Holiday Engagements Expected To Hit All-Time High in December 2016; Start Planning During Holidays

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For the lady who receives an engagement ring during the winter holidays, she need not wait for the robins or the daffodils to start planning.  In fact, experts say during the winter months just may the best time to begin planning a wedding set for any time of the year.  One such wedding destination that can attest to this is the romantic village of Eureka Springs, located in the Arkansas Ozarks.

“Eureka Springs is known as ‘The Wedding Capital of The South’.  As such, the community will see nearly 3,000 weddings per year,” explained Jodie English, Director of Sales at the historic 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa and 1905 Basin Park Hotel.  “In fact our two hotels will be the site for more than 300 wedding events each year.  Part of that reason is our 130-year heritage of romance.  The other major reason is that we are but minutes away from the iconic Thorncrown Chapel.  And during the first couple months of the year, following so many diamonds being placed on ring fingers during holidays, Eureka becomes the wedding planning capital of the south.”

English listed a few of the reasons why early planning during the winter months is so advantageous.  “One obvious reason is that these venues are exclusive however now there are more dates from which to choose to reserve one of Eureka Springs’ iconic venues; so very important.  For example, there is only one Crescent Hotel with its ‘extraordinary spaces and places’ and only one Thorncrown Chapel.  That perfect date coupled with that perfect place once fulfilled creates the bedrock foundation for that dream wedding.”

Other winter planning advantages that English mentioned include:

> Site visits tend to be more relaxed when other events are not underway at that chosen venue.  The bride-to-be garners all the attention.

> The farther out a date is set makes it easier for family and friends to build that “save the date” it into their annual schedule.  In fact many brides turn their wedding event into a multi-day family and friends reunion of sorts.  An earlier set date, allows friends and family members to utilize a few vacation days to enjoy it to the fullest.

English added, “Our friends at The Knot thought of a few more.”

>Relaxing with family over the holidays allows greater ease in building the “wedding timetable”.

>There is ample, uninterrupted time to dream the dream of that fantasy wedding.  Nothing is off the table at this point.  Plenty of time to whittle down choices and ideas as/if needed.

>Early budgeting allows for a range of money to be considered in producing that fantasy wedding.  Plus, it is never too early to start saving to meet that range.

>No better way not to forget “Uncle Charlie” or “Aunt Michele” when they are sitting across from you at the holiday table.  The “right before you” friends and relatives might be a good source to connecting to guests who should be invited.  So this is a good time to begin making a list and checking it twice.

>You are going to be in dozens of stores during this time of year anyway, why not look for stores and items where you could register for those much appreciated, perfect wedding gifts.

>Now that you have that sparkling “rock” on your hand, a call to your insurance provider might not be a bad idea in order to get that ring insured.  Things happen!

“These suggested planning items do not represent a finite list by any means,” concluded English, “but it is a good place to start while you have time and you are surrounded by loving family and friends who would love to help in the planning.  Just remember it is your wedding and you should have final say.”

To start planning for a wedding in Eureka Springs, one should first go to EurekaSpringsArkansasWeddings.com.

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Submitted by

Bill Ott

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479-981-9313