Frequently Asked Questions
Read through these FAQs for answers to our most commonly asked questions. We have listed our answers below. Should you have any other questions regarding our Smoky Mountain weddings in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and Sevierville, do not hesitate to send us an email or give us a call.
Yes. You will need a Tennessee marriage license in order to get married here. We are a marriage friendly state and county, making the license quick and easy to obtain. Unfortunately, Tennessee requires that the couple appears in person in front of the county clerk to sign for the license, so we cannot obtain that for you. The couple must get the marriage license on their own and it must be Tennessee issued. In Sevier County, this process only takes 5-10 minutes. Be sure to check out our Gatlinburg wedding packages or our elopement locations for our outdoor weddings. Ready to reserve your wedding or Gatlinburg elopement? Give us a 865-365-5025 today. ***Vow renewals do not require a marriage license. Click here for additional information regarding Tennessee marriage licenses such as office locations, hours, etc.
With thousands of weddings performed and photographed, we are highly confident in our ability to make your wedding day in the Smoky Mountains everything that you dream it can be. We provide numerous services with a care of heart and sincerity that you will not find anywhere else. Promising to make your wedding ceremony both a special and memory-making celebration, Elope to Gatlinburg's friendly and professional team will provide a comfortable and easy going atmosphere, a ceremony that is tailored fit to meet your exact vision, and beautiful photography that will preserve your memories for a lifetime.
With Elope to Gatlinburg, it is your wedding day and everything should be the way you dream it to be, even if that includes a dusty red velvet suit from the 60′s. There are no rights or wrongs. We have married couples in everything from classic dress/tux attire, cutoff jeans, and even football jerseys. We've seen it all. With that said...for the best wedding photos, we of course recommend going with something at least semi-formal.
While there is not a specific amount of guests you may have for our cabin weddings, there are some things that you should take into consideration. A one bedroom (or studio) cabin is definitely not the place to try to cram 50 guests into it. If you want a wedding with a large amount of guests, multiple bridesmaids and groomsmen, etc. your ideal setting would preferably be a large chapel and not your rental cabin. Please take into consideration that any overcrowding may affect our photography services. Our outdoor locations have strict guest limits. The Mynatt Park location has a strict maxium of 10 including the couple. The private creekside location has a strict maximum of 20 including the couple. Any of our National Park locations have a strict maximum of 10 including the couple. Please be sure that prior to booking, you have accounted for everyone who may come. We are unable to make exceptions to these guest limitations.
Yes. We have flexible deposit requirements starting at just 25% of your service total. Our deposit terms are as follows: Mynatt Park, Private Creekside, and Your Cabin locations - 50% deposit. The remaining balance is due payable in CASH-ONLY, presented with your marriage license, at the time of the ceremony. All National Park locations - 25% deposit. Remaining balance due at least 30 days prior to the ceremony date. All deposits are non-refundable. Please be sure to have your plans finalized prior to making your reservation with us. Deposit payments can be made online via our booking system with Visa/Mastercard/American Express/Discover/PayPal. We can also take your reservation/deposit via phone at (865) 365-5025. Additional payments towards your balance can be made online via your client portal or via phone.
Please make your travel arrangements prior to reserving your wedding. In the event that you cancel your reservation more than 30 days prior to your scheduled date, we will refund your deposit minus a $75.00 cancellation fee. This fee is credited back to a future reservation with us if you decide to reschedule within the following twelve months. If you cancel 30 days or less prior to your ceremony date, no refund will be issued as we cannot fill your spot at the last minute. These cancellations will be eligible to have the deposit credit applied if you decide to reschedule your ceremony with us in the future.
Yes. As of November of 2020, Elope to Gatlinburg possesses a Commercial Use Authorization (CUA) license from the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. We are able to offer weddings at the following National Park locations: Greenbrier (Spot #1), Greenbrier (Spot #2), Foothills Parkway East, Foothills Parkway West, the Noah “Bud” Ogle cabin, and at Cades Cove (Leguire Overlook and Wildlife Overlook). While each wedding taking place inside of the National Park requires its own Special Use Permit (SUP), we will obtain that for you and the cost of the permit is included in our packages.
While we greatly appreciate it if you feel the service we provided exceeded your expectations, tipping is certainly not required or expected. Unlike some companies here that basically beg couples for tips, Elope to Gatlinburg is just honored to have been chosen as your Smoky Mountain wedding provider. While a tip is happily accepted, we would NEVER put you on the spot nor make you feel obligated to tip.
Absolutely not! We would be very happy to perform your wedding ceremony. Like 3000 other couples that we have married over the years, we are honored each and every time a couple chooses us to provide their wedding services.
Your meet time will be 15 minutes prior to your scheduled ceremony start time. Please keep in mind: TRAFFIC CAN BE VERY HEAVY HERE YEAR-ROUND! Traffic gridlock seems to get worse and worse each year. We cannot understate this. If you are late, we may be forced to reschedule. Please understand that we have ceremonies we must attend following yours. If you are 15 or more minutes late past your scheduled start time we will assess a $200 late fee and your ceremony will be rescheduled based on our availability. In addition, if your wedding was scheduled for a National Park location, it will now have to be moved to the Mynatt Park location (a city-owned park in Gatlinburg). National Park wedding permits are issued for exact time-frames and they take weeks to obtain. A new permit cannot be obtained on short notice due to a couple or guests arriving late.
We hate doing this but cannot be late for our next appointments. In addition, we are restricted to the time-frames of National Park permits or private venue rentals. Traffic is often extremely heavy here. We stress with everything we have...please arrive on time.
No. We are a husband and wife team with limited availability and require the purchase of a photo package with all of our ceremonies. We do not offer ceremony-only services nor photography-only services.
We would never recommend waiting till the day you want to get married to call us. Firstly, many of our locations require advanced notice and permitting. Waiting till the last minute to reserve your wedding will result in not being able to pick out the best location for you. Secondly, our availability fills up quickly. While we don't have a set requirement of how soon something needs to be booked, we always recommend booking sooner rather than later in order to ensure availability. On the rare chance that we have availability the day you call, we can sometimes accommodate last-minute requests. However, this is rare.
Unfortunately, rain is a risk that exists for any outdoor planned wedding ceremony. With a package containing the basic photo option, we will continue with the use of umbrellas. For weddings with our one hour or longer photo package, we will work around the rain by either moving the time a little earlier or later than planned, if available. While this option can sometimes work for the Mynatt Park and Private Creekside locations, it would not be a possible route for the National Park locations. This is due to the permit being issued for a certain time and is not able to be changed on short notice.
Our private creekside location includes a covered pavilion, so rain is not a worry there. If rain is a concern to you, please be sure to inquire prior to making your reservation. We can point you to a place that can be reserved as a back-up venue, in the event of rain. We do, however, utilize weather-sealed camera equipment that is not affected in rainy weather.
Special Note: Due to the mountainous terrain of the surrounding area, weather forecasting is especially bad in this area compared to other regions. More often than not, weather predictions that are made in extended forecasts do not pan out as predicted. If rain is predicted any longer than twenty-four hours in advance, it is often incorrect. We keep an eye on the weather the day of your ceremony and ask that you be available via phone in case alternative arrangements need to be made. Special Note: Due to the mountainous terrain of the surrounding area, weather forecasting is especially bad in this area compared to other regions. More often than not, weather predictions that are made in extended forecasts do not pan out as predicted. If rain is predicted any longer than twenty-four hours in advance, it is often incorrect. We keep an eye on the weather the day of your ceremony and ask that you be available via phone in case alternative arrangements need to be made.