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The United States' Southwest might evoke images of mountains and barren desertlands, of cowboys and horseback riding--not exactly the typical setting for the biggest day of your life. However, you just might be wrong. Our list of the Top Southwest Wedding Destinations brings you the desert sun and the Rocky Mountains in truly magical venues both inside and out that are more than ideal for your wedding celebration! Whether you're planning an intimate ceremony for 40 or a grand event of over 1,000, these luxurious resorts--and one ranch!--will amaze not only you but all of your guests. Choose from a lakeside Las Vegas location to the Anasazi-inspired chapel in the heart of Santa Fe! Offering top-notch service, catering options and wedding coordinators ready to assist with all the details, these incredible Southwest destinations are the perfect place to say "I do."
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River Orchard Place

Poncha Springs, Colorado

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For all variety of wedding, River Orchard Place's gorgeous grounds and cabins are ideal!The north of the southwest, Poncha Springs is host to a diverse array of outdoor activities and fun. Hiking, biking, and... read more

For all variety of wedding, River Orchard Place's gorgeous grounds and cabins are ideal!

The north of the southwest, Poncha Springs is host to a diverse array of outdoor activities and fun. Hiking, biking, and rafting are all popular pastimes, in large part due to the spectacular surroundings. For peace and quiet, just take a tour around the beautiful grounds and enjoy the orchard, big cottonwood trees, and river running through the property. Nothing can beat sitting by the river and taking in the breathtaking views of the Colorado Rockies- add in River Orchard's formidable hospitality and wedding experts and you have an absolute winner! Make sure you get as much done as possible before the wedding, of course, as afterwards you'll be too busy entertaining and enjoying your new married life!

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625 Pinyon Dr, Salida, CO 81201

Population

The population of Poncha Springs was 737 at the 2010 census.

Fun facts

Guests have included Dwight Eisenhower and Roy Rogers!

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Located between the historic town of Durango, Colorado, and the stunning Mesa Verde National Park, Echo Basin Cabin and RV Resort is the perfect place for your destination wedding.Echo Basin's wedding amenities and... read more

Located between the historic town of Durango, Colorado, and the stunning Mesa Verde National Park, Echo Basin Cabin and RV Resort is the perfect place for your destination wedding.

Echo Basin's wedding amenities and services are astounding! You and your future partner will love the gorgeous ceremony site that adjoins a large private banquet room, band-stage with large dance floor, catering, and full-service bar. Photo opportunities are abound for professional photographers. The plush green lawns, water features, ponderosa pine trees, floral landscaping, and mountainous backdrops will keep couples posing for hours. The average catered wedding cost, consisting of 150 guests, is less than $5,000, prime rib being the house specialty! What more could you want?

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43747 Rd M, Mancos, CO 81328

Population

1,460

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Conveniently located between historical Durango and Cortez, Echo Basin Ranch is only: 27 miles from Durango, 80 miles from Telluride, 60 miles from Farmington, New Mexico, 173 miles from Santa Fe, 225 miles from Albuquerque. Exceptionally priced and flexible, Echo Basin is the ideal wedding venue for any sized wedding.

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Large private banquet room, band-stage with large dance floor, ample parking, catering, full-service bar with bartender, up to 23 cabins rentals, 65 RV sites, and refreshing summer temperatures.

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By now we've established that mountain destinations are a prime setting for weddings in the southwest. To complete our list, we have the incredible Mt. Princeton Hot Springs Resort, which is known for its namesake:... read more

By now we've established that mountain destinations are a prime setting for weddings in the southwest. To complete our list, we have the incredible Mt. Princeton Hot Springs Resort, which is known for its namesake: their five pools filled with 105-degree, geothermal waters. A soothing soak in one--or all--of these pools is an ideal way to start off your wedding weekend at this Colorado resort, sure to melt away all your worries and have you feeling your best before exchanging your vows. When it comes to the actual event, Mt. Princeton offers full-service wedding coordination and an incredible selection of onsite venues to choose from. The popular Pavilion is a 4,834-square foot site that can host up to 300 guests and offers wondrous views of the mountains through its large glass windows and doors. The Pavilion Deck is a much smaller option for up to 50 people but excites with its 360-degree view of the Rocky Mountains. Choose the Meadow for an outdoor ceremony or reception venue and enjoy the beautiful flower beds and the calming sounds of Chalk Creek as it runs right in front! No matter which venue you decide on, Mt. Princeton will plan a celebration worth remembering with their scrumptious catering menus, professional photography options and unparalleled service!

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15870 County Road 162 Nathrop, Colorado 81236

Highlights

Mt. Princeton's seven onsite venues provide you with a great choice in planning your ceremony and reception. Able to host groups from 40 to 400, you're sure to find the space just right for you!

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The hot springs pools at Mt. Princeton are a destination in and of itself. Featuring a variety of pools such as the Japanese-Style Cascading pool and the Exercise Pool and each with its own steady temperature, you can try them all to find what works best for you. The Soaking Pool, kept at 105 degrees Fahrenheit, is sure to calm your nerves before the big day!

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The Wigwam

Litchfield Park, Arizona

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This Arizona landmark and Historic Hotel of America doesn’t skimp on luxury. And when you're getting married, don't you want as much luxury as possible? Despite its rustic name, the Wigwam is all class.You... read more

This Arizona landmark and Historic Hotel of America doesn’t skimp on luxury. And when you're getting married, don't you want as much luxury as possible? Despite its rustic name, the Wigwam is all class.

You shouldn't have to spend your wedding day frantically running around working out the minutiae. The Wigwam say "RELAX", and snatches those unimportant details away from you so you're free to focus on what matters; namely, each other. There is an array of wedding packages available, as well as spectacular ballrooms and outdoor garden terraces for ceremony venues. Come to the Wigwam, and their knowledgeable wedding experts will help you fulfill your dreams.

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300 East Wigwam Blvd, Litchfield Park, Arizona 85340

Highlights

There are 331 lovingly cared-for casitas and suites on the property!

Fun facts

There's also a 25-foot tower surrounded by twisting water slides at the pool.

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The Broadmoor

Colorado Springs, Colorado

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From the shores of Lake Las Vegas to the the majestic peaks of the Rocky Mountains, you'll find our #9 destination to be just as stunning at the slopes and hills that surround it. The Broadmoor rests at the southern... read more

From the shores of Lake Las Vegas to the the majestic peaks of the Rocky Mountains, you'll find our #9 destination to be just as stunning at the slopes and hills that surround it. The Broadmoor rests at the southern end of the Rockies and is considered the Gateway to the West, offering breathtaking natural beauty and a refreshing setting that's perfect for hosting your upcoming nuptials. As the proud setting of nearly 300 weddings every year, this luxurious resort can take your dream celebration and turn it into reality. Broadmoor's 3,000-acre Colorado Springs resort features an assortment of venues to choose from for your event. Enjoy the mountain views from the charming South Terrace or exchange your vows among trickling fountains in the aptly named Fountain Room. Likewise, The Broadmoor's reception sites come in a wealth of sizes and styles; choose the elegant Main Ballroom for your extravagant affair or the quaint Remington room for an intimate setting for only 40 guests. Their onsite venues can host groups of 20 to over 1,000, offering you complete control over your wedding!

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1 Lake Avenue Colorado Springs, CO 80906

Highlights

When it comes to weddings, The Broadmoor wishes to take the stress out of all the little details. Their Wedding Coordinator will work with you every step of the way to ensure everything is taken care of in a timely manner. From creating the perfect wedding day timeline to organizing the rehearsal to arranging ceremony programs, place cards and favors, and coordinating with your vendors, the Wedding Coordinator acts as a go-between for all those pesky errands that need to be finalized. Let them help make sure your wedding is a complete success!

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The Broadmoor offers a professional catering staff with over 100 years of combined experience! You can work closely with the Catering Manager to create a menu that is impeccable and sure to delight all your guests. From themed menus to lavish receptions with over 1,000 guests, Broadmoor's caterers will take care of you!

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The Lodge at Santa Fe

Santa Fe, New Mexico

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What could make your wedding more memorable than feeling at the top of the world? Set high atop a hill and offering incredible views of downtown Santa Fe and the Sangre de Cristo Mountains is the beautiful Lodge at... read more

What could make your wedding more memorable than feeling at the top of the world? Set high atop a hill and offering incredible views of downtown Santa Fe and the Sangre de Cristo Mountains is the beautiful Lodge at Santa Fe. This New Mexico destination will take your breath away with its unique hilltop setting and selection of both indoor and outdoor venues. Their 9,000 square feet of function space includes the quaint La Capilla de Santa Fe, an intimate chapel that seats up to 40, and three other sites ideal for either your ceremony or reception. The chapel offers a traditional setting for your event, with a New Mexican altar built by Charlie Carrillo, a Santa Fe santero. Another option is the Enchanted Perennial Courtyard, an outdoor venue with lush greens, a beautiful fountain, and Anasazi-inspired architecture. The Lodge can pitch a tent to transform this area into a wonderful setting for your reception as well! Or, you can choose the Kachina Ballroom, which comes equipped with a dance floor and sound system and can accommodate up to 200 guests. Whichever you choose for your event, the Lodge at Santa Fe combines the rich culture and architecture of the Anasazi with the modern luxuries of a five-star hotel to ensure your big day is as special as can be.

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750 N St. Francis Dr. Santa Fe, NM 87501

Highlights

Delight the senses of your guests with an incredible menu catered by the lodge's onsite restaurant, Garduño’s of Mexico! Their chef will work with you to create a meal that will appeal to everyone's tastes. Plus, the bartenders from the onsite Hilltop Bar can provide cocktails, wine and other beverages!

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The Garduño's restaurant and Hilltop Bar are ideal options for your rehearsal dinner or bachelorette/bachelor party so you don't have to worry about finding some place else for these important events!

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Although another RockResort, the Osprey at Beaver Creek is worlds away from our previous pick.This world-class mountain lodge has been reinvented as a classic boutique hotel, offering a sophisticated destination... read more

Although another RockResort, the Osprey at Beaver Creek is worlds away from our previous pick.

This world-class mountain lodge has been reinvented as a classic boutique hotel, offering a sophisticated destination amidst the Rocky Mountains that is perfect for a more intimate celebration. Weddings at the Osprey are a true fairytale event with its magical mountain vista views and beautiful natural setting. Able to accommodate groups of up to 80, this luxury hotel will enamor all your guests with its elegant venues and modern touches. Exchange your vows at the charming Beaver Creek Chapel, located adjacent to the hotel in the heart of Beaver Creek Village! For your reception, the 1,200-square foot Peregrine Room welcomes everyone with stunning vaulted ceilings and mountain views that are the perfect accompaniment as you dine and wine with family and friends. A dance floor and state-of-the-art audio system is available for your event, while full-service catering from the award-winning culinary staff will ensure everyone's hunger is satisfied. It's everything you're looking for in an intimate wedding celebration!

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10 Elk Track Lane Beaver Creek, CO 81620

Highlights

Plan a complete wedding event with rehearsal dinners, bridal luncheons and post-wedding brunches! The Osprey can host groups of up to 60 for these extra wedding events.

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A hot tub and outdoor pool, complete with poolside bar, offers you a great place to unwind before your big day!

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The Pines Lodge, A Rock Resort

Beaver Creek, Colorado

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Surrounded by lush aspens and pines that may have inspired its name, The Pines Lodge, A RockResort, is a stunning mountain haven resting within the Colorado Rockies. This beautiful getaway overlooks Beaver Creek... read more

Surrounded by lush aspens and pines that may have inspired its name, The Pines Lodge, A RockResort, is a stunning mountain haven resting within the Colorado Rockies. This beautiful getaway overlooks Beaver Creek Village and is a truly iconic destination for your wedding celebration. Whether you're planning an intimate event or a much more elaborate affair, their professional staff with coordinate with you every step of the way. The Pines Lodge provides you with everything you need for a memorable wedding. Their elegant onsite venue can host up 10-150 guests for a wedding reception, rehearsal dinner, bridal luncheons, and post-wedding brunches. Full-service catering is provided by their in-house gourmet restaurant, and other amenities such as a dance floor, tables and linens, and guest parking is available as well. Their staff will help you get in touch with the area's best vendors such as photographers, florists, and entertainment! All you have to worry about is remembering to say, "I do."

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141 Scott Hill Road Beaver Creek, CO 81620

Highlights

If you plan your wedding at The Pines Lodge, you'll receive a complimentary two-night stay Anniversary On Us!

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Gainey Suites Hotel

Scottsdale, Arizona

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Gainey Suites Hotel is an elegant boutique hotel in the heart of Scottsdale- the perfect place to host a wedding!Standing out from the overly grand resorts, this intimate destination caters to wedding groups of up... read more

Gainey Suites Hotel is an elegant boutique hotel in the heart of Scottsdale- the perfect place to host a wedding!

Standing out from the overly grand resorts, this intimate destination caters to wedding groups of up to 150. Exchange your vows amidst the palm-lined Terrace Lawn & Gardens, which offer not only the beautiful flowers and fauna as your backdrop, but the stunning views of the surrounding desert scenery as well. At twilight, this beautiful outdoor venue becomes truly magical, making it a wondrous site for your event! Afterward, host your reception at the newly remodeled Gainey Ballroom, a truly elegant space that's ideal for socializing with family and friends. Your guests are especially sure to love Gainey Suites' central location to Scottsdale's fashionable Gainey Ranch neighborhood. It's an easy stroll from the hotel to all the exciting sights and sounds of the area, including the SHOPS at Gainey Village, a collection of charming boutiques, art galleries and restaurants! For extra fun, the hotel can arrange tee times for your guests at some of the area's best golf courses, or for a soothing treatment at The Spa at Gainey Village. The hotel's complimentary shuttle serves a five-mile radius, ensuring your guests are able to explore Scottsdale to their heart's content!

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7300 E Gainey Suites Drive Scottsdale, AZ 85258

Highlights

Don't stress out planning your wedding; at Gainey Suites, they'll help take care of everything. You can work side-by-side with their Wedding Specialist and Culinary Staff to create the best customized menu for your reception. They offer various food and beverage choices that will work for any budget!

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Relax before your big event at the onsite travertine stone pool deck and spa/jacuzzi! The deck features new furniture, an upper deck fire pit and poolside cabanas that allow you to unwind and rest up before your wedding!

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When people say "Vegas" and "weddings" the first image that pops up in your mind is a shotgun marriage through a kitschy drive-thru chapel. While that might work for some couples, others are looking for luxury,... read more

When people say "Vegas" and "weddings" the first image that pops up in your mind is a shotgun marriage through a kitschy drive-thru chapel. While that might work for some couples, others are looking for luxury, extravagance and memories that you won't be embarrassed to share years down the road. That's where the #1 destination on our list comes in: the Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa brings you the excitement of Vegas but in a more secluded, lakeside setting that is perfect for your wedding celebration. Named the "Best Ceremony Location" in Las Vegas by Las Vegas Bride Magazine in 2011 and winner of Wedding Wire's Couple's Choice Awards for 2015, the Westin Lake Las Vegas features a variety of beautiful venues to say "I do." The Andalusian Gardens and Lotus Court are outdoor options with stunning lake views and special touches such as budding rose gardens and calming fountains. For your reception, the Baraka and Casablanca Ballrooms will take your breath away with sparkling chandeliers and romantic archways. No matter if you're planning an intimate celebration or a grand event of nearly 1000 guests, the Westin will host a truly magnificent wedding that will enchant all your guests!

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101 Montelago Boulevard Henderson, NV 89011

Highlights

Make the most of the beautiful lake setting on a wedding dinner cruise! The 80-foot luxury yacht can accommodate up to 100 of your guests and features two decks, a bar and plasma television. Bask in the stunning reds and oranges of the setting sun as you ride over the waves on your big day!

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The Westin Lake Las Vegas doesn't only host ceremonies and receptions. Bridal showers, rehearsal dinners and morning-after brunches are all available! You can also arrange for vow renewal events and marriage proposals!

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