Even More Fabulous Palm Springs Destination Wedding Tips

The pool at La Serena Villas in Palm Springs, California, is surrounded by lounge chairs and palms
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Although this is a continuation of my first destination wedding post, it’s a bit of a “Chinese menu” if you will — one from this column, one from that column. You just need to decide on which one from each menu. Also here, you will find our bakers, florists, and a photographer. Keep in mind, when it comes to cakes and bakers, I have not ordered from them, nor do I know how good they are. You’ll have to figure that out with your tastebuds and your eyes.  

Boutique hotels for just the bridal party

Small hotels and resorts mean just that, on the smaller end. These hotels have a vibe that screams “very special events with very special friends happen here” (but not out loud). You’ve got to check them all out — there is something here for every group’s personality. 

Dive Palm Springs — Not only can you house your bridal party in their 11 gorgeous rooms, but there is space to hold the wedding itself, and a soundproof room for after reception (10 p.m.) hijinks. You have to visit to get how special it is. So cool.

La Maison — At the 13-room La Maison, it can be hard to remember you’re actually in Palm Springs. The property offers a touch of France in the heart of Palm Springs, with lovely lavender and bright flowers across the grounds. Rooms overlook the pool and gardens, and there are fountains across the property, offering a soundtrack of cool, trickling water.

Starburst tiles on the floor of The Velvet Rope's Bar Valerie in Palm Springs, California, contrast with the deep red and green velvet walls and chairs

Get the party started at The Velvet Rope’s Bar Valerie. Photo courtesy of The Velvet Rope

The Velvet Rope — Trendy, high-end hotel in the Old Las Palmas neighborhood with a very cool design. Each of the nine rooms is either velvet or inspired by a Hollywood icon, paying homage to Palm Springs’ Hollywood roots. Formerly known as the La Posada, the hotel was designed in 1952 by Herbert Burns.

La Serena Villas — There are ​​18 gorgeous and private villas, each with a private patio featuring a clawfoot tub, fire pit, sparkling pool and jacuzzi. You and your guests can enjoy Whispers Spa, known for its calming facials, massages, and body treatments. Azúcar, the on-site restaurant, overlooks the pool, and provides delicious and modern dining. Cocktail and great views can be found at Sugar High, the rooftop bar.

Mahala — New hotel, 14 rooms, you have to see it to believe it. Barcelona-based Stuart Patterson of Colorola created the overall Mahala concept, branding, interior design, custom furnishings and “supergraphics” that are continually evolving throughout the property. The hotel is a living canvas of art and design.

Willows Historic Palm Springs Inn — This hotel is so dreamy you’ll never want to leave. The Willows is available to accommodate overnight guests looking to enjoy a full three-course gourmet breakfast, evening wine with hors d’oeuvres, and numerous other complimentary amenities. Pair it with the O’Donnell House (see below) for an incredibly romantic event.

Perfect Palm Springs boutique hotel for wedding guests

An aerial view of Arrive Palm Springs hotel

The modernist Arrive Palm Springs. Photo courtesy of Arrive Palm Springs

The 32-room Arrive Palm Springs is known for its fun, party vibes — guests are guaranteed to get excited about your wedding. Located on the north end of Palm Canyon at Vista Chino, a variety of good food options are just a stone’s throw away: 1501 Gastropub, Sandfish Sushi, HeyDay Burgers (yum!), Billy Reed’s, Freddie’s at The Cole Hotel.

A day to remember

Lunch in Palm Canyons — Coordinated by The Best of the Best Tours (they also have white birds for your wedding ceremony), this special event is like an old show on the BBC. Just a quiet day in the middle of nowhere enjoying the afternoon sun and a spread of delicious food.

Enjoy a pre-wedding bridal party dinner

Boozehounds — Chill spot on the northern end of Palm Canyon. Pooches welcome.

Johnny Costa’s — Old school Italian in decor and food.

Kaiser Grille — In the heart of downtown, terrific food.

Mr. Lyons — Sounds stuffy — it’s anything but that. Food is exceptional. 

So•Pa — Family style meals under a backdrop you’ll never forget.

Spencer’s — It’s the place everyone goes on special occasions.  

A classic Palm Springs wedding and reception


PS Underground — Known for its themed dinners with an original show (performed by terrific local entertainers), they will also host/help design your wedding and reception for a spectacular day to remember. Very cool space.

O’Donnell House — Sitting above the Palm Springs Art Museum in the mountain, this venue has a bird’s eye view of Palm Springs. It’s pretty spectacular, check it out.

Palm Springs Aerial Tramway — Yes, you can get married at the Tram. There are three options for your room, plus your guests get to take a very nice ride up the mountain. You can also just opt to have the reception here. 

Spencer’s — Indoor accommodation for 50 to 200 guests. The Bougainvillea Room, nestled at the foot of the San Jacinto Mountains, has hosted special events, elegant affairs, and celebrity galas for over 50 years. Erroll Flynn, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Kirk Douglas, Dinah Shore, Ol’ Blue Eyes himself, Frank Sinatra, and many others have all attended parties in this stunning location. This mid-century modern style room boasts floor-to-ceiling windows, an inlaid stone rock waterfall, fireplace, and romantic lighting. Reception only.

The white exterior of Eight4Nine restaurant in downtown Palm Springs, California

Eight4Nine Restaurant in downtown Palm Springs. Photo courtesy of Eight4Nine

Eight4Nine — Beautiful black and white restaurant with a pop of red. This used to be the Palm Springs Post Office, but you’d never guess.

Copley’s — Lovely estate, formerly Cary Grant’s guesthouse. Located in the heart of Palm Springs, this is a casual yet sophisticated restaurant offering a unique indoor-outdoor dining experience. 

Sonoran — Their website got hijacked, but it’s a gorgeous space. You can see photos here, just don’t click the link to the venue.

Late night options to keep the party going 

Reforma Nightclub

Pretty Faces Nightclub

Tryst Bar

Where to order cakes

Crown Town Cakes

Over The Rainbow

The Buttercake Studio

Fantastical Sweets by Mika

Where to order flowers

Palm Springs Florist

Lilies Palm Springs

My Little Flower Shop

Artisan Events

Wedding photographers

Lani Garfield — There are others, but I have seen Lani’s work. She’s got a great eye in a large situation, managing to capture all the best shots.

For entertainment at your reception or singer for your wedding, I know too many talented people and would be hard pressed to not recommend all of them. The talent down here is that special. If you go to a club and you like a singer, ask about their rates. 

Happy planning!