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Desert Botanical Garden Wedding Venue for Arizona Grandeur

Botanical gardens make gorgeous wedding venues. In Phoenix, Arizona, Desert Botanical Garden is a stunning event venue with open-air pavilions, outdoor terraces, conference rooms, banquet halls, and scenic courtyards. Additionally, it gives couples many options for spaces to host their big celebration. The Desert Botanical Garden wedding venue is a stunning location for a dream desert ceremony in Arizona. 

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About The Desert Botanical Garden Wedding Venue

1201 N. Galvin Parkway

Phoenix, AZ 85008

Desert Botanical Garden, located in Phoenix, Arizona, has a history dating back to 1939 when a small group of passionate local citizens saw the need to conserve the area’s beautiful desert environment. 

One of the founders was Swedish botanist Gustaf Stark, who joined with local, like-minded residents dedicated to saving the desert. The Garden’s presence grew in the community. Almost eight decades later, the Desert Botanical Garden has blossomed into a living museum. 

Centrally located in the heart of Papago Park, Desert Botanical Garden is a beautiful natural setting for an elegant celebration. The Garden is one of Arizona’s most inspiring wedding venues. It rests on the border of Scottsdale, Tempe, and Phoenix. This venue offers many different spaces that couples can utilize for the different parts of a wedding. 

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Details of the Grounds

Whether couples want a small, intimate gathering or a large, luxurious celebration, this venue can host events of all types. With many indoor and outdoor spaces to choose from, this venue can host daytime or sunset ceremonies and receptions for gatherings of up to 250 guests. 

Couples can choose from four main event spaces. The Amphitheater and Binns Wildflower Pavilion feature beautiful desert plants and scenic views of the Papago Buttes. This space can host up to 100 seated guests. 

The Steele Herb Garden is enchanting, with impressive views of Arizona sunsets and the surrounding buttes. This area can accommodate up to 75 seated guests. The Webster Center can host up to 150 seated guests and includes the Ullman Terrace, Eliot Patio, and Webster Auditorium. 

The Dorrance Center includes the Boppart Courtyard, Dorrance Hall, and Kitchell Patio. It can accommodate 250-400 seated guests.  

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Photography Opportunities

As a botanical garden, this venue has many areas that make stunning backdrops for wedding photography. From natural light from the desert sun to incredible natural views to trees and desert plants, this venue features many gorgeous elements that make wedding photos at this location unique and memorable. 

The outdoor spaces feature hanging string lights, expansive desert views, a Southwestern ambiance, and lush greenery. This venue boasts many romantic locations for wedding photos, from the ceremony to cocktail hour to desert sunsets and receptions under the stars.

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Wedding Details

Wedding rentals include: 

  • use of the venue for the contracted time, 
  • additional time for set up and tear down, 
  • Garden admission for all guests, 
  • a dressing room, 
  • a final walkthrough, 
  • a wedding rehearsal, 
  • onsite coordination, 
  • signage, 
  • trail maps, 
  • complimentary parking, 
  • complimentary wheelchairs, and 
  • rangers and security staff. 

Couples are responsible for renting tables, chairs, and linens through a caterer or outside vendor. AV packages are available in some areas, such as Dorrance Hall. The Garden gives couples access to a list of preferred vendors. 

Additional services include hand-lit luminarias, rustic candle trees, black leather lounge furniture, heaters, and Southwestern décor. 

Catering must be provided by one of the venue’s seven preferred caterers. Bar services are available for an additional fee. 

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Desert Botanical Garden Wedding

The Desert Botanical Garden wedding venue in Phoenix, Arizona, is a beautiful place to host a dream desert event. With many unique event spaces to choose from, such as open-air pavilions, outdoor terraces, indoor banquet halls, and stunning courtyards, this venue gives couples a chance to design a customized celebration that they’ll remember forever.

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