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Sedona Weddings

Larry James performs romantic wedding ceremonies in Sedona!

Located in Arizona's high desert under the towering southwestern rim of the vast Colorado Plateau, the city of Sedona is blessed with four mild seasons marked by abundant sunshine and clean air.

Sedona's Red Rocks reach up from the canyon floor to the brilliant sky. Below, the sparkling waters of Oak Creek promise effortless romance.

Never let the temperatures in the Greater Phoenix area melt your enthusiasm for a outdoor wedding. When the temperatures are 100+ in the Greater Phoenix area during June, July and August, you can escape to a temperate wedding paradise just two hours north of Phoenix.

For a romantic, intimate wedding. . . Sedona is a good choice!
Sedona, the heart of "Red Rock Country" in Northern Arizona, was founded in 1902. It is an exciting and vibrant community with easy access to many unique historic sites and the magnificent Grand Canyon. The Greater Sedona area includes West Sedona, Uptown, the Village of Oak Creek, the Red Rock Loop area and Oak Creek Canyon.

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This 19-square-mile city is split between Coconino and Yavapai counties, and only 51 percent of its area is privately owned - the rest is part of the Coconino National Forest. The city was named for Sedona Schnebly, wife of first postmaster and founder of the city.

Sedona is a year-round wedding location. Sedona has magnificent settings that lead to spectacular weddings. The magic of Sedona is aura. Many couples choose Sedona for their wedding because of the breathtaking beauty and the romance of the area. Sedona has four distinct seasons, however, neither the heat of Summer or the cold of Winter is too intense to enjoy a romantic wedding outdoors in view of the beautiful "panoramic red rocks" of Sedona.

Sedona's Bell Rock Sedona has beautiful, luxurious resorts, inns, Bed and Breakfasts, and caterers who can provide world-class cuisine, appointments and services. Small, intimate weddings can be scheduled beside the awesome red rock and creek landscapes.

It's a small town (population: 11,200, Source: 2005 US Census) and there may be some services which are not up to the standard you might expect in a larger city. There are only so many possible locations for your wedding, and the choice venues and dates get booked up quickly, especially in the busy seasons. Your wedding planner or venue coordinator will know who offers the quality services you will want on and around your wedding day.

Sedona has strict noise ordinances so there are only a few locations in which your reception guest can continue to party loud, late and long into the night. There are some locations which can accommodate a band or a DJ a little later.

More adventuresome couples may choose to transport their guests to a remote location via jeep and then return to one of area's gorgeous resort sites for their reception.

Weatherwise, Spring and Fall are the most beautiful times of year in Sedona, and they are also the most popular and that means for all tourism, including destination weddings. For mid-sized or larger weddings in April, May or October, you will need to book well in advance.

They also have some beautiful days in the Winter (See average temperatures below). The Summer can be quite pleasant, too. The altitude is about 4,500 feet, so temperatures are quite a bit cooler than in the Phoenix area, about 120 miles to the South.

Sedona is a year-round wedding destination, with more than 300 days of sunshine in an average year, so your chances of getting a beautiful day are pretty good. The rainy seasons are in the Winter, when Pacific storms periodically roll in from the West, and late July through August, usually in the mid-afternoon. If you are concerned about rain, it might be wise to line up a backup indoor location just in case.

It might be wise to fully utilize the services of the wedding coordinator at your venue or hire a wedding planner to assist you with finding the perfect venue and other important details.

Here are the average monthly temperatures in Sedona:
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Sedona - Monthly Climate Normal
   Year  Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
 74 55 59  63 72 81 90 95   92   88  78 65  56
 Low °F 48 29 32 35 42  49 57 65 63 58 48 37 30
Average °F  61  42  48  49  57  65  73  80  78  73  63  51  43
 Rain 1.2  1.7 1.5 1.7  1.2 0.6 0.5  1.9 2.4 1.5  1.2 1.3 1.7

  • The average warmest month is July.
  • The highest recorded temperature was 110ºF in 1995.
  • The average coolest month is January.
  • The lowest recorded temperature was 0ºF in 1962.
  • The most precipitation on average occurs in March.
  • Sedona is 4,300 feet above sea level.
  • Sedona Airport is 4,800 feet above sea level.

Yes, it does snow in Sedona. Here are the monthly averages in inches:

  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Average 1.2 0.6 0.5 0.2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.2 1.0

Spend your honeymoon in Sedona. You and your guests will enjoy spending extra time in Sedona before and after the wedding. There is lots to do. Outdoor activities like jeep tours, hiking, biking, tennis and golf year round as well as exquisite dining facilities make any visit a unique experience in this magical environment.

If cultural activities are high on your priority list, then you might enjoy events like the Sedona Arts Festival, Sculpture Walk, Flagstaff Symphony Pops Concert, the Sedona International Film Festival plus must-visit shops, boutiques, unique plazas and numerous art galleries.

Sedona Average Sunrise & Sunset Times
 Month     Sunrise     Sunset 
 January     7:32     5:31 
 February     7:25     5:59 
 March     6:58     6:25 
 April     6:17     6:48 
 May     5:40     7:11 
 June     5:20     7:38 
 July     5:22     7:42 
 August     5:40     7:28 
 September     6:02     6:55 
 October     6:22     6:13 
 November     6:46     5:37 
 December     7:14     5:20 

Driving from Phoenix - From Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix, follow the exit signs to Interstate 17 North.

Sedona is about 2 hours north of Phoenix and is a beautiful and scenic drive. Travel north on Interstate 17 for about 100 miles to Exit 298. Follow 179 north to Sedona. Continue through the Village of Oak Creek 15 miles to the "T" intersection of 179 and Highway 89A. Highway 89A is the main street in Sedona.

When in the vicinity, tune to Highway Advisory Radio on AM 1630. (Source: www.SedonaChamber.com.)

To get driving directions to Sedona from your address, click here.

For a map from Phoenix to Sedona, click here.

To order a free "Experience Sedona Guide," click here.

Click here review a list of Larry's romantic wedding ceremony services and to estimate Larry's fee for a Sedona wedding or renewal of vows ceremony! Call for all the details. In the Greater Phoenix area call 480-205-3694.

Plan early! Spring and fall are very popular wedding seasons in Sedona!

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