Selecting a wedding or event venue is not an easy feat, especially with so many beautiful Arizona venues to choose from. Did you know that many non-profit organizations rent out their facilities as a source of additional income to support their missions? These rental fees go directly to the non-profit organization, which provides funding for things like educational programming, community activities, and general operating support. One wedding or event could literally keep the lights on for another month! So many of these venues are truly one-of-a-kind, and will set your event apart from the rest. Check out just some of our favorites below!
Children's Museum of Phoenix
Historic elegance meets contemporary whimsy! The Children’s Museum of Phoenix is located in the heart of Downtown Phoenix, and offers a spectacular space for your next special event. The Museum is housed in the historic Monroe School Building. Originally built in 1913, this grand building was once the largest elementary school west of the Mississippi. Lovingly restored to its natural beauty you will find original exposed brick and ceiling rafters; hardwood floors, both restored and new; many spaces that use green and recycled materials including a sparkling CD wall and a one-of-a-kind silverware chandelier. Can you imagine cocktails, dinner and dancing under a flying porcelain bathtub!? This place is perfect for the young at heart.
Photo Credit: Sandra Tenuto (Feb 2015)
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
We love this place, and are dying to make it down to Tucson to throw an event here. What an extraordinary venue with breathtaking views. The Museum offers two stunning outdoor ceremony sites and three unique reception spaces. Choose from shaded desert oasis, picturesque patios, an intimate dining room, or a reception hall with breathtaking panoramic views. You can even invite some animal guests to cocktail hour, dine on elegant Southwestern-inspired cuisine, and dance the night away under the stars!
Photo Credit: Jay and Jess Photography
Frank Lloyd Wright Taliesin West
Located in Scottsdale, Taliesin West is a national treasure and historic landmark. Imagine hosting an event amidst the natural beauty of the desert, at Frank Lloyd Wright's beloved winter retreat and the bustling headquarters of the Taliesin Fellowship. Taliesin West was established in 1937 and diligently handcrafted over many years into a utopian world unto itself. Deeply connected to the desert from which it was forged, Taliesin West possesses an almost prehistoric grandeur. The pool-feature is simply stunning. We don't know how they keep guests from jumping in!
Photo Credit: Tourism Media
Desert Botanical Garden
Centrally located on the Scottsdale, Tempe, and Phoenix border, the Desert Botanical Garden has the perfect aesthetic for any special event. With so many spaces to choose from, we don't know how clients make their final choice! The Garden offers open-air pavilions, outdoor terraces, conference rooms, historic banquet halls, and scenic courtyards. Butterflies, baby quail, cheeky chipmunks, and other adorable desert creatures are around every corner to greet event guests.
Photo Credit: Flicker/Adam Rodriguez/Desert Botanical Garden
Mesa Arts Center
Located in Downtown Mesa, this sprawling venue has many spaces to choose from, including courtyards, terraces, a mezzanine, rooftop spaces, and even a stage. How cool would it be to host a dinner party on a massive theatre stage!? This contemporary venue features towering sculptures, smooth concrete walls, large glass windows, tranquil water features, and plenty of ambient lighting. With so many beautiful components throughout the venue, you can easily get away with minimal decor.
Photo Credit: Mesa Arts Center website
We just discovered this charming 1930's Pueblo Revival adobe house, nestled up in the foothills of Tempe. Built as the winter residence of Rose Eisendrath, widow of the wealthy Chicago glove manufacturer, Joseph N. Eisendrath. The Eisendrath House survives as an example of a seasonal residence typical of the first wave of wealthy winter visitors vacationing in the Salt River Valley. Lucky for Arizona, it is now available to rent for special events! The venue has gorgeous entertainment spaces on the terraces and back flagstone patio with fountain. And holy saguaro! There are massive cacti surrounding the entire property. The views looking down into the city will take your breath away.
Photo Credit: Rio Salado Foundation and Tempe
These descriptions are a blend of our own findings while visiting these amazing venues, as well as descriptions taken directly from the venues' websites. Sometimes we simply couldn't describe things better ourselves!