Wedding Ceremony Sitesat the Crescent Hotel
The 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa sits atop an Ozark Mountain on 15 acres of part gardens and part wooded estate. The Fountain Garden filled with pristine landscaping or the East Lawn are perfect backdrops for a beautiful outdoor ceremony. The woods finds a quaint space with a stone terrace and quaint arbor dressed in a 250-foot canopy of leaves. For indoor ceremonies, find nostalgia in these historic rooms with big windows and beautiful views.
At the very epicenter of this Historic Hotel of America is the Crystal Ballroom, site of the grand opening celebration of the Crescent in 1886. This celebration atmosphere has been maintained through the centuries. Today, brides who want an elegant stage for their wedding and/or reception choose this venue. With its huge windows, hardwood floors, and shimmering crystal chandeliers descending from the high ceiling, this ballroom can seat up to 350 for a ceremony and 250 for a reception. With full bands playing, guests can dance the night away while enjoying perfect catering choices and a full bar.
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Perhaps the signature wedding location for the 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa is the Fountain Garden. The bride and her entourage emerge from the New Moon Spa & Salon's wedding studio to her gathering of family and friends. The backdrop? A towering Historic Hotel of America and magnificent manicured gardens with a dynamic, historic fountain as its focal point. This most popular wedding setting can welcome up to 350 guests. The unforgettable and picturesque stroll to the wedding site adjacent to the fountain located on the southernmost point of the hotel's 15 acres is where the betrothed joins her fiancé. Following the fairytale ceremony, it's a short stroll to the reception in the Crescent's Crystal Ballroom or the Conservatory/Boardwalk/Gazebo.
Built to the specs of the original Conservatory that served as the gathering spot for co-eds of the Crescent College & Conservatory for Young Women, this room of glass that offers 270-degrees of sunlight and panoramic views is like an outdoor setting that is climate-controlled thereby embracing a wedding of any season. The hardwood floor and open floor plan allows for that traditional father-daughter dance and all of the dances that follow. Adjacent to the Boardwalk-Gazebo, an outdoor ceremony can be accommodated with the reception moving inside to this fabulous room with its crisp, white decor. The Conservatory is ideal for weddings and receptions of 20 to 125 people.
The East Lawn was the setting for the opening “welcome“ tea parties when the Crescent first opened its doors in the late 19th century. This bit of nostalgia is now replicated by weddings and receptions on these very same grounds. With the addition of a wedding ceremony gazebo, the East Lawn welcomes weddings from 64 to 125 people. The ceremony and outdoor catering under a stylish tented canopy make the event lovely and comfortable for guests. With the historic hotel as a backdrop on the west and the Ozark Mountains and Saint Elizabeth's Chapel on the east, a fun East Lawn wedding takes on the look of a Hollywood movie set.
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Boardwalk & Gazebo
The perfect spot for your outdoor ceremony overlooking the scenic hillside, the Boardwalk and Gazebo can be accommodated with the reception moving inside to the attached Conservatory, or down the stairs into the Fountain Gardens.
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The newest wedding venue for the Crescent sits under a 250-foot canopy of native hardwood trees and is adjacent to Crescent Trail. The cascading water feature that trills down the Ozark hillside enhances this outdoor wedding setting of fairytale magnificence. Hand-hewn benches add to the rustic decor that accommodates guests up to 50 while the wedding couple exchange vows under a custom-crafted wooden arch atop a stone terrace.
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A tree-top ceremony and reception can be accommodated by one of the hotel's Crescent Cottages. These uniquely designed structures are built right into the Ozark hillside thereby putting each one of the cottages' expansive wrap-around decks literally into the treetops. This more intimate wedding venue is perfect for a maximum of 20 guests. The two-bedroom cottage with a full kitchen, living room and two bathrooms is perfect for wedding party lodging.