Having a wedding in the Smoky Mountains is all the rage these days. And even though they’re popular, there’s nothing cookie-cutter about Smoky Mountain weddings.
Here are 10 things you need to know before planning a wedding in the Smoky Mountains...
1. The Smoky Mountains are within a day’s drive of over HALF of the United States.
Just like real estate rules being “Location, Location, Location”, this same sentiment is true of wedding venues, too. From over half of the US, you can get to the Smokies with way less time and hassle than hopping any international flight. It means you can elope quickly, your family and friends can get in fast (if you want them), and that you can go from being engaged to married in no time flat.
2. The Smoky Mountains are the wedding capital of the South.
When you think “elopement”, usually you think Vegas, Reno, maybe Tahoe, or Niagara Falls. But the Smoky Mountains are the second most popular wedding destination in the country. So getting married in the Smokies isn’t a new trend – couples have been breathing the fresh mountain air while they say their vows for generations.
3. The Smoky Mountains are GORGEOUS year-round.
People tend to think of the Smokies as ideal in late Spring and during peak foliage. Here’s one of the best-kept secrets – the Smokies are AWESOME all year round.
Light snow showers in the winter. Old trees to keep it cool in the summer heat.
4. There’s something for everyone in the Smoky Mountains.
Hundreds of miles of trails. Hiking, ziplining, rafting, and more for the outdoorsy types. Moonshine, breweries, wineries, shopping, souvenirs, artisans, musical shows, and history galore for the indoorsy types.
Not many places can offer something for everyone quite like the Smokies.
5. The views are out of this world.
There is not a bad view in the Smoky Mountains. From driving routes to walking paths, from the cable cars to the balcony of a great inn, the views of the peaks and trees and the wildlife are some of the best in the country.
6. Get a lay of the land on vendors.
If you’re from out of town, get a wedding planner or make sure your all-inclusive package includes one. These wedding planners are used to working or may have contracts with specific vendors.
If you’re looking for a photographer that’s more your style, be sure to check them out in advance. These are some great vendors in the Smokies.
7. Plan to take some extra time off work.
The Smokies are gorgeous and once you get here, we’re sure you won’t want to leave. So take a couple of extra days off of work, just to be on the safe side.
8. Embrace the Southern!
From Southern hospitality to sweet tea, from moonshine to BBQ, get as much of these into your wedding and time in the Smokies as possible.
For example, you could stay at a hospitable Southern inn, drink sweet tea out on the porch in a rocking chair, overlooking the Smokies, have a BBQ for your rehearsal, and a signature moonshine cocktail for your reception.
9. Go above and beyond for your guests!
With the help of your wedding coordinator, make your and your guests’ experience out of this world with extras, like help with day trips, and ideas for the best places to eat, play, and be pampered.
And welcome them all with a gift basket or fruit tray, just to let them know how much you appreciate them.