Indian wedding Ania Terrace JW Marriott Starr Pass

JW Marriott Starr Pass

The JW Marriott Starr Pass is a 4-star resort in Tucson, Arizona. Having hosted Indian weddings in the past, the staff is familiar with the customs and traditions. The resort features three 9 hole golf courses. Late September thru mid March is the ideal time period (based on weather) in Tucson for an outdoor wedding ceremony.

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The JW Marriott Starr Pass features two large ballrooms (Arizona and Tucson), an outdoor ceremony lawn (Ania Lawn) as well as the Ania Terrace which would be lovely for an outdoor cocktail hour and/or sangeet.

The Arizona and Tucson Ballrooms can be separated into sections. The Catering Sales Managers will help you determine the best configuration for your wedding weekend.

  • Indoor Ceremony Arizona Ballroom: ~1700 guests
  • Indoor Ceremony Tucson Ballroom: ~1200 guests
  • Outdoor Ceremony Ania Lawn: ~500 guests
  • Outdoor Reception Ania Terrace: ~640 guests
  • Indoor Arizona Ballroom Reception: ~940 guests with a dance floor
Arizona Ballroom at JW Marriott Starr Pass
The Arizona Ballroom features a 19-foot ceiling and seats approximately 940 guests for a reception.
Arizona Ballroom Foyer at JW Marriott Starr Pass
The Arizona Ballroom foyer, where cocktail hour could be held. Alternatively you could opt for the Ania Terrace (pictured below).
JW Marriott Starr Pass Ania Terrace
The Ania Terrace is beautiful for an outdoor cocktail hour, sangeet, or reception.

The hotel is approximately 12 miles north of Tucson International Airport (TUS).
Getting To/From the Hotel: The best way to get to the hotel from any of the area airports, is by car – rental or rideshare app.

Hindu Weddings at the JW Marriott Starr Pass

FAQs

Can you bring in your own caterer? Yes, any licensed and insured caterer is welcome.
Is a ceremony flame allowed? Allowed outdoors and indoors on a case-by-case basis
Is a baraat allowed? Yes
Is there a consumption bar option? Yes
Is this a venue where the guests can stay? Yes, and they can help you set up a room block.
Is there a hospitality room available? Yes, the hotel can setup a hospitality room or work with you on another solution for serving breakfast to guests.
Does this venue have a gazebo or pergola for a mandap? No, work with your decorator to design your mandap.

Sangeet and Garba Venues

Where should you have your sangeet? You could host it at the JW Marriott Starr Pass. The Ania Terrace is large and cool to have an outdoor sangeet. Alternatively, La Mariposa Resort and other resorts in Tucson are options. For a less costly option consider an Indian restaurant banquet hall or other a community center.

JW Marriott Starr Pass Gilbert and Muhurats

The JW is happy to work with you on a ceremony time. They may not be able to accommodate early morning and late night ceremonies due to noise considerations.

Hindu Dietary Requirements

The JW Marriott Starr Pass allows you to hire an outside caterer. With regards to dietary restrictions, work directly with your caterer to prepare menus per your dietary requirements and the setup at the venue. Often there will be a separate buffet or section of the buffet for vegetarian, Swaminarayan etc. food.

Mexican food served an a sangeet for an Indian wedding.
Photo: VEK Photo

Resources for Hindu Weddings

Jain Weddings at JW Marriott Starr Pass

FAQs

Can you bring in your own caterer? Yes, any licensed and insured caterer is welcome.
Is a ceremony flame allowed? Yes, the flame is allowed outdoors and indoors on a case-by-case basis.
Is a baraat allowed? Yes
Is there a consumption bar option? Yes
Is this a venue where the guests can stay? Yes, and the hotel will help you set up a room block.
Is there a hospitality room available? Yes, the hotel can discuss that and other options for serving breakfast to guests that are staying there.
Does this venue have a gazebo or pergola for a mandap? No, work with your decorator to design your mandap.

Sangeet and Garba Venues

Where should you have your sangeet? Have your sangeet at the JW Marriott Starr Pass. The Ania Terrace is large and beautiful for an outdoor sangeet. Alternatively have your sangeet at another resort in the area or for a less costly option at a nearby community center or an Indian restaurant banquet hall.

JW Marriott Starr Pass Ania Terrace
The Ania Terrace seats approximately 600 guests for a reception/banquet.

The JW Marriott Starr Pass and Muhurats

They do their best to accommodate muhurats. It may not be possible to accommodate early morning or late night celebrations with a baraat due to noise control, labor union policies, and city ordinances.

Jain Dietary Requirements

The JW Marriott Starr Pass allows you to hire an outside caterer. With regards to dietary requirements work with your caterer to customize a menu per your dietary requirements and setup at the venue. Often there will be a separate buffet or section of the buffet for Jain food. Ask your caterer to make dish description cards like the ones pictured below.

Mexican food served an a sangeet for an Indian wedding.
Photo: VEK Photo


Jain Wedding Planning Resources

Muslim Weddings at JW Marriott Starr Pass

FAQs

Can you bring in your own caterer? Yes, any licensed and insured caterer is welcome.
Is a baraat allowed? Yes
Is there an option for non-alcoholic beverages only? Yes
Is this a venue where the guests can stay? Yes and the hotel will help you set up a room block.
Is there a hospitality room available? Yes, the hotel can discuss this as well as other options to serve breakfast to guests staying there.
Does this venue have a gazebo or pergola for the stage? No, work with your decorator to design it.

Nearby Masjids

If you prefer to have the nikah and/or shaadi at a Masjid you can follow it up with a Walima at the JW Marriott Starr Pass. There are a couple Masjids in the area.

Mehndi Venues

Where should you have your mehndi? You could host a mehndi at the JW Marriott Starr Pass or an Indian restaurant banquet halls, or a community center.

Muslim Dietary Requirements

The JW Marriott Starr Pass allows you to hire an outside caterer. Work directly with the caterer to prepare halal menus.


Resources for Muslim Weddings

Sikh Weddings at JW Marriott Starr Pass

FAQs

Can you bring in your own caterer? Yes, any licensed and insured caterer is welcome.
Does this venue have a gazebo or pergola for the Guru Granth Sahib? No, work with your decorator to design an elevated setup. See more info below.
Is a baraat allowed? Yes
Is there space for milni? Yep!
Is there a consumption bar option? Yes
Is this a venue where the guests can stay? Yes, and the hotel will help you set up a room block.
Is there a hospitality room available? Yes, they can share options for serving breakfast for guests that are staying at the resort.

Anand Karaj at the JW Marriott Starr Pass

Have your Anand Karaj indoors or outdoors at the JW Marriott Starr Pass in the Ania Lawn.

The Tash Lawn at the JW Marriott Starr Pass
The Ania Lawn at the JW Marriott Starr Pass seats approximately 500 guests. Photo: We are Big Pictures

If you prefer concrete instead of a lawn, the Ania Terrace is beautiful.

JW Marriott Starr Pass Ania Terrace
The Ania Terrace seats approximately 1000 guests for a ceremony.

Below are photos of outdoor and indoor Anand Karaj ceremonies, so you can see how other couples have setup the ceremony. You may also like our guide on Tips for a non-Gurdwara Anand Karaj.

Anand Karaj at Warner Center Marriott
Indoor Anand Karaj ceremony where the guests are seated on sheets in a hotel ballroom. Photo: Lin & Jirsa Photography
Outdoor-Sikh-wedding-ceremony-at-resort-venue
Sub-flooring was laid down on the grass for an outdoor Sikh wedding. Your decorator will help with this. Photo: Greycard Photography
Sikh wedding at Pelican Hill Resort
Anand Karaj ceremony at an oceanfront resort. Photo: Lin & Jirsa Photography

At the Anand Karaj below, they gave each guest a gadda (cushion) to sit on.

Outdoor Anand Karaj wedding ceremony
Outdoor Anand Karaj on concrete with gaddas for the guests to sit on.

Closest Gurdwaras

There aren’t any Gurdwaras in Tucson. The closest are in the Phoenix area. There are four Gurdwaras in the Greater Phoenix area.

The JW Marriott Starr Pass and Muhurats

The JW will do their best to accommodate muhurats. As the venue space is al indoors, it may not be possible to accommodate early morning or late night celebrations with a baraat due to noise control, labor union policies, and city ordinances.

Jaggo and Sangeet Venues

Where should you have your jaggo and/or sangeet? You could host it at the resort. Alternatively, Indian restaurant banquet halls or a community center.

Wedding Planning Resources

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