Fayetteville Arkansas Theatrical Wedding Venue
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 its 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 mean that your wedding can have the same stage production as that of a Broadway show.
Let’s set the stage
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. For example, the space features an iconic modern lighting design by Schuler Shook, easily admired by those strolling down Dickson Street. The atrium is also 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. This 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.
Go Big Or Go Home
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 such as Waitress, Cats, Jersey Boys, and more, can be yours to book for your special day. Large backdrops, abstract stage props, and thematic lighting will also give your ceremony the same production value as a live theater performance. For example, guests are seated on cushioned stadium seating. This arrangement allows everyone a clear view of the moment you say your vows. Renting Baum Walker Hall means your wedding will literally take center stage. If you’re interested, you’ll have to act fast; dates are extremely limited.
Lights, Camera, Action!
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. The Graduate also offers shuttle service to and from the venue to make for painless guest travel.
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? Not a problem at all. 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. Things such as speaker placement or where floral arrangements will make the most impact.
Another thing you’ll find is multiple dressing rooms on site that 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. This includes all the tables and chairs you need to seat friends and family alike.
Outside catering is also allowed. In addition, the Walton Arts Center has a preferred list of vendors to help make the decision a snap. Bar service is also available with licensed bartenders and specialty drink options.
Walton Arts Center Wedding Venue Pricing
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, it’s 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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