According to the Bridal & Wedding Market Report, Gatlinburg, TN is the number two location for weddings in the United States. Surprised? You shouldn't be. Gatlinburg is located in the heart of the Smoky Mountains surrounded by gorgeous naturescapes including breathtaking mountain views, stunning waterfalls and beauty during all four seasons. What more could a bride ask for?
Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall
A recently released Honeymoon Trends Survey reported the most popular months for weddings to be August and October. These are two fabulous times to visit the Smoky Mountains.
August's warmest temperatures are mild compared with the rest of the country. Gatlinburg averages high temperatures of about 80F this time of year, giving a great deal of relief to those visiting from the west coast as well as mid-western, southwestern and southeastern states. August also brings lush green mountainsides and sparkling streams that create a perfect backdrop for an outdoor ceremony.
October, on the other hand, ushers in the changing of the leaves. The entire mountainside is utterly transformed into a painter's palette swirled with rich tones of burgundy and hunter mixed with vibrant gold and orange. A chill fills the air and couples take advantage with a little extra snuggling.
Of course spring offers brilliant colors of flowers in bloom and wintertime opens the door for Mother Nature to blanket the area with a peaceful covering of white. Anytime is a good time for a Smoky Mountain wedding.
From chapels and churches for the ceremony to chalets and gorgeous log cabins for guests, the bride and groom, as well as the entire wedding party, can find comfortable accommodations without breaking the budget.
Don't Forget the Honeymoon
Of course, no wedding is complete without a romantic and adventurous honeymoon! Start your new life together off on a romantic note with an in-cabin couple’s massage. When making plans for your honeymoon, ask the cabin rental company you're working with about the availability of couple’s massages.
Professional masseurs visit your cabin or chalet and set up side-by-side tables for the bride and groom. Choose from your choice of gentle, soothing Swedish massage; relaxing hot stone massage; aromatherapy; mud baths and more.
Gatlinburg also gives you a virtually limitless range of activities. If you and your spouse love the water, you'll have the perfect opportunity for whitewater rafting, canoeing, fishing, boating and other water sports. Prefer the adventure of a theme park? Dollywood is just a few minutes away. World-class golf courses are near at hand, as are guided tours and hikes.
Of course, food is always a big consideration when you're away from home. Your wedding and honeymoon are no exception. Gatlinburg offers one of the most diverse arrays of restaurants available. From fast food for couples on the go to five-star elegance worthy of a honeymoon celebration, you can feast 'til your heart's content!
When planning your wedding and honeymoon, follow in the footsteps of over 42,000 others who annually flock to Gatlinburg, TN for their special occasion. You'll quickly discover a level of romance and adventure not found anywhere else on earth!
Bennie McCann is Reservations Manager of Volunteer Cabin Rentals specializing in Pigeon Forge cabins. Visit the main website to book a rental cabin for weddings, vacations, reunions and other special events.