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Chris and Heather Babcock wed at one of Hot Springs' beautiful lakeside resorts (Pine Hill Estates, pictured). Florals created by Flowers & Home.

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

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Special Touch Catering offers everything from breakfast and brunch staples to creative desserts and hors d'oeuvres.

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.

“My favorite part about being a wedding planner in Hot Springs is working with such a tight-knit community of vendors,” says Randi Slick, owner of Signature Events.

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

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Ambrosia Bakery and Flowers & Home teamed up to create this beautiful cake for Chris and Heather Babcock.

From florals and photography to catering and wedding cakes, Hot Springs professionals have you covered. Experienced wedding planners like Signature Events, Sailboat Weddings and Capture the Moment Images & Events can handle the entire event for you; they even have their own arsenals of preferred vendors to recommend. Sailboat Weddings offers full, partial and month-of coordination.

Build your wedding day menu with dishes from caterers like C3, Catering Temptations, All About Catering, Special Touch Catering and Taco Mama. For traditional wedding cakes and other desserts, look no further than Ambrosia Bakery Co. and Taste of Eden Bakery.

When it comes to photos of the big day, some of the area’s most reputable photographers include 25 Mockingbird PhotographyArt Photography by Sydney Rasch and Brian G Wilson Photography. As for videography, Capture the Moment Images & Events has Spa City brides covered.

“I love photographing weddings in Hot Springs for so many reasons, not the least of which is just the beauty of it all,” says Sydney Rasch, owner of Art Photography by Sydney Rasch. “The whole town is just dripping with gorgeous historical elements, and it’s truly unlike anywhere else!”

Spa City by the Numbers

1,642 estimated weddings in Hot Springs in 2018 via The Wedding Report.
$16,620 average Spa City wedding budget in 2018 according to The Wedding Report.
3 lakes in Hot Springs
47 number of thermal water hot springs in Spa City
143 °F - the temperature of Hot Springs' natural spring waters
215 days of sunshine in Hot Springs compared with the United States’ average of 205 days according to BestPlaces.net

Wedding décor is a breeze with Flowers & Home, who has more than 85 years of combined floral experience. Kelly Efird of Kelly Efird Flower Events also has decades of experience and is known for her lush floral creations. Their wedding florals are the top choice among Hot Springs brides.

For rentals, Hot Springs Party & Event Rentals and Signature Events can handle all your requests. And Bingham Music Agency’s professional musicians – strings, brass ensembles, vocalists – combine decades of experience to create the perfect ambiance for your event.

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 venue in town 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 not hard 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 for its urban, industrial vibe. The Warehouse is another great indoor venue that brides love because of its turn-key amenities.

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The Arlington Resort Hotel & Spa offers a variety of elegant rooms perfect for any reception or ceremony.

The most prominent and historic venue in town is The Arlington Resort Hotel & Spa. This striking spot is a popular venue for rehearsal dinners, weddings and receptions. The Arlington Crystal Ballroom, Magnolia Room and Fountain Room drip with 1920s glamour. Two unique venues that share the romantic setting of Hot Springs’ historic district are Rolando’s Restaurante & Speakeasy and The Porterhouse Club, both perfect locations for a rehearsal dinner.

The Barn at Lost Creek and Hot Springs Country Club are even more great Hot Springs venues to consider. When the party’s over, guests can retire to one of Hot Springs’ excellent hotels like the Hotel Hot Springs and the newly renovated Hotel Hale, which was converted from a historic bathhouse to a luxury boutique hotel.

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Hot Springs Country Club is an elegant and timeless space to host your ceremony or reception.

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 who wed in Hot Springs quickly find the experience is a lot less stressful with a massage. Two great options in Hot Springs are the Arlington Beauty & Facial Salon and Mountain Harbor Resort’s Turtle Cove Spa, which was named one of the top 100 spas in 2018 by Spas of America.

When it’s time to get all dolled up for the big day, the beauty experts at Whiplash Beauty + Company, owned by Adrianne Brooks Woolley, will transform you with beautiful airbrush makeup and gorgeous eyelash extensions. Her team specializes in on-location and day-of beauty services.

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Hot Springs' downtown district features one-of-a-kind shops and restaurants, along with eight historic bathhouses.

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!

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Flowers & Home of Hot Springs transformed the Hamp Williams Building with lush arrangements for Jessica and Benjamin Witherspoon's winter wedding.