Get Married in the Smokies

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Plan Your Dream Wedding in A Stunning Mountain Setting

Your wedding is a special day that only comes around once, so you’ll want to put a lot of time into planning an event that will be unforgettable. One of the most important aspects of your wedding is the setting, so why not have it in the naturally beautiful Smoky Mountains?

smokies weddingImagine saying your “I Do” to your special someone while surrounded by the thick green forests and craggy peaks of these spectacular mountains. The air is crisp and clean, the sunsets are breathtaking and there are so many beautiful spots to celebrate – from an elegant Victorian chapel to a private mountaintop cabin. Also, there are many great local businesses in the area that will offer you fantastic services – from catering to flowers and décor – in order to make your wedding unforgettable.

Reasons to Get Married in the Smokies

  • Have you seen the gorgeous mountain vistas? You couldn’t wish for a more beautiful backdrop.

  • Your wedding guests can make a vacation out of it and enjoy some of the attractions and activities that the area has to offer, including horseback riding, hiking, dinner shows and much more.

  • It’s affordable. From the marriage license to the venues, the prices here are reasonable so that your wedding doesn’t have to break the bank.

  • The people here are friendly and any vendors will be happy to make your special day memorable.

  • You could combine your wedding with your honeymoon and spend a week in a gorgeous secluded mountain lodge, enjoying each other’s company and the beautiful stillness of the wilderness.

Permits and Licenses

smokies weddingThere are many pre-approved locations within the National Park where you can hold your wedding, including historic churches, mountain rivers, streams and waterfalls. The rules of the National Park mean that you can only have two weddings per day in any of these locations. In order to have the most options, you should make your wedding plans as early as possible.

Of course, in order to have your wedding in the National Park you must have a permit. You must also obtain a Tennessee Marriage License, which you can obtain at the offices of the county clerk in Pigeon Forge, Sevierville and Gatlinburg.

The Weather Can Surprise You

If you are planning an outdoor wedding, keep in mind that the weather in the Smoky Mountains can be unpredictable. Make sure that you have arranged for a back-up plan if the weather turns bad on your wedding day. Also, have more than one location planned for your wedding photos in case of weather – or be willing to reschedule them for another day.

The best time of year for a wedding in the Smokies is the fall. The temperatures are not too hot, the weather is mostly pleasant and the leaves are changing to dazzling hues of red, yellow and gold. What a fantastic setting to celebrate your commitment and love for that special someone in your life.

Planning on tying the knot? Check out our Pigeon Forge Wedding Checklist.