Lil and Michael stand at altar in center of Drift hotel with Palm Springs mountain behind

Drift Palm Springs, The Newest Desert Oasis Wedding Venue


April 29, 2024
Words by Kinsley Brown
Photos courtesy of Matthew David Studio

There’s a new venue in the coveted area of Palm Springs, California making a splash in the world of weddings. Ideal for smaller ceremonies or pre and post-wedding parties, Drift Palm Springs‘ prime location and numerous amenities could make it the next hottest locale for “I do’s” in the desert!

To get the scoop on this property, we spoke with the first bride to wed there, Lil Newman, who happens to be the Director of Marketing for Drift Palm Springs. Our goal? Gather Lil’s first-hand knowledge and reasons why she believes couples desiring a destination wedding in a desert oasis should consider this brand-new venue.

A Venue Built for Celebration

Newman, who recently orchestrated her own wedding at Drift, was captivated by the property’s potential. “The multi-bedroom units were perfect for group gatherings,” she shares. “Plus, the resort-style pool, on-site restaurant, and proximity to downtown Palm Springs offered the perfect mix of relaxation and activity.”

A Canvas for Creating Memories

Drift’s versatility truly shines. “The event spaces accommodated all our needs,” Newman explains, “from the welcome party to the ceremony, reception, and even a Sunday brunch pool party! We were able to utilize the entire venue – restaurant, patio, pool, and desert lawn – creating a unique and diverse experience for our guests.”

Unveiling the Magic: Planning with a Brand New Venue

Being the first wedding at Drift presented unique challenges. “We had to figure out the ideal setup for each event,” Newman admits. “But the Drift team was amazing! They helped us navigate everything, from vendor selection to logistics.”

Personalized Touches for a Special Day

“Drift worked with me to create a customized package,” Newman says. “We tailored the food and beverage menu, even incorporating signature cocktails. Having an on-site team manage everything added a touch of familiarity and comfort for our guests.”

Stress-Free Logistics: Let Drift Handle the Details

“The Drift team was incredible throughout the process,” Newman emphasizes. “They handled venue setup, vendor coordination, food and beverage service, and even guest accommodations.”

Effortless Elegance: Furnishings and Decor

The beauty of Drift shines through “The space has a gorgeous design, so extensive decor wasn’t necessary,” Newman says. “Drift did provide tables, chairs, and high tops, which streamlined our planning.”

A Wedding Unforgettable

“Having the entire hotel just for our group was truly special,” Newman reflects. “The friendly staff, delicious food, and stunning desert backdrop created a memorable experience for everyone. We incorporated music throughout the weekend, from custom playlists to a silent disco under the stars – it was magical!”

The Takeaway: Celebrate Your Love in Style

If you’re seeking a stylish and hassle-free destination wedding, take a page from Lil and Michael’s book, and look no further than Drift Palm Springs!

Vendors: Photography + Videography: Christina Frary with Matthew David Studio; Venue: Drift Palm Springs; Beverages, Catering, Cake + Desserts: Maleza Palm Springs; DJ + Music: Dart Collective; Florals: Wheelhouse of Events; Groom’s Attire: Christopher Schafer Clothier; Hair: Justine Conrad with Vetiver Salon; Paper Goods: Swell Press; Rentals: Bright Event Rentals; Wedding Submission Services: bread & Butter

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