One of my favorite things about Arizona is that it’s a state that never stops surprising me, even though I’ve lived here all my life. Nothing encompasses that more than the incredibly unique and alternative wedding venues all over the state.
Choosing the right wedding venue goes hand in hand with the photographs you dream of for your special day. The right wedding venue sets the mood, tone, composition, and lighting for your captured moments and memories. While I do my thing capturing your day like your oldest friend, the venue you choose is the backdrop to your story. A great wedding venue can help make your wedding dream come to life.
Here are my favorite unique wedding venues in Arizona, for the couples who are looking for something completely different from everything else.
if a big, traditional, long-guest-list wedding isn’t your thing and you’d rather run away to the red Sedona mountains or say your vows in the grand canyon, that’s cool too. check out my guide on where to elope in Arizona here.
* unless otherwise indicated, the photos below are not mine & are taken with permission from the venue’s website galleries *
Cloth & Flame
anywhere in arizona
Usually, you have to bring your wedding celebration to a venue — but Cloth and Flame does things a little differently. They bring the venue to your wedding, wherever that may be. Cloth and Flame creates immersive outdoor weddings in deserts, forests, mountainsides, and beaches, for groups as small as 20 or as large as 300. Their dedicated Cloth & Flame wedding team creates a custom package just for you, which includes a stunning wilderness venue, setup of the ceremony and reception, a chef-prepared 4-course meal, florals, tableware, string lights, and even a music system! As if all of that wasn’t enough, they also take care of setup, cleanup and staffing.
Give them a call at (480) 428-6028 or send them a message to get in touch & start planning the unique wedding of your dreams.
Arcosanti is a world away from everything else – a stunning gem in the Arizona wilderness. Founded in 1970, designed by Paolo Soleri, and located only 70 miles away from Phoenix, this incredibly unique arizona wedding vnue is considered an urban laboratory – an experiment of what life could look like in a futuristic city. If you’re looking to get married in a peaceful and unforgettable venue, surrounded by architectural wonders and stunning views, Arcosanti might be the ultimate unique and unforgettable wedding venue for you. Find out more here.
Havasu Springs Resort
Havasu Springs Resort, located at 2581 AZ-95 in Parker, Arizona is one of the most stunning venues in the state when it comes to lakeside views. Nestled high on a ridge alongside the gorgeous Lake Havasu, the resort offers the perfect combination of lakeside beauty and desert landscape views combined. This venue is perfect for wedding celebrations, including the rehearsal dinner, ceremony and reception, and even farewell brunch. Havasu Springs Resort’s wedding team works closely with you to make sure your dreams come true. From selecting the perfect spaces to creating custom menus, this alternative Arizona wedding venue makes everything all about YOU.
Read more here.
Events on Jackson
On Jackson, located at 245 E Jackson St in historic warehouse district of Downtown Phoenix is the perfect venue for engaged couples who want a little bit of modern mixed with industrial charm. In this space, you are greeted by original brick walls, reclaimed wood detailing, lofted ceilings, and light-filled rooms. On Jackson has everything – from a greenery-filled courtyard for portraits to getting ready rooms to essential furniture that means little to no need for rentals. They believe that your big day should be as unique as you are, whether it’s a classic affair or an urban party, and they want to help make your dreams come true. One single space transforms from ceremony to reception and beyond.
Read more here.
Different Pointe of View at Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort
There’s nothing quite like this rooftop venue at the Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort, located at 11111 North 7th St in Phoenix. With award-winning views and an exalted restaurant and chef, it’s a perfect place for a grand wedding amid the subtle romance and versatile comforts. Reserve the entire facility for your big day or plan a smaller, semi-private gathering in the Terrace Room. Dancing, dining, drinking will be celebrated the way it deserves here. Contact Traci Fox or call 602-866-6397 for menus, pricing and availability.
Tercero by Aldea
Aldea Weddings is a family owned and operated business that was founded in 2004. In 2005 they opened their own venue in Tlaquepaque and they have been proudly hosting events ever since. They expanded into the greater Glendale area with Tercero by Aldea Weddings. This Glendale venue is a dreamy bohemian oasis located at 5130 N 43rd Ave. The grounds boast stark white bricking with wooden accents in the main architecture, beautiful succulent gardens, and spacious courtyards that are perfect for dancing. They offer all inclusive packages, too, and welcome outside vendors. Find out more here.
Heritage Square, located at 113 N. Sixth St. in the heart of Phoenix, is a perfect setting for romantic, intimate wedding surrounded by history. Between the Rosson House Museum, a magnificent two-story Queen Anne-Eastlake brick home, The Lath House Pavilion with it’s manicured lawns and trees, and the Bungalow, you are sure to have plenty of space and options for all your wedding events. Heritage square offers a magical aura, contemporary backdrops and celebration spaces, stunning architecture and room for dining, dancing and entertainment — all in one! Find out more about a Heritage Square wedding here.
The Boulders Resort & Spa
Located in beautiful and peaceful Carefree, Arizona at 34631 North Tom Darlington Drive, Boulders Resort & Spa is an irresistible stage for one of the happiest days of your life. This alternative arizona wedding venue effortlessly combines desert landscapes and diverse ceremony and reception options with amazing on-site amenities like a full service salon, villas that sleep 6-8, and dedicated wedding consultants. You’re sure to have a memorable wedding day with this unique resort. combine to create and undoubtedly memorable wedding. Experience this Scottsdale destination venue and choose The Boulders for your wedding.
Check out more on their Boulders Resort Wedding Guide
Hermosa Inn & Lons
paradise valley, arizona
A jewel of a hideaway in the heart of the Valley at 5532 North Palo Cristi Rd, this alternative Arizona wedding venue is just minutes from Scottsdale, yet surrounded by an exclusive neighborhood in Paradise Valley. With gorgeous views of Camelback Mountain, Hermosa Inn’s indoor and outdoor ceremony venues are truly breathtaking and unique. Exchange your vows at Arizona’s only authentic hacienda surrounded by “old west Arizona” charm, and party the night away in modern day desert luxury, all in one place. You can even rent out the entire resort for a destination wedding!
For more information regarding weddings, receptions, rehearsal dinners, parties, or special events held at The Hermosa Inn and LON’s, contact their team at 602-792-1914 or check out their website here.
The Showcase Room
Fox Restaurant Concepts bring their household Arizona name to the wedding game with the Showcase Room venue, located in gorgeous Tempe at 149 S. Farmer Ave. This unique wedding venue is the perfect spot for food lovers who want a more modern, industrial wedding atmosphere in a multifunctional space. Some of the City’s best culinary talent contribute to The Showcase Room menus, customizable to fit any occasion and price range. The room is a cool, blank canvas where you can create any type of wedding you imagine. The Showcase Room space can accommodate up to 350 guests and can be split into two separate private rooms, or you can even buy out the entire space, including the restaurant next door, Culinary Dropout, for up to 1,000 people. They provide everything from AV equipment to a private bar… you just bring your love story, the guests and the dance moves.
Find out more about the showcase room here.
Japanese Friendship Garden
Located at 1125 N. 3rd Avenue, Phoenix’s stunning Japanese Friendship Garden is one of the best and most unique outdoor venues for wedding ceremonies in Arizona. This venue is reasonably priced, steeped in Japanese history, and perfect for just the ceremony or both the ceremony and reception. They even have a liquor license! For something simple, beautiful, and totally customizable, the Japanese Friendship Garden might be for you!
Find out more about the showcase room here.
Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village
Say your forever vows surrounded by gorgeous old world charm and beauty at one of Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village’s four stunning wedding venues in Sedona, Arizona. Located at 336 State Route 179 in the stunnind red rock paradise Sedona, Arizona, this unique wedding venue specializes in intimate weddings. With vine covered stucco walls, cobblestoned walkways, arched entryways, and elegant plazas, you can almost pretend you’re in old world Europe as you design the wedding of your dreams.
Download their SUPER helpful and beautiful venue brochure here.
The Cabins at Strawberry Hill
The wedding of your dreams meets your summer camp memories at this unique wedding venue. The Cabins at Strawberry Hill, located at 5306 N. Highway 87, offers everything you could dream of and more: Exclusive use of all 14 cabins for 2 nights, 6 Bonus Cabins on the day before the group arrives, tables and grills, pallet Bar – including service items, Fruitwood Chairs provided for up to 150 guests, a 15 by 15 foot dance floor, wedding arch, umbrella heaters, bistro lighting throughout the property, and so much more. Check out more about this venue here.
Tre Bella is a stylish and affordable, all-inclusive wedding venue located in the heart of historic downtown Mesa. With five sophisticated event spaces, this site can be the perfect place for intimate gathering of 25 or an elaborate 200 person party. Tre Bella offers all-inclusive wedding packages that make planning a breeze, and they include things like catering, open bar, DJ service, upgraded linens, accent lighting, wedding decor, tables, chairs, linens, set up, clean up and much more!
The Wright House
A brick and mortar farmhouse standing at 636 W University Dr. in Mesa since the 1930’s, The Wright House is a historical and elegant space perfect for a unique wedding. From a private home to a grocery store to everything in between, the Wright House was transformed into the Garden Reception Centre in July of 1991. Since then, tit has been transformed into a beautiful wedding and event space. The soul of The Wright House has always been one of peace, beauty, and entertainment. Celebrate the beginning of your forever at this unforgettable property!