Why You Should Plan for a Fall Wedding in the Smokies

The Smoky Mountains are the perfect place to plan your fall wedding. Want to know why? Here are at least 3 reasons you won’t be disappointed with your choice to celebrate your big day in the Smokies!

1. Gorgeous Scenery
The first reason you should plan your fall wedding in the Smokies is the gorgeous array of fall colors, providing a stunning backdrop for your wedding pictures and even your ceremony. If you choose an outdoor venue, you’ll have the beautiful fall foliage of the Smoky Mountains as your constant scenery. The golds, reds, and purples will wow your guests and make for a jaw-dropping background to every picture of you and your new spouse!

Want to know why the Smokies is so colorful in the fall? Because of the wide variety of trees—in fact, some 100 species of native trees live in the Smoky Mountains, making this wedding destination stand out from the rest when it comes to fall foliage!

2. Perfect Weather
Maybe you’re thinking, “There are tons of places to see fall foliage in the U.S.…New England, for example. What makes the Smokies so much better?” We’ll tell you why: the weather! It’s true that the New England states have become popular for fall foliage tours, but they’re no competition to the mild fall weather you’ll find in East Tennessee. Who wants to say their vows while they’re teeth are chattering from the cold?

In the Smokies, you can have that outdoor wedding of your dreams—even if it’s the middle of October! That’s because autumn weather in the Smokies is most often clear and cool with warmer temperatures during the day and perfectly crisp weather at night. Daytime highs typically stay somewhere in the 70s or higher, not dropping to the 50s and 60s until early November. This time of year is also the driest season in the Smokies, meaning less stress for you as you try to avoid pop-up showers on your special day.

3. Less Crowded
Hear us out on this one: it’s true that autumn is one of the most popular times to visit the Smoky Mountains. So when we say they’ll be less crowded, we’re not exactly talking about the roads…we’re talking about less competition for bakers, florists, and wedding venues because the most popular months for weddings will be behind you!

Typically, spring and summer are peak months for Smoky Mountain weddings, which means you’ll have a better chance of booking that venue you really wanted if you plan for the fall. Keep in mind that holidays and weekends throughout the year tend to be more popular as well, so if you’re after something in particular, choose off-season dates, book as early as possible, and be flexible, if you can.

3 All-Inclusive Venues

Here’s more good news for your big day: the Smokies not only make your fall wedding beautiful, but also EASY! That’s because this area offers a wide variety of all-inclusive, top-rated venues, like the ones we’ve got listed below.

Above the Mist Wedding Service
With multiple wedding package options—including mountain view ceremonies, riverside ceremonies, and traditional chapel ceremonies with guests—you can find exactly what you’re looking for at Above the Mist. Located on Proffitt Road in Gatlinburg, this chapel offers customizable packages will take care of wedding chairs, live music, photography, bridal bouquets, tuxedo rentals, and more.

Almost Heaven Resort & Weddings
Offering 2 award-winning locations for your outdoor wedding this fall, Almost Heaven provides ceremony and adjoining reception facilities with more than 2,500 square feet of space each! That means whether you choose the Sky Venue or Garden Venue, you’ll enjoy panoramic views of the Smokies during your outdoor wedding the fall! Almost Heaven also provides Chapel Packages and Package Upgrades, which include additional photography, limo service, live music, DJ services, and much more.

Honeysuckle Hills
Our final contender is Honeysuckle Hills in Pigeon Forge, where you can choose a “Country Style,” “Sweet Garden,” “Country Charm,” or “Perfect” wedding. These all-inclusive packages help you with all the fine details from a ceremony director to your wedding officiant—they’ll even help you with your wedding cake, a buffet meal for your guests, and a DJ service for your reception.

A family-run company founded by the national award-winning photographer Regina Starkey, Honeysuckle Hills is a great choice for your Smoky Mountain wedding in the fall. Once you’ve picked your favorite venue, it’s time to start checking off some of the other items on your list.

But don’t go at it alone. At Cabins for YOU, we’ve done a lot of the homework for you and can help with everything from bachelor and bachelorette party tips to finding the perfect honeymoon cabin after the rings are on and the rice is thrown! So start your wedding research by perusing our website and get your favorite 1-bedroom cabin booked early by calling our reservation specialists today.


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