If you’re looking to tie the knot and plan the perfect celebration in the desert, consider these elements from colors to location, food and more for the ultimate Arizona wedding.
To fully tie in the desert surroundings, incorporate hues of light peach, dusty green, beiges and mauve-y tones. These colors work especially well with outdoor weddings as they seamlessly blend in with the desert landscape while still beautifully standing out. If you’ll be saying ‘I do’ around dusk with a stunning mountain backdrop, pull in taupe and purple hues. And definitely play around with copper or rose gold accents. Not only is it the trend right now but Arizona is the Copper State after all.
If you’ve ever checked out a desert wedding then you’ve probably noticed the unique choice of bouquets, centerpieces and floral accents. Instead of sticking to traditional flowers, consider mixing in succulents to bouquets, using potted cacti as centerpieces or aloe vera plants as aisle decor. The options are endless and definitely not overdone. During spring, the desert transforms into a colorful paradise as vivid hues begin to show face. Prickly Pear Cacti change from a dull green to cotton candy-colored pinks and purples and Saguaros bloom brightly colored orange and yellow flowers, all perfect for adding desired pops to your decor and setting, free of charge!
There are tons of stunning locations throughout the Valley with its many mountain scapes, lush golf courses and remote venues. But to add an even extra dose of Arizona to your big day, tie the knot somewhere iconic. The Arizona Biltmore, a Waldorf Astoria Resort is filled with luxurious history since it opened in 1929. It’s also one of the only luxury hotels in the world with a Frank Lloyd Wright influence. Its stunning terrace —one of the many venue options—is set against the backdrop of The Phoenix Mountain Preserve. For unique views of the city, the cliffside Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort is ideal. Not to mention it’s home to one of the most romantic restaurants, Different Pointe of View, whose views of the city are unmatched. For other iconic Phoenix settings, check out historic El Chorro at the base of Camelback and Mummy Mountains or the stunning Desert Botanical Garden.
Southwestern cuisine is an obvious choice when in Arizona but there are other ways to incorporate the desert into your dishes, sans rice and beans. Cacti cake toppers, succulent cupcakes, Saguaro-shaped cookies and Prickly Pear-infused cocktails are just a few ways to keep the theme going past the dinner plate. Ruze Cake House in Scottsdale is a great choice for creating Arizona-themed treats.
Local Tip: The absolute best time of year in Arizona is Spring. February through May produces perfect weather and the city is alive with events, activities and sunny fun—all ideal for out-of-town guests!