Open any bridal magazine in the state and you're sure to see a featured wedding from the Walton Arts Center. The Fayetteville theater has become a hot spot for weddings since it’s opening in 1992, a mix of modern style with a theatrical twist. With a schedule packed full of Tony Award-winning Broadway shows, you may have thought you'd have to win the wedding date lottery to get the chance to book your day there. But as it turns out, you're in luck. With nine separate rental options and dates held in reserve, seeing your name up in lights at the Walton Arts Center is more attainable than you might think.
For the bride who doesn’t want the typical barn or ballroom, the Walton Arts Center will set her wedding apart from the rest. A $23 million renovation and expansion package in 2016 ensures that the venue is equipped with the latest and greatest in technology. Superior acoustics, updated AV and lighting systems means that your wedding can have the same stage production as that of a Broadway show.
The facility boasts an impressive nine rental spaces, including Walker Atrium, Baum Walker Hall, Starr Theater, Walmart Lobby, McBride Studio, Sudduth Garden Room, Bradberry Amphitheater in the Rose Garden, Joy Pratt Markham Gallery, and the Pace Balcony Lobby. Each is designed to be unique; no matter your vision, the Walton Arts Center has something to fit the bill.
Perhaps the most recognized location is the Walker Atrium. The space features an iconic modern lighting design by Schuler Shook, easily admired by those strolling down Dickson Street. The atrium is intentionally designed in neutral grays with floor to ceiling windows, allowing it to compliment your desired color scheme. And you and your partner are sure to make a stage-worthy entrance into the reception, descending down the room's grand staircase to the cheers of friends and family. Two large built-in bars allow for everyone to be served quickly, and give ample time for them to enjoy your signature cocktail. Walker Atrium can accommodate up to 300 guests, making it a smart choice for larger wedding parties.
Couples wanting a true stage experience for their big day might see their fantasy come to life in the Starr Theater. A traditional black box theater, the simple aesthetic can be transformed into something grander or left as is for a minimalist vibe. The room features 250 retractable seats that can be removed to allow for a banquet-style setup.
A more traditionally romantic setting can be found in the Bradberry Amphitheater and Rose Garden. The outdoor space gives every guest the best seat in the house. Trees, greenery, and of course, roses, enclose the space, making everyone feel transported to a garden oasis, despite being right off Dickson Street. Renting the amphitheater also comes with access to the Sudduth Garden Room.
For the first time ever, Walton Arts Center will open up Baum Walker Hall for weddings. Yes, you read that correctly. The same stage that has played host to incredible shows like Waitress, Cats, Jersey Boys, and more, can be yours to book for your special day. Large backdrops, abstract stage props, and thematic lighting will give your ceremony the same production value as a live theater performance. Guests are seated on cushioned stadium seating, with an arrangement that allows everyone a clear view of the moment you say your vows. Renting Baum Walker Hall for you wedding means that on a day all about your love story, it will truly take center stage. If you’re interested, you’ll have to act fast; dates are extremely limited.
The Fayetteville theater’s prime location could not be more ideal for local and out of town guests alike. Walking out the wide glass doors of the Walton Arts Center puts you squarely in the midst of Fayetteville's nightlife, where local favorites like Theo's or Bordino's are sure to impress. Guests wanting to stay overnight will find their perfect night’s sleep at The Graduate Hotel, which offers shuttle service to and from the venue.
When you choose Walton Arts Center, one thing you are guaranteed to find is a staff that is flexible. Have a unique idea for table and chair arrangements? They’re on it. Want to rearrange the layout for the fifth time? They can handle it. They want your day to be just what you envision. They also will bring their expertise to the table, advising you on things you might not have considered, like speaker placement or where floral arrangements will make the most impact.
Multiple dressing rooms on site accommodate up to thirty people, giving the whole bridal party the chance to get ready together. You won’t have to worry about things going off without a hitch; the staff at the Walton Arts Center will handle that for you. Their dedicated team will handle set-up and tear down, and includes all the table and chairs you need to seat friends and family alike.
Outside catering is allowed; the Walton Arts Center has a preferred list of vendors to help make the decision a snap. Bar service is available with licensed bartenders and specialty drink options.
Despite the amazing downtown Fayetteville location and the sheer magnitude of the venue, the Walton Arts Center pricing remains competitive with other venues around Northwest Arkansas. Prices range from $6K - $15K, depending on the season and room selection. Dates are released twice a year, so you’ll have to act fast to secure your coveted date.
Walton arts center is a wedding venue like no other. With a combination of theatrics and modern vibes, its sure to make any wedding instantly magazine-worthy. If you're ready to try and snag one of the limited dates, fill out the contact form below.
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