Top 10 Places to Get Married in Arizona

Top 10 Places to Get Married in Arizona

Are you looking for places to get married in Arizona?  Then check out these top 10 places to get married in Arizona!  This state is marked by its varied culture and weather for weddings.  Arizona is a beautiful state with the Grand Canyon in the north, pine forests in its mountain regions and deserts in the South.  Because tourism is a very active business in Arizona, there are many hotels, resorts, and convention centers.  These great wedding venues will let you get creative and have an unforgettable wedding.

Tlaquepaque arts and crafts village Sedona, Texas
Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village – Sedona, Arizona

Tlaquepaque has all the charm of old world styling in their outdoor courtyards.  This arts and crafts village in Sedona is modeled after a Mexican village.  Get married in a small private ceremony in the chapel and then hold the fete of your dreams in the courtyards or gardens.

The Castle at Ashley Manor Chandler Texas
The Castle at Ashley Manor - Chandler Texas

The Castle at Ashley Manor is located in Chandler, Arizona.  The castle provides an exquisite background for your ceremony and reception.  Take advantage of the event coordinator and relax while your fairytale wedding unfolds.

Heard Museum Phoenix Arizona
Heard Museum - Phoenix, Arizona

The Heard Museum provides a classy and artistic choice for your wedding.  Explore the museums arched walkways and sculpture courtyards for a unique location. With many choices, you are sure to find the place that fits with your style.  With your rental fee also comes a docent for the museum.

Shenandoah Mill Gilbert Arizona
Shenandoah Mill – Gilbert, Arizona

Shenandoah Mill, a former grist mill, was moved to Gilbert, Arizona and has become a charming and rustic wedding ceremony and reception site.  The rental time and benefits are generous as only one wedding a day is scheduled.  The mill  can accommodate up to 225 guests for your ceremony and reception.

Ro Ho En Japanese Friendship Garden Phoenix, Ari
Ro Ho En Japanese Friendship Garden - Phoenix, Arizona

Ro Ho En Japenese Friendship Garden is a 3.5 acre Japanese garden with a serene Koi pond.  This garden is a shared cultural vision.  If you would like more information to plan your wedding, contact (602) 256-3204.

The Windmill Winery Florence, Arizona
The Windmill Winery – Florence, Arizona

The Windmill Winery offers a rural setting just outside of Phoenix in Florence, Arizona.  Have the country wedding ceremony of your dreams lakeside. Enjoy a getaway in a horse drawn carriage.  Then party all night in the restored historic barn or outside.  This venue is also a winner of the 2010 Bride’s Choice Awards.

Reid Park Zoo Tucson, Arizona
Reid Park Zoo – Tucson, Arizona

Reid Park Zoo in Tucson is the right place to go wild for your wedding.  This zoo offers more than 17 acres to rent after the zoo is closed to the public.  So plan on a late day event when the animals will be more active.  The zoo also offers catering and facilities managers to help with your planning.

The Views at Superstition Gold Canyon, Arizona
The Views at Superstition – Gold Canyon, Arizona

The Views at Superstition, nestled in Gold Canyon, provides a beautiful ceremony and reception venue for you.  Enjoy the multitude of services including separate bride and groom dressing suites, limo service, officiant, horse drawn carriage, and more!  Indoor and outdoor facilities for your ceremony and reception are available.  Tours are on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month from 6-8PM (check on availability, as times and days can change).

The Boulders Resort Scottsdale Arizona
The Boulders Resort – Scottsdale Arizona

The Boulders Resort is an elegant resort in Scottsdale, Arizona.  The resort has multiple ceremony locations for your selection and can accommodate 50-300 guests.  The natural beauty of the high Sonoran desert is the backdrop for your wedding vows.  Your choice of indoor and outdoor locations for your reception are also available.  The Boulders Resort offers catering, audio/visual equipment and planners to help you celebrate your wedding with style.

The Grand Canyon National Park.  For a ceremony or reception at this national treasure, you will need to enlist the help of a trusted planner.  The south rim of the Grand Canyon is by far the most accessible and for DIYers the best option.  This is a venue that will require some effort for planning but is worth the effort.

Top 10 Places to Get Married in Alabama

Top 10 Places to Get Married in Alabama

If you are getting married in Alabama, check out my top 10 places to get married.  Alabama is a state that has a rich history and an eye to the future.  Filled with historical homes, paddle wheel boats, camp grounds, beaches and the U.S. Space and Rocket Center, there are many options for fun, and unique wedding sites.

The Loft at Flower Stems The rustic style of the Loft adds glamour and elegance to its repertoire while providing a multitude of services to help you create an unforgettable event.  Flower Stems is a full service florist that pushes the boundaries with their unique creations.  Be sure to schedule an appointment to view this venue by calling 205-527-9639.

Wynfrey Hotel
Wynfrey Hotel Exterior – Birmingham, AL

The Wynfrey Hotel Don’t be fooled by the modern exterior of this hotel near downtown Birmingham, warm and inviting spaces are just the beginning of what this hotel has to offer.  Wedding events of any size are welcome.  This hotel boasts space for up to 1200 guests.  Take full advantage of their planning services and relax during your engagement!

The Bama Belle If you are looking for a unique experience, try reserving the Bama Belle.  This split paddle wheel river boat was constructed in 1970 and calls Tuscaloosa her home port.  With a capacity for 150 passengers, this river boat provides an intimate setting while still allowing you to enjoy the beauty of the river.  Call 205-339-1108 for reservations.

Grace Hall Mathews Manor Springville, AL
Grace Hall,  Mathews Manor – Springville, AL

Mathews Manor is located in Springville.  Cake, catering, floral and event planning services are available at Mathews Manor for your convenience.  This event venue has both indoor and outdoor sites.  Choose from three different settings:

Grace Hall features indoor and outdoor settings with a contemporary chapel or a courtyard and pavilion.  A large ballroom is also available for receptions.

At Rebecca’s Garden, you can be wed poolside, or by the pavilion.  Beautiful gardens and waterfalls await you and your guests at this outdoor site.

Micah’s Meadow is the newest site at Mathews Manor.  This outdoor venue can seat limitless numbers of guests.  Full audio and visual equipment exist for this site.  Check out the chandeliers hanging from the oak trees and the 50 foot rock stage.

Richards DAR House Museum - Mobile, AL
Richards DAR House Museum - Mobile, AL

Richards DAR House Museum will take you back to 1860 in the DeTonti Historic District of Mobile.  Small, private weddings can held in the parlor or outdoors at the gardens and courtyard.  This beautiful townhouse offers plenty of picture taking opportunities with its lacy iron work and charming curved stairway.

The Reserve at Oak Bowery LaFayette, AL
Plantation House, The Reserve at Oak Bowery - Lafayette, AL

The Reserve at Oak Bowery is the perfect place to “jump the broom.”  This charming plantation house offers valet parking for your guests and a historic home and grounds to explore.  An altar made from an old hearth and chimney is available for you to be wed.  The plantation house, party barn and grounds are available for your reception.

Caribe the Resort Orange Beach, AL
Caribe The Resort - Orange Beach, AL

Caribe The Resort offers beachside weddings and honeymoons.  This venue has a 4 star restaurant that can cater your reception.  Best of all, you and your guests can relax while their wedding coordinator handles all of your service vendors.  So enjoy the sugar white sands of the beach and explore this destination wedding venue that is right around the corner from you.

Winston Place - Mentone, AL
Winston Place - Mentone, AL

Winston Place, circa 1831, is one of Alabama’s most beautiful historic homes.  Located near Mentone, AL, this home offers full amenities for guests to stay.  Each room has a private bathroom and deck.  A new driving range for golf fanatics has been added, making a fun family oriented activity for your guests.  The grounds, dinning rooms and verandas are available to host the party of your dreams.

Stoney Creek Christian Camp and Outreach may be the best choice for those who seek adventure outdoors.  This camp has a woodsy church located on the grounds.  The church has been newly constructed and has plenty of natural beauty with picture windows looking out on the woods.  To ask for more information or make a reservation, email

U.S. Space and Rocket Center Huntsville, AL
Apollo Terrace, U.S. Space and Rocket Center - Huntsville, AL

U.S. Space and Rocket Center is the most unique setting for an unbelievable wedding.  Set your sights on the stars because this venue offers many exciting exhibits.  Dine underneath rockets at your reception or get married outside in Rocket Park.  This family friendly museum is a great place for your event.

Destination Wedding: Mansfield, OH?

Destination Wedding: Mansfield, OH?

The Destination Wedding:

So most of you are probably wondering how you can have a destination wedding in Mansfield, OH?  When most people think of a destination wedding, they think of exotic locations and a weekend of never ending fun celebrating the marriage of a new couple.  If you live in Ohio and are on a budget, you still want the excitement of exploring a new place while celebrating with your friends and family.  Mansfield, Oh has all of the excitement of an exotic location but is still budget friendly for you and your guests.

Why marry closer to home.

So why not plan a destination wedding that isn’t that far away.  The benefits far out weigh any inconveniences.  For example: no passports or travel visas are needed, and none of your vaccinations needed to be updated either.  Mansfield, OH is toward the center of the state which makes for an easy drive no matter where you live, eliminating costly airfare.  There are a wide variety of places to explore including: Snow Trails for skiing or snowboarding, Mohican State Park and Lodge, or Richland Carrousel Park.  The city of Mansfield’s website has a detailed listing of great places to visit on their visitor’s page.  You can access it by clicking here.

Mansfield can suit any bride’s style!


If you are looking for a cosmopolitan night on the town, try having your wedding reception at the Mansfield Art Center.  This chic modern building has big city flair.  Imagine your guests sipping cocktails while admiring the latest exhibition.

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Like most of Ohio, Mansfield has several farms that can be visited.  Malabar Farm State Park allows visitors a taste of farm life with an eco-friendly eye.  Enjoy the elegant tended gardens at the Kingwood Center.  Both Parks have been homes to famous Ohioans and are worth visiting for your outdoor wedding ceremony and reception.

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From the quirky like the Richland Carrousel Park to the thrilling Snow Trails skiing, Mansfield is filled with family fun.  So plan your wedding to incorporate swimming at Mohican State Park Lodge, or touring through one of Mansfield’s many museums.  There is something to do for everyone in Mansfield.

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The New Destination Wedding:

So use your imagination and you can create the best destination wedding while traveling closer to home.  Mansfield, Ohio has many great places to visit that will suit your style from elegant, cosmopolitan nights to family fun on the farm.  Check Mansfield out today and plan your destination wedding!

Another Top 10 Places in Ohio to Get Married

Since there are so many great places in Ohio to get married, I thought I would share some more of them with you.

  1. Dawes Arboretum Newark – This is a great outdoor site with its cultivated gardens.
  2. Alexandra’s Bed and Breakfast London – The B&B offers both indoor and outdoor settings.
  3. Galleria at Erieview Cleveland – is a modern space that can accommodate larger weddings.
  4. Mansion View Inn Toledo – This Victorian style B&B is just minutes from the Toledo Museum of Art, a favored photography setting, and can also cater for your bridal shower or reception.
  5. Mary Nelle’s Windswept Farm Lebanon – offers a beautiful country style wedding site with all the charm and space you’ll need.
  6. Pro Football Hall of Fame Canton – For the die hard football fan this site is uniquely you.
  7. Dayton art Institute Dayton – The Institute offers many choices for your ceremony and is a must see.
  8. Sister City Garden Sylvania – This smaller garden and gazebo is a great choice for a more informal outdoor ceremony.
  9. Ravenwood Castle New Plymouth – Who new there was a 12th century Norman style castle in Ohio?
  10. Pine Lakes Lodge near Cambridge – The log cabin style lodge offers intimate indoor and outdoor weddings.

If you haven’t already seen my first article Top 10 Places to Get Married in Ohio check this article out as it has more unique ceremony sites. Also some more sites to visit can be viewed in my article Top 10 Places in Ohio for Wedding Photos. Those of you getting married in Cincinnati check out – Top 10 Locations for Cincinnati, Ohio Weddings.

Top 10 Places in Ohio for Wedding Photos

Getting married in Ohio? Well the “Buckeye State” offers more than just beautiful scenery for your wedding day photo backdrops. Check out some of these sites. Who knows there just might be a hidden gem in your hometown!

  1. Toledo Museum of Art – This location is very popular for weddings but try getting your pictures inside. The many halls and galleries offer art of all forms to compliment your sense of style and admission is free.
  2. The Frankiln Park Conservatory – This public botanical garden has two great exhibits that are thrilling for photos and for receptions. Both the Chihuly and Blooms and Butterflies exhibits are worth exploring some amazing photos.
  3. Fountain Square Cincinnati – The newly reopened Fountain Square in downtown Cincinnati is the new cultural center for the Queen City and is also close to all of the action downtown.
  4. Hocking Hills State Park – At this state park there are a multitude of caves that you can explore for some original wedding photos. Be prepared if you do go to this location. Scout out where you want your photos first and have some fabric cleaner incase your dress does get dirty.
  5. Kings Island Eiffel Tower – If you can’t get to Paris and you want to have a fun reception Kings Island is the place to be.
  6. Clifton Gorge – Is the photographic site for the adventurous Bride. This state nature preserve offers a chance to find the rare snow trillium along with spectacular waterfalls. It is located in Greene County close to better known John Bryan State Park.
  7. Cincinnati Observatory – This astronomical observatory is steeped in history and is a treasure in Cincinnati.
  8. Tallmadge Church – Located in Tallmadge, OH is a beautiful white church built in 1825. It is great place for pictures and is available for wedding ceremonies.
  9. Kelley’s Island – This island in Erie county offers breath taking coastal views and charm.
  10. Bryn Du Mansion – The federal styled mansion located in Granville, Ohio sits atop a forested hill overlooking a polo field and is an ideal site for wedding ceremonies and receptions.

If you haven’t already seen my first article Top 10 Places to Get Married in Ohio check this article out as it has more unique ceremony sites. Another Top 10 Places in Ohio to Get Married has even more suggestions for ceremony sites. Those of you getting married in Cincinnati check out – Top 10 Locations for Cincinnati, Ohio Weddings.

For anyone who is now engaged, check out my scavenger hunt, assassins style wedding game – Wedding Wars. There is a $75 gift certificate offered for the winner of the game. All rules can be viewed in my discussion forum under Wedding Wars Clues and Hits.