Eureka Springs Wedding Tip #2

Take into account the time of year of your event.

Many brides will theme/color coordinate her wedding to that season.  Time of year should also be considered when choosing wedding party wardrobe.  Sleeveless, strapless bridesmaids’ dresses might be uncomfortable for an outdoor wedding in late fall or early spring.  Although Eureka Springs traditionally has mild summer temperatures, some days can be downright hot.  Your groom, his groomsmen, -and your dad- will appreciate not having to wear a wool tux coat and vest midday under an August sun.  (BONUS TIP: One recent trend for outdoor weddings has been coordinated casual ensembles for the wedding party; comfortable and fun.) View Wedding Tip #3

Eureka Springs Wedding Tip #1

Book your venue once you have established your date. 

Not to do so, can cause heartbreak and disappointment if where you want to get married and have your reception are booked on what you have chosen to be your special day.  (BONUS TIP:  You and your fiancé should have several discussions with family and friends so you can choose the date most accommodating to most of them.) View Wedding Tip #2

Arkansas Bride Planning Your BIG Day

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Eureka Springs Weddings-Making your venue stand out

Dressing up your venue can make an ordinary wedding turn into something memorable.  This wedding party used simple lighting and lanterns to fill up the Basin Barefoot Ballroom.

Here are some Wedding Planners in the Northwest Arkansas Area:

Wedding Planners/Designers

Finishing Touch Event Design
Jessica Kersey

Make My Day!
Sandra Myers

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You are invited to Celebrate the Crescent Bride in Eureka Springs!

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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.

Crescent Hotel -Fountain Gardens

You’ve picked out the perfect dress, hairstyle, make up and shoes, but what a lot of brides don’t think of is how those heels might feel when walking through the grassy gardens.

We found out that one of our brides used these heel covers for her bridal party and herself.

You can purchase them online at:

We also like the idea of having flip flops ready to go for your bridal party and/or guests to easily slip on after the wedding  ceremony.  Offering your guests the option to go comfortable is always a nice thought.

Brides and bridesmaids are also into adding a little more “bling” to the pretty feet for the special 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.

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