Micro weddings become trendy as pandemic trims guest list

Above: Mountain Shadows. (Photo by Laura Segall Photograph) Experience AZ | 18 Sep |

The pandemic impacted big events such as concerts, conferences, events and weddings were some of the first things to be postponed. However, engaged locals can still host their wedding with a few modifications with a trend called micro weddings. In a micro wedding, the guest list is much smaller (less than 30 people), plus social distancing guidelines are implemented for a more intimate ceremony and reception experience.

Here are four local resorts that are hosting micro-weddings with a romantic atmosphere, stunning landscapes for photos and delicious cuisine to make these weddings special.

Mountain Shadows

Mountain Shadows in Paradise Valley is offering an Intimate Weddings Package for up to 30 guests with scenic indoor and outdoor venues including a ballroom and terrace or lawn with views of Camelback Mountain. Guests can enjoy access to the resort grounds for photography, a ceremony site, chairs, table linens, cake, a Champagne toast, a guestroom for the bride and groom for $3,000. Couples can choose from three timeframes for their ceremony and reception including 10 a.m. to Noon; 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. or 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. In addition, couples can choose from enhancements to make their day extra special including a bar package, a signature cocktail, brunch bites and canapes.

Amara Resort and Spa

Couples wanting an intimate wedding with scenic views can host their micro-wedding at Amara Resort and Spa in Sedona. Amara’s intimate elopement and micro-wedding package for up to 22 guests includes an upgrade to a Bridal Suite at a Courtyard King Room Rate, priced separately; Bridal Suite Balcony or Creekside Wedding Site; an arch and/or podium; assistance with sourcing vendors for officiant, photographer, florist and bakery; sparkling wine and chocolate covered strawberries in Bridal Suite; wedding dinner at SaltRock or in-room dining for bridal couple; breakfast at SaltRock or in-room dining for bridal couple; additional dinner guests (with a maximum of 22 total guests).

Hotel Valley Ho

The iconic Hotel Valley Ho in Scottsdale is also offering their Intimate Weddings Package for up to 30 guests including a ceremony site, chairs, table linens, cake, a Champagne toast, a guest room for the bride and groom and access to the grounds for photography. Couples can choose from three timeframes for the ceremony and reception: 10:00 a.m. to Noon, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., and 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Enhance the celebration with add-ons including a Bloody Mary station, beer and wine package, signature cocktail and charcuterie. Couples can choose from indoor and outdoor venues such as the SoHo Ballroom, the lush Palm Court, and the eighth-floor Sky Line Rooftop offering views of the city and Camelback Mountain. Visit hotelvalleyho.com to learn more about intimate weddings and discounts available for guest rooms.

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