Greater Palm Springs’ resorts and hotels are elegant backdrops for any wedding preference. The valley’s oasis also offers eclectic and original venues for a creative celebration. From luxury golf resorts and historic estates to the simple beauty of natural surroundings, the nine Coachella Valley cities seem to have been created especially for romance. The extensive community of talented wedding photographers, cake artists, floral designers, and savvy planners explains why couples the world over choose this renowned destination for not only their wedding, but many sunny anniversaries thereafter.

Golf Resorts

Classic Club, www.classicclubgolf.com

Desert Willow Golf Resort, www.desertwillow.com

Escena Golf Club, www.escenagolf.com

Indian Canyons Golf Resort, www.indiancanyonsgolf.com

Indian Wells Country Club, www.indianwellsclub.com

Indian Wells Golf Resort, www.indianwellsgolfresort.com

The Great Outdoors

Empire Polo Club, www.empirepolo.com

Indian Canyons, www.indian-canyons.com

Joshua Tree National Park, www.nps.gov/jotr

The Living Desert, www.livingdesert.org

Moorten Botanical Garden, www.moortenbotanicalgarden.com

Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, www.pstramway.com

Private Estates

Arthur Elrod’s Escape, www.beaumondevillas.com

The Bing Crosby Estate, www.vacationpalmsprings.com

Casa de Monte Vista, www.casademontevista.com

Colony 29, www.colony29.com

Dupont Estate, www.dupontestateresort.com

Frederick Loewe Estate, www.frederickloeweestate.com

The Merv Griffin Estate, www.beaumondevillas.com

The O’Donnell House, www.odonnellhouse.com

The Solomon Estate, www.eventsdepartment.com

Twin Palms Frank Sinatra Estate, www.sinatrahouse.com

William Cody Estate, www.beaumondevillas.com

AvalonWedding

Ask These Newlyweds

Los Angeles natives Moujan and Nate Bertke chose Palm Springs as their wedding location. Here, they share details of their perfect day.

“We couldn’t have imagined getting married anywhere else. We love the relaxed and classy vibe that was created for our wedding day. When our friends and family started arriving, we just had so much fun and were so excited to share this weekend we had planned for all of them. The people who helped us bring our wedding to life made such a difference. There are so many details that go into planning a wedding, let alone a destination wedding, so having a sense of humor and fun during the process will make a difference. Thankfully, Palm Springs is such a small town, which makes life easier when choosing vendors and starting the planning process.”

Top tip: Have fun with the whole journey and find ways to incorporate the desert’s distinct elements into the wedding. 

Their talented team:

Photography: Heather Kinkaid, www.heatherkincaid.com

Ceremony and Reception: Avalon Hotel and Bungalows, www.avalon-hotel.com/palm-springs

Florals and Event Design: Artisan Floral & Events, www.artisanevents.net

Bakery: Over the Rainbow Desserts and Cupcakes, www.romanblas.com

Music: James Gonzalez, www.musicmediaentertainment.com

Hair: Jose Neira, joseneirabrides@gmail.com

Make Up: Keturah, www.makeupbyketurah.com

Officiant: Pastor Mike Coppersmith, 760-567-7684

Magical Destination

Consistent, vacation-worthy weather and cool aqua pools under swaying palms are just two of the reasons why newlyweds love Greater Palm Springs.

Weather: The Coachella Valley wakes up to more than 300 days of sunshine a year. Winter temps average in the 70s by day, while nights can dip into the mid-40s.

How to get here: Palm Springs International Airport is only 2 miles from downtown. Driving time from Los Angeles or San Diego is two hours.

Popular wedding months: March through May and October through November.

Best time of day to wed: Photographers like the ethereal “golden hour” around sunset. Wait out the midday heat, and then catch the soft, late-afternoon light in your pre- and post-wedding photos.

Staying here: Local events keep the best hotels fairly full, so plan accordingly.

For more information on planning your wedding, go to visitgreaterpalmsprings.com/weddings.

Photos Courtesy of Monocle Project, Michael Segal Photography, Matthew David Studio at Spencer’s Restaurant and Heather Kincaid at Avalon Hotel and Bungalows Palm Springs