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Anthony Chapel | Hot Springs National Park Arkansas

    Whether you have your heart set on an elegant wedding in our stunning chapel with a vaulted glass ceiling that reaches to the sky or an intimate romantic outdoor ceremony in our lush gardens – you will find the perfect setting at Garvan Woodland Gardens.

    Garvan Gardens is the 210-acre botanical garden of the University of Arkansas, located on the shore of beautiful Lake Hamilton in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Only 45 minutes southwest of Little Rock, we’re also surrounded by the beautiful Ouachita Mountains.

    With breathtaking bridges, waterfalls and cascades, stunning architectural features, and beautiful flowers and trees year round – Garvan Gardens is the perfect setting for starting a lifetime of memories.

    As soon as you enter our botanical oasis, you’ll see why Garvan Woodland Gardens has been recognized as one of the most spectacular gardens in America.

    We invite you to tour the gardens and discover the many venues available for weddings, as well as for social, non-profit and corporate events. Call 501-262-9608 or email to inquire about a tour.

    With seating for 160, Anthony Chapel boasts amazing acoustics that musicians love. A gorgeous, grand Steinway piano compliments the stage and is available for playing during your rental.

    Anthony Chapel typically books in 3-hour time slots from either 10 AM until 1 PM, 1:30 – 4:30 PM or 5 – 8 PM. (During Holiday Lights from mid-November through December 31 each year, weddings must conclude at 3 PM and no receptions are held in the Gardens.) Three-hour rentals include a property manager, who will work with your wedding coordinator to make sure your special day goes smoothly; a sound tech, who will set up recorded music for the sound system or assist with musicians’, singers’ and officiant needs; and a security guard, who is stationed a few feet away from the building to maintain privacy during your ceremony.

    Additionally, three properties comprise the Chapel Complex during the 3-hour rental. In addition to Anthony Chapel, the Chapel Complex includes the Bridal Hall and Groom’s Quarters for the bridal party to gather prior to the ceremony. The Groom’s Quarters is located northeast of the Chapel and just off the last bay of the main parking lot. The Bridal Hall is located south of the Chapel and nearer to the Welcome Center, and also just off the main parking lot. The Bridal Hall has parking for 2 vehicles and includes a large room with abundant lighting, mirrors and vanities. It also has a full-size catering kitchen.
    A one-hour rehearsal, typically the day before the wedding, is also included this rental. And, a photo pass into the Gardens for 5 people is included. This photo pass is generally used for a bridal session or engagement photos, and must be scheduled 30 days prior to the wedding date. Wedding guests for 3-hour rentals receive free entry into the Gardens on the day of the wedding.