows on top of stone steps, underneath a vine-wrapped archway, overlooking the natural splendor that abounds.
Afterward, you can head inside to the barn-style reception hall, which boasts 6,000 square feet for dancing and mingling.
Rentals include the ceremony and reception space, an onsite coordinator, catering services, and a DJ!
Price Range: $10,545 – $23,975.
Capacity: 100 – 300 guests.
The Oasis at Wild Horse Ranch
The Oasis at Wild Horse Ranch, first built in 1890, is the oldest guest ranch in the entire state. This desert oasis spans 20 acres and offers remarkable views of Southern Arizona, but, trust, the property itself is nothing to scoff at.
For your wedding ceremony and reception, you have two delightful outdoor spaces to choose from:
The Garden venue exudes rustic, desert charm with a touch of tropical splendor. It boasts winding stone pathways, interspersed with lush foliage and palm trees. At night, twinkling lights brush this space with a dreamy lens.
There’s also The Sunset, a large, open-plan outdoor space that features wooden pergolas, an outdoor bar, and 11,000 square feet of space for dancing and mingling.
Of course, the property bubbles over with breathtaking views that make the perfect backdrop for your wedding photos.
All wedding packages include event specialists, food and beverage staff, get-ready suites, and licensed bartender and staff.
Price Range: $6,500 – $14,800.
Capacity: Up to 500 guests.
El Conquistador Tucson
El Conquistador Tucson is a luxury resort spa, nestled right against the Santa Catalina Mountains. And while it offers breathtaking mountain views, its unique position also provides all who pass through the chance to see stunning one-of-a-kind sunsets.
This award-winning resort sits on 500 acres and offers outdoor spaces for all of your wedding activities.
Start your day by taking pictures at any number of on-site attractions, including a free-flowing waterfall, on a lush lawn, or with a majestic mountain range in the background.
For your ceremony, you can head to Sunset Point, an intimate multi-level garden space that boasts mountain views and natural splendor.
The Wedding Gazebo is another great place to exchange vows. It features a verdant courtyard, colorful flowers, and a waterfall.
Finally, the Last Territory is a courtyard venue, modeled after the old west aesthetic — a fitting place to hold your wedding reception.
There are also two grand ballrooms available if you’d like to take advantage of the venue’s indoor spaces.
All wedding packages include standard wedding supplies, a skirted gift book table, a tasting menu for the bride and groom, a bridal suite, and a honeymoon amenity.
Price Range: $1,200 for site rental; food, drink, and add-ons extra.
Capacity: Up to 800 guests.
Lodge on the Desert
The Lodge on the Desert is a boutique hotel that combines historic charm and modern amenities. It boasts decorative, hacienda-style architecture against a desert backdrop, giving the place a Spanish-villa-type feel.
For your outdoor wedding, you’ll have access to 5,355 square feet of space, via The Palm Lawn. This venue includes lush lawns, enclosed by the resort’s wings — a space that can be dressed up or down, that springs to life under the cover of nightfall.
This lodge also offers indoor spaces, including the Palm Room and The Catalina room.
Depending on your chosen wedding package, your rental can include things such as five-hour use of your designated spaces, in-house catering, bridal suites, lighting and sound equipment, and event planners to help bring your vision to life!
Price Range: $800 – $4,000.
Capacity: Up to 250 guests.
The Z Mansion
If you want your wedding venue to feel as timeless as your love, then this Victorian-style mansion is the perfect venue for you! Originally built by an affluent family in 1898, the striking baby-blue mansion retains all of its historical elegance.
You can start your day by taking photos in front of the house, on the rotunda underneath its stately columns.
When it’s time to say “I do,” you can venture out back to the home’s garden, where a fairytale setting will set the stage for your wedding day. The space features lush lawns, a tree-draped aisle, a stone fountain, and a charming white archway.
Note: If you’d like to experience all that this venue has to offer in-person, the Z Mansion holds weekly bridal tours on Wednesday nights, between 5-8 pm.
Rentals include a 10-hour rental, a private pre-wedding tasting, in-house catering, and linens and drapery.
Price Range: $1,999- $7,999, depending on your wedding package.
Capacity: Up to 250 guests.
La Mariposa Resort
The La Mariposa Resort is a wedding and events venue that exudes a mix of fairytale charm and desert splendor. This property boasts towering trees, duck ponds, and gorgeous blooms, set against the Catalina mountain range.
You can start your big day by taking wedding photos at the base of a tree, adorned with bright pink flowers and candles. Or you can allow a wedding photographer to capture your enduring smiles as you and your love frolick across the rich green lawns.
Outdoor ceremonies or receptions take place in the resort’s garden, a charming space that features a lighted gazebo, a pond, and elegant stone foundations.
Wedding packages include five-hour access to your ceremony and reception space, bride and groom suites, linens, and glassware and silverware.
Price Range: $1700 – $2750 for the ceremony and reception; add-ons extra.
Capacity: 300 – 1000 guests.
Historic Bates Mansion
This Historic Bates Mansion is a favorite wedding venue among Tucson Arizona’s population, as evidenced by its 2021 Wedding Rule Editor’s Choice Award!
During its former life, Tucson’s most affluent residents congregated in the Spanish-style mansion for business and relaxation. Today, it offers several scenic spaces to host all of your wedding activities.
Start by taking photos on the charming, antique staircase or in the ornate hall, as you stroll arm in arm.
For your ceremony, you can take advantage of either indoor or outdoor spaces, including an enclosed courtyard marked by towering palm trees and native foliage. Or, you can venture indoors and enjoy the mansion’s dining area.
Rentals can include a cocktail hour in the home’s Regency room, sound systems, and catering services.
Price Range: $3,899 – $20,475, depending on which wedding package you choose.
Capacity: Up to 250 guests.
Reid Park Zoo
If you’ve always wanted to get married among mankind’s four-legged friends, then Reid Park Zoo is the place for you! This zoo sits on 24 acres of vibrant vegetation and houses an eclectic and exotic collection of animals.
You can take advantage of several spaces for your wedding activities, including indoor and outdoor venues.
Many couples make use of the zoo’s garden space, a quaint slice of paradise amid the rugged natural landscape. It features a plot of land, a wooden gazebo, and the cheerful covering of tall, majestic trees.
The aptly-titled Expedition Tanzania Camp is meant to mimic the atmosphere of a Tanzanian expedition, making it a great ceremony option for those who want to experience the feel of a destination wedding.
Meanwhile, The Pachyderm Patio is located near the Elephant Enclosure, giving you and your guests up-close views of these majestic animals. Plus, at nightfall, lights help turn the space into a dreamy natural oasis.
Lastly, the Conservation Learning Center Deck is surrounded by lush greenery and offers elevated views of the property. It’s an intimate venue, perfect for a cocktail hour or even maybe an elopement.
Rentals include ceremony and reception venues, wedding planning services, a day-of coordinator, and standard wedding supplies, including tables, chairs, and linens.
Price Range: $6,000 – $8,000.
Capacity: Up to 500 sit-down guests.
Saint Ann’s Chapel and Ranch
Saint Ann’s Chapel and Ranch is a quaint event space set against the mountains, that exudes a rustic charm. Perfect for smaller weddings, this unique, open-air venue can accommodate up to 90 guests.
Before you exchange vows, you can take wedding photos as the nearby mountain range elevates your pictures to the next level.
When it’s time to say “I do,” you can venture off towards the ornate chapel and declare your love for one another in front of your friends and family.
Or, you can take advantage of the surrounding natural splendor and wed on the lawn, surrounded by mountain views.
Depending on the wedding package, the ceremony space, an on-site event coordinator, and lights and sound equipment may be included.
Price Range: $3,000 and up.
Capacity: Up to 90 people.
Casino Del Sol
While a casino might not be a traditional wedding venue (outside of Las Vegas), you shouldn’t count them out, as they can offer accommodations on par with a 5-star hotel!
So if you want to wed in a venue where you can be as lucky in your finances as you are in your love, then consider Casino Del Sol as your wedding venue.
You can choose from several luxurious venues to host all of your wedding activities. Start your big day by taking wedding photos on the casino’s 30,000 square-foot lawn, as the casino acts as a stately backdrop.
When it’s time for your big moment, you can stay on the lawn, where you and your guests will enjoy expansive views of the meticulously manicured property and surrounding desert splendor. Or, you can venture inside one of the casino’s several ballrooms and enjoy high ceilings and elegant decor.
This 5-star casino also offers several entertainment venues that you can utilize for various stages of your wedding festivities, such as a cocktail hour in the Tropico Lounge, or a poolside luncheon at the Oasis Bar.
The best part about hosting your wedding inside of a casino is the proximity to slot machines and the constant barrage of celebrities that flow through the place.
Just don’t go too crazy — after all, you do want to have money left over for your honeymoon!
Rentals include your ceremony spaces, cocktail hours, carving stations, in-house catering, themed buffets, a dessert station, and the assistance of the expert staff.
Price Range: Contact the venue for a quote.
Capacity: Up to 1000 guests.