What’s a wedding if it looks, feels, and sounds like everyone else’s?
Personalization is key when it comes to planning a wedding. Cities in the Greater Palm Springs area boast thoughtful wedding pros who pride themselves on getting to know you and your vision before they start creating your perfect day.
An invitation to an Ace Hotel & Swim Club wedding featured on the illustrious “Style Me Pretty” blog offered the couple’s reasons for hosting a Palm Springs wedding. Among them, this pair of hip New Yorkers named the desert as an “oasis mixing high style with relaxed luxury, sparkling poolside fun with cool drinks at the ready, and hospitality as warm as the sun.” Their guests thanked them for every blissful minute, and the photos from their one-of-a-kind weekend at the Ace reflected the memories being made. Ready to create some memories?
Michael Segal Weddings
La Quinta Resort & Club
Majestic views, rolling greens, and plenty of polished amenities for the big day.
• Expansive mountain views and reasonably priced packages attract couples to Cimarrón Golf Resort in Cathedral City.
• Golf course weddings and clubhouse receptions spell storybook sophistication at The Citrus Club at La Quinta Resort.
• Wed on a signature Arnold Palmer-designed course at the 30-acre Classic Club where a lake and 14 stone bridges surround the Tuscany-inspired clubhouse.
• Cross the lake by boat before walking down a rose-petal aisle at JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa. White-gloved butlers make the rounds at your cocktail reception, while a harpist plays nearby — all steps from two 18-hole courses by Ted Robinson.
• After your ceremony on a lush green lawn with fairway views, move to the Firecliff Ballroom for a reception with panoramic views at Desert Willow Golf Resort in Palm Desert.
• Invite up to 400 guests to a lakeside outdoor ceremony overlooking the fairway at Doral Desert Princess Resort.
• A golf and spa resort with seven pools in Indian Wells, Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa offers mountain-view lawns for the ceremony and several ballrooms or a terrace for your reception.
• Tailor your affair in one of 10 private event spaces at Indian Wells Country Club.
• Built by celebrities Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, Indian Wells Resort Hotel offers great indoor-outdoor flexibility.
• A waterfall set among palm trees and an intimate courtyard are popular ceremony locales at La Quinta Resort & Club, a Spanish mission-style resort. For the reception, consider a candlelit room, private backyard, or grand ballroom.
• A ceremony under an arched piazza or in the olive grove or dramatic ballroom are some of the dreamy options at Miramonte Resort & Spa, which takes its design cues from a Tuscan village. After, enjoy a festive Mediterranean-inspired dinner al fresco.
• Three atmospheric clubhouses at PGA West Golf Club & Resort open to spectacular views of those world-renowned courses.
• Take your vows on the fairway, on a private terrace, or in a large ballroom at the classic Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa.
• The Crystal Ballroom inside Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa hosts 900+ guests. Smaller parties can consider ballrooms, lawns, or an intimate terrace.
• The Westin Mission Hills Resort & Spa offers 31 distinct venues for up to 1,000 guests. Enjoy towering palms with a waterfall backdrop in the gardens.
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Casa de Monte Vista
Embrace the romance and style of the 1920s and ’30s.
• The 1920s Casa de Monte Vista private estate once hosted Rat Pack parties. Now, the Old Spanish-style secluded compound is equipped for modern entertaining on an impressive scale with a full outdoor kitchen, covered patio for dancing, guest casita, and pool accommodating up to 250 guests.
• Reputed mobster owner Al Wertheimer welcomed his first guests in 1936 at the Spanish colonial-style Colony Palms Hotel, which then doubled as a speakeasy/brothel. A swanky renovation of 56 luxurious rooms, a Mediterranean restaurant, and Moroccan spa today delivers elegant outdoor weddings not far from downtown Palm Springs.
• The 1930s Cree Estate in Cathedral City can be yours for the weekend. A formal dining room, six bedrooms, and a bridal suite (with skylight and fireplace) make it an ideal all-in-one site from rehearsal dinner to honeymoon. Enjoy fruit trees, gardens, spas, a tennis court, and two black-bottomed pools.
• Sweetly lost in time, the small, Spanish-style Ingleside Inn has long been a haven for classic romantics (including plenty of Hollywood luminaries). Antiques and fireplaces dot the rooms, while towering trees, flowers, and a poolside gazebo fill the gardens.
• A pair of villas built before the Depression — one Moroccan and one Mediterranean — lay behind the keyhole-shaped entrance of Korakia Pensione. Private, exotic, and other-worldly, the Korakia beckons with candlelit walkways, bungalows, gardens, fountains, guesthouses, and pools.
• Serving fine French fare to local romantics for nearly 40 years, Le Vallauris restaurant caters to weddings on the patio with exquisitely prepared cuisine and genuine hospitality.
• Each thoughtfully restored to reflect their 1920’s origins, The Willows Historic Palm Springs Inn and O’Donnell House are two of Palm Springs’ most luxurious event venues. The Willows is a Mediterranean villa with a veranda, hillside gardens, and pool area; the O’Donnell House offers a tile patio, long terraces, and unrivaled mountainside views.
• Hole up behind the walls of the private, peaceful Villa Royale Inn, a romantic, intimate, Mediterranean villa-style resort. Say your vows on the lawn then celebrate at the on-site Europa restaurant for dinner with charming elegance and patio seating.
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Frederick Loewe Estate
Go back in time and move forward with your own twist!
• Built in 1947 by renowned architect William F. Cody, the angled architecture of the Del Marcos Hotel invites couples who want to take over the entire property to host a poolside wedding for up to 80 guests.
• The Frederick Loewe Estate — once the 5,000-square-foot estate of the famed composer remembered for such classics as Gigi, My Fair Lady, and Camelot — offers 360-degree hillside views of the San Jacinto Mountains and the Coachella Valley. When the whole property belongs to you, the indoor-outdoor options are endless.
• A laid-back modernist compound built in 1952 with the pool as the centerpiece, the almost stark Horizon Hotel makes for a designer setting with detached rooms and mountain views.
• Swing back to the 1950s at Palm Springs Rendezvous, an endearingly earnest B&B with 10 kitschy themed guestrooms. Up to 50 guests can gather poolside on the blue Astroturf for vows, cocktails, and retro fun by the fire pit after dark.
• Follow in the long-standing tradition of glamorous parties and throw your own at the Twin Palms Frank Sinatra Estate. Custom built for the crooner in 1947, the home never fails to wow for weddings with its piano-shaped pool and recording system in the living room.
• Other swanky pads are available for the taking. Bask in the Palm Springs lifestyle and pretend like you own the place with venue options at www.timeandplace.com or www.vacationpalmsprings.com featuring luxury home rentals from the 1950s and 1960s.
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Ace Hotel & Swim Club
Setting the stage for knockout modern parties.
• Known for its weekend pool scene and DJ-fashioned music, the quirky and casual Ace Hotel & Swim Club never hosts two weddings alike. Its indoor-outdoor venues have inspired everything from quiet, bohemian-style weddings with a lean guest list to raucous parties with late-night food carts.
• A favorite among L.A.’s elite, the Jonathan Adler-designed Parker Palm Springs opens two sleek ballrooms as well as the palm tree-studded grounds to couples long on style.
• Seventeen modernist rooms at the Movie Colony Hotel sit on a quiet street a block from downtown Palm Springs. The private locale attracts couples planning intimate affairs that often end with everyone in the pool — wedding gown and all.
• The flamboyantly retro-renovated Riviera Palm Springs presents ballroom, poolside, or garden affairs with stunning mountain views. Before or after your nuptials, celebrate at the resort’s delightfully cool Chiki Bar.
• At The Saguaro, a cheerful festival of bright color creates an instant palette for weddings. The resort’s creative event spaces range from contemporary ballrooms and an event lawn to a yoga studio and banquet kitchen.
• Outdoor weddings under the stars are a specialty at Viceroy Palm Springs. Fresh white and sunny yellow are the signature colors at this crisp, Regency-style hotel with an intimate feel.
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Palm Springs Aerial Tramway
Eclectic & Unexpected
Surprise your guests with a nontraditional venue that loves a good wedding.
• Ponder the magnitude of marriage vows during a 10-minute ride on the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. At the Mountain Station (elevation 8, 516 feet), guests will enjoy the cool, pristine wilderness of 13,000-acre Mount San Jacinto State Park. Wed in an intimate room with a rustic rock fireplace, on a patio with fresh mountain breezes and a spectacular vista, or in the luxurious Peaks restaurant.
• Weddings are rare but always memorable at Palm Springs Air Museum, where an evening reception means dining and dancing among airplanes and memorabilia of WWII.
• Close to downtown, Palm Springs Art Museum hosts elegant events for members in its galleries, public spaces, sculpture garden, and even on stage at the Annenberg Theater.
• Built in 1946 as a set for the old Westerns, including films with Gene Autry and The Cisco Kid, Pioneertown in the High Desert features the legendary Pappy & Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace, the chosen site for off-beat weddings. Enjoy mesquite barbecue, live music, dancing, and friendly folk.
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Joshua Tree National Park
Desert breezes and mountain vistas indulge the senses.
• Corona Yacht Club at Rancho de los Sueños is one of the desert’s best-kept secrets. Touring 20 lush acres, couples are easily won over by the two-acre lagoon, a dance floor set on a dock over the water, dining tables in a palm grove, and a croquet lawn.
• History buffs get a kick out of two replica sites at Desert Adventures’ 1,000-acre ranch on the San Andreas Fault: a Cahuilla Indian Village and 1800s old mining camp. The latter features a dance floor, antique wagons, and walk-up saloon.
• Empire Polo Club presents a lovely dilemma. Choose a fragrant rose garden with bubbling fountains, landscaped gardens with a bird aviary and waterfalls, or a tented setting with stone paths and a waterfront gazebo for your fantasy wedding.
• Nature’s vast beauty speaks volumes on the biggest day of your lives when you’re deep inside Indian Canyons. A favorite among local hikers, the scenic canyons have echoed many “I Dos” from those who are more at home when surrounded by untamed nature.
• Secure a special-use permit to wed in 800,000-acre Joshua Tree National Park, home to a rugged desert landscape, unusual rock formations, and, of course, abundant Joshua trees.
• Animal lovers leap at the chance to celebrate their vows at The Living Desert Zoo & Botanical Garden. The park offers a variety of venues, from intimate to grand, all just steps from the desert creatures who live here.
• Guests take their seats facing a waterfall while the bride prepares in the Tower Room of a two-story hacienda at Moorten Botanical Gardens. The Moorten family has shared their rustic landmark for hundreds of outdoor weddings.
• Exchange your vows with a view from the grassy bluff behind Spencer’s Restaurant. For cocktails and more, move your party to one of two patios or inside in the candlelit Bougainvillea Room with stone fireplace and indoor waterfall.
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