Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort

5700 E McDonald Dr,
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253
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Average Base Cost: $34,000

Our average base cost for a Sanctuary Camelback Mountain wedding is calculated by figuring a 125-person guest list for a Saturday ceremony/reception using a food/beverage cost of $180/pp. Entertainment, flowers, furniture, additional decorations and rentals, transportation, and photography are not included. Price is rounded up to the nearest thousand. Gratuity and sales tax is included.

*Prices subject to change

How it breaks down:

Facility Rental Fee: The Upper Patio and Lower Lawn are available for wedding ceremonies for a fee of $3,000. There is no additional fee for use of the reception spaces above the Food and Beverage minimums (catering prices listed below). An 8.8% sales tax will also apply to the ceremony fee.

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Photo by Melissa Schollaert

What’s Included: 

  • The ceremony site fee includes valet parking, white wooden chairs, and unity and guest book tables-linens, use of the grounds for photographs, ceremony rehearsal, and room use for the Bridal Party.
  • Wedding receptions includes staffing, an executive chef for cuisine customized for the reception, an event manager to coordinate on-site details, a professionally prepared wedding cake and coffee service, and a complimentary champagne toast. Receptions include choice of floor-length black or ivory table linens with coordinated napkins for 66″ round tables, a parquet dance floor and staging for a band or DJ. They also offer a complimentary dance lesson for the bride and groom with 50 or more guests.
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Photo by Illuminarts Photography

Vendors: You must use their in-house catering for all food/beverage.

Food/Beverage: Average pricing for an evening reception starts at $160-$225/per person for food and beverage. The Food and Beverage minimum is determined by season, day, and amount of guests. Additional bartender fees of $150 per bartender apply (expect 1 bartender per 75 guests). An 8.8% sales tax and 24% service charge will also apply.

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More Stats:

Space Type: Inside/Outside

Size: 150-160 with a dance floor and space for a band/DJ

sanctuary camelback wedding
Photo by Illuminarts Photography

Bridal Suite: Yes, this is included for the entire bridal party with the ceremony fee. Without the ceremony fee the bride’s guest room serves as the bridal suite.

Parking: Yes. Valet is included in the ceremony fee for wedding guests

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Photo by Peter Jordan Photography

How Will Grandma Get There? Ideally Grandma would stay at the resort. For weddings of more than 50 people the bride and groom receive a complimentary one-bedroom suite. Discounted rates are available for room blocks. Room rates can range from $350-$600 and up. The airport is located around 20 minutes away from the resort, and 5-10 minutes from local shops and restaurants. There are also several other hotels in the neighborhood for guests, such as the JW Marriott and FireSky Resort and Spa.

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Party On! Events can go until 1 a.m.

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The Report: 

The Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain is known as one of the top resorts in the Southwest. Built in 2001, the resort feels completely hidden despite being centrally located in Scottsdale, and is the only hotel located on the north slope of Camelback Mountain (hence the views). With a modern look and award-winning spa, the resort is a popular destination for corporate retreats and weddings.

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Woman Getting Married Says:

I love destination weddings where guests never have to leave the property (that makes the party way more fun!), and this resort is perfect for that while still being centrally located. The room rates can get pricey, so I would be sure to give guests 1-2 more less expensive lodging options in the area. Weather permitting I would opt to have the reception outside (mostly because I’m not a huge fan of most ballrooms) and I’d want to take advantage of those stunning views! While the hotel says they only book one wedding a day be sure to inquire about corporate events as well, as the resort tends to be a prime spot for company getaways. I love that they do not have a hefty facility rental fee, and the amenities they include for their wedding packages make their overall pricing worthwhile. Brides rave about the service here (and the food!), which makes this a must-see venue for couples in Arizona, or those looking for a unique wedding destination.

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Amenities/What’s Included 9
Convenient for Grandma 10
Layout 10
Location 10
Overall Charm 9
Venue Value 8

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