How About A Smoky Mountain Wedding?

By: Mitch Moore
A wedding couple in the Smokies

Whether You Want a Simple Elopement or All-Inclusive Wedding, You’ll Find Your Dream Wedding Here in the Great Smoky Mountains

Are you planning a wedding? Maybe a destination wedding? How about a Smoky Mountain wedding? Couples will travel to ensure their wedding day is one of the most unique and memorable days of their lives.

Here are four great reasons why getting married in the Great Smoky Mountains can make your dream wedding come true. It’s all about the experience. This area, which includes the three neighboring communities of Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and Sevierville, offers so many wonderful ways to say “I Do!”

First, the Great Smoky Mountains are breathtaking with gorgeous mountain vistas. The undulating ridges of these ancient mountains turn blue as they roll into the distance. Its tall trees, rushing streams, cascading waterfalls, natural wildlife, historic settlements, shady picnic grounds, and bountiful trails inspire visitors with their beauty and diversity. It’s no wonder the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most visited national park in the nation. What a backdrop for a wedding! You can even get married in the Park with a special permit.

Second, Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and Sevierville offer an endless array of activities, restaurants, and accommodations. Whether you’re looking for a romantic evening for two or an adventure for the whole family, you’ll find plenty to keep you and your guests entertained. There’s everything from thrill rides to music shows, hiking to shopping. Dollywood and Ripley’s Aquarium are two of the most popular attractions. As for lodging, you can stay at a hotel, a condo, an Airbnb, or a log cabin. The honeymoon favorite? A secluded log cabin with an outdoor hot tub!

Third, the area is known as a premier wedding destination. Over the years thousands of couples have gotten married in Gatlinburg’s romantic wedding chapels. More recently the wedding venues not only in Gatlinburg but also in Pigeon Forge and Sevierville have grown in number, size, and sophistication. Larger weddings with 50, 100, or over 200 guests are now commonplace. You’ll find amazing upscale wedding venues including barns, mountaintop event centers, large lodges, beautiful gardens, and outstanding resorts. Best of all, these wedding venues have talented staff and recommend preferred vendors so your Smoky Mountain wedding is stressfree.

Fourth, how much does a Smoky Mountain wedding cost? While the range can be from a few hundred dollars for a simple elopement to thousands of dollars depending on your choice of wedding venue and the number of guests invited, you will be pleasantly surprised at how much less your total investment will be compared to what you had expected. You’ll find that your dream wedding is affordable after all!

To help with your planning, visit the website of the Smoky Mountain Wedding Association. Listed are not only awesome wedding venues and charming chapels, but also talented photographers, caterers, bakers, florists, hairstylists, officiants, wedding planners, and more. “Our wedding professionals are here,” says Ron Crivellone, president of the Smoky Mountain Wedding Association, “to provide you with all the resources you need to create the perfect Smoky Mountain wedding!”