Greater Palm Springs offers ideal weather and a bevy of location options for the wedding of your dreams. Mountain views stretch in every direction. Refreshing adventures and restful relaxation beckon. Visitors naturally unwind from the moment they arrive, abandoning the stressors of daily life in favor of mingling, laughing, and savoring time among family and friends.
Hundreds of couples wed each year in the Coachella Valley, where they enjoy an average annual 350 days of sunshine, championship golf courses, fabulous spas, award-winning restaurants, and the healing energy of the oasis. Newlyweds and longtime married couples return again and again, making the most of their favorite romantic escape.
Wedding locations take advantage of the special nature of the desert, offering venues in the great outdoors (including Empire Polo Club, The Living Desert Zoo & Botanical Garden, and Joshua Tree National Park), resort hotels (including Riviera Palm Springs, Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa, La Quinta Resort & Club, Miramonte Resort & Spa, Parker Palm Springs, The Saguaro Palm Springs, and Ace Hotel & Swim Club), golf resorts (JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa, Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa, Indian Wells Resort Hotel, Westin Mission Hills Resort & Spa, and Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa), private estates (Casa de Monte Vista, The Lucy House, and Twin Palms Frank Sinatra Estate), midcentury modern boutique hotels (Del Marcos Hotel, Horizon Hotel, and Orbit In), exotic inns (Korakia Pensione and El Morocco Inn and Spa), and historic hotels and estates (Colony Palms Hotel, Cree Estate, Ingleside Inn, The Willows Historic Palm Springs Inn and O’Donnell House, and Villa Royale Inn). These are only a few of the venues and properties that offer outstanding honeymoon possibilities.
A short drive from Los Angeles, Orange County, or San Diego and an easy place to fly into, the desert offers a stress-free and accessible destination-wedding locale. A host of local professionals are ready to help every step of the way.
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Hop into a horse-drawn carriage.
In the 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. (www.bighorsecc.com).
Book 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 offer wide mountain views. Local spas pamper couples with 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. Pick up a Harley at EagleRider at JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa in Palm Desert (www.eaglerider.com) or a mod scooter at Scoot Palm Springs at Ace Hotel & Swim Club (www.scootpalmsprings.com).
Ride horseback or float away in a hot-air balloon.
Mosey along a trail through canyons on a horse selected with you in mind. Begin your adventure at Smoke Tree Stables (www.smoketreestables.com). Or catch a desert sunrise or sunset with one of the local hot-air balloon companies.
Dine under the stars.
Be enchanted during dinner in the garden at Le Vallauris (www.levallauris.com) or on the patio at Spencer’s Restaurant (www.spencersrestaurant.com), both walking distance from downtown Palm Springs.