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For the couple who likes to hike, just a small gathering by your favorite waterfall might be all you're looking for.
A natural clearing in the forest under tall hardwood trees makes a fabulous green canopy overhead during spring and summer, and breathtaking golds and reds and russets in autumn. There are wedding services that will perform weddings at an outdoor location of your choice, such as by a mountain stream or a natural waterfall in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Are you looking for something more intimate? Just the two of you? Ceremonies can be performed by a minister who travels to your hotel or cabin. Nowadays, a popular trend is to get married in your honeymoon cabin or chalet, which offers privacy and incomparable mountain settings.
Many wedding vendors in the Smoky Mountain region offer beautifully landscaped Garden Weddings which feature rustic gazebos and barns in a natural setting for a custom, romantic outdoor experience.
The biggest advantage to an outdoor Smoky Mountain wedding is the absolutely gorgeous and scenic locations available in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. Park Restrictions currently require special permits.
Also, there is a beautiful gazebo in the heart of Pigeon Forge at Patriot Park. Contact the proper City of Pigeon Forge officials for information about the use of Patriot Park.
Unique Outdoor Wedding Venues:
If you’re interested in an outdoor wedding, the Titanic Pigeon Forge Museum Attraction offers a beautiful fountain as your backdrop. The Titanic Pigeon Forge wedding venue provides the opportunity for beautiful portraits to capture your moment. Titanic Pigeon Forge now encourages couples to reserve their wedding space and make plans to get married on the grand staircase and spend their special day aboard the ship!
Honeysuckle Hills is a very unique location in the Smoky Mountains specializing in one-of-a-kind events and weddings! The owner of Honeysuckle Hills has created many outdoor wedding spaces complete with nostalgic barn, mountain stream, flower gardens, and horses for an experience worth passing down for generations in her unique style of photography.
When planning and decorating for an outdoor wedding you have unlimited possibilities. The décor, the seating arrangements and the use of your surroundings is completely up to you! If you want to make your entrance in a horse drawn carriage, put lights in the trees or have your guests sit on hay bales, that’s your choice! Some brides choose their favorite setting and go from there, so if you want a true southern, Smoky Mountain wedding, don’t hesitate to put those cowboy boots on, decorate with hay bales and mason jars and have your wedding the way you want. If you are a classic do-it-yourself-er, the PigeonForge.com blog contains many wonderful DIY ideas.
If you’re in an area with a lot of surrounding trees make sure to take those into consideration, a lot of decorating can be done with a tree. Some brides string photos from branch to branch, some hang lanterns for when the sun goes down and others string twinkle lights to set the mood. Trees are a great way to utilize the great outdoors for a little decorating that will enhance your wedding style.
Be sure to think about your seating arrangements for the reception also. You may want your guests to be assigned to intimate tables of 6 or 8, or bigger tables of 12 to 15. Another unique way for seating is one long table where everyone is side by side, (of course if you have a really large wedding party, that table could go on forever!) but it makes for a really cute and unique way to make everyone feel as though they are at one table, which includes the bride and groom!
If your heart is set on a summer or winter wedding or maybe you would just rather have an indoor ceremony and reception, you can still use the Smokies as a beautiful backdrop for photos. Many bride and grooms will do their photos together after the wedding so they are sure to get all the photos they want, some even do a trash-the-dress photo shoot. This is the perfect way to take advantage of the beautiful mountains where the photo ops are endless!