The new look in fairytale weddings comes with a bit of chicly styled edge and plenty of modern-day glitz. Find shimmer, sparkle, and shine at one of the desert’s premier locales for glamour. Crystal ballroom chandeliers, custom lighting, opulent fabrics, and lush floral creations set the stage for a grand entrance and a glittering, moonlit farewell. Arrive in a classic car or on a white horse, and then take off in a hot air balloon. Glamorous desert weddings might include gourmet catering, designer cakes, pre-wedding spa treatments, and club-quality sound systems. Mountain views soothe the soul during the outdoor ceremonies at Viceroy Palm Springs, where two palm trees tower behind a sleek tented canopy. At JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa, couples and brides often arrive by boat across the lake before walking down a petal-strewn aisle. An experienced event designer will help you infuse the fabulous factor in every big-day detail.
Whether you choose a full-service golf resort, a small inn, or a hip boutique hotel for the wedding festivities, you might want to opt for an all-out glamorous honeymoon — especially once you get a peek at the suites. After the wedding, book a few days to linger for a rejuvenating pre-honeymoon or to unwind for as long as you desire. A weekend in Palm Springs is spectacular; a week or more is nothing short of paradise. Marble bathrooms with plush robes, butler service and fireside living areas, starry-view balconies, and private Jacuzzis will wash away any trace of stress and restore you to your glamorous selves in no time.
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Desert Love Story
Hop into a horse-drawn carriage. Every evening, smitten couples travel downtown Palm Springs in one of the old-fashioned carriages that leave from the Historic Village Green. Head off the beaten path through neighborhoods dating to the 1920s and ’30s by reserving a longer private tour. (760-364-4430, www.palmspringscarriages.com).
Books a couple’s massage or a golf or tennis lesson for two. Reserve time with a local tennis pro or swing in harmony on more than 120 area golf courses that open to wide mountain views. Local spas offer couples award-winning service and nurturing treatments with locally sourced ingredients.
Take off on bicycles or a scooter. Enjoy an afternoon filled with fresh air and exploration. Many hotels offer bike rentals or can point you to the closest location. Pick up a scooter at Eagle Rider at JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa in Palm Desert (760-779-5001, www.eaglerider.com) or Scoot Palm Springs at Ace Hotel & Swim Club (760-413-2883, www.scootpalmsprings.com).
Ride on horseback or float away in a hot air balloon. Mosey along a trail through the canyons, starting at Smoke Tree Stables, (760-327-1372, www.smoketreestables.com). Or catch a desert sunrise or sunset with one of the local balloon companies.
Dine under the stars. Be enchanted during dinner in the garden at Le Vallauris, (760-325-5059, www.levallauris.com) or on the patio at Spencer’s Restaurant (760-327-3446, www.spencersrestaurant.com), both walking distance from downtown.