2021: I first published this blog post in 2016, and wow it’s gotten a lot of traction with you guys. It’s the most visited page on my whole website! But some of the information was outdated and clearly not helpful, so I’ve updated the list with photos, a link to the venue’s website & their listing on Google Maps. I know this list will be helpful to you all (especially now that I’ve taken off the venues that have closed down – facepalm).
Anyway, I’ve been working hard to gather all the Northwest Arkansas wedding venues for you, to have them all in a handy list separated by category. Google and The Knot can sometimes feel overwhelming, with so many choices and no good way to sort them by type. So I’ve gotchu, boo. Scroll down & find your dream venue!
Each of these venues give a modern, airy, bright feel when you walk into their ballroom. If you’re hoping for a beautiful, timeless almost-blank canvas to turn into your dream wedding, look no further! Sky high ceilings with chandeliers and an open, airy reception space makes them feel so elegant.
I labeled these venues as Northwest Arkansas estate venues because they each incorporate a house, either for getting ready areas or for the actual ceremony and reception. That ‘estate’ feel is something that makes your wedding seem so comfortable, like you’re inviting all your friends and family to your house & getting married!
Garden weddings are very popular because they’re classically beautiful and timeless. Each of these venues has gorgeous landscaping & grounds for outdoor outdoor festivities (and most of them have really pretty indoor spaces too)!
Two of my most favorite venues in NWA are right here. These hotels have the space to allow you to get ready, have your ceremony, and your reception all on the same property. And while these two are pretty opposite in terms of style – 21C is very modern and Carnall Hall is very classic – they’re both incredibly beautiful and great choices for your big day!
Exposed brick and exposed beams, large windows, and patio space is pretty much what I think of when I think of a downtown loft. And each of these Northwest Arkansas wedding venues qualify absolutely beautifully! Loft vibe spaces are so cool because they can easily go in whatever stylistic direction you want to take them, but with a little added boho-y vibe from the existing features of the space.
Country clubs are high-end spaces that are surrounded by acres and acres of rolling, manicured hills for people to play golf on. I have seen some incredibly beautiful outdoor ceremonies on golf courses, and some really classy receptions in their ballrooms. And I added Lakepoint to the list because although it’s not situated on a golf course, it is in a golf community and very much has that country club vibe (and a gorgeous lake view with a sunset).
These venues don’t really fall into any of the other categories, in my opinion. The Air Museum is full of planes in a giant hangar and that’s pretty epic. You’ll end up with photos unlike your friends’ photos. And Theatre Squared is a new event space in Fayetteville that is super open and bright and has tons of options for your ceremony & reception. It even has theater seating in some rooms – how cool would that be for a ceremony?
These Northwest Arkansas wedding venues are huge, and so perfectly suited for large weddings. I absolutely love seeing shows at the WAC, and a wedding is even better. They have tons and tons of that WOW factor, and they’re a different feel from the other venues in NWA!
If you’re hoping for a more traditional ceremony setting like a church, these chapels are great options. They range from architecturally stunning to old-world charm, and all of them are beautiful! St. Catherine’s absolutely shines when ceremonies are done on the lawn in front of the chapel as an incredible backdrop. Subiaco Abbey is the largest option on this part of the list, and just wait until you see photos of it!
Every rustic venue on this list has so much charm. Some of these barns are white, some are the natural wood color, and there’s even a black one and a red one. They each can host both your ceremony and reception, and they have gorgeous land around the venue to enjoy on your wedding day. If you’re looking for a barn venue with rustic charm, these are the best!
Corrie Childers is a sought-after Northwest Arkansas wedding photographer, Arkansas engagement photographer, Arkansas bridal photographer and Arkansas proposal photographer. Corrie has a natural passion for classic, timeless wedding photography in an elegant and relaxed style. Corrie is currently booking Arkansas weddings in Bella Vista, Bentonville, Fayetteville, Rogers, Siloam Springs, Eureka Springs and all of Northwest Arkansas, as well as Little Rock, El Dorado, Dallas, St. Louis, Kansas City and beyond!
Northwest Arkansas Wedding Venues
This is the second post in a series of helpful posts for my brides and grooms planning a wedding in NWA, and this one goes out to you who are looking at Northwest Arkansas Wedding Venues. At times, as a wedding photographer I am one of the first vendors to be contacted and booked, and in those cases I am always dishing out information on all my favorite beautiful venues!