GATLINBURG: Unique Smoky Mountain Weddings

Subscribe to A Day in the SmokiesThe Gatlinburg area is second only to Las Vegas in the number of weddings we host each year! And no wonder, when it is so easy to get married here, with so many options to choose from, and then you’re right here in the perfect honeymoon location as well! There have been some pretty unique weddings around here! Maybe you’d like to try one of these ideas for your wedding!

Get Married at the Bass Pro Shop!Bass Pro Shop Wedding
That’s right… not too long ago, a couple held their camoflauge-themed wedding at the Bass Pro Shop in Sevierville. It was the perfect wedding location for them, and apparently they aren’t the first people to hold their ceremony there, according to the employees. Maybe you are planning a camo-themed wedding, or love the outdoors, but plan to get married in the dead of winter… The Bass Pro Shop may be the perfect fit for you too!

Hold your ceremony at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies!Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies Wedding
Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies offers several different wedding packages, depending mostly on the number of your guests. Even if you aren’t a big aquatic life fan, you have to admit that it would be gorgeous and extremely classy to get married before a beautiful backdrop of that deep blue with colorful fish swimming past!

Get Married at Cades Cove!Cades Cove Wedding
If you would like an outdoor wedding, what better place than the National Park! Or maybe you would like to get married in one of the historic chapels at Cades Cove, the most popular section of the Park! All that history in the setting of such beautiful creation sets my heart to longing! And what beautiful wedding photos you would have!


Get Married at Patriot ParkPatriot Park Wedding
Another great spot for an outdoor wedding is at Patriot Park, specifically down by the river! If you want to use the gazebo there, you do have to reserve it, but if not, you can just walk right in and have your ceremony wherever you like! Just be aware that you probably won’t have the whole park to yourself!

Have a Drive-Thru Wedding!Drive Thru Wedding
Perhaps you are only interested in BEING married and you don’t care one bit about the ceremony! A Drive Thru Wedding may be just the thing! Quick, simple, and inexpensive! Even with this, various packages are available, including one or more pictures, cake, etc. Just don’t forget, in your rush, that this could be the biggest day of your life… don’t let it pass by unnoticed!

Hard Rock Wedding!Hard Rock Cafe Wedding
Our Hard Rock Cafe here in Gatlinburg has the distinction of being the only Hard Rock Cafe in the world with a wedding chapel! Obviously this is the perfect place to get married if you are a hard-core rock ‘n roll fan, or even if burgers, fries, and rock music in the background sounds to you like the perfect reception! 

A Dollywood Dream Wedding!Dollywood Wedding
Some people get married at Disney World, but personally, I would rather get married at Dollywood! They have a beautiful historic chapel there that you could get married in, and then right outside your door is a wonderful adventure park filled with beautiful gardens, shows, rides, and restaurants with food choices that are sure to satisfied the pickiest child and the more adventurous adults!

Pick out a honeymoon cabin!And if you are looking for somewhere unique to have your rehearsal dinner, visit one of the numerous restaurants or dinner shows in town! A couple of our favorites are the Dixie Stampede and the extremely hilarious Hoot ‘N Holler Dinner Show!

And don’t forget to stay in a cozy cabin in the mountains for the honeymoon! The folks at ERA in the Smokies can set you right up! We could even provide accommodations for your whole wedding party if they all want to enjoy the Smokies for a few days as well!

ERA In The SmokiesThis blog is sponsored in part by ERA In The Smokies Realty and Rentals located at 207 Parkway in Gatlinburg, TN. For more information on a Gatlinburg Cabin for your Smoky Mountain Vacation or all the reasons to move to the Smokies, call 1-800-309-0277. ERA In The Smokies is a leader in chalet and Log Cabin Rentals and Real Estate Sales in the Gatlinburg area.


Patriot Festival

Subscribe to A Day in the Smokies!!On July 3, Patriot Park will host the Pigeon Forge Patriot Festival! Festivities begin at 2pm with a full schedule of musicians from all around Tennessee! These include: The Pigeon Forge Community Chorus, Grafite, Thompson Square, TelluRide, Jimbo Whaley and Greenbrier, Eden’s Edge, Steve Azar, and Diamond Rio.

Grafite– A local band whose 4 members range in age from 9 to 11! This is sure to be one preformance you won’t want to miss! They will be treating us to some of our most familiar classic rock favorites!

Thompson SquareThompson Square– “Thompson Square isn’t a real place, exactly. It’s the musical territory staked out by the husband-and-wife duo of Keifer and Shawna Thompson, an exciting and unpredictable area where country meets rock, rough meets smooth and one vagabond heart finds a harmonious common ground with another. It’s the sweet destination where two journeys end and another one begins.”

TelluRideTelluRide– “The small ski town of Telluride, Colorado represents hard work, excitement, and passion, just as Nashville, Tennessee represents a breeding ground of determined, talented musicians of all genres. A new group from Nashville, TelluRide, is taking all of those ingredients to create a new brand of country music, rooted in harmonies, musicianship, and high-energy stage shows. The four young men who make up the band accomplished more before their Four Square Miles debut album release than most groups on their second or third album.”

Jimbo WhaleyJimbo Whaley and Greenbrier– “Singer and songwriter, Jimbo Whaley grew up in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, at the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains with music always being a part of his life. Whaley has pulled so many memories reflecting that upbringing and written numerous songs including: The Foundation, M.R.s Rolling Store, The Legend of Jack Huff, and the fan favorite, The Kings of Orebank. Jimbo currently performs with the bluegrass band Greenbrier…”

Eden's EdgeEden’s Edge– “Edens Edge is a music trio from Nashville, TN. They are today’s country with wings and roots. Originally based out of AR, Hannah Blaylock, Cherrill Green, and Dean Berner followed the music to Nashville in 2007. Since moving there, they signed a management deal and have been writing and recording a new album. The band is planning a schedule of live performances to begin in the spring.”

Steve AzarSteve Azar– “Steve Azar moved to Nashville in 1993. By the end of his second day in Music City, he was offered three song-publishing contracts. Getting a recording contract took longer. After signing with Mercury Records, Steve released what he considers to be his first “real” album, 2001’s Waitin’ on Joe. Its breakout single “I Don’t Have to Be Me (‘Til Monday)” has been played more than three million times on the radio to date.”

Diamond RioDiamond Rio– “Making the transition from mainstream country music to a Christian deal with Word Records was not a major stretch for Diamond Rio. The group has long been known for such positive hits as “I Believe,” “Mama Don’t Forget to Pray for Me” and “One More Day.” Formed in 1984, Diamond Rio features Roe, Olander, drummer Brian Prout, keyboardist Dan Truman, bassist Dana Williams and Gene Johnson on mandolin, guitar and fiddle. The band signed with Arista in 1988 and embarked on one of the most successful careers in country music.”

This event is free and open to the public, including the “Kid’s Karnival” area, where there will be inflatables and games to entertain your munchkins! There will also be non-profit food vendors! The evening will culminate in a fireworks display once it gets dark! Come with your family, your friends, some lawn chairs and/or blankets, and maybe even a picnic!

ERA In The SmokiesThis blog is sponsored by ERA In The Smokies Realty and Rentals located at 207 Parkway in Gatlinburg. For more info. on a Gatlinburg Cabin for your Smoky Mountain Vacation or all the reasons to move to the Smokies, call 1-800-309-0277. ERA In The Smokies is a leader in chalet and Log Cabin Rentals and Real Estate Sales in the Gatlinburg area.