There are two types of plants that leave me in awe. One of them is Giant Sequoias, the other is Saguaro cactus (I mean cacti, but it never sounds right.) I love, love, love the desert….especially when it comes to weddings! Here are all the reasons why I love Arizona desert weddings…And why I especially love the desert surrounding Phoenix.

It’s off the Beaten path, but not really

For one, the amazing desolate desert is all over the place. Which means that beautiful desert elopement and wedding locations are just off the paved road and easily accessible. That also means that vendors, like officiants, caterers, reception areas, hair and makeup are all close by! As an Arizona Wedding Photographer I especially like that there is an international airport right in Phoenix. You could even take an uber to your wedding site.

The city of Scottsdale is surrounded by the McDowell Sonoran Nature Preserve, which makes a stunning backdrop for any intimate wedding. It does require a small permit fee of $100 but compared to most wedding venues that is sooo small for the beautiful and stunning backdrops that are offered there. If you are looking for something for a very small wedding with a few guests or a true elopement, National Forest Lands near Mesa offer trails to stunning vistas with Saguaro backdrops. If you are looking for something that is a little more traditional and has an area for a reception, then the Desert Botanical Gardens are a great option, though a little more pricey.

The food

The food is amazing! So many options, so many different price points from the high end to the delicious taco shops. Phoenix is home to one of my favorite healthy smoothie/salad place, but also to one of my favorite taco shops, I go to the taco shop way more than the salad place. If you are looking for a variety of food for your guests or a specific type of cuisine, Phoenix will have it and than will have several options.

recreation ACTIVITIES

Looking to extend your wedding into a weekend or week long celebration, Phoenix has several recreation activities to keep you and your guests entertained. If your into hiking or mountain biking, there are several trail systems all within a 30 to 45 minute drive. Not to mention, Sedona is only an hour and a half away for those who are craving a little red rock. Plus there is botanical gardens, an aquarium, lots and lots of cultural events….seriously, you won’t run out of things to do.

sunshine in the middle of winter

And my biggest reason is all of the sunshine and mild temperatures while the rest of the country is under a foot of snow and freezing. While most couples prefer a summer wedding, why not do something different and go for a winter wedding, in a place that basically has spring time temperatures for 6 months of the year. Give yourself and your guests a break from winter and spend a few days in sunshine and 70 degrees. While Phoenix can be unbearable in the summer, there really only are 3 or 4 months when I wouldn’t suggest a Phoenix wedding. Outside of those months, the weather is amazing. September and October, as well as April and May have your typical summer temperatures like in the rest of the country, and November through March see temperatures in the 60’s and 70’s often and sometimes in the 80’s.

Would you like to see more from the Phoenix desert, check out these desert bridals! Want more information or interested in having an Arizona Desert Wedding, click here to contact me!