Known as the land of lakes, rivers, diamonds, and some of the most jaw-dropping backdrops, Arkansas is a hidden gem for brides to be.
The average Arkansas wedding is around the $12,500 range (data from 2021), making it a relatively-affordable destination that provides a host of unique venue options.
Looking for a venue boasting generations of history? Or perhaps a springtime wonderland with flowers galore, and a nearby vineyard?
Maybe you’ve always dreamed of capturing stunning bridal photos in a glass chapel, illuminated by moonlight. Watch your wedding wishes come true with Northwest Arkansas’ plethora of options to suit any bride and groom!
Mildred B. Cooper Memorial Chapel
This first option—a stunning glass chapel known by locals as the Mildred B. Cooper Memorial Chapel–isn’t one to be missed.
Nestled in the forest of Northwest Arkansas, the chapel is surrounded by whimsical trees and greenery.
The intricate glass and wood architecture is also the perfect choice for the ethereal bride looking to capture photos with an illuminated sunset view.
Price Range: $2,000 (includes 90-day deposit, booking deposit, and 2-hour rental).
Capacity: Up to 120 people.
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Named for the creek that trickles down the south end of the property, the Osage House brand offers two beautiful venues—The Hall & Chapel, and The Reserve.
Both spaces are nestled on 54 acres of lush property and are blank slates for a fully customizable wedding.
Are get-ready rooms a non-negotiable? Or perhaps abundant parking and space to plan a pre-wedding shower? Osage House offers it all, in an elegant and natural environment!
Price Range: $1,500 to $11,300 (plus $1,500 for use of the chapel).
Capacity: 150 to 428 people.
Record is the definition of a blank canvas, with its wood barrel ceilings, commercial prep kitchen, and open layout.
It has a rich history, previously operating as a car dealership before turning into a newspaper printing house—and then eventually an event space!
The red and gray exterior is contrasted with whimsical neon signage. Inside, the structure has its original garage doors but also boasts modern updates like two cocktail bars and polished concrete floors for a rip-roaring dance party.
Price Range: $2,500 to $7,500.
Capacity: Up to 850 people.
With a 100+-year-old history and main street convenience, The Ravington is a unique choice for the artsy-loving couple.
It offers an elegant yet industrial interior with exposed bricks, luxurious pre-wedding lounges, Edison lighting, and stained glass windows.
Ceremonies are typically held in the 3,000-square-foot courtyard or the romantic First Room. Most brides love the original tin 20-foot-high ceilings and romantic chandeliers (there are seven)!
Bonus: Want food trucks? The Ravington allows just about any form of catering!
Price Range: $1,000 to $5,800.
Capacity: Up to 300 people.
The Botanical Gardens of the Ozarks
Plant lovers, rejoice! This gorgeous “venue” is set on 12 themed gardens. Even better? It’s been voted Citiscape Magazine’s “Best Place To Get Married” for more than seven years—so you know it’s a favorite for brides, grooms, and guests!
Say “I do” under the breezy, silk-draped Peace Arbor surrounded by roses, or usher your guests into the grand event hall for cocktails and dancing. The hall also features an adjoining terrace with a garden overlook.
Plus, the venue can host beautiful showers and rehearsal dinners!
Price Range: $250 to $3,600 (not including rental and set-up fees).
Capacity: Up to 800 people.
Couples looking for an out-of-the-box venue for a wedding ceremony and reception will love Crystal Bridges for its artistic, yet modern take on nature.
The 120-acre property offers a selection of indoor and outdoor options—like an enclosed glass bridge with a sparkling pond view, the lush Ozark Forest, the Great Hall, and more.
Looking to add a bit of history to the special day? Collections of Colonial American art serve as an indoor backdrop, and the Frank Lloyd Wright lawn is an iconic outdoor option.
Price Range: $150 per person.
Capacity: Up to 300 people.
The Crescent Hotel
Built-in 1886, The Crescent Hotel balances French Renaissance architecture with old Southern charm—atop a 15-acre Ozark mountain.
The property features five unique settings for the big day, including cottages, garden settings, and the grand ballroom. Indoor and outdoor, the hotel has options from intimate gatherings to large celebrations.
Even better: The venue features experienced wedding planners and day-of packages to eliminate stress, and ensure a smooth wedding!
Price Range: $2,195 to $4,250.
Capacity: Up to 100 people.
Pratt Place Inn and Barn
Set on 140 acres of idyllic meadows and woodlands, Pratt Place Inn and Barn is a charming wedding venue, perfect for nature lovers.
The property features an elegant cottage with seven rooms, open for wedding week reservation—currently listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
With skylights, high-set windows, and exposed wood, The Barn is perhaps the most popular spot for receptions. Dual staircases lead to a cozy loft above, where guests can enjoy a cocktail and watch the lively celebrations below.
Price Range: $500 to $5,250.
Capacity: Up to 350 people.
This premier lakeside venue with panoramic views is nothing short of picturesque. Heroncrest offers 20 acres of unparalleled grandeur—and the fourth largest event space in Northwest Arkansas.
Bathed in natural light, the building’s airy interior offers the perfect setting for a stunning wedding and/or reception.
Chairs and tables are included in the rental cost, as well as full setup, and adequate parking for a guest list.
Even better? The venue has a full commercial prep kitchen!
Price Range: Starts at $10,800 (for a weekend during non-peak season).
Capacity: Up to 700 people.
The Barn at the Springs
On the hunt for a world-class wedding venue with a warm, rustic aesthetic and events team? Look no further! The Barn at the Springs is the ideal blend of indoor/outdoor space with get-ready rooms, an on-site coordinator, a full kitchen, seating, and more.
Surrounded by the panoramic Ozarks, the property has many great lawn spaces for reciting vows—plus a spacious Grand Ballroom with shiplap and vintage chandeliers.
Spend the evening dancing on the sunset patio, and usher in the start of forever!
Price Range: Starts at $2,500.
Capacity: Up to 400 people.