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The Do’s and Don’ts of Planning A Destination Wedding in the Smoky Mountains

Wedding planning notebookWith spectacular views and tons of fun things to do, it’s no wonder that the Smoky Mountains is one of the top destination wedding locations in the United States. At Your Smoky Mountain Wedding we know first hand, however, how stressful planning the perfect destination wedding can be. So to help brides and couples, we have put together a few important do’s and don’ts when it comes to planning a Smoky Mountain wedding.


Start planning early

Not only do you want to make sure that you have plenty of time to book your favorite venue (like HearthSide at the Preserve), as well as appropriate lodging accommodations, but you also want to give your guests enough time to prepare as well. A good rule of thumb is to begin planning your destination wedding to the Smokies as early as 18 months in advance. This way, not only will you have tons of time to make sure that every detail is perfect for your big day, but your guests will also have time to take time off of work, arrange for travel, book their lodging, and buy you the perfect gift from your registry.

Find Local Gifts For Your Guests

Chances are if you are planning a destination wedding then you want your big day to not only be one that your and your spouse remember for years to come, but you want your guests to fondly remember the experience as well. A good way to make sure that the memory of your wedding in the Smoky Mountains lasts for awhile is to include a small trinket to remind them of the area. This can include a nice bottle of wine from one of the many local wineries or even a personalized handmade wooden sign for them to display in their home. Not only is this a good way to add to the fond memories, but it is also a thoughtful way to say, “thank you,” to the guests that traveled to celebrate you and your new family.

Visit Before Your Big Day

One of the biggest pieces of advice we can give brides and couples to to make sure that you take time to visit your destination venue during the wedding planning process. By taking a weekend to visit, you and your loved one will be able to better visualize your wedding plans, as well as get the chance to speak with your coordinator or wedding planner face to face. For the perfect romantic Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg cabin rental to stay in during your visit, give us a call at 1-888-261-8147.


Sweat the Small Stuff

Weddings are meant to be a celebration of love and happiness. You don’t want to ruin your big day by worrying about the small little details that were forgotten, or the last floral arrangement that was left in the car. Chances are your guests won’t even notice if something on your list doesn’t exactly come out as planned. Focus on just being happy, and beginning a whole new life with the one you love, and being able to spend time with people who love you.

Ready to start planning your dream destination wedding in the Smokies? Give us at Your Smoky Mountain Wedding a call today at 1-888-261-8147. Our friendly and knowledgeable team of wedding specialists will be more than happy to help make your big day one to remember!

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