If you’re looking for an outdoor venue for your special day, look no further than the state of Arizona. Arizona boasts 300 days of sunshine per year, beautiful red rocks, cactus gardens, canyons, and gorgeous sunsets.
Fall and winter offer the best weather for a lovely wedding in Phoenix or Tucson. For a summer wedding, Flagstaff has ideal temperatures ranging between 70-90 degrees in the daytime. This beautiful midwest state promises the wedding of your dreams at any time of year.
The average cost of a wedding in Arizona is $18,782, but there are many viable alternatives for more affordable outdoor wedding venues in Arizona. You can get married at one of the many state parks, the Grand Canyon, or even the Phoenix Zoo. The bottom line is that Arizona offers many outdoor wedding ceremony options to make your special day even brighter. Here are our top picks.
Boojum Tree Hidden Gardens
Boojum Tree is an idyllic outdoor wedding venue located in Phoenix. The magic of this place lies in its lush tropical gardens, designed by award-winning botanical designer Ray Brooks. It’s nestled in the heart of Phoenix and is a private five-acre retreat with a 20-foot waterfall. You can customize this tropical-inspired paradise to match your wedding theme.
There are unique photo shoot settings, such as the English Gardens, the canopied trees, or the Mexican Plaza. You can take a romantic stroll through the serene gardens or enjoy the beauty of the garden gazebo. The hacienda-inspired plaza is also a perfect setting for the outdoor wedding reception. Boojum Tree boasts a 10,000-square foot indoor tropical garden and can seat up to 200 people. There is an on-site food service, and they offer two extraordinary wedding day packages.
Typical cost: $4,795-$6,795
Bonus: Ideal setting for photoshoots
El Chorro, located in Paradise Valley, provides a rustic, authentic Arizona wedding. With the stunning backdrop of the Camelback and Mummy mountains in the background, this ideal wedding venue offers a unique destination wedding. El Chorro offers two distinct all-inclusive wedding packages, each with its distinct features and elegant settings.
The Casa Paloma is a pavilion-style ballroom that opens up to magnificent patios and vibrant gardens facing the breathtaking Camelback Mountain. For a more romantic wedding, the Casa Paloma is paired with the Event Lawn, a 5,800 square foot lawn with a full stage area and bridal changing room.
The second option is the Classroom Bar and Bocce Lawn, paired with the lush Herb Garden for a perfect indoor-outdoor wedding. The Herb Garden has a rustic charm and simple elegance. The original bar has been restored and can seat up to 100 people in a fine dining atmosphere and boasts an intimate setting.
Typical cost: $3,500 (Sun.-Fri.) $5,000 (Sat.)
Bonus: Local and seasonal cuisine that showcases authentic Paradise Valley heritage.
Tercero by Aldea Weddings
Tercero is a bohemian-inspired destination wedding venue located in Glendale. The estate has been owned and operated by the same family since 2004. The rustic setting inspires the free-spirited couple looking for that perfect oasis in the desert. Surrounded by exotic desert gardens, the romantic ambiance is accentuated by dimly lit courtyards.
The reception room is 4,500 square feet and hosts the bride and groom’s dressing rooms. The reception room is customizable to match the wedding’s theme. The enchanting courtyard boasts a beautiful outside bar with a stone fountain, an amazing pergola, and outdoor seating for up to 250 people. The venue offers three wedding packages: gold, silver, and bronze.
Typical cost: $12,000-$23,000 (depending on season and wedding collection).
Bonus: Numerous all-inclusive packages that are customizable to suit one’s budget.
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Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort
The Crowne Plaza is the place for an extraordinary wedding experience. Nestled in historic downtown Chandler, this beautiful venue has hosted weddings since 1912 and is on the National Register of Historic Places. The Crowne Plaza can host a black-tie wedding, or you can choose to be more informal. Those who want to get married in the sun have plenty of options at this resort.
The open-plan ballroom with four crystal chandeliers can be customized to fit the modern couple’s needs, whether they need tables and chairs or a dance floor. The property boasts two outside venues with Roman architecture and a pergola, giving the courtyard an elegant and traditional ambiance. The addition of rooftop seating and a courtyard offer special outdoor reception spaces.
Typical cost: $1,800-$2,000.
Bonus: Onsite catering.
Secret Garden by Wedgewood Weddings
Secret Garden rests in the foothills of South Mountain in Phoenix. New world flora and majestic trees surround the lush grounds. The decor is vintage, and the grounds boast an ornate staircase for the bride to make a sweeping entrance. There are four outdoor spaces, a rustic barn, and a manor available for the ceremony. Elegant floral gardens surround the grounds, and carob and mesquite trees complete the scenery.
Built in the 1920s, this manor offers several spaces to make your special day even more memorable. You can get married on the sweeping lawn under a mesquite tree, or you can hold your ceremony in one of the rustic barns or the manor itself. The lush gardens are encircled by the mesquite trees and center on a carob tree, accentuated by a wrought iron pergola.
Secret Garden offers four wedding packages: a fully customizable option, the classic, the premier, and the elite.
Typical cost: $0-$6,795 (This is your customizable option)
Bonus: All-inclusive packages with in-house catering and ornate changing rooms.
Villa Siena, located in Gilbert, was inspired by the manors and villas of Tuscany. It boasts an arched gate, ivy-covered walls, and architecture reminiscent of the Renaissance era. The Piazza Toscano is a garden wedding setting and has a total seating capacity of 250 guests. The scenic venue boasts a red carpet, white chairs, and a magnificent free-standing fireplace that couples can use as a backdrop for wedding photos.
Along with the four manicured courtyards, the La Stanza Firenze is a gorgeous grand ballroom for your reception. You can also hold your celebration outdoors in La Stanza Pisa. The classic architecture includes Roman columns and acanthus leaves and provides a warm ambiance. The bride and groom also have the option to stay in a private suite.
Typical Cost: Contact the vendor for customizable prices.
Bonus: All packages include an amazing on-site wedding coordinator.
If walking down a gorgeous tree-lined aisle on your special day is what you’re dreaming of, look no further than the Regency Garden. This quaint, garden-themed venue located in Mesa is a memorable outdoor setting.
The guests sit in white wooden chairs, and the ceremony commences with a romantic gazebo as the backdrop. As the sun settles, the canopied trees are lit with twinkling lights while the tables are illuminated with beautiful candles.
The beautiful outdoor patio and tranquil fountains offer ideal photo opportunities. Colorful blooms surround the romantic grounds, and the indoor reception hall is climate-controlled for the reception.
The venue offers a garden reception room that evokes European elegance, and there are Hollywood-style dressing rooms for the bride and groom. The bride’s room offers full-length mirrors and three make-up tables and the groom’s dressing room includes satellite TV.
Typical Cost: $795-$1795
Bonus: There is an elopement package that allows up to six guests.
The Phonecian Scottsdale is a five-star luxury resort that has breathtaking views of the mountains and desert. The outdoor area includes a boulder-strewn brook, an orchid lawn, canyon suites, and two patios for the reception. You can have your perfect wedding reception poolside or opt for the High Tea option. They also offer indoor receptions in four different locations.
The Phoenician has an onsite florist who can turn the canyon lawn into a romantic aisle on the lush grass, covered in rose petals, with bouquets of flowers lining the outside. On the orchid lawn, the bride can walk down the aisle on orchid petals. The reception can be held inside in one of four ballrooms or outside on one of the two patios.
Typical Cost: $10,000-$12,500
Capacity: 300 (Ceremony) 500 (Reception)
Bonus: The Phoenician offers a complimentary honeymoon night.
Poco Diablo Resort
The Poco Diablo Resort in Sedona has a stunning view of Red Rock State Park. Located on eight acres of luscious landscape, this venue adds a sense of adventure to your perfect wedding day. There are ponds, charming garden gazebos, and fountains surrounding the lawns. The ceremony is held under an elegant gazebo with Elephant Rock in the background.
Poco Diablo has full-service hotel accommodations, including a spa and a salon. The elegant ballroom can accommodate up to 150 guests in a fine dining atmosphere, and there are three wedding packages available, each with its own distinctive options.
Typical Cost: $2,200-$9,750
Bonus: Customizable on-site menu planning.
The Superstition Manor is located in Mesa and has sweeping views of the Superstition mountain range, an Arizona landmark. The eleven-acre estate contains 40,000 square feet of ceremony space, including three bridal suites and three grooms suites. They offer three uniquely themed marriage venues and reception spaces. Each venue has indoor and outdoor spaces and in-house catering.
The North Villa ceremony yard, with rock walkways and rustic arches, has classic Italian styling framed by the Superstition Mountains and accommodates 125-150 guests. The South Villa is Tuscan-inspired and is the most intimate space available. The ceremony is held in a beautiful gazebo with the Superstition Mountains in the background. Lastly, the Barn ceremony lawn is a boho-style design with double barn doors opening up to vast open spaces that can accommodate 125-150 people.
Typical Cost: $130-$150 per guest.
Bonus: On-site design center that will customize your dream wedding.