(Closed) Tucson, Arizona honeymooners??

posted 5 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I will probably honeymoon here by default, only because I live here and we are on a budget and I don’t have much time off around the wedding πŸ˜‰ So if you need any ideas, let me know, I’ve lived here all my life πŸ™‚ Are you planning Tucson specifically, or Arizona in general? Do you have any ideas of what you want to do (ie: layed back and relaxed vs active and sight seeing?) I’m happy to help in any way I can!

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

There is no wait for a marriage license and no blood test. You get the license the same day πŸ™‚ We are getting married in Tucson, and probably just staying the night at a hotel and putting off a honeymoon until later when we have more time off and the finances. (My fiance is coming from Australia so we are paying visa fees plus we are paying for the wedding ourselves, so it will be quite small) If you are getting married (or starting off) in Tucson, the Pima County Clerk’s info is here:

http://www.cosc.pima.gov/home.asp?include=pages/marriage_licenses.htm 

The license is good anywhere in Arizona πŸ™‚ There are a lot of really pretty places around here to get married, some of them are quite large, but I’ve been researching places that are smaller because we are having under 20 people. DeGrazia’s Chapel at The Gallery of the Sun is very pretty and at the base of the mountains. I noticed that you are/were centering your theme around Native American culture, and much of his art is based on that. The chapel is adobe and not fully enclosed.  I believe you can get married there for a small donation. You can find pictures if you google it, or there are some here: http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g60950-d109171-r127183833-De_Grazia_Gallery_in_the_Sun-Tucson_Arizona.html 

I was also looking into Corona Ranch, because it also has accommodations and does smaller weddings http://www.coronaranch-tucson.com/#!weddings but I still think that it’s a bit more than we need.  (I’m not sure what you are looking for, so I’m still putting in the link πŸ™‚ ) La Mariposa is beautiful also, but a bit larger as well. Not as large as the resorts, but still might be more than what you are looking for in an elopement.

We are likely getting married at the Gardens my mom volunteers at and then finding a restaurant with a separate dining room where we can order off the regular menu or have dinner catered. We are going very low key, lol. 

Sedona is beautiful, so is Prescott. I actually went to Prescott on a mini-moon for my first marriage. There are lots of bed and breakfasts there πŸ™‚ My sister lives in Phoenix, so I could get some recommendations from her for places there if you like. March will still be Snowbird season here, so rates will be slightly higher than off-season. The Arizona Inn in Tucson is very nice, but it might be pricey- although not as pricey as the resorts maybe. I would look online for bed and breakfast places. My friend stayed at Casa de Luna when she eloped several years ago, but I haven’t been able to find it online; it may have gone out of business. Living here I don’t get to stay places as much as I like πŸ™‚

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@bohosioux:  Sedona is beautiful! If you come from Phoenix, you can go through Prescott on your way there, if you take the scenic route. There are old ruins on the way, very cool! Oak Creek Canyon is pretty as well, but maybe too cold that time of year.

Corona Ranch might work for you since they have rooms, although I’m not sure if they are a bed and breakfast; they may be more like a scaled down resort. πŸ™‚ Their decor is very Southwestern from the website.  I know that Ventana Canyon is beautiful, it’s near my house, at the base of the mountains, which are just gorgeous in March.  It should be in the 70’s hopefully by March, but it depends. Last year it was still cold, but that is rare. Sabino Canyon is nearby, and if you like nature, there is a tram that will take you up into the canyon and it’s breathtaking. Both Ventana Canyon and Corona Ranch are near the Canyon, both on the East side of Tucson.

I also found this site, if it helps. http://bemarriedtoday.com/ It’s an officiant’s website who does weddings all over the state, so if you do decide to get married in Tucson, or Sedona, maybe that will help. We are having a friend do our ceremony, but before we knew this, I had been looking and found that site.

Wherever you decide, good luck!

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Oh, that looks really nice! I don’t think you can go wrong in any of the places, really! I am familiar with that area actually πŸ™‚ My brother lives in Albuquerque, it’s really pretty there, very similar to Tucson, although it’s usually even colder there in the winter than Tucson (at least I found it to be so when I visited- as cool as or slightly colder than Tucson.) There can also be snow, depending on the weather. So that would be the only thing to take into consideration when planning, along with the marriage license requirements in NM. You could pretty much get married anywhere in any of those places and it would be beautiful, intimate and special πŸ™‚ It makes it harder to narrow down! I am really so happy to know that someone else appreciates the beauty of the SW though.

I’m glad that you have found your place, and good luck with the rest of your planning!

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