Bridal Checklist

bridal checklist

Eureka Springs Weddings-Petal Design

Whether you are planning on an indoor or outdoor wedding, we are finding our brides are creating fabulous designs with flower petals in lieu of an aisle runner. A great way to add a little personal touch to your wedding that your guests will remember!

Eureka Springs Weddings-Unique Way of Guests Singing

We had a couple of unique weddings at the 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa that had this simple yet memorable way of having their guests sign in.

Wedding Stone Wishes

An Irish wedding tradition wherein they have their wedding guests write their best wishes on smooth stones.  Put together a wedding guest book table with plenty of pebbles and a glass vase filled up with water.  After the guest signs with a permanent marker, they can put the stones inside the vase.  This represents and brings back the tradition of throwing stones into a river or pool.

Some people use the stones as name “cards”

Vintage Typewriter

Another memorable idea is to have guests sign in with a Vintage Typewriter and type their wedding wishes to you.  Simple and memorable.

Eureka Springs Weddings-Place card holder ideas

We like it  when weddings add a little different view on your traditional place card holders:

Corks offer an easy and inexpensive way to slide a name card in.

Beach themes or seasonal themes, all make a colorful  impressions on your guests.

Eureka Springs Weddings-Bridal “Emergency Kits

Its your big day and the last thing you want to think of is some minor mishap that you are not prepared for.   We’ve been seeing some of our bridal parties coming up with these practical and funny “emergency” kits because you never know when the unexpected might happen to YOU.    Make your big day go smoothly as possible with these bridal emergency kit ideas.

Some of these bridal kits could include the following:

  • First Aid Kit (band aids, gauze, antiseptic wipes)
  • Tylenol
  • Tums
  • 2 Alka Seltzer packages
  • 2 Dayquil
  • Visine
  • Cough Drops
  • Bobby Pins & Hair Pins
  • Brush & Comb
  • Hair Elastics
  • Hairspray
  • Perfume
  • Neutrogena Blotting Sheets
  • Baby Powder
  • Purell
  • Aveeno Hand Lotion
  • Secret Antiperspirant
  • Wisp disposable toothbrush
  • Orbit Gum
  • Reach Dental Floss
  • Altoids
  • Granola Bar/Luna Bar
  • Safety Pins in assorted sizes including two big ones in case her bustle breaks
  • Sewing kit w/ needles, threads
  • nail clipper & file
  • tissue
  • lint roller
  • dry stick spot cleaner
  • Wine Away Red Wine Stain Remover
  • Static Guard
  • Sharpie/Pen
  • Q-tips


Create individual kits for your bridal party

This way everyone can have a happy day!

Crescent Hotel Bride

Your Wedding at the Crescent Hotel & Spa

The moment has come, she looks one last time in the mirror, takes a deep breath, smiles and imagines herself as a little girl dreaming what her big day would be like.  It has arrived.

At the 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa your dreams come true.   Nostalgic, Memorable and Romantic is how you feel when married at this Arkansas Icon.

For those of you that have over 100 guests , we have developed thoughts for when it’s your turn to see what “Your Wedding Day” could be like at the Crescent Hotel…  Enjoy our recommendations

The Perfect Location

For the rest of your life, friends and acquaintances will say “ You were married at the Crescent Hotel… wow”  Our Crescent Brides love the location of the Eureka Springs. The Hotel, tucked away high atop the Ozark Mountains includes beautiful views, delicately manicured gardens and a great valley below.  This is what will be in your wedding photos creating  a beautiful backdrop for the Bride and Groom to be featured. Featuring a wide variety of options for both  inside or outside wedding ceremony and receptions we always encourage a site visit before decisions are made.

Your Site Visit

Planning your big day can become very overwhelming and support from your wedding partners is important.  At the Crescent Hotel you will meet a sales manager that coach you, make suggestions and will guide you through all the steps of your wedding plans while at the hotel and with our supporting vendors.  Attention to detail is important and with so much to do with the wedding as a whole, support on the spa, lodging, ceremony and reception is important.  We care about your dream and we pride ourselves in that It feels like you have a personal friend taking care of all the big plans.

The New Moon Spa & Salon

Only at the Crescent Hotel can brides and their bridesmaids enjoy getting ready inside the hotel and at the salon.  The New Moon Bridal Studio offers a private, relaxed Living room, three faceted full length mirror, bridal closet and bath making it easy for the bridal party to get ready together while enjoying one another’s company.  Much larger than any hotel room or suite, you also have the option of having a catered luncheon.

The Ceremony

Romantic Ceremonies with beautiful settings are a special feature of any event  in the Wedding Capital of the South.  The Crescent Wedding Sales Managers recommend for Wedding Ceremonies over 100 attendees- four options.

The Crescent Fountain Gardens has been expanded and improved in 2013 to further its status as the premier outdoor ceremony venue.

For a Downtown and indoor event with a historic flair, The Basin Park Hotel’s Barefoot Ballroom is a 2300 square foot ballroom surrounded by stained glass windows, large stage and still has its original pine flooring.

World Renown Thorncrown Chapel, only 3 miles from hotel, is one of the most impressive glass chapels ever built.  Standing 48 feet tall with 425 windows and over 6,000 square feet of glass, this makes for a special one of a kind wedding site.

For events up to 300, The Thorncrown Worship Center, located adjacent to the Chapel is equally as stunning.  Designed by the E Fay Jones, the worship center creates a incredible backdrop to what is the most impressive bridal march available.  The Worship Center can hold up to 300 people.

*SPECIAL NOTE — The Crescent Hotel is the only wedding partner that can book a year out with Thorncrown Chapel and the Worship Center.

Memorable Receptions

For your reception you might choose an evening sunset ceremony in the front of the fountain garden and the wedding reception in the Conservatory and Gazebo Boardwalk. Decorations are put in place and evening candles light up the Conservatory room for a romantic, intimate setting.

With over 100 guests you decide on a plated dinner as you were offered a tasting from the Chef prior to your wedding date and loved that special Chicken Boursin.

You could decide to go with the wedding vendors that the hotel offered to include an acoustic guitarist for your walk down the aisle and a fun DJ for the reception party.  You offered your guests a couple of cakes to choose from, both a grooms cake and a wedding cake as well as an open bar with champagne for toasting.  The staff are professionals with a lot of wedding experience as you will find them  very attentive and helpful in making your day stress free.   When the last song has played, you will find yourself thanking everyone for coming, however equally as thankful for your bridal suite and comfortable bed located just upstairs.  The next morning you meet everyone again for the Crescent’s famous Sunday Brunch in the Crystal Ballroom.  This added a special moment to reconnect with the stress fleeting and great memories instilled.  After brunch you say your goodbye’s and your off on your honeymoon.  Nostalgic, Romantic and Memorable to say the least.  Make plans on coming back to the Crescent Hotel to celebrate your 1 year anniversary as this grand Historic Hotel of America is now a significant part of your lifetime memories.

Reception Options at The Crescent Hotel

The Fountain Garden

This is the best place for a large outdoor garden wedding.  The fountain area makes a perfect backdrop for a ceremony as the bride makes her way through the garden path.  The gardens have recently been expanded to hold up to 350 people.  A big garden tent would make a romantic enclosed area for an outdoor garden reception.

The Conservatory

An elegant room surrounded with windows on three sides of the room overlooking the gardens, hardwood floors and delicate chandeliers set this room off as truly one-of-a-kind.  A boardwalk and stairwell leads out to a gazebo and fountain gardens, perfect for a garden ceremony. Brides and families enjoy having the garden access for a ceremony and an intimate room for a reception.

The Crystal Ballroom

Walking into this grand ballroom will take your breath away not only by the size but the historic, romantic setting of this room.  With the ability to fit 300 people you definitely will not be limited on space for a grand wedding.  Hardwood floors, granite top bar, and chandeliers make this room a perfect setting for a fun and memorable wedding.

The East Lawn

Step right outside of the hotel onto the East Lawn with a scenic view of the Ozark valley below.  The East Lawn has a gazebo backdrop, perfect for an outdoor ceremony or the lawn provides an intimate area for a garden tent reception.

The Wedding Partners

The Crescent Hotel has been in the wedding business for many years and averages about 250 weddings a year so they have many local and regional wedding partners to help you out on your big day if you want ideas on cakes, flowers, music etc.  View the Wedding Partners of Eureka Springs.

Call us today for any information 800-903-4940 or visit us online at www.eurekaspringsweddings.travel

Brashears Wedding

I wanted to thank you and everyone at the Crescent for making Lindsay’s wedding
reception such a special event—it seemed like a fairy tale wedding. Lindsay was
thrilled with everything. The event would not have been the same without your
and Terra’s guidance and recommendations.
Everything was perfect and everyone was extremely helpful. I overheard
repeatedly during the evening how impressed people were with the hotel, food,
and service.
Eureka Springs is fortunate to have such a first class hotel with a first class staff.

Thank you again for helping to create a perfect day.

S i n c e r e l y ,
Susan B.

A Eureka Springs Winter Wedding

(EUREKA SPRINGS, AR) – One of the happiest days of any year is Christmas Day.  It’s a special family day.  One of the happiest days of your life is the day you and your fiancé become a family, the day of your wedding.  Many couples are combining the merry enjoyment of both holidays this year with a winter wedding in the “Wedding Capital of The South”, Eureka Springs AR.

“We are astounded at the creativity of today’s brides,” said Jodie English, chairman of the Bridal Committee of the Greater Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce.  “They are coming up with ideas that make their wedding an event that will be talked about for generations to come.  Special themed winter holiday weddings seem to be the trend this year.”

English explained that brides are choosing the winter months to give themselves a better selection of dates; prices that are lower than in the spring, summer or fall; and a time when family and friends tend to get together traditionally anyway.  With the essentials like event room rental and sleeping rooms for family and friends costing less, it gives the bride additional discretionary funds to “spice up” her event.

“For example, we have one bride that is planning a Christmas themed wedding,” explained Jack Moyer, vice president of operations and development for Eureka Springs’ Landmark Hotels: 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa, and 1905 Basin Park Hotel.  “Her chosen colors are green and red.  Her flowers will include green holly with red berries.  Her ring bearer and flower girl will be dressed like elves.  Her cake will have red and green adornments.  Eggnog will be their punch.  Each guest will receive a special present from the couple:  a Christmas ornament adorned with the couple’s name and the wedding date.  The reception is going to be a holiday dinner with family-style seating and served by our wait staff wearing Santa hats.  The deejay will have several Christmas carols to play for a group sing-a-long.  And right in the middle of reception, a surprise visit from Santa to have his photo taken with the children as well as those big kids of all ages.

“Many of these friends and family members may not be able to get together during the holidays, so this way they can share two special events at the same time traveling only once.”

“One couple, planning a smaller event, is making sure one of their guests drives to Eureka Springs in a convertible so the newly married couple can sign up and be in Eureka’s annual Christmas parade to the throngs of their cheering guests as they drive by,” Moyer continued.  “To prepare their guests for standing outside, the couple has chosen a hot toddy of mulled cider to be served to their guests along with holiday cookies during the reception that includes the parade.”  The annual Christmas Parade is held each year during the Eurekasprings.com Christmas Festival held the first weekend of December.

English was quick to point out that there are many winter wedding days beyond December 25, “You cannot imagine the couples that are planning their wedding either on the evening of New Year’s Eve, at the strike of midnight, or the next day on January 1.  In fact, it is not uncommon for us to have several brides each year to use the Basin Park Hotel’s New Year’s Eve Ballroom Blitz as their reception party.”

English went on to say, “But perhaps the most creative bride is the one planning her event around a Winter Wonderland theme in late January complete with snow machine for the reception’s crowning touch juxtaposed by a faux fire fireplace.  The couple follows that up with a carriage ride through downtown to the recognizable jingle of sleigh bells.”

Some brides that opt for a more conventional setting for a wedding will choose the 1901 Gavioli Chapel, a limestone church turned wedding-chapel, that sits just a few blocks from the Crescent Hotel on Eureka Springs’ Historic Loop.  This quaint chapel with its magnificent collection of stained glass windows looks much like the church many had in their Christmas village collection as a child, others will select world-renowned Thorncrown Chapel.  Following these traditional ceremonies, brides choose from a reception at either the Crescent or Basin Park Hotels with a limousine ride for the newlyweds.  The Crescent Hotel offers this “Winter Wedding” Package for just $1950 and it includes ceremony, minister, cake and reception as well as two-nights in a Penthouse Suite.

“She hasn’t set the date yet, but I have heard of one bride-to-be that is considering a winter wedding and bringing the Caribbean to Eureka Springs,” concluded English.  “Her entire wedding will be in a recreated beach motif in one of Eureka Springs’ reception venues.  Her guests will be encouraged to wear beach resort attire.  Top that off with Reggae music, lots of fruity cocktails complete with umbrellas, and so on and so on… you get the picture. ”

For information to help plan a winter wedding in Eureka Springs, one may go to www.eurekaspringsweddings.travel.