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August 2, 2022

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Sedona, Arizona is the perfect destination for your wedding whether you are an Arizona local or coming from out of state. There are dozens of venues to choose from for your special day but these are my favorites as a local Sedona wedding photographer! In this guide I’ll walk you through my top venues, why I love them, starting costs, their features, and more tips and tricks.

If you aren’t sure that a big wedding is for you, check out this blog post all about planning a Sedona elopement! This is a great option if you are having less than 15 guests and you want more adventure for your wedding day.

Contact me now to start chatting about your wedding day in Sedona!

General Tips & Tricks

Planning a wedding can be stressful, especially if you are coming from out of town and you aren’t familiar with an area. As a Sedona local I love to help engaged couples have a stress-free experience in the red rocks. Picking a venue is one of the most important parts of your wedding day so make sure you do lots of your own research after reading this guide.

Here are the 5 most important things to consider when picking a wedding venue:

  1. Cost: Chat with your partner about what you realistically want to spend on a venue. Venues in Sedona range anywhere from $1,000-$30,000. Make sure you understand what is included in the costs. Is that solely a site rental fee? Are tables and chairs included? What about food? Reach out to venues for their full pricing guides before you get your heart set!
  2. Venue Style: When you picture your wedding day do you want it to be mostly indoors or outdoors? Are you looking for a modern ballroom or a more laid back, sitting by the campfire kind of feel?
  3. Scenery & Views: There are three different types of scenery in Sedona: red rocks, creekside, and forest. Which do you and your partner prefer?
  4. Availability: Wedding venues in Sedona fill up quickly! If you already have a concrete wedding date picked out make sure you confirm the venue’s availability. I suggest having an idea of what season or month you’d like to get married in.
  5. Vendors: Some venues are picky about letting in outside vendors so make sure you ask about their vendor policies. If you are looking for ease it may be helpful to find an all inclusive venue! If you are stressed out about finding incredible vendors in Sedona don’t worry! I include my exclusive Guide to Sedona for all of my Sedona wedding couples.

Pro Tip: Plan a wedding in the off-season or on a weekday to save money! Peak wedding season here in the red rocks are Spring and Fall. Venues will fill up quickly on the weekends during these months. Weekday weddings are typically a fraction of the price and more vendors may be available. Try having your wedding on a Friday or Monday!

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Red Agave Resort Wedding

Red Agave Resort is one of my favorite venues to photograph at! This wedding venue has a more laid back, right in the red rocks kind of feel. There are beautiful views of Bell Rock and Courthouse butte. Trails run right through the grounds so you and your guests can easily go on an adventure! Another great highlight of this venue is that it is dog-friendly. No need to leave your pup at home. This resort requires for the entire resort to be rented for more than 30 guests. A great part about this is that you can celebrate with your guests beyond just your wedding day. I’ve had couples in the past throw a welcome celebration the day before and then a goodbye brunch the following day.

Venue Features: Red rock views, courtyard with garden, pool and fire pits, A-frame cabins

Pricing: Beginning at $5000

Guest Amounts: Up to 100 guests

Sky Ranch Lodge Wedding

Sky Ranch Lodge is another one of my favorite venues in town. This ceremony location has an incredible, scenic overlook backdrop. The grounds of the venues have gorgeous desert landscape with huge agave plants, as well as green garden. Your guests can stay right at the lodge, making it easy to celebrate! One of my favorite parts of this venue is that it is close to a trail that is perfect for a mini adventure portrait session. It’s a great way to escape from your guests for a little bit to watch the sunset privately (and get some incredible photos while you’re at it!). This venue has many different wedding packages, perfect for any size weddings. You can even host your elopement here if you need an easy to access location.

Venue Features: Panoramic red rock views, desert landscape, garden

Pricing: $5,000- $46,000

Guest Amounts: Up to 150 guests

Orchard Canyon on Oak Creek Wedding

This is one of the venues in Arizona that doesn’t look like you are in Arizona at all! Orchard Canyon sits right besides oak creek, amongst the trees. The property features some red rock views in the distance, but the green grounds and rustic cabins are the highlight. Most ceremonies take place in the orchard and receptions can be outdoors or indoors. One of my favorite parts about this venue is that it feels like you are transformed to the Pacific Northwest! If you aren’t looking for a typical desert wedding venue, this may be your spot. As of recently this venue has paired up with Cloth & Flame to provide a more all inclusive package. I’ve worked with Cloth & Flame dozens of times over the years and their work is truly beautiful and luxurious!

Venue Features: Forest, Creek, Orchard, Garden

Pricing: Unknown

Guest Amounts: Up to 50 guests

Tlaquepaque

Tlaquepaque is a popular outdoor market in Sedona that also doubles as a venue wedding when the sun goes down. It is inspired by a traditional Mexican village with cobblestone streets, fountains, and art and charm! Your wedding will look right out of a storybook at this venue! This venue is unique in that it is a public space as well so you will not have complete privacy and they only offer shorter hour packages. This could be a good option if you want to have an intimate ceremony on a trail and then come to Tlaquepaque to meet up with loved ones to celebrate.

Venue Features: unique, charm, rustic

Pricing: $1000-$5000

Guest Amounts: Up to 100 guests

Destination at Oak Creek

Destination at Oak Creek is a 2.5 acre property right in between Sedona and Flagstaff. This property has 10 modern cabins, as well as a beautiful lawn with the sound of the creek in the background. It’s a simple venue that gives a backyard feel for weddings. This is a great option if you are looking for a more affordable option where your loved ones can all stay in one area. In the past we have had a couple have an intimate ceremony on a trail and their reception dinner at this venue!

Venue Features: greenery, creek

Pricing: Starts at $1500

Guest Amounts: Up to 80 guests

Backyard Weddings: Airbnbs, VRBOS, Private Residences

Sedona has some of the best Airbnbs and VRBO’s in America so of course couples consider having their weddings at one! This can be a lot trickier than going through an actual wedding venue. The Airbnb website officially does not allow weddings but most private residences have their homes listed on multiple websites, including ones that do allow for weddings or celebrations. If you find a large Airbnb or VRBO that is open to having celebrations make sure you message them to chat about your wedding plans. In most cases it would only be appropriate to have a wedding with less than 50 guests. You can expect a private residence to charge at least $1000 per night, as well as other fees and deposits. Most will not include tables and chairs so take that into consideration while planning!

On my exclusive Guide to Sedona that is sent to all of my wedding couples I have all of my favorite private residences that have allowed weddings in the past 🙂

Need some additional guidance for planning your wedding? Contact me now to see if we’d be a good fit for your wedding plans!

Ready to start planning your dream wedding day in Sedona? Contact me now to set up a free wedding phone consult! I’d love to answer any and all questions that you have.

Itching for more? Here are some real wedding stories to check out:

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