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An Affordable Arizona Wedding

Six Phoenix Wedding Reception Sites

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Sahuaro Ranch Park in Glendale

© Judy Hedding

Are you planning an Arizona wedding? Finding wedding sites in Phoenix is easy!

If money is no object, it isn't even a challenge to plan a wedding in Phoenix. This area offers some of the nation's best wedding consultants, award-winning resorts with special wedding reception sites complete with champagne sabers and other unique options, and bridal shops that rival Rodeo Drive. A couple can easily have a six-figure Phoenix wedding reception.

Everyone dreams of a perfect wedding. Can you afford your vision for this once-in-a-lifetime day? There are two key elements that will determine the cost of your Arizona wedding. First, how many people are going to be involved? Second, where will it be hosted?

A big wedding can impress, but can become a social contest. It seems inviting people breeds inviting more people. It can also appear selfish. A big wedding requires leadership, organization, coordination, planning, logistics, supervision and a lot of money. There are hundreds of elements that add stress to that type of wedding.

If a less expensive wedding celebration is preferred by taste or necessity, one wedding planning recommendation is not to invite anyone to the wedding that you don't expect to be at your 25th anniversary. That can eliminate co-workers, parents' friends and a host of others that really shouldn't be included. Culling names from the invitation list can be painful, but honestly -- who really has 150 friends? Limiting the wedding attendees to closest friends and family is logical, manageable and your Phoenix wedding becomes more affordable.

Now that you have a reasonable number of people who will be in attendance at your wedding, you are ready to tackle the second critical expense factor: the wedding and wedding reception site. The Phoenix area offers some great small wedding locations that today's couples find appealing.

Six Affordable Greater Phoenix Wedding and Wedding Reception Sites

  1. Stonebridge Manor
    Mesa
    While Stonebridge Manor can host a wedding for hundreds on their expansive estate, they offer a smaller Saturday morning brunch package that includes just about everything. They provide the officiant, flowers, and a wedding banquet.
  2. Chapel Bellavista
    North Scottsdale
    For weddings with 50 or fewer guests, Chapel Bellavista satisfies the dream of being married at a church, without 200 empty seats. Ceremonies can also be held in the cactus garden. It is rustic, private and packages are available.
  3. Saguaro Ranch Rose Garden
    Glendale
    The City of Glendale calls The Rose Garden their crowned jewel. This beautiful and convenient park has plenty of manicured roses, peacocks, and a century of history that includes thousands of weddings. They allow a couple to simply elope or they can set any number of chairs for a larger event. The Rose Garden is near Glendale's newest restaurants and hotels.
  4. Coco's
    Phoenix
    Coco's at Paradise Valley Mall is one of the best-kept secrets in Phoenix. They have a private dining room in which the ceremony and reception can be hosted. It's not haute, but the comfort food is great and the bar has some of the best prices in Phoenix. Coco's staff is like family and they consistently go the second mile to make sure events are memorable.
  5. Your Home
    Somewhere in Arizona!
    Now that the wedding is sized appropriately, consider having the wedding at home. Use what you have or splurge on a few rentals. Ministers travel, caterers deliver, and a home wedding can be more relaxed.
With the right number of guests at the perfect location, the dream will not spin into a financial nightmare. Envision a beautiful wedding in Phoenix. It's certainly affordable.

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