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Wedding in the Smoky Mountains

Newly wed couple kissing with pink flower petalsA Wedding in the Smoky Mountains is a great choice for someone looking to have family and friends join them from several areas or for couples that want to get away from their normal scenery for their special day.  Many couples are bucking normal wedding trends in favor of wedding destination locations. Imagine the excitement when wedding guests discover where the ceremony will be held. Destination locations usually encompass outdoor beauty from the wedding to the honeymoon. One well-known region that fits the bill is the Smoky Mountains. The Gatlinburg, Sevierville and Pigeon Forge areas all nestled at the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park is the top destination in the Southeast United States for weddings. In addition to breathtaking mountains, the landscape includes gorgeous trees and various wildlife. Its calmness provides a marked contrast to city festivities. A wedding in the Smoky Mountains is a chance to commune with nature and enjoy one another without the normal hustle and bustle. Here are some tips on how to plan the perfect Smoky Mountains wedding.

Determine Budget: Set a budget for wedding expenses, break that down from a total cost for what is the priorities to allocate to first.

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 wedding destination will let you relax and enjoy the experience   Wedding planners will secure a romantic venue and help find a caterer and entertainment. Working closely with clients, these individuals go above and beyond to provide as many options as possible within budget.

Wedding and Reception Venue: Consider an indoor/outdoor location. Exchanging vows in the outdoors offers an interesting contrast to the formally dressed bride and groom. The indoor area provides restrooms and refuge in case the weather changes.

Photography and Video: Seek a wedding photographer 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.

Entertainment: This is yet again where couples may 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.

Catering: 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 so will it be a 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.

Lodging: Continue the theme of a wedding in the Smoky Mountains and book a honeymoon cabin. These lodgings come equipped with amenities conducive to a romance and allow couples to truly relax and enjoy their time together.