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Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass

Plan the perfect wedding day at Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass.    Our Phoenix venue is personal and well appointed, offering gorgeous mountain backdrops and professional wedding planning services. The Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa, Arizona's... [ Read More ]
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Crowne Plaza Phoenix - Chandler Golf Resort

Situated in the heart of the desert, Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort is the jewel of Downtown Chandler. Our Resort has been home to countless unforgettable weddings since 1912.     We pride ourselves on highly polished service & expertise that will help... [ Read More ]
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Outdoor Weddings in Chandler Arizona

Chandler has a large variety of attractions that will appeal to anyone who comes to visit. From family fun activities like mini-golf and arcades, to an exciting nightlife, Chandler has something to offer for everyone. Chandler is home to the Chandler Center for Arts, which acts as a hub for diverse cultural activities. 
For those who enjoy the outdoors and breathtaking views, Chandler also offers tours of the Apache Trails and Superstition Mountains. The abundance of outdoor activities and the beautiful landscape across Chandler make it ideal for outdoor wedding venues. Views that serve as an amazing backdrop to any wedding can make your big day that much more special.  

Benefits of Outdoor Weddings

When planning a wedding and searching for your perfect venue, one of the first things you want to consider is whether the ceremony and reception should take place indoors or outdoors. Some elements you might want to consider when deciding which option is best for you include the number of guests, overall theme or aesthetic of the wedding, or even your budget. 

With all of these factors in play, there are some benefits to choosing an outdoor wedding. First is having enough space to accommodate for your guests to sit comfortably. Regardless of how many guests you’ve invited, there will be plenty of room for them if the wedding takes place outdoors. Another benefit of having your wedding outdoors is that there will be natural lighting in all of your photos. Your photographer and videographer will be able to use this to their advantage and help highlight and enhance the beauty of your wedding. This means if you’re wanting those gorgeous golden hour photos, an outdoor wedding is the perfect route to go. 

Choosing an outdoor venue will also enhance the chosen aesthetic you want your wedding to be centered around. Whichever theme you choose will be able to easily adapt to an outdoor venue, and give you more options to choose from related to décor. Outdoor venues have the versatility for your wedding to look exactly how you want it to.

Wedding Planning Tips for Chandler Outdoor Wedding Venues

Budgeting for a outdoor wedding venue

One of the most foundational tips when it comes to budgeting for weddings is to set your budget for the venue beforehand. Decide what is important to you related to where you might want to focus your budget on, meaning if food is something you want to be the main part of your budget, then create a plan that takes that into account. If your venue is the most important, then choose the price that you feel will be reasonable within your budget and work with that as your foundation. Another tip related to budgeting for an outdoor wedding venue, would be to plan your wedding day during the off-season. In Arizona, peak times are more spring and fall meaning that venues here tend to be in high demand during those months. If you are wanting to save some money on your dream outdoor wedding, then the time of year for your ceremony is something to consider. A cooler outdoor wedding during the winter is a great option, both for weather and budget. 

Decorating your outdoor venue

When wanting to decorate your outdoor wedding, you are going to want to pick décor that enhances the already existing space and not compete with the beauty of your venue. Depending on which venue you choose, there are elements that will compliment your environment, such as color scheme, style of chairs, lights, the aisle, or the altar. One tip that will help enhance these elements, is incorporating natural aspects to the venue. This includes adding any plants or flowers that match the aesthetic you are going for. Flowers can really compliment the natural beauty of your space and give your guests the feeling of fresh air and serenity.

What kind of entertainment is best for a outdoor wedding

When deciding on how to entertain your guests during your wedding, having live music could really enhance the energy of the space. Hiring an entertainment company can help you plan a great guest experience for any outdoor space. If you are wanting your guests to feel the elegance or romance of your ceremony and then switch to an upbeat dance break, having live music or a DJ could really take your wedding to the next level. Another idea to consider is having lawn games for your guests to participate in during cocktail hour, or during the reception when someone might need a break from all the dancing. Games like bean bag toss, tic-tac-toe, and giant chess are perfect ways to entertain your guests, especially if your wedding allows for children to attend. Lawn games are a great way to take advantage of the outdoor space of your wedding venue.

How to obtain a marriage license in Arizona & when

To obtain a marriage license in Chandler, Arizona, you can either apply online via the Maricopa County’s Clerk of the Superior Court website or apply in-person at one of the four Maricopa County’s Clerk of the Superior Court locations. Applying in-person requires an appointment in order to get the application processed, which can be done online as well. After being approved, the license will last one year before it expires, and must be signed at the completion of the ceremony by your officiant and returned back to the court within 30 days after the ceremony.

Chandler Outdoor Wedding Venues

An absolutely beautiful venue available in Chandler is Crowne Plaza Phoenix - Chandler Golf Resort. With experience in hosting weddings since 1912, this location has two different outdoor ceremony venues to choose from, both with natural greenery and bistro lights that enhance its environment. A large, gorgeously constructed white arch and a grounded vine covered pergola are highlights of this space. There are also three ballrooms with floor to ceiling windows, elegant crystal and iron chandeliers, and can accommodate up to 250 guests if needed. This venue has a unique rooftop terrace with a breathtaking view of downtown Chandler and the resort. The resort also allows access to an on-site golf course and golf simulator. This venue offers benefits to your wedding planning with opportunities to host rehearsal dinners, engagement parties, and bridal showers. There is an on-site wedding coordinator who will make sure your wedding is running smoothly. They are available to assist in tasks such as seating arrangements, menus, and vendor recommendations.