Summertime Wedding Planning
Jun 22, 2012
Planning Summer Weddings in the Smokies
Planning to get married in Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge this summer? You won’t be alone. Every year, thousands of couples come to the Smokies to get married and many of them hang around after the ceremony for a leisurely stay in one of our Gatlinburg honeymoon cabins. If wedding bells are ringing in your near future, here are some things you’ll need to consider when planning your Smoky Mountain destination wedding.
• Where should you get married? There are dozens of chapels from which to choose, with settings ranging from mountaintops to quiet gardens and gazebos. You can get married on a helicopter, on horseback or even at the Hard Rock Café in downtown Gatlinburg, if that’s what plucks your guitar.
• On which day of the week should you marry? Be aware that Saturdays are, by far, the busiest wedding day of the week. If that’s the day you want, then it’s better to plan as early as possible. That ensures that you’ll be able to book your date and preferred time, and it gives both the chapel coordinator and your families time to make the necessary arrangements.
• Where do you get your license? You’ll need a valid Tennessee marriage license to get married here, and you can get one from the County Clerk’s office at the courthouse in Sevierville or from one of their satellite offices in Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg. Both parties have to be present, and it’s valid for 30 days after issuance.
By Doug Shanks a Smoky Mountain blogger and writes about things to do in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Wears Valley, and Sevierville, Tennessee. Area interests include hiking, fishing, whitewater rafting, shopping, and family fun.