Getting married to the love of your life is exciting enough in its own right. But if you two can tie the knot in a place as beautiful as Pigeon Forge, then you don’t really need the icing on top of your wedding cake. Sometimes referred to as the wedding capital of the South, here are our top ten picks for the best places to get hitched in this gorgeous city.
1. Enchanted Valley Barn
If you can’t really see yourself walking down the aisle of a country club, the rustic but charming Enchanted Valley Barn is a place where you and your guests can get a little down and dirty. If you rent this spot, it will include event staff, catering kitchen, seating, four whiskey barrels, and two bathrooms. The rest is up to you and your DIY touch. If you’d rather come down the middle path in your cowboy boots, you’ll be more than welcome here.
2. Bluff Mountain Inn
At Bluff Mountain Inn, you can get married outside the venue, at the Country Chapel, or in its barn. The lodging facility is a five-acre mountain estate just begging to be used for your ceremony and reception. It all depends on how many guests are coming and your ideal style. The chapel can accommodate up to 75 people, and in case you’re planning a summer wedding, it’s (thankfully) air-conditioned.
3. The Barn at Chestnut Springs
Right outside the national park, you’ll find this facility resting squarely in the middle of the countryside. The Barn at Chestnut Springs has been renovated to be as beautiful on the inside as it is on the outside. With vaulted ceilings and chandeliers, the barn is fully insulated so you can adjust the temperature on your special day. It also comes with wi-fi, two dressing rooms, and of course, incredible views.
4. 4 Points Farm
Located near Bird’s Creek amidst the mountains and hills, 4 Points Farm is a versatile venue with a package that can fit your budget. The event center is a timber-framed beauty that can hold up to 199 people in the 4,000 sq. ft facility. Wander outside the sliding barn doors and you’ll find a 2,000 sq. ft. outdoor patio for a little outdoor mingling. This particular venue is happy to host both formal and casual weddings alike.
5. Almost Heaven
Almost Heaven is a family-owned operation with three potential venues for your wedding, including two mountaintop options. Or get married in their cozy Chapel by the Stream, a small but beautiful chapel complete with stained-glass windows and large log construction. Host the bridal party in the Chalet, a facility that can sleep up to 22 people amidst the mountains. It all makes for an unforgettable weekend.
6. Magnolia Wedding Venue
Made for medium-sized weddings of up to 100 people, this wedding venue has two spaces, including a barn-style facility with rollaway doors, gorgeous wood, and exposed beams. All the luxury inside fits perfectly with the backdrop of the mountains. If you want the magic of the day to last long after the last glass of champagne has been polished off, this venue has everything you need and more. Take advantage of the bridal suite for a grounding space amidst all the butterflies.
7. Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa
Did you think the queen herself wouldn’t give her guests a fabulous location to get married? Dollywood offers couples a covered barn, mason-jar lighting, and space for up to 40 people. If you’re thinking of inviting a few more people, try the meadow lawn for an outdoor wedding with panache. If you’re worried about the weather, feel free to set up a grand tent on the lawn for a little extra security. Dollywood is a great attraction for your guests if they want to explore the area a little more on their own, and the resort is the perfect place to stay.
8. Riverstone Resort and Spa
This venue provides full-service catering options and several options for your ceremony. If you want to be surrounded by trees with a rushing waterfall to serve as a little white noise, the Wedding Patio is definitely for you. If you’ve got a huge family and need a little more space, the ballroom offers up 3,600 square feet for all your guests (and their dance moves). And if you’re feeling a little stressed out right before the big event, feel free to take advantage of this location’s spa amenities.
9. Wedding Bell Chapel
When you think of the word quaint, you’re likely to picture a scene that looks a lot like Wedding Bell Chapel Despite its wood cabin-construction and rugged exterior, this venue has managed to hold onto its romance over the years. As another major plus, this one is definitely on the affordable side if you’re looking to give your wallet a break. While we would recommend getting married on the inside of the chapel, it also offers a drive-through option if you’re really in a hurry.
10. The Preacher’s House
For a unique space and family-friendly feel, the Prescher’s House features an outdoor sanctuary for smaller ceremonies with the signature Smoky Mountains as the background. As breathtaking as it intimate, this venue also features all-inclusive packages for couples and families would prefer to leave the planning to someone else. From the food to the photographs, you’re free to sit back and just enjoy the day.
As you prepare your guest list and envision where everyone will stand, ask yourself if you’d rather have a rustic wedding with a little down-home charm, or an elegant wedding with plenty of caviar. No matter what you’re going for, you can find the perfect space for you in Pigeon Forge, though it might be tough to narrow it down. With so many places to choose from and so much natural beauty surrounding you, it’s impossible not to get swept off your feet by the Great Smoky Mountains.