June is nearly upon us and if you’re looking for the perfect venue for your June wedding, then we heartily recommend an outdoor wedding in Gatlinburg. Gatlinburg is beautiful any time of year, but spring in the Smokies is something special. Your wedding day will be even more memorable when you hold the ceremony outdoors. While outdoor weddings are not uncommon, there are so many settings and touches you can add to the ceremony to make it uniquely yours.
One of the more popular outdoor weddings in Gatlinburg is the gazebo wedding. These weddings are designed for people who prefer a small gathering, as they are usually attended by groups of 6-10 guests. The bride and groom ascend a few steps up to the main gazebo floor where the service is performed with Gatlinburg’s natural beauty as the backdrop. Gazebo wedding packages are available from several local wedding planners. It’s a good idea to make inquiries of several planners to see what is included with their packages before making a final decision. For example, there are packages that offer gazebo weddings near the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and include ceremony, cake, floral bouquet, music and photography. Each package is different and they range in price from as low as $100 up to several hundred dollars and more. You can ask the wedding planners what special deals or custom wedding packages they offer, as many of them will work with you to create a beautiful gazebo wedding that fits your taste and budget.
Another type of outdoor Gatlinburg wedding that you can select is the garden wedding. Some planners have designed weddings with an English garden theme, where the bridal couple is married under an archway or pergola area that is festooned with flowers. Some of the planners in the area offer acres of landscaped gardens or even waterfalls as romantic backdrops for your ceremony. Depending on the package you choose you can also hold your reception within the garden areas following your wedding. A few of the garden wedding venues offer multiple garden sections with different flowering bushes and trees so you can select one area for your ceremony and other areas to take your wedding photographs.
Some couples rent a romantic cabin in the woods and choose to be married there. After the ceremony and a small reception, their cabin hideaway becomes the couple’s private paradise. They can enjoy the quiet and inspiration of nature that is Gatlinburg in springtime. Some cabins are perfect for an intimate getaway for two. Others are mansion-like with wraparound balconies, walls of windows and room for dozens of guests who could stay over and continue the wedding celebration with a shopping trip in town, boating, hiking or a private party.
After reading all of these inspiring ideas for outdoor weddings, you may have one question…What if it rains on my wedding day? This is a great question and it’s important to be prepared. Ask each planner that you interview what the ‘rain plan’ is. If they don’t have a suitable indoor alternative or a large tent that can be pitched in an emergency, look elsewhere. Also remember that your wedding day will be special regardless of the weather. Many people have been married on rainy days, so ‘wear a smile as your umbrella’ and enjoy yourself!
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