When we took the open tram to tour historic Eureka Springs, our tour guide told us that "Eureka Springs is known as the Marriage/Wedding Capital of the South"! She went further and explained that there are more places to be married here almost than in Las Vegas!
Most of the "ministers" gained their licenses from the internet; however, it is legal. Most of the stores in Eureka Springs are able to offer such services.
The only arrangement that couples MUST make in or to wed in Eureka Springs is to GET A MARRIAGE LICENSE in Arkansas, be over 18 [there is no waiting period and no blood test is required!] The certificate forms may be filled out at any county courthouse in the state. The Court House is open from 8:30 a.m. -4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday; Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Cost of the marriage license in Eureka Springs is $58.00, correct change and cash only! (See second photograph)
I must say that a Victorian Village in the beautiful Ozarks lends itself to such an occasion. One local told us that this small village hosts more weddings during the year than the city's population!
Just think, the village has perfect scenery, numerous beautiful resorts, motels, hotels, bed and breakfast inns, cottages, and cabins, and a multitude of ministers! There are some really special places to say "I do" in the region such as the incredible Thorncrown Chapel [as seen in the photograph]. I noticed that the Chamber of Commerce had a brochure called Wedding and Romance Guide which is FREE.
If you get a chance to come to Eureka Springs during October, you will see many kinds of decorations, such as scarecrows, pumpkins, and Halloween decor. I really love this time of the year! This little scarecrow is typical for this time of year all across the US.
In this area of the country, you are still allowed to burn your fall leaves. Most areas of the cities in the US require you to bag the leaves, not burn them. I love the smell of burning leaves with the chill of the fall air! What could be better!
As a type of modern outpost, Eureka Springs has several outlets where visitors can stop by and pose for a sepia-toned memento of their stay. Gangster and gunfighter themes are common, but the most popular costume for the ladies is a plunge-neck dress with special cups that will box your ears with your own cleavage. Respirators are on standby.
I liked this painting of the town in one of the cafe's.
Oh look! there's some Shiner Bock!!!