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Unique Wedding Venues In The Smokies

By Ross Bodhi Ogle
Posted on April 26, 2023

The Smokies have long been known as the Wedding Capitol of the South. Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Sevierville and other nearby communities are collectively home to scores of wedding chapels and other sites where couples can say “I do” against the majestic backdrop of the Great Smoky Mountains. It makes sense that so many people flock to the Smokies each year to tie the knot, because the area was already well established as a honeymoon destination. It was only a matter of time before the wedding business got in on the act.

For those looking for a more traditional approach to a Smoky Mountain wedding, there are plenty of options to choose from. One of the more popular types of venue chosen by couples-to-be is the wedding chapel. These are typically smaller, church-like facilities that offer multiple settings for ceremonies, from inside the chapel itself to outdoor gazebos and other areas that take advantage of the scenery. Wedding chapels usually offer a range of packages to fit a wide range of different budgets and ceremonial needs.

These days, however, more and more couples are thinking outside the box when it comes to getting married, and they're looking beyond the traditional wedding chapel or event center to stage the big event. This week, Smoky Mountain Ziplines would like to introduce you to a handful of area venues that are truly unique in terms of their settings. These choices might seem unconventional to some, but for certain couples of the same mind, they can wind up being part of an unforgettable start to a lifetime together.

Gatlinburg Space Needle

This downtown Gatlinburg attraction has been a popular tourist spot for decades thanks to its observation platform, which stands more than 400 feet above street level. Its panoramic views of the mountains and surrounding region are hard to beat. But believe it or not, couples looking for stunning scenery as a backdrop for their ceremony can actually book the space needle as a wedding venue. They can accommodate as many as 250 guests at your event, and you can be guaranteed that your wedding-day photography will be something you'll revisit for years to come.

Parrot Mountain & Gardens

In this case, you may not get the best mountain views, but between the gardens and the wildlife habitats, you're definitely in for a beautiful and unforgettable wedding day. This Pigeon Forge attraction, located near Dollywood, is home to all kinds of beautiful parrots and other exotic birds as well as professionally landscaped gardens and much more. You can invite as many as 300 guests to a wedding at Parrot Mountain, and they even have an on-site wedding planner who will work with you to iron out all the details for your big day.

Gatlinburg Sky Lift

This attraction started out as just a scenic chairlift in the 1950s, but in recent years, it has evolved into a full-fledged theme park, offering additional experiences like a unique see-through pedestrian bridge and multiple observation decks where you can take in awesome views of the Great Smoky Mountains. And now you can get married there too. Packages include two lift tickets, professional photos or alternate wedding sites like an arched bridge or outdoor gazebo.

Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies

There's nothing fishy about getting married at this downtown Gatlinburg attraction, which has been providing a top-notch aquarium experience for visitors for nearly 25 years. They have three different wedding packages, and planners will assist you with everything from the rehearsal dinner to the ceremony. It all takes place on the premises, and you can choose anything from casual hors d'oeuvres to a formal sit-down dinner for your reception.

Our zip lines in the Smoky Mountains aren't set up in a way to marry two people while they're ziplining, but we definitely recommend working a trip to our Pigeon Forge attraction into your honeymoon plans!


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