Get Married In The National Park

Weddings in the Smoky Mountains can take place in designated areas of the national park. Purchase a special use permit from the park and follow their guidelines for getting started. The applications must be received by the park no less than 14 days before the event. You can find the application documents for weddings in the Smoky Mountains below.

Weddings In The Smoky Mountains

All park uses that fall under the catergory of special events are required to have a special permit. These uses include wedding ceremonies, wedding receptions and wedding photography. Permit requests for weddings in the Smoky Mountains take between two and four weeks and require a fee.

NPS Info

The following information is needed to complete the special use permit: name of bride and groom, date and time of wedding ceremony, number of people attending, name of responsible party, preferred location within the park, name of the person performing the ceremony and contact information.

Tennessee Marriage License

If you are a Tennessee Resident, you will now pay $97.50 for a marriage license. You may attend a 4 (four) hour premarital preparation course and present us the certificate of completion to waive the $60.00 fee accessed for not taking this course. All Non-Tennessee Residents getting married in Sevier County will pay $37.50. If either you or your spouse has a Tennessee Drivers License you will be charged $7.50.

Marriage License

Wedding Vendor Approval

If you’re using a wedding planner, he or she needs to be authorized to conduct business in the park. Additionally, your caterer, photographer, wedding officiant, limo driver and any other paid service provider needs to obtain approval, too. The following Smoky Mountain wedding vendors are pre-approved to conduct business in the park: Smokey Mountain Wedding, Above The Mist, and New Beginnings Photography. Any other Pigeon Forge wedding vendors will need special approval from the NPS before the big day.

weddings in the Smoky Mountains

Know Before You Go

When you’re planning a wedding in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, it’s important to be aware of a few things. One important thing to keep in mind is that your wedding is taking place on public land — that means anyone can attend, even without an invite. You cannot exclude other park visitors from the site during your wedding, reception or photos. Know an estimate of how many guests will be attending your wedding before getting in touch with the National Park Service.


Weddings In The Smoky Mountains

The Appalachian Clubhouse

Located in the Elkmont area, this historic structure was used as a gathering spot by the Appalachian Club, established in 1910. Club members built rustic cabins nearby to serve as vacation homes before the park was created. In 1934 the original building was destroyed by a fire and replaced with the existing building, which has now been rehabilitated by the NPS.

Appalachian Clubhouse

Spence Cabin

Spence Cabin is also called the "River Lodge," as you can hear the sounds of the Little River in every room. This whimsical pink cottage is a fun and unique venue for any sort of gathering. It was build in 1928 as a vacation home for Alice Townsend, the wife of the colonel who owned the Little River Lumber Company and Little River Railroad.

Spence Cabin

Including The Appalachian Clubhouse and Spence Cabin, there are 52 total location options for weddings in the Smoky Mountains. Below is a comprehensive list.

Townsend TN

View of Cades Cove Wildlife Overlook

Cades Cove Wildlife Overlook

[Cades Cove Info]

Townsend TN

View of Cades Cove LeQuire Cemetery Overlook

Cades Cove LeQuire Cemetery Overlook

[Cades Cove Info]

Townsend TN

View of Cades Cove Methodist Church

Cades Cove Methodist Church

[Cades Cove Info]

Gatlinburg TN

View of Cataract Falls

Newfound Gap Rd.

View of Chimneys Picnic Area

Chimneys Picnic Area

[Chimney Tops Trail Info]
View of Clingmans Dome Parking Area

Clingmans Dome Parking Area

[Clingmans Dome Info]

Newfound Gap Rd.

View of Collins Creek Picnic Pavilion

Collins Creek Picnic Pavilion

Cosby TN

View of Cosby Picnic Pavilion

Cosby Picnic Pavilion

[Cosby Info]

Bryson City NC

View of Deep Creek Picnic Pavilion

Deep Creek Picnic Pavilion

[Deep Creek Info]

Cosby TN

View of Foothills Parkway East Overlook #1

Foothills Parkway East Overlook #1

[Foothills Parkway Info]

Cosby TN

View of Foothills Parkway East Overlook #2

Foothills Parkway East Overlook #2

[Foothills Parkway Info]

Cosby TN

View of Foothills Parkway East Overlook #3

Foothills Parkway East Overlook #3

[Foothills Parkway Info]

Cosby TN

View of Foothills Parkway East Overlook #4

Foothills Parkway East Overlook #4

[Foothills Parkway Info]

Townsend TN

View of Foothills Parkway West Overlook #1

Foothills Parkway West Overlook #1

[Foothills Parkway Info]

Townsend TN

View of Foothills Parkway West Overlook #2

Foothills Parkway West Overlook #2

[Foothills Parkway Info]

Townsend TN

View of Foothills Parkway West Overlook #3

Foothills Parkway West Overlook #3

[Foothills Parkway Info]

Townsend TN

View of Foothills Parkway West Overlook #4

Foothills Parkway West Overlook #4

[Foothills Parkway Info]

Townsend TN

View of Foothills Parkway West Overlook #4.5

Foothills Parkway West Overlook #4.5

[Foothills Parkway Info]

Townsend TN

View of Foothills Parkway West Overlook #5

Foothills Parkway West Overlook #5

[Foothills Parkway Info]

Townsend TN

View of Foothills Parkway West Overlook #6

Foothills Parkway West Overlook #6

[Foothills Parkway Info]

Townsend TN

View of Foothills Parkway West Overlook #7

Foothills Parkway West Overlook #7

[Foothills Parkway Info]

Townsend TN

View of Foothills Parkway West Overlook #8

Foothills Parkway West Overlook #8

[Foothills Parkway Info]

Townsend TN

View of Foothills Parkway West Overlook #9 (Look Rock)

Foothills Parkway West Overlook #9 (Look Rock)

[Foothills Parkway Info]

Townsend TN

View of Foothills Parkway West Overlook #10

Foothills Parkway West Overlook #10

[Foothills Parkway Info]

Townsend TN

View of Foothills Parkway West Overlook #11

Foothills Parkway West Overlook #11

[Foothills Parkway Info]

Townsend TN

View of Foothills Parkway West Overlook #12

Foothills Parkway West Overlook #12

[Foothills Parkway Info]

Townsend TN

View of Foothills Parkway West Overlook #13

Foothills Parkway West Overlook #13

[Foothills Parkway Info]

Townsend TN

View of Foothills Parkway West Overlook #14

Foothills Parkway West Overlook #14

[Foothills Parkway Info]

Gatlinburg TN

View of Gatlinburg Bypass Park Entrance Sign

Gatlinburg Bypass Park Entrance Sign

[Gatlinburg Info]

Gatlinburg TN

View of Gatlinburg Overlook Parking Area #1

Gatlinburg Overlook Parking Area #1

[Gatlinburg Info]

Gatlinburg TN

View of Gatlinburg Overlook Parking Area #2

Gatlinburg Overlook Parking Area #2

[Gatlinburg Info]

Gatlinburg TN

View of Greenbrier #1

Greenbrier #1

Gatlinburg TN

View of Greenbrier #2

Greenbrier #2

Gatlinburg TN

View of Greenbrier Picnic Pavilion

Greenbrier Picnic Pavilion

Cherokee NC

View of Heintooga Overlook

Heintooga Overlook

[Cherokee NC Info]

Bryson City NC

View of Lakeview Drive

Lakeview Drive

Townsend TN

View of Maloney Point

Maloney Point

[Townsend Info]

Townsend TN

View of Metcalf Bottoms Picnic Area

Metcalf Bottoms Picnic Area

[Picnic Areas Info]

Townsend TN

View of Metcalf Bottoms Picnic Pavilion

Metcalf Bottoms Picnic Pavilion

[Picnic Areas Info]

Townsend TN

View of Millsap

Newfound Gap Rd.

View of Mingus Mill

Mingus Mill

Townsend TN

View of Missionary Baptist Church

Missionary Baptist Church

[Cades Cove Info]

Newfound Gap Rd.

View of Newfound Gap Parking Area

Newfound Gap Parking Area

Cherokee Orchard Rd.

View of Noah Bud Ogle Cabin

Noah Bud Ogle Cabin

[Bug Ogle Cabin Info]

Newfound Gap Rd.

View of Oconaluftee Overlook

Oconaluftee Overlook

Cherokee NC

View of Palmer Chapel

Palmer Chapel

[Cherokee NC Info]

Townsend TN

View of Primitive Baptist Church

Primitive Baptist Church

[Cades Cove Info]

Newfound Gap Rd.

View of Rock Wall Curve

Rock Wall Curve

Newfound Gap Rd.

View of Smokemont Church

Smokemont Church

Gatlinburg TN

View of Twin Creeks Picnic Pavilion

Twin Creeks Picnic Pavilion

More NPS Wedding Information

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