A wedding in the Smoky Mountains is a great choice for couples that want to get away from their normal scenery for their special day. Many couples today are abandoning normal wedding trends in favor of unique destination locations. Imagine the excitement when wedding guests discover that the ceremony will be overlooking the gorgeous Smokies! Destination locations usually encompass outdoor beauty from the wedding to the honeymoon, and the Smokies are no different. Here is everything you need to know about having a wedding in the Smoky Mountains:
1. Where to Have Your Wedding
The Gatlinburg, Sevierville and Pigeon Forge areas are nestled at the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, the top destination in the Southeast United States for weddings. In addition to breathtaking mountains, the landscape includes gorgeous trees and tons of wildlife. A wedding in the Smoky Mountains is a chance to commune with nature and enjoy your special day without the normal hustle and bustle on everyday life. We recommend considering a location with both indoor and outdoor options in case weather changes your plans. Exchanging vows in the outdoors offers an interesting contrast to the formally dressed bride and groom, while the indoor area provides restrooms and refuge.
2. Hire a Wedding Planner
Destination weddings can be stressful! Trying to figure out all the details can seem overwhelming at times, especially if you’re coordinating from far away. That’s why we recommend you hire a Wedding Planner. If you do not want to deal with the details yourself, selecting a wedding planner in the local area of the destination will let you relax and enjoy the experience Wedding planners will secure a romantic venue and help find things like your caterer and entertainment. Working closely with clients, these individuals go above and beyond to provide as many options as possible within budget.
3. It’s All About the Details
From photography and video to music and food, there are tons of details that go into creating your dream wedding. We have a few tips to make your wedding in the Smoky Mountains runs as smoothly as possible! First, select a wedding photographer and videographer who specializes in capturing all life forms. Because this is not the kind of landscape seen everyday or everywhere, a good photographer will highlight the wedding party and surrounding flora.
When it comes to entertainment, couples typically look to their planner for assistance. The couple will usually have an idea of the style of entertainment desired, be it a DJ or stringed quartet. The Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge areas have never-ending options of entertainment for you to choose from, ensuring you’ll find the perfect fit for your wedding.
Catering can be super stressful if you don’t know what you’re doing! First decide if you want a full dinner or only appetizers and cake. Then decide a theme to include favorites that you want served. Next, decide if you want to include alcohol and if it will be an open bar or only select drinks served. Decide who will supply food for the reception and whether it will be casual or formal. Couples should take time to visit each caterer, if you cannot be in the area look for references and reviews. Ask to sample various dishes to ensure they satisfy the requirements. Consider special dietary restrictions by offering vegetarian, gluten-free and dairy-free options, too.
4. Where to Stay
Continue the theme of a wedding in the Smoky Mountains and book one of our honeymoon cabins. These lodgings come equipped with amenities conducive to a romance and allow couples to truly relax and enjoy their time together. After your big day, you deserve to relax in one of hot tubs or cozy up in front of a fireplace! Celebrate your marriage and get away from the world for a little bit!
When you stay at one of our cabins for you wedding in the Smoky Mountains, you’ll be able to take advantage of our cabin specials and save money on your honeymoon! Splurge on delicious dinners and fun activities when you save money on your lodging! We look forward to seeing you!