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The Ultimate Guide to Palm Springs Wedding Venues: Updated 2021

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I present a labor of love: the ultimate guide to Palm Springs wedding venues. Palm Springs is a huge destination wedding location. Before the age of AirBnB, the most popular options were the former private estates of celebrities that had been converted to host special events. But eventually, the noise and traffic and disruption to these residential neighbors came to a head. Now there is a restriction on amplified sound outside per city ordinances. Some venues have to restrict this at all times due to how close the neighbors are, other larger properties restrict it just between 10 pm and 10 am. Most properties are very upfront about these rules, but be sure to ask if it’s not mentioned – especially if you want an outdoor dance party with a DJ or band.

But pray tell, why is a DC wedding planner writing the ultimate guide to wedding venues in Palm Springs? That story begins in 2014, when I was in a wedding at La Chureya in Palm Springs, and I absolutely fell in love with the town. (Larry liked it too!) If you make it to the bottom of this post, you will get to some personal photos from that trip as your reward. But this all came back up again with an old friend asked me to help her plan a 2022 destinateion wedding in Palm Springs. Yay! We can’t wait to go back.

Private Estates for Palm Springs Weddings

Natural Retreats, Palm Springs – can only book 1 year in advance: The Frank Sinatra Estate aka Twin Palms, Sand Acre, La Chureya. Also part of Natural Retreats are Villa Sierra – That Pink Door and Hinshaw Hideaway can each accommodate up to 40 people. 

The Ware Estate, Palm Springs – no outdoor amplified music; max capacity unknown

The Sonoran, Palm Springs – max capacity unknown

Dinah Shore Estate, Palm Springs; 6 bedrooms and 1 bedroom guest house 

Casa de Monte Vista, Palm Springs; 100 guests max

O’Donnell House, Palm Springs; can accommodate up to 125 guests and is adjacent to The Willows, where up to 17 guests can stay – does not allow outside event planners 

Frederick Loewe Estate, Palm Springs; seated max capacity 180. The 7evens – (next door to Frederick Loewe) features 3 bedrooms in the main house and 1 bedroom in the Casita 

Arthur Elrod’s Escape in Palm Springs features 4 bedrooms that sleeps up to 8 guests 

The Galvan Estate in Palm Springs, near the famous Racquet Club Estate, features 4 bedrooms that sleeps up to 10 guests 

Eleven Zero Five in Palm Springs can host small weddings; a 4 bedroom home

Cree Estate, Cathedral City, venue can accommodate up to 200 guests and can sleep 16 guests

The Lautner Compound, Desert Hot Springs; can accommodate over 200 wedding guests and all inclusive micro weddings are now available for 20-50 guests

The Polo Villas, La Quinta; 11 homes make up the private estate community, guest capacity is 200 per villa 

Merv Griffin Estate, La Quinta; can accommodate 16 guests (13 bedrooms)

Bella Donna Estate, La Quinta; this property is coming soon 

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Palm Springs Hotels for Weddings

There are so many hotels in Palm Springs that are perfect for weddings. Outdoor event spaces, colorful décor, and creative menus are just some of the perks of getting married at a hotel in Palm Springs. Some of the smaller properties will require that you buy out all the rooms, and some properties are 21+, even if you have a buy-out. We stayed at Alcazar on our trip and had a wonderful experience. I’m also obsessed with The Ace, The Saguaro, and The Parker. But there are many others that look amazing and I can’t wait to check out.

Large Brand Name Hotels, Boutique Hotels, Inns and Villas

Ace Hotel and Swim Club, Palm Springs – 150 guests max; client must use catering provided by venue; 179 guest rooms including 11 suites

The Parker, Palm Springs – 579 max capacity seated 

Avalon Hotel Palm Springs; can accommodate up to 170 guests in Presidio Courtyard

The Saguaro, Palm Springs – 250 max capacity seated / 300 standing

Korakia Pensione, Palm Springs – 65 guests seated front courtyard dinner

Arrive, Palm Springs – 32-room boutique hotel; maximum capacity unknown

Les Cactus, Palm Springs – a 27-room hotel buyout is required for groups/events larger than 4 people

Villa Royale Inn, Palm Springs – accommodates up to 100 guests 

Casa Cody, Palm Springs – 150 guests max

Sparrows Lodge, Palm Springs – 100 guests max

The Rowan, Palm Springs (Kimpton Hotel) – 4 Saints offers a 20-seat private dining space 

Ingleside Inn, Palm Springs – a 30-room estate, features private dining at Melvyn’s for 175 max people seated  / 300 standing

Margaritaville Resort, Palm Springs – 3 ballrooms available; up to 1,000 guests can be hosted

Doubletree by Hilton – Palm Springs, Mesquite Ballroom can host 580 guests banquet style

Dive Palm Springs, Palm Springs – 75 people max

Amin Casa Palm Springs – 80 people seated

L’Horizon, Palm Springs – 100 people max

Alcazar, Palm Springs – courtyard and pool deck up to 135 guests (seated dinner/cocktail reception); catering provided by F10 Catering 

Holiday House, Palm Springs – can host up to 100 people 

Caliente Tropics, Palm Springs – lobby and reception area can host 120 people max; indoor meeting room for 70 people; outdoor meeting space can easily accommodate tents of most sizes with or without AC, and for parties of up to 250 people.

Del Marcos, Palm Springs – 80 people max

The Cole Hotel, Palm Springs – can host up to 250 guests and up to 60 overnight guests 

La Serena Villas, Palm Springs – 18 villas on-site; Azucar is their restaurant that has a rooftop deck called Sugar High. Private parties available but max capacity unknown

Renaissance Palm Springs Hotel, Palm Springs – the courtyard can serve 1,500 banquet guests / 3,000 reception

Hyatt Palm Springs, Palm Springs – Grand Salon can host up to 170 guests

Ritz Carlton Rancho Mirage requires a Wedding Planner; max capacity unknown. Private dining options available at State Fare: The Bradshaw Room can accommodate up to 14 seated guests; Chef’s Table 10 seated guests; The Snug 40 seated guests; The Snug Terrace 40 seated guests; semi-private dining room accommodates up to 40 seated guests

Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa Rancho Mirage, has private dining at its restaurant Bluember – The Ember room seats up to 50 people. The wine room seats up to 24. The Atrium room is a semi-private room that seats 42 people.

JW Marriott Desert Springs, Palm Desert – Sinatra Ballroom can serve 1,800 banquet guests; Marriott Certified Wedding Planner included

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Unique Palm Springs Wedding Venues

Ranches, museums and more – there are a handful of sweet non-hotel and non-estate options for your Palm Springs wedding venue!

Palm Springs Ariel Tramway, Palm Springs – events are paused due to pandemic and renovations, but will resume hopefully in late 2021

Lazy C Ranch, Palm Springs – offers four houses for guests; can accommodate up to 250 guests for weddings

Smoke Tree Ranch, Palm Springs – does not allow outside planners; 240 people max on the pool deck (banquet style)

Palm Springs Air Museum, Palm Springs – seated dinner for up to 50 people

Moorten Botanical Garden, Palm Springs – open to the public till 4 pm, strict 9 pm end time, noise restrictions – up to 100 guests max

Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs – no ceremony on site at the Palm Springs location, ceremonies are allowed at the Palm Desert location; the Atrium can host a seated dinner for up to 200 people 

Cathedral City Amphitheatre, Cathedral City – has a seating capacity of 2,909 people for concerts

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Restaurants in Palm Springs with Private Rooms

I went nuts and decided to include restaurants as well. destination weddings are often on the smaller side, so a restaurant might fit the bill perfectly for your celebration. And if not, you still might need a venue for a welcome party, a rehearsal dinner, or a farewell brunch!

These are spread out from Palm Springs to Indio. We included capacity when it was listed on their websites. When we refer to “seated” or “banquet” that means offering a space for all your guests to sit and eat at the same time. When we refer to “reception” or “standing” that refers to a cocktail-style reception with limited seating for your guests.

On our trip, I remember eating at Lulu, Copley’s and Workshop – all wonderful! And I am totally obsessed with Norma’s at The Parker (there is also one in NYC!)

Workshop Kitchen + Bar – Palm Springs, 156 people seated dinner / 250 reception style

EIGHT4NINE – Palm Springs, 3 PDR’s available: Gypsy Room (14-20 people) / Moroccan Room (24 people) / Childers Room with access to patio (up to 50 people) 

Lulu Palm Springs – interior dining space can be divided to suit the needs of a private party, with seating available for up to 500 guests

Spencer’s at the Mountain, Palm Springs – up to 150 guests seated

LG’s Prime Steakhouse – two locations (Palm Springs & La Quinta) must complete a PDR form for private dining capacity and options 

Mr. Lyon’s Steakhouse, Palm Springs – The Grand Salon 78 guests seated / 125 reception; The Conservatory 150 seated / 200 reception; Private Dining Room 20 guests seated; Buyout 300 seated / 500 reception

Ruth’s Chris Palm Springs

Brickworks Bistro, Palm Springs

Farm, Palm Springs

Del Rey, Palm Springs

Sammy G’s Tuscan Grill, Palm Springs – must complete form on website to receive any PDR info

Escena Lounge & Grill, Palm Springs – private event patio combines with private dining room

Le Vallauris, Palm Springs – main dining room capacity 60 people; second dining room 40 people; patio banquet set up 150 people; gazebo setup 100 people; bar/cocktails only set up 50 people

Antigua Kitchen and Bar, Palm Springs – dining room can seat max of 120 people, more can be accommodated out on the patio

Johnny Costa’s, Palm Springs – Frank Sinatra private banquet room available

Bar Cecil, Palm Springs – soon to be open at 1555 S Palm Canyon Drive; venue can accommodate up to 75 people

Copley’s on Palm Canyon – restaurant can host groups with 20-55 people; the garden and patios can host up to 150 people

Time & Temperature Innovation Kitchen (at JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort)

Las Casuelas Nuevas, Rancho Mirage

Restaurants Just Outside of Palm Springs

The Daily Grill, Palm Desert – private dining room 28 seated or 40 reception; Side Patio 14 seated or 20 standing 

Eddie V’s, Palm Desert – 40 people max in the courtyard

Castelli’s Ristorante – Palm Desert, VIP dining room on 2nd floor available

Kaiser Grille, Palm Desert

Cuistot Restaurant – Fireplace Room seats up to 90 guests; Chef Bernard’s Room seats up to 60 guests; The Wine Room seats up to 48 guests and is completely private; The Veranda (covered patio) seats up to 45 guests; The Terrace (open air seating) accommodates up to 95 guests

Sullivan’s Steakhouse, Palm Desert

Morton’s Steakhouse, Palm Desert – Private Dining Room (A): 20 guests / Private Dining Room (B): 20 guests / Private Dining Room (C): 32 guests / Private Dining Room (D): 20 guests / Private Dining Room (all combined): 80 guests

Mastro’s, Palm Desert – Mastro Room (84 guests seated); El Paseo Room (14 guests); Piano Room (70 guests)

Jillian’s Fine Dining, Palm Desert – 100 max in front garden 

La Spiga Ristorante, Palm Desert – private dining room provides seating for up to 32 people

Tommy Bahama, Palm Desert (The Gardens in El Paseo); PDR can do 20 guests seated 

The Cork Tree, Palm Desert

Morgan’s in the Desert, La Quinta

La Quinta Cliffhouse, La Quinta – has 4 semi-private and private rooms available that include: The Patio for up to 30 people; Mountain Terrace up to 50 people; Point Happy Room 20-50 people; Sunset Room (main dining room) up to 100 people

The Nest, Indian Wells

Jackalope Ranch, Indio – capacity of largest dining room is 120

June Hill’s Table at The Polo Club in Indio

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Wedding Venues Outside Palm Springs

The further down this list, the farther away from Palm Springs you will be – be it north to Joshua Tree or southeast towards Mecca. I did not include restaurants.

To the Southeast

Imago Galleries, Palm Desert – 380 guests standing capacity 

The Living Zoo, Palm Desert, CA – wedding coordinator required; 100 max indoor reception / 350 max outdoor reception

Desert Falls Country Club, Palm Desert – groups from 10-200 can be accommodated in meeting rooms; capacity for weddings unknown

Desert Willow Golf Resort, Palm Desert – Lakeview Terrace, Firecliff Terrace and Firecliff Ballroom: up to 300 people with dance floor; Palm Desert Terrace: up to 70 with dance floor 

Classic Club, Palm Desert – The Constellation Room offers seating for up to 170 guests; The Phoenix Room seats up to 80 guests; The Orion Room can host up to 140 guests; Main Dining Rooms of Bellatrix Restaurant provides seating for up to 300 guests and allows access to the full terrace, a wine bar, and includes the Phoenix Room

Sun City, Palm Desert – offers event spaces for 25 to 350 table dining guests 

Palm Valley Country Club, Palm Desert – The building’s main dining room can hold up to 250 people; both indoor and outdoor spaces can host gatherings of up to 350 guests

Monterey Country Club, Palm Desert – offers two outdoor settings, each one seating up to 210 guests

Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa – Indian Wells Ballroom (full ballroom) can accommodate 1,200 people

Indian Wells Golf Resort, Vue Grille & Bar – Player’s Room (40 seated / 70 reception); Pavilion (400 seated / 700 reception); Event Lawn West (150 seated / 300 reception); Event Lawn East (600 seated / 1,000 reception); Celebrity Ballroom (150 seated / 250 reception)

Indian Wells Country Club – 600 people max; Ballroom seats 500 and Main Dining Room 100

Renaissance Esmeralda Resort and Spa, Indian Wells – Esmeralda Ballroom 1,120 banquet style

Sands Hotel and Spa, Indian Wells – features 46 guest rooms; can do 180 seated guests

Miramonte Resort, Indian Wells – Mesquite Ballroom 360 banquet style

Legacy Villas, La Quinta – accommodations for up to 100 guests available

La Quinta Country Club – Eisenhower Pavilion (capacity unknown); La Quinta Room & Patio (seats 48 people); The Boardroom hosts meeting and private dinner parties (seats 14-20 people)

La Quinta Resort and Club – accommodates up to 700 guests

Coachella Valley History Museum, Indio – the Promenade can host up to 830 guests with tables and chairs; Gazebo Lawn 300 guests with tables

Walker Land Company Indio, is managing Old Polo Estate (sleeps 20 people), The Lake at Apple Hill (50-acre property; max capacity unknown) and The Date Plantation (newest venue; max capacity unknown)

Empire Polo Club, Indio – 300+ guest capacity

Bonita Vista Ranch Estate, Mountain Center; the ranch includes a log cabin that has 3 bedrooms

BMW Performance Center, Thermal, CA – on-site catering; up to 80 seated. Must have a driving function.

Sunset Ranch Oasis, Mecca – offers their Lakeside Courtyard for Weddings or parties up to 200 people, includes the pool area and kitchen area in the house

North To Joshua Tree

Tumbleweed Sanctuary, Yucca Valley – 100 max capacity 

Le Haute Desert Aerie, Pioneertown – 300 max  

Rimrock Ranch, Pioneertown – 150 max

The Mojave Moon, Joshua Tree – 200 max

Serenity Escape Joshua Tree – can accommodate 6 guests 

Head West

TreMar Ranch, Hemet – can accommodate up to 250 guests

Edward Dean Museum & Garden, Cherry Valley – 250 max capacity 

KHYRA BEAUCREST RANCH, Cherry Valley – up to 60 guests 

Morongo Golf Club at Tukwet Canyon, Beaumont – can accommodate up to 240 guests with a dance floor (there can be  an overflow on the patio as well)

The Pavilion at Chapman Ranch (Yucaipa Valley Golf Resort) – indoor venue accommodates up to 300 guests 

Genuine Draft Ranch, Morongo Valley

Cottonwood Farms, Aguanga – 150 max capacity 

Chapin Family Vineyards, Temecula Valley – the new Pergola area allows for up to 150 guests 

Lake Oak Meadows, Temecula – can accommodate up to 450 seated guests outdoors

Ponte Winery, Temecula – The Vineyard Pavilion can accommodate 100 to 280 guests

Palm Springs Venues No Longer Hosting Weddings

I came across this info in my research and I figured it might be useful to some readers.

Colony 29 – not offering weddings and events past the year 2021

McLean Company – no longer offers options for weddings or events

Acme House Company – do not allow large parties, loud gatherings, or events. Any use of the rental property for a purpose other than residential use for a family vacation is strictly prohibited.

Alan Ladd Estate – no longer hosting events

The Colony Palms – nothing on website, not answering the phone

Casa Verona – no longer operated for events

The Pond Estate – appears to be off the market

Conclusion to the Ultimate Guide to Palm Springs Wedding Venues

There are a lot of tricky factors to planning a destination wedding in Palm Springs. Coachella and other festival weekends are to be avoided. Pay attention to Day Light Savings, as once the sun is behind the mountains, it gets dark and chilly very quickly. It’s also really hot in the summer, as you might imagine.

There you have it. The Ultimate Guide to Palm Springs Wedding Venues. If you like this kind of content, I have all sorts of DC wedding venue posts you can read up on.

I have to thank my friend Katy Carrier, who used to live in Palm Springs, but is now in Nashville, for helping me so much with this!