There are a number of magical wedding venues in Marana, from which to launch your romantic journey. Unique settings for your ceremony and reception provide the backdrop for any type of destination wedding that you may imagine. Here are 8 amazing wedding venues with all the inspiration that Marana offers:
1. Stardance Event Center
Rustic Space with all the Frills
The Stardance Event Center, named for the celestial bodies cavorting across the night sky, lies nestled at the foot of the Tucson Mountains. With rustic barn doors on either side of its dance floor, twinkling light bulbs hanging from the rafters, a cavernous fireplace at one end, and a rough-sawn pine stage at the other, this classic space perfectly captures both the desert charms of Arizona and a sense of comfort you’ll treasure on this precious day.
At your wedding, every detail matters, and that’s where Stardance really shines. A groom’s house with a pool table and X-Box? Check. Wrought-iron chandeliers emblazoned with an old cattle brand? They’ve got that. Vintage farm tables festooned with old lace? No problem. Lawn area with majestic view of Mt. Lemmon? You betcha.
Recently, Stardance has enjoyed a steady flow of couples from the Phoenix region. Owner and operator Kelly Abbott isn’t surprised, though, about this demand. Her venue offers all the same amenities as event spaces in Scottsdale, but without that swoon-inducing price tag. The only swooning she wants at her venue, after all, is when the happy couple seals the deal with a kiss.
2. Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain
NEWS: In February 2022, Marana's own The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain was named #2 on The Knot's list of the 12 Breathtaking Secluded Honeymoon Destinations Around the World! Its location tucked in a valley and amazing views of the Tortolita Mountains make it the perfect destination for a honeymoon or a perfect wedding. The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain will help you to create a multi-day experience of two families coming together, friends new and old getting to know each other, relationships old and young born and reborn. The Ritz-Carlton knows how important this moment is, and they make every effort to exceed your expectations.
At check-in, take a look at your room’s key card. Don’t be surprised if it’s monogrammed with the names of you and your partner! At the Ritz, no detail is too small.
Having settled into your well-appointed rooms, your guests will want to start socializing, and the Ritz is ready to break that ice. They’ve got acres of space for sports days. They’ll put together a soccer field, organize egg-and-spoon races, and even coordinate geocaching across their grounds and beautiful surroundings.
Their staff are at the ready to lead guided hikes or mountain bike excursions. They’ll host glow golf and stargazing at night. At dusk, a Native American flutist will perform the Spirit of Adventure, evoking the mysterious history of this stunning land.
When it’s time for the big moment, the Ritz will meet and exceed your needs and expectations. Whether you’d like a spacious banquet hall resplendent in decor or an outdoor ceremony nestled into a canyon of the Tortolitas, they can create any ambiance you desire.
For the reception, the only limitation is your own creativity. You can have a proper indoor or an adventurous outdoor feast inspired by the Wild Burro Canyon with your very own “Beer Burro,” delivering to your guests the brew of your choice. There’s also outdoor space for your favorite food truck to make a late night appearance. With all that dancing, your guests will love a quick midnight snack.
With terrific summer and mid-week rates, the Ritz-Carlton also offers great deals for couples on a budget. Nothing is quite like a stay at the Ritz, and no wedding destination can match this resort for its combination of desert beauty and modern luxury. Go ahead, put on your Ritz!
3. The Highlands at Dove Mountain
Country Club Perfection and Ease
The Highlands at Dove Mountain may be the best kept secret wedding venue in Southern Arizona. The views are spectacular, the country club setting is classic, cozy, and just right. The food is exceptional and the professional staff will guide you through each step with ease.
The Highlands has perfected the turnkey wedding package as well. If you don’t want to manage all of the details yourself, you can trust The Highlands to plan everything for you down to the florals, linens, cocktail hour, and menu. Maybe you want to have a perfect wedding and save your time to plan the perfect honeymoon?
4. Oasis at Wild Horse Ranch
Vintage Hollywood Ambiance
Once the romantic destination resort for Hollywood stars in the 1940s, Oasis at Wild Horse Ranch has retained its vintage charm and the convenience of multiple outdoor and indoor settings for all kinds of weddings (style, size, time of day, etc.) and weather. There are no worries here, only abundant character, intimate spaces, and secluded desert setting that will put everyone at ease.
Oasis includes two outdoor gardens, a large patio, dining hall, dance floor, a full bar housed in a homestead-style rustic vine-covered stonehouse, a honeymoon suite, and vintage details. A waterfall and stream define the lawn where wedding ceremonies are staged.
5. Sanctuary Cove
Discover Adventure in the Desert
For some couples, a rustic chapel and beautiful mountains are all you need. For you, Marana offers Sanctuary Cove. Tucked into the foot of the Tucson Mountains, this earthy setting boasts a number of options for you and your guests to get in touch with Mother Nature. A stone labyrinth presents an opportunity for introspection. Wander through its coils as you contemplate the love you and your partner share. Intertwining footpaths crisscross up the hillsides, and a hardy pack of hikers will be tempted by Safford Peak, looming overhead. The locals call this igneous edifice Sombrero Peak, due to the wide-brimmed ring that circumscribes the summit.
6. The Glover Ranch in Marana
Natural Beauty and Family Farm Warmth
What if you could combine elegance with a vintage farm? If an authentic, idyllic 1920s family farm and dairy with vintage tractors, stacks of hay, and 140 acres of trees and verdant fields of grass and alfalfa, complemented with elegant romantic touches, suits your style, do make an appointment to take a look. You will find Glover Ranch a special kind of heaven. Elegance and a warm farm feeling set the Glover Ranch apart.
Glover Ranch offers indoor and outdoor spaces for ceremonies, dancing, and farm-to-table style feasting for up to 600 guests. The views of verdant fields and distant mountains are stunning and serene.
7. Cocoraque Dude Ranch
There’s nothing quite like the authentic Western ranch ambiance at Cocoraque. With all the beauty of our expansive desert sky overhead and distant mountains framing the landscape on all sides, this working ranch offers you and your guests a taste of the Old West at this ranch with historic roots stretching back hundreds of years. Their event space features a central stage, the perfect spot both for exchanging vows and do-si-do-ing afterwards. To one side is a three-sided pavilion, complete with an oversized stone fireplace. Here, chow down on a meal of mesquite-smoked ribs, greens, and cornbread—this is the fuel that’s kept ranch hands going on this land for generations. As the evening wears on, your guests can take breaks from the dance floor at the bar, which is absolutely dripping with authentic flair. There’s nothing superficial about this saloon, a fact particularly evident from the row of cowboy hats that adorns one of the rafters.
When you get married at Cocoraque, you often can avoid the hefty price tag that comes with an all-inclusive venue. Here, you’re just paying for the space, so you can pick your own caterer and band or DJ, provide the alcohol yourself, and walk away with a spouse and without a small mountain of debt. That’s a deal few cowboys can refuse.
8. Marana Heritage River Park
Orchards and Garden Plots
For some couples, simple means better. If your top priority is an easy location with plenty of open space and an affordable price, look no further than Marana’s own Heritage River Park. Under the auspices of Marana Parks and Recreation, this working farm features community gardens, rodeo grounds, and even a barn. The Town created this space in 2014 to celebrate Marana’s close relationship with agriculture. Since then, it has hosted two major fall festivals, farmers markets, and a grand opening of its new splash pad. In a lovely garden area surrounded by a miniature irrigation canal (a replica of the canals that irrigate fields throughout Marana) is a thoughtfully designed dance floor, complete with stage. Nearby, shaded tables welcome picnickers, and are the perfect spot to serve an al fresco wedding lunch or dinner. Marana’s outstanding year-round weather means that there’s little likelihood of rain. The forecast for an affordable and memorable wedding under the open sky is looking good!
Newlyweds, Welcome to Marana!
No matter what you envision for your special day, you’ll find it in Marana. With a dozen lodging options throughout the community, your guests will find the perfect room to suit any budget.
The Town is also chock full of vendors ready to leap into action. Marana’s community proudly supports the southern Arizona music scene by hosting an annual bluegrass festival every April. A number of talented musicians are on standby, waiting to play your reception.
In Marana, you’ll discover a community that is full of adventure and surprises. From its stunning landscapes to the charming venues designed to showcase them, from delicious local flavors to creative activities for you and your guests, Marana is the ideal destination for your wedding. Get married in Marana, and the only thing you’ll love more than this Town is your new spouse!