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Plan your wedding in Tempe, AZ

There are a ton of details to take care of when planning your perfect wedding. But, if you are planning your Arizona wedding in Tempe, we can alleviate some of that stress by sharing our favorite tips for venues, hotels and group dining options for your rehearsal dinner.   

From bridal showers to the rehearsal dinner to the grand occasion, Tempe is a perfect spot to share your special moments with your closest family and friends. 

There are a couple of things to consider first when planning your wedding: venue, time of year and head count. Here’s a list of Tempe wedding venues for you to consider for your events. 

Downtown Tempe Venues: 

Old Main at ASU is a charming, historic location for your rehearsal dinner, ceremony and/or reception with its perfect indoor and outdoor settings, including the picturesque Old Main Lawn and the elegant Carson Ballroom. 

Tempe Center for the Arts offers beautiful spaces with breathtaking views of Tempe Town Lake and Papago Park. 

Tempe Mission Palms is a full-service hotel located in Downtown Tempe. The beautiful interior spaces and the gorgeous outdoor courtyard are perfect for the ceremony and the reception. 

The Showcase Room at Culinary Dropout at the Yard Tempe is a space that can accommodate up to 248 people in a unique industrial setting. If you want to try something with a rustic, yet chic vibe, the Showcase Room might be the perfect place for your big day. 

Tempe Area Venues: 

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Phoenix Tempe is known for its distinctive architecture inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright and beautiful grounds. 

Embassy Suites Phoenix-Tempe will make sure you and your guests celebrate your big day in style with full-service venues and catering service at exceptional value. 

Phoenix Marriott Resort Tempe at The Buttes  is a mountaintop resort that offers panoramic views, cascading waterfalls, blue skies and gorgeous desert sunsets — all of which combine to provide a stunning setting for weddings. 

Rustler’s Rooste is known for its spectacular mountaintop setting with 180-degree views, beautiful patios and Western flair. 

Sheraton Phoenix Airport Hotel Tempe offers unique food and beverage options and a variety of facilities that create the ideal setting for your wedding ceremony, reception or social event. 

The Watershed Lakehouse Bar & Grill is located in Tempe’s Lakes neighborhood. Every seat, indoors or on one of their patios, has a lakeside view. Weddings, showers, or other celebrations can be held in a private or semi-private event space.  

Papago Park Venues: 

If you are looking for a location with stunning views and burnt orange sunsets, then the Papago Park area will fit the bill. This desert preserve is the middle of Metropolitan Phoenix is home to major attractions, hiking spots, rock climbing and miles of biking trails.  The red rocks and desert landscape provide a stunning backdrop for your wedding day. 

AZ Heritage Center at Papago Park presents a uniquely Arizona experience with a spacious outdoor patio or inside in the picturesque lobby area with a grand staircase. This facility is located in the heart of scenic Papago Park with panoramic desert vistas all around.  

Desert Botanical Garden provides a truly unique venue set against a lush backdrop of rare desert plants and mountains. Venues range from the 4,600-square-foot Dorrance Center to the Steele Herb Garden for smaller ceremonies.   

Eisendrath House is a historic adobe home that has been restored and is now available for special events and weddings. The landscape, full of native plants and cactus, and the iconic peach and teal tones in the house are very Arizona.   

Phoenix Zoo ensures that your event is a roaring success. From exotic tropical settings to the beauty of the Sonoran Desert, you’ll find distinct indoor and outdoor venues that welcome large formal ceremonies and receptions, smaller, more intimate affairs and everything in between. 

Phoenix Zoo venue

Hotel Accommodations: 

Once you’ve decided on a venue, consider that you may need a hotel room block for your out-of-town guests.  This is a courtesy and ensures that your guests know that there is a nearby place to stay after the wedding fun. Reach out to your choice of hotel properties and ask for a “Courtesy Room Block” for your wedding. Each person would be responsible for booking their accommodations. And, if everyone is staying at one hotel or two, it makes it easy for everyone to meet up for breakfast or brunch the morning after.  

Your out-of-town guests will find these hotels conveniently located near the Downtown Tempe wedding venues: 

Your out-of-town guests will find these hotels conveniently located near the Tempe wedding venues outside of Downtown Tempe

Your out-of-town guests will find these hotels conveniently located near the Papago Park wedding venues: 

Pre-Wedding Events: Engagement Parties, Bridal Showers and Rehearsal Dinners 

Wedding aren’t the only occasions to have in Tempe. With an assortment of venues, large scale restaurants and unique activities, Tempe is sure to provide a great time for you and your guests. 

To simplify this, let’s think of engagement parties, bridal showers and rehearsal dinners under the same category of importance. That being said, here are some recommended venues to host your engagement party, bridal shower or rehearsal dinner in Tempe.  

Pre-Wedding Events: Bachelor/Bachelorette Parties 

Bachelor and Bachelorette Parties can be a blast, whether you want a spa day or night on the town, Tempe is a great gathering spot for your party crew.  

Tempe is home to beautiful Tempe Town Lake and tons of bars and taverns on Mill Avenue in Downtown Tempe. Even better, Tempe is a short Uber/Lyft from even more nightlife in Phoenix and Scottsdale. A great stay in Tempe for your bachelor/bachelorette party is just a few clicks away. What kind of hotel are you thinking about? Something close to Downtown Tempe? A hotel with all the amenities? Or something funkier? You choose. Each of the hotels in Tempe has their own personality and based on your needs, you’re sure to find the right one. 

For more information on planning your wedding, wedding events or celebrations in Tempe, call 480-894-8158, or check out our Pinterest page for more inspiration and ideas. 

Rachel Semik
Written Rachel Semik

Lover of all things social media and staying in the know, you'll find Content Strategist/ASU Alumni, Rachel out devouring ice cream sandwiches and tasting her way through Tempe's margarita scene.