Destination I Do
Monday, November 28, 2022

Desert Weddings in Palm Springs

Words by Lauren Ertl
Photos courtesy of Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa

Nestled in California’s Coachella Valley sits an idyllic wedding destination for couples wanting the charm and sunshine of a desert location without suffering style or quality. For all the luxurious resorts, golf courses and culinary experiences Palm Springs has to offer, many assume a wedding in this city is an adults-only vibe. We say, “think again!” 

After experiencing the 45-acre Hyatt Indian Wells first-hand, it’s easy to see why this resort attracts thousands of families to its grounds yearly, and why couples flock here for their “I do’s.” 

Our couples often say, among the many reasons for going “destination” is for the opportunity to spend more time with family and friends. And the more there is for the kiddos to do, the more eager mom and dad will be to enjoy a weekend in the California sun, celebrating you and your partner.


HyTides waterpark is a huge draw of the property, and being the largest in Greater Palm Springs - this party-waiting-to-happen is just what could take your wedding weekend to the next level. Featuring two 30-foot dueling slides, a lazy river, splash pads, and cabanas for poolside lounging, Hyatt Indian Wells is sure to keep the kids (and adventurous adults) entertained for hours on end!

Rest assured, this locale is not only a kid’s paradise but an adult’s too! Golf fanatics can tee off at one of the two courses belonging to Indian Wells Golf Resort, including the picturesque Celebrity golf course. The par-72 course is a spectacle in and of itself, characterized by streams and brooks of water, striking waterfalls and vibrant floral displays.

Accommodations for All

Another check of the box for this Palm Springs escape is the resort itself! A wide variety of accommodations also ensures couples can offer wedding guests the opportunity to choose their desired price point. The affordable options do not withhold luxury, however, with a large soaking tub, glass-walled shower and oh-so-comfy beds. But, for guests looking to splurge and make an unforgettable vacation out of your wedding weekend, we suggest checking out one of the 26 remodeled penthouse suites with impeccable views. If the wet bar and private balcony of these lavish suites don’t strike a fancy, how about one of the property’s 43 two-and-three-bedroom villas located just off the adults’ pool? Giving the feel of an elevated Airbnb, the villas come complete with a fireplace, furnished patios with grills and/or private hot tubs for your guests to delight in. 

Other Delights

A wedding in paradise wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the spa! All 30,00 square feet of the Agua Serena Spa and fitness center have every amenity to prep a bride and her crew for the special day, including a dry sauna, outdoor showers, a reflection pool, and all the treatments to send you into total relaxation.

Once you’re thoroughly pampered, wander over for a tequila-fueled happy hour at Agave Sunset then pop across the hall for some shopping and snacks at Citrus Marketplace & Café.

Weddings in the Desert

Desert weddings have long held their popularity for backdrops of rocky mountains speckled in iconic cacti and swaying palms. When the sun sets and shades the scene in hues of terracotta orange contrasted by luscious, green fairways - there’s nothing like it. Weddings at Hyatt Indian Wells not only set this scene perfectly, but they also provide all the tools necessary for throwing the finest of parties! With the help of your on-site wedding specialist, get a list of vendor recommendations and explore ways to customize your event (like incorporating your favorite West Coast bites into a plated or family-style dinner). 

If your sights are set on an Intimate Affair, a package available for up to 20 people includes a custom three-course meal, unlimited libations for three hours, Champagne toast for each guest, choice of two-tier wedding cake, day-of changing room, florals, ceremony and reception set-up with ambient music, poolside cabana for the day after the wedding, and complimentary parking.

Perhaps you do opt to make your wedding an entire weekend-long occasion, the Forever Starts Here value-added package has you covered! Included in the offering is a two-night stay for the couple in the best available room for their anniversary, a guestroom for the wedding night, local cheese and fruit display for cocktail hour, cake plating, one-hour hosted Champagne bar or cocktail hour, parking for all attendees, or upgraded dance floor. 

There’s no better way to send off your nears and dears than with a terrace brunch the following day. Your wedding coordinator can even arrange for a private room with dedicated waiters to keep the mimosas flowing!

For a decadent desert wedding in Palm Springs, look to Hyatt Indian Wells– only a 20-minute drive from Palm Springs Airport!


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