Southwestern themed green, brown, and white wedding invitation by Celebrations In Paper, on a cactus in Arizona.

When we think of a Phoenix wedding, we think desert, cacti, and succulents galore. But we also think elegant venues and colorful décor, and, depending on the time of year, grand ballrooms complete with air conditioning. Summer or winter, large or small, indoor or outdoor – this is a city that pairs sunshine and plant life with Southwestern culture and a handful of very modern influences. And, fortunately for wedding-planning brides, the wedding venues in Phoenix are suited to match.

El Chorro Valley Lodge

While the restaurant at this event venue serves up some of Phoenix’s favorite sticky buns, we like El Chorro even more for its incredible, ceremony-ready views of the nearby Camelback and Mummy mountains. An intimate venue that manages to find room for larger outdoor weddings, the lodge’s desert setting is thoroughly iconic, and the classic, Southwestern-style building dresses up and dresses down with ease. One reception site, the Casa Paloma Pavilion, opens up to outdoor fireplaces and dense gardens.

Desert Botanical Garden

Another local venue with native Arizona elements, the Desert Botanical Garden is chock-full of natural scenery and impressive cacti-filled backdrops. For ceremonies and receptions brides can select from among pavilions, outdoor terraces, and courtyards – with a historic banquet hall option for those hot summer months.

The Bentley Projects Gallery

The exposed brick walls, high ceilings and wooden beams of the Bentley Project Gallery give this wide-open venue spacious appeal and a load of historic character. A linen laundry in the early 1900s, the warehouse has been cleanly renovated and is now home to a contemporary arts gallery – and the occasional Phoenix wedding reception.

Blackstone Country Club

In the midst of the Sonoran desert, with unmatched views of the neighboring mountains, is the Blackstone Country Club. An exclusive club with outdoor spaces and numerous gathering areas, Blackstone is a popular area venue. We’re all about the Hacienda-style clubhouse and mountain vistas.

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