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Apr 19/13

Engage: Tips for Getting Hitched in Little Rock Posted by: Rebecca Buerkle | 0 Comments

When a couple gets engaged, many things happen all at once: hugs, tears, calls to mom, kissing up to dad. But the moment that ring is placed on a woman’s finger, it’s as if a starting pistol has been fired. The sprint to the chapel has begun. For a breakdown of how much brides and their families can expect to spend — anywhere from $16,000 to $28,000 — while sprinting to the altar in Pulaski County, click here.

Location, location, location
Before the bride steps foot on the aisle countless decisions will be mulled over. Each item has its importance, but one may take top billing: Location. After all, if there is no place to get married, it can be pretty difficult to host a wedding. Luckily, Little Rock offers a number of spectacular venues. For couples opting for a more traditional route there are a large number of sanctuaries, both cozy — Pulaski Heights Methodist and Faith Lutheran — and colossal — Church at Rock Creek and Fellowship North. The city also boasts an array of locations idyllic for those who would like a nontraditional backdrop for their nuptials. The Arkansas Arts Center, The Clinton Library, Terry House and Lafayette Square are just a few examples for brides thinking outside the church.

Save the date
Timing also plays a role when picking a date. For couples looking at matrimony in the fall, they’re vocal about their efforts to reserve churches, caterers, and photographers for the coveted Razorback bye weekend. If football season isn’t a concern, hunting season might impact the date — or at least the day’s schedule. If spring or summer is desired a good Southern woman knows to set her hair and be ready to face the heat, humidity and the unpredictable Arkansas weather.

Let them eat cake
Many couples — and nearly all of the wedding guests — value the reception more than the ceremony. The top three questions being: “Band or DJ?” “What kind of cake?” and, of course, “Open or cash bar?” When it comes to the sweet stuff, Little Rock is home to a number of skilled bakers more than capable of creating the cake of a couple’s confectionary dreams. For inspiration, try Sweet Love Bakes, Cakes by Sam and Blue Cake Company. Any of these experts can provide an accurate estimate on the size cake needed (it’s unlikely every guest will eat cake), and of course, bakers can help to ensure the cake has made it to the destination safely, and in one piece.


A wedding is a gathering of friends and family from far and wide to celebrate a momentous occasion in two lives. The anticipation and excitement can often lead to too many (unwanted) opinions, critiques and comparisons. What matters most, beyond the cake, the dress, the setting — is the couple. It doesn’t matter if the bride picked out ‘blush and bashful’ for colors decades before the groom entered the picture, or if the whole ceremony was ‘encouraged’ by daddy and a shotgun; as long as the couple is happy the day can be a success.

Photos courtesy of Kayce Green

Rebecca Buerkle is equal parts class and sass. She’s a born and raised Arkansan who currently resides in Little Rock. Rebecca believes in Thank-You notes, the comfort of a warm meal, and the healing power of a good laugh.



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