7 Reasons Why You Should Host Your Rustic Wedding on a Ranch

The stunning desert sunset isn't the only reason to say "I do" in the southwest.
Photos courtesy of Tanque Verde Ranch

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One of the first major decisions any couple makes when planning their wedding is the venue. Location and atmosphere are what truly set the tone for any event. If you find yourself dreaming of a rustic desert wedding, you’ll want to look toward the rolling mountains and vast starry skies of the southwest. Here are a few reasons why an authentic ranch wedding might be the perfect fit for your big day: 

1. Natural Beauty 

Imagine your outdoor ceremony or reception on a lush green lawn surrounded by mature mesquite trees and cascading party lights, or on a terrace with breathtaking panoramic views. With the unmatched backdrop of the vast landscape you’ll need less décor to set the tone for the evening. Let the glow of warm fire pits and bistro lighting create the atmosphere as you dance the night away under the stars.  

2. Change of Scenery 

The natural beauty of a ranch wedding lends itself to a multitude of picturesque settings. After the outdoor “I do’s” and the desert sun has set, you have the option to move indoors, where elegant décor seamlessly blends with the landscape. Host the ceremony on the lawn, toast to cocktail hour on the patio, dine indoors under southwestern chandeliers and end the evening circled around the crackling fire (indoors or out). With all of these options, you’ll never tire of the setting and it’s virtually impossible for bad weather to impose on your big day.  


3. Authentic Atmosphere 

A ranch wedding encompasses the true spirit of the west. Neither too stuffy nor too casual, it can easily be dressed up or down. Maybe you’re dreaming of a laid back rehearsal dinner, but want the wedding to feel a bit fancier. A luxury ranch can easily accommodate both, as well as a few fun extras, like a romantic horseback entrance.  

A large part of cultivating an authentic experience at your wedding comes from the food you choose to serve. When you host a destination ranch wedding, you have access to locally sourced ingredients and chefs who are familiar with the area's traditional cuisine. Take guests on a southwestern adventure from breakfast straight through to the reception with menu styles like homestead, BBQ and Mexican. 

4. Unique Activities 

A ranch wedding offers an authentic feel true to old time southwestern lifestyle, cuisine and lodging with a modern twist. With a treasure trove of activities you and your guests will want to spend the days before and after the wedding experiencing all the ranch has to offer.  Horseback riding, hiking, swimming, fishing, tennis, jeep adventures and mountain biking are just a few of the possibilities. 

5. Unbeatable Accommodations 

Traditional adobe walls and Santa Fe-style architecture perfectly complement the beauty of the natural surroundings. Luxury ranch lodging is comfortable and inviting, tastefully combining the spirit of the Old West with today’s modern amenities. Guests can kick-back, relax and enjoy the rich southwestern atmosphere as soon as they arrive. 


6. Superior Staff 

With a full-service luxury ranch you can be assured your vision of the big day will be beyond comparison. With the effortless care and assistance of the wedding planners and the entire staff, every detail of your wedding will exceed your expectations. A superior staff will ensure everything from the food to the décor and your guests’ needs will be taken care of with joy and ease.  

7. Piece of History 

Historic wedding venues are embedded with charm and character, which effortlessly authenticates the atmosphere of your big day. There’s a particular sense of romance associated with making new memories at a place that has stood the test of time. It's also a safe bet that a historic venue will be around for years to come, making it the perfect getaway for an anniversary or vow renewal. 

The unique and historical Tanque Verde Ranch offers the picture perfect venue for your Arizona dream wedding. Situated on over 6oo acres with the Saguaro National Park as your backdrop, this is the ultimate destination for a true rustic wedding. Whether you are planning an intimate weekend for close family and friends, or a grand event for up to 220 guests, Tanque Verde Ranch will create that once in a lifetime experience your guests are sure to remember for years to come.