Wigwam at sunset in Arizona

Why Host Your Wedding at Arizona’s Historic Wigwam Resort


April 22, 2024
Words by Jennifer Stein
Photos courtesy of Wigwam Arizona

The sprawling landscapes of Arizona have been beckoning couples to celebrate their union under the swaying palm trees and sun for decades. 

At Destination I Do, we’re partial to restored historic gems like Wigwam Arizona. It stands as a testament to the enchanting allure of the American Southwest with a storied past. For couples seeking a wedding experience as unique as their own love story, Wigwam offers an unrivaled blend of natural beauty, luxury amenities, and charm from a bygone era. 

Explore why this hidden gem in the heart of Arizona is the perfect backdrop for crafting unforgettable moments for destination wedding couples.

wigwam gardens with roses and palm trees

A Property Steeped in History

Originally built as a home for Paul Litchfield and his family in 1919, the Wigwam has functioned as everything from a guest ranch back in 1929 to a respite for families during World War II, and even a desert haven for movie stars and celebrities in the 1940s. Today the property is a lush retreat for leisure seekers, families and most importantly, destination wedding couples. 

Although the property dates back to the 1900s, the modern amenities and creature comforts are in abundance without compromising any of the charm. 

Welcome lobby exterior at the Wigwam

A Haven of Natural Beauty

Located just outside Phoenix (and a quick 25-minute drive from Sky Harbor International Airport), Wigwam Arizona boasts a backdrop that feels straight out of a postcard. Couples and their guests are welcomed by acres of manicured gardens, dotted with vibrant desert flora, creating a serene oasis in the midst of the arid landscape.

For those seeking a touch of adventure, the resort’s proximity to the Sonoran Desert opens doors to exhilarating activities. From hikes through stunning desert hills to hot air balloon rides over the rugged terrain, Wigwam invites couples to weave the spirit of the Southwest into every aspect of their celebration. 

For guests looking to enjoy a round of golf, Wigwam Arizona has three championship golf courses to choose from. And those who are looking to soak up the endless sunshine, there are three pools on the property.

Luxury Meets Relaxation

A modern hotel room featuring a king-sized bed with a wooden headboard, two bedside tables with lamps, a bench at the foot of the bed, and a framed blue artwork above the bed.Modern bathroom with blue tiles, glass shower cubicle, and a patterned accent wall. towels hang neatly beside the sink area with terracotta flooring.

Couples are enveloped in an atmosphere of refined elegance the moment they step foot on property. The historic adobe-style architecture pays homage to the region’s rich cultural heritage. Guest accommodations range from spacious suites to private casitas, offering a retreat of comfort and luxury perfect for a weekend of celebration. With 331 rooms in total, there’s plenty of room for wedding guests to spread out.

sink with handmade southwestern tile

Lemonds Aveda Salon-Spa at the Wigwam is one of the highlights of the property. With over 26,000 square feet of space and 15 treatment rooms along with a full salon, the wedding party can get pampered without even leaving the resort. The relaxing environment begs for guests to linger poolside with a refreshing cocktail while other guests can enjoy activities like pickle ball, tennis or just walking the 440 acres the resort is set on.

woman in bathrobe lounging in guest room with a glass of champagne

Stress-Free Destination Weddings with Delectable Dining

One of the most alluring aspects for couples from out of town is the resort’s wedding packages. Whether envisioning an intimate gathering under the stars or a grand affair, Wigwam’s dedicated wedding planners ensure every detail is flawlessly executed. From custom menus featuring locally inspired cuisine to arranging spa days for the bridal party, couples can relax knowing their dream wedding is in expert hands.

A southwestern-style home surrounded by palm trees and cacti, illuminated in the twilight with visible outdoor lighting.

No matter if it’s in-room dining or enjoying a meal at their famed Litchfield’s restaurant, guests will be impressed by the incredible menu offerings at Wigwam Arizona. At Litchfield’s, ranch-inspired cuisine is served in an open setting where an exhibition kitchen is at the heart of it all.

From the awe-inspiring natural beauty to the seamless blend of luxury and tradition, every aspect of a wedding at Wigwam is crafted to create cherished memories that last a lifetime.

For couples envisioning a destination wedding that reflects the spirit of the Southwest beneath the endless desert sky. It’s more than a wedding destination—it’s an experience that captures the essence of Arizona’s soul.

row of casitas with white adobe

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