Dream Weddings in the Smokies

By: Mitch Moore
A wedding couple in the Smokies

The Great Smoky Mountains are proud to be known as the Wedding Capital of the South—and with good reason. Each year, well over 20,000 couples tie the knot here. The Smokies’ stunning vistas serve as the perfect setting for a romantic honeymoon, so getting married in the mountains is a natural alternative. Before the big trip down the aisle, you’ll need to make sure it’s all nice and legal. For more information on obtaining a Tennessee marriage license, call the Sevier County Courthouse at 865-453-5502.

Your next step is to choose just the right wedding chapel. Of course, that involves deciding exactly what type of wedding you want. In the Smokies, there are a variety of chapels that perform nearly every kind of ceremony imaginable, from the elegant and traditional to personalized and contemporary, either religious or secular. You could wed in an intimate, traditional, indoor chapel, or outdoors by a sparkling waterfall, or even in a charming Victorian gazebo.

With so many choices, it’s good to know that no matter which chapel you choose, you’ll enjoy the advantage of having most elements of the big event centrally coordinated in a cooperative effort with the chapel’s excellent staff of wedding planners. Chapels offer a wide array of wedding packages, ranging from a simple vow exchange to a more complex affair that incorporates many options such as: cakes, wedding photography, flowers, limousine services, receptions, honeymoon lodgings and more.