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Welcome to our series on destination weddings. This month, we wind up our ‘local flavor’ theme with a post very near and dear to us: Springfield, MO!

This time out in our blog series on destination weddings, we’re venturing into the heartland of America and exploring Springfield, Missouri, affectionately known as the “Queen City of the Ozarks.”

Springfield (which just happens to be our hometown) offers the charm of a small town with the amenities and culture of a sophisticated city. It’s a hidden gem that might just be the unique and memorable wedding destination you’ve been searching for.

If you’re looking for a wedding destination that’ll offer a bit of ‘small town spirit,’ but with the resources and options of a much larger metropolis (with a bit of hometown charm and midwest rural magic drizzled on top for good measure), then Springfield Missouri might be the perfect wedding spot. 

There are plenty of outdoor wedding options to explore, and there are also some elegant and classy indoor spaces as well. 

Plus, Springfield can be an awesome (and affordable) place to visit and make memories with your wedding party. 

But this guide will also help you if you live in Springfield. If you were hoping to stay ‘closer to home’ for your wedding, and need a guide to forward to some friends and family who may be flying in from out of town—well, just send them this blog post! 

Let’s dive into it. 

Springfield MO As A Wedding Destination: An Overview

Springfield, MO, is a perfect blend of urban elegance and natural beauty. 

From rustic barns to elegant ballrooms, the city offers an array of stunning wedding venues that can cater to every style and budget.

Here are just a few of the iconic wedding destination options in or near Springfield, Mo:

Being A Groom In Springfield, MO.

Planning a wedding in Springfield, MO., is a blast, with the city providing a rich variety of vendors and wedding professionals to assist you. 

From axe-throwing to sporting events to hiking trails—to shows, breweries, and quaint shopping centers—it’s got a little bit of everything! 

With that being said, here are some pointers to keep in mind:

  • Plan Ahead: Booking venues and vendors can be competitive, so start early!
  • Embrace the Local Flavor: Consider incorporating local foods or musicians to give your wedding an authentic Springfield touch.
  • Be Mindful of the Weather: Springfield’s weather can be a bit unpredictable, so consider setting up some indoor alternatives for outdoor plans.

Another thing to keep in mind is that, at certain times of the year, it can be difficult to find awesome hotel accommodations that aren’t booked up in Springfield, due to the fact that there are a limited number of ‘really nice’ hotels in the city. 

So make sure to book those hotel rooms well in advance to ensure that you don’t end up scrambling for the best options at the last minute. 

Entertainment Options In Springfield, MO (for You And Your Bride To Be)

Springfield, MO, is not just about beautiful wedding venues. It’s also a city packed with fun and entertainment. 

Here are just a few ideas of things you can explore during your stay:

Springfield Missouri Travel Preparation Tips

Springfield, MO, offers an accessible and friendly environment, but a few preparations can make your stay even more comfortable:

  • Dress Appropriately: The weather can be unpredictable, so pack layers.
  • Prepare for Outdoor Activities: If you plan on exploring nature, hiking boots and bug spray will be handy.
  • Rent a Car: Although public transport is available, renting a car can make getting around more convenient.
  • Local Tuxedo Pickup: Remember to reserve your tuxedo at Karl’s Tuxedos in Springfield, Mo (that’s us!).


Springfield, MO might not be the first place that comes to mind when planning a destination wedding (though it might be your first choice option if you live here, which is awesome). 

But here’s the thing—its unique blend of urban chic style and country charm provides an unforgettable setting for your big day.

Still, feeling unsure? Do you have some questions?

Reach out to us here at Karl’s Tuxedos

We’ve got the local insights, the best tuxedos, and the know-how to make your wedding in Springfield a truly special occasion. 

After all, we don’t just dress people; we help them celebrate love.

Let’s make your dream wedding come true, together.


Welcome to our series on destination weddings. This month, we stick with the ‘local flavor’ theme: Eureka Springs and Northwest Arkansas.

Finding a unique wedding destination (or even a unique second wedding destination) isn’t always easy nowadays. 

In our modern world, travel has been made so wonderfully simple that it sometimes feels like every wedding destination is already spoken for. 

The Bahamas, Hawaii, California, Colorado, and even Washington D.C.—all of them are top wedding destinations. 

And yet, when you look around at your family and friend group, and take stock of all the weddings you’ve been invited to over the past year—you can probably count all such popular destinations (and more) among them. 

So what can you do when you need a destination that’s truly a unique and once-in-a-lifetime experience?

Well, not far from our neck of the woods here at Karl’s Tuxedos, Northeast Arkansas offers some wedding destination options that, while perhaps a bit off the beaten path, offer up some amazing doses of adventure, beauty, romance, and memory-making magic. 

And in this guide, you’re going to get a crash-course overview of exactly what to look for. 

Does Northwest Arkansas have the potential to be on your wedding destination wish list?

It actually does. Here’s why. 

Northwest Arkansas As A Wedding Destination: An Overview

So, here’s the thing. 

Northwest Arkansas isn’t a wedding destination location that’s found deep within a bustling, busy metropolis or city center. Instead, all of the most beautiful and premier wedding destination options are scattered about the countryside in small to medium-sized towns—all ripe with rural Ozarkian beauty, romance, their own Arkansas quirkiness, and plenty of adventure to go around. 

Here are some of the most iconic wedding destination options to be found in Northwest Arkansas:

  • 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa in Eureka Springs
  • Basin Park Hotel in Eureka Springs
  • The Brick House, also found in Eureka Springs
  • The Mildred B. Cooper Memorial Chapel in Bella Vista
  • Sassafras Springs Vineyard & Winery in Bull Shoals
  • Azalea Falls Lodge in Mountain Home
  • The Botanical Gardens of the Ozarks in Fayetteville
  • The Inn at Carnall Hall in Fayetteville
  • Pratt Place Inn and Barn in Prairie Grove
  • The Preserve Event Venue in Jonesboro

Being A Groom In Northwest Arkansas

Being a groom in Northwest Arkansas isn’t totally different from being a groom anywhere else—with the main exception being that planning for a getaway to such a rural location will provide an interesting blend of slower-paced relaxation with the challenge of locating and assembling all of the most important pieces of your wedding day puzzle. 

Here are some tips to help you along the way:

  • Start planning early
  • Set a budget and stick to it
  • Delegate tasks to your wedding party (if possible) based on their interests, skills, and ability to take such matters seriously
  • Be organized (it may take a bit more time to piece things together in a rural wedding venue location—so pick up the phone, fire up the web browser, and start booking stuff early)
  • Communicate with your bride! With so many planning options to choose from, it’ll be important for the two of you to be honest and up-front about your desires, expectations, and concerns leading up to the big day
  • Enjoy yourself! This is an event that’ll create a lifetime of memories. So make sure that you give yourself some time to enjoy it and have some fun!

Speaking of fun, it’ll be your job, as the groom, to plan out the ‘fun stuff’ for the wedding party to take part in. 

If you’re traveling in from out of town, then you’ll definitely want to do some sightseeing. 

Let’s talk about that. 

Entertainment Options In Northwest Arkansas (For You And Your Bride To Be)

The good news is that there’s plenty to do in Northwest Arkansas during your trip. 

And the great news is that if your wedding party isn’t from around here—well, they’re going to be in for some serious adventure and excitement. 

With that being said, here are some specific ideas for activities you may want to consider checking out:

  • Visit Thorncrown Chapel
  • Explore Eureka Springs’ unique downtown district
  • Go hiking, biking, camping, and/or rafting in the Ozark Mountains
  • Visit the Buffalo National River or Beaver Lake for boating, water skiing, etc.
  • Take a hot air balloon ride
  • Go cave exploring (there are a number of caves in Arkansas that are open to the public)
  • Visit the Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge
  • Take a scenic drive (some of the best options include the Pig Trail Scenic Byway, the Talimena Scenic Drive, and the Ozark Highlands Scenic Byway)
  • Visit a museum (the Crystal Bridges Art Museum in Bentonville is amazing)
  • Go ziplining
  • Take a carriage ride
  • Attend a show at the Eureka Springs Repertory Theatre

It may also be worth mentioning that Eureka Springs has a thriving LGBTQ+ community. So if your wedding falls into that category, you may want to take a good second look at possibly plugging into the local scene! 

Northwest Arkansas Travel Preparation Tips

Northwest Arkansas is an amazing place to visit from a weather perspective, and it boasts a fairly moderate (if slightly moody) climate. But due to the unique nature of the landscape and terrain, you’ll want to make sure that your wedding party knows to pack a few essentials. 

  • First and foremost—the tuxedo! If you need some help with this, go ahead and reserve your tuxedo in advance and pick it up near your wedding location at Karl’s Tuxedos in Springfield, MO. (That’s us!)
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Layers (unpredictable weather requires an assortment of hot and cold-ready apparel)
  • Dressy clothes (for nights out on the town)
  • Casual clothes (for hanging out and having fun)
  • Rain gear (Arkansas can be rainy)
  • Sunglasses
  • A hat (that sun can be brutal)
  • Bug spray (those mosquitos are thick in the south)
  • Hiking boots (if you plan to hike)

And perhaps most importantly—don’t forget your sunscreen and your camera! 


Hopefully, this post has inspired you to take a look at the beautiful Ozark Mountains as a possible wedding destination for your upcoming big day. 

Hey, we know that this is a big decision to make! If you have any questions about the area, don’t hesitate to contact us here at Karl’s Tuxedos. 

We’d love to answer any questions you have. As locals, we do know a thing or two about the area. And we’d love to share that knowledge to make your wedding day the best possible day ever. 


Welcome to our series on destination weddings. This month, a little local flavor: Branson!

Congratulations on your engagement! 

But now—it’s time to start planning. 

Planning a wedding can be a daunting task, but it’s also incredibly exciting. 

If you’ve been researching destination weddings, Branson, Missouri might have popped up on your radar.

And honestly—this isn’t a surprise. 

In fact, this is our neck of the woods here at Karl’s Tuxedo!

Branson is a beautiful city located in the Ozark Mountains, in the southwest part of the state. 

It’s home to a variety of wedding venues, from intimate chapels to grand ballrooms. 

There are also plenty of things to do in Branson—empowering you to show your guests a great time, no matter what.

If you’re looking for a beautiful, affordable, and fun destination for your wedding, Branson might actually be the perfect place for you. 

Let’s dive in and discuss it as an option—so that you can start planning that all-important wedding destination today. 

Branson As A Wedding Destination: An Overview

Branson, MO is unique in that it’s not necessarily a ‘major metropolis.’ For this reason, a lot of people overlook it as a place for destination weddings. 

But despite its ‘relatively’ smaller population size (about 13,000 people), it actually puts some big numbers on the board in terms of entertainment, travel value, natural tourism, and simply by being one of the most iconic destinations in the Ozark Mountains. 

It’s also earned the nickname the live music capital of the world, and for good reason. 

It offers up an impressive array of music and entertainment shows for visitors and guests, and you can also experience some of the most amazing wildlife and natural tourism that exists anywhere in the world. 

Simply put, there are many reasons for why Branson may actually be the perfect destination for your wedding, especially if you’d rather skip the ‘fuss and muss’ of a major city. It offers:

  • Beautiful scenery: Branson is surrounded by stunning natural beauty. You can get married in a chapel overlooking the Ozark Mountains, or on a lakeside deck with a view of the sunset.
  • Variety of venues: Branson has something to offer couples of all budgets and styles. There are small chapels for intimate weddings, and large ballrooms for big parties.
  • Things to do for guests: Branson is a great place for guests to relax and have fun. There are casinos, theaters, and amusement parks all within driving distance.

Being A Groom In Branson

As a groom, you’ll have a lot of responsibilities leading up to the day of your wedding. 

And one of the most important among them will be planning fun and adventurous activities for your wedding party to take part in while you’re celebrating your ‘big day’ away from home.

Here are a few practical tips for preparing for these activities on a destination wedding trip to Branson, Missouri:

  • Start planning early. This will give you plenty of time to research different activities and book them in advance.
  • Consider your guests’ interests. Make sure to choose activities that everyone will enjoy. If possible, do a quick survey to see what types of activities may be of the greatest interest.
  • Be flexible. Things don’t always go according to plan, so be prepared to make changes. This could mean preparing a list of ‘backup activities’ to fall back on should something get canceled unexpectedly. 

Entertainment Options In Branson (For You And Your Bride To Be)

There are actually a lot of entertainment options available in Branson. And of course, as the groom, you’ll want to do your due diligence in preparing the best plan possible for the wedding party. 

Here are just a few region-specific options to help get those creative juices flowing:

  • Go hiking or biking on a classic Ozark Mountain trail, like Roark Creek Waterfall Trail.
  • Visit a cave or cavern (like Marvel Cave).
  • Go white-water rafting or kayaking on the White River.
  • See a show at one of Branson’s many theaters (like the Haygood Show).
  • Play a round of golf at one of Branson’s many courses.
  • Visit a casino.
  • Go fishing on Table Rock Lake.
  • Take a hot air balloon ride.
  • Go zip-lining.
  • Visit a petting zoo or animal park (like the Branson Promised Land Zoo).
  • Spend a day at Silver Dollar City.

With a little planning, you can definitely make sure that your wedding party has a blast in Branson.

Branson Travel Preparation Tips

First off, don’t forget to reserve and pick up your tux on-location at Karl’s Tuxedo in Springfield, MO (that’s us, by the way). 

Karl’s Tuxedo is a fantastic place to rent a tux for your wedding. We stock a wide selection of options to choose from, and our staff can give you the 411 on everything you need to know about the 417!

With that out of the way, here’s a checklist of other important items that you should definitely remember to pack on your trip:

  • Several types of shoes (for hiking, wading, shopping, going to shoes, etc.)
  • Layers of clothing (for cool mornings and hot, humid days)
  • Dressy clothes for a night on the town
  • Casual clothing for everyday wear
  • Weather-proof clothing (like a raincoat and waterproof shoes/boots)
  • A swimsuit
  • A hat
  • A travel pillow
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • A camera
  • A journal
  • A small amount of cash (not all businesses in the area accept cards).


Branson, Missouri is a beautiful and affordable destination for a destination wedding. 

If you’re looking for stunning scenery, a variety of venues, and all kinds of things to do for guests, Branson is sure to make your wedding day unforgettable.

And if you need any help on-location to take your tuxedo game to the next level, don’t forget to contact us here at Karl’s. We’d love to help you avoid traveling with your tux by sourcing it all right here—on location within driving distance of Branson itself.