From breathtaking landscapes to an abundance of entertainment, the Smoky Mountains are a remarkable venue for a destination wedding. Or, if you live close by in towns like Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, you might as well head to the Smokys to say your vows instead of a local venue in town.
But still, regardless of how pretty and unique the experience of getting married may seem, planning a wedding in the Smokys can be a huge undertaking, especially for non-locals. It won't be as simple as picking a chapel on the outskirts. Instead, there will be much to stress over and wonder whether it will be a worthwhile drive for your guests. You'll be crestfallen if things go astray.
Thankfully, we're here to help.
Whether you're planning a wedding on the edge of a mountain or in a luxurious lodge, the following tips will make the process of saying "I DO" memorable:
1.Think about your venue
Finding the perfect venue is essential to wedding planning. So spend some time doing your homework on venue options until you find one that matches your theme. You mustn't compromise when it comes to designing your dream wedding. Fortunately, there are plenty of Smoky Mountain wedding venues you can choose from. Run a quick local search to browse options, read reviews, see pictures, and make bookings accordingly.
2.Consider the season
Consider exposing your attendees to something they don't usually experience or see when deciding the time of year for your wedding. Autumn is ideal for splendid pictures. A winter wedding can be exciting if you want to add some recreational activities like snowboarding or skiing to your wedding festivities. So take advantage of the season and the many fun seasonal entertainment options to them.
3.Maintain your budget
Creating a budget can help you streamline wedding prep, such as decorations, refreshments, the number of guests, etc. So be sure to create one and stick to it. To reduce stress, do the following things:
- Sit down with your partner and communicate how much money you have.
- Conduct research and consult with vendors to obtain estimates to organize a reasonable budget.
- Look for discounts.
- Remember that if you want to spend more money on something else, you can still do so within your spending plan.
4.Think about outdoor necessities
The Smokys are lovely but don't forget to plan for other things that come with being amid nature. If you're having a completely outdoor event, bring sunscreen, bug spray, an umbrella, a first aid kit, and any other wedding emergency kit items you believe will be helpful while out in the mountains.
5.Plan ahead of time
If you are not flexible with your wedding date, you will likely need to wait longer. Then, nail down your service providers. There are few options for ceremony officiants, photographers, and florists in small towns. Book these providers first, then look into the other person you'll need for the day. It is also critical to plan for rental equipment, transportation, and musicians ahead of time.
6.Make the most of the scenery
When considering celebrating the individuality of who you are, keep in mind the uniqueness of where you intend to marry. Plan a bridal luncheon picnic in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to take advantage of some of the natural beauty that surrounds you. You could also invite your guests to see the sequential fireflies in the Smokys. Nature provides no better metaphor for unity and wholeness. Your wedding will be more memorable with a scenic background.
You'll appreciate the convenience of centrally located lodging near a wide range of shopping, amusement, dining options, and reception and wedding venues. A hotel spa is ideal for getting the girls ready for their wedding day makeup and hair. A couple's massage is always something a couple looks forward to after a long wedding day. Consider condo options for guests who wish to stay for an extended time. Many local venues have transport to help your guests get to other nearby locations.
8.Don't forget to include a map/directions
If you intend to invite guests unfamiliar with the locale, we recommend sending them directions or a map before the big day. This ensures that everyone you want to share your special day with will be present. Also, you won't have to worry about anyone taking a wrong turn or getting confused on their way to the cabin.
9.Hire a wedding planner if necessary
A wedding planner can assist you in finding your dream venue, the best vendors for your budget and style, and guide you through this stressful process from start to finish. They can help you prevent costly mistakes and know where to find "real treasures." They can frequently negotiate benefits on your behalf. When you think about it, these services will more than cover the planner's fee. You will also have the assurance that this wedding professional will manage your mountain wedding smoothly and with minimal stress.
10.Lastly, remain in the moment
This is your wedding day. You and your partner celebrate your love with friends and family in a beautiful mountain setting. Take in the beautiful scenery, be present with your new husband or wife, and take a deep breath of fresh mountain air.
Now that you know all the essential tips to keep in mind when planning a destination wedding in the Smoky Mountains, it is time to start planning your big day. Use these tips as your guide as you set your vision and work your way to achieve it. Lastly, remember what weddings are all about: pledging your love, sharing the moment with your loved ones, and savoring the food! Remember that the rest of your wedding will fall into place, leaving you with mountain memories to last a lifetime!