Dream Weddings in Sedona

By: Roger Naylor

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December 2, 2016

Make your day special among the Red Rocks.

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Roger Naylor

Roger Naylor

Roger Naylor is a travel writer who hates to travel. At least anywhere beyond his beloved Arizona. He specializes in lonely hiking trails, twisting back roads, diners with fresh burgers sizzling on the grill, small towns, ghost towns and pie. His work appears weekly in the Arizona Republic. He has contributed to Arizona Highways, USA Today, Western Art & Architecture, Go Escape, Route 66 Magazine and dozens more. He is the author of Boots & Burgers: An Arizona Handbook for Hungry Hikers and Arizona Kicks on Route 66. He lives in Cottonwood, Arizona and can be reached through his website, www.rogernaylor.com.

Not everyone you meet in the Sedona backcountry is wearing appropriate attire for the trail. Don’t be surprised when you’re hiking among the Red Rocks if you round a bend to see not just an astonishing panorama but a strikingly well-dressed couple. Tuxedos and bridal dresses, veils and bouquets are common sights at many of Sedona’s most spectacular spots. And so are radiant, smiling faces. People in love are drawn by Sedona’s beauty and positive flow of energy. This is where they want to be for the special moments in their lives.    

Everyone dreams of a fairytale wedding, and, as it turns out, they’re not difficult to achieve. All that’s required is a fairytale location. That’s why they’ve become a Sedona specialty.

The soft luxury, the picturesque scenery and the inviting warmth of Sedona all combine to create an enchanted destination for the pursuit of romance in all its forms. Sedona is ideal for proposals, honeymoons, vow renewals, anniversaries or other milestone celebrations. But for weddings, it has a setting that spills from the pages of storybooks.

Sedona’s Optimal Wedding Locations

There are several chapels, churches and resorts that offer exquisite venues. Some are sweetly intimate while others are spacious enough to handle a sprawling guest list with all the amenities you could want.

Yet many lovebirds come here to venture outdoors. They want to be close to the land, to experience the vibrancy of the terrain. A few favorite locations include Red Rock Crossing, Madonna Rock, Mystic Vista, Merry-Go-Round, Cathedral Vista and Lover’s Knoll. Some are easy to reach. Others might require a short hike or Jeep ride. That’s very much part of the charm – allowing the happy couple to create a ceremony that expresses their own unique style.

You can even choose a one-of-a-kind spot that’s special for you and your partner. Exchange vows atop a high mesa, tucked away in a hidden canyon, on the banks of a silver stream or beside a favorite formation bathed in the lush glow of sunset. Sedona’s moderate climate makes outdoor weddings possible anytime of year.

Sedona’s Wedding Planners

Most importantly, you’ll find all the help you need. To craft your perfect wedding, Sedona boasts an impressive array of matrimonial experts. Couples can work with wedding planners that specialize in everything from luxurious affairs to more rustic and relaxed ceremonies. They can walk you through every step, answer your questions, handle any issues that might arise and choose an all-inclusive package that’s just right for you.

Sedona’s Wedding Resources

For the more do-it-yourself types, you’ll discover a host of resources to help you create your dream day. Connect with florists, caterers, musicians, cake designers, hair and makeup artists, and wedding officiants. Professional photographers and videographers, intimately familiar with the beautiful landscape and flattering light, will capture every cherished detail. These are people who specialize in creating memorable moments, and weddings can be tailored around any budget and any style, from elaborate to simple, from traditional to whimsical.

Get Pampered in Sedona

With everything for the ceremony and reception taken care of, you can actually focus on each other. That’s a luxury often denied to frazzled couples as their wedding day approaches. Take time to relax. Sedona can help with that, too. Schedule a visit to one of the town’s world-class spas. Allow yourself to be pampered with a massage, facial, wrap or scrub. Let the stress wash away and look your best for your magical day.

Romantic Getaways in Sedona

You and your beloved can celebrate the spirit that emanates throughout Red Rock country. Take in the sights. Awaken one morning for a hot air balloon ride. Take inspiration among the dozens of art galleries in town. Enjoy some quiet time along a trail. Visit a vortex site to feel the very aliveness of the land. Draw joy and serenity from the surroundings. That’s another Sedona specialty.  

Then, when the big moment comes, all you have to do is remember your line. Here’s a hint: It starts with “I” and ends with “do.”

(Brought to you by the Sedona Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau and contributor Roger Naylor, (800) 288-7336, www.visitsedona.com.)

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