BOC Vacations

A Buffalo River Wedding

Whether you’re planning a large affair or a smaller ceremony, there’s no finer setting for an outdoor lover's wedding than the beauty and comfort of Buffalo Outdoor Center. If you're looking for a unique and stunning backdrop for your outside wedding, nothing can beat the Ozark Mountain terrain. With its abundant wildlife, rugged beauty, and the flowing Buffalo National River, it's certainly one of the best, most scenic outdoor wedding venues in Arkansas!

celebrating a summer wedding outside

Say “I do” in Arkansas’s prettiest place.

Overlook miles upon miles of beautiful Buffalo River scenery when you say your vows. Choose either one of our lodges – or one of our romantic mountain-top cabins for a more intimate event – as your wedding venue and let the upper Buffalo River’s outstanding scenery serve as the backdrop of your special day.

Grand Wedding Events

Planning a wedding with lots of friends and family? We have two beautiful lodges, and each one is located in an extra-special setting and packed with terrific amenities.

Ponca Creek Lodge has over 800 square feet of deck space – not to mention 5,000 square feet inside – where up to 80 guests can celebrate your day. Cross the footbridge to a hillside pavilion (with a double fireplace!) and dance the night away with your new spouse.

For wedding receptions with up to 100 guests, check out our RiverWind Lodge. Perched on top of one of the Ozark’s tallest mountains with a 30-mile view across the upper Buffalo River wilderness, RiverWind Lodge is the perfect place to walk down the aisle.

Small Wedding Parties

Is an intimate wedding more your style? We have romantic, mountain-top cabins that offer a cozier alternative to our lodges. Our staff will even gladly help you select a scenic spot beside the river or on a trail for your exchange of vows.

Our Convenient Location

For guests coming from all over, our central location within the US – and proximity to two major airports – makes it easy to travel here. Guests driving from northwest or central Arkansas, Missouri, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Kansas, Mississippi and central/southeast Texas are within a one-day drive. For guests flying in, we’re about 90 minutes from Northwest Arkansas National Airport (XNA) and 2.5 hours from the Little Rock Airport.

Exclusive to Your Wedding

Unlike many wedding venues, we don’t double book. 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 one is lined up behind you. In other words, you won’t have the pressure or interference of multiple events going on around you. Forget the stress of a rigid time slot, and focus on making memories.

Romantic Honeymoon Cabins

After the festivities, easily transition to your honeymoon at one of our romantic cabins for two. Our secluded cabins offer privacy, relaxation and comfort for the newly-wedded couple – and most offer decks with stunning views and hot tubs or bedside Jacuzzi tubs. We think you’ll find our beautiful mountain-top cabins the perfect retreat from the world to being your new life together.

Additional Lodging Available

Need more room than a lodge allows? Our nearby cabins provide easy, convenient lodging for your wedding guests. Use our lodging map to view your chosen lodge or cabin and find adjacent cabins for your guests to stay in.

Plan Your Outdoor Wedding With Ease

Although the town of Ponca is small, we can connect you with qualified professionals from the surrounding area for your catering, photography, and floral needs. We work with them on a regular basis, so they know our lodges – as well as our high standards for customer service. Our list of local references include:

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

Our event coordinator, Mary Catherine, is happy to connect you with our local contacts, and also help you with set-up arrangements.

To learn more about weddings at BOC please read our events contract for the RiverWind Lodge & Ponca Creek Lodge.