Desert Botanical Gardens



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Wild FlowerWedding $450

Desert Botanical Gardens Trailside Ceremony

Includes Entrance Fees into Gardens

Bride & Groom
2 Witnesses

Cactus Dreams Wedding $600

Desert Botanical Gardens Trailside Ceremony
Includes Entrance Fees into Gardens


Bride & Groom
6 Guests
What is Included in Trailside DBG Wedding Packages?

Minister to Officiate your Wedding Ceremony (30 Minutes)

Choice of Vows – Christian, No Mention or God or Custom

Bride & Groom Entrance Fees into the Desert Botanical Gardens

Two Witnesses Entrance Fees into the Desert Botanical Gardens

Trailside Wedding inside the Desert Botanical Gardens

Photographer Optional $250

Who will perform the Ceremony at the Gardens?
We offer trailside weddings, at certain locations within the gardens that are available for Elopement Style Weddings. Due to the nature of elopement style weddings and restrictions at DBG, we are not able to tell you exactly where you will be married, except that it is in the Gardens. The nature of the elopements is that we do not require reservations, and therefore, will perform the ceremony at one of our preferred locations within the gardens.


Please note that the gardens during this time is open to visitor’s, and that this is not a private ceremony setting. You may have curious observers and some may take pictures. If you want to book a closed off area for a ceremony at the DBG, it starts at $1000.00 and goes up from there.


We can not meet you prior to the ceremony to tour the Gardens, this requires an entrance fee, and due to the nature of the elopement at the Gardens, if we pick a spot, it may not be available once we arrive. We are happy to discuss details about the ceremony anytime, just call us.


The ceremony (the vow exchange) takes anywhere between 5-10 minutes. The validating of the marriage certificate, along with your witnesses, an additional 5 minutes. The balance of the time is spent taking pictures with your photographer.

What is a Trailside Wedding at DBG?
A Weekday Only Option, for Couples to get married at Desert Botanical Gardens for the cost of the entrance fee.


  • Same Day Weddings During the Week
  • You will get married at one of the most spectacular spots in Arizona.
  • You do not need to find an Officiant, it’s included!
  • Choice of Traditional Vows or Christian Vows
  • You can stay at the Gardens to tour as long as you like or even have lunch or dinner there after!
  • Close to SkyHarbor Airport & Downtown Scottsdale Attractions


  • You must arrive dressed and ready 15 minutes prior to Wedding Ceremony.
  • Not a private setting – during the ceremony the gardens is open to visitors.
  • You can not bring decorations, food, drink or throw any flower petals, glitter, rice, seeds etc. Nothing can be thrown on the grounds of the Gardens.
  • Only additional customization of vows is writing your own (no lighting of the candles, no sand ceremony, no unity candle etc).
  • There may be a lot of walking
How do I book with your in-house photographer?

She will contact you the month of your wedding and you will book with her directly.

May I bring my own photographer?
Yes, you may. Although, we highly recommend our in house photographer, we do understand that sometimes our couples have a relationship with a family photographer. Keep in mind, that if you choose to bring your own photographer, they do count towards your guest count and entrance fees to the Gardens apply.

Where do I get my marriage license?

You may obtain your marriage license from the country clerk in the county you live in. If you are coming from another State, you are able to get your marriage license here in Maricopa County in the morning, and be married same day. Marriage License is $76.50 as of 2018.

You both  must be present to obtain the license, and you will need two witnesses to validate the marriage license.


About the Desert Botanical Gardens


The Desert Botanical Garden is a 140 acres  botanical garden located in Papago Park, at 1201 N. Galvin Parkway in Phoenix, central Arizona.

Founded by the Arizona Cactus and Native Flora Society in 1937 and established at this site in 1939, the garden now has more than 21,000 plants, in more than 4000 taxa, one-third of which are native to the area, including 139 species which are rare, threatened or endangered.

Of special note are the rich collections of agave and cacti, especially the Opuntia sub-family. Plants from less extreme climate conditions are protected under shadehouses. It focuses on plants adapted to desert conditions, including an Australian collection, a Baja California collection and a South American collection. Several ecosystems are represented: a mesquite bosque, semidesert grassland, and upland chaparral.

The Desert Botanical Garden has been designated as a Phoenix Point of Pride.

1201 N Galvin Pkwy, Phoenix, AZ 85008

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Hours to call: Monday through Sunday 9:00 - 6:00- Keep in mind we do most weddings on the weekend if we don't answer please leave us a message


(480) 217-8389      [email protected]