P.S. We Love You: Destination Weddings Come to Palm Springs
A Home of One’s Own:
The Historic Cree Estate
Some of Palm Springs’ most lavish private homes can be rented for your own celebration through select coordinators like Sylvia Schmitt of Locations Unlimited. One of her most engaging properties is the Historic Cree Estate, a delightful embodiment of Old World charm. A Mexican-style adobe hacienda spreads out on 21/2 acres of lush lawns, enchanting gardens, fruit trees, and date palms. Stage your reception around the spectacularly tiled black-bottomed pool, then unwind amidst the estate’s romantic atmosphere. Reserve the Cree for the whole weekend, and the six bedrooms, three kitchens, and cozy Bridal Suite (featuring a skylight and fireplace) can become your personal desert paradise.
A Desert Classic:
Indian Wells Country Club
Opened in 1955, this prestigious club’s earliest members included Bob Hope and Bing Crosby. Today, the Club welcomes non-members to wed on its beautiful grounds, and receive the same “white glove service” that has made the Club a favorite of four U.S. presidents. Ceremonies blossom on the 18th hole, where waterfall fountains feed a sparkling lake, encircled by flowers, palm trees and the rugged silhouette of the Santa Rosa Mountains. The contemporary Southwest-style Clubhouse, decked out with imported marble, rich woods and cut stone, makes a classy reception site. Your most lavish gala comes alive in the Grand Ballroom, where an entire wall of windows lets in a view of the lake, seen up-close from the adjoining veranda. Distinguished yet congenial, Indian Wells Country Club invites you to share in their tradition of excellence.
It Makes Cents
Another reason to consider Palm Springs is value. Less costly than the Caribbean and more accessible than Paris, you’ll get greater luxury for your dollar in the Coachella Valley. And off-season rates can make Palm Springs an exceptional deal. In the summertime, outdoor events generally unfold in the cooler evening hours; during the day, incorporate lots of umbrellas and refreshing “misters” for a tropical ambiance.
Palm Springs and its surrounding hamlets just keep on getting better, so you’ll want to return for important anniversaries year after year to rekindle past memories, and create some new ones.
For more resources and information on events in Palm Springs, visit the Greater Palm Springs Wedding Association website.