Palm Springs, once the Hollywood getaway to ’60s movers and shakers, has re-established itself as a hot destination for the laid-back cool. A short (direct) flight from Vancouver B.C., could have you at the office in the morning and landing in the desert just in time for happy hour. A perfect place for a weekend destination wedding with all your friends!
Below we’ve rounded up our top five favourite Palm Springs Wedding venues, discovered on our scouting trip in preparation for Julia and Mark’s Palm Springs wedding last spring. For more ideas and help planning your Palm Springs wedding get in touch, we love to travel!
For the sophisticated bohemian bride we love the Korakia Pensione. Shake your tambourine and set the table with moroccan glass, this venue is what desert dreams are made of. An architectural treasure far away from the “flash”, unlike anything else in Palm Springs, Korakia offers a Moroccan-Mediterranean inspired intimate and dramatic setting for a destination wedding. With an outdoor space to fit 130 of your closest friends and family. You can celebrate amidst candle lit walkways, Moroccan daybeds, flickering fire-pits, illuminated pools, jasmine scented air, and views of the San Jacinto Mountains.
The Parker Palm Springs. Preppy with an edge, with interior design by Jonathan Adler, you can have it all here. Walking the 13 acre property we discovered a number of gorgeous gardens and spaces to host your ceremony and reception. Offering the amenities of a big resort (gorgeous spa, great breakfast spot and multiple pools) with the charm and style of a boutique hotel (144 rooms), it’s a great place for you and your guests (of all ages) to call home for your wedding weekend. There are so many possibilities and spaces for throwing an epic celebration here, from your welcome reception on the croquet lawn to the wedding night dance party in the marble floored pavilion. Bonus points for the all day amazing breakfasts served at Norma’s!
For the casual couple looking to host a laid back family and friends weekend, The Sparrows Lodge offers a rustic-chic, summer camp inspired, 20 room property in South Palm Springs. A completely restored 1950s retreat, weddings at Sparrows require a buyout of the property for the weekend, making the property your own for your friends and family (aged 21 and over).
Photo via The Ace Hotel & Swim Club
If party-time Palm Springs is more your style, The Ace Hotel & Swim Club in Palm Springs could be for you. Well known for its hipster poolside party environment, Commune event space and now a brand new Club house double decker event space. The Ace is a 176 room revamped motel turned mid-century modern resort for the young at heart. Invite your friends, they can bring their kids, and everyone can celebrate for days here.
For quintessential Palm Springs and boutique luxury, The Viceroy, designed by Kelly Wearstler, offers a Hollywood Regency feeling with a twist. Three pools, a spa, guest villas, outdoor gardens and an intimate pavilion ballroom. See Julia and Mark’s gorgeous and fun wedding we planned and designed here last spring.
Finally, a round of up Palm Springs venues wouldn’t be complete without mentioning the amazing mid century vacation homes for rent, such as the Frederick Loewe Estate.
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