Getting Married in the Smokies

Wedding Chapels

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Smokies Weddings Overview

What exactly is it that makes the Smoky Mountain such a popular wedding destination?  Could it be the picturesque outdoor settings?  The abundance of entertainment and shopping options?  The wide variety of wedding chapels available to couples looking to tie the knot?  Or could it be a combination of all of these elements that make the Smoky Mountains "the Wedding Capitol of the South"?

Even without all of the added benefits of a trip to the Smoky Mountains, the natural beauty of the area alone would make it an attractive destination to couples in love.  Offering average highs in the mid- to upper-80s in the summer and lows in the mid- to upper-20s in the winter, the climate of the area offers something for warm and cool weather fans alike. 

While mild temperatures and picturesque scenery are enticing to those looking to exchange their vows outdoors, there are plenty of beautiful chapels available in the Smoky Mountains to host more traditional ceremonies and offer protection from the sometimes unpredictable elements of nature.

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Outdoor weddings in the Smoky Mountains range from gazebo settings to waterfall backdrops to ceremonies conducted in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park itself.  A park wedding is subject to several guidelines, however, a list of which can found here.

Those choosing to hold their ceremonies indoors have a nearly endless supply of chapels to choose from, ranging from the traditional church wedding atmosphere to those practically attached to resorts and their numerous amenities.

To only mention these two options, however, is merely scratching the surface of the many alternatives a Smoky Mountain wedding can offer.  Location-wise, beautiful cabins are available to those who would rather the necessities of a ceremony come to them, down to the photographer and minister.

See Also:  Do's & Don'ts of a Destination Wedding 

Gatlinburg is home to the world's only Hard Rock Cafe with a wedding chapel and offers visitors to Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies not only the opportunity to propose in a unique way but also various wedding packages.  The Titanic exhibit at Pigeon Forge offers wedding packages and vow renewal ceremonies on a replica of the ship's grand staircase.

If you're thinking of planning a Smoky Mountain dream wedding, check out our list of resources here at  We want to help make sure your big day is everything you always hoped it would be!

Wedding Checklist

Whether your marriage ceremony is a simple or complex affair, there are certain things you will need to have arranged before that special day. wants to help make sure you have everything in order by providing this wedding checklist.

  • Select the season & date.
  • Secure the wedding location.
  • Secure the reception location.
  • Select the reception menu.
  • Reserve honeymoon accommodations.
  • Make hair and makeup appointments for yourself and members of the wedding party.
  • Arrive a day or so prior to your wedding to relax and take care of any last minute details.
  • Shop for bridesmaids and groomsmen gifts and any last-minute items.
  • Go with your future spouse to pick up your marriage license (Remember to bring a photo ID).
  • Get married.
  • Live happily ever after!