There is no better way to embrace the natural beauty and charm of the desert than with a Southwestern-inspired wedding. With its majestic mountain views, sweeping desert vistas and array of brightly hued wildflowers and towering cacti, all brought together with a rich history, Arizona offers an ideal destination to say “I do.” However, even in the most serene of settings, planning a wedding can be quite overwhelming at times. To help in preparation for your Southwest wedding, this guide offers both ideas and inspiration for creating a truly enchanting experience on your special day, without all the stress that comes along with planning. From desert-inspired venues and flavorful cuisine to exquisite florals, stationary and gowns, we’ve compiled a selection of some of Scottsdale’s most noted local names for a true Southwestern wedding experience.

Venue/ Catering: The Saguaro Hotel

Nestled in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale, this bespoke boutique hotel offers an array of artful, modern venues perfect for hosting a Southwestern wedding. Channeling the vibrant hues of the blooming Arizona wildflowers, find Southwest-inspired buildings awash in vivid oranges, pinks and yellows at The Saguaro Hotel, creating a colorful environ for your special day. Gorgeous open-air ceremony venues, complete with colorful streamers and Spanish-inspired décor, and poolside reception areas embrace the natural beauty of the surrounding desert, while the indoor venues, which are appointed with the same desert décor, give guests a more intimate way to celebrate in the Southwest. The Saguaro also offers an expansive selection of modern Mexican cuisine prepared by Iron Chef winner Jose Garces. Savor the flavors of the Southwest with Tapas and Taco stations to start; followed by mains such as Chile Relleno and Camarone al Ajilo and, of course, The Saguaro’s signature margarita bar. A marvelously modern twist on a classic Southwest Wedding.

Venue/ Catering: Desert Botanical Garden

There is no better place for love to bloom in the Southwest than a desert-inspired garden. Located in Scottsdale’s Sonoran Desert, where stunning scenery and spectacular succulents are always in bloom, the Desert Botanical Garden channels the magic of the Southwest for a truly inspired wedding setting. Experience an outdoor ceremony among the desert wildflowers, towering cacti, majestic mountains and bounties of classic Southwest-inspired courtyards, or choose to exchange vows under one of Arizona’s famed sunsets, bringing a natural glow to every ceremony. Either way, the Desert Botanical Garden creates a rich palette of colors and sites to begin your forever under.

Florists: Flower Bar

A bounty of beautiful blooms can be truly transforming for a wedding ceremony and reception. Even in the dry desert clime of Arizona, distinctive succulents and vibrantly colored desert wildflowers bring color and life to Southwestern weddings. No one knows this better than owner and lead designer Megan Carollo of the Scottsdale-based floral boutique Flower Bar. Working closely with clients to create bespoke arrangements fitted to their individual tastes and styles, Flower Bar’s one-of-a-kind designs make every occasion positively bloom. For a Southwest-inspired look, Flower Bar pairs succulents, which create a understated desert tone with their gray-green hues and unique shape, with bright desert flowers to create an exquisite Southwest aesthetic. Of course, Flower Bar also creatively incorporates the desert’s most notable figure, the cactus, into their wedding arrangements with inventive adornments that complete a most special Southwest experience.

Stationary: Celebrations in Paper

Just like the topper on a wedding cake, bespoke invitations and stationary are the perfect finish to wedding planning. To set the tone for your special day, Celebrations in Paper curates invitations that flawlessly match wedding themes and make for perfect keepsakes from a day sure to be full of lasting memories. With their signature stationary reflecting the charm and character of the Southwest, Celebrations in Paper creates custom wedding invitations that flawlessly capture the beauty of the Arizona desert. Distinctive desert flora, majestic cacti and vibrant reds, oranges and greens painted on classic Arizona landmarks adorn the crisp white stationary of these masterfully-crafted greetings, expressing the ultimate Southwest Wedding sentiment.

Cakes and Confections: Ruze Cake House

Finding a cake that perfectly complements your personality and theme is an absolute wedding essential—and the most delicious part of the planning process. As the centerpiece of your occasion, this sumptuous sweet is the icing on a memorable wedding day. Enter Ruze Cake House—the name meaning “rose” in Czech—co-owned by mother-daughter duo Joyce and Jessi Boutwell, who specialize in creating classic, custom confections from local and sustainable ingredients. With a growing repertoire of whimsical Southwest-inspired wedding cakes, Ruze Cake House reflects the charm of the desert in their desserts with elements such as prickly-pear cactus pads, artfully arranged succulents and fresh desert flora as cake décor. For a more non-traditional approach to wedding sweets, Ruze Cake House also brings the flavors of the Arizona to the table with creative confections such as prickly-pear cupcakes and desert-decorated macaroons, for a sweet finish to any Southwest wedding.

Gown: Alis Fashion Design

There is no more a beautiful site than a bride walking down the aisle on her wedding day, adorned in a gorgeous gown perfectly suited to her taste. Always committed to fulfilling the bride’s vision, bespoke dress boutique Alis Fashion Design, located in Old Town Scottsdale, creates on-of-a-kind couture wedding gowns handcrafted and designed by bridal gown aficionado Lana Gerimovich. Perfect for a Sonoran summer wedding, an exquisite custom dress with ivory Chantilly lace trim, handmade Swarovski crystals and an exquisitely-wrought lace button back brings an understated elegance that flawlessly captures the season’s beauty. An absolute perfect fit for a Southwestern wedding.