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The Big Tin Cotton Gin is a historic wedding venue situated in San Tan Valley, Arizona. Dating back to the 1950s, this former cotton gin is now one of Pinal County’s most distinctive wedding venues. Characterized by its classic-meets-contemporary vibe, the property is replete with vintage decor that pays homage to its manufacturing past. Mother and Son owners Julie and Kevin Ballentyne have been inviting soon-to-be newlyweds to tie the knot at this one-of-a-kind facility since 2019. Renovated and romantic, the Big Tin Cotton Gin can provide the perfect backdrop for your entire occasion.

Facilities and Capacity

As one of the Grand Canyon State’s oldest cotton gins, this family-owned property is home to a pair of stylish event spaces. You can exchange your vows in the enclosed outdoor space, a spacious setting that boasts intimate string lighting and brick paving stones. Here, there is plenty of space for your friends and family to watch you and your beloved say “I do”. Following your service, you can venture into the building to enjoy your reception. With 5,000 square feet of flexible space, the interior has a minimalist design that will surely appeal to your creative side. Rustic tables, elegant chandeliers, and a built-in bar are just a few of the features that this multipurpose event space offers. Attendees will note the abundance of authentic tin, a detail that acts as a reminder of the property’s early 20th-century architecture. You and your partner are free to use the get-ready room upstairs to prepare for your big day.

Services Offered

Weddings at Big Tin Cotton Gin are arranged through MOSO Events, an esteemed planning service owned and operated by a mother-and-son team. They can work with you to craft personalized packages that attend to every aspect of your special celebration. Owing to the venue’s open vendor policy, you have the freedom to bring in entertainers, photographers, and caterers of your choosing. Event items such as tables, chairs, ceremony arches, and centerpieces can be provided.

  • Woman-owned

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Historic Building

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Uncovered Outdoor

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Bridal Shower
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Rehearsal Dinner

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Clean Up
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Get Ready Rooms
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Donna P. Married on 09/16/2023
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Best Kept Secret

The Big Tin Cotton Gin is literally the best kept secret of wedding venues in the East Valley. Not only is it a perfect open canvas for every bride..the staff is the best!!! Julie is very easy to talk to and truly cares about every couple that walks into the Big Tin Cotton Gin. Her team works very hard to make sure everything goes smoothly and that it truly is the best wedding day ever for each couple. We were able to choose our own caterer, florist, music, and they offer more than one option to fit your wedding budget. My photographer fell in love with all of the photo ops this venue offers as well. My husband keeps asking me when we can go back and do it all again because it was such a wonderful day for our family. Every bride needs to put the Big Tin Cotton Gin on their list of places to consider.
Jessie M. Married on 06/16/2023
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magical in every way possible

they are amazing, everyone one that works there is so kind and willing to help. if i were to do it all over again i’d choose them 100x.
Javier Married on 05/13/2023
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An Amazing Arizona Venue

AMAZING! The Big Tin Cotton Gin in San Tan Valley is a breathtaking venue with indoor/outdoor space and a perfect rustic vibe. The owners and staff, especially Julie, Amber, and the team, are incredibly wonderful. They ensure your big day is special and are a joy to work with. The venue features wooden farmhouse tables, wagon wheel-style chandeliers, and bistro lighting, creating a memorable atmosphere. It's a place designed to make amazing memories. From the seamless transition between indoor and outdoor areas to the impeccable attention to detail, The Big Tin Cotton Gin is a hidden gem that exceeds expectations
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