The 13 Best Palm Springs Wedding Venues

Planning a wedding in Greater Palm Springs? Look no further.
Taylor Carson - The Knot Contributor.
by Taylor Carson
Taylor Carson - The Knot Contributor.
Taylor Carson
The Knot Contributor
  • Taylor writes wedding venue roundups for The Knot.
  • Taylor was formerly the Assistant Managing Editor at Philadelphia magazine, and she continues to freelance for Philadelphia’s lifestyle and wedding verticals.
  • She received her degree in journalism, with a minor in English, from Temple University.
Updated Oct 28, 2021

If you've only heard of Greater Palm Springs, you may think of it as merely a place. But for those in the know, Southern California's Coachella Valley oasis is comprised of nine cities—Palm Springs, Desert Hot Springs, Cathedral City, Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert, Indian Wells, La Quinta, Indio and Coachella. Each area has much to offer visitors, including soonlyweds.

Planning a destination wedding in Palm Springs means saying "I do" to stunning surroundings. (The San Jacinto Mountains, Santa Rosa Mountains and Joshua Tree National Park are all nearby.) With 350 days of sunshine each year, the ambiance is hard to top; no matter the wedding venue you choose, your big day will feel like paradise thanks to Palm Springs' ideal weather, breathtaking landscapes, mountain views, palm trees, golf courses, hotels, resorts and more. Below, uncover the perfect backdrop for your desert wedding in the Palm Springs area.

The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage in Rancho Mirage, California

Set on a clifftop above the Coachella Valley, the Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage boasts so much beauty and the security of a renowned brand name. With 30,000 square feet of event space, it has tons of potential for a full-out wedding getaway—rehearsal dinner, ceremony, reception and farewell brunch included. The signature wedding package includes a four-hour deluxe bar service, four butler-passed hors d'oeuvres, your choice of soup or salad, your choice of entree, a custom wedding cake and a sparkling wine toast. While the Ritz-Carlton requires you to hire a wedding planner, the venue will provide you with a catering professional to act as a menu consultant, estimate charges, create a floor plan and day-of timeline, and oversee your room reservation, rehearsal, setup and more.

Avalon Palm Springs in Palm Springs, California

Avalon Palm Springs is a boutique hotel in Palm Springs city boasting 67 Spanish-style rooms and bungalows, three pools, a restaurant, cabanas, a spa and more. There are multiple event spaces on-site, each providing views of the San Jacinto Mountains in the distance. These spaces include the Presidio Ballroom, Presidio Courtyard, Presidio Pool, Regency Courtyard, Estrella Spa Courtyard & Cabanas and Chi Chi Cabanas. Before and during your event, you'll enjoy the following wedding services and inclusions: vendor recommendations, a personalized menu consultation, a food and wine tasting, Chiavari chairs, banquet tables, white linens and napkins, resort china, flatware and stemware, a dance floor, lounge furniture and more.

Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa in Indian Wells, California

Outdoor gardens, mountain-view terraces and spacious ballrooms are all available to you at the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa. The desert oasis' handful of interior event spaces include the Indian Wells Ballroom, the Desert Vista Ballroom and the Grand Salon Ballroom, but it's the outdoor wedding venues that steal the show. For golf enthusiasts, the 18th Lawn venue overlooks the 18th fairway, showcasing immaculate green turf, a lake and a waterfall. The Grove, on the other hand, boasts palm trees, lush greenery and views of Mount Eisenhower. Another example, the Cove Lawn site for wedding ceremonies has a private wedding gazebo and views of the mountains, a lake and a waterfall.

The Saguaro Palm Springs in Palm Springs, California

The colorful Saguaro Palm Springs loves throwing parties. Here, you can host your special day poolside, fireside or mountainside—it's all possible. If you're looking to elope, the Saguaro has an elopement package that includes a one-night suite for you and your partner, seating for up to eight family members, a 30-minute ceremony location, a $100 credit to El Jefe restaurant and a champagne toast. There's also a micro wedding package (30 or less guests) that includes reduced site and rental fees, a suite for one night, complimentary tables, chairs and linens, and six hours of event time. No matter the type of wedding you throw, the Saguaro will help you create a custom package that suits your needs.

Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, California

Throw a country club wedding Palm Springs style at Rancho Mirage's Mission Hills Country Club. The club has world-class golf, tennis, croquet, wellness and spa facilities and has received numerous accolades over the years. Host your wedding reception in the 55,000-square-foot clubhouse, with idyllic golf course and mountain views, or the secluded Grove. Either way, the Mission Hills private events directors will ensure everything—food, decor and entertainment—is perfectly planned and executed. Custom menus, flexible event spaces, top-notch service and the gorgeous property itself make Mission Hills Country Club a venue that stands out above nearby hotels and restaurants.

Desert Willow Golf Resort in Palm Desert, California

Palm Desert's scenic Desert Willow Golf Resort is packed with greatness—two championship golf courses, a clubhouse, a golf academy, outdoor dining, views of the Santa Rosa Mountains and an amazing special event setting and offering. The 33,000 square feet of event spaces, both indoor and outdoor, include the Lakeview Terrace, Firecliff Terrace, Event Lawn, Palm Desert Terrace and Firecliff Ballroom. Your wedding package options are Silver, Gold and Platinum, with the following amenities included in all packages: six hours of event time, china, glassware, flatware, a one-hour cocktail reception, four hours of dinner and dancing, ceremony setup, your choice of colored napkins, table numbers and stands, reception setup, votive candles, Chiavari chairs, cake service and more.

Ace Hotel & Swim Club in Palm Springs, California

"We love weddings," the Ace Hotel & Swim Club website writes, "and we'll do everything we can to bring your unique vision to life." The hotel venue has three options for your wedding day—the Clubhouse, the Commune and King's Highway—accommodating both intimate weddings and more extravagant celebrations. The 4,000-square-foot Clubhouse has indoor floor space, a private patio and a partially covered balcony. The 3,000-square-foot Commune has standing room for 200 and views of the pool and mountains. King's Highway is Ace Hotel's on-site restaurant and bar, offering an indoor setting and an outdoor patio.

PGA WEST in La Quinta, California

The Western Home of Golf in America, PGA WEST's picturesque property has an astounding nine championship golf courses, five clubhouses and two private clubs. The Tournament Clubhouse can handle both intimate events and those with up to 500 guests. The Greg Norman Clubhouse is suited for events of up to 200. The three remaining clubhouses, the Pete Dye Clubhouse and the members-only Private Clubhouse and Citrus Clubhouse, are equally as excellent. Big day amenities include delicious cuisine and beverages, accommodations at the La Quinta Resort, a pre-wedding spa package, bachelor golf outings, a network of preferred vendors, specialty linens and lighting options and valet parking. As PGA WEST puts it, they'll "sweat the details" so that "you can relax and enjoy every magical moment."

Classic Club in Palm Desert, California

A Tuscan-inspired country club, Palm Desert's Classic Club has four private dining venues. In the Constellation Ballroom, you can host a reception for up to 500 (160 seated); the room has a long hallway that leads out to a terrace overlooking the club's grand fountain. For events of up to 120 (75 seated), the Phoenix Room features a fireplace, rich wood accents and panoramic views of the golf course and the Little San Bernardino Mountains. The Orion Room can accommodate reception events of up to 200 (140 seated). Finally, the main dining rooms at the Bellatrix Restaurant are comprised of a wraparound terrace, a wine bar and a library. These spaces can host grand events with up to 1,200 attendees.

Eight4Nine Restaurant & Lounge in Palm Springs, California

Located in Palm Springs' Uptown Design District, Eight4Nine Restaurant & Lounge is a New American restaurant. With 9,000 square feet of dining space, Eight4Nine hosts private gatherings of all kinds for parties ranging from 10 to 120 guests. Package options include the Childers Plated Cocktail Hour + Wedding Reception Package, the Childers Family Style Cocktail Hour + Wedding Reception Package and the Childers Food Stations Cocktail Hour + Wedding Reception Package. The setting is modern and posh, but, being a restaurant, the real showstopper here is the food. (The proof is in the rave reviews from former Eight4Nine couples.)

Hotel PASEO in Palm Desert, California

Hotel PASEO, a boutique Marriott hotel, is wonderful for many reasons, one being that it is located close to El Paseo, Palm Springs' luxury retail district and "the Rodeo Drive of the Desert." You and your wedding guests can enjoy El Paseo during your wedding weekend in addition to the amenities on-site at Hotel PASEO. With four event rooms totaling 6,515 square feet of event space, you can bring your big day vision to life here. For example, as recommended by the hotel, you can combine the ballroom and the backyard lawn venues for an indoor-outdoor celebration. Catering is done by the hotel's Larkspur Grill, where you can host your rehearsal dinner as well, and VIP and Celebration Suites are available for wedding parties.

Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa in Rancho Mirage, California

Luxury abounds at the Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa. Resort amenities to take advantage of during your wedding weekend include five restaurants, a European spa, 27 holes of golf, a fitness center with Peloton bikes, pools, cabanas, a water park and 23 tennis courts. For the main event, your wedding, Omni Rancho has nine venues and 53,625 square feet of outdoor space. (It's home to the only private rooftop venue in Palm Springs.) Omni's wedding package inclusions are limitless. You'll get exclusive use of your event space, a catering manager, folding chairs, an infused water station for your ceremony, all the tables you could need, white or black table linens and napkins, china, flatware, glassware, accommodations on your wedding night—and then some.

Indian Wells Country Club in Indian Wells, California

Last in our roundup is the Indian Wells Country Club. One of the most historic clubs in the Coachella Valley, Indian Wells has 36 holes of golf, fitness amenities, dining options, bocce ball courts and more. It's also a stellar events venue, featuring a clubhouse set amid ample natural beauty. The self-described premium destination wedding venue offers couples personalized planning and attentive coordination. All packages include your ceremony site with white folding chairs, a one-hour rehearsal, wine service with dinner, your choice of colored linens, complimentary parking, passed hors d'oeuvres during cocktail hour, buffet or plated dinner options, cake cutting, Chiavari chairs and a champagne toast.

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