Happy couple following their wedding at The Inn at Rose Hall
We talk to a lot of brides this time of the year. Last night I had a call from a young woman that was in a quandary about where to have her family and the wedding party stay. It’s a question we are asked a lot. Do you want everyone to stay where you and the groom are staying? It sounds like a lot of fun but once the excitement, nuptial nerves and wedding celebration are over most couples discover they just want to be alone. It’s worth thinking about. If everyone stays someplace else, it takes you, the bride and groom, out of the host mode, and then you can make the choice if you want to join the others or just be alone together. Eureka Springs offers so many wonderful lodging options. You might want to rent several cottages for your guests, or an entire Bed and Breakfast and they will only be minutes away from where you are staying.
It’s a solution worth thinking about.
In the past seven years we have done hundreds of weddings here at The Inn at Rose Hall. Each one is special but every once in a while there is one that could be called extraordinary. It happened this weekend.
Just before the wedding started the groom slipped back into the kitchen and handed me the bride’s wedding band and said, “she hasn’t seen this one yet.” They had shopped for their wedding rings together and had made a practical decision about the ones they purchased. The bride had given me the practical rings for the ceremony. Without her knowledge the groom had gone back to the jewelry store and bought her the wedding band she had absolutely adored. The one that wasn’t practical just drop-dead gorgeous. When the groom slipped that ring on the bride’s finger I didn’t think we would make it through the ceremony. She was overcome with emotions and completely surprised. It will a story that is told to their children over and over.