Sedona is best known for its absolutely breathtaking red rock formations that glow with the sun’s illumination. The otherworldly monoliths, pinnacles, spires, and domes have captivated onlookers for centuries — so you know you can’t go wrong inviting these beauties to be a part of your wedding scene.
Sedona boasts more days of sunshine than Florida, and temperatures rarely dip below 55 degrees even in winter. The high desert climate means that outdoor affairs are fair game in the off season — bring on the skirts and shorts!
Native Americans have long regarded Sedona as a sacred place, and visitors seeking spiritual renewal travel here to experience the healing energies of the land. With dozens of top-notch spas and health resorts, Sedona will cure whatever ails you.
The Southwest has a distinct style, inspired by the warm desert climate, the culture of original Native inhabitants, and the free-spirited sensibility of its wild-west past. Infuse this unique aesthetic into your celebration, and you’ll be guaranteed a one-of-a-kind wedding.
Your wedding ceremony should be just as unique as you and your partner. Exchange your vows in whatever fashion suits you best; after all, this is your wedding ceremony and no one else’s. If you want a short and sweet service, work with Sedona wedding officiants to create just that. Choose melodies that help set the tone of the affair and discuss with local ceremony musicians which tunes reflect the love story that you and your partner have made together. Too often, we find that brides and grooms don’t put enough thought into this aspect of wedding planning, resulting in uninspired ceremonies. Start your planning early and be rewarded with a meaningful and heartfelt ceremony that’s all about the two of you and your next chapter.
The wedding reception is where all your hard work comes together. Whether you’re going for a laid-back or luxurious vibe, make it one for the books! With help from local wedding caterers, serve up some of the area’s favorite dishes and custom cocktails. Work with Sedona wedding florists to bring some of the desert inside with succulents and cacti. Your beautifully decorated wedding venue will elicit gasps, we promise.
What’s the best way to kick off your wedding weekend? With a rehearsal dinner filled with friends, family, and delicious food of course! Enjoy the scenery and relaxed atmosphere of Sedona with your nearest and dearest as you prepare for the best day ever.
Don’t let the fun stop after the last dance! Thank your closest friends and family for joining you in Sedona by hosting a farewell brunch the day after your wedding. Guests will cherish the opportunity to spend a little more time with the happy couple before you depart for the honeymoon and this a wonderful time to sit back and reflect on all the fun that happened over the weekend.
Looking for a way to warmly greet your out-of-town guests? Assemble a wedding welcome bag stocked with your favorite local goodies and weekend essentials and work with your planners to have them dropped off at their hotel rooms before they arrive. They’ll love this little insight into your big day and will be touched by your thoughtfulness. The welcome bags are just one more place to get creative, tie in your wedding theme, and be the best hosts ever.
It’s customary to offer guests a wedding favor as a little token of your appreciation. Our advice? Tie in your beautiful wedding location - Sedona, Arizona! Consider offering each guest a little pot of succulents, or, if you’re getting married at a golf resort, personalized golf balls with your first names and wedding date for a custom touch. And, of course, a sweet treat from a local bakery that can be enjoyed on the way home is always a good idea! Don’t be afraid to let your imagination run wild and your personalities shine through. Your friends and family will love the gesture! We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite Sedona wedding favor ideas to get you thinking, so check them out.
When in Sedona, it’s all about the great outdoors. Encourage your guests to hike one of the many trails or make a trip to Red Rock State Park. Suggest a tour of the Verde Valley Wine Trail for a more relaxing (and indulgent!) way to take in the area. Let your guests in on your favorite things to do so they can enjoy this beautiful location through your eyes. Consider sharing this fabulous one-day itinerary in Sedona to help your guests make the most out of their trip. We promise: they won’t be bored here.
After a day spent exploring Sedona’s amazing surroundings or partying the night away at your wedding, guests can treat themselves to a variety of delicious dining options. Whether they’re craving Southwestern cuisine or a cowboy-style cut of steak, they’ll find it all here. Check out what 10 Best has named the best restaurants in Sedona, but also be sure to list a few of your own favorites on your wedding website or within your invitation suite!
A room with a view? That’s the only kind in Sedona. Thanks to the amazing landscapes, there’s no shortage of comfortable and breathtaking options for lodging over your wedding weekend. Make trip planning easier for your out-of-town friends & family by suggesting a few guest wedding accommodations that are close to the festivities. Make sure you include a few different price points & styles of lodging to ensure everyone can find the perfect fit.
We promise, your Sedona engagement photos will be stunning. With so many trails, parks, and beautiful vistas, you’ll have no problem scoring great images to commemorate this special time in your life. We’ve listed a few of our favorite engagement photo locations in Sedona, but be sure to ask your wedding photographer which they love most as well. After all, no one knows better than they do!
A bachelor weekend in Sedona is a dream for outdoorsy guys. Play some golf, take a helicopter tour, and hike in Oak Creek Canyon by day. By night, hit up Oak Creek Brewery & Grill and PJ’s Village Pub & Sports Lounge to catch a game. We promise, the guys won’t want for things to do.
Where would we be without the immensely talented pool of Sedona wedding vendors? Their passion for planning, commitment to their couples, and incredible ingenuity is what makes the local wedding scene as remarkable as it is, and it's the unique team behind every wedding working together that makes each event an affair to remember. Their combined experience and expertise is second to none, and we want you to benefit from it while assembling your dream team of vendors. Check out our Spotlight Series for in-depth Q&As with the best of the best in the industry, and make sure to read the articles they've contributed to Borrowed & Blue for the most reliable wedding tips and tricks, straight from the source.
The good news is that you’ve chosen a vibrant, scenic, and seriously fun location to gather your nearest and dearest on your big day. Congrats! The bad news? Your wedding location is so awesome that it draws a crowd for reasons other than your nuptials all year long. When selecting your wedding date, be sure you know what other activities are happening in the area that might put a cramp in your party’s style. We’ve gone ahead and done the legwork for you, so check out the annual calendar of major Sedona events and put them on your radar.
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Check out some other useful local online resources to get you acquainted with all-things Sedona, from travel guides to the local restaurant scene to great local wedding blogs run by our friends in the industry.