Erin Wilson Photography

We’re totally biased, but Arkansas is by far the best state in the country to get married. And we're not alone in this conclusion. The Knot, She Finds,—they’re all saying Arkansas is a great choice. In fact, the sites rate us as the most affordable state to plan a wedding.

Eureka Springs, Hot Springs and Bentonville receive frequent press for being great destination wedding locales. And according to national media channels, popular venues include Thorncrown Chapel, The Barn at Twin Oaks Ranch, Moss Mountain Farm, The Capital Hotel, Crystal Bridges and The Anthony Chapel. Meanwhile, Arkansas’ photographers are being featured in the likes of Grace Ormonde Wedding Style and The Knot magazines and regularly on national blogs.

Of course, we know what out-of-staters do not: Arkansas has an infinite list of top-notch vendors, venues and natural wonders. Arkansas is a hidden gem, and we like it that way! It means you lucky Natural State brides spend less than most American brides spend on their weddings – and your weddings are just as beautiful, if not more so!

That's why we wanted to remind you why our state is such a fabulous place to say “I do” (not that you could ever forget). Here are the top six reasons why your Arkansas weddings are the absolute best:

1. Central Location

No matter where your guests are traveling from, Arkansas’ location in the heart of the country makes for reasonable drive times and fast, affordable flight options.

2. It's Cheaper

We repeat: Arkansas is one of the most affordable states to get married in the country. “The most affordable” according to The Knot. The cherry on top is that while our vendors may cost less, the quality of work is on-par with the best in the country.

3. Food, Food, Food

There is a never-ending menu of Southern goodies that Arkansans can serve to their guests to wow their palates. Soul food, farm-to-table, barbecue, pie, cheese dip, craft beer, food trucks… we could go on and on.

4. Natural Beauty

Arkansas is one of the most beautiful states in the country. From pastoral Delta fields and the Ouachitas’ diamond lakes to the picturesque Ozark mountains and northeastern timberlands, Arkansas offers its brides so many beautiful backdrops.

5. The People

Not only are our vendors incredibly talented, they are some of the nicest, most caring individuals. Arkansas wedding pros love their brides and treat them like family. It’s that good, old-fashioned Southern hospitality.

6. Four Distinct Seasons

Arkansas is one of the few states where you can experience all four seasons. Thanks in large part to mild temperatures, Arkansas brides can plan their wedding during any month of the year. We get dreamy dustings of snow, breathtaking fall foliage, abundant spring blooms, and verdant, sunny summers.