Say "I Do" in the Great Smoky Mountains
By Jon Hoffman © 2013, All Rights Reserved

You want everything to be perfect. The flowers, cake, food, and setting all play a part in making your day special – and nowhere is more unforgettable than the Great Smoky Mountains. The peace and tranquility of the pristine wilderness offer the perfect backdrop for your outdoor wedding, while the elegance and sophistication of the Titanic make any bride feel like a star. For your honeymoon, a romantic cabin in the woods offers a secluded hideaway you'll both love.

Let Mother Nature Decorate the Hall

No wedding chapel is more beautiful than the stunning vistas Mother Nature offers in the Great Smoky Mountains. Imagine exchanging vows beside a crystal-clear brook as it cascades over glistening rocks, or gazing out across a valley blanketed in summer wildflowers. Top off the ceremony with a casual picnic reception for the perfect ending to a wonderful day.

If you prefer an indoor wedding, quaint chapels provide an intimate setting you and your guests will love. You'll find rustic chapels that bring to mind the rich history of the area, and tiny white churches at the heart of every little girl's dream wedding.

Say Your Vows Aboard the Titanic

For a romantic affair fit for a princess, Titanic Pigeon Forge is a dream come true. You'll meet your groom at the top of the grand staircase, where an ordained captain performs the ceremony amid the grandeur and elegance of the most opulent ship to ever sail. You'll enjoy a truly unforgettable wedding surrounded by your closest family and friends. Later, you'll be joined by up to 400 guests for an on-board reception.

Stay for the Honeymoon

After the big day, there's no need to travel to a far-off vacation spot. The Great Smoky Mountains offer everything newlyweds need for a romantic getaway. Rent a mountaintop chalet and spend your days lounging on the porch and watching the wildlife, enjoying candlelit dinners for two, or relaxing in your own private hot tub.

If you're feeling more adventurous, grab a helmet and harness and take to the trees for a zipline tour of the mountainside. You'll soar above the ground at breathtaking speeds and get a view of the mountains few will ever see. Prefer something a little slower? Rent a horse and hit the trails for an afternoon or even overnight.

Of course, you'll want to leave time for some shopping. Pigeon Forge is home to one of the largest communities of artisans in North America. Shops filled with handmade treasures line the streets, and you'll find beautiful quilts, stunning stained-glass windows and lamps, and unique jewelry, just to name a few. Choose gifts for the bridal party, or treat yourself to a few items for your new home.

Destination weddings let you realize your wedding dream, and nowhere will you find a more romantic setting than in the mountains of Tennessee. Stunning vistas, rustic chapels, world-class shopping, and plenty of out-of-the-way places where the two of you can just be alone – all this combines to make the Great Smoky Mountains a top choice for brides and grooms looking to make their weddings unforgettable.  

Jon Hoffman is Reservations Manager of Volunteer Cabin Rentals specializing in Wears Valley cabins. Visit us today at to book cabins for weddings, vacations, reunions and other special events.