Monday, March 28, 2016


So I want to have an outdoor wedding. It's been one of those dreams that I've had since I was a little girl. My fiancé and I also enjoy walking our area's wonderful trails and visiting the local parks. On one of our trips we discovered a clearing at the top of a hill, completely surrounded by trees.

Here's a picture of it from above:

The clearing is located directly behind our town's ballpark so there is plenty of parking. There is also a utility road seen on the right hand side that leads directly to the clearing, so we may be able to have a shuttle system in place to get attendees to the top of the hill, as the trail is quite steep, windy, and narrow.

Due to wanting a Spring wedding it is my hope that the we will be able to keep the bugs at bay in the clearing, while still having a woodland wedding.

As this area is part of the city park, I will have to contact the Parks and Recreation to confirm that I will be able to have a ceremony here. There are a couple of other park sites in town that are available to rent for events, but our clearing does not happen to be one of them. To be permitted to use the clearing I will have to discuss the use of the utility road, the potential rental fee, as well as having a tent staked into the ground for the ceremony if there is a big potential of rain.

If we choose the park, then the reception will likely be held in a community building right across the creek from the ballpark. Go to your town's website to look for local parks and community buildings available to rent.

Another venue option is an outdoor location with an indoor reception venue not far from our area community college which we have both attended.

While the area is spacious, the price is high. You can go here for more information on Bullskin Creek.

Another local option is the historical Phelps House in Carthage, Missouri. For a decent price the first two floors and grounds can be yours. This venue would be perfect for an elegant, classy wedding.

There are also a couple of lovely glass chapels near our residence. They offer a chance to have an outdoor wedding inside, but the price is steep and time is limited. The Mildred B. Cooper Memorial Chapel in Bella Vista, Arkansas is my favorite, and you can learn more about it here.

Another local venue is the George Washington Carver National Monument and Park. Though we can't reserve the indoor facility for a reception, guests could wait inside the building in the case of a Spring shower. There is a $50 non-refundable fee, and a detailed application that must be followed, due to being a historical site and national park. This being said, the grounds are gorgeous and this is definitely a consideration.

Do you prefer to have an outdoor or an indoor wedding? Wishing you a happily ever after!

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