With the gorgeous resort settings of Central Arizona and the scenic desert landscapes of Southern Arizona, it seems that the lower part of the state has everything to offer the modern bride and groom.
However, a two-hour drive north can open your eyes to a beautiful and unique part of the state where you can enjoy four incredible seasons and picturesque mountain settings. Say hello to Northern Arizona’s most popular wedding locations and say “I do” to a destination wedding closer to home in either Sedona, Flagstaff or Prescott.
Just a short drive away from your life in the city allows you to escape and let your dreams come true amidst the red rocks of Sedona. It truly is a destination wedding location right in your own backyard.
“We’ve had clients come from New York, London, Dubai, Australia, and Japan to have their destination weddings in Sedona. It’s a shame that many newly engaged couples in Phoenix and Scottsdale don’t consider Sedona as a location for their outdoor wedding,” says Katrina Wallace and Andrew Mejia, husband and wife photography team of Sedona Bride.
With the incredible red rocks, natural ambiance, and serenity of Sedona and its surrounding wine country, anything is possible.
An indoor or outdoor wedding amidst natural backdrops, incredible vineyards, or unique courtyards await. Find yourself in romantic bliss, walking down the aisle in a location unlike anywhere else in the state.
If you’ve always dreamed of a June wedding but aren’t willing to beat the heat of the summer, a Northern Arizona wedding could turn that dream into a reality.
Just when the wedding venues of Phoenix and Scottsdale begin to slow down in the sum¬mer months, Sedona’s most popular wedding venues are just getting started.
“High season for weddings in Sedona is April through November. The daytime temperatures are beautiful and nighttime is filled with crisp, cool air,” describes Wallace and Mejia.
Even in the middle of the summer, your guests won’t be fighting for a spot beneath the shade during the ceremony or for the next ice-cold beverage throughout the reception.
“Weather is a big deal—because we are ‘high desert’, our temperatures are drastically different than Phoenix, which is only two hours away,” explains Wendy Lippman, Owner & Manager of Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village.
So don’t let the temperatures of your home city deter you from having the wedding you’ve always wanted. A summer outdoor wedding or a crisp winter wedding can easily become possible in Northern Arizona.FUN FOR ALL OF YOUR GUESTS
If you’re planning on inviting guests up north for your wedding, it might also be a good idea to extend your special day into a vacation for your friends and family to enjoy.
“The most popular activities in Sedona are jeep tours, wine tasting, hiking, mountain bik¬ing, hot air balloon rides, shopping, and fishing. If the groom is a golfing fan, he’ll be in heaven with some of the most beautiful golf courses in the country like the courses at Seven Canyons,” says Wallace and Mejia.
Why celebrate for one day when you can extend your celebration for a long weekend? Host your rehearsal dinner and next-day brunch at one of Sedona’s beautiful restaurants, and relax by the pool with your closest friends and family.
While the groomsmen are out golfing and fishing, take an outdoor yoga class or unwind at the spa with your bridal party for a day. Kids can enjoy the nearby Slide Rock State Park, and everyone can revel in the beauty and se¬renity of nearby Oak Creek Canyon.
With so much to do and plenty to explore, you and your groom will be coming back to Sedona for more and more.
PLANNING IS SIMPLE
Planning a wedding in Sedona is simple and easy with its beautiful weather and even more remarkable wedding professionals at your fingertips.
“The proximity of Phoenix to Northern Arizona makes wedding planning easier than a true destination wedding, and with places like the Sedona Wedding Studio, finding great local wedding vendors is a breeze,” explains the husband and wife photography team of Sedona Bride.
With over 75 of Sedona’s best wedding specialists all in one place, the Sedona Wedding Studio has become the hub of the Sedona wedding community. Brides can come to one place to sample everything from musicians to invitations to hairstylists to cakes.
Sedona Cake Couture, owned by Andrea Carusetta, is one of these expert vendors. “Twenty years of experience and numerous awards including Food Network Challenge medals and TLC’s Ultimate Cake Off champs make this company special and unique,” says Carusetta.
It is other small, local businesses such as Sedona Cake Couture that help make your wedding day one to remember and treat your wedding like the special event that it is.
Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village is a beautiful venue with a romantic setting that also gives you and your groom small town treatment. Its year-round foliage, Spanish-style architecture, flowing fountains, and cobblestone pathways make this one of the prime venues in which to experience your dream wedding.
“We specialize in small and intimate weddings, and the fact that we only host one event per evening allows the bridal couple to feel like they have rented their own village,” says Lippman.
Small town charm and professionalism has put Sedona’s destination weddings on the map for couples from all over the country and also from across the state.
Flagstaff, Prescott, & Surrounding Areas
If you’ve always imagined having a white wedding or marrying beneath picturesque mountains and pines, Flagstaff or Prescott may be just the locale for you and your fiancé to become man and wife.
Celebrate the most important day of your life in a gorgeous setting. Whether it’s dancing outside in the warmer months or simply viewing the snow-capped peaks from behind large windows, Flagstaff and Prescott venues have you covered.
“Our canopied side patio allows guests to enjoy the fresh air during the Spring and Sum¬mer. In colder months, guests can warm up in front of our wood-burning fireplaces,” begins Karen Sorensen, Owner of Thornager’s. “We are a local small business that provides very personal service.”
Her catering company and facility host events at their comfortable and private space, Thornager’s on Kiltie Lane, or will come to you with their delectable food choices that will satisfy your tastes and budget. Little America Hotel in Flagstaff is another local vendor that offers a gorgeous landscape, friendly service, and luxurious accommodations for your guests or beautiful outdoor settings for your ceremony.
“We are the largest full service property with over 10,000 square feet of indoor space overlooking our private 500 acre Ponderosa Pine Forest,” begins Susan Shields, Director of Sales at Little America Hotel. “Guests love the indigenous backdrop for outdoor receptions and events.”
The historic downtown of Flagstaff with its unique shops is a perfect place for touring, as are the nearby parks, historic monuments, Walnut Canyon, and the Lowell Observatory. Sedona and the magnificent Grand Canyon are just a short drive away. Not many couples get to say “I do” and see one of the Seven Wonders of the World all in one weekend.
Also nearby is the lovely city of Prescott. “There is literally something for every one of your wedding guests in Prescott with its fine dining, boutique shopping, history, and miles of hiking trails,” says Amore Cianciola, Catering & Special Events Manager at Hassayampa Inn.
With its open-air gazebo, rooftop reception area, and elegant ballrooms, the Hassayampa Inn is the perfect place to celebrate. Its classic romantic destination offers enchanting spaces for your wedding reception, banquet, or shower “Our wedding specialists can help you craft a unique event in a storybook setting, perfecting all the details from the menu to the flowers, photography, and music,” begins Cianciola. “A Northern Arizona wedding is a destination wedding without the airfare.”
Consider having that destination wedding without the hassle! Planning should be fun — take a day trip with your girls to meet with your florist, have a romantic weekend with your fiancé to choose a venue, or plan your wedding all in one place at the Sedona Wedding Studio. Experience the four seasons, and enjoy the most important day of your lives as a couple in one of the most beautiful areas of the state in Northern Arizona.