BOC Weddings

Say, "I do," in Arkansas's Prettiest Place!

There’s no finer wedding venue in Arkansas than one of our spacious lodges or romantic cabins surrounded by the immense beauty of the Buffalo National River. Ponca is Arkansas's prettiest place, so weddings here are backdropped by gorgeous Ozark Mountain scenery every season of the year. And while the scenery may be grand, the price tag isn't---your wedding budget goes further at BOC, allowing you to plan an incredibly beautiful, yet very affordable event. Ready to learn more? Reach out to our Wedding Coordinator Sam at the link below!

celebrating a summer wedding outside

Explore our beautiful, affordable wedding venues below.

Wedding Venues

RiverWind Lodge

100 Event Guests / 36 Overnight

Perched atop one of the Ozark’s tallest mountains, RiverWind Lodge sets your wedding’s stage with its commanding 30-mile view of the upper Buffalo River wilderness.  With 5,000 square feet of indoor living area, a great room of towering glass that brings the outdoors inside, and a complete wrap-around deck outdoors, RiverWind gives you plenty of gorgeous event space and amenities for the Arkansas wedding of your dreams.

Ponca Creek Lodge

80 Event Guests / 16 Overnight

Our Ponca Creek Lodge is among the most popular wedding venues in Arkansas.  Say “I do,” on the lodge’s romantic footbridge spanning Ponca Creek…or out on the lawn with the lodge’s architectural beauty as your backdrop.  With over 800 square feet of outdoor deck space and 5,000 square feet of indoor area, you’ll celebrate your special day in roomy comfort and exquisite architectural style.  In addition, the lodge’s kitchen is a wedding caterer’s dream, featuring two commercial refrigerators, miles of counterspace, double ovens, warming oven, wine cooler, ice maker and more.

Big Sky Cabin

40 Event Guests / 12 Overnight

Looking for a mountain-top sunset wedding?  The Big Sky Cabin is the perfect spot for sunset “I do’s” and receptions for smaller weddings of up to 40 guests.  There’s also plenty of parking, as well as ample outdoor event tent space.  The nearby Waterfall Cabin also serves as additional accommodations for up to 6 guests during your event.

Romantic Cabins

25 Event Guests / 2 – 8 Overnight

Cabin X at Buffalo Outdoor Center
Is an intimate wedding with just a few friends or family members present more of what you had in mind?  If so, we have several romantic mountain-top cabins that provide an ideal setting for a lovely small wedding.  Consider secluded Cabin X—with its stellar view across the Ozark Mountains—as an extra-special place to start your forever together.  Our Wedding Coordinator can also recommend other cabins based on your style of wedding, number of guests, and budget preferences.

River & Trail Weddings

Sometimes a couple wishes to marry at a favorite spot on the Buffalo National River or one of its many hiking trails.  If your desired wedding location is within the national park boundary, the National Park Service requires a permit be obtained and paid for in advance of your ceremony.  Click here to learn more about in-park Buffalo National River weddings.

Easy to Get Here

Guests driving from northwest or central Arkansas, Missouri, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Kansas, Mississippi and central/southeast Texas are within a convenient drive of one day or less.  For guests coming from all over, our central location within the US – and proximity to two major airports – makes it very easy to travel here.  For guests flying in, we’re just 90 minutes from Northwest Arkansas National Airport (XNA) and 2.5 hours from the Little Rock Airport.  Please visit our Map & Directions page for specific travel routes.

The Venue is Solely Yours

When it comes to your wedding, it’s nice not to have to share—the space, that is.  At BOC, you and your guests will have the lodge or cabin to yourselves, so there’s no waiting for one wedding party to clear the area while another lines up behind you. In other words, you won’t have the pressure or distraction of multiple events going on around you. Forget the stress of a rigid time slot and know that your lodge or cabin is yours for the day, not just an hour or two.

Leave the Wedding—and the World—Behind

After the festivities, easily transition to your honeymoon night at one of our romantic cabins offering seclusion and beautiful, cozy surroundings.  Many of our honeymoon cabins offer decks with stunning mountain views and outdoor hot tubs while others feature romantic bedside Jacuzzis. Whichever BOC honeymoon cabin you choose, we think you’ll find it the perfect retreat from the world as you begin your new life together.

Affordable, Quality Venues

Yes!  It’s entirely possible to plan the wedding of your dreams without spending a fortune when you book your nuptials with Buffalo Outdoor Center.  In other words, let the setting and scenery take your breath away, not the price tag.  Our lodges and cabins offer brides an exemplary wedding venue that doesn’t break the bank.  Here, your budget doesn’t have to sacrifice a thing—you’ll enjoy having a beautiful, well-furnished event space, an extremely helpful staff to work with and, best of all, Arkansas’s finest scenery as your wedding’s backdrop!


Plan Your Wedding With Ease

We can easily connect you with qualified wedding services from the surrounding area, everyone from florists and wedding photographers to caterers and rental companies.  Our Wedding Coordinator can provide you a list of names and contact information.  These companies and individuals know our venues well and also appreciate our high standards for customer service.  Our list of local references include:

  • Ceremony Officiants
  • Photographers
  • Florists
  • Food & Catering Services
  • Event Design & Planning
  • Tents & Banquet Rentals
  • Hair & Makeup

Wedding at Ponca Creek Lodge

Venue Contracts & Fees

To learn more about weddings at BOC, please review the event contract for the RiverWind Lodge & Ponca Creek Lodge.  For event fees by venue, please scroll to the next section.


Ponca Creek.

We had our wedding at Ponca Creek Lodge and it was perfect. I loved this lodge and area. Everyone at the Center was extremely nice and helpful. We couldn't have found a better place to marry. Thanks so much!

Valeska V

Event Fees

About Event Fees

For a wedding, family reunion, corporate meeting, or another event at a BOC lodge or cabin, an event fee is charged in addition to lodging fees when at least one event meal, reception, or meeting occurs during the reservation.

About Security Deposits

A security/damage deposit is taken in addition to an event fee at the time your event contract is signed. It is completely refundable following an inventory and cleaning of the rental by our staff.

2023 Rates

Ponca Creek Lodge

Up to 40 Guests
41-80 Guests

+ Lodging Costs

RiverWind Lodge

Up to 50 Guests
51 – 100 Guests

+ Lodging Costs

Big Sky Cabin

Up to 40 Guests

+ Lodging Costs

Other BOC Cabins

Up to 25 Guests

+ Lodging Costs

• All events require a $500 security deposit. This deposit applies whether the event is held at a lodge or cabin. • All events require a signed special event contract, which ensures the comfort and safety of our clients and their guests, as well as the protection of our property. Our event coordinator can provide you with a contract copy to review prior to booking your event.