There is no place quite like Gatlinburg, Tennessee. It is the one place that has something for literally everybody. The beauty of nature, the downtown lights, fudge on every corner, and the queen DOLLY PARTON. Need I say more?? You can easily see why Gatlinburg is such an amazing place to get married or elope, but the number one reason to elope here is how many options there are!
Before we dive into Gatlinburg, let us look at what an elopement is and consist of because the words definition has changed over the years. Years ago when someone said they were eloping, that usually meant that they were running away and not telling anyone that they were secretly getting married. Today, it means that a couple wants to skip the traditional wedding planning and opt for a more private and intimate. Some couples may decide to keep it between the two of them and other decide to bring a few family and friends along. The beautiful thing about and elopement is you get to make he rules and make it as much or as little as you want!
A very popular way that people are choosing to elope now is an adventure elopement. An adventure elopement is when a couples chooses to have their ceremony with a beautiful, scenic background. The day usually consists of some sort of adventure such as hiking to get to the perfect ceremony spot.
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is quickly becoming a popular place for couples to choose to elope. You can spend your day in nature, and head downtown for nightlife. Within the Great Smoky Mountains lies views of mountains, wildlife, and creeks all throughout the park. It would simply be hard to find a bad spot to elope in Gatlinburg, but here are the 3 BEST places to elope.
Cades Cove is a very popular scenic loop nestled in a valley of the Great Smoky Mountains. There is a reason why it is such a popular spot. It is a place of beautiful nature, wildlife, and history. Along the loop there are several places that would be perfect to elope. There are three historic churches on the loop. Primitive Baptist, Methodist, and Missionary Baptist Church. My last wedding we shot in Gatlinburg was at the Methodist Church. It is only $50 to rent the church, making an elopement here very affordable!
You will have views for days at this spot! It it located right off the road on the way to Cades Cove. There are parking spots at this location as well which makes it lovely for guests. Maloney Point is located by Sugarland Mountain Trail. Permit or Reservation is required.
A short and easy 2.4 mile hike leads you to the beautiful 80ft tall Laurel Falls. The trail is 3.5 miles from the Sugarlands Visitor Center towards Cades Cove. Pro tip- start the trail a few hours before sunset and you can capture golden hour with blue-ridge of the Smokies on the way back!! But going at sunrise is the better option if you want to beat the crowds.
So, whether or not you choose a mountain view, creek side, or waterfall, Gatlinburg has SO many great options for a wedding or elopement. We would love to chat with you to if you are considering any elopement or wedding. Let’s make your adventure dreams come to LIFE!