A milestone many of us get the chance to experience, or hope to one day, is finally meeting our other half and making official. But such a momentous occasion calls for a celebration somewhere capable of reflecting the beauty and timelessness of your love. This is why many turn to the Smoky Mountains to find the ideal wedding venue for their big day. If you and your special person are hoping to plan the perfect Smoky Mountain wedding, we’ve put together a concise guide to help you get started.
The Pros & Cons of a Summer Wedding in the Smokies
At Parkside Resort, we have three beautiful Smoky Mountain venues to choose from. Depending on what your dream wedding looks like in your mind’s eye, we have the perfect backdrop to set the scene for the ultimate celebration of your love story!
Nestled in a private section of the resort, the Sky View Pavilion is the perfect venue for intimate wedding ceremonies and receptions. With its rustic stable lights casting a warm glow off the wood exterior and strings of fairy lights hanging from the rafters, this charming open-air pavilion is seemingly nestled in the sky. The breathtaking vistas and crisp mountain air create a serene atmosphere for guests to enjoy and make unforgettable memories. Able to accommodate up to 50 guests, the Sky View Pavilion is the perfect choice for both a romantic woodland ceremony as well as an intimate reception
When you host your wedding with Parkside Resort, the question of “where to stay” is taken care of. With a wide variety of luxury cabins to choose from, you can rest easy knowing that your whole party will be together in one place come the big day. No groomsmen or bridesmaids stuck in traffic or relatives getting hopelessly lost on their way to the venue. Instead, you are free to focus on the occasion at hand, your wedding, and rest easy knowing that anything your guests may need, will be handled by our professional and dedicated staff onsite.
Due to the Smoky Mountains’ popularity as a destination wedding location, there’s a wide selection of high-quality and vetted vendors to choose from. When looking for food vendors, ensure whoever you select can adhere to any dietary restrictions you require. For example, Tennessee is one of the states known for its barbeque but maybe don’t order a BBQ catering service if multiple people in your party are vegetarian or vegan, unless you want them going hungry!
When determining a wedding photographer, be sure to consider where exactly you want your photos taken. If you’re hoping to take advantage of the incredible natural backdrop that is the Smoky Mountains, you’ll want to ensure that which ever photographer you select, is well acquainted with the park (including any hidden gems they may have discovered through their work). Consider where and when you want your photos taken, a sunset snapshot of you and your other half standing on a bluff overlooking the verdant mountains is going to take some strategic planning to capture successfully. Make sure the Smoky Mountain photographers you are considering are up to the task!
Boredom is not something often suffered here in the Smokies with so many wonderful activities, attractions and events to be explored. In the build-up to your big day, arrange some group fun to make new memories and unwind before the festivities with those you love most. Depending on the size and physical capabilities of your wedding party, planning a group hike through Cades Cove or to one of the park’s popular waterfalls is a great way to spend the afternoon (please note that all cars entering the park require a permit for parking). If your wedding group includes a gaggle of kids, consider spending an afternoon or evening at the Island at Pigeon Forge. Between the selection of thrilling rides, attractions, shops, restaurants and zero admission fee, it’s the ideal outing for family and friends of varying ages and interests.
However, weddings can be a stressful time and planning off-site adventures may be one too many to manage. Instead, take advantage of the incredible amenities at Parkside and plan the perfect get-together right on location! Rent our beautiful, rustic pavilion for a family BBQ and game day, complete with covered seating, large gas fireplace and propane grill. After that send the kiddos to the outdoor pool to enjoy a “dive-in” movie night while you and the other adults unwind over glasses of local wine while surrounded by the stunning Smoky Mountain night sky. Regardless of what you choose, however, we’re positive you’ll have a wonderful time until vows are ready to be sealed.
Need help planning your special day? From incredible venues and expert event coordination, to all-inclusive wedding packages and onsite luxury accommodations, Parkside Resort is here to help! Visit our events website to learn more about our amazing venues or give us a call at (888) 908-6066 to get started!