When longtime events company Angelic Grove finally opened its own warehouse venue last year, the downtown Phoenix wedding scene was taken to a whole new level. The Croft offers more than 10,000 square feet of space, including a reception area and ceremony room, which can each hold up to 350 people, as well as an outdoor garden patio. After more than 15 years in the events industry, Angelic Grove brings staging to the forefront of each event with in-house floral designs and a selection of decor so vast, there's another warehouse just to store it all. Catering, music, valet parking, and more is available through a list of preferred vendors on The Croft's website.
MonOrchid has made a name for itself, and not just as an art gallery. The 14,000-square-foot Roosevelt Row warehouse can be easily manipulated to accommodate parties of various sizes and styles thanks to rolling gallery walls, open spaces, and high-rafter ceilings. In house-catering is provided by Dressing Room Events, but the venue's liquor license is still pending (activation is expected in August of 2016, as soon as the adjoining Dress Room restaurant opens). Until then, the alcohol policy is BYOB, with optional bar services available. To find out more on MonOrchid, visit MonOrchid's website.
Musical Instrument Museum
The Musical Instrument Museum has become quite accustomed to playing love songs. The north Phoenix venue provides both indoor and outdoor settings for wedding ceremonies and celebrations. Featured spaces at MIM include the El Rio Atrium, Main Courtyard, Founders Room, and the Jill Dahlin Courtyard. The museum has in-house catering and more displayed instruments than you shake a drumstick at. Talk about some rocking wedding photos. For more information, visit the MIM online.
The Boulders has one of the most distinctive backdrops in the Valley and, as such, makes for some very memorable weddings. Marriage venues at the Carefree resort include Promise Rock (hosts between 60 and 130 guests), Cocopelli (hosts up to 150 guests), the Organic Garden (hosts up to 50 guests), and the Sonoran Ballroom inside the Main Lodge (hosts up to 100 guests). In addition to the scenic Southwestern setting, a wedding at this Waldorf Astoria hotel means in-house catering, on-site accommodations, and some much recommended pampering at the spa. Visit The Boulders online for details.
Different Pointe of View
Don't be surprised if you and your new spouse aren't the only things weddings guests are admiring. Different Pointe of View at the Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort is easily one of the resort's most popular wedding venues, thanks to its dramatic panoramic views of the Valley. Other perks of planning your wedding at this north Phoenix hotel include on-site golf, catering, and resort and spa accommodations. Visit the Different Pointe of View website for details.
Hotel Valley Ho
Matrimony gets Midcentury Modern at the Hotel Valley Ho. The beautifully restored 1950s hotel serves as a swanky setting for everything from photo shoots and ceremonies to retro receptions. Spaces at this Scottsdale hotspot include the SoHo Room, Valley Ho Room, Main Place Courtyard, Palm Court, and Sky Line Rooftop. Although the hotel offers its own food, drink, bar, spa, and accommodations, the location is central to old town Scottsdale so that, should your guests feel like venturing out, they have plenty of options available. For more on taking your nuptials to the Hotel Valley Ho, visit the Valley Ho's website or call 480-421-7725.
The Phoenix Zoo
Lions, and tigers, and bears — oh my. The Phoenix Zoo is a great venue for those in search of the exotic without the added expense of a destination wedding. The indoor-outdoor venue holds 15 on-site rental spaces including the Zebra Overlook, the Plaza De Los Niños (next to the Asian elephant exhibit), and the Orang-Hutan, which looks into the orangutan exhibit. The zoo is available for parties large and small, and it is probably your best chance at being the only one of your friends to have a giraffe photobomb your wedding album. Visit the Phoenix Zoo online for more information.
They don't get much more romantic than the Royal Palms. The luxury Phoenix resort features Mediterranean-style digs and lush floral accents ideal for couples seeking an upscale yet classic look. Wedding parties can be hosted in a number of intimate locations throughout the historic hotel, including the Alegria Garden, Vernadero Lawn, Jardin D'Amore, Estrella Salon, Palmera Salon, and the Orange Grove. Whether you're taking your vows or taking your honeymoon, the Royal Palms is all about doing it up. Visit Royal Palms online.
History buffs can find a soft spot in their hearts for Heritage Square. The downtown Phoenix venue features the iconic Victorian Rosson House, a small grassy outdoor park area, and a large pavilion ideal for hosting receptions. In addition to the square's own offerings, guests can also enjoy close proximity to such dining establishments as Pizzeria Bianco, Nobu at Teeter House, and, for a more casual cocktail hour, The Rose and Crown. For more details on planning a wedding at Heritage Square, visit Heritage Square online or call 602-261-8063.
The Japanese Friendship Garden
The Japanese Friendship Garden is one of the most green and gorgeous venues in downtown Phoenix — in fact, you'd might almost forget you're even in the city. But there is a catch to tying the knot at this scenic outdoor venue: It doesn't host receptions or really any events involving food and drink. Still, it's hard to say no to that garden backdrop. For details on arranging a photo shoot and/or a ceremony at the Japanese Friendship Garden, visit the Japanese Friendship Garden website.
They call it Sanctuary for a reason. The Paradise Valley resort that sits on Camelback Mountain manages to be in the heart of the Valley while still feeling like it's a million miles away. The high-end resort and spa is as reclusive as it is scenic, with views of Mummy Mountain and intimate spaces for saying "I do." Husbands- and wives-to-be can choose between several private settings including Paradise Views, Wedding Lawn, Sunset Garden, and Casa Montana, the private estate that sits above the resort and hosts a maximum of 40 people. For more on setting up your special day at the Sanctuary, visit Sanctuary's website.