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Old 10-05-2010, 05:08 PM
 
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Hey there. I am not living in Phoenix at this time but I guess we plan on moving there soon. I also want to look around for some nice spots to have a wedding ceremony! I am trying to do this as low budget as possible so I'm thinking a beautiful outdoor location is a great idea.

If you have any ideas for an inexpensive yet beautiful outdoor location for a wedding in October/November 2011 let me know!

We are pretty non-traditional and our guest list will be small. About 30 people or so. So anything goes! Desert, mountains, cactus ... whatever.
We want a place that says Arizona, you know?

Unique and different is a plus but not necessary.

Thanks for the input!

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Old 10-05-2010, 06:29 PM
 
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I got married at the lake in Litchfield Park. It was beautiful and cheap. I'm sure there are similar places across the valley you could get married at.
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Old 10-05-2010, 10:20 PM
 
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My wife and I were on a budget as well. We got married at the main park in Fountain Hills. Its a bit of a drive, but there is a HUGE pond, and the fountain goes off like every hour, and shoots a couple HUNDRED feet up....The back drop is full of mountains/cactus/green grass from the park etc.
You can reserve an area of the park, or just show up early like we did and start setting up, so it was free...Then we just rented the white chair and decorations etc...

About 3 blocks away they have a community center with HUGE ball rooms that you can rent out, they were pretty nice. And they have dance floors and what not you can rent through them as well. Might be something worth checking out?
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Old 10-06-2010, 12:23 AM
 
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Fountain Park in Fountain Hills sounds like a great idea. Another idea although off of the beaten path is a spot on the Apache Trail road (Sunset Route Auto Tours | Arizona Attraction Guide AZ Tours (http://apachetrail.net/autotours.html - broken link) ). On the way there you would pass the Superstition Mountains and Canyon Lake, also possibilities. After Canyon Lake the Apache Trail follows the Salt River for several miles through a canyon. Very scenic. This area is north and east of Apache Junction in the far eastern end of the valley. Blessings on your wedding wherever it happens. Best Regards
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Old 10-06-2010, 02:31 AM
 
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Wow! Thanks for the replies so far. I am going to have come and visit AZ beforehand to do some recon on the areas you mentioned. They all sound so pretty.
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Old 10-06-2010, 08:54 AM
 
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The zoo.

Yeah it sounds silly but I went to a wedding held outside there, was quite pretty near lake where they had it. Look into it.
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Old 10-06-2010, 11:13 AM
 
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I don't suppose it would necessary to remind you that Phoenix is a desert city? A week ago it was 103 degrees outside. Yesterday it rained and hailed. By the way, I think you should look up Encanto Park. Located just north of downtown, I vaguely remember a rose club and maybe wedding facilities??
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Old 10-06-2010, 11:28 AM
 
Location: Metro Phoenix, AZ USA
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I don't suppose it would necessary to remind you that Phoenix is a desert city? A week ago it was 103 degrees outside. Yesterday it rained and hailed. By the way, I think you should look up Encanto Park. Located just north of downtown, I vaguely remember a rose club and maybe wedding facilities??
No need to be quite such a downer. The weather we have had in the last couple of weeks is pretty atypical. October, certainly mid to late October, is perfect outdoor wedding weather. November would certainly not be in the 100's, but can get a bit more rainy.

Valley Garden Center is very nearby to Encanto Park. They have a lovely walled garden, and some indoor space as well. It's not desert, mind you, but perfect for a small wedding.

Good luck to you both!
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Old 10-06-2010, 12:47 PM
 
Location: Arizona
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My husband and I had some challenges with finding small venues on a budget for our wedding. We ended up finding a spot in Tucson that met all our criteria (ceremony + reception + lodging all on-site + catering provided). I know this dude ranch has made some changes to their wedding protocol, but may be worth looking in to.
Weddings and Banquets at the Lazy K Bar Guest Ranch in Tucson, Arizona

A few other places you can check out:

The Boojum Tree Weddings

The Botanical Gardens Weddings and Events at the Garden | Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, AZ

The Farm The Farm at South Mountain | Weddings

There are also a lot of beautiful places in north/central Arizona too, like Sedona and Prescott.

Good luck!
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Old 10-06-2010, 01:40 PM
 
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The weather we have had in the last couple of weeks is pretty atypical. October, certainly mid to late October, is perfect outdoor wedding weather.
I'd agree, in fact I'd say Phoenix is one of the safest places for an outdoor wedding planned in advance during the fall as one one can find.
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