Considering a destination wedding? Have you thought about Santa Fe, New Mexico? Choosing the right location can be overwhelming, so let us guide you with reasons why Santa Fe might be the ideal backdrop for your special day, featuring insights from the experts at Santa Fe’s exclusive venue, The Sunset Terrace.
Santa Fe’s Heritage and Weather
Santa Fe boasts a rich tapestry of history and tradition. Initially settled by Spanish explorers, the Santa Fe Trail soon brought merchants and settlers from all corners pouring into the city. Here, Spanish customs and traditions are acknowledged, along with those of the Indigenous tribes who were here before the Spaniards’ 1607 arrival and of those people who followed.
A stroll around the Santa Fe Plaza and its adjacent lanes reveals charming eateries, galleries, museums, and boutiques. Pause on a plaza bench and reflect on the events that have unfolded there throughout time.
Santa Fe promises sunny skies nearly year-round, with climates spanning from snowy winters to summer peaks in the mid-80s. When plotting your nuptials, ponder the weather’s potential impact, particularly for outdoor celebrations. As the iconic artist Georgia O’Keeffe noted about the region’s unique luminescence, “…it is not a country of light on things. It is a country of things in light…”
Accessibility is crucial for destination weddings. Santa Fe proudly hosts its regional airport, servicing daily direct routes to Dallas, Denver, and Phoenix. Moreover, with Albuquerque just an hour’s drive away, guests can fly there, opting for a car rental or the Rail Runner Express train to reach Santa Fe.
Santa Fe offers diverse venue choices. Ask yourself: Formal or laid-back? Inside, outside, or a mix? Contemporary or timeless? Catering included or hired in? Should the venue provide guest accommodations? Many enticing choices await.
A standout choice is The Sunset Terrace. Situated in Santa Fe, this venue offers views of the historic plaza, coupled with both indoor and outdoor spaces. Weather surprises won’t hinder your day here. With ties to the renowned Coyote Café and Santacafé, they’ll expertly handle your culinary needs. And with its central location, nearby hotels are merely a stroll away. Quinn Stephenson from The Sunset Terrace notes, ““People travel all over the world to merely visit Santa Fe, so if you have an opportunity to get married in this majestic place, you and your loved ones will cherish that memory forever!”
If you’re looking for a delightful private event space in Santa Fe, look no further than The Sunset Terrace. Brought to you by the team behind two of the city’s most beloved restaurants, Coyote Café and Santacafe, you can expect stellar service and delectable meals.
Budgeting for Santa Fe
Costs are a big consideration for both the happy couple and attendees. As per Brides magazine, the typical base price for destination weddings circles around $35,000. However, a Santa Fe celebration, contingent on guest count, could be relatively more affordable than average, particularly when compared to distant islands.
Opting for spring or autumn could reduce hotel expenses, side-stepping the peak tourist periods where rates soar. Average prices hover around $300 per night but can surge nearer the historic plaza.
Given the travel involved, you might offer additional meals. Santa Fe also boasts acclaimed eateries for collective or solo guest excursions.
Visit SantaFe.com for lots of fun ideas for things to do while in Santa Fe! Extend your stay to indulge in more of the city’s treasures, whether that’s local pueblos, historic structures, museums, unique shopping, culinary delights, or cooking classes. Experience nature or savor a margarita watching a sunset from a rooftop patio.
So, why pick Santa Fe for your destination wedding? Its enchanting climate, artist-attracting light, centuries of history, vibrant culture, versatile venues, top-tier cuisine, reasonable costs, and the prestige of holding your wedding in such a unique city.