When is the best time to get married in Sedona?

Whether you are from Arizona or from out of state, there are just some seasons that are better for those beautiful red rock weddings.

I recommend all my couples get married in spring and fall. These times of year are not too hot and not too cold and the weather is easier to predict. From summer’s monsoon storms to winter’s frigid temperatures and even snow, it’s less comfortable for you and your wedding guests.

Of course, we can still get great photos and you can still have an unforgettable wedding in the off season. But it will help keeping in mind what to expect on your trip to see the majestic Sedona red rocks.

When you’re planning a Sedona wedding, you must consider the weather.

Because Sedona is located in the high desert, it shares the Phoenix heat with the forest precipitation. Like most travel, you’ll experience higher rates when you visit during its best time of the year. Additionally, if you want the greenery of high desert foliage, you’ll need to come during the warmer season.

People who aren’t familiar with Arizona get confused when I say this, but we are prone to thunderstorms, ice, and snow. We’re not just hot, dry desert.

Keep reading to learn how to prepare during any time of year in Sedona.

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Winter — December to February

During this time of year, there is a higher chance for rain and snow showers. The average temperature in Sedona in 64 degrees, with a low of 34.

In my experience, we have had very cold and windy days during this time of year, so layers are super important. The cottonwoods and annual trees are bear and don’t hold many leaves in the area.

Be sure to check the weather a few days in advance to make sure there isn’t a major storm, which can lead to high winds on the first day, snow the second and more cold winds the third.

Wool socks, faux fur ponchos, and hand warmers are a must for this time of year!

Spring — March to May 

March is when the busy season begins, with spring break tourism picks up in the area. Expect more hotels booked on the weekends and an increase in traffic.

The downside to Sedona is that there is just a 2 lane road leading into Sedona from PHX unless you cut through Cottonwood. This can get backed up on the weekends and lead to delays in transportation!
The average temps range from 69 degrees in March to 86 degrees in May.

May is our wedding busy season, so locking in these weekends sometimes requires locking in vendors a year in advance!

This is a pleasant time of year and it really is the perfect time to visit before the hotter temps arrive!

Greenery starts showing up more in Mid April to early May. Planning ahead and booking your reservations early, is must for this time of year.

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Summer — June to August

Hot hot hot! The average temps in Sedona reach 96 degrees in June to 100 in July. August gets back into 96 degrees.

This is the off season, when it comes to weddings and photography sessions in Sedona, Arizona. It’s just too hot to be out and about, when Sedona is all about being outside with those red rocks.

However, the best alternative is Flagstaff & Payson for photos. The average temps in Flagstaff are 80 degrees this time of year, and as a local, I can say it is great! I highly recommend coming up north to beat the heat and get into the mountains for some pretty photos.

This is also our fire season, with increased temps and dry forest, it can be smoky this time of year.

Keep in mind that in July, our rainy season starts and so expect more likelihood of thunderstorms. Be mindful of severe storms and plan ahead!

If you have been in these high temps before, make sure to bring at least 1 gallon of water per person and take breaks as needed. Avoid being outside longer than 2 hours.

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Fall — September to November

Rain Rain Rain!

Very opposite to June through July, the fall is towards the end of our monsoon season. Meaning there is a higher chance for rain to come and rain down on our session! This time of year the average temp in September is 91 degrees, then back down in October to 80 and November with a high of 68 degrees.

October is always our busy wedding season, so make sure if you want one of these weekend dates, you must reach our nearly a year in advance to your vendors! Expect more cloudy days and cooler temps. The leaves begin to change in October, for a beautiful fall look along Oak Creek.

Flagstaff has a big aspen forest that change the first and second week of October!

Bringing layers and an umbrella is a must!

If you’re looking to book your session, keep these tips in mind to ensure you’re prepared for any time of year in Sedona! 😎

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Arianne & Eric

“My husband and I planned a small elopement in Sedona. I found Victoria on Instagram and loved her style. We went through the planning process without a wedding planner which proved to be difficult. Victoria was so helpful in making suggestions and pointing us into the right direction, even though I know she really didn’t have to do that as our photographer. On the day of the wedding, she was prompt in arrival and swift in ensuring that she captured everything. In our evening shoot, we went to 2 locations but looking at our pictures it appears that we went to at least 20. She has an amazing eye for photography and truly captured the spirit of our relationship. The quality is excellent and we could not be happier with how our photos turned out. Victoria is a gem. If you are looking for a down to earth and talented photography, choose White Desert Photography!”

If you are looking for a down to earth and talented photography, choose White Desert Photography!

Karina & Zach

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Victoria is amazing behind the camera. I am usually really camera shy but I was so comfortable. It literally felt like a DREAM! We enjoyed each breath taking moment!”

It literally felt like a DREAM! We enjoyed each breath taking moment!

Izza & Reenan 

“Our wedding was originally March 2020 and she was so great during that difficult time of unexpected rescheduling. When we finally met 2 years after our first email exchange she made us feel so comfortable and at ease.

We would 100% recommend her to anyone and would be thrilled to have her take our photos again.”

We would 100% recommend her to anyone and would be thrilled to have her take our photos again.

Sarah & Aaron

“We hired her for our engagements, bridals and wedding day and we absolutely LOVED having her to capture these special moments. Victoria, is personable yet professional, and by the end of these shoots we felt she was a dear friend.”

by the end of these shoots we felt she was a dear friend.