January 19, 2023
Settled on the sheer mountainside, the expansive terrace of the historic O’Donnell House Wedding Venue appears to float above the desert floor. Meticulously restored by the Willows Historic Palm Springs Inn, the O’Donnell House and impeccable grounds feature original and rare tile floors and bathrooms, redwood ceilings, antique furniture, unique gardens, impressive rock work and exquisite views of the desert below.
Whether you’re hosting an intimate romantic wedding and reception or large celebration, the O’Donnell House at The Willows Historic Palm Springs Inn makes it easy to surround your guests with comfort and luxury throughout their entire stay.
For a Wedding Ceremony and dinner reception at the O’Donnell House, there is a maximum of 125 guests. The adjacent Willows Historic Palm Springs Inn is available to accommodate overnight guests where they’ll enjoy a full three course gourmet breakfast, evening wine with hors d’oeuvres, and numerous other complimentary amenities.
The O’Donnell House has a preferred vendor list, this includes catering. The caterer is required to be chosen from their pre-approved list that is given to you when your deposit is submitted to secure your date. Couples may bring in their own beverage or bar products, however, beverage services must be secured through a contracted caterer.
Professional Wedding Coordination Services are required and to be contracted through The O’Donnell House. The House Wedding Coordination services range from $6,000 – $8,000 depending on guest count and date of event.
One Day Event Site Fee, based on a 6-hour event to include guest arrival
Golf Cart Rental for shuttle service, up to (3)
Golf Cart Driver fees
White and Brown Wood Chairs for ceremony and dinner tables (125 each)
60” round guest dining tables (15)
High Cocktail tables (4)
15’ x 15’ oak parquet dance floor
Overhead String Lighting, 4 strands
Set up and Strike Labor
A vendor list will be provided for all vendor selections. No Exceptions.
Pricing is subject to change for any event until under contract. All Holidays are subject to increased rates. The basic site fee for the O’Donnell House is $10,000.00. Coordination Services range from $6,000 – $8,000 depending on date of event and guest count.
The O’Donnell House is a smoke free environment as defined in the Terms and Conditions outlined in the contract. This House is a treasured Historical Home and sits up on a mountainside in a very natural environment setting, which are two of its great appeals (1) for its architectural values and (2) the amazing views. Along with the incredible views, comes potentially hazardous conditions making it inappropriate for children and or pets. Outside of being involved with the ceremony children are not permitted on the property and if children are a part of the ceremony they must be taken off the property by a caregiver immediately following. Pets are not allowed at any time.
The O’Donnell House couple is Chic, colorful and has eyes for a champagne tower at their cocktail hour! This venue can give off a tropical feel with their vegetation, palm trees, breathtaking views and architecture. Let your photographer capture some intimate magic on the balconies with the cascading mountains as your backdrop.
All Day Adventure Elopements start at $5000
Tiny Weddings start at $4000 for 5 hours
Full-Size Weddings start at $5500 for 8 hours
Professionally Crafting intimate, one-of-a-kind, and high-end weddings, stateside to abroad, Mae & Co. is ready to make you drool over their visions. This team specializes in creating purposeful, unique, timeless events for each of their couples all across the globe. Mae & Co. are pros at curating personal, luxurious, captivating, and intentional designs while always making sure their clients have the time of their lives. It is obvious in their work how much love they have for not only their jobs but their clients! You can sense how special it is for them to create the day of your dreams and truly bring the entire “feel” of the day together seamlessly while giving you all of the support you need. Depending on your style, vision, and personality, this team has every service to make your dreams a reality.
Details, Darling is a San Diego + Los Angeles based boutique style full service wedding planning and design company founded by sisters, Aubrey + Kenzie. These two incredible women have grown their team and now plan alongside their lovely leads – Alessandra + Monica.
These women’s goal is to create joy and cultivate love in all aspects of their lives and most importantly in their client’s lives. They emphasize the importance of the tiny details in design that bring out their couple’s personalities and tell each unique love story as well as possible.
The team at Coj Weddings is made up of exciting women who design and create extraordinary experiences for vibrant individuals to celebrate and honor life’s special moments.
In their eyes, there are no dreams too wild or visions too abstract. Their passion for fabulous design, talent for seamless execution, and commitment to joyful celebrations is how they are fondly remembered by each of their clients – and they wouldn’t have it any other way.
Expect their approach to event planning to be a little bit different. Everything is handled with absolute care through a fun and effective planning process. These magnificent ladies promise to cherish your event, to listen and support you, and to cheer you on as you transition to the next chapter.
A Mojave Desert native living in Joshua Tree, Alyssa is the funder, owner, and lead designer for Desert Rose Creative. Providing florals and styling for weddings of all sizes as well as planning services for elopements and tiny weddings.
Having started Desert Rose in 2019 as a wedding planning service, Alyssa quickly learned her real passion lies with creating floral arrangements! She is extremely passionate about flowers and making beautiful things. And the best part of her job is making couples’ wedding dreams come true!
A floral design studio in Palm Desert, California, Luna Design Studios creates an incredible atmosphere that fits your needs and your style on your big day. Established in 1992, this team uses their passion and love for floral design to provide you with amazing arrangements that are trendy, unique, and will create lasting impressions for you and your guests. Bonus: they also offer rental equipment and lighting design! You can be sure you have everything you need to make your special day a dream come true.
Founder + head creative Angelena is an Arizona native with a Southwestern soul. A visual designer turned floral designer, she launched Shindig Chic in 2012 to help those in love. Not afraid of any color palette,Angelena loves a challenge, is unusually left-brained for a creative type, known to be chatterbox & also a compulsive photo taker.
Angelena creates every bouquet + special piece for each wedding herself. The team typically takes on only one wedding per day & offers a completely personal experience to each couple they interact with.
Their couples are their biggest inspiration. This team doesn’t believe any two weddings should ever be the same. Collaborating with their couples to take what they love most and put it into a unique design experience in order to create something truly personal for them.
Storytelling is a delicate art. To do it justice, to imbue it with emotion and authenticity, it requires a special kind of alchemy–the ability to blend seamlessly into the background to the point of nearly disappearing.
Established in 2001 Bluecat Cinema specializes in cinematic documentaries of milestone family events, corporate, promo, and web productions. This team believes the best work comes when their subject doesn’t notice the camera. As such, their unique approach to documentation is unobtrusive, perceptive and intuitive. You take them where the moment leads and they promise to never miss what could be the most enchanting moment in your life.
Jimmy is a wedding videographer, based in Los Angeles, California who absolutely loves to travel.
Jimmy knows you’ve spent countless hours planning every detail— from the petals in your bouquet to the carefully-chosen words in your wedding vows.
To match your effort, he also puts an enormous amount of time and attention on every single couple that he works with. Jimmy truly values your love and your story. He is about getting to know you, your heart, and how he can actually tell your story in a way that will live on past the trends and create a legacy piece worth passing down for years to come.
Jim and Melissa Lakey, a dream duo husband and wife wedding filmmaker team. These two love shooting weddings in the desert that they call their home — Joshua Tree and Palm Springs — and are also partial to weddings at the beach. And in the woods. And in the city. When it comes down to it, they are the duo who will go anywhere.
Melissa is originally from Idyllwild, California, and Jim is from England. Currently they live on a mesa next to Joshua Tree National Park and have occupied this space since 2015 after a road trip around the United States. These two were looking for a place to settle down and get inspired, and the High Desert really spoke to them. There’s a kind of magic you can find in the high desert that attracts artists, musicians and all kinds of dreamers who like big skies, wide open spaces and starry nights.
Both having a background as filmmakers — it wasn’t until after their own wedding—that they decided they would love to use their skills to film other people’s weddings, capturing moments to relive for a lifetime.
It all began with a crazy dream of Stephanie’s to convert their tiny trailer into the cutest Wedding Photo Booth. To her surprise her husband was on board and now they are able to share their love of old and unique finds with couples all over California in multiple ways! From an eye catching photo booth trailer to classic car rentals, this couple has everything you want to make your day stand out in the most classic and special way. Check out their incredible style here!
If this is your vibe – be sure to think ahead and bring a few things with you!
First off – be sure your venue has a pool. My personal top 3 favorite pool venues are Bougainvillea Estate, Villa Leche, Casa de Monte! Jumping in the pool makes for a memorable night and some truly incredible photos! But know you are going to be wet!! Bring some towels and an extra set of clothes to change into later on…. Unless you want to be taking the pool water with you every step the remainder of the night.
A few extra pointers – if you want photos of this memorable moment, be SURE to get your photographer!!! We all know, when the night is feeling fine and the drinks are flowing, a good idea is just moments away from taking action. However, If you want photos of this “jump” with your crew – be sure your photog is set and ready to capture these moments! ALSO, just as important as the extra clothes is thinking about the season. The best months for this pool cool off are April – early October. Anytime after that and you may be a popsicle when you try to get out of that water!
Let’s be real here, the getting ready space MATTERS! It is where you have dreamt of getting ready with your closest crew since you said yes! With this in mind, ensure your venue has a space for you to have a mimosa and get those endearing progress photos or get a killer AirBnB with an aesthetic you’ll love for years to come.
Perks of getting an AirBnB or boutique hotel you ask? First off, if you rent something like this for the whole weekend, you and your crew never have to pack your bags! You can get comfortable and cozy up in a place you will enjoy for the weekend of your event. This makes it so much easier to keep track of your belongings and, if it’s big enough, host that intimate after party. Speaking of after parties, if you know your crew likes to keep the party going, it is important to note there is a 9pm county wide noise ordinance in the Palm Springs area. So if this is the case, ensure the place you rent has enough space inside to host those closest friends & family members who want to celebrate your love into the wee hours of the evening.
Looking for something out of the box that people will never forget? Look into renting a unique vintage car for your special day! One of a kind cars can be used to make a stunning entrance, most definitely a gorgeous prop for bridal portraits, and can even create the perfect photo opportunity for your guests during cocktail hour! Not to mention the conversation it’s bound to stir up. Talk to your florist about decorating the car for photos and make your get away at the end of the evening in true classic style. Check out two of the coolest vendors in town to level up your day. Coachella Valley Classic Cars & Canned Close Up have exactly what you need to put the cherry on top of your dream wedding.
Sun, rain or wind, Palm Springs California has an option with a dream backdrop for your wedding day, regardless of what Mother Earth has in store.
March through April holds temperatures from mid 60’s to low 80’s in Fahrenheit with typically less than 5 days of rain reported in the combined 3 month period. With between 10-11.5 hours of sunshine per day, these three months are prime for outdoor events
The hot season, summer, lasts for approximately 3 and a half months, and goes from early June to the end of September. With an average daily high temperature reaching above 99°F; however the hottest month of the year in Palm Springs is July, with an average high of 106°F and low of 78°F.
October is one of the most desirable months to host outdoor events in Palm Springs. Frequently found under “High Season” pricing, this short, fall month procures 10 hours of sunshine per day, averaging a daiy mid 70 degrees.
The cool season lasts for around 3 months, from the beginning of November to the end of February, with an average daily high temperature below 75°F. The coldest month of the year in Palm Springs is December, with an average low of 46°F and high of 69°F.
I hope that this has inspired you in your Palm Springs Wedding planning journey! When I say this is my favorite desert oasis I mean it because there truly is something so magical about it. Many couples’ attraction of the area leads them to plan yearly trips to relax and explore more areas around Palm Springs because honestly, these destinations are never ending! You will truly be amazed at what vendors can do to make your wedding day dreams come true when you pick from the lists provided here. If you have read this and are ready to move the needle in your journey please fill out one of my forms here so we can start to dream together!