• By Wendy Lippman
  • 04 Jun, 2017

One of the most frequently asked questions that wedding couples ask when they are visiting Tlaquepaque is what nearby hotels would be recommended for their wedding guests. Since Sedona is a popular location for a destination wedding, you can imagine that there are numerous hotels and resorts that can appeal to you.

When looking for a hotel for your guests, many people like the idea of having a hotel nearby as a convenience to their guests. One advantage is having a hotel within walking distance so the bridal couple does not have to worry about their guests driving after having a few drinks.

Here are a few suggestions for nearby hotels:

Los Abrigados Resort and Spa   located at 160 Portal Lane.

Los Abrigados Resort & Spa’s 22-acre creek side property lies adjacent to Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village, central to all of Sedona’s highlights. The historic 185-room resort is home to the popular work-out and personal care facility, Sedona Spa as well as two award-winning restaurants; Joey Bistro, which features Southern Italian cuisine and Stakes & Sticks Sports Bar and Celebrity Grill highlighting an All-American menu, not to mention the sophisticated scene in Shef’s Bar with diverse liquor, beer and wine selections. In addition to restaurants with service from their independent kitchens, Los Abrigados Resort & Spa has a full-service banquet kitchen and staff ready to meet the needs of hundreds of weddings each year. ‘Los Abrigados,’ Portuguese for “the shelters,” takes pride in caring for its guests.

Resort Guestroom at Los Abrigados Resort and Spa
Los Abrigados Resort and Spa
Guest Room at Los Abrigados Resort and Spa

El Portal Sedona   located at 95 Portal Lane

“You just can’t help but fall in love with this amazing inn. …one of the very best lodgings in the state.”-Frommers

12 extraordinary luxury suites in a 1910 adobe hacienda in the heart of Sedona. Breathtaking Red Rock views. An unparalleled Arizona experience. Voted a 2004 Grand Award winner Hotel of the Year by exclusive Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Report “A truly unique and luxurious in-town retreat.”

Intimate. Natural beauty. Exceptional architecture, antique furnishings, privacy, service. Fabulous location next to Tlaquepaque’s upscale dining and shopping village.

El Portal Sedona

For budget minded visitors, the Sedona Motel is a short walk to Tlaquepaque.   The Sedona Motel   is located at 218 State Route 179.

The best value in town!
Sedona Motel is family owned and operated.

– Spectacular views of Sedona’s Red Rocks
– Covered Patio
– Centrally Located
– Walk to Uptown, Oak Creek, Tlaquepaque &
  Gallery Row
– Rated “GREAT VALUE” by Frommer’s Travel Guide
– Suites Available
– All rooms on first floor for easy access
– Exceptional concierge service

In-Room Amenities Include:
• 25″ Cable TV • Free Local Calls • Refrigerator •
• Microwave • Coffee Maker • Hair Dryer
• Environmentally friendly paper products
• Iron & Ironing board in rooms

All Non-Smoking Rooms
For the convenience of our guests, there is no smoking on the premises
Regrettably, we do not allow pets.

Sedona Motel is committed to promoting & supporting ecological consciousness.

The Sedona Motel
Guest Room at The Sedona Motel
For additional information on hotels and resorts in Sedona, visit the listing on where to stay in sedona at the website of the Sedona Chamber of Commerce .
By Wendy Lippman 05 Jun, 2017

Flamenco in the Courtyard beginning April 3rd !

Sunday through Wednesday evenings from 5:30PM-7:30PM

Join Gaetano and friends in Patio de las Campanas –   El Rincon Restaurante Mexicano   presents master guitarists Gaetano and friends with spirited performances inspired from Spain and Mexico. Gaetano treats visitors to Spanish guitar in the courtyard in front of the restaurant. Enjoy tapas and your favorite beverage from the outside bar.

Free Admission and all are welcome.

By Wendy Lippman 05 Jun, 2017

Tlaquepaque “Best of Everything” Union!

By Wendy Lippman 05 Jun, 2017

There’s nothing quite like falling head over heels in love. Sometimes that love is so strong you just want to run off and get married immediately. Eloping can be crazy and romantic, but there’s still some planning that needs to happen. Yes, it’s true! If you ever considered a destination for your elopement, consider Tlaquepaque’s Chapel in Sedona, Arizona.

By Wendy Lippman 05 Jun, 2017

There is no right or wrong when it comes to weddings from ceremonies to receptions more and more brides and grooms are personalizing their weddings. Today’s couples are mixing old with the new for ways to make their wedding stand out from the rest. Make your wedding day as special and unforgettable as you both are and put your imagination to good use. Marriage is about two unique individuals coming together as one, so don’t be afraid to step out of the box.

Tlaquepaque has had great brides and grooms with amazing ideas, from dessert bars to candy stations. Ideas range from placing a romantic seating area for the bride and groom to relax and enjoy their evening and guests. You can take it a step further and incorporate sofas and coffee tables to break up a traditional wedding reception set up.

Another great idea so as to not keep your guests waiting taking photos is a First Look. About 70% of couples opt to have a first look before their ceremony. This is where they can capture that special moment and take a minute to breathe and shake off some of that anxiety that has been brewing all day. Some of our photographers have captured some great moments.

We hope you enjoy these ideas and photos.

By Wendy Lippman 05 Jun, 2017

Guest books have come a long way….

Do something unique and different besides having the boring old paper guest book. Be creative and make “Your Wedding You ” and I think the guest book is a great place to show your personality and have a little fun.

There are so many ideas out there. One if the more popular ideas is using the game Jenga. Using the fun game of Jenga turns blocks into a guest signing success.

You could stack the pieces and have your guests remove their own block and write a message or you could put the pieces into a container of your choice.

There are many ways to create your display, so remember to have fun with it and make it your own. Don’t forget a catchy sign.

Every time you play the game, it will bring back all the memories of your special day for years to come.

By Wendy Lippman 05 Jun, 2017

Andrea Carusetta, owner and artist of Sedona Cake Couture, created a display cake for Tlaquepaque which is truly amazing and captured the true essence of Tlaquepaque, inspired by the rustic walls and Mexican tile throughout our beautiful village.

By Wendy Lippman 05 Jun, 2017
Tlaquepaque is proud to be one of the newest members of the LGBT Pride Guide. This amazing guide will help you plan your commitment ceremony or wedding. It’s filled with vendors that you can you trust to handle your special day. The guide has Calendar of Events, a 12 month Wedding Planning section, Honeymoon Ideas and a special section, Congrats to all the Newlyweds! Plus much more. The Pride Guide is beautifully done in color. So the next time you see the guide pick it up and check out our ad on page 94. It’s our pleasure to be part of this fabulous community!
By Wendy Lippman 05 Jun, 2017

Here is a gorgeous cake from Sedona Cake Couture In this years wedding color Marsala! Andrea handcrafted all the sugar succulents on this beautiful master piece! Andrea displayed this cake at the Sedona Bridal Show and Boot Camp that was held on January 17,2015 at the Hilton Sedona.

By Wendy Lippman 05 Jun, 2017
The color experts at Pantone have named Marsala — a “naturally robust and earthy wine red” – the color of the year for 2015.

It works wonderfully as a base color for your wedding, and it can be complemented either by warm tones, like orange, yellow, or coral, or cool tones, like blue or purple


By Wendy Lippman 05 Jun, 2017

Catherine and Andrew had a wonderful journey driving across the country this past May together with a planned stop to get married right here at our intimate Chapel. Their immediate family met them here in beautiful Sedona for their wedding ceremony.  Serenaded by Spanish guitar, their ceremony was just perfect!

Catherine’s bridal gown had a Western flare to go with her fun cowboy boots and her bouquet which included unique/purple desert succulents.

To end their beautiful wedding, the bride and groom took to the red rocks for some romantic shots.

Wedding Package by   Ceremony of Love

Photographer,   Drew Holman

Flowers by Kim Roda,   The Jazz Bouquet

Guitarist,   Brian David

Officiant,   Janice Midkiff

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