Here at Sedona Sky Weddings, we do several wedding each weekend—which is why you might want to call Carlinda Alvarado, our Events Sales Manager and book early! Because we do so many weddings, we decided to look into the meanings of the color of various roses to see what those roses communicate.

Roses, since they are available year-round, are often the floral focal point of weddings here at Sedona Sky Weddings. Here are the meanings of three very popular colors:

White Roses:

Purity, Innocence, Virtue, Purity of New Love, Honor, “I am worthy of you”
Additional meanings: Spirituality, Heavenly, Reverence, Humility, Youthfulness

  • White rosebud: symbolic of girlhood
  • Red roses and white roses given together: True Love, Unity, and Bonding
  • White roses and yellow roses given together: Harmony

Traditionally, a white rose was the preferred wedding rose because it symbolized true, happy, marital love, as well as purity, and innocence.

At certain colleges, a woman carries a single white rose during her college graduation.

Red Roses:

True Love, Beauty, Romance, Romantic Love, “I Love You,” Passion
Additional meanings: Courage, Respect, Congratulations

  • Dark red rose or deep burgundy rose: Unconscious Beauty
  • Single red rose: “I Love You”
  • Red rosebud: Purity and Loveliness
  • Red roses and white roses (given together): True Love, Unity, and Bonding
  • Red roses and yellow roses (given together): Happy and Joyful feelings

In modern times, the red rose symbolizes true love.

Pink Roses:

Love, Poetic Romance, Perfect Happiness, Sweetness, Admiration, Gentleness, Grace
Additional meanings: “Please Believe Me”

  • Dark Pink Roses: Gratitude, Appreciation, “Thank you”
  • Light Pink Roses: Gentleness, Admiration, Grace, Gladness, Joy, Sweetness

As a blending of white and red, the pink rose blends the sweetest meanings of each. Pink roses are the gentlest messengers of poetic romance, love, and perfect happiness—which is why they are often the rose invited to weddings!

Bring your wedding to Sedona’s Sky Ranch Lodge and let Carlinda Alvarado, Event Sales Manager, at Sedona Sky Weddings help you plan the perfect St. Patrick’s Day wedding. Here are a few of her favorite ideas to incorporate the green, orange, and white of the Irish flag into your wedding!

  1. Channel the luck of the Irish into a “Lucky in Love” banner. The banner could decorate your buffet or dessert table and hang it in your new home later.
  2. Feature Irish foods such as corned beef, Irish soda bread, and a crab dish called Dublin Lawyer in your menu.
  3. For dessert, consider Chocolate Stout cupcakes with a Bailey’s Irish cream cheese frosting with bright green and orange sprinkles on the top or a tower of orange, white, and green macaroons.
  4. Decorate your place cards with gold calligraphy and green shamrock cutouts.
  5. Work with your floral design to create green tablescapes.
  6. Include green shamrocks, carnations (in green, white, or orange), or stocks in your flowers, boutonnieres, and on top of your table settings.
  7. Wearin’ of the green! Whether it’s a green sash across your wedding dress, green bridesmaids’ dresses, or the groom’s party wearing green vests and/or ties, all of these great ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s.
  8. Even though St. Patrick’s occurs during Lent (when alcohol is not allowed by Roman Catholic rules), there is a one day exception on St. Pat’s—at least for the Irish and the Irish at heart! The Sparkling Shamrock Cocktail is Midori (a green melon-flavored liqueur) mixed with your favorite champagne. Garnish? How about green honeydew melon balls!

Each year, new wedding trends appear and this year is no different. A few of the trends from last year (e.g., Modern/Metallic) have different nuances this year. At Sedona Sky Weddings, engaged couples have already booked 2017 weddings with the following themes:


  • Traditional (Unlike trends which come and go, a traditional wedding ensures that in 20 years your wedding photos will be elegant.)
  • Modern (features the softer, brushed metallic gold, silver, whites, with a color pop to achieve a contemporary, classy, hip city vibe)
  • Vintage Glam (Art Deco, pearls, 1930s classic Hollywood movie style)

Natural themes:

  • Country/Barn
  • Garden (green garlands on the tables and arch, greenery for boutonnieres)
  • Vineyard
  • Woodsy
  • Tropical/La Isla (bright, colorful, Cuban-influenced weddings)


  • BoHo (lace, flower crowns, flowing sleeve, wildflowers)
  • Whimsical
  • Fairy Tale (e.g., Cinderella)
  • Comic Con/Super hero/Fantasy (Yes, Wonder Woman was a bridesmaid.)

Bring your ideas to Sedona Sky Weddings and let’s get started on planning your 2017 wedding!

A recent national survey found that 41% of all couples become engaged between Thanksgiving and Valentine’s Day…which means many of you are starting to plan your big day. Here at Sedona Sky Weddings at Sky Ranch Lodge, we would love to help you plan every aspect of your wedding.

Let’s start with colors!

Not sure what to select?

You might start by taking this color list down to your favorite paint or hardware store. Ask for the paint sample strips in these colors to start.

Take the sample strips home and try these colors in different combinations until you have the perfect color scheme. For instance, you can try the light green shade of “Sage” and several greens which are on either side of it—lighter or darker. Pick a “Blush” or light pink and try different combinations of the pink and green until you get the right colors for you. While darker shades are more classic and formal, lighter hues are often seen as romantic and more fresh. Mix and match your color swatches until you have the perfect combination which will set the mood for your entire wedding day because the right colors will make your wedding day come alive!

  • Light green, pastel pink, and light lavender
  • Blush (a light pink), gold, and French blue
  • Peach, coral, and teal (great color palette for beach or tropical weddings)
  • Blush, cream, aqua (a vibrant blue)

You can get married in Sedona–named by Good Morning, America as one of the “Top Ten Most Beautiful Places in America.” The most beautiful place for your wedding is at Sky Ranch Lodge.

Sedona is the perfect place to come and plan your wedding. You and your beloved can take in the sights and celebrate the spirit which resonates through this resplendent red rock county. From your surroundings, draw joy and serenity. Wake up early one morning and take a hot air balloon ride. Stroll through any of the dozens of art galleries in town where you can soak up inspiration.

Up here at Sky Ranch Lodge, you exchange your vows high atop Airport Mesa where illuminated by the warm light of the day, the stalwart Thunder Mountain is the perfect background for your wedding photographs. Or wait a little longer when the lush glow of sunset seems to bring the red rocks of Coffee Pot Rock to life! With Sedona’s mild climate, outdoor weddings are possible throughout the year.

Many couples dream of a romantic, fair tale wedding at an enchanted destination. The great news that at Sedona Sky Weddings, it’s our specialty to help you achieve your fairy tale wedding easily! As more couples discover our spectacular, sweeping overlooks, we see more couples with radiant, smiling faces, wearing tuxedos and bridal dresses, and carrying bouquets. In 2016, over 100 couples married here and bookings for 2017 are up! Call now (888) 708-6400 ext. 307 to book your wedding!

People in love are drawn by Sedona’s splendid, outdoor beauty and inviting warmth. They want to be close to this beautiful land, to experience the vibrant energy here. have their most special moments here. After all, the beauty of Sedona matches the awesomeness of their first day together as a married couple!

Best of all, you’ll find all the help you need from our matrimonial experts at Sedona Sky Weddings. Whether you want a romantic and rustic wedding or a luxurious ceremony, our wedding planners can craft the perfect ceremony for you. We can customize your wedding venue down to an intimate setting for a few guests or arrange the seating on our spacious overlook for up to 150 guests. We specialize in creating memorable moments and beautiful weddings that can be tailored around the amenities you want, your budget and your style, ranging from elaborate to simple, from traditional to whimsical. That’s very much part of the charm, allowing you as the happy couple to create a ceremony that expresses your own unique style.

Our staff can answer your questions, handle any issues that arise, and walk you through each step. You can select an all-inclusive package or if you are more do-it-yourself, we can help you connect with wedding officiants, florists, musicians, caterers, cake designers, and hair/make-up designers who can help you create your dream day. We can help you discover professional photographers and videographers who are intimately familiar with the glorious landscapes and the flattering light will capture every cherished detail of your special day.

Let our staff of experienced wedding planners at Sedona Sky Weddings take care of all the details so that all you need to remember your most important line: the one which starts with “I” and ends with “do.”

Native American Wedding BlessingIn Sedona, we are surrounded by the beautiful traditions of our Native American friends. From them, the brides and grooms at Sedona Sky Weddings have gathered these beautiful blessings spoken at the end of their weddings.

Native American Wedding Blessings

Native American Blessing

May the sun bring you new energy by day. May the moon softly restore you by night. May the rain wash away your worries. May the breeze blow new strength into your being. May your walk gently through the world and know its beauty all the days of your life.

Apache Wedding Blessing

Now you will feel no rain, 
for each of you will be shelter to the other. 
Now you will feel no cold, 
for each of you will be warmth for the other. 
Now there is no room for loneliness, 
for each of you will be [a] companion to the other. 
Now you are two persons, but there is [but] one life before you. 
Go now to your dwelling place to enter into the days of your togetherness. 
And may your days be good and long upon this earth.

Cherokee Prayer

“God in heaven above please protect the ones we love. We honor all you created as these two pledge their hearts and lives together. We honor Mother-Earth and ask for this marriage to be abundant and grow stronger through the seasons. We honor fire and ask that this union be warm and glowing with love in their hearts. We honor wind and ask they sail though life safe and calm as in our Father’s arms. We honor water to cleanse and soothe this relationship that it may never thirsts for love. With all the forces of the universe you created, we pray for harmony and true happiness as they forever grow young together. Amen.”

Jewish Wedding BlessingsEach engaged couple coming to Sedona Sky Weddings has brought with them their love, their faith. and their traditions. As a result, each wedding ceremony has had its own unique ending. Our Jewish brides and grooms have introduced us to beautiful blessings which we cherish.

The Seven Blessings

In Jewish tradition, there are seven blessings spoken over the bride and groom by the rabbi. At a recent October wedding, each bridesmaid and groomsman spoke one sentence of this blessing over the bride and groom,

“Blessed are You, LORD, our God, sovereign of the universe, who creates the fruit of the vine. Blessed are You, LORD, our God, sovereign of the universe, who created everything for His Glory. (It reflects both grace to accept what one cannot change and recognition that everyone has unique and irreplaceable talents as keys to a harmonious marriage.) Blessed are You, LORD, our God, sovereign of the universe, who creates man in your image. May the barren one exult and be glad as her children are joyfully gathered to her (in haste). Blessed are You, LORD, who gladden Zion with her Children. Grant perfect joy to these loving companions, as you did your creations in the Garden of Eden. Blessed are You, LORD, who grants the joy of groom and bride.”

Another Jewish Wedding Blessing:

“Blessed are You, LORD, our God, sovereign of the universe, who created joy and gladness, groom and bride, mirth, song, delight and rejoicing, love and harmony and peace and companionship. Soon, LORD our God, may there ever be heard in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem voices of joy and gladness, voices of groom and bride, the jubilant voices of those joined in marriage under the bridal canopy, the voices of young people feasting and singing. Blessed are You, LORD, who causes the groom to rejoice with his bride.”

Biblical Blessing

(Attributed to Moses in the Old Testament)

May the Lord bless you and keep you. May He make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you. May He look upon you with favor and give you peace.
Go in peace, Serve the Lord.

A few years ago, Merriam-Webster Dictionary selected “Locovore” as the new word of the year. What is a Locovore? It is someone who prefers to eat locally grown food.

Kris Phillips, the Events Sales Manager at Sky Ranch Lodge, has noticed that more locovore couples are designing their own farm-to-table weddings because they prefer a local, sustainable, and artisan approach to food. By opting for locally, organically grown tomatoes, cucumbers, basil, and herbs as well as locally grown flowers, these couples are supporting the farm-to-table movement. Working with their caterer’s suppliers, the couples are partnering with local, sustainable farms which grow fresh, healthy foods. Certain farms working in the farm-to-table niche are taking this a step further and are working with caterers to create grown-to-order menus and event options.

Tip 1: To control costs, farm-to-table menus rely heavily on what is in season at the time of your wedding. For instance, for a fall wedding, you might want to consider wine grapes, heirloom tomatoes and cucumbers.

Tip 2: For your libations, consider selecting Verde Valley wines and locally brewed craft beers to give your guests a taste of Sedona. There are over 100 wineries and wine tasting rooms in this area, many of which have won awards at international competitions. In recent years, several craft beer breweries and spirit distilleries have sprung up in the area. Superstition Meadery in Prescott, produces hard cider and mead, a fermented honey drink traditionally served at weddings.

Stay tuned for more tips for Sedona farm-to-table weddings!

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Engaged couples love to come up with creative titles for those they have asked to be the best man or groomsmen at their wedding.

At Sedona Sky Weddings, we appreciate how inventive engaged couples are and want to share some of the most innovative alternative titles we’ve heard!

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Alternative Titles for Best Man:

“Henchman/Head Henchman”
“Brother of Honor”
“Head Usher”
“Groomsman of Honor”
“Man of Honor”
“Best Man in Waiting”
“Best Boy” (if he is younger than 16)
“Groom’s Best Friend”
“Vest Man” (If he is wearing a tuxedo or suit vest…)
“Blessed Man” (If he is officiating or giving the bridal couple a blessing…)
“Jest Man” (If he delivers a humorous toast at the reception…)
“Captain of the Guard” (Appropriate for military, police, or fire personnel weddings)
“Reader” (If you ask the person to read from the Bible or other book during the wedding as a blessing for you.)

Alternative Titles for Best Man and Groomsmen:

“The Henchmen”
“Groom Squad”
“Marital Squires”
“Groom’s Folk”
“Gents in Waiting” or “Gents-in-Waiting”
“Honorable Mates”

At Sedona Sky Weddings, we love how innovative couples have become. As more brides and grooms have attendants of the opposite sex, engaged couples are selecting more gender-neutral titles for the entire wedding party. Here are a few of our favorites.


Gender Neutral/Alternative Titles for the Entire Wedding Party of Maid of Honor, Bridesmaids, Best Man, and Groomsmen:

“The Pew Crew” (for church or synagogue weddings)
“The Commitment Crew”
“I Do Crew”
“Harbingers of Wedding Cheer”
“Party People”
“The Con-Glom”
“Bridal Party”
“Bridal Band”
“Bridal Bevy”
“Bridal Junkies”
“Bridal Buds”
“Friends of Honor”
“Honor Guard”
“Honor Attendants”
“Honorable Mates”
“Adventuring Party” (Term has its roots in the online gaming community.)
“Support Staff”
“The Convoy”
“The Wedding Train”
“Pillars of Strength” (Although the acronym is um, well….)
“The Menagerie” (Title selected by a couple who rescued cats.)
“The Mob”
“Roadies” (for a rock ‘n roll-themed wedding)
“Wedding Posse”
“Bridesperson’s Anarcho-Syndicalist Collective”
“The Wedding Party”
“Wedding Party Members” (Invokes the term “Communist Party Members” from previous decades.)
“Comrades” (If you are feeling the old Soviet Union…)
“Allies” (If you want to be on the winning side in both world wars…)
“Crew Mates” (Lovers of pirate movies picked that title. They asked their friends to participate by handing each a personalized bottle of rum months ahead of the wedding.)
“The Coven” (For Twilight novel or movie fans)
“The Nuptial Cabinet” (You can give each person a title such as Minister or Secretary of State, Minister or Secretary of Justice, etc. “Minister” is more British while “Secretary” is the American term for a Cabinet officer.)
“Matrimonial Homies”
“Homies of Honor”