New Wedding Ideas at The Boulders

A wedding-worthy patio at The Boulders' Spa

If you’re looking for destination wedding ideas, one of Arizona’s most iconic resorts has just emerged from a major renovation with some excellent options. The Boulders, less than an hour’s drive from SkyHarbor Airport, in the town of Carefree, has long been recognized for the  brilliant way it blends into the surrounding Sonoran Desert, and has […] Read more »

The Best Little Wedding Resort in Arizona: 7 Reasons to Plan a CopperWynd Wedding

The entrance at CopperWynd, in the Arizona desert

Capping a rugged rise between Scottsdale and Fountain Hills, CopperWynd, a boutique Arizona resort, has flown under the radar for years. Now with a chic renovation and a stellar new restaurant, it is poised to become one of the Southwest’s most coveted wedding spots. Here are seven reasons why: 1. Outrageous panoramas. Beyond the golf courses and swimming pools […] Read more »

A destination wedding site for leaf-loving locavores—in (surprise!) Arizona

wedding couple walks the groves at The Farm at South Mountain

To those of us who grew up in the Deep South, it can come as a shock to learn that pecan trees are part of the Arizona landscape. And that leafy groves of them create a natural wedding canopy that has protected many a bride from too much desert sun. In the Phoenix/Scottsdale area, one […] Read more »

The Ultimate Guide to Phoenix/Scottsdale Destination Weddings

The Boulders golf course

They call it the Valley of the Sun, and truth is the weather in Phoenix and Scottsdale is extraordinary—brilliant skies, 10% humidity (every day is a great hair day—trust us!), and reliable warmth. (Just avoid the broiling summers. Although if you can deal with 110F daytime temps, you’ll get some stunning  hotel bargains. Luxury digs […] Read more »

Our favorite Phoenix/Scottsdale destination wedding resorts

The perfect wedding backdrop: an Arizona sunset

  As in love as we are with the desert southwest, it will come as no surprise that DestinationW has just added Phoenix/Scottsdale to our lists of favorite destination wedding hotels and resorts. What sets  our  lists apart from more general lists of recommended places to stay is that our focus is on what makes the property […] Read more »

An Arizona destination wedding resort where the color is green

FireSky REsort oasis pools

  After spending some time looking at destination wedding locations in the Desert Southwest, there’s nothing we’ve come to appreciate more than an oasis — where the predominant color is green and the predominant element is water. The FireSky Resort & Spa, in Scottsdale, Arizona, is just such an oasis. Its rooms enclose a large […] Read more »

Wedding Weekend Ideas: Outdoor Play at The Boulders

Active wedding weekend: rock-climbing at the Boulders in Scottsdale, AZ

The Boulders resort, on the northern edge of Scottsdale, Arizona, has always been a stunning wedding spot, with its Flintstonian rock formations, sparkling pools, and ample gathering spots (everything from a Moroccan-style courtyard to a party-size firepit). If your guests were into golf (the two courses are award-winners), tennis, and luxury, a weekend here would […] Read more »

Sedona’s Enchantment Resort now offers weddings at Seven Canyons

Seven Canyons Golf Club

Enchantment Resort, tucked in amid the red rock canyons of Sedona, Arizona, has a setting that few other hotels anywhere in the world can match for natural beauty. The area’s rust-red spires, buttes, and summits set against a clear blue sky attract carloads of tourists from around the world. And unlike most of Sedona’s inns […] Read more »

Some hope returning for national park destination weddings

Grand Canyon at sunset

The government shutdown continues, but there are signs that couples planning a destination wedding at one of the country’s 401 national parks and monuments might not have to consider alternative plans after all. At some of the more popular parks at least, where local economies are losing as much as hundreds of thousands of dollars […] Read more »

Destination wedding locked out of a national park? Now what?

grand canyon

You think you’ve planned for everything, even a back-up indoor venue if it rains. And then the government shuts down, closing all 401 national parks, monuments, and historic sites across the country, including the one where you’d planned to have your wedding. In Yosemite, eight weddings were scheduled for this coming weekend. At the National […] Read more »