People from all over the world travel to the Great Smoky Mountains each summer to visit the national park as well as all the great attractions, shops and restaurants that are found in the communities that lie in the foothills. But that’s not the only reason that people come to the Smokies.
Every year, thousands of couples come here to say, “I do.” Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville are already great places to travel on a summer vacation, so why not work your wedding plans into the itinerary? The Smokies make a scenic backdrop for any marriage ceremony, and you’ve already got one of the most beautiful honeymoon destinations in the country built right into the mix.
A good place to start is by contacting one of the dozens of wedding destinations in the area. These range from charming chapels that are dedicated exclusively to wedding ceremonies to flexible, multipurpose event venues to resorts and other lodging providers that not only make great honeymoon accommodations but also are able to perform ceremonies on site.
And then there are unique places to get married, such as the Hard Rock Café and the Titanic Museum Attraction, both in Pigeon Forge. You can even get married on horseback, on a boat or in a helicopter. When it comes to tying the knot, the Great Smoky Mountains can provide just about any experience you might be interested in.
No matter which way you go, you’ll often be working with a staff wedding coordinator who can provide you or connect you with all the services you’ll need for the big day, from cakes and reception services to flowers to photographers and videographers. Venues that don’t provide such services themselves can at least put you in touch with local vendors who can provide them. Of course, all venues are able to supply a licensed minister or officiant who will make sure that you get married all nice and legal-like.
Of course, honeymooning in the Smokies makes as much sense as getting married in the Smokies does, not just because of the beautiful mountains and scenery but because there’s so much to do in the area. Whether it’s horseback riding in Gatlinburg or ziplining in Pigeon Forge, a ton of fun awaits newlyweds. There are also multiple shopping opportunities as well as dozens of restaurants that can provide a romantic setting for a just-married couple’s first meals together.
Before you travel to the Smokies, don’t forget to obtain your marriage license, which you can get at the Sevier County Courthouse in Sevierville, Pigeon Forge City Hall or the Gatlinburg Shilling Center. Marriage licenses are affordable and easy to get; you just apply in person at any of the above locations and provide a valid ID. The cost for out-of-state-couples is $38.50 (cash) or $45.50 (credit card), while in-state couples pay $98.50 and $105.50, respectively.
However, no blood tests, waiting periods or witnesses are necessary to get married, all of which are just a few of the reasons why the Smokies are considered the Wedding Capital of the South.