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The 1886 Crescent Hotel: 

A Castle in the Sky

Welcome to Eureka Springs, Arkansas. Nestled in the breathtaking Ozark Mountains, this pristine community is known as the "wedding capital of the South" thanks to its nostalgic, memorable and romantic setting. Home to 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa, a historic mountaintop resort, and the stunning Thorncrown Chapel, an architectural wedding wonder, Eureka Springs is among the top wedding destinations in America.

Outdoor wedding ceremonies

Surrounded by 15 acres of untouched woodland, the castle-like 1886 Crescent Hotel offers up some of the most enviable outdoor wedding venues — the hotel’s Fountain Garden Wedding Court, the Crescent Conservatory and the East Lawn.

The Fountain Garden Wedding Court, Arkansas’ premier outdoor wedding ceremony site, accommodates up to 350 guests. Manicured gardens and gurgling fountains create some of the most intimate weddings

Meanwhile, the Crescent Conservatory and Gazebo Boardwalk provide an indoor-outdoor wedding venue, hosting up to 80 guests on the boardwalk and 150 guests in the conservatory. The Crescent Conservatory, an elegant indoor space with delicate chandeliers, flaunts expansive windows overlooking romantic receptions at the Fountain Garden.

The East Garden, with its historic gazebo is another garden ceremony favorite for wedding celebrations up to 75 people. With distant views of Christ of the Ozark and an optional tent reception on the green, this 1886 Crescent Hotel venue is a picture-perfect setting.

Thorncrown Chapel

Many brides and grooms come to Eureka Springs to combine a Thorncrown Chapel ceremony with an 1886 Crescent Hotel reception. Considered one of the finest chapels in the world, Thorncrown Chapel is a 48-foot-tall glass cathedral with 6,000 square feet of glass and 425 windows that boast views of the Ozark woods. Literally the wedding jewel of the South, the E. Fay Jones-designed cathedral was named one of the top designs in the 20th century by the American Institutes of Architects.

Only nine minutes away, the 1886 Crescent Hotel provides transportation to and from the chapel on the Eureka One, whisking guests back to America’s most magical reception location.

A ballroom wedding reception

For an indoor gala wedding reception of 300, couples can steal away to the 1886 Crescent Hotel’s historic Crystal Ballroom. The hotel’s most ornate venue, this ballroom played host to the 1886 Crescent Hotel’s extravagant Grand Opening gala in 1886. From delicate foods prepared in front of guests to five-course plated meals served during the reception, 1886 Crescent Hotel is often known as “the symbol of hospitality.”

The ballroom’s nostalgic setting inspired one bride to add historical touches to her reception. Instead of numbers, tables were named after some of the hotel’s most famous and memorable visitors, some of whom (the reputed ghosts) have never left the hotel.

An all-weekend affair

At the 1886 Crescent Hotel, whenever a couple begins to plan their wedding, the staff asks the bride and groom to describe their perfect day in three words. Often, the couple uses one of these descriptions — nostalgic, memorable and romantic — which 1886 Crescent Hotel always strives to create. This is a custom planning experience as, no two weddings are alike, and weddings often become an all-weekend affair from the day-before rehearsal dinner to the day-after farewell brunch.

The New Moon Spa & Salon experience is an enviable treat for brides, complete with champagne and nibbles in the optional Bridal Studio. With custom-built closets for bridal dresses, a staging area with 360-degree mirrored views and direct access to 1886 Crescent Hotel’s outdoor venues, the bridal party has the space to get picture-perfect ready thanks to the hotel’s staff of professional stylists.

When the wedding is over, many guests decide to linger, tacking on extra days for the Ozark’s many recreational and cultural attractions, making this a memorable wedding destination for everyone.