Top 6 Best Desert Wedding Venues in Tucson, Az

Tucson, Arizona has got to be one of the coolest desert destinations in the U.S.. With massive saguaro cacti, iconic views of the Superstition Mountains, and jaw-dropping, wide-open southwestern scenery, there’s no better place to enjoy a desert wedding or elopement. This blog is going to walk you through 6 of the best wedding venues in Tucson, Arizona that need to be included in your venue search – if you’re just as obsessed with bohemian, desert-inspired decor & luxurious escapes like I am, it’s going to be hard for you to choose just one!

Top 6 Best Tucson Wedding Venues

1. White Stallion Ranch

The first Tucson wedding venue I want to recommend is White Stallion Ranch, a stunning historic, upscale family ranch in Tucson with amazing views of the Superstition Mountains & tons of outdoor space to enjoy the desert with your family and friends. There are plenty of outdoor adventure opportunities nearby, from rock climbing to archery to horseback riding through the wide-open desert trails!

Address: 9251 W Twin Peaks Rd Tucson, AZ, 85743

Type of venue: Ranch, farm, barn

Indoor/outdoor: Both

Best features:

  • Gorgeous outdoor ceremony location with views of the Superstition Mountains

  • On-site ranch accommodations

  • On-site horseback riding

  • Professional service staff

  • Heated pool & hot tub

  • Spa services

  • Bar

2. Saguaro National Park

Saguaro National Park isn’t a traditional “venue,” but it makes for a rad place for an adventure elopement or intimate outdoor wedding. Have your ceremony in the middle of the giant saguaro-filled desert, enjoying all that the dry, western landscape has to offer with plenty of hiking + biking trails in the area.

Address: 2700 N. Kinney Road, Tucson, AZ, 85743 (West Tucson Mountain District)

Type of venue: National Park

Saguaro National Park wedding permit cost: $100 application fee + potential $35/hr monitoring fee

Indoor/outdoor Indoor

Best features:

  • Close proximity to 

  • No venue rental fee

  • Many hiking + biking trails within the park

  • Beautiful sunsets

  • Epic giant saguaro cacti everywhere you look

3. Joshua Tree House

If you want an awesome Airbnb to host your intimate wedding or elopement at, the Joshua Tree House (located in Tucson) is an absolutely epic option. This desert-inspired oasis is stunning at every corner, featuring luxurious amenities, a variety of unique suites, and all the bohemian decor you could dream of. It’s the perfect place to bring your family & friends if you want to slow down and reconnect with nature in a beautifully-designed inn right in the middle of the desert.

Type of venue: Boutique inn

Indoor/outdoor: Both

Best features:

  • Ability to buy out the full home for your guests

  • 38 acres of land

  • Canyon pool & a hot springs-style hot tub

  • An abundance of wildlife nearby

  • Plenty of easily-accessible walking trails 

4. Stillwell House

Looking for a bit more of a sophisticated wedding venue? The Stillwell House is a converted historic home in Tucson that makes for a super charming & magical desert wedding venue. You’ll enjoy an elegant downtown setting and will be able to completely customize your day to fit what you’re dreaming up, whether that’s a classic garden bistro brunch partway through the day or a warm, candlelit evening to wrap up the celebration.

Address: 134 S 5th Ave, Tucson, AZ 85701

Type of venue: Historic home

Stillwell House wedding pricing: Full-service packages begin at $1,500

Guest capacity: 300

Indoor/outdoor: Both

Best features:

  • On-site wedding planner

  • Lots of room for customization + creativity

  • Exclusive catering

  • Beautiful historic home & whimsical gardens

  • Secluded location away from busy downtown Tucson

5. Rubi House

Tucson has a variety of breathtaking historic homes that have been converted into event venues, and the Rubi House is another one of them. The Rubi House is an “Italianate-Victorian revival-style manor. . . styled with sophisticated modern minimalism, splashes of elegance and classic architectural flair.” Sounds like a desert dream to me! It’s located right in the heart of downtown Tucson and offers a variety of luxurious amenities to its couples, from a gentlemen’s fireside lounge to a high-ceiling bridal suite.

Address: 175 E 12th St, Tucson, AZ 85701

Type of venue: Historic home

Guest capacity: 125

Indoor/outdoor: Both

Best features:

  • Flexible indoor space, outdoor courtyard & coach house

  • Close proximity to downtown Tucson

  • On-site lodging in the house for up to 16 people

  • Beautiful bridal suite & gentlemen’s lounge for getting ready

  • Full kitchen for guests & caterers

6. Hacienda Del Sol Guest Ranch Resort

Last but not least, the Hacienda Del Sol Guest Ranch Resort is a highly-acclaimed wedding venue in Tucson, known for its prime location in the heart of the Sonoran Desert, relaxing atmosphere, and jaw-dropping desert views. You'll have the opportunity to not only tie the knot & celebrate in an absolutely gorgeous setting, but you and your guests will also be able to enjoy a luxurious stay at this resort during your trip to Tucson. 

Address: 5501 N. Hacienda Del Sol Road, Tucson, Arizona, 85718

Type of venue: Guest ranch resort

Guest capacity: 75-175, depending on the space you choose

Indoor/outdoor: Both

Best features:

  • Breathtaking views of the Sonoran Desert

  • Elegant, authentic Southwestern-style decor

  • Multiple charming ceremony & reception spaces to choose from

  • Luxurious on-site spa services

  • Cozy on-site desert lodging for you & your guests

  • Custom menus

FAQ’s About Getting Married in Tucson

How much does a marriage license cost in Tucson?

A marriage license in Pima County (where Tucson is located) costs $83.00, and can be paid via check.

Who can legally marry you in Tucson?

Your wedding ceremony can be performed by any priest/minister/rabbi/etc., a judge, or anybody else who’s a licensed officiant.

Do you need witnesses to get married in Tucson?

Yes, you’ll need two witnesses to sign your marriage license who are at least 18 years old.

Is there a waiting period once you get your Tucson marriage license?

Nope! There’s no waiting period to use your Arizona marriage license, so you can get legally married as soon as you have it. This means you won’t need to build any waiting time into your trip to Tucson if you’re traveling from out of state. 

How long is a Tucson marriage license valid?

Once you obtain your Arizona marriage license, it’ll be valid for up to 12 months.

How do you get a Tucson marriage license?

To get your Arizona marriage license, you & your partner will both need to go to one of the local Justice Court offices in person, each with a valid government-issued photo I.D. and your Social Security Number. You’ll be sworn in and will sign two affidavits confirming that your personal info is correct, and they’ll walk you through the rest of the process once you’re there in person.

Tucson, Arizona Wedding Packages

Woohoo – hopefully by now, you’ve got a solid idea of what Arizona wedding venue you might choose for your wedding, or you’ve at least narrowed it down to a few! That means it’s time for you to start thinking about hiring a Arizona wedding photographer, and I’d be super honored to be considered.

My wedding packages begin at $7500, and I’d love to talk further with you to find out the details of your big day & see exactly what you’re looking for! You can reach out to me here, or take a look at some of my other helpful blog posts & resources below first. Excited to chat with you & hear which of these top Arizona wedding venues you picked!

If you enjoyed this blog & are still looking at other potential locations for your big day, check out more of my favorite location guides below!

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Joshua Tree Wedding Venue Guide

Palm Springs Wedding Venue Guide

Washington Wedding Venue Guide

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