Caroline M. Holt

Who doesn’t love a destination wedding?

With all the people you love in a brand new place, out-of-town weddings seem to possess a special element of charm. Now imagine having all that magic in your own backyard — sort of. Hot Springs is an ideal destination in Arkansas. Not only does it boast lush gardens, sparkling lakes and scenic mountains, but it’s also an intimate, friendly city where you’ll find historic buildings and unique attractions around every corner. Plus, its central location makes it just a short drive from anywhere in Arkansas.

Everything You Need in One Place

Hot Springs may be a relatively small town, but that works in a bride’s favor. The abundance of easily accessible vendors makes this city a one-stop shop and your wedding as stress-free as possible.

Not only is meeting with your vendors more like visiting neighbors but with various venues so close, your combinations of rehearsal, ceremony and reception spots are virtually endless. It also makes things like cake and floral deliveries a breeze.

Trusted, Quality Professionals

From florals and photography to catering and wedding cakes, Hot Springs professionals have you covered. Experienced wedding planners like Signature Events and Pam’s Party Rentals & Event Planning Company can handle the entire event for you; they even have their own arsenals of preferred vendors to recommend.

Build your wedding day menu with dishes from caterers like Catering Temptations and Taco Mama. For traditional wedding cakes and other desserts, look no further than Ambrosia Bakery and Taste of Eden Bakery.

When it comes to photos of the big day, experienced photographer Nancy Cole Photography loves shooting weddings in Hot Springs. Cole is a wedding and lifestyle photographer who focuses on creating timeless, romantic and magazine-worthy images for her clients. As for memorable wedding videography, Capture the Moment Images & Events has Spa City brides covered. (Bonus: owner Kelly Aubuchon also does wedding coordination and planning!)

Kelly Efird of Kelly Efird Flower Events has decades of experience and is known for her lush floral creations. Her unique and creative wedding florals are the top choice among Hot Springs brides.

For rentals, Pam’s Party Rentals & Event Planning Company, Hot Springs Party & Event Rentals and Signature Events can handle any request—from tables and linens to tents and photo booths, it’s all readily available in town.

And as for your gown for the big day, Something Bleu Bridal Boutique offers a beautiful collection of hand-selected designer wedding gowns, bridesmaid dresses, mother-of-the-bride dresses, formals and an assortment of bridal accessories.

Sydney Rasch

A Diverse Mix of Venues

Whether you’re looking for a waterfront view for your I dos or a lavish ballroom fit for a queen, you’ll find it in Hot Springs. The most well-known ceremony location is the Anthony Chapel, part of the 210-acre Garvan Woodland Gardens. With elegant floor-to-ceiling glass walls surrounded by lush, verdant gardens, it’s easy to see why.

Nearby is the jewel of Lake Ouachita: Mountain Harbor Resort & Spa. This unique resort offers wedding parties and guests all the fun and glamour of a destination event without leaving the familiar behind.

The Homestead at Williamson Estate is a popular venue known for its versatility. The estate boasts indoor and outdoor space and luxe amenities. For couples searching for indoor wedding spaces, be sure to check out the city’s many chapels, churches and ballrooms to find your perfect match. Or, try something different like the historic Hamp Williams Building, popular for its urban, industrial vibe. The Warehouse is another historic venue that brides love because of its exposed beam ceilings, brick walls and turn-key amenities.

Catering Temptations & Event Room is a top spot for rehearsal dinners and intimate weddings — and with on-site catering from one of the city’s most trusted caterers, it makes for easy planning.

For brides looking for something a little different, The Tap Hall at Superior is a 100-year-old bathhouse that’s been transformed into a brewery with a special banquet space for up to 100 guests.

Beautiful Hot Springs Country Club boasts an elegant interior that is perfect for more formal weddings. Its banquet rooms offer breathtaking views of the golf course and mountains that surround the clubhouse.

One of Hot Springs’ most well-known features is Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort. Oaklawn is undergoing incredible renovations, including the addition of wedding/banquet facilities and a hotel and spa — making it a perfect one-stop-shop venue for you and your guests.

Benjamin Martin Photography

Stress? What Stress?

In a town nicknamed the Spa City, you’d be remiss not to have a day (or even a weekend) of rest and relaxation. Brides and their entourages can de-stress with spa treatments at tranquil spots all over town, including wellness soaks at a historic Hot Springs bathhouse. As for spas, Mountain Harbor Resort’s Turtle Cove Spa was named one of the top 50 spas in 2019 by Spas of America. It is the go-to spot for bridal parties seeking a little pre-wedding R&R.

Time to Start Planning!

See The Best Vendors and Venues in Spa City for a list of the most popular and highly rated vendors in Hot Springs, and let the wedding planning fun begin!

Kelsie Crockett Photography

Marriage License Requirements

Here are the basics you need to know for obtaining a marriage license in Hot Springs. Visit the Garland County Courthouse, call (501) 622-3600 or visit the county's website for more info.

What you’ll need…

♦ 18 years or older: Must appear together (in person), and both will need a photo ID and Social Security number. No waiting period.

Younger than 18: You’ll need a state-certified birth certificate, your Social Security number and valid photo ID. You’ll also need to prove parental consent by providing a verified affidavit signed in the presence of a notary. Five day waiting period applies.

What it costs…
♦ Marriage licenses cost $60; cash only!
♦ No checks or credit cards.

Don’t forget!
The license is only valid for 60 days.